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Athletics: Counties side grabs the men's title.

Byline: LES VENMORE

NORTH East Counties gained a welcome victory in the senior men's race, the final event at Saturday's Inter Counties Cross Country Championships, at Wollaton Park, Nottingham, writes LES VENMORE.

In the race which served as the World Championship trial, Morpeth's Ian Hud-spith moved through strongly to finish ninth behind runaway winner Tom Humphries of Staffordshire.

He was supported by Lewis Timmins (16th), Mark Hood (19th), David Wardle (23rd), Andy Caine (25th), and Nick Swin-burn (48th) as the team took the title. Gateshead Harrier Ross Murray was the top North East individual performer. Murray, still in the Under-17s age group, took part in the Under-20s World Trial and finished fifth behind English Schools' champion David Forrester of Merseyside. This performance almost certainly gained Murray a place in the Great Britain team for the Championship event at Edinburgh in two weeks. Murray had also represented Britain in the European Championships last December.

Cumbria's Laura Park, who won the English Schools' Intermediate title seven days earlier, rose from her sickbed to win the world trial for junior women. Park, 16, had to work hard catching long-time leader Emma Pallant of Hampshire, in the final 600m. Park was a non-counter for the Great Britain team that won the European title.

Fergus Roberts from Richmond, representing Yorkshire, maintained his unbeaten record in the Under-13s age group to win his event.

Durham City Harrier Felicity Milton, representing Leicestershire, finished sixth in the senior women's race behind surprise winner, Laura Kenney of Warwickshire. Cumbrians Gemma Miles and Sarah Tunstall finished fifth and eighth respectively. Sonia Thomas of Sale led the North East challenge to finish 15th, the squad finishing fourth.

The county also finished fourth in the Under-15s boys' race, led home by Michael Priestley in 15th.

Gary Dunn of Thirsk won the senior men's event at the final North Yorkshire and South Durham fixture, at a cold and windy Richmond Racecourse, yesterday.

Carolyn Summersgill of Middlesbrough and Cleveland comfortably won the senior women's event.

Fergus Roberts of Richmond and Zetland won the Under-13 boys' race, 25 hours after victory in the Inter Counties Championship.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 17, 2008
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