Juniors In Action For Schools XC

Race Reports
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Now the schools’ cross country season is well under way, some of our juniors were back in action again last week. After a successful 1st round, teams from Hummersknott and Carmel progressed to the Regional Final of the English Schools Cross Country Cup, with the aim of making it to the Final on 24th November. Stewart Park, Middlesbrough was the venue.

Junior Boys Both Hummersknott and Carmel had made it through to the Regional Final in the Junior Boys category, and this involved five of our Under 13 Harriers. The first two crossed the finish line virtually together, with just a couple of seconds between them. Both from Hummersknott, the first of them to complete the circuit was Dylan Wilson in 9th place, in an impressive time of 10:45, closely followed by Louis Brett; after a fantastic run, Louis finished in 10th place, in another super time of 10:47.

Next up, this time for Carmel, was James Wilcock. Another great run from James brought him home just two second behind Louis, finishing in 11th place, in an excellent 10:49. And to make it the fourth Harrier in a row, Alex Boyer finished in 12th place for Carmel; only five seconds behind James, crossing the line in 10:54. Next there was a cluster of athletes finishing all very close together including our next Harrier, Josh Scott. As Carmel’s 3rd athlete home, Josh finished in 24th place in another excellent time of 11:07. An impressive stat for you…. Louis, Alex and Josh are all still in their first year at this age group! As it’s the first 4 from each team that count towards their final score, although our young Harriers did really well, both Hummersknott and Carmel missed out on progressing to the final. An excellent performance from our boys though,so well done for that.

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Inter Girls Hummersknott were there again in the Inter Girls race, with just the one junior Harrier representing their school here. Harriet Rogers ran an impressive race to finish in 16th place in an excellent time of 11:21. Unfortunately, Hummersknott only had the three counters at the finish, so didn’t qualifyfor the Final. But well done to Harriet, a great effort all the same.

Inter Boys Once again, well done to Hummersknott, the only Darlington team to get this far for the Inter Boys, and three Harriers were involved here. It was a fantastic performance from twin brothers Adam and John Russell; they’re always serious contenders in any race and today was no different. Adam crossed the line in 3rd place with an impressive time of 14:32, and not far behind in 5th place was John, who finished in 14:46. Next up was Joe Mulroy; Joe doesn’t compete for DHAC but regularly trains in Adam’s endurance group to keep his fitness levels up for the football he plays. He crossed the line in 45th place in a great time of 17:11. A tremendous effort from the boys meant they qualified for the finals, and now look forward to a trip to Suffolk on 24th November! Congratulations boys, well done

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