Team Manager Mike Bateman commented afterwards that to see Morpeth's Junior Men add National success to their Northern title was excellent, he was particularly pleased to see Jonathan Young bounce back from some early season disappointments to gain a National medal.He
also added there were a lot of positives on the day, especially the Under 15 Girls who were first Northern team, the Senior Women as third Northern team plus the Under 13 Boys who were now knitting well as a squad and to be fourth Northern team at that level was superb and very much a plus factor.Bateman
also felt that Morpeth
had flown the flag well for the region having athletes in every event and that apart from Aurora in the Senior Men they were the only North East club who had scored as a team on the day.
Secretary Mike Bateman
was forced to don his
racing shoes, the last occasion he
had done so was in 2004 when he
turned out at Bradford for a Morpeth
12 Stage B team.
...As the winter sun set on Herrington Country Park, near Penshaw, and the chill of the day began to tell, Morpeth Harriers Team Manager and Club Secretary Mike Bateman reflected, 'That on a day of some disappointments it was indeed a pleasure to receive trophies that said his club had once again been the best overall performers at the North Eastern Counties Cross Country Championships.' Bateman added 'that it hadn't been their best day, but the fact that they had failed to collect medals in only two of the nine competitions on offer made the picture much brighter.' He also went on to praise the efforts of the clubs newest individual North East Champions, and mentioned that they were very unlucky not to have produced a third.