Mark Shaw demonstrated maturity as well as talent as he won his biggest ever title in the UK Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships. On a course that although deceptively tough, had a sound surface that would suit Mark. He set off steadily, in about twentieth position after half a mile. After about one third of the 6k contest he had worked himself into the leading group, and then four of that group pulled away. Just after half way he made his bid to win and powered into a clear lead, which despite showing signs of tiredness towards the finish, was never going to be caught. He also lead home the North East team to gold medal.
Andy Wiles after finishing 15th in the National would be a little disapointed with 33rd but had the consolation of being part of the gold medal winning North East senior men's team.
In the other junior races best New Marske performers were Hannah Kitchener 93rd of 291 finishers, Patrick Wilson 199/297 and Katie Coulson 164/260. All good performances in top class fields!