Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

North Teams Put in a Berry Good Effort!

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

North Teams Put in a Berry Good Effort!

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Byline: BILL McGUIRK

ATHLETES encountered atrocious conditions at the National Cross-Country Relay Championships in Berry Hill Park, Mansfield.

However, despite the heavy rain which fell throughout the day's proceedings, the sprinkling of North East clubs who travelled to the Midlands fared well.

Gateshead Harriers lined up three teams in the 3x3k contest, their A team of Lewis Hogg, Lawrence McCourt and Callum Johnson finishing 11th and second North of England team behind Leeds City.

The Tynesiders were 21st at the first changeover and 24th going into the final charge but Johnson, with the team's fastest split, worked his way through to bring the trio home in 11th.

Gateshead's B team of Sam Hearn, Tom Marper and Simeon Greenwood took 31st place, while the C squad of Jonathan Boyd, Daniel Johnson and Callum Morgan crossed the line 43rd.

Eighty-one teams finished the under-17 men's contest, again three stages of three kilometres, and Gateshead represented the region well by finishing 15th.

Greg Chambers ran the first leg and handed over to A Barr in 17th position, Barr dropping back to 26th before passing on to Barry Maskell.

Maskell moved Gateshead up 11 places to 15th with the ninth fastest time of the final leg.

The weather had worsened considerably when it was the turn of the under-15 boys' 3x2k event - but it did not deter 79 clubs finishing teams.

Gateshead, with Jed Marshall, James Cripwell and Thomas Mount, finished 42nd while the Morpeth trio of Ryan Green, Joe Elder and Jared Lewis were 51st.

New Marske and Sedgefield were 66th and 79th respectively.

Morpeth put in one of the day's eyecatching performances in the under-13 boys' 3x2k after being 16th after being up to seventh at one point.

Kieran Hedley opened the Northumbrian's account in 18th but Jacob Hopkins, who was two seconds faster than Hedley, moved Morpeth up into seventh at the final changeover. …

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