Cameron Boyek (second from right) celebrates with his GB teammates. Picture credit: @cameronboyek

Shildon athlete Cameron Boyek returned to Great Britain action on Sunday with a gold in the Senior Mixed Relay at the European Cross Country Championships  in Samorin, Slovakia.

Boyek, the recent winner of the Scottish Short Course Cross Country Championships, ran the second leg and moved Great Britain into the lead having taken over in third from Melissa Courtney.

Boyek handed over to Sarah MacDonald who maintained the lead on the penultimate leg before Cardiff’s Tom Marshall comfortably held off the highly fancied Spanish and Czech teams in what was the inaugural running of the Senior Mixed Relay.

Boyek tweeted before the event: “Excited to be back running for my country next Sunday in Slovakia!! Been a tough few years with injury but finally I’m back in a GB vest.”

There were two further North East runners representing Great Britain at the Championships with Morpeth Harrier Mhairi MacLennan producing an outstanding run to finish ninth in the Under 23 Women’s race with the team taking a comprehensive victory.

Fellow Morpeth Harrier Scott Beattie had a solid run to finish 27th in the Under 20 Men’s race, with the team placing a slightly disappointing sixth having been in medal contention for much of the race.

It was a successful day for Great Britain at an event they traditionally do well at with Harriet Knowles-Jones taking gold in the Under 20 Women’s race, Jess Judd claiming a bronze in the Under 23 Women’s race and Andrew Butchart holding on for bronze in the Senior Men’s race.

From a team perspective the Senior Women and Under 20 Women joined the Under 23 Women and Senior Mixed Relay teams as gold medallists while the Senior Men and Under 23 Men took bronze.