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............................................................................LATEST NEWS.................... Morpeths Andy Wiles won the annual Loftus Poultry Run on Sunday 21st December, in a time of 42m11s............................ Morpeths Richard Morrell finished second at the annual Saltwell Harriers 10k Road Race on Saturday 20th December.............................. Six Morpeth Harriers took part in the Druridge Bay Park Run, on Saturday 20th December, all of them finishing in the top 25 on the 5k course.............................. LATEST NEWS...............................................

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THIS WEEKS ATHLETICS NEWS....
Loftus Poultry Run !
Saltwell 10k Road Race !
Park Runs !
2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race Preview !
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....

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OTHER NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....
North Eastern Counties Athletics Association Cross Country Championships !
Next North East Harrier League Fixture !
KEVI High School Building Work !
Blyth Sands Race !
Andrew Tait Memorial Hexhamshire Hobble Race !
Fukuoka International Marathon !
Druridge Bay Park Run !
Norman Woodcock Road Race !
15 in 15 Lets Challenge Cancer !
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League at Wallington Review and Thanks !
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....

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NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League ( 3 )
British Cross Challenge Series !
Morpeth Harriers Celebration and Presentation Night !
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League ( 2 )
Leeds Abbey Dash 10k Road Race !
Brampton to Carlisle 10mile Road Race !
Spanish Cross Country Meeting !
North Yorkshire South Durham Cross Country League !
Druridge Bay Park Run Saturday 15th November !
Heaton Harriers Memorial Races !
Druridge Bay Park Run !
2015 World Class Funding Lists !
Derwentwater 10 Mile Road Race by Kevin Bray
Saucony English National Cross Country Relays !
Park Runs !
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....

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NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
Bupa Great South Run !
Start Fitness North East Harrier League Sherman Cup / Davison Shield
Jedburgh Festival of Running !
Run Northumberland Castles Marathon and Half Marathon !
Park Runs !
Athlete of the Year Awards !
Morpeth Harriers Under 17 Men and Womens Road Championships !
18th Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race !
Park Runs !
Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Boys and Girls Road Championships !
Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Boys and Girls Road Championships !
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League ( 1 )
Run Northumberland Matfen 10k Road Race !
Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon !
Dennis Lawther !
2014 ERRA Mens 6 Stage and Womens 4 Stage Road Relay Championships !
2014 ERRA Young Athletes Road Relays !
Kielder Marathon !
Great Cumbrian Run Half Marathon !
Kielder 10k Road Race !
Jarrow & Hebburn AC Minors Cross Country Meeting !
Asian Championships Men’s Marathon !
NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....

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NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....
Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Boys and Girls Road Championships !
Redcar Half Marathon !
Haltwhistle Half Marathon !
Park Runs !
Berlin Marathon !
Morpeth Harriers Under 11 Boys and Girls Road Championships !
Northern Athletics Senior Men 6 Stage Road Relay Championships !
Northern Athletics Young Athletes Road Relay Championships !
Tony Woodcock !
World Mountain Championships !
Sunderland Harriers Open Cross Country Races !
Fifth Avenue Mile !
North East Masters 10,000m Track Championships !
NECAA End of Season Track Relays Meeting !
2014 Bupa Great North Run !
2014 Junior Great North Run !
Park Runs !
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....

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Loftus Poultry Run !

Having made remarkably full recoveries from respective leg injuries sustained in the
previous weekends North Eastern Cross Country Championships,
Morpeth Harriers Andrew Wiles and Andrew Lawrence were very
much back in the thick of competitive action at the weekend.

Wiles won the annual Loftus Poultry Run on Sunday, in a time of 42m11s;
finishing twenty seconds clear of his former clubmate Russell Best of New Marske.

Lawrence finished third in 43m44s, less than 24 hours after competing for his second claim club
Highgate Harriers at the third fixture of the ATW Metropolitan Cross Country League
at Hillingdon House Farm, near Uxbridge in Middlesex, where he finished 31st
in a classy Senior Men’s event behind Shaftesbury Barnet’s Michael Callegari.

As leading finishers, both Wiles and Lawrence both received prize Turkey’s for their efforts, along with Best.

Other Morpeth Harriers finishers at Loftus were
Craig McBurney (35th) (10th Over 40 Man) 51m43s,
and David Steel (52nd) (17th Over 40 Man) 53m42s.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Loftus Poultry Run !
Saltwell 10k Road Race !
Park Runs !
2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race Preview !
OTHER NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....

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Saltwell 10k Road Race !

For the second time in fourteen days Morpeth Harrier Richard Morrell
finished as runner up to an opponent in a local road race on Saturday.

Cheltenham Harrier Phillip Wylie proved to be a dominant force,
when winning the annual Saltwell Harriers 10k Road Race, in a time of 31m50s. Morrell finished second in 32m24s.

He was one of four finishers from Morpeth Harriers.
Josie Cram, who is enjoying a long awaited return to racing mode
certainly kept her good form intact when she finished as fifth lady behind
last week’s North Eastern Cross Country Champion Rosie Smith, who won in 35m05s.
Cram clocked a finishing time of 40m25s.

Further Morpeth Harriers results came from
Mark Crosby (11th Over 50 Man) 46m24s,
and Archie Jenkins (4th Over 60 Man) 48m07s.

Over 350 competitors took part in this very popular pre-Christmas event.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Loftus Poultry Run !
Saltwell 10k Road Race !
Park Runs !
2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race Preview !
OTHER NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....

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Park Runs !

Six Morpeth Harriers took part in the Druridge Bay Park Run on Saturday
20th December,all of them finishing in the top 25 on the 5k course.

First home in what was his second run on the course was
Phillip Winkler, who set new figures for himself of 17m31s.
Just over a minute behind him in second place was clubmate Mark Snowball, who clocked 18m38s.
Graeme Leathard was next home from Morpeth Harriers, finishing fifth in 20m49s.
Richard Kirby set new figures on the course of 21m35s, when finishing ninth.

Father and Daughter Scott and Sarah Wilkes finished in
15th and 24th places in respective times of 22m55s and 24m08s.

Meanwhile at the Whitley Bay Park Run, Morpeth Harrier Tony Lewis
warmed up his Christmas by finishing in fifth spot in 18m18s,
this being his first ever run on the course.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Loftus Poultry Run !
Saltwell 10k Road Race !
Park Runs !
2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race Preview !
OTHER NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....

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North Eastern Counties Athletics Association Cross Country Championships !

Start of Senior Mens race on Town Moor
Photo courtesy of Archie Jenkins
Seven sets of team medals (three Gold, two Silver, two Bronze),
and eight individual medals (one Gold, five Silver, two Bronze),
very much summed up the excellent performances by Morpeth Harriers
athletes at the 109th running of the annual North Eastern Cross Country Championships,
held for the first time, on Newcastle’s Town Moor on Saturday 13th December,
and superbly hosted by one of the regions newest running clubs Tyne Bridge Harriers.

The venue certainly provided a most spectacular backdrop to a most excellent days competition,
which included a nine race programme, with the longer races of a 4k lap,
incorporating the tough hilly areas near to the Cow Hill Roundabout,
which by the later stages were proving most tricky, having transformed
into a muddy slime from the earlier effects of an overnight frost.
Athletes most affected by those conditions were the Senior Men,
who covered no less than three laps, spanning a total distance of 12k.

Despite the testing surface, Morpeth Harrier Jonny Taylor cast aside any disappointments
in not qualifying for the European Cross Country Championships, also held over the weekend in Bulgaria,
by winning the Senior Men’s Championship, and also leading his club
to a very handsome set of team Gold Medals into the bargain.

It didn’t come easily for Taylor however, as he was very much forced
to battle for his win by club-mate Nick Swinburn who ran a superb race
to finish second and only five seconds adrift to claim the individual Silver medal.

Morpeth Harriers clearly showed their dominance, when Lewis Timmins
held off the toughest of challenges from 2013 champion Dan Garbutt
to claim a well earned individual Bronze medal, in what could
easily be described as one of the clubs runs of the day.

Another Morpeth Harrier to perform well was Nathan Shrubb,
who finished a superb fifth, but unfortunately was a non counter
for team affairs due to residential requirements.

However Morpeth still had enough good scoring counts to take the team title,
with Carl Avery (8th), Ross Floyd (9th), and Ian Harding (14th),
all superbly adding to the efforts of Taylor, Swinburn and Timmins.

Not far behind Harding, and also producing an excellent run
throughout was Thomas Straughan, who came home in 17th place.

The Senior Men’s event had a total of 355 finishers that also included Rob Hancox,
and Mark Crosby of Morpeth Harriers, who finished in 86th and 266th places respectively.

Unfortunately Andy Wiles, Andrew Lawrence and Ryan Stephenson all sustained
ankle injuries during the event, and were forced to retire from proceedings.
For Wiles it was particularly disappointing, as he had been very much up with the leaders in the early stages.

Team Manager David Swinburne and Jordan Scott were also forced out due to them feeling unwell.
Swinburne did see consolation, in that his charges had all performed well to pull off their team win.

Another excellent team win for Morpeth Harriers came from their Under 17 Men in their 5.6k Championship,
who were excellently led home by Scott Beattie, who claimed a superb individual Silver Medal,
just losing out for Gold in the later stages to Middlesbrough
Mandale’s Nathan Baker, by a margin of six seconds.
Further superb team support came from Nathan Cox,
who finished fourth, only losing out for individual Bronze to Crook’s Markhim Lonsdale
by five seconds, and an excellent tenth place achieved by Adam Gibbs.
Other Morpeth Harriers Under 17 Men’s performances came from James Young (15th),
Jacob Hopkins (20th), Jack Armstrong (26th), and Adam Weightman (32nd).

Morpeth Harriers most surprising, yet most delightful team win of the day,
came in the very first event, the Under 13 Boys 3k.
The club very nearly also saw another individual Gold medal here from Daniel Dixon.
Daniel only just missed out by four seconds to Blyth’s Josh Fiddaman,
and no doubt had his watching father Gordon, also a Morpeth Harrier
of long standing, hoarse with excitement as he supported from the sidelines.
Dixon was superbly supported in the well achieved team victory
by Ross Charlton (5th), and Thomas Cunningham (19th).
The Under 13 Boys event had a total of 66 finishers that also included
excellent runs by Morpeth Harriers Daniel Melling (21st), and Lewis Eke (25th).

Another Morpeth Harriers candidate for run of the day was Elliot Kelly,
who performed superbly throughout the Under 20 Men’s two lap 8k Championship,
to finish in third place, and to win his first ever North Eastern Cross Country individual medal,
despite having competed for his club since being an Under 15 athlete.

Elliot ran so well, that he was only twenty seconds adrift of the more
experienced Gold medal winner Barry Maskell of Gateshead Harriers,
and a mere ten seconds adrift of Silver medal winner Jordan Bell of Blackhill Bounders.

He has worked so hard for this medal, and that work was justly rewarded by his medal,
and a guaranteed place in the regions Inter County squad for Cofton Park, Birmingham in March.
Another two Morpeth Harriers who have worked hard in this age group are Phillip Winkler
and Sam Hancox, who were justly rewarded when their respective placings of 11th and 14th
saw their club take Silver team medals behind winners Gateshead.

Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Boys very nearly secured Silver team medals in their 4k event;
however despite having the same points total as second placed Middlesbrough Mandale,
they narrowly missed out on a countback situation.
Having his first run as an eligible athlete for Morpeth Harriers,
Taylor Glover, (formerly with Blyth) led the squad home in fourth place,
just missing out for an individual Bronze by eight seconds.
Further excellent team support came from Kieran Hedley (5th), and Joe Dowd (20th).
Other Morpeth Harrier performances in the 64 strong field of finishers came from Adam Shewry (26th),
Alex Cunningham (27th), Matthew Waterfield (41st), Jamie Duguid (46th), and Cameron Dick (51st).
These achievements meant that Morpeth Harriers had won Team Medals in all five of the Male events,
and they had done enough to win the overall trophy in that light.

Despite only winning Team Medals in two of the four Female contests on offer,
Morpeth Harriers have most likely won the overall trophy in that category.

It was individual efforts that certainly caught the eye in the Morpeth Female events,
and none more so than Emma Holt in the Senior Women’s 8k,
and Holly Peck in the Under 13 Girls 3k Championships.

First three in the Senior Womens Race
Photo courtesy of Archie Jenkins
Rosie Smith of Durham City Harriers clearly ran away from the rest in the Senior Women’s two lap event,
however tracking her carefully throughout, and well away from others was Morpeth Harrier Emma Holt,
who won individual Silver, and led her club to team Bronze medals, with superb supporting runs
coming from Josie Cram (9th), and Vicky Gibbs (21st).

Other good Morpeth Harriers performances in the 179 finishers came from Jane Briggs (75th),
Carol Parry (106th), in her very first championship, and Susan Smith (123rd).

Very unlucky not to secure team medals were Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Girls,
who finished as fourth team behind Darlington, Houghton, and Gateshead Harriers.
An individual medallist however was Holly Peck, who only just lost out for Gold
to Gateshead’s Grace Varley by a mere five seconds, and held off immense pressure
from the promising India Pentland of Darlington, who was a further four seconds adrift in third place.
Further excellent runs in the Under 13 Girls event for Morpeth Harriers came from Rhiannon Hedley (16th),
Lily Heaton (21st), and Nicole Teasdale (36th).
This event had a total of 59 finishers.

Silver team medals were won by Morpeth Harriers combined
Under 17/Under 20 Women’s team in their 5.6k event.
They were led home by Emma James, who finished eleventh in her very first championship.

Further team support came from Charlotte Jewell and Alison Brown,
who finished in 19th and 20th places respectively.
Other Morpeth Harriers performances in this age group came from Abby Sheldon and Louise Brett,
who were 27th and 28th respectively.

Lizzie Rank finished 25th in a fifty strong field of contestants in the Under 15 Girls 4k event,
however was the lone Morpeth Harrier taking part, making it the only event of nine where
the club failed to finish as a scoring team.

It is also very likely that as a result of Morpeth Harriers
having won the two overall trophies,
they will also secure the overall competition trophy which
takes account of the performances of both genders combined.

The club will also have a good number of athletes who will figure largely in selector’s
minds for the Inter Counties in March as a result of the day’s performances.

Wins by Morpeth Harriers in the Senior and Under 17 Men’s events,
saw the club retain their hold on the respective Championship trophies.

NECAA Cross Country Secretary Archie Jenkins, also a respected member of Morpeth Harriers,
was very pleased with the way the Championships had gone, and after the event was very praiseworthy
of the efforts made by the hosts Tyne Bridge Harriers.
He would particularly wish to thank the Mayor of Newcastle, Coun George Pattison,
who came along to witness some of the competition, and to act as Guest Starter of the Senior Men’s event.

Finally thanks go to the Freeman of Newcastle, who allowed
the event to go ahead at last minute on a splendid venue.

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WHATS NEW INDEX
Next North East Harrier League Fixture !
KEVI High School Building Work !
2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race Preview !
OTHER NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....

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Next North East Harrier League Fixture !

There has been a change of date for the next NEHL fixture.
This will now take place at Bedewell Park on Saturday 31st January 2015.
Apologies for relatively short notice, but a clash in dates with
another event was not known until recently.

WHATS NEW INDEX
North Eastern Counties Athletics Association Cross Country Championships !
KEVI High School Building Work !
2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race Preview !
OTHER NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....

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KEVI High School Building Work !

Building Contractors are planning to bring their equipment onto site
before the Christmas break to enable them to begin straight after New Year.

They will need to barrier off the back road to the track for the safety of our students.
If you using the track, I suggest parking in the 6th form car park in the evenings,
we have put an additional light on the outside of the building to light up the back.

If there are any further updates KEVI High School will let us know.

WHATS NEW INDEX
North Eastern Counties Athletics Association Cross Country Championships !
Next North East Harrier League Fixture !
2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race Preview !
OTHER NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....

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Blyth Sands Race !

The Blyth Sands Handicap Race on Sunday 7th December, boasted one of the highest number of
finishers in recent years, when 150 hardy competitors braved the bitterly cold wind at South Beach.

Fastest Male competitor was the visiting Martin Barwood of Chichester Runners,
who came home in twelfth place, having given thirteen minutes start to the majority of the field.

Giving eight minutes start to a good proportion of the field was Heaton Harrier Hannah Shilitoe,
who was Fastest Female, who worked her way through to finish in eighteenth place overall.

Amongst those competing were four Morpeth Harriers.
First home from Morpeth was Peter Scaife, who finished in 23rd place.
Next home from the club was Tony Lewis, who finished in 29th position.
A previous winner of the event Archie Jenkins finished in 46th place.
Completing the Morpeth Harriers quartet was Mark Crosby, who finished in 55th place overall.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Andrew Tait Memorial Hexhamshire Hobble Race !
Fukuoka International Marathon !
Druridge Bay Park Run !
Norman Woodcock Road Race !
15 in 15 Lets Challenge Cancer !
2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race Preview !
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....

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Andrew Tait Memorial Hexhamshire Hobble Race !

168 finishers took part in the annual Angus Tait Memorial Hexhamshire Hobble Fell Race,
held at Allendale on Sunday 7th December, including six from Morpeth Harriers.

The event was won by Ambleside’s Ben Abdelnoor in 73m22s,
and nearly four minutes behind him in 77m26s was Morpeth’s Fergus Bates,
who was having his first race for sometime following injury.
Fergus finished ninth overall, and was second Over 40 Man.

Next home from the club was Steve Haswell, running his second race in 24 hours,
who finished 41st in 87m46s, and was 13th Over 40 Man.
One place behind Steve was Mark Snowball, also having his second run in 24 hours.
Mark’s finishing time was 87m47s.

Next home for Morpeth Harriers was Alistair MacDonald,
who finished 49th in 89m50s, and was 6th Over 50 Man.
Finishing 64th in 93m00s was Richard Kirby, who was 17th Over 40 Man.
Completing the Morpeth Harriers sextet of finishers was Catriona MacDonald, who finished 83rd in 98m35s.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Blyth Sands Race !
Fukuoka International Marathon !
Druridge Bay Park Run !
Norman Woodcock Road Race !
15 in 15 Lets Challenge Cancer !
2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race Preview !
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....

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Fukuoka International Marathon !

Mongolian International Marathon runner Serod Batochir of Morpeth Harriers,
was certainly a man in record breaking form, when he finished an excellent third in the
class filled annual Fukuoka International Marathon in Japan on Sunday 7th December.

Batochir not only clocked a new personal best time of 2hrs08mins50secs,
in doing so he also once again re-wrote his very own Morpeth Harriers Club Record.

The event was won by Kenyan Champion Patrick Makau (2hrs08mins22secs),
with second place going to Ethiopian Raji Assefa (2hrs08mins48secs),
who only just managed to out-sprint Batochir in the final run in to the finish.
Such was the class in the event, the top thirteen runners all finished inside 2hrs12mins.

Batochir is currently basing all of his training in Japan, and this recent
performance success pays great tribute to his judgement in doing so.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Druridge Bay Park Run !
Norman Woodcock Road Race !
15 in 15 Lets Challenge Cancer !
2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race Preview !
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....

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Druridge Bay Park Run !

Course record holder, Morpeths Ian Harding was first across
the finish line at the Druridge Bay Park Run on Saturday 6th December.

Harding recorded a finishing time of 16m06s, which was twenty six seconds short of his best, set in October.
In second place was his club colleague Mark Snowball, who finished in 18m18s,
which was eight seconds short of his best on the course.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Fukuoka International Marathon !
Norman Woodcock Road Race !
15 in 15 Lets Challenge Cancer !
2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race Preview !
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....

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Norman Woodcock Road Race !

Start of the Norman Woodcock race at Gosforth Park on Saturday 6th December
Richard Morrell and Thomas Straughan of Morpeth Harriers were very prominent front runners
in the annual Elswick Harriers Norman Woodcock Road Race,
held in High Gosforth Park on Saturday 6th December.

They were both beaten however to the finish line by Gateshead Harrier Chris Parr,
who completed the three lap circuit of the ambulance track of the Racecourse in a finishing time of 24m24s,
beating Morrell by a mere three seconds, with Straughan a further ninety two seconds adrift in third place,
coming home one second ahead of Gateshead youngster Jed Marshall
in fourth spot following a nail-biting sprint to the finish line.
Next home for Morpeth Harriers was Sam Hancox, who finished sixteenth in 27m48s.

The placings of Morrell, Straughan and Hancox should have given Morpeth Harriers
a one point lead over Gateshead Harriers in the Men’s team race,
however Morrell had forgotten his team vest, and was not allowed
to contest the team result, which meant that the club were forced
to rely on their fourth finisher to count.
This happened to be Matthew Boyle, who although performed well,
his position of 31st in 28m39s was only good to see Morpeth finish
as third team behind winners Gateshead, and second placed Tyne Bridge.
Unfortunately there was no prize for second or third team.
Whilst Morrell and Straughan could collect their second and third placed individual prizes,
unfortunately the loser was Hancox, who would have been third counter in any team victory.

A total of twelve Morpeth athletes, including the already mentioned Morrell, Straughan Hancox and Boyle,
competed in the 154 strong field of finishers, who endured the dry cold and slightly windy conditions.

Other Morpeth Harriers finishers were as follows
Phil Walker (35th) (3rd Over 45 Man) 28m57s,
Rob Hancox (37th) (4th Over 45 Man) 29m06s,
Matthew Forster (44th) 29m27s,
Steve Haswell (62nd) (8th Over 45 Man) 31m09s,
Jim Alder (69th) (4th Over 50 Man) 31m48s,
Paul Banks (73rd) (7th Over 40 Man) 32m10s,
Paul Bellingham (94th) (8th Over 50 Man) 34m02s,
and Mark Crosby (101st) (11th Over 50 Man) 34m51s.

Click here for complete results

WHATS NEW INDEX
Fukuoka International Marathon !
Druridge Bay Park Run !
15 in 15 Lets Challenge Cancer !
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League at Wallington Review and Thanks !
2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race Preview !
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....

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15 in 15 Lets Challenge Cancer !


Charlotte Woodcock and Rachel McBryde are two sisters taking
on 15 epic challenges in 2015 in memory of their dad,
Tony Woodcock, (affectionately known as ‘Irondad’)
and with the aim of raising £15,000 for Pancreatic Cancer UK.

We came up with the idea for 15 in 15 shortly after we lost our dad,
who loved life and loved a challenge – and because we want to do something
positive to help find a better survival strategy for those facing the disease.
We’re not athletes, we’re not special, we’re just ordinary people who want
to help other families who may come to share the same experiences as us.

After losing dad we quickly decided we wanted to celebrate his life in a way he would have approved.
And we wanted to turn all the negative energy surrounding his passing into something positive. So in that spirit we came up with 15 in 15.

15 in 15 is about taking on 15 different challenges in 2015,
in celebration of dad and all those challenging cancer,
and to raise money to help find a greater survival strategy for those with Pancreatic cancer.

From Boxing Day dips to 10K runs, sprint triathlon to half marathons,
plus one epic Ironman (not for the faint hearted !)
the 15 challenges are designed to be all-encompassing.

We’d love as many of you as possible to get behind our mission – either by taking part
in some of the events and raising sponsorship yourselves,
or by supporting us through donations

Click below to see the Challenges-
We’ll be keeping everyone up to date with our progress via this site ,Twitter and via our Facebook page.

And we’d love to hear from you. If you’re interested in getting involved
Send us an e-mail

Warm wishes,
Rachel & Charlotte

WHATS NEW INDEX
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League ( 3 )
British Cross Challenge Series !
Morpeth Harriers Celebration and Presentation Night !
2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race Preview !
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....

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Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League at Wallington Review and Thanks !

1168 finishers over a programme of 10 races scheduled over 2 hours over three different courses !

Lots (& lots) of cars to park - we learnt from last year and it went much better !

You cant host an event like this without having a great deal of help and support
so THANKS to the following people who made it happen;

Kevin Flannery (Gateshead Harriers for loan of the 600 stakes and lots of valuable advice),
Matthew Watson & Steve (National Trust Rangers, quad bikes, trailers, bark chippings and a VERY BIG mower),
Richard Kay, (Nixon Hire),
Kate & her team ( British Red Cross - 7 minor casualties),
Mike Bateman & Angie Hunt (maps, signs & food),
George & Hud for radios and keeping races on schedule,

BRIAN MOONEY, ADRIAN BARNES, DAVE TAYLOR,
NEIL McANANEY, SUE CALVERT, BOB SEWELL,
ALAN HYDE, LINDA BRAY, GEORGE McDOUGAL,
GORDON DIXON, PAM WOODCOCK, CHRIS WAUGH,
PAUL McLEOD, TRICIA MADDEN, PETER WINTER,
ARCHIE JENKINS & PAUL WATERSTON

for help marking out the course, car parking and marshal duties.

Cheers
Kevin Bray

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Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League (3)

Senior Mens race at Wallington 
on Saturday 29th November

Nearly 1,200 determined athletes descended on wildest rural Northumberland on Saturday 29th November,
for the third in the series of Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League meetings.
It was a return for the league to the normally splendid setting of Wallington Hall,
however the heavy rain that had prevailed during the previous days,
meant heavy going for all, including the ever willing Marshall’s and helpers from host
club Morpeth Harriers, who managed to work throughout the much murky afternoon,
to ensure that the ten event programme was completed before dusk really set in.

The club also achieved some good results from the competitive angle,
with the best of those mainly coming from their Male contingent.

An excellent team result for Morpeth came from their Under 13 Boys,
who were first team on the day, winning by ten points from local rivals Alnwick Harriers.

They were led home by Ross Charlton, who defied his Fast Pack 100 second handicap to finish fourth overall,
and second fastest on the day, one place ahead of club mate Daniel Dixon, who was third fastest overall.
Completing the excellent Morpeth winning tally was Thomas Cunningham,
who was 14th from the Fast Pack, and eighth fastest on the day.
Another Morpeth Harrier finisher in this event was Adam Kirby, who was 47th from the Slow Pack

A good Morpeth Harriers team result came courtesy of their Under 15 Boys,
who managed to finish second behind a very strong Tynedale Harriers performance.
They were led home by Cameron Kirk (4th) (Fast Pack).
Second home from the club was Taylor Glover, who unfortunately is still
a couple of days away from eligibility following his recent transfer from Blyth.
He finished sixth from the Fast Pack, posting the second fastest time overall.
Third fastest was Morpeth’s Kieran Hedley, who was the clubs second official counter,
finishing in ninth place from the Fast Pack.
Completing the Morpeth scoring count was Jamie Duguid, who finished 16th from the Slow Pack.
Other finishers for Morpeth in this event were, Jordan Hedgecock (21st) (Slow Pack),
Adam Shewry (25th) (Fast Pack), Cameron Dick (31st) (Slow Pack),
Joe Dowd (33rd) (Fast Pack), Connor Marshall (37th) (Fast Pack),
Alex Cunningham (39th) (Fast Pack), Josh Burton (43rd) (Fast Pack),
Lewis James (45th) (Slow Pack), and Philip Kirby (46th) (Fast Pack).

Morpeth Harrier Scott Beattie clocked the fastest time for his excellent
individual win in the Under 17 Men’s two lap event.
Club mate James Young finished in 16th place from the Fast Pack.

There was strong competition in the Division 1 section of the Senior Men’s event,
and Morpeth Harriers could only manage to finish as sixth team on the day,
despite having an excellent turnout of eighteen runners, including their six required for team count.

On the plus side however the individual performances of Carl Avery and Ross Floyd
are to be applauded as they managed to finish seventh and fourteenth respectively from the Fast Pack,
posting the days first and second fastest times, having given two and a half,
and five minutes start to the majority of the field, on a very tough and demanding three lap course.

Unfortunately on this occasion the supporting scoring Morpeth performances behind Avery and Floyd
came from slightly further down the field, courtesy of Paul Waterston (110th) (Medium Pack),
Sam Hancox (117th) (Fast Pack), Mike Winter (125th) (Slow Pack), and Alistair MacDonald (130th) (Slow Pack).

Other Morpeth Harriers Senior Men in action were, Steve Haswell (137th) (Slow Pack),
Geoff Whitman (146th) (Medium Pack), Rob Hancox (156th) (Medium Pack),
Phil Walker (158th) (Medium Pack), Mark Snowball (160th) (Medium Pack),
Peter Scaife (230th) (Slow Pack), Richard Kirby (253rd) (Slow Pack),
Andrew Richardson (336th) (Slow Pack), James McFetrich (365th) (Slow Pack),
Paul Bellingham (381st) (Slow Pack), Richard Sill (384th) (Slow Pack),
and Mark Crosby (415th) (Slow Pack).

Making her Harrier League debut for Morpeth Harriers in the Senior Women’s event,
Jo Carruthers managed to secure herself an individual Bronze medal for finishing third overall from the Slow Pack.
She led her club to third team place in Division 2 behind Alnwick and Wallsend,
with further team support coming from Emma Holt, who once again posted the
Fastest Senior Women’s time of the day when finishing sixth from the Fast Pack.

Jane Briggs was third counter for the club in 77th place from the Medium Pack,
and the clubs scoring count was completed by Kate Chapman, who finished in 80th place from the Medium Pack.

Other Morpeth Harriers Senior Women’s performers were Lindsay Turnbull (93rd) (Medium Pack),
Lorna MacDonald (94th) (Fast Pack), and Claire Bruce (225th) (Slow Pack).

For the second week running Morpeth Harriers very own little dynamo Holly Peck,
produced easily the fastest time in the Under 13 Girls event.
Running from the Fast Pack, she again worked her way through the masses in the 54 strong field,
to finish fourth, again having given 100 seconds start to over fifty per cent of the field.
Also running for Morpeth in this event was relative newcomer Nicole Teasdale,
who gave very good account for herself in finishing tenth from the Slow Pack.
This performance sees her promoted to the Fast Pack for the rest of the forthcoming season.
Unfortunately Peck and Teasdale’s excellent efforts were unsupported team-wise for their club.

Another unsupported effort for Morpeth Harriers was that of Gracie Hufton,
who was the clubs lone finisher in the Under 15 Girls event, where she placed 19th from the Slow Pack.

Morpeth Harriers did manage to muster a team however for the Under 17/Under 20 Women’s event,
run over the Medium and Large Lap sections of the course.
They finished as fourth of four complete teams, being led home by
Under 20 athlete Alison Brown, who finished 16th from the Fast Pack,
posting the eleventh fastest overall time of the day.

Good supporting team counts came from Charlotte Jewell (21st) (Fast Pack),
and Abby Sheldon (25th) (Fast Pack).
They were fifteenth and sixteenth fastest overall in a total field of 32 finishing athletes,
that also included Morpeth’s Amber Cormack and Louise Brett, who finished
in 28th and 29th places respectively from the Fast Pack.

In the non scoring Under 11 Boys and Girls events, once again respectively it was
Bobby Stone and Rhiannon Hedley who led the Morpeth Harriers contingent.

Stone finished fifth in the Boys event, however was very nearly caught by
club mate Dylan Davies, who performed superbly to finish sixth.
Next home for Morpeth Harriers was another Dylan, this time bearing
the surname of Gooding, who finished an excellent eighth.
Callum Rowell finished in 13th place, followed by James Tilley, who came home in 24th spot.
Completing a hat-trick of Dylan’s for Morpeth Harriers was Dylan Walker who finished in 30th place,
and rounding off the clubs Boys results was Aaron Haldane, who finished 38th.

Rhiannon Hedley was Morpeth’s first home in the Girls event, finishing fifth overall in a total field of 49.
Also running well for Morpeth Harriers in the Under 11 Girls event was Amy Lott, who finished in 21st place.

On behalf of the North Eastern Harrier League, Morpeth Harriers would wish to thank the National Trust,
and all of the willing staff at Wallington Hall for their outstanding assistance in both
the preparation and execution of the event on the day.

Also many thanks to the Marshall’s and course preparers for their time in ensuring that the event went well.
Last but not least, many thanks go to Clerk of Course Kevin Bray for his excellent expertise in pulling
together the whole operation on behalf of Morpeth Harriers.

Already looking forward to next year.

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British Cross Challenge Series !

Five athletes from Morpeth Harriers made the journey to Liverpool on Saturday 29th November,
to compete in the first meeting of the British Cross Challenge Series,
which also included the European Trials for the forthcoming Championships,
being held in Bulgaria on Saturday 13th December.

Unfortunately none of those athletes will figure amongst the selector’s final decisions,
despite some good performances in the trying and testing conditions faced at Sefton Park.

In the Senior Men’s event, won by Kilbarchan’s Callum Hawkins,
Jonny Taylor eventually finished in tenth place, only twenty seconds adrift of the winner,
and after showing some early prominence.

Also prominent in the early stages was Taylor’s Morpeth club colleague Nick Swinburn.
However Swinburn eventually faded from the picture to finish 39th.
Morpeth Harriers third Male athlete in action was Richard Morrell.
Again after a prominent start, he eventually finished in 55th place.
There were 520 finishers in the Senior Men’s event.

Morpeth’s Laura Weightman was one who was tipped to have an
outside chance of a European place going into this contest.
However in a very tough race she could only finish twelfth in a 225 strong Senior Women’s field.
Laura’s club colleague Ashley Gibson showed some early promise in the event;
however an unfortunate ankle injury sustained during proceedings severely
curtailed her chances, as she struggled home in 20th place.
The Senior Women were led home by Charnwood’s Gemma Steel.

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Morpeth Harriers Celebration and Presentation Night !

Medal winners at Marabini’s on 
Sunday 23rd November
The evening of Sunday 23rd November 2014 was indeed a very special occasion
for members and friends and supporters of Morpeth Harriers, who gathered at
Marabini’s Italian Restaurant for their annual Celebration and Presentation Night.

None more so though for Paddy Paulsen, who was organiser of the event,
which has become a very much established item on the club calendar,
and was being held for the third occasion, all of them having been organised by Paddy,
whose enthusiasm and hardworking determination was very much rewarded by the club,
by her being presented with the very last award of the night, the Bellerby Shield,
which is given for Service to the Club, and in the opinion of all those present was very much deserved.
Paddy Paulsen and David 
Swinburne at Marabini’s on Sunday 23rd November
Paddy was presented with her award by Club Chairman David Swinburne,
who also during the evening presented various other club awards,
along with Morpeth Harriers President Jim Alder.

Club Secretary Mike Bateman announced and showed off various trophies
which had highlighted the many achievements by their athletes throughout the year,
including the Men’s Road and Cross Country squad, who had retained the Sherman Cup,
and points scorers were rewarded with their individual medals, the Track Relay squad who
had successfully retained the Shield awarded by the NECAA for the achievement,
and the Silver Salver, that had only recently arrived, for winning Division 3E
of the Northern Senior Track and Field League, an achievement gained by the
clubs Men and Women over four matches, a result that had gained promotion to Division 2 for 2015.

Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Paul Kelly,
who did an absolutely splendid job in keeping everything
together, doing so with a great deal of humour, which was appreciated by all.

Splendid entertainment was provided by young girl vocalist Lola,
who delighted all those present with her wide repertoire of popular songs.

However the night certainly belonged to the athletes and their well documented achievements.
The following medals and trophies were presented to the successful athletes
for the clubs Road Championships by Club President Jim Alder.

Under 11 Boys
1st Bobby Stone (Gold Medal & Winners Trophy)
2nd Dylan Davies (Silver Medal)
3rd Ben Walker (Bronze Medal)

Under 11 Girls
1st Amy Lott (Gold Medal & Winners Trophy)
2nd Rebecca Bradley (Silver Medal)
3rd Antje Hall (Bronze Medal)

Ross Charlton and Jim Alder at 
Marabini’s on Sunday 23rd November
Under 13 Boys
1st Ross Charlton (Gold Medal & Winners Trophy)
2nd Daniel Dixon (Silver Medal)
3rd Sam Bradley (Bronze Medal)

Under 13 Girls
1st Holly Peck (Gold Medal & Winners Trophy)
2nd Isobel McCormack (Silver Medal)
3rd Lily Heaton (Bronze Medal)

Under 15 Boys
1st Kieran Hedley (Gold Medal & Winners Trophy)
2nd Will Kelly (Silver Medal)
3rd Adam Shewry (Bronze Medal)

Under 15 Girls
1st Lizzie Rank (Gold Medal & Winners Trophy)
2nd Ailsa Jones (Silver Medal)
3rd Kate Seymour (Bronze Medal)

Under 17 Men
1st James Young (Gold Medal & Winners Trophy)
2nd Jacob Hopkins (Silver Medal)
3rd Jack Armstrong (Bronze Medal)

Under 17 Women
1st Emma James (Gold Medal & Winners Trophy)
2nd Abby Sheldon (Silver Medal)
3rd Charlotte Jewell (Bronze Medal)

Junior Men
1st Elliot Kelly (Gold Medal & Winners Trophy)

Senior Men
1st Ross Floyd (Gold Medal & Winners Trophy)

The following club performance and contribution awards were also made or announced.

Best Performance by a Boy or Colt (Under 13 or 15)
Sean O’Hara

Contribution to Young Athletes Track & Field Team (Under 17 Men)
Kenny Harrison

Contribution to Young Athletes Track & Field Team (Under 13 or Under 15 Boys)
Will Kelly

Contribution to Young Athletes Track & Field Team (Under 17 Women)
Megan Deakin

Contribution to Young Athletes Track & Field Team Under 13 or Under 15 Girls
Holly Peck

Most Improved Young Athlete
Elliot Kelly

Best Performance by a Youth or Junior Under 17 or Under 20
Jack Hepple

Best Performance by a Senior Man (Track Events)
Adi Whitwam

Best Performance by a Senior Man (Field Events)
Steven Appleby

Best Performance by a Female athlete (Any Age)
Ashley Gibson

Best Performance by a Female athlete (Track & Field)
Laura Weightman

Most Improved Athlete (Any age, event, or gender)
Karl Taylor

Sportsmanship
Alison Brown

Raising the Club Profile in the local community
Hemant Desai

Many thanks go to Marabini’s for the excellent food provided,
and to all of their superb staff for the very kind and courteous
attention shown to all those present during the evening.

In addition, Morpeth Harriers would like to thank the following
for their generosity in providing prizes towards the funding raffle
that took place following the awards presentation.

Marabini’s, Osborne’s Jewellers, Rutherford’s Department Store,

Manzil Indian Restaurant, Waterford Lodge, Weatherspoons,

Shambles Restaurant & Bar, Sambuca’s, Nandon Thai Restaurant,

Morrisons, Marks & Spencer, Spa Sanctuary, Bin 21, Costa Coffee,

Central Coffee Bean, Start Fitness, Morpeth Leisure Centre,

Plus several Members and Friends of Morpeth Harriers & AC.

On a somewhat amusing footnote, the fundraising raffle drew wide enthusiasm,
as some people managed to create the impression that prizes were growing on trees.
The Alder and Elder families both managed to capture at least seven or eight
between them, both securing hat-trick’s.

A truly splendid night was had by all.
Roll on 2015.

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Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League (2)

Senior Mens race at Aykley Heads on Saturday 22nd November
Although heavy overnight rain made conditions quite tricky for athletes at the
second Start Fitness sponsored North Eastern Harrier League,
held on new courses at Aykley Heads near Durham City on Saturday 22nd November,
by the time competition got underway, organisers were blessed with welcome autumn sunshine
throughout the ten event programme, which was also a relief to all who participated.

It was also a day where athletes from Morpeth Harriers put in some excellent
performances that gave the club one team victory, a couple of minor team placings,
and a host of fast times, and considering the testing nature of the course,
those who achieved them are to be warmly congratulated.

One of the clubs youngest performers to shine was Holly Peck,
whose Fast Pack handicap in the Under 13 Girls event, saw her
give 100 seconds start to a good proportion of her rivals.
Completely undaunted by this, she brilliantly fought her way through to finish fourth,
however can be well pleased with the fact that she emerged as fastest in the race.
Morpeth Harriers however could not field a full team in this age group,
which meant that they did not figure in the team result.
The clubs only other Under 13 Girl who faced the starter was Nicole Teasdale,
who finished 13th from the Slow Pack.

One team victory that Morpeth Harriers did enjoy however was the Division 2 win by their Senior Women.
That victory now puts them well on course for promotion to Division 1 for next season,
following their earlier win at Cramlington.

They were led home superbly by last season’s Grand Prix winner Emma Holt,
who despite giving two minutes and four minutes respectively to rivals with her Fast Pack handicap,
came through to not only place fifth out of a record 353 finishers, but also clocking the fastest time of the day.
Also supporting her well in Morpeth Harriers team victory were Josie Cram (6th) (Medium Pack),
Kate Chapman (14th) (Slow Pack), and Lindsay Turnbull (33rd) (Slow Pack).
Cram could also feel well pleased in clocking the tenth fastest overall time.

Morpeth Harriers Senior Men performed well on the day by finishing as third team in Division 1.
They achieved this feat supported by an excellent turnout
of twelve finishers in all, double the required for team score.

First home from the club was Men’s Team Manager David Swinburne,
who is in the early stages of a competitive comeback following a lengthy injury problem.
Swinburne took full advantage of his Slow Pack start, to finish in eighth place,
and sees him automatically promoted to the Medium Pack for any forthcoming fixtures.

Second home, having an excellent run to finish in 17th place from a Fast Pack start,
giving five minutes to a good proportion of the 500 plus field,
and posting what was the second fastest time of the day was Lewis Timmins.

Third counter was very much in form Junior Elliot Kelly,
who came through well in the Medium Pack to finish in 39th place.

Two places behind Elliot was Morpeth Harriers fourth counter Mark Snowball, running from the Slow Pack.
Completing the clubs scoring count were another in form Junior Sam Hancox, and Thomas Straughan,
who finished 77th and 78th respectively from the Fast Pack.

Other Morpeth Harriers Senior Men’s performances came from,
Paul Waterston (119th) (Medium Pack), Geoff Whitman (140th) (Medium Pack),
Rob Hancox (148th) (Medium Pack), Phil Walker (164th) (Medium Pack),
Steve Haswell (184th) (Slow Pack), and Mark Crosby (385th) (Slow Pack).

The Under 17/Under 20 Women’s event saw the Morpeth Harriers squad finish as third team
courtesy of Alison Brown (7th) (Slow Pack), Charlotte Jewell (23rd) (Fast Pack),
and Abby Sheldon (24th) (Fast Pack).
Also running in this age group for Morpeth was Amber Cormack,
who finished 32nd from the Fast Pack.

Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Boys finished as fourth team,
being led home by Alex Cunningham, who finished seventh from the Slow Pack.
Second home for Morpeth in this age group was Taylor Glover,
however he is still ineligible to count in team competition following his recent transfer from Blyth.
Glover is a superb prospect for future competition however,
in the fact that he was second fastest on the day, running from the Fast Pack,
and giving a 100 second start to the majority of the field, he finished 11th overall.
Instead it was Morpeth’s third boy home who was the clubs second counter,
this was Kieran Hedley, who came through to finish an excellent 19th
from a Fast Pack start, and posting the 6th fastest time.
Completing the Morpeth scoring count was Jamie Duguid, who finished 24th from the Slow Pack.

Other Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Boys performances came from, Adam Shewry (29th) (Fast Pack),
Joe Dowd (35th) (Fast Pack), and Connor Marshall (37th) (Fast Pack).

Unfortunately Morpeth Harriers Under 17 Men were a runner short to finish as a team;
however those who did compete ran extremely well.
First home for the club in this age group was Scott Beattie,
who is still ineligible to count following his transfer from Gosforth.
Scott, running from the Fast Pack, and giving 160 seconds to
a good proportion of the field, came through to finish fourth,
posting the second fastest time of the day.
Not far behind him in 6th place was club colleague Nathan Cox
. Also running from the Fast Pack, he posted the fourth fastest time of the day.
Morpeth Harriers other finisher was Adam Gibbs,
who finished twelfth from the Fast Pack, posting the tenth fastest time.

Another age group who could have done well with another runner were the clubs Under 13 Boys.
Ross Charlton still continues to blossom as a performer, as he ran well from the Fast Pack
to finish fifth overall, posting the second fastest time of the day.
Also performing well in this age group for Morpeth Harriers was Thomas Cunningham
who finished 16th from the Fast Pack, clocking the fifth fastest time overall.

Gracie Hufton was Morpeth Harriers lone performer in the
Under 15 Girls event, and she finished 21st from the Slow Pack.

The non scoring Under 11 age group races also saw some Morpeth Harriers who gave sterling performances.
None more so than Rhiannon Hedley, younger sister of Kieran,
who finished an excellent second in the Girls event,
only losing out by one second at the finish line to Alnwick’s Lauren Brown. Morpeth Harriers other competitor in this event was Amy Lott, who finished 23rd.

The club had four finishers in the Under 11 Boys event.
First of these was Bobby Stone, who finished in eighth place.
Other Morpeth performers were Dylan Davies (11th),
Callum Rowell (25th), and Dylan Walker (42nd).

Congratulations go to Durham City Harriers, Elvet Striders and Derwentside Harriers
for their first attempt at organising a Harrier League on the new Aykley Heads course;
your efforts are most appreciated.

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This weekend however it is the turn of Morpeth Harriers to step up to the plate to organise,
as on Saturday 29th November the league returns to the splendid setting
of Wallington in Northumberland for its third fixture.

Action in the ten event programme as usual gets underway at 12.15pm
commencing with the Under 11 Boys event.

Competitors travelling to the event are urged to get there as early
as possible to enable easy parking arrangements,
there is a large car park next to the course,
and to car share if possible in order to ease congestion.
Help and co-operation from all in this light would be most appreciated.

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Leeds Abbey Dash 10k Road Race !

The 29th running of the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k on Sunday 16th November saw runners
converging on the city from all over the country, and amongst them was a
good representation of Morpeth Harriers, attracted to the popular event
by the promise of a high standard of competition and equally fast times.

In recent years the event has continued to see its numbers swell with over 9,500 taking part this year.
Its burgeoning reputation also meant that this year, in addition to being chosen as the finale
for the prestigious ‘runBritain’ series, it was chosen to host the UK Athletics 10k
championships in addition to again hosting the annual Armed Forces match.

In conditions that were cool and damp but thankfully still,
the ‘Dash’ from the town centre to Kirkstall Abbey and back,
to finish outside the Town Hall, was led by Andrew Butchart of Central AC.
In a high quality field, he finally break away from a leading group to triumph
in a time of 29 minutes and 17 seconds, with fellow Scotsman Callum Hawkins of Kilbrachan
and Phil Hurst of North East club Elswick Harriers
second and third in 29m 21s and 29m 22s respectively.

An equally strong women’s field was dominated by GB international Steph Twell
who won in a fast time of 32m 28s, some thirty seconds ahead of second placed
Eilish McColgan and Emma Stepto, both given 33m 2s.

First home for Morpeth Harriers was Nick Swinburn, who had been
chosen to represent the England team in the race, in a time of 29m 56s.
Nick was 14th overall. Close behind him was a runner who has
taken part many times in the Dash over the years, leading veteran Ian Hudspith,
who was first Over 40 veteran in 30m 3s and 20th overall.

Third Harrier home was Richard Morrell, 41st in 30m 37s,
and he was followed by: Nathan Shrubb, 58th in 31m 9s;
Ade Whitwam, representing the Army team, 75th in 31m 27s and eighth veteran O/35;
Carl Avery, 86th in 31m 39s; Andy Lawrence, 112th in 32m 9s; Ross Floyd, 114th in 32m 13s;
Tom Straughan, 145th in 32m 46s; Sam Hancox, 147th in 32m 47s; Karl Taylor, 152nd in 33m 35s;
Lee Morgan, 335th in 35m 19s; Rob Hancox, 36m 41s and Paul Brown, 556th and 28th O/45 in 37m 49s.

Amongst those running personal bests on the day were Avery,
Lawrence, Straughan and young Sam Hancox,
who capped a breakthrough year by knocking
over a minute and twenty seconds of his previous time for the distance.

In the women’s race, Morpeth’s Vicki Gibbs and Josie Cram both had good runs,
with Gibbs 19th O/35 in a time of 38m 19s and Cram 66th senior in 40m 12s.

With next year the thirtieth anniversary of the race,
the 2015 Abbey Dash looks one to put in the calendar now.

Report courtesy of Peter Scaife

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Brampton to Carlisle Road Race !

Thirteen Morpeth Harriers were amongst the 646 finishers who took part in the 63rd
running of the Brampton to Carlisle Road Race, on Sunday 16th November
arguably the oldest event of its kind still run in Britain.

The field were led home by Elswick’s Ethiopian import Tadele Geremew,
who was enjoying his second road victory in seven days,
having won the Heaton Harriers 10k event on the previous Sunday.

Geremew clocked an excellent time of 49m48s, which saw him
finish almost three minutes clear of his nearest rival.

Also having an excellent run however was Morpeth Harriers leading finisher Matthew Boyle,
who set new figures of 57m32s, when finishing in 24th place.
Not far behind him was club colleague Paul Waterston,
who finished 26th in 57m38s, and was second Over 45 Veteran Man.

Third home from Morpeth Harriers was Phil Walker,
who finished in 45th place in 59m08s,
and was sixth in the over 45 Veteran Men’s section.

Boyle, Waterston and Walker’s placings saw Morpeth Harriers finish as sixth in the Men’s team result.

Matthew Forster set new figures of 61m15s when finishing
in 73rd place as the fourth Morpeth Harrier to finish.
Fifth home from the club was Tony Lewis, who finished in 89th place in 62m22s.

Mike Winter was the next Morpeth Harrier home, finishing in 92nd place in 62m33s,
a new personal best, and he proved to be a very vital cog along with Waterston and Walker,
in ensuring Morpeth Harriers finished as third team in the Male Veteran section,
and he personally was eleventh in the Over 45’s section.

Other Male Morpeth Harriers finishers were Gavin Bayne (126th) (5th O/55 Man) 64m00s,
Paul Banks (153rd) 65m44s, Hamish McAllister – Williams (207th) (20th O/50 Man) 68m31s,
and Mark Crosby (325th) (30th O/50 Man) 74m45s.

Morpeth Harriers Ladies team and Ollie at Brampton
Three Ladies from Morpeth Harriers also competed in the event.
Kate Chapman was the first of these to finish, when coming home
in 190th place in 67m35s, and was twelfth Lady overall.

Second Morpeth Lady finisher was Jane Briggs, who finished 233rd overall,
and was fourth in the Over 45’s section in 69m26, which was a new personal best.

Third Lady home from Morpeth Harriers was Lesley Chapman, who finished 339th overall,
and was third in the Over 55 Ladies section in a time of 75m28s.

The placings of these three Ladies saw Morpeth Harriers finish
fourth in the team race, only losing out by fourteen points.

Former Morpeth Harrier John Woods, now competing for Oxfordshire club Headington Road Runners,
was also a prominent finisher, when coming home in 65th place, posting a time of 60m22s.

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2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race Preview !
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Spanish Cross Country Meeting !

Morpeths Jonny Taylor was England’s leading finisher in the Cross De Atapuerca Senior Men’s event,
held in Burgos, Spain on Sunday 16th November, the race was won by Ethiopia’s Imane Merga.

Taylor finished 21st, and one place ahead of fellow Brit Adam Hickey of Southend in a time of 29m27s,
almost two minutes adrift of Merga, who had finished ahead of some top class International opposition.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Leeds Abbey Dash 10k Road Race !
North Yorkshire South Durham Cross Country League !
Brampton to Carlisle 10mile Road Race !
Druridge Bay Park Run Saturday 15th November !
2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race Preview !
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North Yorkshire South Durham Cross Country League !

Running as a non scoring guest, Morpeths Andy Wiles won the Senior Men’s event at the North
Yorkshire South Durham Cross Country League meeting, held at Whitby on Saturday 15th November.

He won by 28 seconds from Middlesbrough and Cleveland’s Greg Jayasuriya, posting a finishing time of 31m06s.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Leeds Abbey Dash 10k Road Race !
Brampton to Carlisle 10mile Road Race !
Spanish Cross Country Meeting !
Druridge Bay Park Run Saturday 15th November !
2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race Preview !
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Druridge Bay Park Run Saturday 15th November !

The Druridge Bay Park Run, held at Druridge Bay Nature Reserve on Saturday 15th November,
saw Morpeth Harrier Mark Snowball set new figures of 18m18s for the 5k circuit,
when he crossed the finish line in second place.

The only runner to finish ahead of him was former Morpeth Harrier
Robert Balmbra, now running as unattached, who clocked 17m32s.
For Snowball it was an excellent run, knocking a whole nine seconds off his previous best.

Other prominent Morpeth Harriers finishers were Graeme Leathard (9th) 20m39s,
Bobby Stone (10th) 20m43s, and Scott Wilkes (22nd) 22m19s.
All of these three also set new figures for the course.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Leeds Abbey Dash 10k Road Race !
Brampton to Carlisle 10mile Road Race !
Spanish Cross Country Meeting !
North Yorkshire South Durham Cross Country League !
2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race Preview !
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NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....

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Heaton Harriers Memorial Races !

It was certainly the Morpeth Harriers younger age group performances which caught the eye
amongst the clubs efforts at the annual Heaton Harriers Memorial Road Races,
held on Newcastle’s Town Moor, on Sunday 9th November.

Scott Beattie (Under 17 Men), and Rhiannon Hedley (Under 11 Girls)
each produced excellent individual wins, and there were excellent minor
placings achieved by several others on a day where good weather
prevailed throughout the five event programme.

The combined Under 17/Under 20 Men’s 5k event saw an excellent win
achieved by Scott Beattie in the Under 17 Men’s section in a time of 16m34s.
Finishing behind Scott in this age group for Morpeth Harriers were
James Young (5th) 17m43s, Jacob Hopkins (6th) 17m51s, and Jack Armstrong (8th) 18m13s.

Sam Hancox had an excellent run when placing third in the Under 20 Men’s event in 16m17s.
Also running for Morpeth Harriers in the Under 20 Men’s section
were Elliot Kelly (5th) 16m37s, and Phil Caldwell (6th) 18m55s
The combined efforts of Hancox, Beattie and Kelly saw Morpeth Harriers
finish second to Gateshead Harriers in the Team competition, only losing out by one point.

Morpeth Harrier Rhiannon Hedley, managed to win from Alnwick’s Lauren Brown
by a margin of three seconds, posting a time of 3m38s in the Under 11 Girls 1k event.
Having her first outing in a Morpeth vest, Ailidh Dick finished tenth in 4m06s.

Morpeth Harriers also saw some excellent performances being produced by their Under 11 Boy athletes.
Bobby Stone continued his superb progress in this age group when finishing second,
only losing out by seven seconds to Chester Le Street’s Chris Perkins,
when clocking 3m29s for the 1k distance.
Fellow Morpeth Harriers Callum Rowell and James Tilley finished in seventh
and ninth positions respectively posting times of 3m47s and 4m03s.

Morpeth Harriers did have a team win in the combined Under 17/Under 20 Women’s 5k event.
Running her very first event in a Morpeth vest following her transfer from Blyth,
Emma James had a superb run to finish second in the Under 17 section in 19m49s, and led the team home.
Excellent team support came from Alison Brown, who was a lone Under 20 Women’s competitor,
who finished in 20m45s, and the winning team count was completed by Abby Sheldon,
who despite recovering from a recent knee injury, finished in 22m27s, and was third Under 17 Woman home.

Ross Charlton led a trio of Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Boys home,
who all produced excellent individual efforts to produce a superb team win.
Charlton, clocking an excellent 10m53s for the 3k distance,
finished only three seconds adrift of Gateshead’s Henry Johnson in third place,
and seventeen seconds adrift of Blyth winner Josh Fiddaman.
Thomas Cunningham finished seventh in 11m19.0s,
and on his competitive debut for the club Daniel Melling finished ninth in 11m43s,
in a total field of 24 runners to close his clubs scoring count.

Morpeth Harriers had an excellent turnout in the Under 15 Boys event run over a 3k course.
They were without leading light Kieran Hedley; however Adam Shewry produced one
of his best runs to finish third in 10m30s, only a second adrift of second place,
and 27 seconds adrift of the winner.
Further good performances from Morpeth Harriers in this event came from Joe Dowd (5th) 10m54s,
Connor Marshall (6th) 10m56s, Alex Cunningham (8th) 11m02s, and Jamie Duguid (9th) 11m07s.

Lizzie Rank of Morpeth just missed out on a podium place in the
Under 15 Girls 3k event, when she finished fourth in 11m50s.

The Town Moor 10k, the event’s feature race, which was for Senior and Veteran Men and Women,
attracted a new record field of 571 finishers on the redesigned course,
who were led home by Elswick’s Ethiopian import Tadele Geremew,
which included five from the ranks of Morpeth Harriers.
Geremew clocked a winning time of 30m55s, which was outside the course record.

First to cross the finish line from Morpeth Harriers was Jordan Scott, who finished 20th in 39m49s.
Next home from Morpeth was Paul Banks, who finished 89th and was 17th
in the Over 40 Veteran Men’s section, posting a finishing time of 39m35s.
Peter Scaife was third home from the club, finishing 117th in 40m50s, and was ninth Over 50 Man.
Finishing 220th overall, Mark Crosby was the clubs fourth finisher.
Posting a finishing time of 43m49s, he was 15th Over 50 Man.

Morpeth Harriers sole Lady finisher Jill Sandeman was fifth home from the club,
when she finished 361st overall in a time of 49m41s, and was seventh Over 40 Veteran Lady.

Thanks go to Officials and helpers at Heaton Harriers for once again organising a splendid event.

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2015 World Class Funding Lists !
2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race Preview !
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Park Runs !
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Druridge Bay Park Run !

Druridge Bay Park Run had another new first finisher on Saturday 8th November,
when Morpeth Harrier Matthew Boyle clocked 17m57 in his very first run at the venue.

Not far behind him was his club colleague Rob Hancox, who finished second in18m08s.
Other prominent finishers from the club in the event were Andrew Richardson (7th) 19m40s,
Larry Clarke (17th) 21m39s, and Scott Wilkes (20th),
who set new figures on the course with his clocking of 22m35s.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Heaton Harriers Memorial Races !
2015 World Class Funding Lists !
2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race Preview !
Saucony English National Cross Country Relays !
Park Runs !
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NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
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2015 World Class Funding Lists !

Whilst former Morpeth Harrier, and current UK Performance Director Neil Black may have provoked new
controversies last week, when announcing the sports 2015 World Class Funding Lists,
he certainly delighted Commonwealth and European Medallist Laura Weightman,
by including her in the Olympic Podium section, as a direct result of her summer track successes at 1500m.

Somewhat surprisingly big names such as Andy Vernon, Goldie Sayers and Jo Pavey have all missed out,
however Weightman very much met with Black’s favour, and can look forward to some very
valued monetary assistance, as she prepares in the hope of further medal success
in major championships over the next year or so.

In that light, Black defends his choice for funding, with the emphasis very much on Medals,
and the potential to win Medals, and Weightman under the constant guidance of her Coach
and mentor Steve Cram certainly fits the bill, especially after her double success in the summer,
and the Olympics in Rio in 2016 on the horizon.

Nevertheless endless debate over Black’s ultimate choices,
will no doubt rage on in athletic circles in forthcoming weeks,
however in Weightman’s case,
the Morpeth Harrier can afford a much deserved and definite smile.

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Heaton Harriers Memorial Races !
Druridge Bay Park Run !
2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race Preview !
Saucony English National Cross Country Relays !
Park Runs !
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2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race Preview !

Pre-race entry is now being accepted for the annual Morpeth Road Race,
supported by Start Fitness, to be held on Thursday 1st January 2015 at 1.00pm.

Click here for Entry Form

This is an early chance to run in Historic Northumberland on
New Years Day, and blow away a few Hogmanay cobwebs.

The course over an approximate distance of 11k, follows its traditional route,
commencing on Mitford Road, out to Mitford, up to Mitford Steads,
returning to Morpeth via the Whalton Road, past the Morpeth Golf Club, Sun Inn,
and into Carlisle Park, along the Promenade, finishing on the Stanners.

Pre Race Entry is at a cost of £5.00 Club Runners (No Team Fees), £7.00 Unattached Runners,
Cheques Payable to Morpeth Harriers & AC,
and to be sent to

Kevin Bray,
3, Dene View Court,
Pottery Bank,
Morpeth,
Northumberland,
NE61 1SH.
Tel No 01670 505953.

All Race No’s are to be collected on the day from Race Headquarters at Morpeth Rugby Club,
at Grange House Field, Mitford Road, Morpeth from 11.30am.

Changing Facilities are available at Morpeth Harriers Clubhouse (next door to Rugby Club).

Late Entries will also be accepted on the day,
at a cost of £8.00 and £10.00 respectively,
and will still be eligible for prizes.

Prize list will be modified as required, so as to include more individual prizes,
including various veteran categories, both Male and Female

All entrants must be at least 17 on the day of the race;
Veteran Athletes must state date of birth on entry.

Click here for Entry Form

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Heaton Harriers Memorial Races !
Druridge Bay Park Run !
2015 World Class Funding Lists !
Saucony English National Cross Country Relays !
Park Runs !
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Derwentwater 10 Mile Road Race by Kevin Bray

My ‘Runners World Racing and Training Guide’ from 1984 (!) talks
about 10 miles having a nice symmetry – a classic distance,
not too a big a step up from 10k and not too big a drop down
from a half marathon PLUS no hiding place from your pace per mile !

Over my years of running I’ve come to agree with those sentiments –
the Derwentwater 10 really is a classic road race with a long history
and the roll of honour reads like a who’s who of British road running.

The course starts in Keswick town centre and runs down Borrowdale to Grange
and then climbs out of the village and heads back to finish at Keswick School via Manesty and Portinscale.
No getting away from it – its hilly and it’s hard to run at an even pace.

386 people from all over the country toed the line for a noon start
on Sunday 2nd November, including me for my 18th time.
I did manage to break the hour many years ago but having significantly
lowered my sights since those heady days
I duly lined up towards the rear of the field !
I really had no idea how I would go!

The weather was good and the autumn colours beautiful as we ran down Borrowdale.
The field quickly stretched out but I felt ok and was passing people all the way down the road.
Once we got through Grange and the ‘bigger’ climbs arrived I started to feel it and it was
a question of hanging on until the route levelled out at Portinscale where I managed
to pick it up and even pass a few people in the final mile.

The school hall was full for the presentation where Thomas Straughan picked up a prize
for his 8th overall in the excellent time of 56-03. He was followed in by John Butters 14th in 58.52, another excellent run,
Paul Waterston 18th & 2nd o/45 in a FRUSTRATING 1.00.01 - still a cracking time on this course !
I was next, 109th & 6th o/55 in 1.09.56 followed by Mike Steven 192nd & 10th o/55 in 1.18.13.

I’ve managed to pick up a few team prizes here over the years,
the last being a pair of fluorescent gloves that were, fortunately,
too small for me so I ‘palmed’ them off on someone – but yesterday the
afternoon was topped off by ‘winning’ £20.00 of Pete Bland vouchers –
nothing to do with any athletic prowess but a lucky spot prize win !

As ever at Keswick a memorable day out – if you have never done
this race put it on your tick list! You will enjoy it !

Kevin Bray

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Saucony English National Cross Country Relays !

Senior Mens relays at Mansfield on 
Saturday 1st November
It took till the very last of a programme of ten events in all, for the region to collect a set of Team Medals
at the annual English National Cross Country Relays, held at Berry Hill Park, Mansfield,
on Saturday 1st November, and once again sponsored by Saucony,
who were supporting the event for the ninth consecutive occasion, and on the day announced
that they were also going to carry on supporting the event for a further three years.

The event itself was being held at the venue for the twenty fifth consecutive year,
having begun in its present form in 1989, with the earlier events from 1985
being Male athletes only, and held at Crystal Palace in London.

Senior Mens A team at Mansfield on 
Saturday 1st November
Those Team Medals were achieved by the Senior Men of Morpeth Harriers,
whose performance was truly excellent throughout their 4 x 5k event,
as they were seeking to add to the six sets of Gold Medals that they had previously won,
the last of these being back in 2005, and the first being in 1993.

Instead on this occasion unfortunately they took Silver Medals behind fellow Northerners Stockport Harriers,
courtesy of Nick Swinburn (15m03.70s), Andy Wiles (15m49.35s),
Ian Hudspith (15m38.30s), and Jonny Taylor (15m02.70s),
only losing out by just over twenty three seconds at the finish line for a Gold Medal finish.

Swinburn, who eventually emerged as ninth fastest on the day,
gave the squad an excellent start on the first of the four legs,
finishing seventh, and only a mere fourteen seconds adrift
of early leaders Hallamshire Harriers of Sheffield.

Andy Wiles, running his first National Cross Country event for Morpeth Harriers,
following his early summer transfer from New Marske,
clearly showed that he meant business on the second leg,
as he rose to second place just behind Stockport’s Alex O’Gorman,
who had forged a lead that was never to be loosened throughout the following legs.
Wiles had however established a good medal placing for Morpeth with his run,
and passed a good situation over to Ian Hudspith on leg three to capitalise upon.

Although the Veteran Hudspith ran his socks off to maintain his clubs status,
it was Highgate’s younger man and fellow International Ben Noad who clearly applied the pressure.
Noad came to the changeover line holding a fractional advantage as he handed over to Highgate’s final leg runner
Audun Nordveit, with Hudspith handing over to Morpeth’s final leg runner Jonny Taylor.

Taylor clearly showed he meant business as he quickly restored his clubs former placing,
and set about chasing down Stockport’s lead. Although he did eat into some of their lead,
as he clocked what was to emerge as the day’s eighth fastest time,
there was just not enough ground left to take the major prize,
as former Sunderland Harrier Jack Martin seized every opportunity for victory for the Cheshire squad.

Morpeth’s Senior Men still showed they were proud of their day’s efforts
at the Medal awards ceremony after the event, as they warmly applauded
their Gold and Bronze medal winning rivals, who both in turn celebrated their efforts also.

The only dark cloud and bitter sweet irony on the Morpeth Senior Men’s day
was learning that their B Team’s efforts had come to nothing on the results scale.
A recording chip mix-up had rendered them as incomplete finishers,
when in fact they had finished as a complete four man team.
This is still to be resolved, as they would certainly have finished in the top half of a field of 143 complete teams.

Running for the Morpeth B team were Ady Whitwam (15m55.25s), Karl Taylor (17m04.04s),
Ian Harding (16m32.90s), and David Swinburne (Unknown Time or Position).
Third leg runner Harding had lodged the squad in 28th place at the end of his run.

Senior Womens team at Mansfield on Saturday 1st November
Morpeth Harriers second best performers on the day were certainly their Senior Women,
who finished in eighteenth place in their 3 x 3k event.
They finished one place and fifteen seconds ahead of fellow North East rivals Jarrow and Hebburn,
who had former Morpeth athlete Maxine Czarneka in their ranks.

Whilst Jarrow and Hebburn went up and down, and back up during the event,
Morpeth made steady progress on each of the legs, beginning at 24th with Emma Holt (10m32.60s),
23rd with Josie Cram (11m14.20s), and ending at their final placing with Vicky Gibbs,
who in her first National Cross Country outing for the club,
following her summer transfer from Wallsend Harriers, clocked 11m22.45s.

Ironically Gibb’s former Wallsend Harriers clubmate Danielle Hodgkinson
was a Silver Medallist on the day, with her new club Birchfield Harriers from the Midlands.

Under 15 Boys team at Mansfield on Saturday 1st November
Morpeth Harriers had an excellent turnout from their Under 15 Boys,
who managed to muster two teams in all for their 3 x 2k event.
They finished in 28th and 73rd places respectively out of a total of 81 complete teams.

Kieran Hedley had an excellent run on the first leg for their A team,
bringing them home in twelfth place in 6m29.43s.
Second leg runner Adam Shewry also performed well, despite slipping to 19th
with strong opposition around him, as he clocked 7m08.80s.
Third leg runner Joe Dowd brought them home to their final placing
with his personal clocking of 7m22.20s.

The Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Boys B team held 77th place
throughout their first two legs run by Connor Marshall (7m25.05s),
Alex Cunningham (8m01.75s), with Jordan Hedgecock taking them
to their final placing with his clocking of 8m08.45s.
All three of these athletes were having their very first taste of National Cross Country competition.

Under 17 Menss team at Mansfield on Saturday 1st November
Morpeth Harriers Under 17 Men certainly faced up to stiff and stern opposition in their 3 x 3k event.
Ryan Green, having his first Cross Country outing of the season clocked 10m01.45s
to come home in 43rd place on leg one.
Second leg runner Adam Weightman gained one more place on second leg as he clocked 10m22.35s.
Adam Gibbs produced an excellent 10m07.10s on the final leg to gain another nine places
to a final placing of 33rd on this his National debut, following his transfer from Wallsend Harriers.

Under 13 Boys team at Mansfield on Saturday 1st November
All of the Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Boys were also making their bow at the event in their 3 x 2k event,
and all performed well to get a final placing of 54th out of 79 complete teams.
Thomas Cunningham, younger brother of Alex, clocked an excellent 7m43s, to finish 51st on the first leg.
Sam Bradley unfortunately slipped back to 71st on the tough and busy second leg with his clocking of 8m47.95s.
Fortunes were revived however when Ross Charlton clawed back seventeen places
with his excellent final leg clocking of 7m50.0s.

Under 13 Girls team at Mansfield on Saturday 1st November
Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Girls were also all having their first taste of
National Cross Country competition in their 3 x 2k competition,
and they all combined well to finish 64th in a total field of 94 complete teams.

Holly Peck gave the squad a truly superb start, when she came home
with a first leg clocking of 8m06.90s, and with a placing of 42nd.
Although second leg runner Rhiannon Hedley slipped to 50th place
in her first outing as an Under 13 Girl,
she could be well pleased with her clocking of 8m49.05s.
Lily Heaton clocked 9m19.25s on the final leg.

Morpeth Harriers only failed to finish as a team in four of the ten events on the programme,
and only fielded one runner in the Under 17 Women’s 3 x 2.5k event.
Amber Cormack clocked 10m00.75s getting a first leg placing of 46th.

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Park Runs !

Sam Hancox and Ross Floyd of Morpeth Harriers were prominent finishers
in two respective Park Runs on Saturday 1st November.

With his club unable to field an Under 20 Men’s team at the English National Cross Country Relays.
Sam and his Father Rob took the opportunity to turn out at the Coventry Park Run,
when visiting family in the Midlands.
Sam enjoyed crossing the finish line in first place,
posting an excellent best 5k time of 17m00s.
Meanwhile Rob was not very far behind him in fifth place, posting a time of 18m11s.

Ross Floyd was first across the finish line at Whitley Bay, posting a time of 16m15s.
James Young was a mere seven seconds adrift of his best 5k time, when he finished seventh in 17m56s.

At Druridge Bay, Morpeth Harrier Peter Scaife achieved
his best finishing position of ninth, when he clocked 20m38s.
Also taking part were fellow Morpeth Harriers Bobby Stone
and Graeme Leathard, who finished 13th and 14th
with respective clockings of 21m10s and 21m16s.

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Saucony English National Cross Country Relays !
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Bupa Great South Run !

Morpeths Ady Whitwam finished in an excellent 30th place in the Elite Men’s
race at the Bupa Great South Run, held in Portsmouth on Sunday 26th October.

A top class field lined up for the Silver Jubilee running of the event,
which also included European Marathon Champion Daniele Meucci of Italy,
who on this occasion could only manage to finish in eighth place.

The event was won by Kenyan James Rungaro of Kenya in a time of 46m31s for the 10mile distance.
First Briton was Ross Millington of Stockport, who finished one place ahead of Meucci, who clocked 48m13s.
Meanwhile Whitwam clocked 53m30s for his placing, and he was third Over 35 Veteran Man to cross the finish line.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Start Fitness North East Harrier League Sherman Cup / Davison Shield
Jedburgh Festival of Running !
Run Northumberland Castles Marathon and Half Marathon !
Park Runs !
Athlete of the Year Awards !
Morpeth Harriers Under 17 Men and Womens Road Championships !
18th Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race !
Park Runs !
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Start Fitness North East Harrier League Sherman Cup / Davison Shield

Start of Senior Mens race at Saturdays 
Sherman Cup meeting
Subject to any further results scrutiny, Morpeth Harriers Male squad won the Sherman Cup
competition at the Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League Meeting,
held at Temple Park Leisure Centre, South Shields on Saturday 25th October.

Not so fortunate however were the Morpeth Harriers Female section,
who could only finish sixth in the Davison Shield competition,
after only being able to finish in three of the five required age groups.

Nick Swinburn in action at 
Saturdays Sherman Cup meeting
There were however some excellent Morpeth performances,
notably Nick Swinburn, who retained his Sherman Cup Senior Men’s title,
by once again inflicting defeat on his Elswick Harriers rival, Tadele Geremew.
Swinburn had beaten Geremew in the 2013 competition, and once again did so,
by breaking into a superb sprint effort in the last 50 metres that the
Ethiopian could not counter, and won by a breathtaking second.

Sam Hancox and Thomas 
Straughan in action at Saturdays Sherman Cup meeting
Morpeth Harriers won the Senior Men’s team on the day, which added to the clubs total tally.
Nick was well supported by excellent runs by Lewis Timmins 5th, and Thomas Straughan 9th.
Just behind Thomas in tenth place, also producing what the watching Jim Alder
described as the clubs “Run of the Day” was Sam Hancox.

Other Morpeth Harriers Senior Men’s performances came from
Jordan Scott (19th), Andrew Richardson (217th),
Tony Holt (282nd), and Eric Adams (297th).

In addition to Swinburn, Morpeth Harriers also saw excellent wins produced
by Under 13 Girl Holly Peck, and new signing Under 17 Man Scott Beattie,
and second and third places respectively secured by Emma Holt and Kieran Hedley.

Holly Peck in action at Saturdays 
Sherman Cup meeting
Holly Peck won with nine seconds to spare over her closest rival in the Under 13 Girls event,
and led Morpeth Harriers to third team place, with further team support coming from
Lily Heaton (29th), and Nicole Teasdale 30th.

Scott Beattie in action at Saturdays 
Sherman Cup meeting
Morpeth Harriers Under 17 Men finished second on the day,
although they were led home by Scott Beattie, who also enjoyed
a superb individual win by a margin of thirteen seconds,
he is still ineligible to count in team competition
following his transfer from Gosforth Harriers.
Had Beattie been eligible, Morpeth would definitely have won this age group.
Instead it was left to James Young (4th) to head the clubs scoring count,
being further supported by excellent runs by Jack Armstrong (10th), and Jacob Hopkins (12th).

Emma Holt in action at Saturdays 
Sherman Cup meeting
Morpeth Harriers Senior Women finished as third team, being led home by Emma Holt (2nd),
with supporting runs coming from Josie Cram (6th) and Kate Chapman (53rd).

Kieran Hedley in action at 
Saturdays Sherman Cup meeting
The Morpeth Harriers Male contingent contesting the Sherman Cup were
certainly having the better share of the spoils on the day,
as they secured a team win in the Under 15 Boys event,
despite new signing Taylor Glover who finished fourth,
still not being eligible to count following his transfer from Blyth.
Just ahead of him in third place was Kieran Hedley, who was only
fifteen seconds behind race winner Max Pearson of Tynedale.
Completing the Morpeth scoring tally were Adam Shewry (10th) and Joe Dowd (12th).
Other Morpeth Harriers placings in this event came from Josh Burton (22nd),
Connor Marshall (23rd), Jordan Hedgecock (27th), and Cameron Dick (31st).

Morpeth Harriers only other team results on the day came from their
Veteran Men and Veteran Women who finished seventh and fifteenth respectively.

Paul Waterston in action at 
Saturdays Sherman Cup meeting
The Men were led home by Paul Waterston, who was twelfth overall.
Further scoring counts were produced by Rob Hancox (19th), and Alistair MacDonald (57th).
Other Morpeth Harriers Veteran Men in action were Steve Haswell (215th),
Peter Scaife (222nd), Kevin Bray (235th), Les Cavill (248th),
and Andrew Stephenson (352nd).

Morpeth Harriers Veteran Women were led home by Gwenda Cavill (75th),
with supporting runs coming from Lesley Chapman (128th), and Sue Smith (129th).

Gwenda Cavill in action at 
Saturdays Sherman Cup meeting
The club can count itself very fortunate to win the Sherman Cup
on the back of some excellent performances by four of the counting
age groups in their Male section, however could have been out of the
reckoning on another day through the lack of turnout in their Under 13 Boys section,
where only two athletes toed the start line.

Ross Charlton in action at 
Saturdays Sherman Cup meeting
Ross Charlton finished tenth, with Thomas Cunningham two places behind him,
lack of a third runner could have proved costly, a factor which greatly disappointed
Team Manager Mike Bateman, after earlier promises of turnout had revealed no show.

Bateman was more disappointed however by the lack of turnout from the club in the younger age Females,
who rendered themselves with a no chance situation in the accompanying Davison Shield competition.
After promises of turnout, the club failed to finish as a team in the Under 15 Girls,
and Under 17/Under 20 Women’s section, where the athletes who did turn out
fought very bravely with very respectable performances.

Gracie Hufton continues to make very good progress in the
Under 15 Girls section where she finished 20th.
Abby Sheldon and Charlotte Jewell did well to finish tenth and eleventh
respectively in the Under 17/Under 20 Women’s section.

In a competition where the club have always medalled on previous occasions,
it was certainly disappointing to be let down by a few who did not fulfil promises made.

One area where Morpeth Harriers were subscribed well however
was in the non scoring Under 11’s event, where the club managed to
turn out a total of five athletes in the large field of 142 finishers.

The field in this event is now becoming so large that organisers
feel forced to run separate races for Boys and Girls in future.
Bobby Stone appears to have recaptured his form by finishing a superb second overall,
and he only lost out for victory by the slender margin of one second.
Dylan Davies was ninth Boy in twelfth place overall.
Next home for Morpeth Harriers was Rhiannon Hedley who was tenth girl in 23rd place.
She is steadily making her way back to better form following a troublesome virus.
Other Morpeth finishers were James Tilley (56th), and Josh Adams (57th).

WHATS NEW INDEX
Jedburgh Festival of Running !
Run Northumberland Castles Marathon and Half Marathon !
Park Runs !
Athlete of the Year Awards !
Morpeth Harriers Under 17 Men and Womens Road Championships !
18th Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race !
Park Runs !
OTHER NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....

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Jedburgh Festival of Running !

Three Morpeth Harriers could easily have been dubbed as “The Border Raiders” on Sunday 26th October,
when they achieved relative success in the Jedburgh Festival of Running 10k and Half Marathon events.

Richard Morrell won the 10k event in a season’s best 32m09s,
by a four second margin from club colleague Carl Avery.

In the Half Marathon, exactly twenty four hours after setting a new course record at the Druridge Bay Park Run,
Ian Harding finished second to Polish International Patryk Gierjatowicz, posting a time of 72m26s.
Gierjatowicz won in a time of 70m43s.

250 finishers took part in the 10k, with 408 finishers toeing the line in the Half Marathon.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Start Fitness North East Harrier League Sherman Cup / Davison Shield
Run Northumberland Castles Marathon and Half Marathon !
Park Runs !
Athlete of the Year Awards !
Morpeth Harriers Under 17 Men and Womens Road Championships !
18th Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race !
Park Runs !
OTHER NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....

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Run Northumberland Castles Marathon and Half Marathon !

Two Morpeth Harriers took part in the Castles Marathon and Half Marathon events,
held at Alnwick and Bamburgh on Sunday 26th October.

The events were the latest in the Run Northumberland series,
and attracted fields of 74 and 216 finishers respectively.
Conditions were far from ideal, with hurricane force winds
affecting runners in the second half of the Marathon especially,
where runners also encountered much hillier terrain,
and with the field being well strung out, there was very
little shelter for runners in the more exposed sections.

One of those affected in the Marathon was Morpeths Lorna MacDonald,
who still managed to finish in a very creditable fifth place,
and was second lady home, posting a time of 3hrs26mins,
which was a little way short of what she had hoped for,
however was still pleased with her finishing position,
considering the prevailing tougher conditions.

In the Half Marathon, her Morpeth club colleague
Paul Banks finished ninth, posting a time of 92m40s.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Start Fitness North East Harrier League Sherman Cup / Davison Shield
Jedburgh Festival of Running !
Park Runs !
Athlete of the Year Awards !
Morpeth Harriers Under 17 Men and Womens Road Championships !
18th Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race !
Park Runs !
OTHER NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....

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Park Runs !

Morpeth Harriers athletes produced some excellent Park Run performances
on Saturday 25th October, at respective venues of Druridge Bay and Whitley Bay.

At Druridge Ian Harding set new figures of 15m40s, which completely obliterated
the previous course record of 16m35s set by his Morpeth club colleague Karl Taylor in August.
Second place went to Morpeth Harrier Mark Snowball, who clocked 18m27s,
which was also a new best for him on the 5k circuit.

Meanwhile over at Whitley Bay three Morpeth Harriers excelled.
Elliot Kelly was first over the finish line, although he was thirteen seconds
outside his best on the course with 17m00s, he was relatively happy with his performance.

Other prominent Morpeth Harriers finishers at Whitley Bay were Paul Brown and Vicky Gibbs,
who were seventh and tenth respectively in 18m48s and 18m58s,
which were both new personal bests on the course.
Vicky was also first Lady finisher, which effectively made it a double success for the club

WHATS NEW INDEX
Start Fitness North East Harrier League Sherman Cup / Davison Shield
Jedburgh Festival of Running !
Run Northumberland Castles Marathon and Half Marathon !
Athlete of the Year Awards !
Morpeth Harriers Under 17 Men and Womens Road Championships !
18th Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race !
Park Runs !
OTHER NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....

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Athlete of the Year Awards !

Paddy Paulsen presents Sean O’Hara with his award
Morpeth Harriers completed their commitment to their Benfield Motor Group sponsorship
on the evening of Monday 20th October 2014, when they fully announced their Athlete of the Year Awards
for 2013/14 at their clubhouse at Grange House Field, Mitford Road.

The top award went to Under 15 Sprinter Sean O’Hara, who in addition to some
outstanding Track performances for his club, achieved Championship honours
in the North East Outdoor and Indoor competitions,
and made it to the English Schools Track and Field Championships,
finishing an excellent sixth in the final of a highly contested 300m.

Second place award went to North Eastern Counties Cross Country Under 17 Men’s Champion Nathan Cox,
and third place went to Ryan Green who throughout the Track and Field season
had posted a good number of personal best performances in the Under 17 Men’s age group events.

Sean is pictured above being presented with his award by Morpeth Harriers
Coach and Male Young Athletes Team Manager Paddy Paulsen.

O’Hara thoroughly and richly deserved his award according to his Coach Eddie Hedley,
because of his work commitment and dedication shown throughout both competition and training,
in addition to his reliability when required to compete on behalf of both his club and the region.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Start Fitness North East Harrier League Sherman Cup / Davison Shield
Jedburgh Festival of Running !
Run Northumberland Castles Marathon and Half Marathon !
Park Runs !
Morpeth Harriers Under 17 Men and Womens Road Championships !
18th Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race !
Park Runs !
Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Boys and Girls Road Championships !
OTHER NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....

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Morpeth Harriers Under 17 Men and Womens Road Championships !

The fourth and final races in the Morpeth Harriers Young Athletes Road Championships
series, took place on the evening of Monday 20th October.

This time it was the turn of the club’s Under 17 age group athletes
to take on the 1.33mile circuit on Lancaster Park,
and once again organisers and competitors were blessed with excellent conditions,
with threatened rain and wind staying away during proceedings.

The two races saw some excellent performances,
with new acquisitions James Young and Emma James,
both formerly with Blyth Running Club taking the respective major honours.

Young won the Under 17 Men’s contest with thirty one seconds to spare
in an excellent 7m08s, the fastest championship time set on the course this year.

Second place, and the Silver Medal went to Jacob Hopkins (7m39s),
and third place and Bronze Medal went to another new acquisition Jack Armstrong (7m47s),
formerly with Wallsend Harriers.
Completing the Under 17 Men’s event was Sam Williams, who finished fourth in 8m36s.

James won her Gold Medal in the Under 17 Women’s event in 8m18s,
the fastest Female time set on the course this year,
which gave her a nineteen second winning margin over Silver Medallist Abby Sheldon (8m37s),
who just managed to hold off the close attentions of eventual Bronze Medallist Charlotte Jewell (8m39s).
Fourth place went to Louise Brett (8m58s), with Lois Scott completing the event in fifth place in 10m54s.

All of the Clubs Championship Medallists will receive their awards at a special presentation,
scheduled to be held at Marabini’s Restaurant in Morpeth on Sunday 23rd November.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Start Fitness North East Harrier League Sherman Cup / Davison Shield
Jedburgh Festival of Running !
Park Runs !
Athlete of the Year Awards !
18th Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race !
Start Fitness North East Harrier League Sherman Cup / Davison Shield
Jedburgh Festival of Running !
Park Runs !
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NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....

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18th Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race !

Morpeths Jane Hodgson was a very clear winner of the Ladies race at the
annual Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race, held in the grounds of the famous historic estate,
near Rowlands Gill, Gateshead on Sunday 19th October.

Finishing 21st overall in 46m21s, she was almost three minutes ahead of her nearest Female rival.
Another Morpeth Harrier competing in the Ladies event was Jane Briggs,
who finished 160th overall in 57m06s, and was ninth in the Over 45 Veteran Women’s category.

Morpeth Harriers only Male competitor was Mark Crosby,
who finished 117th overall in 54m50s,
and was 22nd in the Over 50 Veteran Men’s category.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Athlete of the Year Awards !
Morpeth Harriers Under 17 Men and Womens Road Championships !
Park Runs !
Morpeth Harriers Under 17 Men and Womens Road Championships !
18th Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race !
OTHER NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....

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Park Runs !

Park Runs held at the respective venues of Newcastle’s Exhibition Park,
and Druridge Bay Country Park on Saturday 18th October,
saw Morpeth Harriers figure prominently amongst the leading finishers.

At Newcastle, Under 17 newcomer James Young clocked a new personal best
time over the 5k course, when he finished fourth overall over the line in 17m49s.
Fellow Morpeth Harrier Paul Banks finished thirteenth in 19m07s.
Finishing in 28th place was Lorna MacDonald, who was the leading lady,
also with a new personal best on the course of 19m38s.

Meanwhile at Druridge Bay, Mark Snowball was just ten seconds adrift
of his best on the course, when he finished third in 18m42s.
However there was a new personal best set on the course by his
Morpeth club colleague Sarah Wilkes, when she finished 29th in 23m36s,
and was second lady finisher.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Start Fitness North East Harrier League Sherman Cup / Davison Shield
Jedburgh Festival of Running !
Park Runs !
Athlete of the Year Awards !
Morpeth Harriers Under 17 Men and Womens Road Championships !
18th Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race !
OTHER NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....

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Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Boys and Girls Road Championships !

There were very close finishes in the two races in the third in the series of
Morpeth Harriers Young Athletes Road Championships,
held on Lancaster Park, on the evening of Monday 13th October.

Organisers and athletes alike, were once again blessed with good autumnal conditions,
with no rain in sight, however a strong headwind did prevail, which slightly affected
runners aspirations of creating fast times on the 1.3mile one lap circuit.
However only 22 seconds divided the first six finishers in the Under 15 Boys race,
and 20 seconds the first five in the Under 15 Girls event.

The Boys race was won by Kieran Hedley, who crossed the finish line in 7m39s.
Second place went to Will Kelly, who finished in an excellent 7m44s,
and just ten seconds ahead of third placed Adam Shewry.

The Girls Championship went to Lizzie Rank, who got round in 8m49s,
just holding off the close attentions on second placed Ailsa Jones,
who clocked 8m54s, who was only a mere second ahead of third placed Kate Seymour.

Just outside the medal placings in the Boys race were Connor Marshall (4th) 8m00s,
Joe Dowd (5th) 8m01s, and Alex Cunningham (6th) 8m03s.

In the Girls race, Erin Aspey and Gracie Hufton also competed well
when finishing fourth and fifth respectively in 10m08s and 10m09s.

Other Results
BOYS
Jamie Duguid (7th) 8m19s,
Phil Kirby (8th) 8m42s,
Matthew Ingledew (9th) 8m55s,
Wilf Campbell (10th) 9m00s,
Will Sibson (11th) 9m19s,
Matthew Waterfield (12th) 9m57s,
Alex Colvin (13th) 10m23s,
Tom Colvin (14th) 10m31s,
James Colvin (15th) 10m34s,
and Adam Fahy (16th) 12m22s.

GIRLS
Eve Smith (6th) 10m33s,
Jessica Watson (7th) 10m34s,
Emily Morris (8th) 11m31s,
and Holly Jordan (9th) 12m11s.

The final events in the 2014 Morpeth Harriers Young Athletes Road Championships
take place on Monday 20th October, when the Under 17’s
face the starter over the same Lancaster Park circuit.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Athlete of the Year Awards !
Morpeth Harriers Under 17 Men and Womens Road Championships !
18th Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race !
Park Runs !
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League ( 1 )
Run Northumberland Matfen 10k Road Race !
Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon !
Dennis Lawther !
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NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....

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Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League (1)

A record number of runners were granted excellent autumn sunshine
for the first Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League Meeting of the season,
held at East Cramlington Nature Reserve on Saturday 11th October.

Amongst them were a total of sixty athletes from the ranks of Morpeth Harriers,
and the club managed to secure two excellent team victories,
plus an excellent second place by their Under 15 Boys,
amongst some good individual performances, notably Jonny Taylor,
who marked his return to racing after a lengthy period of inactivity,
by easily recording the fastest Senior Men’s time of the day.
From a Fast Pack start, and giving five minutes to a good proportion
of the record near 600 strong field of finishers,
Taylor was the second home for the Morpeth Senior Men’s squad,
who finished fourth in the Division 1 section on a day
when all clubs were well endowed with key athletes.
He finished an excellent tenth overall.

Running in his very first Senior Harrier League race,
Elliot Kelly produced a superb performance to lead the Morpeth squad home,
finishing in third place overall from a Slow Pack start.
He led for two laps of the three lap event, and the fact that he ended up
as tenth overall fastest in the race speaks volumes on his individual effort.

Third home for the club was Thomas Straughan,
who finished 14th from the Medium Pack,
and was also one of the day’s top ten performers.

Another leading performer for Morpeth was Richard Morrell,
who finished as fourth from the club in 41st place from a Fast Pack start.

Fifth counter was Mark Snowball, who finished 94th from the Slow Pack,
and completing the scoring tally was Paul Waterston,
who finished 120th from the Medium Pack.

Other Morpeth Harriers Senior Men’s team performances came from
Sam Hancox (124th) (Fast Pack), Phil Walker (139th) (Medium Pack),
Rob Hancox (171st) (Medium Pack), Jim Alder (184th) (Slow Pack),
Alistair MacDonald (185th) (Slow Pack), Richard Kirby (260th) (Slow Pack),
Andrew Richardson (276th) (Slow Pack), Peter Scaife (297th) (Slow Pack),
Steve Haswell (302nd) (Slow Pack), Les Cavill (337th) (Slow Pack),
Paul Bellingham (346th) (Slow Pack), Mark Crosby (411th) (Slow Pack),
Chris Waugh (445th) (Slow Pack), and Andy Stephenson (485th) (Slow Pack).

Finishing sixth overall from the Slow Pack, Jacob Hopkins led Morpeth Harriers Under 17 Men
to team victory ahead of Sunderland Harriers and Gateshead Harriers.

He was closely followed home by new club-mate Jack Armstrong, who was seventh from the Slow Pack.
Completing the Morpeth winning tally was another newcomer James Young,
who was one of the fastest performers on the day when finishing tenth overall from the Fast Pack.
Although not one of the scoring three, another Morpeth Harriers newcomer
Adam Gibbs could feel well pleased with his efforts in finishing 16th from the Fast Pack.

Another of the Gibb’s family who could also feel well pleased with her day was his step-mum Victoria,
who when finishing fourth from the Slow Pack, led Morpeth Harriers Senior Women
to a resounding Division 2 team victory ahead of Jarrow and Hebburn and third placed Elswick Harriers.

The former Wallsend Harrier was having her first Harrier League
outing in the Blue and White vest since signing earlier this year.
Victoria was very well supported in the team’s victory by Josie Cram,
who ran superbly to finish sixth from the Slow Pack, Jane Hodgson,
who was fourth fastest overall when she finished 16th from the Fast Pack,
and Jane Briggs who also ran well from the Slow Pack, finishing two places behind Jane.

Although not amongst the scoring four, Morpeth’s Gwenda Cavill
could feel well pleased in her efforts to finish 58th from the Slow Pack
in a record breaking Senior Women’s field of a total of 333 finishers.

Having his very first outing as an Under 15 Boy in the Harrier League,
Morpeth Harriers Inter Counties Cross Country representative Joe Dowd
shrugged off any doubts as to whether he would cope with older opposition,
when he finished sixth from the Slow Pack, and led his club to second team place
on the day behind a strong Tynedale squad.

Joe was well supported in the squad’s efforts by newcomers
Jordan Hedgecock and Jamie Duguid, who were both having
their first taste of Harrier League competition.
They finished 25th and 26th respectively from the Slow Pack.

However another Morpeth Harrier who also did well was newcomer Connor Marshall.
The former Blyth youngster finished ninth from the Slow Pack,
however is still ineligible for team competition following his transfer.
Kieran Hedley of Morpeth Harriers was fifth fastest performer
on the day when finishing 29th from the Fast Pack.

Other Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Boys in action were
Cameron Dick (33rd) (Slow Pack), Lewis James (39th) (Slow Pack),
Josh Burton (47th) (Fast Pack), and Philip Kirby (50th) (Fast Pack).

Morpeth Harriers Under 17/Under 20 Women’s squad finished fourth on the day.
They were led home by Abby Sheldon, who ran well to finish eighth from the Slow Pack.
Charlotte Jewell finished 20th as the clubs second counter.
Running from the Fast Pack, she was twelfth fastest in a total field of 30 finishers.
Completing the Morpeth scoring tally was Amber Cormack,
who was 27th from the Fast Pack, and was fifteenth fastest overall.

Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Boys finished as sixth team on the day.
They were led home by Josh Nelson, who finished 14th from
the Slow Pack in an excellent total field of 65 finishers.
Second to finish for Morpeth was Ross Charlton,
who performed well when placing 26th from the Fast Pack,
and he emerged as sixth fastest on the day.
Completing the Morpeth scoring three was Sam Bradley,
who finished 37th from the Slow Pack.
Another Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Boys performer was Adam Kirby,
who finished in 51st place from the Slow Pack.

Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Girls finished in eighth team place on the day,
being led home by Lily Heaton, who was seventeenth from the Slow Pack.
One place behind Lily was club-mate Holly Peck, who ran superbly from the Fast Pack,
and was fourth fastest overall in a total field of 63 finishers.
Completing the Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Girls scoring tally was newcomer
Nicole Teasdale, who finished 52nd from the Slow Pack.
Another Morpeth newcomer Grace Bathgate finished 56th from the Slow Pack.

The only disappointment on the day however for Morpeth Harriers
was not being able to complete as a team in the Under 15 Girls event.
They did have athletes Kate Seymour and Gracie Hufton well up in
11th and 24th places from the Slow Pack in a total field of 51 finishers.

If they had managed to complete in this age group it would mean
that the club would have finished as a team in every age group,
which would have made a fine start for the season.

One event where Morpeth Harriers were supported however
was in the non scoring Under 11’s race, where the club had no
fewer than ten very enthusiastic participants in a 159 strong field of finishers.

The club had nine Boys and one Girl competitor facing the starter.
First to finish for the club was Dylan Davies, who was eighth.
Not far behind him in 15th place was another Dylan, Dylan Gooding.
Third Morpeth Harriers finisher was Bobby Stone, who was 38th.

Other Morpeth Harriers finishers in the Under 11’s event were
Callum Rowell (41st), Edward Kirby (46th), Elliot Cummings (52nd),
Joshua Adams (54th), James Tilley (58th), Amy Lott (64th), and Aaron Haldane (77th).

Many thanks go to Blyth Running Club for their organisation on the day.

Click here for Results

WHATS NEW INDEX
Athlete of the Year Awards !
Morpeth Harriers Under 17 Men and Womens Road Championships !
18th Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race !
Park Runs !
Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Boys and Girls Road Championships !
Run Northumberland Matfen 10k Road Race !
Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon !
Dennis Lawther !
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Run Northumberland Matfen 10k Road Race !

Five Morpeth Harriers took part in the Run Northumberland Matfen 10k Road Race on Sunday 12th October.
Paul Banks was first from the club to finish when he crossed the line in 11th place clocking a time of 39m21s.
He was also first in the Over 40 Men’s age group.

Another first in his age group was Mark Crosby,
who finished in 33rd place in 44m37s,
and led the Over 50 Men’s section.

Sue Smith made it three firsts amongst the Morpeth Harriers running fraternity
when she finished 70th in 49m26s, as first amongst the Over 45 Women.
Morpeth’s Kate Herron finished 89th in 52m31s, and Jane Blackett
completed the Morpeth Harriers tally by finishing one place behind Kate in 52m37s,
and was second in the Over 50 Veteran Women’s section.

WHATS NEW INDEX
18th Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race !
Park Runs !
Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Boys and Girls Road Championships !
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League ( 1 )
Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon !
Dennis Lawther !
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Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon !

Morpeth Harrier Eric Adams travelled down the A19 on Sunday 12th October,
to take part in the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon in York.
He finished 552nd in a large field in a time of 3hrs29mins44secs.

WHATS NEW INDEX
18th Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race !
Park Runs !
Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Boys and Girls Road Championships !
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League ( 1 )
Run Northumberland Matfen 10k Road Race !
Dennis Lawther !
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NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....

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Dennis Lawther !

Long term members of Morpeth Harriers & AC will be very shocked and saddened
to learn of the sudden death of one of the regions athletic characters,
who in the 70’s and 80’s was himself a prominent Veteran Athlete.

Although never a member of Morpeth Harriers, Dennis Lawther (66) was very widely
respected by members of the athletic fraternity, and in recent years, despite failing health,
was a frequent supporter of regional events, particularly the Harrier League
and North Eastern Cross Country Championships.

In his time as a competitor Dennis was a prolific Road Runner,
and competed in a number of Morpeth to Newcastle Road Races,
running firstly in the colours of North Shields Poly, and latterly Saltwell Harriers.

Sincere condolences from all at Morpeth Harriers are conveyed to Dennis’s immediate family at this very sad time.

WHATS NEW INDEX
18th Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race !
Park Runs !
Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Boys and Girls Road Championships !
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League ( 1 )
Run Northumberland Matfen 10k Road Race !
Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon !
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2014 ERRA Mens 6 Stage and Womens 4 Stage Road Relay Championships !

Start of Senior Mens 6 Stage Relays at Sutton Park on Saturday 4th October
Thankfully early morning torrential rain gave way to glorious sunshine in time for the commencement
of the annual English Road Running Association National 6 and 4 Stage Road Relays,
held respectively for Men and Women, at the traditional venue of Sutton Park,
Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham on Saturday 4th October.

Following the rain, the only obstacle that runners needed to master were the autumn
leaves which had fallen, which made certain parts of the course negotiable with care.

Whilst Northern clubs were still out in force, it was a day very much dominated by the South,
with Aldershot and Farnham very much enjoying the richest of the spoils by taking both
championships on offer, and their Women taking the title for the eighth consecutive occasion.

Aldershot’s Women very much boosted by the appearances of Internationals Steph Twell,
who ran the Women’s fastest time of 14m04s for their 4.315k leg,
Lily Partridge and Emilia Gorecka, second and third fastest with 14m07s and 14m09s.

Amongst the fastest times in the Women’s event was Morpeth Harrier Ashley Gibson,
who ran a superb fifth fastest 14m29s, which had her club in second place on the opening leg,
and only five seconds adrift of early leaders Windsor Slough and Eton.

Senior Womens team at 
Sutton Park on Saturday 4th October
Morpeth Harriers Women eventually finished 19th in 64m10s,
with further legs being run by Delyth James (16m01s),
Emma Holt (15m44s), and Under 20 athlete Alison Brown (17m56s).

They were also sixth Northern team, and the first of the three North East clubs on show,
with Birtley AC back in 34th place in 67m21s, and North Shields Poly finishing 40th in 69m41s.
A total of 60 complete teams contested the Women’s event.

Morpeth Harriers had two teams competing in the Men’s 6 Stage
contest run over a distance 0f 5.847k for each leg.

With a lot of their usual key runners missing the Morpeth A team
performed very creditably to finish in twelfth place overall,
and were third home from the Northern clubs behind
third placed Sale Harriers and fifth placed Leeds City.

Sale Harriers were actually the North’s only medallists on a day of Southern dominance.
Morpeth Harriers were also first home of the four competing North East clubs,
with Gateshead Harriers (37th), North Shields Poly (59th), and Tyne Bridge (68th).
In fact those other three North East squads were also beaten by the Morpeth Harriers B team,
who finished 35th overall, and were also fifth B team in the contest.

Senior Mens A team at 
Sutton Park on Saturday 4th October
The Morpeth Harriers A team began excellently, with Andy Wiles,
making his National debut for them, following his transfer from New Marske,
and he showed his class when finishing 13th, clocking 17m46s, which was to be the clubs fastest on the day.

Leg Two was very much the pressure leg, and no one felt it more so than Morpeth’s Karl Taylor,
having his first A team appearance at National level, as he surrendered no less than fifteen places,
despite clocking 18m58s. This unfortunately was due to the fact that he was very much
chased down by experienced faster runners around him; however he did keep going
without an ounce of panic, and hand handed over to Morpeth’s third leg runner Ian Hudspith
still in close contention with those in front of him.

The experience and running skills of the veteran Hudspith clearly played their part well
as he chased his opponents down to claw back all of the places lost on the previous leg.

Morpeth’s fourth leg runner Lewis Timmins certainly made hay while the sun shone,
as he took his club to their highest placing of the day of tenth, with his clocking of 18m07s.

Another National debutant for Morpeth Harriers was Kevin Calvert, formerly with Sunderland Harriers.
Calvert did his level best to stay in contention as he got round his fifth leg in 18m50s, although he did surrender a couple of places.

Nathan Shrubb on the final leg for the Morpeth A team tried to get them back into the top ten,
however he was forced to settle for the final placing of twelfth despite his enthusiastic clocking of 18m49s,
which saw them finish with a total time of 110m19s, which was around
three and a half minutes adrift of winners Aldershot A,
and ironically only two and a half minutes adrift of a medal placing.

Senior Mens B team at 
Sutton Park on Saturday 4th October
Morpeth Harriers fastest B team performer was Ady Whitwam,
who clocked an excellent 18m22s on their second leg,
which at that stage gave the squad their days highest placing of 33rd,
and placed the athlete inside the top 100 performers on the day,
which obviously gave him some individual satisfaction on a day
when medals were to prove elusive.

Other B team performances came from Ryan Stephenson (18m46s),
Elliot Kelly (19m56s), Thomas Straughan (19m16s),
Jordan Scott (20m09s), and Ian Harding (18m29s),
which gave the squad a finishing time of 114m58s.
A total of 77 complete teams contested the Men's event.

Afterwards, Morpeth Harriers Men’s Team Manager David Swinburne
commented, “ that he was very pleased with his squads dual efforts,
especially those who had been called in at last minute to replace
some of his more experienced runners who had become unexpectedly unavailable,
in hindsight he had recognised that one or two tactical changes
could have brought a slightly better placing for the A team,
but still felt the result achieved on a day of high calibre
competition was one to be justly pleased with, and very much proud of.”

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Click here for Complete Womens Results

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2014 ERRA Young Athletes Road Relays !

There was also competitive action at Sutton Park on Sunday 5th October when
the England Road Running Association held their annual Young Athletes Road Relays.

Morpeth Harriers sole representatives here were their Under 17 Men, who placed 20th in their 3 x 3.81k event.

Nathan Cox got them off to a steady excellent start, by coming home in 22nd place in 12m28s,
which was only forty eight seconds adrift of early leaders Birchfield Harriers,
very much revelling on their home patch, and only thirty six seconds adrift of actual medals.

Although Morpeth’s second leg runner Adam Weightman dropped two places,
he didn’t lose a lot of ground with his 13m15s clocking.

Third and final leg runner James Young, making his National debut for Morpeth Harriers
following his transfer from Blyth Running Club ran an identical time to Weightman,
and took them to their final placing.

That placing saw them as ninth from the North, behind City of Sheffield who placed fourth.
At the end Morpeth Harriers Under 17 Men were two minutes and fifty three seconds adrift of a possible medal.

48 complete teams took part in the Under 17 Men’s event,
and the clubs fastest performer Nathan Cox was 39th equal fastest in the event.

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Kielder Marathon !

Seven Morpeth Harriers also took part in the Kielder Marathon
on Sunday 5th October, which attracted over 1,000 runners.

Hamish McAllister-Williams was the first of those to cross the finish line,
when he placed 71st in a time of 3hrs37m22s.
Second home from the club was Craig Gair, who finished 96th in 3hrs43m48s.

Other finishers from the club were as follows
Andrew Richardson (165th) 3hrs58m35s,
James McFetrich (182nd) 4hrs01m31s,
Andrew Stephenson (199th) 4hrs04m09s,
Jane Briggs (261st) 4hrs13m04s,
and Andrew Davidson (335th) 4hrs27m16s

For Andrew Stephenson, this was his second Marathon within 7 days,
having competed also in the Baxter’s sponsored Loch Ness event the previous week,
sounds exhausting Andrew, but Well Done. !!

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2014 ERRA Young Athletes Road Relays !
Great Cumbrian Run Half Marathon !
Kielder 10k Road Race !
Jarrow & Hebburn AC Minors Cross Country Meeting !
Asian Championships Men’s Marathon !
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Kielder 10k Road Race !

Three Morpeth Harriers took part in the annual Kielder 10k Road Race on Saturday 4th October,
which had a record number of over 800 participants.

First home from the club was Mark Snowball, who finished in an excellent 14th place in 39m17s.
He was followed home by club mates Andrew Flatman and Graeme Leathard,
who finished in 47th and 89th places with respective times of 43m54s and 46m44s.

Andrew was 47th in the Over 40 Men’s category,
and Graeme was 79th in the Over 50 Men’s section.

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2014 ERRA Mens 6 Stage and Womens 4 Stage Road Relay Championships !
2014 ERRA Young Athletes Road Relays !
Kielder Marathon !
Great Cumbrian Run Half Marathon !
Jarrow & Hebburn AC Minors Cross Country Meeting !
Asian Championships Men’s Marathon !
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Great Cumbrian Run Half Marathon !

Recently signed from Wallsend Harriers, Paul Brown made his debut
in a Blue and White vest on Sunday 5th October , when he finished 25th in the 1200
plus strong field at the annual Great Cumbrian Run Half Marathon in Carlisle.
Brown clocked a time of 84m18s, and was sixth in the Over 40 Veteran Men's category.

Another Morpeth Harrier in action at the event was Lorna McDonald,
who finished as fifth Lady, and was second in her age category in a time of 1hr33m45s.

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2014 ERRA Mens 6 Stage and Womens 4 Stage Road Relay Championships !
2014 ERRA Young Athletes Road Relays !
Kielder Marathon !
Kielder 10k Road Race !
Jarrow & Hebburn AC Minors Cross Country Meeting !
Asian Championships Men’s Marathon !
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Jarrow & Hebburn AC Minors Cross Country Meeting !

Seven athletes from the youngest age groups from Morpeth Harriers took
part in the annual Minors Cross Country events held at Bedewell Park,
Hebburn on Saturday 4th October,
which were splendidly organised by Jarrow and Hebburn AC.

Dylan Davies was very much the clubs best performer on the day,
who finished third in the Year 6 Boys event, only five seconds adrift of victory.

Other good performances from Morpeth Harriers in this age group
came from Bobby Stone (6th), and Elliot Cummings (12th).

In the Year 6 Girls event Rhiannon Hedley of Morpeth finished eleventh,
and club-mate Amy Lott was just behind in thirteenth place.

The Year 5 Boys event saw Morpeth Harriers Callum Rowell and James Tilley
finish in eighth and eighteenth places respectively.

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2014 ERRA Mens 6 Stage and Womens 4 Stage Road Relay Championships !
2014 ERRA Young Athletes Road Relays !
Kielder Marathon !
Great Cumbrian Run Half Marathon !
Kielder 10k Road Race !
Asian Championships Men’s Marathon !
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Asian Championships Men’s Marathon !

Morpeth Harriers Mongolian International Serod Batochir, unfortunately just missed out
on a podium placing in the Men’s Marathon at the Asian Championships,
held in Incheon, South Korea last week.

Batochir was always up with the leaders until he reached around two mile from home,
as at that point he felt unwell and dropped off the pace somewhat,
and was forced to struggle to the finish line in 2hrs13m21s.

Although he collapsed at the finish line, he eventually came round
following medical attention, however clearly
disappointed he had missed out on a medal.

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2014 ERRA Mens 6 Stage and Womens 4 Stage Road Relay Championships !
2014 ERRA Young Athletes Road Relays !
Kielder Marathon !
Great Cumbrian Run Half Marathon !
Kielder 10k Road Race !
Jarrow & Hebburn AC Minors Cross Country Meeting !
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Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Boys and Girls Road Championships !

A total of 36 runners took part in the second in the series of Morpeth Harriers
Young Athletes Road Championships for Under 13 Boys and Girls,
which took place on the 1.33mile circuit round Lancaster Park
on the evening of Monday 29th September.

Once again organisers and runners alike were blessed with excellent conditions,
as the late summer mild weather continued its welcome stay.

Ross Charlton and Holly Peck certainly made the most of those
conditions in their respective Championship victories.

Charlton won with thirty seven seconds to spare in the Boys race,
as he got round the circuit in an excellent 7m54s, thus continuing his present good run of form,
which saw him achieve a much prized podium place in the Junior Great North Run earlier in the month.

For Peck, in the Girls race, her victory was equally impressive, as she clocked 8m49s,
a time that would have seen her finish as third in the Boys event,
winning by a margin of 63 seconds over her closest rival.

Silver medals in the Boys and Girls events went to Daniel Dixon (8m31s), and Isabelle McCormack (9m52s).

The Bronze medals went to Sam Bradley (8m55s), who just managed
to out-sprint fourth placed Josh Nelson in the Boys race,
who was recorded with the same finishing time,
and Lily Heaton (9m59s) in the Girls race.

Other Results as follows

BOYS
Louis Eke (5th) 9m37s,
Robert Eadington (6th) 9m40s,
Ollie Waddington (7th) 10m03s,
Jake Lloyd (8th) 10m08s,
Kyle Hawkins (9th) 10m10s,
Finlay Deakin (11th) 10m20s,
Callum Woodcock (12th) 10m29s,
Sam Ray (13th) 10m32s,
Luke Haxell (14th) 10m43s,
Josh Gair (15th) 10m55s,
Angus Stout (16th) 11m00s,
Dan Lloyd (17th) 11m15s,
Adam Ormston (18th) 11m34s,
Angus Winton (19th) 12m05s,
Craig Fairbairn (20th) 12m19s.

GIRLS
Amy Duggan (4th) 10m50s,
Kirsty Davison (5th) 10m52s,
Faye Smith (6th) 11m13s,
Grace Bathgate (7th) 11m16s,
Lauren Goose (8th) 11m37s,
Charlotte Bruce (9th) 11m44s,
Megan Watson (10th) 11m46s,
Nicole Teasdale (11th) 11m52s,
Lottie Dwyer (12th) 11m59s,
Breeanne Moody (13th) 12m10s,
Emma Watson (14th) 12m11s,
Ella Maley (15th) 12m17s,
Jennie Bennett (16th) 13m56s.

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Redcar Half Marathon !

On Sunday 28th September the 32nd running of the Redcar Half Marathon took place,
and the event attracted a total of 1,087 finishers, including two Morpeth Harriers.

Mark Snowball was the first home for the club, finishing 59th in 85m36s.

The other Morpeth finisher was Mark Crosby, who placed 301st in 99m46s.

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Haltwhistle Half Marathon !

Alan Hyde of Morpeth Harriers took part in the regions newest Half Marathon
on Sunday 28th September, when he competed in the first Haltwhistle event, which was held
on a scenic trail course that incorporated the Lambley Viaduct, which reached a height of 124 metres.

Hyde finished in 48th place, and was fifth in the Over 45 Veteran Mens section, posting a time of 100m32s.

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Park Runs !

Andrew Lawrence and Phil Walker of Morpeth Harriers were both
winners in respective Park Runs on Saturday 27th September.

Lawrence, who had run one of his clubs fastest times when competing for the
Senior Mens B team at last week’s Northern 6 Stage Road Relay Championships,
was first over the finish line at Bushy Park, near Teddington.
He clocked a time of 15m58s for the 5k distance,
which was just seventeen seconds adrift of his best on the course.

Locally at Druridge Bay, in one of the newest Park Run events,
Walker set a new personal best for the course of 17m37s.

Meanwhile in Newcastle’s Exhibition Park, Morpeth Harriers Matthew Boyle
and Lee Morgan were prominent finishers in sixth and tenth places in 17m28s,
a new personal best, and 17m53s.

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Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Boys and Girls Road Championships !
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Berlin Marathon !

Morpeths Kate Chapman competed in the annual Berlin Marathon in Germany on Sunday 28th September.
She finished as 207th Lady overall, and was fortieth in her age category, posting a time of 3hrs 19mins 51secs.

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Morpeth Harriers Under 11 Boys and Girls Road Championships !

Morpeth Harriers held the first in their 2014 series of Young Athletes Club
Road Championships on the evening of Monday 22nd September.

17 runners in total took part in the Under 11 age group event,
held on a 1.33mile circuit around Lancaster Park.

14 of those runners took part in the Boys event, leaving only the bare three to contest the Girls event,
which meant that all in that event would claim a medal providing they finished the race.

The Boys race by contrast was very hotly contested at the front of the field,
with the first four getting under nine minutes for the distance, which was a fine achievement.

Weather conditions were excellent, with just a whisper of a breeze, and not a sign of the wetter stuff.

Bobby Stone and Dylan Davies made the best of those conditions,
and whilst the latter maintained a slight lead throughout, it was the former
who eventually came through to win by four seconds in a time of 8m28s.

Davies thankfully had an eighteen second cushion to take the Silver medal ahead of Ben Walker (8m50s),
who just managed to outpace Dylan Gooding, who just missed out on a medal with his clocking of 8m56s.

Amy Lott won the three horse Girls race by a margin of sixteen seconds
when she crossed the finish line in 11m20s, a time that would
have seen her finish sixth in the accompanying Boys event.

Second place and Silver medal went to Rebecca Bradley (11m36s),
a time that would have seen her finish seventh in the Boys race.

The Bronze medal went to Antje Hall, who clocked 11m38s,
and she would have finished eighth in the Boys race.

Other placings were as follows
BOYS
Joe Buxton (5th) 9m07s,
Josh Adams (6th) 11m53s,
Aaron Haldane (7th) 11m54s,
Danny Henderson (8th) 11m59s,
Alfie Clark (9th) 13m00s,
Callum Rowell (10th) 14m25s,
James Tilley (11th) 14m27s,
Ciaran Leahy (12th) 15m05s,
Reuben Graham (13th) 15m10s,
and Elliot Cummings (14th) 15m15s.

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Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Boys and Girls Road Championships !
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Northern Athletics Senior Men 6 Stage Road Relay Championships !

Although there were no medals won by athletes from Morpeth Harriers at the
Northern Athletics Senior Men 6 Stage Road Relays, held at Birchwood Park,
near Warrington on Saturday 20th September,
there were a great deal of excellent performances from the club.

For once Morpeth Harriers Senior Men were adrift of the leading protagonists in their 6 x 6000m event.
The A team after a shaky start eventually came through to finish eighth,
and were around three minutes adrift of the medals.

Carl Avery on first leg came home in 17th place, posting a time of 19m25s,
which was just five seconds and one place ahead of his B team compatriot Karl Taylor.

Second Leg runner Nathan Shrubb got the A team up to fifteenth with his clocking of 19m48s,
whilst B team runner Ryan Stephenson held on to 18th spot with his clocking of 20m12s.

Making his Northern 6 Stage debut for Morpeth, Andy Wiles succeeded in progressing
to eighth place on Leg Three, with his clocking of 19m09s, which was the A team’s fastest time of the day.

Meanwhile on Leg Three for the Morpeth B team was Thomas Straughan,
who slipped back a further two places to twentieth with his clocking of 20m38s.

Another Northern debutant for the Morpeth A team was Kevin Calvert,
who got the squad up to their highest placing on the day of seventh,
with his clocking of 19m42s for the 6000m distance.

On Leg four for the Morpeth B team was Elliot Kelly, who was making his Senior Championship debut,
who gave his all as he got round in 21m07s, but unfortunately slipped back to 24th
at the hands of some experienced Senior opposition.

Despite losing a little ground in terms of time, Morpeth Harriers A team fifth leg
runner Ross Floyd held on to seventh spot with his individual clocking of 20m13s.

Jordan Scott on the penultimate leg for the Morpeth B team
clawed back two places with his clocking of 21m04s.

Despite his clocking of 19m40s, Morpeth A team sixth
and final leg runner Lewis Timmins slipped one place to eighth.

Morpeth B team’s final leg runner Andrew Lawrence clocked an excellent 19m54s
as he climbed to 19th to secure their final placing, and they were fourth B team.

Click here for complete Senior Mens Results

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Redcar Half Marathon !
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Berlin Marathon !
Morpeth Harriers Under 11 Boys and Girls Road Championships !
Northern Athletics Young Athletes Road Relay Championships !
World Mountain Championships !
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Northern Athletics Young Athletes Road Relay Championships !

Although there were no medals won by athletes from Morpeth Harriers at the
Northern Athletics Young Athletes Road Relays,
held at Birchwood Park, near Warrington on Saturday 20th September,
there were a great deal of excellent performances from the club,
and from none more so than their Under 13 Boys squad.

They achieved the clubs best position on the day,
when they finally came home in sixth spot in their 3 x 3000m event,
posting a total finishing time of 34m36s,
that was only a mere 46 seconds adrift of bronze medallists Leigh Harriers.

It was indeed an excellent achievement, as all three members of the squad
had never competed in this level of road competition previously.

Junior Great North Run Podium finisher Ross Charlton got them off to an excellent start,
when he came home in sixth place on Leg One, posting a superb time of 11m04s,
which would eventually emerge as the eighth fastest overall on the day,
and was only around twenty seconds adrift of the medals at that stage.

Second leg runner Thomas Cunningham did lose a little bit of ground with his clocking of 11m59s,
but only surrendered a couple of places to eventual winners Warrington,
who grabbed an early bit of glory on their local patch, and City of Sheffield.

Final leg runner for Morpeth Harriers was Daniel Dixon, who grabbed his own piece
of glory by clawing back the two lost places with his clocking of 11m33s,
using his strength and determination for battle that he clearly obtains through his Junior Triathlon experiences.

The next best performers for Morpeth Harriers were their Under 17 Men,
who placed eleventh in their 3 x 3,300m event.

On leg one was Adam Gibbs, who marked his club and Northern debut
by producing an excellent run to come home in 23rd place in 11m26s.

Adam Weightman got the squad up to fifteenth on leg two with his clocking of 11m22s.

Final leg runner Nathan Cox took the squad up to eleventh place with his excellent 10m53s.

Morpeth Harriers sole Female performers were their Under 17 Women,
who finished twelfth of 22 complete teams in their 3 x 3,300m event.

First leg runner Abby Sheldon had the squad in 16th position as she got round the circuit in 13m28s.
Charlotte Jewell took the squad up to thirteenth place on leg two with her clocking of 13m54s.
Amber Cormack gained a further place on the final leg with her clocking of 13m14s.

Adam Shewry ran an encouraging first leg for Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Boys squad
in their 3 x 3000m event. He clocked 10m34s to come home in seventeenth place.
Alex Cunningham climbed a further three places on the second leg with his clocking of 10m57s.
Making his Northern debut Jamie Duguid ran gamely, however slipped
to 22nd on the final leg with his clocking of 12m02s.

Click here for complete Young Athletes Results

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Northern Athletics Senior Men 6 Stage Road Relay Championships !
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Tony Woodcock !

Tony Woodcock
We are very sorry to learn of the death of Tony Woodcock, a long time supporter of Morpeth Harriers,
and who along with his wife Pam, also a prominent Veteran athlete with the club,
sponsored the very popular Grand Prix for several years,
and also helped make the event the prominent feature that it is today.

Tony passed away peacefully in the Freeman Hospital
on Friday 12th September, following a long illness bravely borne.

Pam remarks that despite his illness, Tony still encouraged her to continue with her running,
and to turn out as regularly as possible, even when he was going through one of his rough patches,
so much was his enthusiasm for the club’s achievements.

All members at Morpeth Harriers wish to offer their sincere condolences to Pam,
along with their daughters Charlotte and Rachel at this very sad time.

A private family cremation will be followed by a service of remembrance
at St Giles’ Church, Netherwitton, Morpeth on Friday 19th September 2014 at 2pm,
which will afterwards be followed by a reception at Netherwitton Village Hall, to which friends are all invited.
Family Flowers only please by request, Donations if desired, to Macmillan Cancer Support.

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World Mountain Championships !

In an event totally dominated by Ugandan athletes, Great Britain and Northern Ireland
finished as fifth team in the 30th World Mountain Championships Senior Mens 11k event,
held at Cassette Di Massa in Tuscany, Italy, on Sunday 14th September.

They were led home by Morpeth Harrier Nick Swinburn,
who produced a superb performance to finish 19th individually in a time of 59m09s.
Swinburn can feel well pleased with this run, as he had chosen at the start of the season
to shelve his usual Fell activities in order to make some progression in his Middle Distance Track events.

Despite his choices, he was still chosen to represent his country by the selectors,
and he more than justified their wisdom in doing so if this performance is to be taken account of.

Two places and nineteen seconds behind him was his team-mate
Andrew Douglass of Inverclyde and North Highland Harriers,
who had actually won his selection by triumphing in the Trials,
held in Keswick, at the beginning of August.

The first three in the event were all from Uganda, with Isaac Kiprop winning in 53m50s.
Second place went to Daniel Rotich in 55m10s, with third going to Kibet Soyekwo in 55m24s.

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Tony Woodcock !
Sunderland Harriers Open Cross Country Races !
Fifth Avenue Mile !
North East Masters 10,000m Track Championships !
NECAA End of Season Track Relays Meeting !
2014 Bupa Great North Run !
2014 Junior Great North Run !
Park Runs !
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Sunderland Harriers Open Cross Country Races !

The first cross country action of the new season took place on Saturday 13th September,
with Morpeth Harriers well to the fore to the action in the annual Sunderland Harriers
Open events being held at Farringdon College.

Our Senior Men very much typified the clubs model for success
when our A team won their four leg relay.
Karl Taylor got them off to a superb start by coming home
only a stride adrift of Gateshead Harriers Dan Johnson,
and was recorded with the same time of 8m53s.

Thomas Straughan grabbed the lead on leg two with 9m15s,
and from then on Morpeth were never troubled as Carl Avery
clocked the fastest time of the day on third leg with 8m45s,
and Ross Floyd sealed victory by sixty two seconds on the final leg with his clocking of 8m55s.

Gateshead Harriers remained second throughout,
finishing ahead of hosts Sunderland Harriers,
who were a further fifty six seconds adrift.

A very strong Morpeth Harriers Senior Mens B team performance saw them finish fifth,
courtesy of Phil Winkler (9m21s), Sam Hancox (9m43s),
Jordan Scott (9m20s), and David Swinburne (9m45s).

There was also a great deal of strength in the Morpeth Harriers Veteran Mens team performance,
which finished third behind Elswick Harriers and Tyne Bridge Harriers.

They held third place throughout the whole of the four leg effort,
courtesy of Paul Waterston (9m59s), Phil Walker (9m59s),
Rob Hancox (10m15s), and Geoff Whitman (10m05s).

Morpeth Harriers also produced some excellent results in the younger age group events,
particularly the wins by James Young, and brother and sister Kieran and Rhiannon Hedley.

Running in what was effectively his first competitive race for Morpeth Harriers
since joining from Blyth Running Club, Young was very much the master of affairs
in the Under 17 Mens event, which he won in 9m11s,
forging a five second lead over his closest opponent.

Club colleague Adam Weightman finished third in 9m18s,
and relatively new Morpeth acquisitions Adam Gibbs and Jack Armstrong,
(both formerly Wallsend Harriers), finished tenth and thirteenth respectively in 10m03s and 10m18s.

Kieran Hedley was a convincing winner of the Under 15 Boys race in 9m38s,
and Adam Shewry and Joe Dowd did themselves proud with performances
that saw them finish fourth and fifth in 10m05s and 10m14s.

Other Morpeth Harriers finishers in the Under 15 Boys event were
Alex Cunningham (10th) 10m42s, Connor Marshall (15th) 11m02s,
and Jamie Duguid (23rd) 11m55s.

In what effectively was her last race as an Under 11 Girl athlete,
Rhiannon Hedley signed off with an excellent win in 4m03s.
Fellow Morpeth Harrier Amy Lott finished twelfth in 4m36s.

Ross Charlton who had won a podium place in the previous weeks Junior Great North Run
produced yet another inspired run when he finished second in the Under 13 Boys event in 10m24s,
only eight seconds adrift of Blyth’s much taller Josh Fiddaman.
Another inspiring Morpeth performer in the Under 13 Boys event
was Thomas Cunningham, who finished fifth in 11m03s.
Sam Bradley finished 15th in 12m13s.

Holly Peck produced an impressive run to finish sixth in the Under 13 Girls event in 11m46s.
Equally impressive was her club colleague Abby Sheldon,
who finished second in the Under 17 Womens event in 11m18s.
Fellow Morpeth Harrier Charlotte Jewell finished sixth in 11m53s.

Dylan Davies continued to impress in the Under 11 Boys event,
where he finished fourth in 4m09s.
Bobby Stone and Daniel Dixon finished tenth and
fifteenth respectively in 4m19s and 4m27s.

In the Under 15 Girls event Gracie Hufton was Morpeth’s sole competitor, finishing 20th in 13m01s.

Morpeth Harriers other solo competitor was Gwenda Cavill,
who finished 21st in the Senior Womens event in 12m34s.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Tony Woodcock !
World Mountain Championships !
Fifth Avenue Mile !
North East Masters 10,000m Track Championships !
NECAA End of Season Track Relays Meeting !
2014 Bupa Great North Run !
2014 Junior Great North Run !
Park Runs !
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Fifth Avenue Mile !

Morpeths Laura Weightman competed against some of her Commonwealth and European
opponents in the prestigious Fifth Avenue Mile in New York USA on Sunday 14th September.
She finished eleventh of eighteen in a time of 4m26.9s, behind Jenny Simpson, who won in 4m19.4s.
Fellow Brit Hannah England finished seventh in 4m23.1s.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Tony Woodcock !
World Mountain Championships !
Sunderland Harriers Open Cross Country Races !
North East Masters 10,000m Track Championships !
NECAA End of Season Track Relays Meeting !
2014 Bupa Great North Run !
2014 Junior Great North Run !
Park Runs !
OTHER NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....

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North East Masters 10,000m Track Championships !

Morpeths Gavin Bayne won second placing in the Over 55 Mens category
in the North East Masters 10,000m Track Championships,
held at Jarrow’s Monkton Stadium on Saturday 13th September.
He clocked a time of 39m25.1s.
Low Fell Running Club’s John Stephens was the winner of the Over 55 category in 38m47.6s.

In the same event, his Morpeth Harriers club colleague Archie Jenkins
finished third in the Over 60 Mens category, posting a time of 47m52.5s.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Tony Woodcock !
World Mountain Championships !
Sunderland Harriers Open Cross Country Races !
Fifth Avenue Mile !
NECAA End of Season Track Relays Meeting !
2014 Bupa Great North Run !
2014 Junior Great North Run !
Park Runs !
OTHER NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....

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NECAA End of Season Track Relays Meeting !

Some very excellent performances saw Morpeth Harriers retain the Overall Trophy
at the annual North Eastern Counties Athletics Association End of Season Track Relays Meeting,
held at Jarrow’s Monkton Stadium, on Wednesday 10th September.

The club achieved this by clocking the fastest time in six of the eighteen events,
finishing ahead of their nearest rivals Tynedale Harriers and Sedgefield Harriers,
who are also gently blossoming into a very formidable Track outfit.

Declan Stoker, Will Kelly, Jake Jardine and Sean O’Hara combined superbly
to bring Morpeth’s Under 15 Boys 4 x100 and 4x200m squad’s home
as winners in 47.4s and 1min 39.5s respectively.

In the two Under 13 Boys 4 x 100m races, Morpeth Harriers found success in both.
Matthew Heslop, Patrick Darroch, Matthew Ash and Reuben Wilkinson
combined their efforts to take the first race in 59.8s,
and in the second race the efforts of Josh Nelson, Ash, Luke Haxell
and Wilkinson, were duly rewarded with victory in 60.8s.

Morpeth Harriers won the Senior Women’s 4 x100m and 4x200m
events in respective times of 53.2s and 1m56.9s.
Their line-up for the shorter event was Beth Laidler, Kirsty Lang, Megan Deakin and Lily Hood.

Rosie McDonald, Molly McDonald, Louise Brett, and Amber Cormack
were the formation of the 4 x 200m squad.
The latter four also ran for their club in the 4 x 400m event,
where they finished second to Houghton Harriers in a combined time of 4m29.9s.
Brett ran the first leg in 68.5s, Rosie McDonald ran the second leg in 70.5s,
Mollie McDonald clocked 67.2s, with their fastest clocking coming
from final leg runner Amber Cormack, who ran 63.7s.

The Morpeth Senior Mens 4 x100m squad won the second race in 45.9s,
courtesy of Phil Winkler, Joe Robertshaw (scoring guest), Connor Hedley, and Jack Hepple.

Morpeth Harriers Senior Mens 4 x200m squad finished third in 1m34.7s.
courtesy of Hedley, Robertshaw, Joe Elder, and Winkler.

In the 4 x 400m event, Morpeth’s Senior Men triumphed in the second race in 3m32.6s.
The split times were Elder (55.6s), Robertshaw (51.1s), Winkler (54.0s), and Hepple (52.1s).

Naomi Arkle, Georgia Priest, Hannah Brown, and Jessica Young–Rogers
combined to finish second for Morpeth to North Shields Poly
in the Under 15 Girls 4 x 100m event in 54.8s.

In the 4 x 200m event Arkle, Georgia Priest, Harriet Priest, and Young-Rogers
combined to finish third behind Jarrow and Hebburn in 1m57.5s.

Morpeth Harriers Under 17 Mens 4 x 200m squad finished third in 1m43.6s,
courtesy of Alex Dunlop, Kenny Harrison, Jamie Warburton.
The same line-up with the exception of Jones, who was replaced by Hans Paulsen,
combined to finish fourth in the 4 x100m behind Tynedale in 49.4s.

In the Under 17 Womens 4 x 200m Morpeth Harriers had to settle for fifth place behind Gateshead.
The combined efforts of Megan Deakin, Kirsty Lang, Lily Hood saw them clock 2m01.5s,
however this squad were thwarted in their attempt for success in the 4 x 100m,
where they found themselves disqualified.

Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Girls 4 x 100m squad took part in two races,
finishing fourth in their heat the first time round in 65.1s, and seventh overall in the final in 66.2s.

Credit for great club organisation on the night must go to Paddy Paulsen (Boys),
and Ken McDonald (Women), who did a splendid job as respective Team Managers.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Tony Woodcock !
World Mountain Championships !
Sunderland Harriers Open Cross Country Races !
Fifth Avenue Mile !
North East Masters 10,000m Track Championships !
2014 Bupa Great North Run !
2014 Junior Great North Run !
Park Runs !
OTHER NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....

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2014 Bupa Great North Run !

Leading veteran Ian Hudspith was first Morpeth Harrier home
in the 33rd Great North Run on Sunday 7th September.
In a high profile men’s race narrowly won by Mo Farah in a time of 1 hour,
Hudspith finished in 18th place overall in a time of 1h 6m 32s and,
in addition to being first veteran and sixth British athlete, had perhaps
the greater satisfaction of being the first runner home from the North East.

Not far behind him were a number of Morpeth Harriers who produced good quality performances.
Much travelled Andrew Lawrence, who has steadfastly maintained his commitment
to representing the club despite being domiciled in the south for a number of years,
finished 33rd in 1h 11m 17s. Close on his heels were: Ade Whitwam (37th in 1h 11m 55s);
Carl Avery (38th in 1h 12m 46s); Karl Taylor (56th in 1h 14m 47s); Simon O’Donnell (80th in 1h 17m 12s);
Matthew Boyle (164th in 1h 20m 16s) and Tony Lewis (238th in 1h 23m 13s).
Lewis’ performance was especially pleasing for him as it
saw him finally put a miserable spell of sustained injury behind him.

In the women’s race won by Kenyan Mary Keitany (1h 6m 39s),
Vicky Gibbs was 21st female competitor in a time of 1h 24m 44s.

Other leading Morpeth Harriers finishers included
Mark Snowball, 340th in 1h 25m 19s;
Neil Gunstone, 783rd in 1h 30m 11s;
Paul Banks, 893rd in 1h31m 10s;
Eric Adams, 1249th in 1h 33m 35s;
Jose Cram, 1268th in 1h 33m 43s
and Lorna Macdonald, 1296th in 1h 33m 49s.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Sunderland Harriers Open Cross Country Races !
Fifth Avenue Mile !
North East Masters 10,000m Track Championships !
NECAA End of Season Track Relays Meeting !
2014 Junior Great North Run !
Park Runs !
OTHER NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....

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2014 Junior Great North Run !

Ross Charlton in action at the 2014 Junior 
Great North Run
There were some excellent achievements by some of the clubs younger age athletes
in the Junior and Mini Great North run, held on Saturday 6th September.

Most prominent of these was young Ross Charlton, who achieved
a superb podium place in the 11 to 12 year old Boys event.
Ross finished third, posting an excellent 14m44s for his effort.
Another high placer from Morpeth Harriers in this age group
was Thomas Cunningham, who finished 22nd in 16m16s.

Thomas’s older brother Alex was also a prominent finisher
in the 13 to 14 year old Boys event. He finished 34th in 15m51s.
Other high placers from Morpeth Harriers in this age group event were,
Cameron Kirk (47th) 16m40s, Will Sibson (51st) 16m46s, and Lewis James (73rd) 17m22s.

In the Boys 15 to 16 year event, new Morpeth signing James Young, (formerly Blyth Running Club),
did well by placing fifth in 13m19s, and Adam Weightman, younger brother of Olympian Laura,
finished one place behind in sixth place, in 13m35s.

Morpeth Harriers Dylan Davies and Bobby Stone were very prominent
in the Boys 9 to 10 year old event, finishing 12th and 14th
with respective clockings of 16m52s and 16m56s.

In the Girls events, Holly Peck and Amber Cormack were the best of the Morpeth Harriers performers.
Holly finished 15th in the Girls 11 to 12 year event in 17m18s,
and Amber finished 19th in the Girls 15 to 16 event in 18m00s.

Other Morpeth Harriers results were as follows

Boys 9 to 10 years
Dylan Gooding (50th) 18m34s,
Harry Hoggan (125th) 20m07s,
and Danny Henderson (350th) 23m48s.

Boys 11 to 12 years
Sam Bradley (104th) 18m32s,
Josh Gair (209th) 21m07s,
and Luke Haxell (285th) 23m04s.

Girls 9 to 10 years
Rebecca Bradley (178th) 24m38s .

Girls 11 to 12 years
Isabelle McCormack (108th) 22m05s.

Girls 13 to 14 years
Eve Smith (64th) 20m21s,
Emily Morris (93rd) 21m42s,
and Holly Jordan (116th) 22m43s.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Sunderland Harriers Open Cross Country Races !
Fifth Avenue Mile !
North East Masters 10,000m Track Championships !
NECAA End of Season Track Relays Meeting !
2014 Bupa Great North Run !
Park Runs !
OTHER NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....

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Park Runs !

Having run from his home in Amble to take part in the Druridge Bay Parkrun on Saturday 6th September,
Karl Taylor set a new record for the 5k course, winning in a time of 16m 35s,
and promptly running back home.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Sunderland Harriers Open Cross Country Races !
Fifth Avenue Mile !
North East Masters 10,000m Track Championships !
NECAA End of Season Track Relays Meeting !
2014 Bupa Great North Run !
2014 Junior Great North Run !
OTHER NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....

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Forthcoming Events

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Sunday 28th December
Northern Athletics 10k Champs (Ribble Valley 10k)

Sunday 28th December
Jolly Hog 10k (Multi-Terrain)
Ripon

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