Wearside come away with nothing in the County Schools’ Cross Country Championships

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WEARSIDE did not provide one individual winner or achieve a team victory in the County Schools’ Cross Country Championships at Meadowfield on Saturday.

Gone are the days when the city schools could regularly boast a number of champions and team victories among the eight age groups.

International success even came their way when St Aidan’s David Clark (1990), Malcolm Hassan (1997 and 98) and Pennywell’s Lee Browell (1999) gained English Schools honours.

The sport of cross country in the city schools’ is at an all-time low and this is not helped with the schools cross country championships held on paths around Silksworth Sports Complex over a shortened course.

Wearside’s sole medallist was Jake Archer (St Aidan’s) in the senior boys’ race.

Results: Year 7 Boys: 1 Malcolm Lonsdale (Sth West Dur) 8.47, 2 J Wood (Darl) 8.53, 3 D Stanley (Dur C) 9.26, 4 Alex Brown (West Wear) 9.35, 6 Daniel Feather (West Wear) 9.43, 8 Ross Kirkpatrick (West Wear) 9.47, 9 Nathan Cockburn (West Wear) 9.50, 11 Sam Shotton (Wear) 9.57, 12 Ryan Howe (West Wear) 10.02. Team: West Wearside.

Year 7 Girls: 1 Olivia Bateman (Sth West Dur) 9.57, 2 Annalise James (Gate) 10.16, 3 Rebecca Dunn (Gates) 10.28, 6 Jodie Haswell (West Wear) 10.54, 7 Katie Gunn (West Wear) 10.59. Team: Gateshead.

Junior Boys: Thomas Coyne (Sth Tyne) 17.51, 2 Liam Emmitt (Sth Tyne) 17.58, 3 Jake Findlay (Sth West Dur) 17.58, 7 M Thompson (West Wear) 18.26, 12 Cory Fenwick (Eas), 13 Jordan Fenwick (Eas), 15 Luca Irvine (Wear). Team: Durham Central.

Junior Girls: 1 Lydia Turner (Derw) 11.52, 2 Anna Fawcett (West Wear) 12.17, 3 Bethan Thomas (Gate) 13.00, 6 Lucy Ellis (Wear) 13.35, 8 Sophie Burnett (Wear) 13.53. Team: Gateshead.

Intermediate Boys: 1 Michael Bleasby (Darl) 19.52, 2 Luke Clark (Sth Tyne) 20.27, 3 Chris Peverley (West Wear) 20.41, 12 Dominic Hill (Wear), 15 Hugh Danby-Platt (Wear), 16 Todd Kershaw (Wearside). Team: Darlington.

Intermediate Girls: 1 Amy Ethrington (Dur Cen) 16.44, 2 Sophie Forster (Derw) 16.58, 3 Zoe Hewitson (Darl) 17.10, 4 Chloe Price (Eas) 17.30, 5 Amy Coulson (West Wear) 18.21, 9 Charlie Gill (West Wear) 18.53, 14 Lydia Bellamy (West Wear). Team: Durham Central.

Senior Boys: 1 Lawrence McCourt (Gates) 25.13, 2 George Lowry (Sth Tyne) 25.51, 3 Jake Archer (Wear) 25.55. Team: Durham Central.

Senior Girls: 1 Nicole Burlinson (Darl) 20.54, 2 Elizabeth Wood (Darl) 21.39, 3 A Seadon (Gates) 22.01.