Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Runners Embark on a Nature Trail

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Runners Embark on a Nature Trail

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Byline: BILL McGUIRK

A TRUE test greeted athletes for the opening cross-country fixture of the Start Fitness North East Harrier League at East Cramlington Nature Reserve.

The junior races attracted goodsized fields, including in the under-11 event held for the first time.

In the under-17 men's contest over 6.4kms, Gateshead''s Calum Johnson came through strongly on the second of two circuits to win by 10 seconds from team-mate Robbie Costello with Morpeth's Johnny Nisbet five seconds further adrift in third.

With Jonathan Boyd finishing in fourth, Gateshead were team winners ahead of Morpeth and Blyth.

The under-15 boys' race, over one 3.2km circuit, was won by Sunderland''s Michael Wilson, with North Shields Poly duo Anthony Wallett and Elliot Kelly second and third respectively.

In a tight team contest, Sunderland came out on top with 32 points, closely followed by Gateshead (36) and Gosforth (44).

Fifty-two athletes completed the course with 10 teams closing in at least three scorers.

The under-13 boys' event was held over the same distance as the under-15s and victory went to Henry Johnson, the Chester-le-Street athlete triumphing by seven seconds.

Chasing him home was a trio of Tynedale runners - Matthew Jackson second, Fergus Robinson third and Jonathan Anderson fourth.

It was no surprise the Hexhambased club were victorious in the team stakes with just nine points as Birtley edged out Gateshead for second.

Tynedale were also celebrating after the inaugural under-11 race when Callum Outerside won the 1.1km contest by two seconds from team-mate Max Pearson, with Chester-le-Street''s Nathan Fawcett third a further four seconds behind.

The combined under-17/junior women''s race was won comfortably by Durham City''s Chloe Price, who finished 26 seconds clear of Zoe Hewitson (Shildon) with Gateshead''s Faye Lockhart picking up the third-place medal. …

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