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As ever, a huge thank you to Marian Hesketh for putting this week's report together.

Northern Cross Country Championships, Sedgefield, Saturday 27th January 2024

Sedgefield hosted the Northern Cross Country Championships for the first time since 1955, and almost 2,000 runners from all over the north of England travelled to County Durham to tackle the twisty, grassy course in Hardwick East Park.

The junior women’s race had the closest finish of the day. Three runners, including Preston Harrier Libby Huxley, were locked in a race long battle for the win. After 20 minutes of hard racing, the victory finally went to Amelie Lane of Wharfedale Harriers, with Huxley only 4 seconds back in 3rd place.

Harriers’ under 13 teams have already had good results in more local races this season, and they stepped up to perform well on a bigger stage. The under 13 girls finished 6th team, with the scoring team members being Ellie Blackhurst (12th), Elsie McKeever (46th), Georgina Benson (66th) and India Thompson-Amrith (67th). Grace Taylor finished in 84th place.

The under 13 boys were in the medals, packing well to finish 3rd team with Jack Turner (19th), Samuel Bates (20th), Albert Yates (23rd) and Jack Mawdsley (31st). Freddy Cheyne (55th) and Ethan Bone (85th) also ran.

The only senior athlete to make the trip was Emma McColm, who had a great run to finish a fine 13th in the senior women’s race.

Other Harriers who competed were Gordon Ballantyne (57th U17 men), Molly Taylor (42nd) and Lilli-Mai MCCarthy (65th) in the under 15 girls race, and Max Holden (29th) and Jenson Warren (36th) in the junior men’s race.

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