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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Currie in the point for North

FOUR Tynedale athletes pulled on the bright yellow vest of the North-East team as they did their region proud in the Inter Counties Cross-Country Championships.

Wylam's Jonny Currie was second finisher for the North-East.

Jonny Currie and Charles Downs made their debut for the regional side, while Max Pearson and Ellen Ricketts also made the trip to Crofton Park, in Birmingham.

Sadly, Matthew Jackson was unable to compete as he had to withdraw while he recuperates from illness.

With places limited as regions can select a maximum of eight athletes in a team, the accolade of making it as one of the representatives from the combined resources of Northumberland, Durham and Cleveland is a big one in itself.

Jonny Currie started the ball rolling for Tynedale Harriers as he competed in the U20 800m, a steady but confident start seeing him well placed going into the last of three laps.

He pulled in several places for an excellent 60th position finish and second counter for the North-East to help them to ninth in the team competition.

Charles Downs, who has enjoyed a great season as a consistently high finisher in the local harriers scene, turned in another strong run to finish just outside of the top half of the U13 event.

Max Pearson, competing in a strong U15 race over 4500m, started steadily and then finished strongly to claim 103rd spot from 300 runners.

Bringing Tynedale’s contribution to a close, Ellen Ricketts, who has been setting the local harrier league alight this year, had another excellent run to finish 90th and fourth counter for the North-East.

The appearance of all four was a great achievement for the ever improving Tynedale Harriers, and it was a great experience for the runners in front of Sky Sports camera crews.