North East runner Sam Charlton pulled off a superb domestic treble with his England Schools’ Cross Country Championship victory in the Senior Boys’ Race at Temple Newsam, near Leeds on Saturday.
The Wallsend Harrier competing for Northumberland, proudly added the Schools’ title to last week’s victory in the Inter-Counties Championships at Loughborough, following his English National title success at Harewood House in February.
The victory was all the more noteworthy as he is a first year senior boy, who was competing against athletes a year older on the rain swept course.
Charlton recorded 21.28 to win by 10 seconds from Middlesex duo David Stone and Jem O’Flaherty.
As the going got increasingly churned up during the course of the day, another North East athlete, India Pentland, competing for Durham, adapted well to the conditions to win the Senior Girls’ title.
She also won the Inter-Counties title seven days previously, and this time she got the better of Georgia Hayes, of Berkshire, and Kate O’Neill, of Essex, to win by four seconds in 14.58.