Northern Athletics Team: Home Countries International Cross Country: 22nd March 2014


Stave Gaines reports as the North sent four teams to the event, held at Wollaton park Nottingham.
The event used a very hilly and testing course using mulitiple 2Km laps, the lap used the area immediately in front of the hall – where the old CAU start hill was. This made for a very spectator friendly course, but did test the athletes.
The event proved a very successful one for the North, with many younger developing athletes getting their first taste of competition at this level. Another plus was the fact that selected athletes were from  clubs across the area, making for a good geographical mix
The teams and results in each of the 4 races are summarised below.Thanks to Rob Cameron for all his hard work organising the team and to Andy Rodgers and Anne Griffiths for helping with team management for the event. Thanks also to Ian Byett & the ECCA team for organising the event and for the team invitationsI have lots of photos of the athletes, should anyone want copies please contact Steve Gaines
Junior Women 6 Km
The team, pictured right with Anne Griffiths were (from left) Caroline Lambert (Wetherby) 8th 22:20 ; Elizabeth Mooney

NA Home Counties International 2014 Junior Women

NA Home Counties International 2014 Junior Women

(Gateshead) 10th 22:32; Amelia Pettit (Vale Royal) 11th 22:37 and Abbie Hetherington (Border) 17th 23:17.
Team Result
1 England 7 1 2 4 (5)
2 South 24 3 7 14 (24)
3 North 29 8 10 11 (17)
4 Scotland 36 9 12 15 (23)
5 Wales 37 6 13 18 (20)
6 Midlands 68 21 22 25
7 Welsh Schools 76 16 29 31 (34)
8 N Ireland 83 26 27 30 (33)

NA Home Counties International 2014 Junior Women

Junior Men  8Km
Rob Cameron was confident that the selected team would do well, & so it proved!  The team of Joe Steward (East Cheshire) 2nd 25:35 (No 83) Zak Miller (Trafford) 5th 25:42 (No 80), James Hall 7th 26:02 (obscured in the photo behind Joe) & Richard Powell (Trafford) 23rd 27:13 beating England by 1 point to the team title.

NA Home Inter National 2014 Junior Men

NA Home Inter National 2014 Junior Men

Team Result
1 North 14 2 5 7 (23)
2 England 15 1 4 10 (11)
3 Wales 26 3 8 15 (28)
4 South 44 9 17 18 (26)
5 Midlands 44 6 14 24 (27)
6 Welsh Schools 47 12 16 19 (20)
7 Scotland 56 13 21 22 (29)
8 Combined Services99 32 33 34

Senior Women  8Km
The team, pictured right with Anne were (from left) Samantha Johnson (Rotherham) 13th 30:12, Laura Spence (Rotherham) 11th 30:01, Julia Jagger

NA Home International 2014 Senior Women

NA Home International 2014 Senior Women

(Hallamshire) 19th 31:06 & Ashley Gibson (Morpeth) 6th 29:04.
The good packing achieved by the North athletes gave them 2nd place behind the England team. In the England team were Katie Walsh (Holmfirth) (7th)

Team Result
1 England 11 2 4 5 (7)
2 North 30 6 11 13 (19)
3 South 34 3 15 16 (17)
4 Scotland 35 9 12 14 (22)
5 Wales 39 8 10 21 (24)
6 N Ireland 69 18 25 26

Senior Men  10Km
The selected team was reduced to 3, due to the unavailability of Andy Ward. Pictured right, from left are:-  Andy Rodgers, Carl Hardman (Salford) 5th 32:09, Gary Priestley (Salford) 23rd 33:37 Jack Morris (Stockport) 17th 33:05 & Rob Cameron.

NA Home International Senior Men 2014

NA Home International Senior Men 2014

The senior men’s race was won by Andy Heyes (Hallamshire) in 31:33 with Dan Garbutt (Durham) 10 secs behind Andy. Both have run for the North before stepping up to full international selection.

Team Result
1 England 7 1 2 4 (6)
2 Scotland 35 8 12 15
3 Services 35 3 11 21 (28)
4 Midlands 37 9 10 18
5 Wales 41 7 14 20
6 North 45 5 17 23
7 South 51 13 16 22 (24)
8 N Ireland 72 19 26 27 (29)

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