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............................................................................LATEST NEWS.................... The tenth running of the North Tyneside 10k Road Race yesterday attracted an entry of over 2000 runners, and the first home to the finish line was Carl Smith of Leeds City............................................. Morpeths Senior and Veteran Men teams both managed to pull of respective record breaking victories in their four leg relay events at the annual Elswick Harriers Good Friday Road Races yesterday.................................... Morpeths Nick Swinburn came very close to achieving a superb individual victory in the Salford 10k, in Manchester on Good Friday................................................... Elliot Kelly has won the Benfield Motor Group Morpeth Harriers Athlete of the Month award for March 2014......................................................... LATEST NEWS...........................................................

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THIS WEEKS ATHLETICS NEWS....
North Tyneside 10k Road Race !
Elswick Harriers Good Friday Road Races !
Salford 10k Road Race !
Athlete of the Month Award !
OTHER NEWS FROM APRIL 2014....
NEWS FROM MARCH 2014....
NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2014....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2014....

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OTHER NEWS FROM APRIL 2014....
2014 Virgin London Marathon !
2014 Virgin London Mini Marathon !
Anne Marie Readshaw Track & Field Meeting !
Run Northumberland Cragside 10k Road Race !
Watford Open Graded Track Meeting !
ERRA National 12 Stage Senior Men Road Relay Championships !
ERRA National 6 Stage Womens Road Relay Championships !
Blyth Valley Transped 10K Race !
Brighton 10k Road Race !
NEWS FROM MARCH 2014....
NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2014....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2014....

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NEWS FROM MARCH 2014....
Terry O’Gara Memorial 5k Road Race !
Coniston 14 Mile Road Race !
World Masters Athletics Championships !
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League ( 6 )
Home Countries International Cross Country Championships !
Athlete of the Month Award !
North of England 12 & 6 Stage Road Relay Championships !
English Schools Cross Country Championships !
British Masters Cross Country Championships !
UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships !
Trafford 10k Road Race !
North East Masters Cross Country Championships !
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League ( 5 )
Mizuno Reading Half Marathon !
NEWS FROM APRIL 2014....
NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2014....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2014....

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NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2014....
Netherhall 10 Mile Road Race !
2014 English National Cross Country Championships !
Armagh International 5k Road Race !
North Eastern Counties AA Indoor Championships !
North Eastern Counties Royal Signals Road Relays !
Athlete of the Month Award !
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League ( 4 )
Northern Inter Counties Schools Cross Country Championships Update !
Alsager 5 Road Race !
Dewsbury 10k Road Race !
Ashford 10k Road Race !
Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon !
Scottish Indoor Championships !
Scottish Masters Cross Country Championships !
Northern Inter Counties Schools Cross Country Championships !
UKA Inter Counties Championships Preview !
2014 Morpeth Harriers Grand Prix Update !
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NEWS FROM MARCH 2014....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2014....

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NEWS FROM JANUARY 2014....
2014 North of England Cross Country Championships !
Northumberland Schools Cross Country Championships !
North of England Senior Indoor Track and Field Championships !
IAAF Cross International Italica Mens Invitational 10.8k !
Athlete of the Month Award !
Scottish Borders Cross Country League !
Durham Cathedral Cross Country Relays !
Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country !
2014 Morpeth 11k Road Race !
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NEWS FROM MARCH 2014....
NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2014....

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North Tyneside 10k Road Race !

North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon set 2,000 plus runners on their way in the annual
North Tyneside 10k Road Race, which was run for the tenth occasion today.

2013 winner Ian Hudspith of Morpeth Harriers was one of the favourites in the event,
however he was thwarted in his attempts to retain his title by some very strong opposition
in the form of Carl Smith of Leeds City, formerly with Chester Le Street.

The first two miles saw Smith and Hudspith very much locked in a head to head battle,
however the Leeds man seized his chance for victory just after the halfway point,
and went on to win in a strong headwind by a margin of 39 seconds in 32m07s.

Meanwhile Hudspith hung on for second place, ahead of his Morpeth Harriers team-mate Ross Floyd,
who ran solidly, and very much alone for much of the way, to finish third in 33m38s.

Another good Morpeth Harriers performer was young Matthew Boyle, who came home in 30th place in 36m50s.

In the Ladies race Morpeth’s Sarah Graham was seventh to finish, time is still to confirm.

A full and more detailed report will be on this website shortly.

Click here for Complete Results

WHATS NEW INDEX
Elswick Harriers Good Friday Road Races !
Salford 10k Road Race !
Athlete of the Month Award !
OTHER NEWS FROM APRIL 2014....
NEWS FROM MARCH 2014....
NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2014....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2014....

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Elswick Harriers Good Friday Road Races !

Start of the Senior Men Relays at Newburn on Good Friday
Morpeth Harriers pulled off two sensational record breaking team victories at the
annual Elswick Harriers Road Races, held at Newburn Business Park on Friday 18th April.
Runners were blessed with facing virtually ideal conditions for the event,
with fairly warm sunshine, and very little wind to hinder the more speedy protagonists.

Most speedy of all were the squads of Senior and Veteran Men of Morpeth Harriers,
who both clinched victories in their four stage relays, and both breaking current course records,
and in the case of the former, retaining the winner’s title for the fourth consecutive year.
Added to that the clubs Senior Women finished second in their three stage contest,
and their Veteran Women finished thirteenth in a total finishing field of twenty one clubs.
Morpeth Harriers Senior Men won with twenty two seconds to spare over Gateshead Harriers,
with Sunderland Harriers a further 1min41secs further adrift in third place.

Ryan Stephenson, still in the early stages of his competitive comeback from injury had the squad
well placed in fourth on the first leg, with his clocking of 10m43s, one of the days ten fastest times.

On second leg Nathan Shrubb took them up to second place with his clocking of 10m28s,
a time which was eventually to emerge as the third fastest of the day.

Morpeth’s third leg runner Matthew Nicholson commenced his challenge for
victory only one second adrift of marginal leaders Gateshead.
Clocking what became the day’s second fastest time of 10m25s,
Nicholson had no trouble in overhauling Gateshead’s Conrad Franks,
and by the time he reached the changeover point to hand over to
final leg runner Lewis Timmins, he had established a lead of thirty two seconds.

Despite Gateshead’s final leg runner Chris Parr clocking the day’s fastest time of 10m19s,
it still was not enough to break down Timmins’s lead, as he had clocked a fourth equal 10m29s.

The combined efforts of Stephenson, Shrubb, Nicholson, and Timmins created a brand new
course record for Morpeth Harriers, taking around fifty seconds off their previously set record.
Matt Nicholson, Lewis Timmins and 
Nathan Shrubb with the Senior Mens Trophy won by Morpeth at the Elswick Road Races on Good Friday

Another course record victory also came for Morpeth Harriers Veteran Mens squad,
who won with 1min28secs to spare over Tyne Bridge, with Sunderland Harriers
a further nine seconds adrift in third place.

John Butters at Newburn on Good Friday
Morpeth Harriers Veteran Men led throughout their four stage contest,
and their victory was firmly confirmed by John Butters on the final leg,
where he clocked 10m59s, easily the fastest Veteran Mans time of the day of 10m59s,
thirteen seconds ahead of Sunderland Harrier Brian Rushworth.

Butters was well supported in the victory by Phil Walker (11m19s),
Fergus Bates (11m17s), and Mick Thomsen (11m52s).
Morpeths winning Vets team at Newburn on Good Friday

Morpeth Harriers further confirmed their superiority in the Senior Mens contest
when their B and C teams finished seventh and eleventh respectively.
The B team were second B team to finish, as was their C team,
in both cases finishing behind the respective Gateshead Harriers squads.

Competing for the Morpeth Harriers B team were Elliot Kelly (11m14s),
Michael Dawson (11m31s), Carl Avery (10m50s), and Thomas Straughan (11m19s).

Adam Weightman (11m36s), Sam Hancox (11m29s), Ian Harding (10m47s),
and Mark Snowball (12m43s) competed for the Morpeth Harriers C team.

The Morpeth Harriers Veteran Mens B team finished fifteenth, and were third declared B team,
thanks to the efforts of Tony Lewis (12m10s), Paul Waterston (12m25s), Archie Jenkins (14m56s), and Rob Hancox (12m28s).

Alison Brown finishing fifteenth in 13m55s, gave Morpeth Harriers
Senior Women a very steady start to their three stage relay.
Eventually they came through to finish second, thanks to superb runs by
Emma Holt (12m24s) (second fastest), and Morag Stead (12m36s) (fourth fastest).
They managed to overcome the early lead set by North Shields Poly’s Gina Rutherford,
whose 12m28s was third fastest.

Emma Holt at Newburn on Good Friday

However they were unable to get on level terms with winners Birtley AC,
who were well bolstered by Lydia Turner’s final leg clocking of 11m23s,
which proved to be the fastest of the day.

The Morpeth Harriers Senior Womens B team finished sixteenth
of 48 finishing clubs courtesy of Hannah Rank (13m53s),
Hannah Sheerin (14m59s), and Amber Cormack (14m51s),
and were second B team behind Gateshead Harriers.

Pam Woodcock competed for an incomplete Morpeth Harriers Senior Womens C team,
where she clocked 16m15s, and was 39th when she finished her leg.

Morpeth Harriers Veteran Women finished thirteenth of 21 finishing teams in their three stage relay,
courtesy of Lindsay Turnbull (14m09s), Shuna Rank (15m32s), and Claire Walker (17m09s).

The school Easter Holiday’s certainly affected the fields in the younger age group events,
with a total of sixty athletes toeing the start line in the combined Under 13 event,
and only twenty eight taking part in the combined Under 15 event.
Morpeth Harriers had eight athletes taking part, and the best performance came
from Abby Sheldon in the Under 15 Girls, where she finished an excellent third in 9m58s,
only a mere thirteen seconds adrift of the winner Holly Matheson of Heaton Harriers.
Lizzie Rank also ran well to finish seventh in 10m28s.

Next best Morpeth Harriers performers were Holly Peck, who finished
eighth in the Under 13 Girls event in 10m26s, and Ross Charlton who also
finished eighth in the Under 13 Boys event in 9m26s.
Other Morpeth Harriers competitors to finish in the Under 13 event were Kate Seymour,
who was thirteenth girl in 10m50s, and Daniel Dixon, who was 27th Boy in 10m25s.

In the Under 15 Boys event, Morpeth Harriers Will Kelly and Adam Shewry
ran very closely throughout to finish 8th and 9th in respective times of 9m00s and 9m03s.

Click here for Complete Senior Mens Results

Click here for Complete Senior Womens Results

Click here for Complete Veteran Mens Results

Click here for Complete Veteran Womens Results

WHATS NEW INDEX
North Tyneside 10k Road Race !
Salford 10k Road Race !
Athlete of the Month Award !
OTHER NEWS FROM APRIL 2014....
NEWS FROM MARCH 2014....
NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2014....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2014....

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Salford 10k Road Race !

Whilst his Morpeth Harriers colleagues were achieving team glory at Elswick, Nick Swinburn came very
close to achieving a superb individual victory in the Salford 10k, in Manchester on Good Friday

Clocking a new personal best of 30m10s, he was only seven seconds adrift
of race winner Mick Aspinall of Midland’s club Tipton Harriers.
He took five seconds off his previous best, which he set in 2010 in the Swansea Bay 10k event.

Third and fourth places went Sale Harriers pair Gavin Hill
and Gareth Raven, who were given equal times of 30m14s.

Swinburn’s Morpeth Harriers club colleague Ade Whitwam finished twelfth in 31m16s.

The event had a total of 574 finishers.

WHATS NEW INDEX
North Tyneside 10k Road Race !
Elswick Harriers Good Friday Road Races !
Athlete of the Month Award !
OTHER NEWS FROM APRIL 2014....
NEWS FROM MARCH 2014....
NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2014....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2014....

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Athlete of the Month Award !

Elliot Kelly recieves his certificate from Mike Bateman
Morpeth Harrier Elliot Kelly’s final appearance as an Under 17 Mens athlete,
saw him produce a performance that managed to clinch him the title
of Benfield Athlete of the Month for March 2014.

In the Wallsend Harriers Terry O’Gara 5k event, he ran a time of 16m08s,
which in turn saw him take a whole minute off his previous best for the distance,
and pushed him to number two for his age group for the distance in the UK.

Elliot is pictured above receiving his Certificate of Achievement from Morpeth Harriers
Club Secretary Mike Bateman, at the Elswick Harriers Good Friday Road Races.

WHATS NEW INDEX
North Tyneside 10k Road Race !
Elswick Harriers Good Friday Road Races !
Salford 10k Road Race !
OTHER NEWS FROM APRIL 2014....
NEWS FROM MARCH 2014....
NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2014....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2014....

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Virgin London Marathon !

Five athletes from Morpeth Harriers faced the starter at the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 13th April,
and all of them did well by finishing in under the four hour mark.

Speediest of these was Andrew Lawrence, who after going through the half way point in 1hr15min34secs,
managed to cross the finish line in 2hrs38min25secs, and was 150th Male finisher.

Next to finish from the club was Lorna MacDonald, who had gone through halfway at 1hr34min34secs,
finished as 190th Lady in 3hrs11min37secs.

Ten minutes behind her in 3,300th Male place was clubmate,
and sometimes training partner Mark Snowball,
who posted a finishing time of 3hrs21mins26secs.

Other Morpeth Harriers finishers were,
Kate Chapman (617th Lady) 3hrs28mins18secs,
and Richard Kirby (6875th) (1141st Over 40 Male) 3hrs40mins41secs.

WHATS NEW INDEX
North Tyneside 10k Road Race !
Elswick Harriers Good Friday Road Races !
2014 Virgin London Mini Marathon !
Anne Marie Readshaw Track & Field Meeting !
Run Northumberland Cragside 10k Road Race !
Watford Open Graded Track Meeting !
OTHER NEWS FROM APRIL 2014....
NEWS FROM MARCH 2014....
NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2014....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2014....

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Virgin London Mini Marathon !

Two athletes from Morpeth Harriers travelled to the nation’s capital at the weekend to take part in the
Virgin Money Giving Mini Marathon, and to represent the North East Region.

Nathan Cox finished 49th in the Under 17 Boys 5k event in 15m31s, and was fifth from the region.
In the Under 17 Womens 5k, Alison Brown finished 70th, and was sixth from the region, posting a time of 20m38s.

WHATS NEW INDEX
North Tyneside 10k Road Race !
Elswick Harriers Good Friday Road Races !
2014 Virgin London Marathon !
Anne Marie Readshaw Track & Field Meeting !
Run Northumberland Cragside 10k Road Race !
Watford Open Graded Track Meeting !
OTHER NEWS FROM APRIL 2014....
NEWS FROM MARCH 2014....
NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2014....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2014....

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Anne Marie Readshaw Track & Field Meeting !

Four athletes, siblings from two families belonging to Morpeth Harriers, got their track season
off to an excellent start at the annual Anne Marie Readshaw Open Track and Field Meeting,
held at Shildon Stadium on Sunday 13th April.

Unfortunately conditions were cold and blustery, however this did nothing to deter Will and Elliot Kelly,
and Kieran and Rhiannon Hedley, who not only managed to set three new personal bests,
but also netted three medals between them.

The best medal winner of the day was Will Kelly, who won Gold in the Under 15 Boys 400m,
with new figures of 60.5s, and considering the conditions, could only be described as superb.

Not to be outdone, but unfortunately not medal winning, was that of Will’s elder brother Elliot’s performance,
who set new figures in the Senior Mens 3000m, when finishing sixth in 9m20.84s,
knocking a whole twelve seconds off his previous best.

In the Under 15 Boys 800m, Kieran Hedley produced a solid performance to take Silver in 2m18.4s,
unfortunately about five seconds adrift of his previous best for the distance.

Kieran’s younger sister Rhiannon also produced a Silver medal winning performance
in the Under 11 Girls 600m, where set new figures of 2m01.7s.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Elswick Harriers Good Friday Road Races !
2014 Virgin London Marathon !
2014 Virgin London Mini Marathon !
Run Northumberland Cragside 10k Road Race !
Watford Open Graded Track Meeting !
OTHER NEWS FROM APRIL 2014....
NEWS FROM MARCH 2014....
NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2014....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2014....

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Run Northumberland Cragside 10k Road Race !

Posting a time of 33m32s, Morpeth Harrier Carl Avery was a very easy winner of the
Run Northumberland Cragside 10k Road Race on Saturday 12th April.

He won with just under three minutes to spare from the unattached Tim Calder, who clocked 36m24s,
with third placed finisher George Rudman of Blaydon Harriers just a further second adrift.

A total of 232 finishers took part in the event, which was held on the roads inside the grounds
of the former Lord Armstrong’s picturesque estate near Rothbury,
and Avery was the sole athlete from Morpeth Harriers.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Elswick Harriers Good Friday Road Races !
2014 Virgin London Marathon !
2014 Virgin London Mini Marathon !
Anne Marie Readshaw Track & Field Meeting !
Watford Open Graded Track Meeting !
OTHER NEWS FROM APRIL 2014....
NEWS FROM MARCH 2014....
NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2014....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2014....

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Watford Open Graded Track Meeting !

Watford’s first Open Graded Track Meeting of the season, held on Wednesday 9th April,
saw Oxford based Morpeth Harrier James Taylor continue his comeback to competitive
action in Race 2 of the Mens 3000m.

Taylor, who missed most of last year’s action due to a stress fracture sustained in early summer,
was in an event that had a total of 34 finishers, on a night that attracted a lot of athletes keen
to take in some early season action.

Having only had one competitive outing recently, in the Northern Indoor Championships in Sheffield,
Taylor can feel well pleased in the knowledge that he set new figures of 9m05.83s
when finishing in 16th place overall.

He now hopes to progress from this, and get a full season under
his belt following the disappointments of 2013.

WHATS NEW INDEX
2014 Virgin London Marathon !
2014 Virgin London Mini Marathon !
Anne Marie Readshaw Track & Field Meeting !
Run Northumberland Cragside 10k Road Race !
OTHER NEWS FROM APRIL 2014....
NEWS FROM MARCH 2014....
NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2014....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2014....

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ERRA National 12 Stage Senior Men Road Relay Championships !

Start of Senior Mens Relays at Sutton Park on Saturday 5th April
A lifetime ambition, very nearly became a reality for Morpeth Harriers, and their legendary long time member,
and President Jim Alder on Saturday 5th April, when they came within just over a minute from achieving
much wished for gold medals in the Senior Mens event, at the annual English National 12 Stage Road Relays,
held at their ancestral venue, Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham.

Having won Silver once in 2007, and Bronze, on no less than four occasions, (1995,1999,2002 and 2011),
there was every reason to believe that on this occasion the club could go one better, and win that elusive gold,
and by no one more so than Alder, currently celebrating the 48th Anniversary
of his memorable Commonwealth Games Marathon victory in Kingston, Jamaica,
and who will be taking part in some of the celebrations marking this year’s Games, being held in his native Glasgow this summer .

Even without the services of leading light Nick McCormick, the squad were still full of strength,
with Jonny Taylor, Nick Swinburn, Ryan Stephenson, Nathan Shrubb, Richard Morrell,
and new acquisition Paulo Pinheiro, a former Portuguese Junior Champion, all in the starting line-up.
It was Taylor who got things off to an excellent start for Morpeth on the 5.08mile long First Leg.

He came home in second place in 24m41s, twenty seconds behind early leaders Cardiff,
a time that would eventually rank as seventh equal Long Leg on the day.

On the short 2.69mile Second Leg, Nathan Shrubb held his nerve as he came home in third place in 13m20s,
only a second adrift of Kent AC, who had advanced from their early placing of fourth,
at the expense of Highgate, who were also to come through again on forthcoming stages of the contest.

The long third leg saw Morpeth’s Lewis Timmins very much involved in a tough battle for supremacy as the lead
changed, with Highgate coming through again, and Bedford coming into the equation.
Timmins clocked 25m28s, as he came home in fourth spot, however still only a few seconds adrift of a medal placing.

Ryan Stephenson, who had answered a late call from Team Manager David Swinburne,
to fill the gap left by the absent Ian Harding on the short fourth leg, did his level best to keep Morpeth Harriers in
contention, however he succumbed to a lack of race fitness, having not competed since the North Eastern Cross
Country Championships in Mid December, where had sustained a leg injury.
Stephenson unfortunately slipped to seventh place with his clocking of 13m49s;
however he was still only thirty seconds adrift of a medal placing.

On the long fifth leg, Nick Swinburn, clearly in good form entered the fray, and succeeded in clawing
back three places, and was only sixteen seconds adrift of the now third placed Leeds City,
with Highgate still leading, and Aldershot now in second spot.
His clocking was 25m01s, which proved to be sixth fastest on the leg.

Sixth leg saw debutant Pinheiro in action, and as Highgate went back to fourth,
he quickly passed Leeds City, and did battle with new leaders Aldershot.
Pinheiro certainly made his Morpeth Harriers debut a memorable one,
as when he reached the finish line in an excellent 12m44s,
the days fifth fastest short stage clocking, and the fastest on the leg,
and he had all but grabbed the lead, finishing only three seconds adrift,
at this the halfway point in the contest.

Unfortunately Richard Morrell on the long seventh leg suffered from having
very strong runners around who were all champing at the bit to gain some
advantage at this a very vital stage in the contest.
The one who gained the most was James Wilkinson of Leeds City,
who clocked the legs fastest time, and one of the fastest on the day,
to put the Northern Champions into the lead for the first time,
a lead that they were not to surrender for the remainder of the contest.

Aldershot had now dropped to second, and Bedford had come back into the reckoning,
as Morpeth slipped back to fourth courtesy of Morrell’s 26m24s,
but only still only a mere fourteen seconds adrift of a medal placing.

The placings remained unaltered during Ade Whitwam’s short eighth leg, where on
his 12 Stage debut he clocked 13m23s, which was just outside the legs top six times.

Still in fourth place, but now around fifty seconds adrift of a medal placing,
Ian Hudspith’s ninth leg saw Morpeth back amongst the leaders as he got
round the 5.08mile circuit in an excellent 25m20s, coming home third
at the expense of Bedford, who had drifted by sixteen seconds.
Hudspith’s time was seventh fastest on the leg.

Aldershot were now only seventy seconds ahead in second place,
with Leeds City now well out in front by more than another minute.

It was Matthew Nicholson for Morpeth Harriers on the short Leg 10,
and he did his level best to claw back some of second placed Aldershot’s advantage.
He successfully reduced the margin to around forty seconds,
as he got round in the leg’s third fastest time of 13m08s.

So it was former Northern 10,000metre Track champion Peter Newton
who went out on the penultimate eleventh leg chasing ultimate glory.
Newton quickly chased down his Aldershot opponent,
and by the time the pair had reached the Monument at the top of the course,
there was only thirteen seconds between them, with half of the leg still to run.
Clocking an excellent time of 24m51s, second fastest on the leg,
Newton not only succeeded in ousting Aldershot,
he had also eaten into some of Leeds City’s lead,
as final leg runner Ross Floyd went out in the act of retaining at the very least, silver medals.

Floyd successfully managed to fend off the chasing Aldershot opponent to put
in a nineteen second cushion to take the Silver medals, and had reduced
Leeds City’s winning margin to 57 seconds, from the 65 seconds,
which had been the margin at takeover point.
His individual clocking of 13m29s, proved to be fifth fastest on the leg.

Morpeth Harriers final team effort over the twelve legs took 3hrs51m38s,
and Leeds City won in 3hrs50m41s.
Aldershot finished third in 3hrs51m57s.

Morpeth Harriers Mens Team Manager Swinburne felt that the whole squad
on the day all played their part in what was a truly excellent result,
a result which they had all learned from, and will take away the knowledge
that they were one of the best clubs in the country, and that they will return
to grab that elusive gold in the very near future.

He also singled out Ryan Stephenson for special praise, that he had come in at the very last minute,
after a very lean racing period due to injury, and had performed extremely well under such circumstances.

Two other North East clubs travelled to the event.
Gateshead Harriers finished 19th in 4hrs08m02s,
and Tyne Bridge Harriers were 32nd in 4hrs19m09s.
57 teams completed the Mens 12 Stage Relay

Click here for Complete Mens Results

WHATS NEW INDEX
ERRA National 6 Stage Womens Road Relay Championships !
Blyth Valley Transped 10K Race !
Brighton 10k Road Race !
OTHER NEWS FROM APRIL 2014....
NEWS FROM MARCH 2014....
NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2014....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2014....

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ERRA National 6 Stage Womens Road Relay Championships !

At the ERRA National 6 Stage Womens Road Relay Championships held at
Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield. on Saturday 5th April.
Morpeth Harriers Senior Women as in the Northern Championships, were very unlucky to lose out on medals. They finished a close fifth just behind Birchfield, and only a mere 45 seconds outside a medal placing.

After Sarah Graham’s first leg clocking of 16m44s, saw her finish 38th, it was the club’s middle order runners Laura Weightman, Morag Stead, and Ashley Gibson, who got them into a challenging position.

Weightman’s second leg clocking of 14m03s, which was fastest of the leg, and eventually proved to be the second fastest of the day, saw her claw back a mammoth 31 places, before handing over to third leg runner Stead.

Stead ran solidly, and maintained Morpeth Harriers position, by clocking the legs tenth fastest time of 15m33s.

This paved the way well for Gibson, who has been in excellent form since the English National Cross Country Championships at Nottingham in February. Ashley very quickly set about the opposition in front of her, and got up to fourth with her clocking of 14m41s, and only seven or eight seconds adrift of third placed Rotherham. Gibson’s time was also third fastest on the leg, only beaten by Inter Counties Cross Country winner Lily Partridge of Aldershot, and Swansea’s Veteran International Andrea Whitcombe.

Delyth James battled very hard on a tough fifth leg to remain in contention, and despite her effort of 16m29s, she slipped back to fifth.

Sixth and final leg runner was Sarah Wilkinson, who as Morpeth Harriers Womens Road and Cross Country Team Manager ran with determined force. Despite her efforts she could not quite gain ground on those in front of her with her excellent individual clocking of 15m17, which proved to be sixth fastest of the leg.

Wilkinson remained very upbeat about her squads overall performance, and felt that there was now a stable base to build on for the challenges ahead, and felt that the squad had proved they are more than able to compete nationally, and to eventually make a realistic challenge for medals. Everyone had ran solidly against very strong and stern opposition, and she couldn’t really expect more on the day, however could not hide from the fact that there was disappointment in being so close to medals twice within two weeks, and hadn’t claimed them. Morpeth Harriers total team finishing time over the six stages was 1hr32m47s.

The event was won by Aldershot in 1hr27m00s, with Swansea and Bristol and West second and third with times of 1hr29m28s and 1hr32m03s respectively.

40 teams completed the Womens event.

Click here for Complete Womens Results

WHATS NEW INDEX
ERRA National 12 Stage Senior Men Road Relay Championships !
Blyth Valley Transped 10K Race !
Brighton 10k Road Race !
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Blyth Valley Transped 10K Race !

Morpeth Harriers Senior Men triumphed in the Transped sponsored Blyth Valley 10k Race on Sunday 6th April.
The event was won by North Shields Poly’s Gary Cook in 33m24s.

Led by Cook North Shields Poly were second team to Morpeth Harriers, with Sunderland Harriers in third place.

Morpeth Harriers were led home by John Butters, who finished second in 33m35s,
only losing out for victory by eleven seconds.
Butters, who was also first in the Veteran Mens Over 35 section,
was well supported in the winning team count by Thomas Straughan,
who finished fourth in 33m43s, and Sam Hancox,
who again showed excellent form in finishing ninth in 34m26s.

In the Ladies Race, which was won by Durham City’s Rosie Smith
in a new Womens Course record time of 34m12s,
Morpeth Harriers Emma Holt and Lorna MacDonald
finished fifth and ninth in respective times of 38m47s, and 41m08s.

Other Morpeth Harriers finishers were as follows
Matthew Boyle (50th) 37m45s,
Rob Hancox (51st) (4th O/45) 37m47s,
Tony Lewis (54th) (6th O/40) 38m00s,
Mark Snowball (122nd) 41m09s,
Paul Banks (134th) 41m36s,
Peter Scaife (155th) (7th O/50) 42m44s,
Mark Crosby (225th) (13th O/50),
Archie Jenkins (247th) (7th O/60),
Norman Clark (270th) (8th O/60) 47m22s,
Susan Smith (49th Lady) (2nd O/45 Lady) 48m22s,
Kate Herron (103rd Lady) 53m34s,
David Gray (413th) (9th O/65) 54m23s,
and Clare Walker (116th Lady) (29th O/35 Lady) 55m16s.

There were a total of 526 finishers in the event.

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Brighton 10k Road Race !

Morpeth Harrier Nick McCormick spurned the chance of winning Silver Medals
at the National 12 Stage Road Relays to take part in the prestigious Brighton 10k,
run alongside the highly prized Brighton Marathon on Sunday 6th April.

There is no doubt that his club colleagues achievements of the previous days challenges spurred him to success,
as he crossed the finish line in 29m11s to clinch a well earned victory in illustrious company.
Second place went to Southend’s Adam Hickey in 29m50s,
with third spot going to Deeside’s Robbie Simpson in 30m01s.

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Terry O’Gara Memorial 5k Road Race !

The third running of the Terry O’Gara Memorial 5k Road Race, held at the Segendunum Museum,
Wallsend on Sunday 30th March, and organised by O’Gara’s beloved club Wallsend Harriers,
attracted a top class field, that were led home by the still very much inform Morpeth Harrier Nick Swinburn.

Swinburn was very much involved in a close battle for supremacy with the host club’s Ethiopian Yarod Hagos,
and only got away to win by the close margin of three seconds, on the shorter second lap of the two lap contest.
Hagos was forced to concede after a strong Swinburn put in a series of late bursts that saw him eventually
cross the finish line in a seasons best of 14m51s,, which was outside the course record,
for which there was a prize purse string of £200 to be collected if broken.

One course record that did tumble however was the Veteran Mens record,
held by North Shields Poly’s Guy Bracken, which was broken by over a minute
when the third placed Ian Hudspith also of Morpeth Harriers crossed the finish line
at the museum, in an excellent 15m02s, thus being the first Over 40 Veteran Man finisher.

Not far behind Hudspith in fourth spot was his Morpeth Harriers clubmate
Matthew Nicholson, who recorded a time of 15m07s.
The Blue and White vests of Morpeth Harriers continued to figure amongst the leading finishers,
with Thomas Straughan (10th) 15m54s, John Butters (13th) 16m01s,
Elliot Kelly (19th) (1st Under 17 Man) 16m08s,
Sam Hancox (22nd) 16m19s, who was celebrating his nineteenth birthday,
Fergus Bates (23rd) (2nd Over 40 Male) 16m28s, and Michael Thomsen (34th) 17m06s.

Straughan, Butters, Kelly, Hancox and Bates all ran new personal best performances,
with Kelly taking a whole minute off his previous best for the distance,
and jumping up to second in the 2014 rankings for Under 17 Men,
however he will now move up an age group to Under 20 Men
for Track and Road and Cross Country competition,
where he will no doubt make some impact.

Other Morpeth Harriers Mens results were as follows
Rob Hancox (53rd) (4th Over 45 Male) 18m12s,
Jim Alder (71st) (2nd Over 50 Male) 18m53s,
Peter Scaife (100th) (5th Over 50 Male) 20m26s,
and Mark Crosby (111th) (7th Over 50 Male) 20m46s.

Like his son Sam, Rob Hancox also achieved new figures.

In the Womens race Alison Brown was the leading Morpeth Harriers finisher.
Finishing in fifteenth place in 20m24s, she was the first Junior Woman home.

Next home for Morpeth Harriers in 18th place was Kate Chapman in 20m44s

Not far behind Kate in nineteenth place was her Morpeth Harriers clubmate
Lindsay Turnbull, who clocked 20m47s, and was third Over 40 Woman.
Shuna Rank of Morpeth Harriers ran well to finish as 29th Lady,
and was fourth in the Over 45 category in 21m45s, a new personal best.

Lesley Chapman finished second in the Over 55 Womens section,
when she finished 33rd in 22m27s.

Pam Woodcock won the Over 60 Womens section by finishing 40th in 24m03s.

The event also incorporated the North East Masters 5k Championships,
and several Morpeth Harriers figured amongst the medals.

The event had 192 finishers.

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Coniston 14 Mile Road Race !

Clocking an excellent time of 77m14s, Morpeth Harrier Ian Harding won the tough and testing
Coniston 14 Mile Road Race, held in Cumbria on Saturday 29th March.
He won with three minutes to spare over his closest rival John Battrick of Norfolk Beach Runners.

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World Masters Athletics Championships !

Morpeth Harrier Archie Jenkins donned two different sets of spikes for his outings at the
World Masters Athletics Championships, held in Budapest, Hungary last week.
Firstly on the 25th March he competed in the 8k Cross Country event,
where he finished 31st, and was seventh Briton in the Over 60 section.
Two days later he displayed his talents on the indoor circuit, where he finished
21st in the Over 60 Mens 3000m in 12m06.87s.

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Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League (6)

Thomas Cunningham at Wrekenton on Saturday 22nd March
Thomas Cunningham, younger brother of Alex, certainly enjoyed his first taste of proper
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League action on Saturday 22nd March
at Cardinal Hume School, Wrekenton, when he led Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Boys
home to second place on the day, and to a well deserved team title for the season.

Cunningham, who had run all of his previous races in the Under 11 Try it Cross Country events,
and had always finished prominently, was certainly undaunted as he finished fifth overall from the Slow Pack,
and 21st equal fastest time in the field of 60 finishers, some of whom were nearly two years older than himself,
including his older brother, who was also to share in the team count.

Ahead of the older Cunningham was Joe Dowd, who again proved outstanding,
by clocking the day’s second fastest time when finishing ninth, running from the Fast Pack,
who gave 80 seconds start to Slow Pack runners.

Alex was obviously overjoyed to share team glory with his younger sibling,
when he finished in 24th place from the Fast Pack, and posting the day’s tenth fastest time.

Other good efforts on the day for Morpeth Harriers in the Under 13 Boys event came from
Cameron Dick (32nd) (Fast Pack) (14th Fastest), Daniel Dixon (34th) (Fast Pack) (16th Fastest),
and Wilf Campbell (37th) (Fast Pack) (19th Fastest).

Amidst the joy of the Under 13 Boys League win, there was also bitter disappointment for Morpeth Harriers,
when their Senior Men lost out on a Division 1 title, mainly due to a lack of commitment from
other Senior Men club members, who chose not to turn out on the day, to give support to the
excellent efforts achieved throughout the season by some of the clubs more established A team athletes,
who were quite deservedly taking a weekend off, after a very heavy programme of activity,
involving some success at major championships.

Carl Avery at Wrekenton on Saturday 22nd March
Nevertheless one of those A team athletes Carl Avery was very hungry for action,
and success if he could manage it. He led Morpeth Harriers to tenth place on the day,
which unfortunately relegated them to third place overall for the season in Division 1,
behind winners Durham City, who were second on the day, with Tyne Bridge claiming second place,
by virtue of third place on the day.

Winners on the day in Division 1 were Sunderland Harriers,
who managed to escape relegation by virtue of the victory.

Avery, running from the Fast Pack, finished 23rd overall, and was the fourth fastest on the day.
Further excellent Morpeth team support came from Mick Thomsen (76th) (Medium Pack),
Sam Hancox (135th) (Fast Pack), Jim Alder (154th) (Slow Pack),
Geoff Whitman (196th) (Medium Pack), and Rob Hancox (223rd) (Medium Pack).

Also turning out on the day for the Morpeth Senior Men were Bill Tilley (284th) (Slow Pack),
Phillip Caldwell (285th) (Fast Pack), and Andrew Stephenson (397th) (Slow Pack).

Much credit goes to Sam Hancox, who has competed in all six Harrier League meetings,
plus the Sherman Cup competition this season, in addition to North Eastern, Northern,
English National, and UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships,
showing a true clubman spirit throughout all, a superb effort from one still so young.

Adam Weightman at Wrekenton on Saturday 22nd March
Adam Weightman of Morpeth Harriers had an excellent win from the Slow Pack in the Under 17 Mens event,
and he led his club to third team place on the day, with support coming from
Phil Winkler (9th) (Fast Pack), and Joe Elder (20th) (Fast Pack).
That placing saw them finish second team in the Under 17 Mens Grand Prix for the season.
Weightman and Winkler shared identical finishing times, that were both third fastest on the day out of 29 runners.

Fourth place on the day saw Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Boys finish as third cumulatively for the season.
They were led home by Jacob Hopkins, who certainly produced one of his best runs of the winter,
when he finished in seventh place from the Fast Pack,
posting the day’s fifth fastest overall time out of 33 on the course.

Not far behind Jacob was his club colleague Kieran Hedley,
who ran well to finish tenth from the Fast Pack, who posted the eighth fastest time.
Closing the Morpeth Harriers scoring count was Sam Williams,
who finished in 19th place from the Fast Pack, and was twelfth fastest overall.

Other Morpeth Harriers performers in the Under 15 Boys event were
Adam Shewry (24th) (Fast Pack), Lewis James (25th) (Slow Pack),
Josh Burton (31st) (Fast Pack), and Alex Dunlop (32nd) (Slow Pack).

Charlotte Jewell was Morpeth Harriers lone finisher in the combined Under 17/Under 20 Womens event.
Jewell competed well from the Fast Pack, to finish in eighth place, and as sixth fastest overall.
She was also fifth Under 17 finisher.
Morpeth Harriers placed as fourth team cumulatively for the season in this age group.

Running from the Slow Pack, Jessica Young-Rogers led Morpeth Harriers
Under 13 Girls home to fourth team place on the day by finishing eighth.
Giving good team support were Holly Peck, who was returning to the scene
of her excellent victory a few weeks previous, and Gracie Hufton,
in her second Harrier League outing in a Morpeth vest.
Peck finished 24th from the Fast Pack, and was eighth fastest overall.
Hufton finished 27th from the Slow Pack
. This result sees Morpeth Harriers in twelfth place cumulatively for the season in this age group.

Emma Holt and Jayne Hodgson at Wrekenton on Saturday 22nd March
Despite a recent heavy programme competitively, Morpeth Harrier Emma Holt
turned out to defend her crown in the Senior Womens Grand Prix with distinction.
Holt finished fourth from the Fast Pack, posting the day’s fastest time by some margin.
Also having a good run was her club colleague Jane Hodgson, who successfully posted
the day’s third fastest time when finishing fourteenth from the Fast Pack.
Hodgson also finished fourth in the Senior Womens individual Grand Prix for the season.

Once again Abby Sheldon was Morpeth Harriers only athlete in the Under 15 Girls event.
Sheldon’s performance saw her finish 12th, and she posted the eighth fastest time from the Fast Pack.

Finally Morpeth Harriers had three competitors taking part in the Under 11’s Try It Cross Country event.
Finishing an excellent 16th in a field of 100 finishers Rhiannon Hedley was third girl home.
Morpeth Harriers other finishers were Harry Hoggan, who placed 43rd, and Joshua Williams, who finished 63rd.

Several athletes from the club did well in the Individual Grand Prix standings for the season.
Not surprisingly Joe Dowd has won the Under 13 Boys section.
Alex Cunningham also did well by finishing ninth behind Dowd.

In the Under 15 Girls section Abby Sheldon is seventh.

The club have two athletes with good performances cumulatively in the Under 15 Boys section.
Kieran Hedley is sixth, and Jacob Hopkins is eighth.

In the Under 17/Under 20 Womens section, Charlotte Jewell is sixth,
and is either third or fourth Under 17, which is still to be confirmed.

Phillip Winkler and Ryan Green are third and fifth respectively in the Under 17 Mens section,
and in the Senior Mens section, Richard Morrell leads the performance table,
with Ade Whitwam and Thomas Straughan in fifth and ninth places respectively.

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Home Countries International Cross Country Championships !

Representing the North of England, Guildford based Morpeth Harrier Ashley Gibson returned to the
scene of her excellent English National Cross Country performance last month on Saturday 22nd March,
when she finished sixth in the Senior Womens event at the Home Countries International
Cross Country Championships, held at Wollaton Park, Nottingham.

Gibson finished just under a minute adrift of race winner Birchfield Harrier Catherine Blew, who was
representing the Midlands, and she led the North to second team place behind an England select squad.

Also competing at the event was her Morpeth Harriers club colleague Ady Whitwam,
who was representing the Army for a Combined Services Select Squad. Finishing 21st overall,
Whitwam was third counter for a squad which finished third behind an England select squad.

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Athlete of the Month Award !

Holly Peck recieves her certificate from George Patterson
A truly outstanding run in her very first Under 13 Girls North Eastern Harrier League appearance by Holly Peck at Wrekenton, certainly caught the Morpeth Harriers judge’s eyes when they considered selections for the Benfield Motor Group Athlete of the Month for February 2014.

Running from the Slow Pack, with an 80 second handicap advantage over most of her rivals, Holly quite literally ran away from the rest of the field, to cross the finish line in first place, and with a winning margin of 34 seconds over her closest rival.

Having only just become eleven in December, Holly was certainly the youngest in the 57 strong field of finishers, and in some cases she was competing against girls nearly two years older than herself.

The added fact that she was fifth fastest overall in the race is further testimony to the excellent depth of her performance, and although the judges had other prominent athletes for consideration, they felt that Holly’s performance fully justified her being the chosen candidate.

A very surprised and delighted Holly is pictured above receiving her Certificate of Achievement from Morpeth Harriers Press Officer George Patterson, at the Morpeth Harriers Clubhouse on Monday 17th March.

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North of England 12 & 6 Stage Road Relay Championships !

Morpeths Senior Men squad with their Bronze medals at Manchester on Saturday 15th March
Morpeth Harriers came agonisingly close to winning two sets of Bronze Championship
Team Medals at the Northern Athletics 12 and 6 Stage Road Relays,
held at a windy Heaton Park in Manchester on Saturday 15th March.

Whilst the clubs Senior Men triumphed, unfortunately our Senior Women
just lost out for a podium place by the slender margin of twenty three seconds.

Boosted by the fastest Short Stage time, 14m16s, (over a distance of 2.8mile),
run by the very much inform Nick McCormick, they were always amongst the leading clubs,
and eventually prevailed to finish in a total time of 4hrs27mins31secs,
just under two minutes adrift of second placed Stockport Harriers,
who were also boosted by the fastest Long Stage, (4.9mile),
being run by National Cross Country Champion Steve Vernon, who clocked 27m20s.
Leeds City were the winners, thus regaining their title in 4hrs22mins29s.

Morpeth Harriers day began well, when first leg runner Lewis Timmins
came home in a very prominent sixth place in 27m54s.
Timmins was also the clubs fastest Long Stage performer of the day.

Second leg runner Ross Floyd got the club up into third place with his
excellent time of 15m30s, which proved to be the sixth fastest of the leg.

In his first Northern Relay, Carl Avery, although he surrendered two places on the long third leg,
still kept the club in close contention of the medal placings with his personal clocking of 30m28s.

Matt Nicholson at Heaton Park on Saturday 15th March
Photo by Andrew Lawrence
On the short fourth leg Michael Dawson slipped back to sixth place as he clocked 16m46s.
However fortunes were revived somewhat on the long fifth leg, when Matthew Nicholson
moved Morpeth a little closer to the medals with his clocking of 28m37s,
which proved to be the fifth fastest of the leg.

Thomas Straughan at Heaton Park on Saturday 15th March
Photo by Andrew Lawrence
The short sixth leg run saw Thomas Straughan have what was easily Morpeth Harriers run of the day.
Not only did Straughan get them back into medal contention as he climbed two places to third,
he also clocked the sixth fastest time of the leg with 16m10s, and the clubs fourth fastest short stage of the day.

Morpeth now had the veteran talents of Ian Hudspith on the long leg seven
to take them into the second half of the contest.
Hudspith gave his all as he got round in the legs fourth fastest time of 28m21s,
and he only lost out in the closing stages of the leg to Salford’s Carl Hardman,
who was in the process of clocking the leg’s fastest time of 28m04s.

Eighth leg saw Nick McCormick enter the fray, and he gave his absolute all
in chase of second placed Stockport Harriers after quickly passing his Salford rival.
In easily clocking the fastest short stage time of the day with 14m16s, by the end of the
leg he had Morpeth back up to third, but now only fifteen seconds adrift of Stockport;
however Leeds City were now a further 2m20sahead in pursuit of regaining their title

. Unfortunately Morpeth Harriers ninth leg runner Ade Whitwam, in his first Northern Relay appearance,
had Stockport’s very much inform Andi Jones to contend with.
As Jones ran one of the day’s fastest times of 27m38s, Whitwam’s time of 29m10s,
the leg’s fourth fastest, was not quite good enough to get on level terms;
however he had managed to put sufficient daylight between himself and
fourth placed Salford and fifth placed Sale Harriers.

Tenth Leg saw Morpeth’s Andy Lawrence hold third place,
as he clocked the leg’s seventh fastest time of 16m18s.

Peter Newton at Heaton Park on Saturday 15th March
Photo by Andrew Lawrence
It was now a very clear case for Morpeth Harriers to hold on to their well earned Bronze medal placing,
and they certainly did so courtesy of Peter Newton’s eleventh leg clocking of 28m29s,
a superb fourth fastest of the leg, and Ian Harding’s twelfth and final glory leg of 15m32s,
an excellent run, which proved to be the second fastest of the leg.

So a good job was done, and Morpeth Harriers Road and Cross Country Team Manager
David Swinburne could reflect happily on his squad’s workmanlike performance,
which brought well deserved medals on the day, and in addition he felt totally
encouraged about potential performances at the forthcoming National Championships,
with stronger athletes still to be called upon.

Other prominent North East performances in the Senior Mens relay came from
Gateshead Harriers (12th), Tyne Bridge Harriers (15th), and Sunderland Harriers (18th).

Along with Morpeth Harriers, these three also qualified for the National Championships,
to be held at Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, at the beginning of April.

Other North East competing clubs, however outside the first 25 qualifiers were Durham City,
Jarrow and Hebburn, and Hartlepool Burn Road, who finished 35th, 36th, and 43rd respectively. Gateshead Harriers B team finished 47th.

Morpeth Harrier Neil Gunstone ran for an incomplete B team,
and clocked 32m31s, to place 49th out of 73 finishers on the first leg.

The Women’s 6 Stage relay, with laps of a distance of 2.8 mile saw Lindsay Turnbull on Stage 1.
Lindsay ran steadily as she came home in 37th place, in 20m37s,
just over three minutes adrift of early leaders Leeds City.

Things quickly changed however for Morpeth Harriers on the second leg, as Olympian Laura Weightman
climbed a mammoth thirty places with her impressive clocking of 16m36s,
which was easily the fastest of the leg, and what was eventually to emerge
as the second fastest of the day, only surpassed by Eleanor Vernon’s final leg of 16m25s,
which was to secure Silver medals for Stockport Harriers, behind eventual winners Leigh Harriers,
who were much boosted by Lauren Howarth’s final leg clocking of 16m41s, the third fastest of the day.

Morag Stead at Heaton Park on Saturday 15th March
Photo by Andrew Lawrence
Morag Stead set off very confidently on third leg for Morpeth Harriers,
and got her club closer to the medals with her impressive 18m28s, third fastest of the leg.

Morpeth were now only twenty two seconds adrift of leaders Leeds City and only ten and two
seconds respectively adrift of second placed Holmfirth and third placed Wakefield,
as Emma Holt set off in hot pursuit on leg four.
Try as she may Emma did all she could to get into a medal position,
however at the end of her superb third fastest of the leg run of 18m08s,
she still remained in fourth place, albeit still only two seconds adrift of third,
who were now early leaders Leeds City.
Wakefield had also now moved into second place, and the race had a new leader,
in the form of Leigh Harriers, courtesy of young Dionne Allen (17m30s), which was fastest time of the leg.

Sarah Graham on the fifth and penultimate leg for Morpeth Harriers,
moved them into third place at the expense of Leeds City, who had now moved back to seventh.
Whilst Leigh and Stockport had moved further away in first and second places,
Sarah ran with a great deal of determination to fend off the close attentions
of the fourth placed Wakefield runner, and finished her leg clocking the sixth fastest time of 19m13s,
which saw her leave a twelve second cushion for Morpeth Harriers Sarah Wilkinson,
her Women’s Road and Cross Country Team Manager, now thankfully back in competitive
action following a lengthy layoff with injury.

True to form, former International Wilkinson ran superbly, but unfortunately just couldn’t
match Wakefield’s younger talent Julie Briscoe for pace, and ultimately just lost out for
the Bronze medal by 23 seconds, with her individual clocking of 17m32s.
There were no other North East clubs in the Senior Women’s event.

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English Schools Cross Country Championships !

Strong gusty winds affected athletes performances at the annual English Schools Cross Country
Championships, held at Donnington Park, Leicestershire, on Saturday 15th March.
Northumberland Schools were strongly represented in the six event programme,
including some athletes belonging to Morpeth Harriers.

On the individual front, one of the best Northumberland performances came in the Intermediate Boys event,
where North East Under 17 Mens Cross Country Champion Nathan Cox performed well to finish in 52nd place.
Perhaps he may have paid a slight penalty for early enthusiasm; however Cox will certainly remain upbeat
in contrast to his previous weeks Inter Counties appearance,
where he finished desperately following an asthma attack during his event.

On this occasion Cox led Northumberland to 26th team place, with one of his
supporting counts coming from fellow Morpeth Harrier Ryan Green,
who was third home from the county in 156th place.

Another Morpeth Harrier competing in the Intermediate Boys event was Adam Weightman,
who has been nursing a hip injury, but did well to come home in 265th place, as eighth from the county.

Undoubtedly Northumberland Schools best team performers were their Intermediate Girls,
and in that event Morpeth Harrier Charlotte Jewell produced an excellent run to finish 112th,
and was the regions fifth counter, and well in the top half of a 336 strong finishing field,
which thus maintained her current run of superb form.

Back to the individual front, and Kieran Hedley, who has missed so much of the top quality winter
championships with injury, produced an excellent run to finish 75th in a 333 strong Junior Boys field,
and was second counter in the Northumberland squad, who finished 16th.

Morpeth Harrier Phillip Winkler was fourth home for Northumberland
in the Senior Boys event, finishing 190th out of a 314 strong field of finishers.
Northumberland were 24th team in this event.

Finishing 162nd, Alison Brown of Morpeth Harriers was Northumberland’s
second counter home in the Senior Girls event.
Northumberland finished 37th in this event.

Also competing was fellow Morpeth Harrier Beth Woolley,
who finished 280th, and was fifth of the required scoring six.

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British Masters Cross Country Championships !

Kelso based Morpeth Harrier Bob Marshall was easily the clubs best individual performer,
when he secured an emphatic victory in the Over 65 Mens 6k race at the British Masters Cross Country
Championships, held at a very blustery Tollcross Park, in Glasgow on Saturday 15th March.

Marshall won with thirty seven seconds to spare over Oxford City’s former
International Roy Treadwell, in an excellent finishing time of 24m09s.
Third place in the race went to Michael Mann of Dulwich Runners, who clocked 24m55s

Competing in the same race was Marshall’s Morpeth Harriers colleague Walter Ryder,
who was very unlucky to miss out on medals by a few seconds,
when he finished fifth in the Over 75 Mens category in 30m36s.

There were also medals won by Morpeth Harriers in the Mens 35 to 65 8k race.
Michael Thomsen, Phil Walker and Paul Waterston combined as a team,
which meant Walker and Waterston having to drop down an age category to compete against younger opposition
In doing so they combined to win a set of Bronze team medals for the club,
with Thomsen leading them home as sixth in the Over 35 age group in 28m51s.

That performance itself may lead to Thomsen receiving another Scottish International call up,
this being his second; his first was in the Veterans Home International in Cardiff at the end of last year.

Walker finished as 8th Over 45 Man in a time of 29m10s, and Waterston completed the count
for Bronze medals for Morpeth, when finishing as 10th Over 45 Veteran Man in 29m18s,
four places exactly behind Walker.

Another Morpeth Harrier competing in this event was Archie Jenkins,
who was 18th Over 60 finisher in a time of 35m37s.

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UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships !

Senior Men in action at the Inter Counties XC Championships on Saturday 8th March
For the fourth year in succession, and for the ninth time ever, the North East Counties won
a much prized set of team Gold medals in the Senior Mens 12k event,
at the highly competitive UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships,
which were once again held on what has become the adopted home of the contest,
at Cofton Park, near Birmingham on Saturday 8th March.

That achievement proved to be the icing on the cake, and a fitting end to a day
where the regions other medal successes had earlier come individually in the Under 13 Boys 3k,
and Under 17 Womens 5k events, courtesy of the Silver Medals picked up by respective
English National Cross Country Champions from two weeks previous,
Josh Cowperthwaite of Middlesbrough Athletics Club, and Lydia Turner of Birtley AC.

Ironically Turner’s Birtley AC clubmate Kate Waugh, only narrowly missed out by eight
seconds for individual Bronze in the Under 15 Girls 4k event where she finished fourth.
Waugh did see compensation in the fact that she had picked up an award for her performances
in the series of UK Cross Challenges, of which the Cofton Park event served as the final.

It was fitting that the North East Senior Men were led home to their Gold tam success
by reigning North East and Northern Cross Country Champion Dan Garbutt,
who ran solidly throughout to finish ninth against top class opposition from all over England.

Senior Men in action at the Inter Counties XC Championships on Saturday 8th March
Garbutt was fully assisted by fellow members of a strong squad, who included
Morpeth Harriers Richard Morrell and Lewis Timmins, who placed 21st and 26th
respectively as the fourth and fifth counters of the required six to score.
Other Morpeth Harriers outside the scoring six, but still producing good sound
performances were Matthew Nicholson (42nd), and Ross Floyd (133rd).

Nevertheless all of the regions athletes finished in the top half of a 276 strong field of finishers,
who were led home by Middlesex’s National Silver Medallist, and British Student’s Champion
Richard Goodman of Woodford Green, who just managed on this occasion to outsprint
National Champion Steve Vernon of Greater Manchester and Stockport.
Ironically although Vernon has won English National titles, he is yet to win an Inter Counties.

Other counters in the successful North East Senior Mens squad were
Yared Hagos (Wallsend Harriers) (18th), Carl Smith (Leeds City) (19th),
and Ben Douglas (Durham City) (39th).
Also running in the Senior Mens event was Morpeth Harrier Nathan Shrubb,
who ran superbly to finish 22nd, and led his newly adopted county Dorset, to 19th team spot.

The next best team result for the region came from the Under 17 Women in their 5k event.
Led home by the aforementioned Turner, they finished fourth, only losing out for Bronze by thirteen points behind
Cheshire, who were led home by Turner’s conqueror Harriet Knowles Jones.
Producing one of her most excellent performances ever, Charlotte Jewell came through
to claim the final fourth counters spot, when finishing a well earned 77th place out of 260 finishers,
and well ahead of some of her more well acclaimed North East rivals, that just happened to include her Morpeth
Harriers clubmate Alison Brown, who later admitted to feeling tired in the closing stages,
mainly due to a lack of fitness in having been unable to train successfully for a couple of weeks due to injury.
Brown finished in 155th place, however remained upbeat, and pleased for her clubmate Jewell.

Emma Holt in action at the Inter 
Counties XC Championships on Saturday 8th March
One of the region’s most solid team performances on the day, came from their Senior Women,
who battled well in their 8k event, which boasted a 270 strong field of finishers.
Led home by Durham’s Rosie Smith, who was so close to an individual medal
when she finished sixth, the squad finished seventh.
Morpeth Harrier Emma Holt ran strongly to finish 36th as second counter,
with further scoring performances coming from Alex Snook (Jarrow) (47th),
Tracey Millmore (Birtley AC) (71st), Rachel Lundgren (Gosforth) (82nd),and Elaine Leslie (Jarrow) (91st).

Sam Hancox in action at the Inter 
Counties XC Championships on Saturday 8th March
Running what was probably the best performance of his young life, Morpeth Harrier Sam Hancox
can take much pride and pleasure from the fact that he came through as the fourth and final counter,
for the North East Under 20 Mens squad in their 8k event, which opened the ten event programme.

Using exactly the same tactics he had successfully employed two weeks previously at Nottingham
in the English National Championships, Sam started very steadily not far from the rear of the field,
however still found time in the two and a half lap event to work his way through to finish
in a much credited 71st place in a field of 177finishers.
The North East finished as ninth team in this event, with Hancox giving very able team support
to the front running efforts of Adrian Bailes (52nd), Jonathan Currie (60th), and Jordan Bell (65th).

Joe Dowd in action at the Inter 
Counties XC Championships on Saturday 8th March
Another ninth team placing came from the regions Under 13 Boys in their 3k event.
They were led home by individual Silver medallist Cowperthwaite, and Morpeth Harriers
Inter Counties debutant Joe Dowd ran superbly to finish 113th out of 300 finishers
to close the North East scoring count in the four to score event.

Another superb Morpeth Harriers performer for the North East was Elliot Kelly,
who finished in 81st place in the Under 17 Mens 6k event, and was the fourth
and final scoring counter for a squad that finished as fourteenth in a very tough
and competitive participating field of 266 finishers.
Elliot Kelly in action at the Inter 
Counties XC Championships on Saturday 8th March
With very little Cross Country events left for him this campaign, Kelly effectively ran out of his skin
to achieve this excellent performance, and successfully locked horns with counterparts who have
had the better of him competitively recently, notably fellow North Easterner, Gateshead’s James Cripwell,
who was only one place ahead of him in the final results, with the same recorded time.

Not so fortunate however was Kelly’s Morpeth clubmate Nathan Cox.
The North East Under 17 Mens Champion unfortunately suffered an asthma attack
during the early proceedings of the two lap contest and was forced to slow considerably.
Cox eventually finished in 105th place.

Other good North East team performances came from the Under 15 Boys,
who finished as fifth team in their 4.5k event, the Under 20 Women,
who finished as sixth team in their 6k event, the Under 15 Girls led by
fourth placed Waugh, who finished tenth team, and finally the regions
Under 13 Girls who finished as thirteenth team.
There were no Morpeth Harriers in these squads.

With a total of 80 points collectively from the ten programmed events,
in which the North East Counties finished as a team in all, the region finished
as third team behind winners Yorkshire, and second placed Surrey.

Congratulations go to the respective North East Team Managers for their
efforts in pulling their squads together to produce a superb overall result.

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Trafford 10k Road Race !

Morpeth Harrier Nick McCormick looked every inch a man in excellent form,
when he secured a twenty seven second marginal victory in the prestigious
Trafford 10k Road Race, in Manchester on Sunday 9th March.
The event itself had taken a few top class runners away from the previous days Inter Counties Cross Country,
and McCormick was certainly made to work hard for his handsome victory,
which he took in a new personal best time of 28m56s.

Second place went to Stockport’s Ross Millington in 29m23s,
with third place going to Derby’s Richard Weir (29m33s).
Fourth place went to Clowne’s Andrew Ward.
All four leading runners secured new personal best’s for their efforts,
as did a high percentage of the top twenty finishers, despite windy conditions.

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North East Masters Cross Country Championships !

Fergus Bates was Morpeth Harriers only finisher in the Mens 35 to 60 age group event at the North East
Masters Cross Country Championships, held at Willington, near Wallsend on Saturday 8th March.
He finished fifth overall, and was first Over 40 Veteran Man.

In the Over 65 event. Morpeth Harriers Walter Ryder and Paul Bentley finished 24th and 27th respectively.
Walter was first Over 75 Veteran Man, and Paul was seventh Over 65 Veteran Man.

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Park Runs !

Morpeth Harrier Elliot Kelly took time out from a series of Cross Country action in
preparation for this weekend’s Inter Counties Championships in Birmingham,
by coasting to a win in the Whitley Bay Park Run, on Saturday 1st March.

Whilst his clubmates were in action at Alnwick, Kelly set new figures of 16m47s for the 5k distance,
not only knocking a massive twenty seconds off his previous, but also setting a new fastest time
for an Under 17 athlete on the course, a clocking that may prove to be unbeatable,
and shows that he is in good determined form for the Birmingham contest, where he represents the North East.

Ironically it looks as if Kelly will be sitting out the English Schools on the following week,
as he failed to get a place automatically due to the strength of the Durham Schools athletes
in front of him in his age group, however remains on standby as an ever willing and competent reserve.

Another Morpeth Harriers Park Run success came in the South Shields event,
where Michael Morris broke the course record with figures of 15m55s, another record
which may not be broken, as he now competes in the Over 35 Veteran Mens age group.

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Mizuno Reading Half Marathon !

A very competitive field took part in the richly prized Mizuno Half Marathon in Reading, on Sunday 2nd March.

The Senior Mens line-up included Morpeth Harriers leading finisher from the previous week’s
English National Cross Country Championships, Nick Swinburn, who was expecting to continue
his recent rich vein of form on an all together different terrain.

Obviously still feeling the exertions from his excellent run the previous week, Swinburn had to be content
with a placing of twelfth in 66m47s, a good two minutes adrift of race winner,
GB Marathon International Scott Overall of Blackheath and Bromley.

Fellow North Easterners Ryan McLeod of Tipton, and Jack Martin
of Stockport finished in 8th and 13th places respectively.

It is hoped that Swinburn will still be able to make himself available
for selection for his club for the Northern Athletics 12 Stage Road Relays,
scheduled to be held at Heaton Park, Manchester in two weeks time.

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Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League (5)

Joe Dowd’s emphatic victory in the Under 13 Boys event, at the fifth and penultimate
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League meeting at Alnwick on Saturday 1st March,
must go down as not only Morpeth Harriers best performance on the day,
but also ranks as one of the clubs best performances by one of their younger age group athletes for some time.
Joe Dowd at Harrier League  
on Saturday 1st March
Running from the fast pack, and giving eighty seconds start to a good proportion of a 61 strong field of finishers,
Dowd devoured all in front of him, as he got round the hilly circuit on the pastures on the North side of Alnwick
Castle, to eventually take victory by four seconds over his closest rival.

He won a Harrier League Gold medal on the day for his efforts,
and also led his clubs Under 13 Boys squad to an on the day team victory,
which puts now them in a very prominent position going into the final fixture later in March,
which is being re-routed to Wrekenton.

Supporting Dowd in the Morpeth Harriers team victory on Saturday
were Wilf Campbell (6th) (Slow Pack), and Ross Charlton (12th) (Fast Pack).
In addition to the scoring three, Morpeth Harriers enjoyed seeing creditable
performances from other Under 13 Boy athletes.
Not far behind the aforementioned Ross Charlton came Daniel Dixon,
who ran well from the Fast Pack to finish fifteenth, and was eleventh fastest on the course.
Twelfth fastest, and finishing nineteenth overall was Alex Cunningham (Fast Pack).

Other Morpeth Under 13 Boys performances were as follows
Adam Kirby (31st) (Slow Pack), Cameron Dick (32nd) (Fast Pack),
Robbie Dunlop (52nd) (Slow Pack), and Robbie Elder (54th) (Slow Pack).

Jarod Lewis at Harrier League on Saturday 1st March
Another team victory on the day for Morpeth, was achieved by their Under 17 Men,
which also saw an individual winner for the club in Jarod Lewis,
who took victory by fifteen seconds from the Slow Pack.

Jarod was supported in the team victory by a very much fit again
North Eastern Under 17 Mens Cross Country Champion Nathan Cox,
who finished fifth from the Fast Pack as third fastest overall,
and Phillip Winkler (7th) (Fast Pack), who was fifth fastest.

Other Morpeth Under 17 Men running at Alnwick were,
Ryan Green, who finished eleventh from the Fast Pack,
and was seventh fastest on the course,
and Joe Elder, who finished 29th from the Fast Pack.

Carl Avery at Harrier League on Saturday 1st March
Running from the Medium Pack, and clocking the fifth fastest time overall,
Carl Avery led the Morpeth Harriers Senior Men home for the second time
in the Harrier League, when he came through to finish third overall.

Unfortunately on this occasion Morpeth Harriers couldn’t clinch another team victory on the day in Division 1,
just being outrun by Tyne Bridge; however they still remain on top respectively on the season.

Further team support came from Lewis Timmins (8th) (Fast Pack) (2nd Fastest),
Richard Morrell (12th) (Fast Pack) (4th Fastest), Rob Hancox (34th) (Slow Pack),
David Steel (49th) (Slow Pack), Mick Thomsen (76th) (Medium Pack).

Although they were outside the scoring sextet, the following Morpeth Harriers battled hard throughout
to gain very respectable placings in the Senior Mens event, which had a total of 427 finishers on the day.
Phil Walker, who had led the clubs Veteran Men to Gold medals at the British Masters 10 mile Championships
at Maryport, Cumbria, the previous Sunday, ran well from the Medium Pack to finish 97th.
Not far behind him, and also from the Medium Pack was Paul Waterston,
who had also been a member of the winning team at Maryport,
along with the aforementioned Mick Thomsen, Paul finished in 104th place.

Jim Alder who had also competed well at Maryport,
was next Morpeth Harrier home, finishing 119th from the Slow Pack.

Running from the Fast Pack, Sam Hancox battled hard throughout to finish in 123rd place.

Geoff Whitman, who was having his first run in the Medium Pack,
and he did well to come through to 160th place.
Despite still carrying a shin injury, Richard Kirby battled through
the pain barrier to finish in 258th place from the Slow Pack.
Having his first outing in a Morpeth vest, Andy Stephenson
battled to finish 376th from the Slow Pack.

Emma Holt and Jane Hodgson at Harrier League on Saturday 1st March
Emma Holt and Jane Hodgson of Morpeth Harriers, both produced excellent
runs to finish 3rd and 6th in the Senior Women’s event,
and were fastest and third fastest in the race.
Unfortunately the club could not muster a third supporting team counter on the day,
which has more than likely ruled out any promotion chances from Division 2.

Lizzie Rank at Harrier League  
on Saturday 1st March
Morpeth Harriers two Under 15 Girls Lizzie Rank and Abby Sheldon both performed well in their event.
While Lizzie stuck to the task in hand by finishing fourth from the Slow Pack,
Abby finished eleventh overall from the Fast Pack, posting the eighth fastest time on the day,
which sees her looking prominent in the seasons Grand Prix standings.

Kate Seymour at Harrier League  
on Saturday 1st March
It was good to see Morpeth Harriers with a finishing team, which placed eighth in the Under 13 Girls event.
They were led home by Kate Seymour, who finished 19th overall from the Fast Pack, and was eighth fastest.
Two places behind her was Holly Peck, who was promoted for her first run in the Fast Pack,
following her outstanding victory in the previous meeting at Wrekenton. Holly was ninth fastest in the race.
Completing the scoring trio was club newcomer Gracie Hufton, recently transferred from Blyth Running Club,
who despite losing a shoe, and rallied through to finish in 42nd place from the Slow Pack.

Kieran Hedley at Harrier League  
on Saturday 1st March
Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Boys squad finished fourth,
being led home by Kieran Hedley (10th) (Fast Pack),
closely followed home by Jacob Hopkins (11th) (Fast Pack),
with Sam Williams (19th) (Fast Pack), completing the scoring trio.
This squad did well in terms of turnout, as in addition to the scoring three,
they also saw creditable runs from Adam Shewry (25th) (Fast Pack),
Josh Burton (27th) (Fast Pack), Lewis James (33rd) (Slow Pack),
and Alex Dunlop (36th) (Slow Pack).

Charlotte Jewell at Harrier League on Saturday 1st March
Having just been made aware of her selection as a late replacement
in the North East’s Under 17 Women’s team for this weekend’s
Inter Counties Cross Country Championships, being held in Birmingham,
Morpeth Harrier Charlotte Jewell celebrated by finishing eighth in her race
from the Fast Pack, and coming home as seventh fastest in the event.

Thomas Cunningham at Harrier League on Saturday 1st March
The Under 11’s non scoring Try it Cross Country saw
Morpeth Harriers field nine athletes amongst the 114 finishers.
Leading performers were Thomas Cunningham (5th) (5th Boy), Bobby Stone (8th) (8th Boy),
and Rhiannon Hedley (17th) (4th Girl).
Other Morpeth performances came from Dylan Gooding (31st), Josh Gair (35th),
Edward Kirby (39th), Callum Rowell (54th), Joshua Williams (59th),
and Jordan Bowling – Mowatt (67th), and Owen Bowling Mowatt (87th).

The event was held in sunshine with very little wind to trouble competitors, and conditions
although there were some muddy patches, the majority of the course was relatively dry.

Thanks must go to Jim Lillico and Sue Bolam and their team at Alnwick Harriers
for hosting a successful event on behalf of the North Eastern Harrier League.

The nine race programme was enjoyed by a total of 1,012 finishers.

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2014 Morpeth Harriers Grand Prix Update !

Hi Everyone,

Six of us braved the 35 mile an hour winds, as well as a tough, hilly course last Sunday, 23rd February
and survived. Times were never going to be fast. However, there were a number of creditable performances
and we came away with a National Masters Gold Team Medal.

Age category positions were, Mick Thomsen (3), Phil Walker (4), Paul Waterston (5),
Jim Alder (4), Mike Winter (10) and last but not least, Bob Wells (2).
In spite of the course and conditions, Bob achieved an age related performance of over 86.5%.
He has set a very high early standard in League One and was undoubtedly our best performer on the day.
Well done Bob !

Regards
Phil Walker

Morpeth Harriers Grand Prix League Table Update 26.02.2014

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Netherhall 10 Mile Road Race !

Running a time of 60m11s, which put him in twelfth place overall,
Phil Walker led a trio of Morpeth Harriers to a set of Gold Medals
in the Netherhall 10 Mile Road Race in Maryport, Cumbria, on Sunday 23rd February,
that incorporated the British Masters Chanpionships.

Accompanying Walker in the achievement were Paul Waterston and Mick Thomsen,
who were 14th and 15th respectively in 61m32s and 62m11s.
Walker and Waterston were also fourth and fifth in the Over45 Male category,
whilst Thomsen representing Scottish Vets, was third in the younger Over 35 Male category.

Jim Alder finished fifth in the Over 50 Mens category,
Mike Winter finished tenth in what was a very competitive Over 40 Mens category,
and last but certainly not least Bob Wells finished second in the Over 65 Mens category.

Also conditions for all were not ideal, with 35mph winds
prevailing throughout the event that was run over a very tough hilly course.

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2014 English National Cross Country Championships !

Senior Mens race at Wollaton Park on Saturday 22nd February
Elegant Wollaton Hall, with its picturesque surrounding parkland in Nottingham,
provided an excellent backdrop for the annual English National Cross Country Championships,
once again sponsored by Saucony, which were held on Saturday 22nd February.

Over 7,500 enthusiastic runners from all over England descended on the venue,
which had previously been used for the Inter Counties Championships,
but never a “National,”, as it’s affectionately known, and the local Corporation
with the added expertise of Notts AC official Mick Robinson, had designed a new course,
which very largely gained the approval of those who were participating in the ten event programme.

Apart from a couple of areas which had turned boggy, the ground was in remarkably good condition,
however in the later stages the heavy areas became very apparent, and several participants either fell in deep mud,
or lost shoes during action, nevertheless the fresh areas that were found, were largely appreciated by the masses.

Morpeth Harriers were defending the Senior Mens title, that they won in slightly
more difficult snowy and sludgy conditions at Herrington Country Park,
in Sunderland twelve months previously, however their hopes were dealt
an early blow with leading runner Jonny Taylor having to drop out at the eleventh hour with illness,
which was also a blow to the runner himself, after establishing a superb run of form
from some top quality International events since early January.

With Taylor out, it was a tremendous mountain to climb in order to retain the title,
and disappointingly those hopes were further dented when other leading Morpeth participants,
Richard Morrell, Peter Newton, and Matt Nicholson were all forced out during the action in their 12k event.

With Morrell and Newton it had been illness in the week leading up to the championships,
and Nicholson had fallen foul to a troublesome hamstring injury
that he had sustained during the Northern Championships last month.

Nick Swinburn at Wollaton Park on Saturday 22nd February
However on the plus side, Morpeth were led home superbly by a very strong,
and very much true to form run by Nick Swinburn, who once again found himself
unlucky to miss out on an individual medal, by all of a mere nine seconds.
Swinburn finished fourth, after always been in the leading group over the tough three lap circuit,
and only lost out owing to the strength of those at close quarters to him,
notably winner Steve Vernon of Stockport Harriers, who is also Swinburn’s
England Mountain Running colleague as well as his GB team captain,
Southern and British University Champion Richard Goodman of Shaftesbury Barnet,
and young Andy Hayes of Hallamshire.

Morpeth Harriers eventually emerged as sixth Senior Mens team,
and also second from the North of England, behind their fierce rivals Leeds City,
who also found Bedford and County, and event hosts Notts AC too good for them on the day.

Morpeths Senior Men counters at Wollaton Park
Swinburn was well supported in the team effort however by Lewis Timmins,
fresh from a warm weather stint in Portugal with his coach Lindsey Dunn,
who ran strongly throughout to finish in 34th place.

Ade Whitwam in his first National Cross Country for Morpeth,
also supported well by finishing in 53rd place.
Nathan Shrubb (83rd), and Ross Floyd (91st),
ran strongly and closely throughout to finish as Morpeth’s fourth and fifth counters.

The club’s scoring count was completed by Ian Harding,
who now looks to have regained some of his better form.
Harding finished in 112th place.

Morpeths Senior Men at Wollaton Park
A great deal of praise is to be given to the runs of those who also turned out
to face the challenge for Morpeth Harriers on the day, although who were non scorers.

Andrew Lawrence, who despite taking a tumble during the proceedings,
battled on to remain in the top end of the 1600 plus field, and finished in 180th place.
Thomas Straughan, always Mr reliable, who ran well throughout to finish in 231st place,
and was closely followed home in 233rd place by John Butters,
who indeed had one of the clubs best runs of the day.
Fergus Bates (360th), Geoff Whitman (701st), and Rob Hancox (713th),
also produced excellent creditable performances, by each of them ensuring
that they stayed in the top half of a strong field.

Morpeths Senior Women at Wollaton Park
After being the early pacesetter in the Senior Womens two lap 8k Championship,
Morpeth Harrier Ashley Gibson settled for a very creditable 13th place,
finishing just a minute adrift of the individual medals, which were claimed by Gemma Steel (Charnwood),
Steph Twell (Aldershot and Farnham), and her club colleague Lily Partridge,
who just managed to outpace the first Northerner Katie Brough of Vale Royal.
Gibson was the fourth placed athlete from a Northern club.

Morpeth Harriers emerged as 27th Senior Womens team, and sixth from the North,
with further team support to Gibson coming from Emma Holt (42nd),
Kate Chapman (329th), and Gwenda Cavill (379th).
In addition to the scorers Lesley Chapman competed, and finished in 480th place.
708 finishers competed in the Senior Womens event.

Morpeths Under 13 Boys at Wollaton Park
Morpeth Harriers only other team performance came from their very much below strength
Under 13 Boys squad, who battled bravely through their 3k one lap event to finish as 38th team.
Lacking Joe Dowd, Will Sibson, and Cameron Dick, they were always going to be up
against the odds in the team battle, and it was the oldest of their squad Alex Cunningham
who was first home for them, finishing in 230th place.
Ross Charlton can feel well pleased that he finished the event,
in comparison to his Northern Championship experience, where he had failed to finish following the loss of a shoe.
This time round Charlton did well, and finished only five seconds adrift of Cunningham in 241st place.
Third counter for Morpeth in this age group was young Wilf Campbell, who finished 305th.
Nursing a painful injury Matthew Waterfield battled through to
finish in 367th place to complete the Morpeth scoring tally.

On to the individual performances, and the best of these belonged to Charlotte Jewell,
who ran well despite the odd muddy experience, to come home in 79th place
out of 211 finishers in the Under 17 Womens 5k event, that was superbly won by
fellow North Easterner Lydia Turner of Birtley, who in addition led her club to very first National team title.
Jewell can also take some pleasure from the fact that she was also eighth from the North East region.

Another good Morpeth Harriers performance came from Elliot Kelly,
who finished a good 91st out of 272 finishers in the Under 17 Mens 6k Championship.
Kelly was also fourth from the North East.

Not so fortunate however was his Morpeth club colleague Phillip Winkler,
who after taking a tumble in the mud on the now fast deteriorating heavy sections of the course,
struggled to make up lost ground on what had been an excellent placing,
and bravely battled through to finish in 148th place.

Morpeth Harriers sole competitor in the Junior Mens 10k Championship Sam Hancox,
battled resolutely throughout his race, to finish in a very creditable 105th place,
in a top class event won by Reading AC International Jonathan Davies,
who just outsprinted Birchfield’s former Sunderland Harrier,
and former Northern Champion Weynay Ghebresillasie to the finish line.

In her very first National, Morpeth Harrier Abby Sheldon thoroughly braved the mud in her
Under 15 Girls 4k Championship, to finish in a very creditable 165th place out of 355 finishers.

After a very strong start, Morpeth’s Adam Shewry finished in 277th place
in the Under 15 Boys 4.5k Championship.

Thankfully in contrast to recent weeks, apart from strong windy moments,
runners endured near ideal cross country conditions, with sunny intervals throughout,
and believe it or not, “ not a single drop of rain to be seen.”

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Armagh International 5k Road Race !

Nick McCormick is back in winning form, and the Morpeth Harriers International
performed exceptionally against top class opposition in the
Armagh International 5k Road Race on Thursday 20th February.

He won by a second from Derby’s Richard Weir in a time of 14m11.9s in what was a very tight finish.
McCormick also led England to an impressive team victory over Wales and Poland
in the incorporated International competition.

There was a total field of 88 finishers, and McCormick’s good form has come
at a time when he will be well needed by his club in the forthcoming
Northern and National 12 Stage Road Relay Championships.

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North Eastern Counties AA Indoor Championships !

Sean O’Hara
Young sprinter Sean O’Hara was undoubtedly the clubs star performer
at the second day of the North Eastern Counties AA Indoor Championships,
held at the Gateshead College facility over Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February.

The Under 15 Morpeth Harrier showed true class when running two
personal bests to achieve a Gold Medal victory in the 60m.
Firstly he set new figures in winning his heat, the second of two, in a time of 7.69s,
and then went on to win his final in an improved time of an excellent 7.57s.

His coach Eddie Hedley in speaking afterwards said that he was absolutely delighted
with Sean’s achievement, especially competing from a very small workbase preparation.
He predicted good things to come from Sean in the forthcoming Summer track campaign,
and praised his work-rate in training.

Hedley went on to also praise the performances of his other protégés
Jack Hepple, Hannah Brown, and Beth Laidler, who also achieved well in the competition.

Running in a B final of the Under 20 Womens 60m, Laidler, still only sixteen,
was competing against Girls nearly three years older, and to finish second
with a personal best of 8.53s was a fine achievement.

Hepple and Brown both won medals on the day, which also brought delight to Hedley.
Still only nineteen, Hepple took Silver in the Senior 60m, also setting new figures of 7.13s
in both his heat and final, and running against more Senior opposition.
Hepple had earlier won his heat, clocking the same time.

Having only become thirteen on Christmas Day, Brown was one of the youngest on view,
however she achieved an excellent Bronze against older girls in the Under 15 60m Hurdles
in a new personal best of 10.36s, and this was after finishing second in her heat in 10.55s.
Brown also finished fifth in her final of the flat 60m in 8.84s,
this was after producing excellent new figures of 8.70s to finish second in the heats.

Morpeth Harriers North Eastern outdoor sprint champion Elaine Telford
produced a seasons best of 8.26s to make the final of the Senior Womens 60m.
She posted a slightly slower 8.32s in the final, however she missed out on medals, placing fourth.

Despite producing a seasons best of 9.05s, Naomi Arkle went out in the heats of the Under 15 Girls 60m.

In the Over 35 Mens 60m Final, Morpeth Harrier Wayne Gedge finished fifth in 8.36s.

On Saturday in the Field Events Morpeth Harrier Elliot Moore achieved
new figures of 10.01m, when finishing sixth in the Under 17 Mens Shot Putt.

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North Eastern Counties Royal Signals Road Relays !

The start of the Signals Relays Senior Mens race on Saturday 15th February
Three sets of team medals were won by Morpeth Harriers at the annual Royal Signals Road Relays
which form the North Eastern Counties Championships, that were held at a very much rain-soaked
Hetton Lyons Park, in Hetton Le Hole, County Durham on Saturday 15th February.

Despite the aforementioned rain which had seriously affected
parts of the course, the event reported a record entry.

Morpeth Harriers took Silver Medals in both the Senior Womens and
Over 40 Veteran Mens sections, and Bronze Medals in the Senior Mens event.

Morpeths Senior Mens A team at the Signals Relays on Saturday 15th February
Having seen the lead change no less than three times in front of them,
Morpeth Harriers Senior Men battled all the way in their six stage relay,
to eventually take Bronze medals, only losing out to New Marske by
thirty three seconds for Silver, with Gateshead Harriers regaining
the winners title by a margin of thirty four seconds.

Running a third fastest overall time of 10m47s for the 2 lap 2.2mile course,
Nick Swinburn very much got the squad into the frame,
following the earlier legs of Carl Avery (11m32s),
Michael Dawson (11m46s) and Thomas Straughan (11m41s),
which had left them in close contention with the leaders.

Ian Harding held on to third place throughout the penultimate fifth leg with his clocking of 11m09s,
and although Ross Floyd on the final leg produced an excellent 11m15s,
he couldn’t quite manage to get on terms with the front two.

Morpeth Harriers Senior Mens B team, which consisted of three Under 17 Men, two Under 20 Men,
and one Senior Man managed to clinch an excellent tenth place amongst some stern opposition.

Fastest in this team was Elliot Kelly, who clocked 11m55s on first leg, as he came home in twelfth place.
Although they slipped back to fifteenth place on the legs of Ryan Green (12m43s),
and Phillip Winkler (12m19s), fortunes were restored by excellent runs by Sam Hancox (12m09s),
and John Butters (12m04s), which saw the squad rise back up to tenth.
Phillip Caldwell held onto this placing throughout his final leg clocking of 12m32s.

Morpeths Senior Men Vets A team at the Signals Relays on Saturday 15th February
An excellent, and perhaps surprising Silver medal winning performance
was achieved by Morpeth Harriers Over 40 Veteran Men in their six stage relay.

Fergus Bates had the squad well placed on Leg One, when he got round the 2.2mile, in 12m07s.
Phil Walker (12m38s), Paul Waterston (12m37s), Geoff Whitman (13m10s),
Jim Alder (14m00s), and Rob Hancox (13m18s) battled throughout to ensure
that the squad were always in the frame for Silver medals, with Crook very much
bearing down their neck in Bronze medal placing.
Meanwhile Elswick Harriers took the Gold medal spot.

Fresh from her warm weather training in Kenya, Laura Weightman looked every inch the class act,
as she easily clocked the fastest time of the day, 11m22s for the 2.2mile distance,
run over two equal laps, which took her club into a second leg lead in the Senior Womens four stage race.
Morpeths Senior Womens  A team at the Signals Relays on Saturday 15th February
She had taken over in14th place, following Under 17 athlete Alison Brown’s first leg clocking of 14m39s.
Brown was having her first ever outing in a Senior Womens A team for a championship,
and can be fully excused for possibly feeling a little daunted, however creditably she had left
Weightman with plenty of opposition in close reach to chase down, and the 2012 Olympic
Womens 1500m finalist certainly did what was required to gain an excellent lead
over Northern Cross Country Bronze medallists Jarrow and Hebburn,
with early leaders Durham City, courtesy of International Rosie Smith 12m16s, (third fastest of the day),
now back in third place, with eventual winners Birtley close behind in fourth place.

Third leg saw Jane Hodgson enter the fray, and she performed brilliantly to hold on to
a lead that was fast being closed down by both Jarrow and Hebburn and Birtley.
Hodgson got round in 13m25s, which put the Morpeth Womens team
twenty three seconds ahead of Jarrow and Hebburn, and a further nineteen seconds
ahead of Birtley going into the final leg, run by their Team Manager Sarah Wilkinson,
who is also very much on the way back following injury.

Sarah ran courageously throughout her leg, to hold off the now very close attentions
of her younger rival Lydia Turner of Birtley, who were very much sensing their
first ever North Eastern Championship victory.

Wilkinson was only caught in the final quarter of a mile, and unluckily
only lost out for Gold by ten seconds, with her individual clocking of 12m59s.
Turner had to produce the second fastest time of the day, 12m07s
to catch Wilkinson to earn Birtley their title.
Jarrow and Hebburn held out for the Bronze medals.

The Morpeth Harriers Womens B team performed well to finish eighth.
Their fastest time of 14m14s, was recorded by Under 17 athlete Charlotte Jewell, who ran well on third leg.
Jewell was experiencing a Senior Championship for the very first time,
as was Abby Sheldon, who clocked 15m24s on the second leg.
Lorna MacDonald had the squad in 11th place on the first leg with a clocking of 14m20s,
and fourth leg runner Kate Chapman secured their final placing with a clocking of 15m19s.

Morpeth Harriers Veteran Womens team finished sixth, courtesy of Lindsey Turnbull (14m46s),
Shuna Rank (15m54s), Lesley Chapman (16m36s), and Claire Walker (17m30s).

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Athlete of the Month Award !

Alison Brown recieves her certificate from George Patterson
No less than four young athletes from Morpeth Harriers came under the judge’s microscope
as their prospective choices for the Benfield Motor Group Athlete of the Month award for January 2014.

The award was eventually given to Under 17 athlete Alison Brown,
who was the clubs best finisher at the Northern Athletics Cross Country Championships,
held at Knowsley Safari Park on Merseyside.
Alison’s run also fully justified her call up to the North East squad for the
forthcoming Inter Counties Cross Country Championships in Birmingham.

It also means a very busy competitive period for the Berwick based youngster,
as also during January, she competed well in the Northumberland Schools Cross Country Championships,
which eventually led her to be included in Northumberland’s squad for the All England Schools Cross Country
Championships to be held at Castle Donnington, Leicestershire, also in March.

Alison now joins Ryan Green (July 2013), Sean O’Hara (August 2013),
Amber Cormack (September 2013), Nathan Cox (October 2013),
Will Sibson (November 2013), and Joe Dowd (December 2013)
on the list of candidates in line for a more lucrative award as part
of the Benfield Motor Group sponsorship later in the year.

Alison is pictured above receiving her Certificate of Achievement from
George Patterson (Morpeth Harriers Press Officer),
at the Morpeth Harriers clubhouse in Morpeth, on Monday 10th February.

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Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League (4)

Start of Senior Mens race at Wrekenton on Saturday 8th February
Some excellent front running by Carl Avery, spearheaded an equally brilliant winning performance
by Morpeth Harriers Senior Men, at the wind affected fourth Start Fitness North Eastern
Harrier League meeting, held at Cardinal Hume School, Wrekenton, Gateshead on Saturday 8th February.

Avery, who competed for the club when he was a youngster, only returned to the sport recently,
and certainly produced an eye-catching performance, as he claimed his victory with
69 seconds to spare over his closest rival.

Leading from the gun in the Slow Pack, he quickly established a healthy advantage, which he
maintained throughout the three laps, and his victory was further enhanced by the added
knowledge that he had clocked the eighth fastest time overall in the 450 plus strong field.

Carl Avery winning the Senior Mens race at Wrekenton on Saturday 8th February
Avery will certainly take good stock of his victory, and progress now
to be a leading player for Morpeth Harriers, his boyhood club, and will prove
to be a most welcome acquisition to their already very strong squad.

That strength was certainly proved, as Morpeth Harriers Senior Men maintained
their leadership in the Division 1 table, by having no less than eleven athletes
in the top 100 on the course, and their six required counters all within the first 25.

Richard Morrell at Wrekenton on Saturday 8th February
Supporting Avery in the team count was firstly Richard Morrell, who was easily
the fastest on the day, by coming through from the Fast Pack to finish a superb fifth.

Third counter was Ross Floyd, who also produced a superb run
from the Fast Pack to finish 14th, and as fifth fastest overall.

Fourth man home was Blaydon Harrier League winner Ade Whitwam, who now looks
fully recovered from the injury he picked up in the Morpeth New Years Day Road Race.
Also running from the Fast Pack, Whitwam ran the seventh fastest time to finish in 17th place.

Next home was young Sam Hancox, who is clearly warming up for his forthcoming
Inter Counties appearance for the North East Under 20 Mens squad.
Running from the Medium Pack, Sam finished in 20th place.

Closing the scoring count for Morpeth Harriers was Fergus Bates,
who finished 23rd from the Medium Pack, just one place and seven
seconds ahead of clubmate John Butters, also running from the Medium Pack.
Not far behind Bates and Butters was another Morpeth Harrier Geoff Whitman,
who finished 29th from the Slow Pack.

As a result of the excellent aforementioned performances, Hancox, Bates and Butters
now see themselves promoted to the Fast Pack, and Whitman goes to the Medium Pack.

Other Morpeth Harriers Senior Mens performances were as follows
Rob Hancox (53rd) (Slow Pack), Thomas Straughan (83rd) (Fast Pack),
Phil Walker (98th) (Medium Pack), Michael Dawson (104th) (Fast Pack),
Paul Waterston (112th) (Medium Pack), Phillip Caldwell (213th) (Fast Pack),
Neil Gunstone (227th) (Fast Pack), Bill Tilley (251st) (Slow Pack),
and Les Cavill (253rd) (Slow Pack).

For Tilley, Saturday’s run also marked a return to the sport with his club,
having been a prominent runner in the 90’s with them.

On the team front, Morpeth Harriers Senior Men finished forty one points clear of Durham City,
with Tyne Bridge Harriers a further nineteen points adrift in third place in Division 1.

Emma Holt at Wrekenton on Saturday 8th February
Avery’s individual win was one of four for Morpeth Harriers on an excellent performance day for the club,
and in the Senior Women’s event, Emma Holt took great pleasure in winning over two laps from the Fast Pack,
and was clearly the fastest runner on the course. She won with nineteen seconds to spare over her closest rival,
and was the fastest by seventy three seconds.

Second counter for Morpeth Harriers was Jane Hodgson, who continues
to make steady progress in her comeback to competition.
Jane finished in 25th place from the Fast Pack,
and was the seventh fastest overall in the field of 216 finishers.

Morpeth Harriers Senior Women’s team count for sixth place in Division 2
was completed with Gwenda Cavill finishing 73rd from the Slow Pack.

Matthew Waterfield at Wrekenton on Saturday 8th February
Another Morpeth Harriers winner was Matthew Waterfield, who led the clubs
Under 13 Boys home to a narrow team victory over Tynedale Harriers.
Running from the Slow Pack, Matthew won with twelve seconds to spare over his closest rival.

Joe Dowd at Wrekenton on Saturday 8th February
However the performance of the day for Morpeth Harriers in this age group
was undoubtedly that of Joe Dowd who clocked the fastest time to finish fourth
from the Fast pack, narrowly missing out on an on the day Harrier League medal by two seconds.

Another good run which closed the Morpeth Harriers winning team count was that of Cameron Dick,
who finished 15th from the Fast Pack, and was sixth fastest overall on the day.
Other Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Boys performances came from Ross Charlton (23rd) (Fast Pack),
Alex Cunningham (24th) (Fast Pack), and Robbie Dunlop (37th) (Slow Pack).

Holly Peck at Wrekenton on Saturday 8th February
Holly Peck’s outstanding run in the Under 13 Girls event brought
her an excellent and perhaps surprising individual victory.
Surprising in that, having only just become 11 year old in November,
she was running against opponents, some of whom were nearly two years older,
and that her victory was achieved with thirty four seconds to spare over her closest rival.
Holly’s achievement was further enhanced by the fact that she
was also fifth fastest in the 57 strong field of finishers.

Kieran Hedley at Wrekenton on Saturday 8th February
Only a one point margin deprived Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Boys
of a team win at the hands of Durham City.
They were led home by a much rejuvenated Kieran Hedley,
who thankfully now seems to have put his heel injury worries behind him.
Hedley superbly finished in fifth place from the Fast Pack,
and can take much needed confidence from the fact that
he was fourth fastest in the field of 30 finishers.

Jacob Hopkins was Morpeth Harriers second counter in this event,
and he can take added confidence from the fact that he was eighth fastest
overall when he finished twelfth from the Fast Pack.
Completing the scoring three for Morpeth was Adam Shewry who
finished 20th from the Fast Pack, and was 13th fastest.
Other Morpeth Harriers performances in the Under 15 Boys event came
from Josh Burton (23rd) (Fast Pack), Sam Williams (24th) (Fast Pack),
Lewis James (25th) (Slow Pack), and Alex Dunlop (29th) (Slow Pack).

Phillip Winkler at Wrekenton on Saturday 8th February
Phillip Winkler continued his steady progress back after a short bout of illness,
and he produced a superb performance to emerge as third fastest in the
Under 17 Mens event, when he finished seventh from the Fast Pack.
Running from the Slow Pack, his Morpeth Harriers club colleague
Joe Elder finished tenth, in the finishing field of 22.

Another small field was that of the Under 17/Under 20 Women’s event.
However Morpeth Harriers two performers Louise Brett, and English Schools
bound Charlotte Jewell certainly gave good account for themselves.

Normally a sprinter, Louise persevered well in the wind and mud,
to finish in ninth place overall from the Slow Pack.

Charlotte also came through well to finish 13th from the Fast Pack,
and was ninth fastest overall in the field of 26 finishers.

Another Morpeth Harrier who competed well in the conditions was Abby Sheldon,
who finished 14th in the Under 15 Girls event, and was ninth fastest in the field of 31 finishers.

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Alsager 5 Road Race !

Morpeths Jonny Taylor finished second to fellow Great Britain European Cross Country representative
Tom Farrell of Border Harriers in the prestigious Alsager 5 Road Race in Staffordshire on Sunday 2nd February.

Whilst Farrell, currently home from his University base in Oklahoma,
won comfortably in 24m06s, Taylor can feel quite pleased that his efforts
brought him a new personal best for the 5mile distance of 24m33s.

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Dewsbury 10k Road Race !

Following his excellent performance at last week’s Northern Athletics Cross Country at Knowsley,
Nick Swinburn continued his superb run of form on a different terrain, when he finished a close fifth
in a top class field at the Dewsbury 10k Road Race in Yorkshire on Sunday 2nd February.

Although he was outside his personal best with his clocking of 30m43s,
he was always in very close company with the leaders that included Northern
and North East Cross Country Champion Dan Garbutt who on this occasion had to settle
for second place behind Altrincham import Mohammed Abu-Rezeq, albeit by one second.

Third and fourth places went to Holmfirth’s Mark Buckingham and
Leeds City’s Tesfaye Debele, who were both given the same finishing time of 30m25s.

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Ashford 10k Road Race !

Morpeths Ashley Gibson now residing in the South of England was
the first Lady home in the Ashford 10k Road Race on Sunday 2nd February.

Making her debut over the distance, she finished eighth overall
in a field of 600 runners, in an excellent time of 34m40s.

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Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon !

Morpeth Harrier Serod Batochir completed his second Marathon in six weeks,
when he finished fourth in the 63rd Beppu-Oita Mainichi event in Japan on Sunday 2nd February.

He clocked 2hrs10min59secs, which was around two minutes adrift of his personal best;
however he only missed out on a podium spot by 23 seconds.

The event was won by Uganda’s Abraham Kilimo in 2hrs09mins23secs.

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Scottish Indoor Championships !

Producing a best effort of 9.79m, gave Morpeth Harrier Claire Reid fifth place
in the Senior Women’s 4k Shot Putt event, in the Scottish Indoor Championships,
held at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena, on Sunday 2nd February.

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Scottish Masters Cross Country Championships !

Morpeth Harrier Bob Marshall was easily the best athlete on show in his Over 65 age group,
when he won his category with ease by all of three minutes at the Scottish Masters Cross Country
Championships, held at Hawick on Saturday 1st February.

His time of 30m23s also beat the first Over 60 competitor by three seconds.

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Northern Inter Counties Schools Cross Country Championships Update !

Athletes, including some from Morpeth Harriers, competed in the annual Northern Inter Counties Schools
Cross Country Championships, held at Meadowfield Leisure Centre, near Durham on Saturday 1st February.

The competition which saw entrants from Northumberland, Durham, Cleveland, North Yorkshire,
and Cumbria taking part, served also as a final hurdle for those wishing to gain qualification
in the Senior, Intermediate, and Junior age groups, for the English Schools Championships,
scheduled to be held at Castle Donnington in Leicestershire on Saturday 15th March.

Unfortunately a strong cold prevailing wind severely hindered
athletes during the action, resulting in some on day disappointments.

Notable Morpeth Harriers performers were Alison Brown (Senior Girls),
Charlotte Jewell (Intermediate Girls), and Kieran Hedley (Junior Boys).

Alison was second home for Northumberland in the Senior Girls event,
virtue of finishing sixth overall, one place and eighteen seconds behind her team-mate Robyn Waugh.

In the Intermediate Girls event Charlotte finished 13th, and was third home for Northumberland.

Kieran was first home for Northumberland in the Junior Boys event, when he finished seventh overall.

As a result of these positive performances Brown, Jewell, and Hedley,
should all qualify for the English Schools Championships.

Morpeth Harrier Elliot Kelly can count himself a little unfortunate that he
is now unable to represent Northumberland.
He finished a well earned twelfth in a hotly contested Senior Boys event
that was dominated by Durham Schools athletes.
Kelly is now being educated at Gateshead College so is now having to compete for Durham,
and although he finished in a prominent position, he had eight others from his new county in front of him,
had he still been competing for Northumberland, he would easily have made selection.

Another Morpeth Harrier competing in the Senior Boys event was Phillip Winkler,
whose individual placing is still to be fully confirmed, however he may well have done enough
to warrant selection for Northumberland at the English Schools.

This also may apply to Nathan Cox, Ryan Green, and Adam Weightman,
who were all forced to sit out the Schools Inter Counties through respective injuries.
In addition to the aforementioned Kieran Hedley, Morpeth’s Joe Dowd may make the Junior Boys team.

Both Dowd and fellow clubmate Adam Shewry competed at Meadowfield,
although their confirmed results are not known at time of going to press.

Other Morpeth Harriers who competed at Meadowfield with results still unconfirmed were
Jarod Lewis and Jacob Hopkins (Intermediate Boys),
Daniel Dixon and Ross Charlton (Minor Boys),
Beth Woolley and Alice Kelly (Senior Girls),
Amber Cormack, Abby Sheldon, and Louise Brett (Intermediate Girls),
and Kate Seymour and Lizzie Rank (Junior Girls).

The above report contained some unconfirmed performances
achieved by athletes from Morpeth Harriers at the
Northern Inter County Schools Cross Country Championships,
held at Meadowfield Leisure Centre, near Durham.

Results have now been completed and the following can be confirmed.

Year 7 Boys
Daniel Dixon (28th) (8th Northumberland),
Ross Charlton (41st) (11th Northumberland).

Junior Boys
Kieran Hedley (7th) (1st Northumberland),
Joe Dowd (42nd) (8th Northumberland),
Adam Shewry (50th) (10th Northumberland).

Intermediate Boys
Jarod Lewis (49th) (8th Northumberland),
Jacob Hopkins (54th) (9th Northumberland).

Senior Boys
Elliot Kelly (12th) (9th Durham),
Phillip Winkler (22nd) (3rd Northumberland).

Year 7 Girls
Eire Marshall (75th) (8th Northumberland).

Junior Girls
Kate Seymour (35th) (8th Northumberland),
Lizzie Rank (42nd) (10th Northumberland).

Intermediate Girls
Charlotte Jewell (13th) (3rd Northumberland),
Amber Cormack (37th) (9th Northumberland),
Louise Brett (45th) (10th Northumberland),
Abby Sheldon (49th) (12th Northumberland).

Senior Girls
Alison Brown (6th) (2nd Northumberland),
Beth Woolley (29th) (5th Northumberland),
Alice Kelly (37th) (8th Northumberland)

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2014 North of England Cross Country Championships !

A muddy Knowsley Park on Saturday 25th January
Heavy rain which fell on Friday afternoon, and continued throughout the night,
made conditions tough and testing for athletes competing at the annual
Northern Athletics Cross Country Championships, held for the second year in
succession at Knowsley Safari Park, near Prescott, Liverpool on Saturday 25th January.

The 2013 contest had also been ran in difficult circumstances,
by contrast, with heavy overnight snow being the hazard,
which by the time the final and tenth event had been run,
had left the course an absolute quagmire.

One year on Morpeth Harriers Senior Men again achieved team medals,
however on this occasion they went one better,
by taking Silver to replace the Bronze that they had won previously.

Again they finished behind a very dominant Leeds City,
who were winning the title for a record eleventh time.

Morpeth’s Silver Medals rounded off an excellent day for the North East Counties,
details of which we will refer to later in this report.

Leading the Morpeth Harriers Senior Men home was Nick Swinburn,
who produced an excellent run to finish fourth, and was very unfortunate
not to pick up an individual medal as a result of his brave and tenacious run.

Swinburn had always been prominent at the front of the 600 plus field of finishers,
and did have a slight lead ahead of Dan Garbutt of Durham City, the North East Champion,
and North East Silver medallist Jack Martin of Stockport,
at the end of the first of three gruelling laps of the 12k contest.

At this stage, former Northern Champion Andi Jones, formerly with Salford,
now running for Stockport, was also lying a close fourth.

It was these four who dictated matters at the front throughout the ensuing contest,
and it was Garbutt who eventually emerged as champion to add to his North East title.

Jones eventually moved through to take the Silver medal ahead of his clubmate Martin,
and Swinburn was left to take fourth place, only losing out for individual Bronze by a mere six seconds.

However whilst all this was happening at the very front of the field,
Swinburn’s determined Morpeth Harriers colleagues
were very much fighting for a set of team medals by way of consolation.

Although Leeds City took the Gold team medals on the day,
Morpeth took Silver ahead of Salford.

Matthew Nicholson and Peter Newton provided very strong supporting efforts
by finishing excellently in sixth and seventh places, with only three seconds dividing them.

Further superb team support came from former Northern Under 17 Mens Champion Lewis Timmins,
who finished in 23rd place, and was followed home, in excellent style by Ross Floyd (33rd),
and Andrew Lawrence (55th), to complete the scoring tally.

Morpeth Harriers Mens Road and Cross Country Team Manager David Swinburne,
whilst very praiseworthy of his squads efforts to once again claim team medals,
was very quick to also heap praise on the performances of those
athletes who were non scorers on the day.
None more so than Thomas Straughan, who had run solidly throughout,
and had finished an excellent 82nd.

Other excellent runs were produced by Paul Waterston (218th),
Geoff Whitman (271st), in his very first Northern Championship,
and finally Rob Hancox, who battled hard to finish in 342nd place.

With all of these efforts added to the possibility of Jonny Taylor,
Richard Morrell, Ryan Stephenson, and Nick McCormick
linking up at next month’s National Championships in Nottingham,
retention of the clubs National title that they won for the first time
on a snowbound Herrington Country Park course last February,
looks more than a distinct possibility.

Whilst there were no further medal winners from Morpeth Harriers,
there were some excellent individual runs from some of the other age group athletes.

Elliot Kelly produced a solid run to lead their Under 17 Men home to eleventh team place.
Finishing in 61st place in a strong field, he was also fourth home from the region.
He would probably have wished for a better placing, but was pleased to get round in the testing conditions

Fifth home from the North East, and three places behind him,
was his Morpeth Harriers clubmate Adam Weightman,
who also ran a strong and committed race throughout.

Third home for Morpeth was Ryan Green, who finished 76th,
and completing the scoring tally was North East champion
Nathan Cox, who on this occasion was somewhat distressed to finish 97th,
following a leg injury sustained in the early stages of their two 5.8k event
. However he bravely continued determinedly throughout, to ensure that
Morpeth Harriers completed as a team count, and his team-mates awaited
to greet him in the finish area to give him a consolatory welcome.

An excellent fourteenth place was achieved by Morpeth Harrier Emma Holt
in the two lap Senior Women’s 8k event,
and she was also second home from the region behind
Durham City’s Rosie Smith, who won an individual Silver medal.

Holt also led her club home to twelfth team place, with further good supporting
runs coming from Lorna MacDonald (82nd), Kate Chapman (123rd), and Lesley Chapman (177th).

Unfortunately Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Boys were forced to reckon
without the valued services of Joe Dowd, who developed a late illness,
and Will Sibson with an ankle injury for their one lap 3k event.

Under such circumstances the club did extremely well to finish in 14th team place.
They were led home by Alex Cunningham, who despite feeling ill just before the gun,
produced an excellent individual run to finish in 61st place overall,
and was easily in the top half of a very competitive field.
He was also running at a time when there was a prevailing gusty wind,
which had emerged to further blight the tricky proceedings,
so his efforts were very praiseworthy under such circumstances.

Equally so for his club colleagues Matthew Waterfield (83rd),
Cameron Dick (100th), and Daniel Dixon (117th), who all gave excellent team support.

Superb runs by Alison Brown (30th), and Charlotte Jewell (32nd),
saw them finish well to the fore in a very competitive Under 17 Womens 5.3k event,
which was the first event of the ten race programme.
Their performances also saw them emerge as fourth and fifth from the North East.

In the Junior Mens 8k event, Morpeth Harrier Sam Hancox
ran with a great deal of determination to finish very prominently in 47th place.

Unfortunately a late withdrawal rendered Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Boys
squad without a fourth scoring member for their 4k event.
Nevertheless Kieran Hedley, who had an excellent run in 2013 on the same course,
when he was still and Under 13, did well once again to finish in 61st place in a strong field of 173 finishers.

Considering Hedley had missed most of the early winter events,
including the North Eastern Championships, with a painful heel injury,
this was a truly excellent effort, which also saw him emerge
as seventh from a North East club, and this as a first year
Under 15 Boy, was no mean achievement.

Second home from the club was Jacob Hopkins,
who struggled a little in the conditions to finish in 108th position.
Eleven places behind him was Adam Shewry, who continues to improve, and his effort
as a first year Under 15 Boy prompts praise.

The event that was run in possibly the worst conditions of the day was the Under 15 Girls 4k,
where Morpeth Harriers had two athletes facing the starter.
Both of them ran competitively, and the first to show was Abby Sheldon,
who running in her first Northern Cross Country finished in 92nd place.

Despite losing a shoe, in what was becoming increasingly heavy ground,
Lizzie Rank bravely continued to finish in 98th place.

As aforementioned the Northern Championships proved to be a splendid day for the North East,
where apart from Morpeth Harriers Silver team medal victory, both individual and team achievements
by athletes from Birtley AC, Durham City, Gateshead Harriers, Jarrow and Hebburn,
and Middlesbrough AC (Mandale) are to be applauded.

Finally, many thanks to all officials at Northern Athletics, and the Merseyside clubs,
and to the Knowsley Safari Park, whose combined efforts, and goodwill,
helped produce an excellent Championships, despite the difficulties experienced
due to the prevailing wintry conditions.

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Northumberland Schools Cross Country Championships !

Recent heavy rainfall made conditions very testing for athletes competing
at the Northumberland Schools Cross Country Championships,
held at Temple Park Leisure Centre at South Shields on Tuesday 21st January.

Nevertheless there were some outstanding performances of note,
including some from the ranks of Morpeth Harriers.

Best of these came from North Eastern Cross Country Champion
Nathan Cox (North Northumberland), who made
easy work of winning the Intermediate Boys contest.

Cox won with almost a minute to spare over his Morpeth Harriers
club colleague Ryan Green (East Northumberland),
who despite losing out to Cox, could feel quite pleased with his effort,
considering some recent injury niggles that had hindered his preparation.

Morpeth Harriers narrowly missed out on a one, two, three result in the Intermediate Boys,
when Adam Weightman (North Northumberland), just lost out to Newcastle’s Fergus Robinson for third place.

Other Intermediate Boys results from Morpeth Harriers came from Jarod Lewis (North Northumberland) (10th),
Jacob Hopkins (East) (16th), Sam Foster-Beattie (East) (48th), and Sam Williams (East) (58th).

Kieran Hedley (North), who has missed such a great deal of training and competition recently,
can take a great deal of pride, pleasure, and relief from his excellent performance
in finishing second in the Junior Boys event.
He was always going to be up against the odds with Tynedale’s Max Pearson
at the helm of affairs; however he battled well to only lose out for victory by nineteen seconds.
Another Morpeth Harrier to perform well in this age group was Joe Dowd (East),
who came through well to finish in eighth place.

Other Morpeth Harriers competing in the Junior Boys event were
Adam Shewry (East) (16th), Alex Cunningham (East) (27th),
Cameron Dick (East) (28th),Josh Burton (East) (31st)
Matthew Waterfield (East) (32nd) Will Kelly (North Tyneside) (42nd),
Tom Hizzett (East) (56th), and A.Patten (East) (62nd).

North Northumberland’s Alison Brown produced an excellent run to finish third in the Senior Girls event.
She was the first of a trio of Morpeth Harriers, with Beth Woolley (East),
and Alice Kelly (East), finishing in eighth and eleventh places respectively.

In the Intermediate Girls event, held on the same course and at the same time as the Senior Girls race,
Morpeth Harrier Charlotte Jewell (East) performed well to finish sixth, as did fellow clubmates
Amber Cormack (East), Abby Sheldon (North), and Louise Brett (East),
who placed 12th, 13th, and 15th respectively.
Another Morpeth Harrier competing in the Intermediate Girls event
was Lauren Eadington, who finished in 25th place.

Ross Charlton was the leading Morpeth Harrier in the Minor Boys event.
Representing East Northumberland, he finished in an excellent eighth place.

Not far behind him in fourteenth place was his Morpeth Harriers clubmate Daniel Dixon,
who also represented East Northumberland.
Other Morpeth Harriers in action in the Minor Boys event were
Mark Booth (East) (21st), and Joe Briddon (East) (58th).

Kate Seymour and Lizzie Rank, both representing East Northumberland,
finished twelfth and fifteenth respectively in the Junior Girls event.

Other Morpeth Harriers to finish in this event were Ailsa Jones (East) (31st),
Jessica Young-Rogers (East) (48th), Hannah Priest (East) (54th),
Ellie Fenwick Kidd (East) (63rd), and Maddie Lake (East) (65th).

In the Minor Girls event, Eire Marshall (East) was the clubs leading finisher.
She placed 15th, and not far behind her in 19th place was Monet Wendt (East).

To complete the Morpeth Harriers tally, Josie Rigg (East), finished in 33rd place.

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2014 Morpeth Harriers Grand Prix Update !

The aim of the Grand Prix competition is twofold: to provide
a good standard of competition within the club while also ensuring
high levels of participation by Morpeth Harriers in local races.

As age-graded tables are being used, the competition is open to
all senior male and female members who have signed up
to take part, whether veterans or not.

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The range of races is also being expanded this year.
This will include your best middle distance track race (800m to 5k)
of 2014, your best Park Run of 2014 and we have included the Elswick Relays as well.
So there is now more opportunity to complete a shorter category race.
The number of races you will have to include to count is still 6,
with a minimum of 1 from categories A (short), B (medium) & C (long).
This means you shouldn’t have to race all the year round
and, if you are unfortunate enough to pick up an injury,
you will still have time to make the requisite number.

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The full list of qualifying races and a set of rules will appear
on the club website and also be displayed in the club house.
In the meantime, please do think about taking part in 2014.

You will of course need to sign up for this year’s
competition – which is free to enter – and we will need dates of birth
for the scoring system to work.
Get the ball rolling now by emailing the club
Send us an e-mail
or signing up in the club house soon.

This is my third year of sponsorship and I hope that more people
than ever will be able to compete in and complete this year’s competition.

Phil Walker

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North of England Senior Indoor Track and Field Championships !

In Sheffield on Sunday 19th January, at the North of England Senior Indoor Track and Field Championships,
another Taylor of Morpeth Harriers was making his long awaited comeback following serious injury.

One of the last major appearances for James Taylor in a Blue and White vest for his club,
had been in last Spring’s National 12 Stage Relays at Sutton Park,
and shortly after that he sustained a severe leg muscle tear which left him
barely able to walk for several weeks, and very much in pain.

Nevertheless he managed to nurse himself back to fitness,
and his club were very glad to see him back in action,
and he very much tested himself on Sunday by running
in the final of the Mens 3,000m, where he finished eighth
behind North of England Road 10k Champion Jonny Mellor
of Liverpool Harriers, clocking a very steady 9m15.2s.

Hopefully Taylor will see himself back to full competitive action for his club
in the forthcoming Road Championships, and in the Track season.

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IAAF Cross International Italica Mens Invitational 10.8k !

Morpeths Jonny Taylor certainly maintained his current 2014 form in style,
when he placed an excellent twelfth of 42 top class athletes in the
IAAF permitted Cross International Italica Mens Invitational 10.8k event,
held in Santa Ponsa, Seville, in Spain on Sunday 19th January.

Clocking 33m39s, he was the first home of four competing Britons,
and did well to finish 3m07s behind race winner Paul Tanui of Kenya.

Following his late autumn illness, Taylor’s form is certainly a much needed boost
as he enters a fairly competitive period, and hopefully his presence will certainly
prove a much welcome addition to his club’s Senior Mens squad at the
English National Cross Country Championships in Nottingham next month,
where they hope to successfully defend the team title they won for
the first time at Herrington Country Park, in Sunderland, last year.

In addition it will also serve to make up for his disappointment in
missing out on a European place in Belgrade in December.

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Athlete of the Month Award !

Joe Dowd recieves his award from George Patterson
Although he had narrowly missed out on an individual medal at the North Eastern Cross Country Championships
by a mere two seconds, Joe Dowd was very instrumental in leading Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Boys
to team medals with his placing of fourth, and as a result of that excellent performance,
he was very much at the forefront of the judges minds when they were trying to select
their Benfield Motors Athlete of the Month for December 2013.

Joe had also been under consideration for the November award following
his North Eastern Harrier League performance at Wallington.

However his additional performance in finishing third in the Junior Boys race
at the East Northumberland Schools Cross Country Championships,
held at Queen Elizabeth 11 Park in Woodhorn, Ashington, very much gave Joe Dowd his well deserved
achievement, and as consolation for just missing out on the previous months award.

Joe is pictured above receiving his award certificate from George Patterson
(Morpeth Harriers Press Officer), at their clubhouse on Monday 13th January.

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Scottish Borders Cross Country League !

Morpeth Harrier Nathan Cox followed up his excellent Great Winter Run
performance in Edinburgh on Saturday 11th January, by convincingly winning
the Under 17 Mens event at the Scottish Borders Cross Country League meeting,
held at Paxton House, near Berwick on Sunday 12th January.

Clocking a time of 9m10s, he won with plenty to spare over his closest rival Kobe Stevens of Moorfoot AC.

Fellow Morpeth Harrier Bob Marshall also competed in the longer mixed Senior event,
where he finished 43rd in a large field, and also placed as second in the Over 60 Mens category.

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Durham Cathedral Cross Country Relays !

Although runners faced a cold and frosty start on Sunday 12th January,
for the 30th renewal of the Durham Cathedral Relays,
held at the Durham University Sports Ground,
by the time the Senior Men got into gear
in their 3 x 3k Relay event, the action was indeed hot.

Morpeths Senior Mens A team at Durham
Defending their title for the third consecutive year,
Morpeth Harriers retained their composure throughout,
and eventually came through to carve out a well deserved victory
by a margin of sixteen seconds over hosts Durham City.

Morpeth New Years Day Road Race winner Lewis Timmins,
was well up on leading protagonists Cameron Boyek (Shildon),
North East Cross Champion Dan Garbutt (Durham City),
and Chris Parr (Gateshead Harriers) on the first of three legs,
and came home a very fast and close fourth in a time of 9m13s.

Nick Swinburn made excellent strides on Leg Two, when he clocked 9m17s to finish second.

This gave Matt Nicholson the ideal stage to clinch victory on the final leg,
and he quickly passed Durham City on entering the second lap, and went on to a glorious win.

Also competing well were the Morpeth Harriers Senior Mens B team,
who finished fifth in 29m37s, courtesy of Michael Dawson (9m42s),
Ryan Green (10m17s), and Ryan Stephenson (9m38s).

It was also Green’s first ever outing in a Senior relay,
and he competed well, still being an Under 17.

Unfortunately the Morpeth Senior Mens C team could not field a third runner,
as they were lying in thirteenth place, courtesy of Thomas Straughan (9m48s), and Sam Hancox (10m51s).

Morpeths Senior Womens A team at Durham
Morpeth Harriers Senior Women’s A team finished fifth in their three leg relay.

They were lying second on Leg One courtesy of Emma Holt’s 11m16s.

Lorna MacDonald battled well against stern opposition on Leg Two,
where she finished fifth with a personal clocking of 12m52s.

Jane Hodgson showed much determination as she maintained fifth place
on the final leg, where she got round in 11m55s.

Running her second race in two days, Alison Brown got the Morpeth B team off to a very good start,
when she finished sixteenth on the first leg with her clocking of 12m27s.

Claire Walker’s second leg clocking of 14m48s, saw her finish in 31st place.

Kate Chapman rose to 30th with her final leg clocking of 13m55s.

Morpeth Harriers Senior Womens C team finished well by placing 34th,
and were well rewarded by third place in the incorporated Over 45 Womens Veterans Championship,
being achieved by Gwenda Cavill (13m25s), birthday girl Lesley Chapman (14m47s), and Jane Briggs (13m29s).

Morpeths Vets A team at Durham
In the Mens Veterans Championships, Morpeth Harriers A team collected Bronze medals
in the Over 35 age group courtesy of Fergus Bates (10m45s), Geoff Whitman (11m14s),
and John Butters (10m51s), who combined well to place fifth overall.

Despite finishing eleventh overall, courtesy of Paul Waterston (11m15s),
Rob Hancox (11m32s), and Phil Walker (11m07s),
Morpeth Harriers Veteran Mens B team could not quite
make the medal podium in the Over 45 age group.

The club’s C team did however win medals in the Over 55 Mens category,
when they won Silver courtesy of Les Cavill (12m47s),
Archie Jenkins (13m08s), and Gavin Bayne (12m08s),
who all combined well to finish 43rd overall.

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Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country !

In his first competitive outing of 2014, Morpeth Harrier Jonny Taylor
certainly impressed in front of a television audience.
The former UK Mens 3000m Steeplechase Champion competed well
to finish a much deserved seventh in the Mens Invitation 4k event
at the Bupa Great Winter Run Festival, held at a soft
and very churned up Holyrood Park, in Edinburgh on Saturday 11th January.

He was always prominent in a top class field that included World talents
such as Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia, and Asbel Kiprop of Kenya.

However it was Garret Heath of the USA who eventually won in a time of 11m51s,
just holding off Ethiopian Junior Champion Meresa Kersay.
Kiprop finished third, just ahead of fellow Kenyan James Magut.
Bekele eventually moved into fifth place, just ahead of Great Britain’s
Chris Thompson, who in turn just outsprinted Taylor.

Taylor had led the field for half of the second of two laps,
having taken over the leaders’ mantle from fellow Brit Jonathan Davies,
whose youthful exuberance got the better of him.

Other Morpeth Harriers in Edinburgh took part in the Elite and Masses event.
North Eastern Counties Under 17 Mens Cross Country Champion Nathan Cox was the pick of these,
when he finished an excellent third to the more Senior Andrew Nixon of Stockport Harriers,
only losing out for victory by a margin of thirty six seconds.

Jim Alder and Alison Brown of Morpeth Harriers were also well placed in the large field.
They finished 47th and 95th respectively.

In one of the earlier short Junior events, Morpeth’s Adam Shewry finished twelfth in 7m56s.

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2014 Morpeth 11k Road Race !

Start of 2014 Morpeth 11k Road Race
Photo courtesy Keith Robertson

It was definitely a hearty and healthy start to 2014 in Morpeth,
with a record field of 170 finishers taking part in the annual
Morpeth 11k Road Race on New Year’s Day,
once again sponsored by the Benfield Motor Group,
and commenced at 1.00pm at the bottom of Dogger Bank.

First home to the modified finish line on the Stanners was Morpeth Harrier
Lewis Timmins, who was having his second win in the event.

Modification was required because of the extensive flood barrier works
being carried out in the area immediately surrounding.

Timmins won the event in 2011, however admitted things were much tougher second time around,
having being closely pursued throughout by some worthy opposition
that included his close friend and training partner Paulo Pinheiro.
Whilst Timmins eventually claimed his victory in 34m02s, Pinheiro,
a former Portuguese Junior International, running for Benfica AC,
celebrated by finishing a close second in 34m04s.

Third place went to former winner Nathan Shrubb also of Morpeth Harriers,
who produced one of his best runs for some time to finish in 34m19s.
Paulo Pinheiro, Lewis Timmins and Nathan Shrubb at the 2014 Morpeth 11k Road Race

Photo courtesy Keith Robertson

Not far behind him in fourth place was clubmate and 2013 winner Ross Floyd,
who had been hoping to retain his title, and add to his Woodlawn Pudding Run
victory at Whitley Bay on Boxing Day.
Floyd’s finishing time was34m19s, just twelve seconds ahead of fifth placed
Matthew Nicholson, another Morpeth Harrier.

The leading five had run in close contention throughout along with sixth,
seventh, and eighth placed athletes Dan Jenkin of Durham City,
plus Ade Whitwam and Richard Morrell of Morpeth Harriers,
with the last three only becoming detached just before halfway.

Jenkin eventually finished in 34m52s, Whitwam in 35m01s, and Morrell in 35m27s.
Ninth and tenth places went to Morpeth’s Michael Dawson (35m39s),
and Sunderland Harrier Kevin Calvert (35m50s).

Just outside the top ten finishers, Morpeth Harriers also had five other leading performers in close contention.
Karl Taylor, who has been nursing a slight injury following the North Eastern Cross Country,
came through well to finish in eleventh place in 35m59s.
Two places and three seconds behind Karl came Thomas Straughan.
Struggling with a head cold, Andrew Lawrence battled on to finish in 15th place in 38m36s.
One of Morpeth Harriers most improved athletes Sam Hancox ran well to finish seventeenth in 38m58s.
Mick Thomsen, who certainly rose to prominence during 2013, finished 21st in 39m14s.

It was also good to see Morpeth Harriers Mens Road and Cross Country
Team Manager David Swinburne back in action.
He came home in 26th place in a time of 39m52s.

Veteran Mens category winners were as follows
Geoff Prest (Trafford AC) (1st Over 40) (18th) 38m59s,
Phil Walker (Morpeth Harriers) (1st Over 45) (25th) 39m44s,
Gregg Penn (North Shields Poly) (1st Over 50) (35th) 41m01s,
Gavin Bayne (Morpeth Harriers) (1st Over 55) (39th) 41m45s,
and Frank Devlin (Gateshead Harriers) (1st Over 60) (79th) 46m52s.

First Lady to finish was International Marathon star Alyson Dixon
of Sunderland Strollers, who finished fourteenth overall in 37m47s.
Second place in the Womens race went to Jarrow and Hebburn’s
Alex Snook, who finished thirtieth in 40m29s.
Claire McKitterick of Charnwood AC, who took the runners up spot
to Morpeth Harrier Delyth James in 2013,
was third Lady home, when she finished 38th overall in 41m38s.

Fourth Lady home was Gina Rutherford of North Shields Poly, who finished 54th overall in 43m16s.
The fifth sixth and seventh Ladies finished in close succession to each other.
They were Michelle Ford of South Shields (67th ) 45m08s,
Clare Briggs of North Shields Poly (70th) 45m33s,
and Lorna MacDonald of Morpeth Harriers (71st) 45m54s.
Eighth Lady home was Morpeth Harrier Kate Chapman (78th) 46m33s.
Ninth Lady finisher was Alison Cummings of North Shields Poly,
who was 82nd in 47m07s, and the top ten Ladies were completed
by Tara Florence of PB Fitness, who finished 95th overall in 49m10s.

Category winners in the Ladies race were McKitterick (1st Over 35), and Cummings (1st Over 45).

Unfortunately the event did not totally escape the predicted rainfall,
however it was when runners were in the finishing stages that it arrived,
accompanied by a slight crosswind.

Morpeth Harriers would firstly wish to thank their Race Director Kevin Bray
for his organisational work carried out before, on the day, and after the event.

They would also wish to thank the main race sponsor Benfield Motor Group for their generosity,
plus Press Officer George Patterson for his additional sponsorship.
Start Fitness are to be thanked for prizes, plus competitor race numbers.

Morpeth Harriers would also wish to thank Race Referee Les Venmore,
and members, officials and friends for volunteer course marshalling and event stewardship on the day.

Morpeth Rugby club are to be thanked for the use of their headquarters
on Mitford Road for Race Registration and Presentation purposes.

The Red Cross, and Ted Phizacklea, are to be thanked for their very valued Medical assistance to the event.

Finally many thanks to the Results team and Catering Volunteers for helping towards the overall success.

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Saturday 26th April
Gateshead Young Athletes (1)
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North East Youth Development League (1)

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