SEVEN talented St Helens Sutton A.C. members made the long trip to East Park Sedgefield for the Northern Cross Country Championships worthwhile, all returning very creditable performances.

These prestigious Championships are always very keenly contested with virtually every Athletics Club in the North being represented.

The Clubs highest placed finisher on the day was Liam Johnson in the U17s Men's Race finishing an excellent 8th in 18:35 for the 5.7KM course, with strong support from Gabriel Mullen clocking 19:42 in 90th.

In the U13 Girls race Tess Mullen ran a pleasing 13:19 for the 2.9KM distance and was rewarded with a creditable 86th place.

In the U13s Boys Race over the same distance Bobby Birkett ran 10.42 to finish 13th another stand out performance on the day.

In the U17 Women's race Lily Birkett ran a quality 20.52 for the 4.7k distance easily achieving a place in the top 100 with a very good 62nd place finish.

Meanwhile in the Senior Women's and Senior Men's races held over 8.1KM and 12.1KM distances respectively, Husband and Wife Sarah and Chris Birkett completed the Sutton turn out.

Sarah clocking a time of 41.04 for 136th place and Chris recording a time of 50.58 in 227th place, both worthy performances.