Northern Cross-country championships – Knowsley Park, Liverpool – Saturday 26th January 2013
Preparations for the small Tynedale contingent who travelled to Liverpool for the Northern Cross-country championships on Saturday could hardly have been worse. With an early start to the programme Jonny Currie and Fergus Robinson opted to travel the night before but freakish blizzard conditions left them stranded on the M6 for 7 hours and it was 5.30am before they reached the sanctuary of their hotel. A short 3-hour sleep was hardly ideal preparation but Fortunately weather conditions had improved and the boys reached the Knowsley Park venue in an optimistic mood.
Jonny was first to race in the U17 men’s 5.8km race. He continued his steady progress with a spirited run in 45th place in a field dominated by athletes from the north-west’s largest clubs. His position still gives him an outside chance of selection for the north-east region in the forthcoming inter-counties championships in Birmingham on the 9th of March.
Fergus in the U15 boys 4km race made light work of the increasingly heavy conditions on the snow-covered course. He finished strongly for 27th place and as one of the top finishers from the north-east a coveted place in the regional team for the prestigious inter-counties event looks to be his.
Both boys deserve immense credit for their determination not to let circumstances hinder their ambitions. Thoughts now turn to schools competition where next week the two will be among a talented cohort of Tynedale athletes vying for county selection and a place on the Northumberland team for the English Schools championships.
More pics at Alan’s flickr page