Douglas takes Cumbria cross-country honours

Date: Friday 11th January 2019

PENRITH’S James Douglas took the honours in the 2019 Cumbria Cross-Country Championships, held at Hunter Hall School, Penrith, on Saturday.

The Penrith Queen Elizabeth Grammar School teacher, who runs for Border Harriers, posted a time of 33 minutes, 25 seconds — just six seconds ahead of second placed Christopher Richards, of Salford.

Third was Leeds City runner Matthew Grieve and fourth was renowned fell runner Ricky Lightfoot, of Ellenborough AC, in 33.54.

Keswick AC’s John Battrick came home fifth in 34.05, while clubmates Carl Bell, Calum Tinnion and Steve Hebblethwaite were seventh, eighth and 10th respectively.

First member of Penrith’s Eden Runners to cross the line was Daniel Jones in 15th.

The women’s race saw a 1-2 for Helm Hill, with Sharon Taylor taking the honours in 29.52, followed by Kelli Roberts in 30.25. Third was Keswick’s Jenn Mattinson in 31.06, while 10th placed Karen Bridge was first Eden Runner home in 34.14.

First under-20 male was Joseph Dugdale, of Cumberland Fell Runners, and first under-20 woman was Eden Runners’ Esme Davies.

In the junior races, first under-11 girl was Eden Runners’ Lucy Hetherington, while in the under-13s, first girl was Jessica Bailey, of Leven Valley, while Thomas Renwick of Eden Runners, was first boy.

Kendal’s Fraser Sproul won the under-15 boys’ race, with Border Harrier Anna Mason first girl.

There was a 1,2,3 for Eden Runners in the under-17 boys courtesy of Sam Almond, Robin Regan and James Salt, and the girls’ race was won by Chloe Rylance, of Ambleside.