Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Avery Convincing Victory!

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Avery Convincing Victory!

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Byline: Like us on Facebook INSIDE TRACK Athletics news with Bill McGuirk

IN 18 short months Carl Avery has moved on from an average club runner to a county champion.

Under the guidance of Commonwealth Games marathon gold medallist Jim Alder, the 28-year-old has caught the eye with superb performances - culminating in a stunning victory in Tuesday night's North Eastern Counties 10k Championships on country lanes on the outskirts of Morpeth.

While his victory may not have looked pretty to spectators lining the course, it came just two days after taking to the hills at the Powburn Show fell race.

It was Avery's first county medal of any hue and after his success he admitted he felt a bit sorry for Dan Jenkin, whom he had shadowed until the final 1,500 metres.

Avery said: "I just tracked Dan every step of the way because I did not know how I was going to feel after competing in the fell race two days earlier.

"Dan did all the work and it must have been tough for the wind was strong and into our faces - especially on the uphill sections of the course.

"However, once we were on the run to the finish I still felt OK and managed to pull away - much to my surprise.'' Since linking up with Morpeth Harriers Avery has come on leaps and bounds and though he was a member of the Northumberland club for a short period as a teenager he turned his attentions to playing local football.

Now the Seahouses-based athlete is fully focused on his athletics as well as setting his sights on the World Duathlon Championships later in the year in Australia, where he bids to retain the title he won 12 months ago in Spain.

He added: "Three years ago I managed to get a number for the Great North Run and though I had not done much training managed to run 84-and-a-half minutes.

"while I enjoyed the experience I was not fully convinced athletics was for me.

"The following year I ran the Brampton to Carlisle with a target of running under the hour and clocked around 56:42 and I think that was when I started to think why not join a club. …

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