Northern Cross Country Championships 24/01/2015
Report by Dave Aspin
Eleven New Marske Harriers braved the elements at Pontefract Racecourse to pit themselves against the best runners in the North of England in the Northern Cross Country Championships. U15 Reece Curtis had the best result picking up a Silver Medal just 8 seconds behind the winner Daniel Slater of Liverpool. Ben Bergstrand 90th and Kian Wildmore 155th completed the U15 Boys team.
In the U15 girls race Eli Barnbrook had a good run for a super 35th place with Rebecca Aspin 143rd. Daniel Gunn, recovering from illness, ran well for 33rd in the U13 boys with Archie Lowe 47th and Matthew Chinnock 160th.
By the time the senior runners competed, parts of the course had been churned up and running was difficult. Kath Aspin was the only senior lady and did well to finish in the top 100, 98th place out of 350, against much younger opposition in 8k 2 lap race.
The highlight for many of the spectators and runners alike was Olympic Triathlon Champion Alistair Brownlee competing in the 12k 3 lap senior men’s race. They were not disappointed with a fierce battle between Alistair and Andrew Davies of Stockport going down to the last few hundred metres before Andrew denied Alistair victory with a narrow 6 second victory. Watching Alistair lap me with 500m to go to the finish was probably the highlight of my race as well before I finished in 596th with Clive Thornton in 396th.