Harriers host XC
To commemorate 25 years since Alnwick hosted the first European XC championships, on Saturday Alnwick Harriers had the honour of hosting the 114th NECAA XC Championships.
The spectacular venue presented some challenging hills and runners had to battle a brutal wind on a course designed by clerk Geoff Campbell.
The distance for the senior women’s race was 8K and Alnwick had nine senior women competing over the two laps.
Jo Powell was first home for the club, with Diana Weightman a few places behind.
Competing in her first cross country for the club, Ellie Hulbert had a fabulous run to be Alnwick’s third team counter and Caro Fentiman finished just ahead of Justine Norman to be Alnwick’s fourth counter, with Emma McGee 17 places back.
Also competing in her first ever cross country for the club, Karen Leeson had a strong run finishing closely with Sue Skirrow and Linda Patterson..
Boosted by home support, Alnwick’s women finished 20th out of 37 teams, two places up on last year.
For the men, Graham Simpson was first home for Alnwick in 68th place, with Bruce Crombie 75th, Phil Hall 94th and Graham Syers 96th.
Race winner was Morpeth's Carl Avery, taking his first win at the event.
In the juniors there was a good turnout with the U15 girls winning and Millie Breeze taking an individual third place.
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