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............................................................................LATEST NEWS.................... Morpeths Scott Beattie, finished an excellent fifth in the Intermediate Boys event, on his International debut for at the SIAB Schools Cross Country International, held at Dublin on Saturday 21st March................... Morpeths Jonny Taylor won the Thirsk 10 Mile Road Race on Sunday 22nd March.................. Morpeths Andrew Lawrence, set new figures of 70m10s in the Reading Half Marathon on Sunday 22nd March.................... Morpeths Matthew Boyle led 356 finishers home in the Run Northumberland Cragside 10k, on Saturday 21st March................. LATEST NEWS...............................................

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THIS WEEKS ATHLETICS NEWS....
SIAB Schools Cross Country International !
Thirsk 10 Mile Road Race !
Reading Half Marathon !
Run Northumberland Cragside 10k !
Park Runs !
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League Grand Prix Results !
NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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OTHER NEWS FROM MARCH 2015....
English Schools Cross Country Championships !
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League ( 6 )
British Masters Cross Country Championships !
Home International !
UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships !
Trafford 10k Road Race !
St Helens 10k Road Race !
Finchley 20 Road Race !
NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2015....
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League ( 5 )
Inter Services Cross Country Championships !
2015 English National Cross Country Championships !
English Schools Cross Country Championships Preview !
Gateshead Indoor Standards Series !
Army Cross Country Championships !
North Eastern Counties Road Relay Championships !
North Eastern Counties Indoor Track & Field Championships !
Northern Schools Inter Counties Cross Country Championships !
North East Masters Association Cross Country Championships !
Park Runs !
North Eastern Counties Team Selection for Inter -Counties !
Northern Athletics Indoor Under 13 and 15 Championships !
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League ( 4 )
2015 North of England Cross Country Championships !
Scottish National Open Indoor Athletics Championships !
North East Marathon Club 50k and Half Marathon !
Lotto Cross Cup Race Series !
Northumberland Schools Cross Country Championships !
Gateshead College Indoor Meeting !
Brass Monkey Half Marathon !
Northern Athletics Under 17/Under 20/Senior Indoor Championships !
Durham Schools Cross Country Championships !
Park Runs 17th January 2015
British Milers Club Indoor Open Meeting !
Morpeth Harriers 2015 Grand Prix News !
Durham Cathedral Cross Country Relays !
Great Edinburgh Winter Run !
Membership Fees !
Morpeth Harriers Grand Prix Update !
2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race !
Park Runs on Saturday 3rd January 2015 !
Morpeth Harriers Ade Whitwams Pre and Post Xmas Racing !
2015 London Marathon Ballot for Club Members !
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....
Xmas Day Park Run !
2015 London Marathon Ballot for Club Members !
Morpeth Harriers Xmas Handicap !
IAAF Lotto Cross Cup Meeting in Brussels !
Loftus Poultry Run !
Saltwell 10k Road Race !
Park Runs !
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 !
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SIAB Schools Cross Country International !

For the third week in succession Morpeth Harrier Scott Beattie
has made headlines with a superb athletic performance.

The North Eastern Counties Under 17 Men’s Cross Country Silver medallist,
finished an excellent fifth behind Market Harborough’s Isaac Akers in the Intermediate Boys event,
on his International debut for England Schools at the SIAB Schools Cross Country International,
held at Santry Demesne, Dublin on Saturday 21st March.

He was also fifth counter for an England squad which easily won,
with their first three counters finishing in the podium places.
Ahead of Beattie, but behind Akers were, Derby’s Hugo Milner,
Alisdair Kinlock of Broadstairs, and Birmingham’s Tom Dodd,
although only just, as he was recorded with the same time as Beattie (18m04s).
Only nineteen seconds divided the first five finishers.

England with 22 points accrued by their six to score, won the team race by fifty one points from Ireland,
with Wales and Scotland having a close battle for third and fourth.
The final count for England, came courtesy of seventh placed Tom Mortimer of Stroud.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Thirsk 10 Mile Road Race !
Reading Half Marathon !
Run Northumberland Cragside 10k !
Park Runs !
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League Grand Prix Results !
OTHER NEWS FROM MARCH 2015....
NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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Thirsk 10 Mile Road Race !

Nearly four years after he ran his previous 10 Mile Road Race,
Morpeths Jonny Taylor made a winning return to the
distance at Thirsk, on Sunday 22nd March.
Taylor also bettered his previous figures by around a minute,
which he had set a few further miles to the South at Pocklington,
near York in March 2011.
He clocked a winning time of 48m45s.

Also running in the event in the Morpeth Harriers colours
were Chris Smith and Rob Hancox, who finished 6th and 45th respectively,
and both with personal best clockings of 54m35s and 59m50s.
In Smith’s case, he was bettering his old figures by around 150 seconds,
and in Hancox’s case it was 61 seconds.

WHATS NEW INDEX
SIAB Schools Cross Country International !
Reading Half Marathon !
Run Northumberland Cragside 10k !
Park Runs !
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League Grand Prix Results !
OTHER NEWS FROM MARCH 2015....
NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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Reading Half Marathon !

Another Morpeth Harrier in action on the road on Sunday 22nd March was Andrew Lawrence,
who set new figures of 70mins10secs in the Reading Half Marathon,
which incorporated the England Athletics Championships.
We are still awaiting Andrew’s official finishing position.

WHATS NEW INDEX
SIAB Schools Cross Country International !
Thirsk 10 Mile Road Race !
Run Northumberland Cragside 10k !
Park Runs !
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League Grand Prix Results !
OTHER NEWS FROM MARCH 2015....
NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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Park Runs !

With the local domestic Cross Country season fully wound up,
following last week’s final Start Fitness Harrier League meeting
at Wrekenton on Saturday 14th March, it resulted in a relatively
quiet weekend locally for athletes from Morpeth Harriers.

Several of them did engage with competition however by
taking part in local Park Runs on Saturday 21st March,
with prominent performances, including three first finishers,
coming from the following:-Mark Snowball was first home at Druridge,
finishing in a new best for the 5k course, with his clocking of 17m51s.
In a field of 89 finishers, fellow Morpeth Harrier Peter Scaife was also prominent,
placing sixth in 20m43s, which was five seconds adrift of his best.

Other first finishers were Lee Morgan and Ross Floyd,
who competed respectively at Gateshead and Newcastle.
Morgan set new figures of 17m33s, and Floyd finished in 17m02s.
Also prominent in Newcastle was Adam Shewry,
who finished third in a new best of 18m10s.

Morpeth’s Vicky Gibbs proved to be fastest Lady
at Whitley Bay, finishing ninth overall in 19m26s.

At Chester Le Street, Morpeth’s Neil Wilkinson finished third in 17m38s.

WHATS NEW INDEX
SIAB Schools Cross Country International !
Thirsk 10 Mile Road Race !
Reading Half Marathon !
Run Northumberland Cragside 10k !
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League Grand Prix Results !
OTHER NEWS FROM MARCH 2015....
NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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Run Northumberland Cragside 10k !

Morpeths Matthew Boyle led 356 finishers home in the Run Northumberland Cragside 10k,
held within the grounds of the historic house near Rothbury on Saturday 21st March.
Boyle clocked a finishing time of 36m05s, which proved to be forty seconds clear of his closest rival.

Other prominent Morpeth Harriers competing in the event were,
Paul Banks (22nd) 41m08s, Gary Mason (62nd) (11th O/40 Man) 45m11s,
Mark Crosby (65th) (5th O/50 Man) 45m20s, Carol Parry (103rd) 48m30s,
Birthday Girl, Pam Woodcock (130th) (1st O/60 Lady) 50m32s,
and Sue Smith (134th) (9th O/45 Lady) 50m50s.

WHATS NEW INDEX
SIAB Schools Cross Country International !
Thirsk 10 Mile Road Race !
Reading Half Marathon !
Park Runs !
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League Grand Prix Results !
OTHER NEWS FROM MARCH 2015....
NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League Grand Prix Results !

Following completion of all six Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League fixtures for 2014-15,
the Grand Prix Results are now ratified for publication.

Several Morpeth Harriers figure prominently, and we can report
four age group wins for Holly Peck (Under 13 Girls),
Scott Beattie (Under 17 Men),
Emma Holt (Senior Women),
and Ross Charlton who tied with
Houghton’s Henry Johnson in the Under 13 Boys section.
In addition, Kieran Hedley was a very close third in the Under 15 Boys.

All of the aforementioned will be receiving Grand Prix awards,
courtesy of the league sponsors Start Fitness,
at a special presentation evening to be held
at their Newcastle, Grainger Street store, on a date still to be decided.

Other prominent Morpeth Harriers finishers in their respective age groups were as follows
Thomas Cunningham (10th) (Under 13 Boys),
Sam Hancox (10th) (Senior Men),
and Abby Sheldon (10th) (Under 17/20 Women).

WHATS NEW INDEX
SIAB Schools Cross Country International !
Thirsk 10 Mile Road Race !
Reading Half Marathon !
Run Northumberland Cragside 10k !
Park Runs !
OTHER NEWS FROM MARCH 2015....
NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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English Schools Cross Country Championships !

Scott Beattie's sixth place was the highlight for Morpeth Harriers
at the English Schools Cross Country Championships,
held at Witton Park, Blackburn on Saturday 14th March.

Beattie's excellent run in the Intermediate Boys race, has earned him a place in the
English Schools team for the Home Countries International match in Dublin next weekend.

Next home for Northumberland in the Intermediate Boys team was Kieran Hedley in 46th place,
a good performance by an athlete with another year in the age group - and,
with Adam Shewry 263rd and Jacob Hopkins 299th, Morpeth had four of
the six Northumberland counters in this age group, the team finishing 28th.

Best Morpeth performance in the Senior Boys race was Elliot Kelly in 63rd place who,
as he attends Gateshead College, was representing Durham Schools.
However, the club still featured strongly in the Northumberland team which finished 20th,
with James Young 165th, Adam Gibbs 189th and Phil Winkler 198th.

Taylor Glover in 35th place led home the Junior Boys team with
Joe Dowd (246th) also counting towards the County's 31st place,
whilst young Ross Charlton in 260th will have benefited from the experience.

Best of the Northumberland teams were the Senior Girls who placed 10th of the 44 competing counties,
and the team featured four Morpeth girls. Charlotte Jewell was the highest placed of these, finishing 118th,
whilst Alison Brown fully justified her late inclusion in the team by placing 165th as sixth counter for the team.

Emma James, recovering from illness, ran a solid race to finish 182nd
and Louise Brett responded well to a last-minute call up into the team to place 280th.

Abby Sheldon was the club's only representative in the Intermediate Girls team,
and she battled bravely against the effects of a recent injury to come home in 305th place.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League ( 6 )
British Masters Cross Country Championships !
Home International !
OTHER NEWS FROM MARCH 2015....
NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League (6)

The Senior Mens race at Wrekenton 
on Saturday 14th March
Dry but very cold conditions awaited athletes taking part in the final Start Fitness sponsored
North Eastern Harrier League meeting, held at Cardinal Hume School, Wrekenton, on Saturday 14th March.

Some of the younger age group events had reduced fields,
due to some athletes competing for Northumberland and Durham
at the English Schools Cross Country Championships,
which were being held at Witton Park, Blackburn,
some of them leading performers from the ranks of Morpeth Harriers.

However the Senior events still attracted large fields, and in the Men’s race,
Morpeth Harriers signed off the season with a very tasty on the day team victory,
which sees them finish in a very respectable second place in Division 1,
behind runaway winners Tyne Bridge, who on the day finished second,
and only seven points adrift, which confirmed them as League Champions.

Karl Taylor at Wrekenton on 
Saturday 14th March
Morpeth Harriers were led home by Karl Taylor, who had dusted himself down
following an early morning Park Run at Druridge Bay, where he had won by a fair margin,
posting a time of 16m25s, which had been ten seconds adrift of his personal best on the 5k course.

Taylor certainly found the Wrekenton course to his liking also,
as he hurtled his way round the three laps to finish in 31m48s,
from his medium pack start, which made him sixth fastest on the day.

The added fact that Morpeth Harriers Senior Men also saw their required six counters,
including Taylor, all finish in the top 100 of the 502 strong field, confirmed their on the day superiority.

Also having a good run was Mick Thomsen, who finished as the
clubs second counter in seventh place from the Slow Pack.
Third finisher from the club was Tony Lewis, who finished in twelfth place from the Slow Pack.
Running from the Fast Pack, and clearly the best Morpeth Senior Men’s performer, was Robert Balmbra,
who finished 21st overall, clocking the fourth fastest overall time of the day.
Another good Morpeth performer from the Fast Pack was Chris Smith, who finished 29th.
Completing Morpeth Harriers winning count was Steve Haswell, who finished 91st from the Slow Pack.

Other Senior Men in action from the club were Sam Hancox (119th) (Fast Pack),
Rob Hancox (129th) (Medium Pack), Peter Scaife (248th) (Slow Pack),
Paul Bellingham (404th) (Slow Pack), and Joe Davison (430th) (Slow Pack).

Holly Peck at Wrekenton on Saturday 
14th March
Morpeth Harrier Holly Peck signed off her truly excellent Cross Country season well,
by finishing third from the Fast Pack in the Under 13 Girls event,
where she clocked easily the fastest time, and also confirmed her win in the age group Grand Prix.
The clubs other performer in this event Jewels Simpson finished 33rd from the Slow Pack.

Adam Weightman at Wrekenton 
on Saturday 14th March
Adam Weightman of Morpeth Harriers was a very clear winner
in a very small field of thirteen that took part in the Under 17 Men’s event.
He won with forty seconds to spare over his closest rival,
posting the fastest overall time from the Fast Pack.

Andrew Hudspith at Wrekenton on 
Saturday 14th March
Former Morpeth Harriers Commonwealth Games Marathon Bronze medallist Mark Hudspith
looked on very proudly as his son Andrew made a winning debut in the Under 13 Boys event.
Running from the Slow Pack, he posted a time of 9m54s, which saw him take victory
by a margin of twenty two seconds, and also saw him lead his club
to an on the day second team placing behind Gateshead Harriers,
with further support coming from Findlay Deakin (10th) (Slow Pack),
and Thomas Cunningham (26th) (Fast Pack).
Morpeth Harriers other participants in this event were Daniel Melling and Sam Bradley,
who finished 40th and 45th respectively from the Fast Pack.

Jamie Duguid at Wrekenton on 
Saturday 14th March
Finishing an excellent second from the Slow Pack, Jamie Duguid led Morpeth Harriers
Under 15 Boys home to second team place behind Tynedale Harriers,
with further support coming from Matthew Waterfield (17th) (Fast Pack),
and Connor Marshall (26th) (Fast Pack).
Other Morpeth Harriers performances in this event came from
Alex Cunningham (28th) (Fast Pack),
Lewis James (29th) (Slow Pack),
and Josh Burton (32nd) (Fast Pack).

Again it was Gracie Hufton flying a lone Morpeth Harriers flag
in the Under 15 Girls event.She finished 29th from the Fast Pack.

Morpeth Harriers Senior Women who had prior to the final meeting been in line for possible
promotion to Division 1, unfortunately missed out by finishing a lowly thirteenth on the day,
which put them in the final position of third, with South Shields and Alnwick Harriers
ahead of them both going up for next season.
Vicky Gibbs at Wrekenton on Saturday 
14th March
On the day Morpeth were led home by an excellent performer in Vicky Gibbs,
who gained an on the day Bronze medal from the Medium Pack, posting the ninth fastest time overall.
Further team support came from Lesley Chapman (101st) (Slow Pack),
Carol Parry (177th) (Slow Pack), and Sue Smith (219th) (Slow Pack).
Morpeth Harriers only other Senior Women’s performer was Kate Chapman,
whose Medium Pack start saw her finish 237th in field of 319 finishers.

Ben Walker at Wrekenton on Saturday 
14th March
In the Under 11’s Try it Cross Country events, Morpeth Harriers had a total of eight athletes in action.
The Boy’s race saw Ben Walker finish in an excellent third spot,
and he was followed home by fellow club-mates
Dylan Davies (6th), James Tilley (18th), Callum Rowell (20th),
Alex Porteous (30th), Aaron Haldane (38th), and Reece Garrett (42nd).
Amy Lott finished 14th in the Girls event.

Click here for Complete Results from Wrekenton

WHATS NEW INDEX
English Schools Cross Country Championships !
British Masters Cross Country Championships !
Home International !
OTHER NEWS FROM MARCH 2015....
NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
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British Masters Cross Country Championships !

Morpeth Harrier Ady Whitwam was crowned the new M35 Champion,
courtesy of a superb performance at the British Masters Cross Country Championships,
held in Ruthin, Wales on Saturday 14th March.
He won with ten seconds to spare over Leicester Coritanians Mark Powell in a time of 28m58s,
with former winner Phil Hinch of Tipton Harriers, a further six seconds adrift in third place.

WHATS NEW INDEX
English Schools Cross Country Championships !
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League ( 6 )
Home International !
OTHER NEWS FROM MARCH 2015....
NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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Home International !

Morpeth Harrier Lewis Timmins’s selection to run for the North of England
at the Home International held in Antrim in Ireland on Saturday 14th March,
certainly proved to be well deserved, when he finished fifteenth out of 43 finishers
in the Senior Men’s event in a time of 34m21s, which proved to be almost three minutes
adrift of race winner Thomas Ayeko of Uganda.

He was also second counter for the North of England,
who finished third in the event behind winners England,
with second place going to the South of England.

WHATS NEW INDEX
English Schools Cross Country Championships !
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League ( 6 )
British Masters Cross Country Championships !
OTHER NEWS FROM MARCH 2015....
NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships !

North East Senior Men Gold 
Medalists at the Inter Counties XC Championships on Saturday 7th March
North Eastern Counties Cross Country Team Managers Stewy Bell (Male),
and Val Gill (Female) can feel justifiably proud of their respective charges
following some quite outstanding regional performances,
at the annual UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships,
held on a slightly modified course that incorporated some very steep hilly
climbs, at Cofton Park, near Birmingham on Saturday 7th March.

The event also incorporated the British World Cross Country Trials,
and the final of the UK Cross Challenge, which meant that course
designers were given the task of providing the stiffest of tests.
Despite conditions being slightly warmer, and relatively drier than of recent weeks,
athletes still found the course tough, especially on the newer hilly sections that had been added,
where each of the ten events required one visit, with a prevailing headwind that had to be encountered,
and it was clearly obvious it was going to be a survival of the fittest, to say the very least.

Three sets of team medals, plus three fifth places, a sixth place, a ninth and tenth place effort,
very much summed up an excellent days work by the respective North East Counties squads,
and only one of their ten teams on show failed to make the top ten in any race,
and they still managed to finish a very respectable fourteenth of forty one county finishers.

Despite an on the eve loss of Durham City’s Dan Garbutt,
who had gone down with a very heavy cold,
the region still managed to win the Senior Men’s 12k title,
with sterling efforts being performed by their eight runners,
who all finished inside the top eighty of 283 finishing runners,
although this meant that they would be unable to count in the nine to score result,
all those who competed, including six from the ranks of Morpeth Harriers,
could take delight from the fact that their scoring six had managed
to clinch the team title for the fifth successive year, and also for the tenth time ever.

Kieran Hedley in action at the Inter 
Counties XC Championships on Saturday 7th March
It was English National Cross Country Bronze medallist Nick Swinburn
of Morpeth who very much led the victory charge, finishing in an excellent fifth place,
and only a mere twenty five seconds adrift of race winner Andrew Butchart,
the Scottish Champion, who won from the Welsh Champion Dewi Griffiths,
with English Champion Charlie Hulson of North Wales and Sale Harriers taking third spot.

Fourth place went to Aldershot’s Jonny Hay, who was running in the Surrey colours.
In a superb finish, Swinburn just managed to fend off the close attentions
of Essex’s Adam Hickey for fifth place, with Andrew Heyes of Yorkshire,
who had denied Swinburn a National Silver Medal, a little further adrift in seventh place.

Second counter for the North Eastern Counties was another Morpeth man,
Jonny Taylor, who after a bright start, had slipped back to fourteenth on the final exhausting circuit.

Next home from the region was Cheltenham’s North East based Phil Wylie,
who finished a superb 20th, being followed home in 24th spot by Leeds City’s Carl Smith,
who supplied the fourth count for the region.

Carl Avery in action at the Inter 
Counties XC Championships on Saturday 7th March
Three places behind Carl was the North East’s fifth counter Lewis Timmins of Morpeth,
and producing what was effectively one of the runs of the day, Morpeth’s Carl Avery
marked his Inter Counties debut with a splendid effort to finish 41st,
and closed the regions scoring account, to gain victory over Kent by fifty points,
with third placed Middlesex a further thirty seven points adrift.

Other Morpeth Harriers competing in the Senior Men’s 12k event were
Richard Morrell and Nathan Shrubb, who finished in 77th and 80th places respectively.

Another Gold Medal team win on the day for the North Eastern Counties,
came courtesy of a splendid result achieved by their Under 15 Boys,
who finished with their four counters inside the top twenty five to finish in their 4.5k event.
Kieran Hedley in action at the Inter 
Counties XC Championships on Saturday 7th March
With excellent packing by Max Pearson (6th), Reece Curtis (9th), and Josh Cowperthwaite (10th),
a good result was always on the cards, and Morpeth Harrier Kieran Hedley more than confirmed their success,
when he finished in an excellent 23rd spot as fourth counter,
and slightly under a minute adrift of race winner Zakariya Mahamed of Hampshire,
who at the end finished third behind the North East in team affairs with Yorkshire in second place.
Not far behind Hedley in 34th place, was his Morpeth Harriers club
colleague Taylor Glover, who also produced an excellent run.

The North Eastern Counties third set of team medals on the day
came courtesy of their Under 17 Women in their 5k event,
where they took Bronze behind winners Surrey, who were marginally ahead of Kent.
There were no Morpeth Harriers in action in the Under 17 Women’s event.

Scott Beattie in action at the Inter 
Counties XC Championships on Saturday 7th March
One of the finest individual performers on the day for the North East was Morpeth’s Scott Beattie,
who after starting well was always showing prominently in the Under 17 Men’s 6k event,
worked his way forward to finish in an excellent eighth place,
to lead the region to fifth team place.
Also running well in the event was his Morpeth club colleague
Nathan Cox, who finished in 35th place as the third scorer.
Another Morpeth Harrier in action in this event was Adam Gibbs
who finished in 124th place as sixth from the region.

Holly Peck in action at the Inter 
Counties XC Championships on Saturday 7th March
Morpeth Harrier Holly Peck showed again that she can rise to the highest of occasions,
and in the Under 13 Girls 3k event she certainly didn’t disappoint as she mastered
all her obstacles to finish an excellent 29th of 305 finishers,
behind winner Olivia Mason of Cumbria, who added this title
to her English National and Northern successes.

Peck led the region home to an equally excellent fifth team place behind winners Merseyside,
with further close support coming from India Pentland (31st), Grace Varley (37th), and Rebecca Tilley (60th).
This was also the second time in seven days that Peck had beaten Varley, the North East Champion.

Emma Holt in action at the Inter Counties 
XC Championships on Saturday 7th March
The North East Counties Senior Women’s squad who were denied
the services of leading lights Rosie Smith of Durham City,
and Morpeth’s Ashley Gibson, both due to injury,
performed very well to finish fifth in their 8k event.

They were led home by Justina Heslop (28th), with further superb support
coming from Danielle Hodgkinson (34th), Alex Sneddon (43rd), Morpeth’s Emma Holt (45th),
Rachel Lundgren (83rd), and Alison Dargie (88th).
Another Morpeth Harrier in action in this event was Josie Cram, who finished in 198th place.

The North East Under 20 Men’s squad performed well to finish as fifth team
behind Kent in their tough 8k event that was the curtain raiser on the ten race programme.
Elliot Kelly in action at the Inter 
Counties XC Championships on Saturday 7th March
Being the first to face the Starter the athletes concerned could be forgiven
for feeling a little daunted by the double looped hill area that awaited them,
however the main protagonists soon showed a keen appetite for success.
After a very sensible steady start on the almost three lap course,
Morpeth Harrier Elliot Kelly eventually worked his way through the field,
to run almost stride for stride with North Eastern team-mate Jordan Bell of Blackhill Bounders,
son of the Men’s Team Manager, who was of course proudly watching from the sidelines,
seeing Kelly keeping pace with his offspring, and to help execute an excellent team outcome.

With Bell finishing 39th and Kelly only four seconds and a few strides away an excellent 40th,
it was indeed the superb front running performance that the North East Team Boss
would have wished for so early in the day.
Jack Willis’s placing of 50th and Liam Emmett’s 54th confirmed a well earned fifth team place.
Another Morpeth Harrier taking part in the Under 20 Men’s event was Phillip Winkler,
who despite suffering an untimely nosebleed during proceedings, bravely persevered
to come home as sixth from the region in 116th place out of 186 finishing athletes.

Daniel Dixon and Ross Charlton in 
action at the Inter Counties XC Championships on Saturday 7th March
The North Eastern Counties youngest age group Male athletes performed well
to finish an excellent ninth in their 3k event, which was the second race on the programme.
Morpeth Harriers Daniel Dixon and Ross Charlton were both in action in the Under 13 Boys event,
and on this occasion it was Dixon who made the best of things,
when he came home as third counter in 56th place.
Charlton may have paid a slight penalty for an over enthusiastic start,
as the immediate uphill section took its toll, with a prevailing headwind
also playing its lethal part to hinder early aspirations.
He eventually came home in 79th place, and as sixth from the region.

Alison Brown was the sole Morpeth Harrier participant in the Under 20 Women’s 6k event.
She was fifth home from the region in 85th place out of 142 finishers.
The North Eastern Counties finished as tenth team behind Essex.

Finishing in 14th team place, the regions Under 15 Girls were
their lowest finishers on an excellent day of performances.
There were no Morpeth Harriers in action in this event.

As a footnote, it was confirmed that out of all of the competing counties from the UK,
the North Eastern Counties had finished as fourth overall team,
and was a true reflection of all of the hard work and effort put in by competitors on the day,
and all of the efforts by the respective Team Managers in getting the squads together,
and for all of their diligent preparatory work, a superb success achieved.

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Trafford 10k Road Race !

A top class competitive field assembled for the annual
Trafford 10k Road Race in Manchester, on Sunday 8th March.

Included in that top class field were Morpeth Harriers Andy Wiles and Robert Balmbra.
The event was won Reading’s Welsh International Jonathan Davies,
who clocked a very impressive 29m18s when taking victory.

Wiles finished 30th in 30m41s, and meanwhile Balmbra finished 109th
in a new personal best time for the distance, clocking 33m52s.

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St Helens 10k Road Race !

Another superb performance by a Morpeth Harrier at the weekend
was Karl Taylor’s in the St Helens 10k on Sunday 8th March.
Taylor finished second to Liverpool’s Under 23 athlete
John Ashcroft in a time of 33m27s. Ashcroft won in 32m35s.

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Finchley 20 Road Race !

In London at the Finchley 20 on Sunday 8th March,
Morpeth Harrier Andrew Lawrence continued his preparation for his
forthcoming Marathon appearance in the capital next month by finishing third in a time of 1hr54mins.

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Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League (5)

The Senior Mens race at Alnwick on Saturday 28th February
The fifth and penultimate Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League meeting, held at The Pastures,
on Saturday 28th February and featuring the spectacular backdrop of Alnwick Castle,
home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland,
which had more recently witnessed the annual Shrove Tuesday Football Match,
saw truly excellent performances by athletes from Morpeth Harriers,
which brought no less than three on the day team victories,
and some excellent individual efforts, which also included four fastest times.

Thankfully the weather very much played its part, and despite a stiff breeze,
runners very much relished dry conditions, which in comparison to recent other
cross country experiences, were a much welcomed diversion.

One of those who delighted on the day was Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Girl North East
Silver Medallist Holly Peck, who produced a superb fastest time performance
to record a twenty second marginal win over her closest rival,
who just happened to be the North Eastern Cross Country Champion,
Grace Varley of Gateshead Harriers, in addition to this it also gave Holly her second
on the day winners medal, her previous one being earned at Wrekenton in her very
first outing as an Under 13 athlete over a year ago.

This win certainly gives Peck much encouragement, as this weekend
she faces probably her stiffest test ever, as she lines up alongside Varley,
in the North East Counties team at the Inter Counties Championships in Birmingham,
and will be seeking to repeat her current run of form, albeit in the regions colours.

There was added joy for Peck, to see the supporting performances
of club colleagues Lily Heaton and Rhiannon Hedley,
who in finishing in ninth and fourteenth places respectively,
brought about a superb on the day team victory for Morpeth Harriers over Houghton Harriers,
who had also managed to score the same number of team points.
However Hedley’s placing had won the day, with the County Durham’s
third scorer being only a few strides behind in fifteenth place.
Enjoying a debut for Morpeth Harriers in this event was Jewels Simpson,
who may very well live up to her Christian name, as her performance
of finishing in 36th place from the Slow Pack showed a great deal of future promise.

Robert Balmbra at Alnwick on Saturday 28th February
In the Senior Men’s three lap event, Morpeth Harriers Robert Balmbra
very nearly repeated his Jarrow Harrier League performance,
when he finished second to Derwentside’s elegantly named Francisco Martinez Sevilla,
only losing out to him by three seconds at the finish line, having chased him
down from a two and a half minute handicap from his Medium Pack start.

Balmbra could also take much pleasure from the fact that he was overall second fastest on the course,
only headed by Sunderland Harrier Craig Isherwood, who from his Fast Pack start
forged his way through to finish eighteenth, and recording only a mere second faster
than the Morpeth leader, who in addition, also picked up another on the day
finishers medal to add to his previous one won at Jarrow.

Morpeth Harriers Senior Men finished sixth on the day in the Division 1 team affairs,
which places them third cumulatively behind leaders Tyne Bridge and second placed Durham City
going into the final fixture at Wrekenton in two weeks time.

They are only one point adrift of the latter, however Tyne Bridge
are well set for to become League Champions.

Other Morpeth Harriers scorers on the day were Chris Smith,
who was only a minute adrift of Balmbra in fifth place from the Medium Pack,
Steve Haswell (61st) (Slow Pack), Sam Hancox (65th) (Fast Pack),
Rob Hancox (105th) (Medium Pack), and Jim Alder (158th) (Slow Pack).

In addition to the scoring six Senior Men, the club also saw good performances from,
Mark Snowball (163rd) (Medium Pack), Phil Walker (193rd) (Medium Pack),
Nick O’Neill (210th) (Slow Pack), Chris Waugh (233rd) (Slow Pack),
Peter Scaife (275th) (Slow Pack), James McFetrich (354th) (Slow Pack),
Paul Bellingham (381st) (Slow Pack), Joe Davison (407th) (Slow Pack),
and Steve Garrett (432nd) (Slow Pack).
A total of 510 finishers competed in the Senior Men’s event.

Morpeth Harriers secured an excellent on the day team victory in the Under 15 Boys event,
and they were led home superbly by Kieran Hedley, whose run from the Fast Pack
not only earned him the fastest time of the day, he also picked up an on the day medal
by working his way through to second place in the 49 strong field,
after giving away 100 seconds to a good proportion of his rivals.

He was very much joined in the Morpeth team success by Matthew Waterfield,
who finished in third place from the Slow Pack, and Jamie Duguid, who performed
well from the Slow Pack to finish in eleventh spot.

Other Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Boys performances came from Jordan Hedgecock (16th) (Slow Pack),
Joe Dowd (21st) ((Fast Pack), Adam Shewry (22nd) (Fast Pack),
Connor Marshall (26th) (Fast Pack), Josh Burton (32nd) (Fast Pack),
Alex Cunningham (33rd) (Fast Pack), and Lewis James (45th) (Slow Pack).

An on the day disqualification for the first finishing runner in the Under 13 Boys event,
because of having run from the incorrect pack, resulted in Morpeth Harriers
Sam Bradley and Ross Charlton each winning on the day finishing medals
for placing second and third respectively from the Slow and Fast Packs.
Charlton also recorded the Fastest Under 13 Boy time of the day,
and he and Bradley were also supported in an excellent team victory by Daniel Dixon,
who finished in tenth place, also running from the Fast Pack,
and recording the sixth fastest time in the event.

Other Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Boy efforts came from Thomas Cunningham (29th) (Fast Pack),
Finlay Deakin (33rd) (Slow Pack), and Daniel Melling (41st) (Fast Pack).

Morpeths Senior Women at Alnwick on Saturday 28th February
Senior Women at Alnwick (left to right) Emma Holt, Josie Cram, Jane Briggs and Kate Chapman.

Emma Holt showed that she had fully recovered from her previous weeks exploits in
the mud at Parliament Hill, to record the fastest time in the Senior Women’s two lap event.

Holt now has four fastest times under her belt this season, and looks most certain to retain
her North Eastern Harrier League Grand Prix title going into the final fixture in two weeks time.

On Saturday, with much less exhausting conditions to master,
she worked he way through to finish fifth from a Fast Pack start handicap
of four minutes to a good proportion of the 288 finishers.
She led Morpeth Harriers Senior Women to fourth place on the day in Division 2,
which sees the club level at the top of the league with South Shields, with one more fixture remaining.

Further team support on the day came from Josie Cram,
who despite self admittedly not feeling at her best,
ran gamely from the Fast Pack to finish in a respectable 28th place,
Jane Briggs (112th) (Medium Pack), and Kate Chapman (185th) (Medium Pack).

Adam Weightman at Alnwick on Saturday 28th February
The Under 17 Men’s two lap event saw Morpeth Harrier Adam Weightman
produce what was probably his best performance of the winter, when he finished
second to a rampant Alex Brown of Houghton Harriers from the Fast Pack.
Only two Morpeth Harriers competed in this event, with Jacob Hopkins also finishing 11th from the Fast Pack.

Morpeth Harriers did however have a finishing team in the combined Under 17/Under 20 Women’s event.
They finished fourth on the day, with performances coming from Alison Brown (16th) (Fast Pack),
Abby Sheldon (19th) (Fast Pack), and Charlotte Jewell (20th) (Fast Pack).

Once again Gracie Hufton proved to be a solitary Morpeth Harriers finisher
in the Under 15 Girls event.Running from the Fast Pack, she finished in 37th place.

Morpeth Harriers had ten athletes in all competing in the
Try It Under 11 events accompanying the main programme.

These events are proving to be increasingly popular,
and the two fields managed a total of 125 finishers,
with 59 in the Boys, and 66 facing the starter in the Girls event.

Morpeth had eight taking part in the Boys race, who were led home by Callum Rowell,
who finished in ninth place, just one place and one second ahead of clubmate Dylan Davies.
Third finisher from the club was James Tilley, who showed great improvement when finishing in thirteenth place.
Next home from the club was Ben Waterfield, younger brother of Matthew,
who did well in his first ever race for the club, when finishing in 15th place.
Also having his first outing for the club was Daniel Dixon (The Younger),
and no relation to the more established Morpeth Harriers Under 13 athlete, who finished in 20th place.

Other Morpeth Harriers finishers in the Boys event were Dylan Walker (28th),
Alex Porteous (34th), (another first timer), and Reece Garrett (47th).

Morpeth Harriers two finishers in the Under 11 Girls event were Amy Lott,
who ran well to finish 15th, and another first timer, who graced her debut well by finishing in 37th place.

Many thanks and congratulations go to Jim Lillico and his willing team of volunteers
at Alnwick Harriers for ensuring that the event went well, and was very much enjoyed by all those
who both participated and spectated, your diligent efforts on the day were very much appreciated.

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Inter Services Cross Country Championships !

On Wednesday 25th February, and four days after slogging his way round the mud and slime
of Parliament Hill Fields in the English National Cross Country Championships,
in pursuit of medals for his club, Morpeth Harrier Ady Whitwam was very much in the
thick of the action again, when he finished an excellent sixth in the Senior Men’s event
at the annual Inter Services Cross Country Championships, held at Blandford in Dorset.

Whitwam clocked 33m28s, and was around two minutes adrift of Notts AC’s Sam Mitchell,
who led the RAF to a team victory over the Army, for whom Catterick based Whitwam was their second counter.
Mitchell had also competed at Parliament Hill, finishing one place and one second ahead
of Whitwam’s Morpeth colleague Carl Avery, and had been second counter for
the victorious Notts AC’s Senior Men’s squad.

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2015 English National Cross Country Championships !

Start of Senior Mens race at Parliament Hills
The highlight for Morpeth Harriers at the Saucony sponsored
English National Cross Country Championships,
held at London’s Parliament Hill Fields, on Saturday 21st February
was an excellent Bronze medal won by Nick Swinburn in the Senior Men’s 12k event.

It was also the first ever medal won individually by a Senior athlete from the club at the
event since Ian Hudspith had finished second to Coventry’s Glynn Tromans at Stowe in 2000.

Swinburn, fourth in last year’s championships at Nottingham, went one better this time,
as he battled against the tough going on the mother of all courses,
which by the end of the afternoon had turned into a muddy morass.
Nick Swinburn finishing at Parliament Hills
The Morpeth Harriers Senior Men’s team, led by Swinburn, eventually finished a creditable fifth,
and almost certainly would have secured team Bronze, had Richard Morrell not had both of
his spikes sucked off by the course’s infamous mud that had by now reached quagmire proportions.

Other members of the Morpeth scoring six were, Carl Avery,
who despite the mud looked completely at home on such conditions,
and had probably one of his best performances for the club in placing 25th in a top class field,
Lewis Timmins, who ran a very sensible race throughout by starting steadily,
to eventually battle his way through to a well earned 33rd place,
two places adrift of Timmins was Ady Whitwam, who by right thoroughly
deserved his place in the scoring six, and is obviously on top form,
having recently won the Army Cross Country Championships
at Sandhurst by just over a minute from his closest rival,
Nathan Shrubb, who by comparison struggled somewhat in the mud,
however sheer determination saw him finish 140th in the 2,005 strong field of finishers,
and closing the Morpeth Harriers scoring count was Thomas Straughan,
who coped very well throughout to finish 248th,
and two places ahead of club colleague Andrew Lawrence,
who can find himself unfortunate to be just outside of his clubs
scoring six considering his sterling effort.

Completing the Morpeth Harriers nine to score team result,
where the club finished a slightly lowlier eleventh were,
Rob Hancox (637th), and Geoff Whitman (801st).

In going back to the more official six to score situation,
Morpeth Harriers Senior Men can also take pleasure that
they were second from the North of England.

When interviewed later, Swinburn whilst clearly delighted by his individual medal win,
also felt that he still had more to offer, as he had eased off slightly thinking
that the younger winner of the event Charlie Hulson of Sale Harriers
had taken off too early, and would come back to him, which unfortunately he didn’t.

One place, and eight seconds in front of Swinburn, and for the second year
running was Hallamshire’s Andy Heyes, who also went one better than
he had done at Nottingham, by taking the Silver medal.

Taylor Glover finishing at Parliament Hills
Several Morpeth Harriers were competing in their very first “National”,
and one such was Taylor Glover, who ran a superb race in the Under 15 Boys 4.5k event.
Glover was always running at close quarters to his Morpeth Harriers club colleague Kieran Hedley,
who had just missed out for an individual medal in the recent Northern Championships at Pontefract,
and his determination took him past Hedley in the final strides to come home as his clubs first counter in 28th place.
Hedley was only a second adrift in 29th place.
The pair were ninth and tenth from the North of England, and third and fourth from the North East respectively,
behind Middlesbrough’s Josh Cowperthwaite, and New Marske’s Reece Curtis.

Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Boys team finished as 14th team,
and were third from the North of England, with further team support
to Glover and Hedley, coming from Adam Shewry (170th), and Connor Marshall (230th),
also competing in a “National” for the first time, and producing an excellent run.
Other Morpeth Harrier action in the Under 15 Boys event came from Alex Cunningham (291st),
Jamie Duguid (350th), and Matthew Waterfield (354th).
The Under 15 Boys event had a total of 371 finishers.

Scott Beattie finishing at Parliament Hills
Another first time “National” runner was Scott Beattie,
who was certainly one of Morpeth Harriers best young performers on the day,
when he battled the heavy terrain to finish in a superb
16th place overall in the Under 17 Men’s 6k Championship
. He was second from the North East behind Middlesbrough’s Nathan Baker,
and eighth from the North of England, in a total field of 280 finishers.

Emma Holt at Parliament Hills
Another superb Morpeth Harriers performer on the day was confirmed “Mudlark” Emma Holt,
who as the clubs lone Senior Woman in action in their 8k Championship,
battled well against classy opposition when finishing 27th, in a total finishing field of 865.

Morpeth Harriers youngest Girl age group performers, the Under 13 Girls,
can take great pride in that despite not finishing as a team, all of them finished
very much in the top half of a total field of 433, who despite their weight and size
seemed to bounce through ever increasing sea of mud in their 3k event,
which was the fifth event on the ten race programme.

Holly Peck finishing at Parliament Hills
They were led home by North East Silver medallist Holly Peck,
who on the National stage performed excellently to finish 44th,
as second from the North East, and as eleventh from the North of England.
Next from the club came Rhiannon Hedley, who was 167th,
and not far behind her was Lily Heaton, who was 192nd.
Both Hedley and Heaton were also competing in their first “National,”
and despite the atrocious conditions, seemed to revel in the muddy occasion.

Just as industrious were Morpeth Harriers band of brave Under 13 Boys,
who despite being short of a fourth counting athlete, battled throughout
their 3k Championship, to all claim respectable placings.

Ross Charlton finishing at Parliament Hills
First home from the club was Ross Charlton, who despite his diminutive figure,
still gave his all when cutting his way through the endless sea of mud
to finish an excellent 77th in a 395 strong field.
Other good runs in this age group came from Thomas Cunningham (261st),
and first timer Lewis Eke (315th).

Easily the clubs furthest traveller Alison Brown, who hails from Berwick,
managed to get round the mudbath of her 6k Junior Women’s course,
and braved a smile as she came home 68th out of 130 finishers.

Morpeth Harriers two Junior Men in their 10k Championship were well up in the early stages,
however the heavy mud told as Phil Winkler and Sam Hancox
eventually finished in 112th and 123rd places respectively in a field of 190.

First to face the testing conditions for Morpeth Harriers on the day was Abby Sheldon,
who can feel well pleased with her placing of 158th out of a 235 field of finishers
in the Under 17 Women’s 5k Championship.

The only event that Morpeth Harriers did not have athletes facing the starter
was in the Under 15 Girls 4k Championship, however the club can feel justly
proud of all those who turned out on the day to take part in the majority of the events,
and considering the travelling distances for most, it was a fine achievement in turnout
on a day blighted by atrocious conditions for all, however that is the spirit of “The National”
which once again had returned to its maternal home,
albeit on this occasion, “ Basking in a Sea of Glorious Mud.”

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English Schools Cross Country Championships Preview !

No fewer than Eightteen athletes from the ranks of Morpeth Harriers
have been named in the Northumberland Schools squads for the
forthcoming English Schools Cross Country Championships,
which are being held at Witton Park, Blackburn, on Saturday 14th March.

Four of the seventeen figure as reserves at present. Taylor Glover, Joe Dowd
and Ross Charlton are all scheduled to run in the Junior Boys event.

The Intermediate Boys squad includes Northumberland Champion Scott Beattie,
Kieran Hedley, Adam Shewry, and Jacob Hopkins, and Daniel Ord is named as a reserve.

Northumberland Champion Nathan Cox heads the Senior Boys squad,
alongside fellow club colleagues Adam Gibbs, Phillip Winkler, and James Young.

Kate Seymour is named as a reserve to the Junior Girls squad.

The Intermediate Girls squad includes Abby Sheldon as a starting athlete.

A very strong Senior Girls squad includes Emma James and Charlotte Jewell,
and Alison Brown and Louise Brett are named as reserves.

In addition to all these, Elliot Kelly is also named as a starting athlete in the
Durham Schools Senior Boys squad, by virtue of him attending Gateshead College.

This makes a grand total of nineteen athletes from Morpeth Harriers
linked to the English Schools Cross Country Championships,
with fifteen actually named to face the starter,
which from memory is the biggest number that the club
has provided for several years.

We wish them all well for the 14th March.

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Gateshead Indoor Standards Series !

Two athletes from Morpeth Harriers competed at the
final meeting of the Gateshead Indoor Standards Series,
held at the Gateshead College facility, on Thursday 19th February.

After suffering the anguish of being disqualified by the
Starter for a false start in his first attempt at the Senior Men’s 60m,
Wayne Gedge gained compensation by being allowed another
chance in the second race, whereupon he corrected his earlier error,
to finish as fourth fastest, with a performance of 8.21s.

In the Under 23 Men’s 60m, Henrik Paulsen clocked 7.91s
in the first round race, and was second fastest in his age group.
He then clocked 7.99s in the later run second round race, and emerged as third fastest.

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Army Cross Country Championships !

Morpeth Harriers are proud to have a UK Army Champion in their ranks.
On Wednesday 4th February, Ady Whitwam who is stationed at Catterick Garrison,
won their annual Cross Country Championships at Sandhurst.
Posting a finishing time of 30m43s, the 39 year old won with just
over a minute to spare, from Quinten Kearns of Abingdon.

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North Eastern Counties Road Relay Championships !

Morpeth Harriers Senior Mens winning team with trophy
An absolutely superb front running performance throughout gave Morpeth Harriers Senior Men
a most emphatic victory at the annual North Eastern Counties Road Relay Championships,
held at Hetton Lyons Park, Hetton Le Hole, on Saturday 14th February,
which saw them win the impressive Royal Signals Trophy.

Lewis Timmins in action at the NECAA Road Relays on Saturday 14th February
After Lewis Timmins gave them an excellent start on Leg One,
when he clocked what was to emerge as the fastest time of the day of 10m33s
for the two lap 2.22 mile circuit, just holding off the talented
Ethiopian Wondiye Indelbu of Crook to gain an early lead,
passing on to second Leg runner Thomas Straughan (11m11s),
who also held off close attentions from Markhim Lonsdale,
who was determined to maintain Crook’s early challenge.
Markhim Lonsdale and Thomas Straughan at the NECAA Road Relays on Saturday 14th February
Morpeth Harriers moved further ahead on Leg three,
courtesy of Nathan Shrubb (10m59s).
Their lead was maintained on Leg Four, when Ryan Stephenson
marked his competitive comeback by clocking 11m14s.

Ian Hudspith certainly made an emphatic victory for Morpeth beyond all doubt
on the penultimate fifth leg, when he got round the two laps in 10m52s.
Victory by nearly three minutes over Gateshead Harriers was sealed,
when final leg runner Nick Swinburn came home in a third fastest clocking of the day of 10m35s.

What was the icing on the cake for Morpeth Harriers was learning
that they had beaten their own course record by three seconds.

Just over five minutes behind the Morpeth Senior Men’s A team
came their B team in an excellent sixth place.
This was a very good performance indeed, by a squad that included
two Under 20, three Under 17 and Senior Man in their six leg line-up.

Sam Hancox had the squad well placed, when he came home in twelfth position with his leg one clocking of 11m47s.
Fellow Under 20 Man Elliot Kelly certainly meant tough business
when he climbed to seventh on Leg Two, when he clocked an excellent 11m42s.

The squad progressed a little further to sixth when Under 17 youngster
Scott Beattie clocked the squads fastest time of 11m19s on third leg.
Fellow Under 17 athlete Adam Gibbs tried to maintain this placing on leg four,
however he just slipped one place in the late stages, despite clocking 11m55s.

James Young slipped back to eighth on the penultimate fifth leg,
when he clocked 12m29s, however on his North Eastern Relay debut;
Chris Smith ran a superb final leg to reach sixth position.

Another excellent Morpeth Harriers result was achieved by their Over 40
Veteran Men in their six stage relay, where they finished second to Tyne Bridge.

Fergus Bates got the squad off to a good start with his first leg clocking of 11m48s.
Further team support came from Paul Waterston (12m26s), Rob Hancox (12m38s),
Phil Walker (12m50s), Steve Haswell (13m14s), and Mick Thomsen,
making a long awaited comeback after injury, who clocked 12m51s.

Other Veteran Medal winners for Morpeth Harriers were their Over 50 Men,
who finished third behind North Shields Poly in their four stage relay,
courtesy of Gavin Bayne (13m36s), Jim Alder (13m56s), Tim Miley (13m15s),
on his relay debut, and Alistair MacDonald (13m28s).

An excellent Morpeth Harriers Over 50 Veteran Men’s B team performance saw them finish ninth.
Peter Scaife clocked 14m09s on leg one, which was supported by the other three legs run
by Richard Sill (15m25s), Hamish McAllister-Williams (14m53s),
in his very first relay event for the club, and Les Cavill (15m33s).

The start of the NECAA Road Relays Senior Women and V50 Mens race on Saturday 14th February
Morpeth Harriers Senior Women finished as eighth team
behind a very strong Birtley squad, who retained their title.

The squad were certainly boosted by the appearance of International Laura Weightman,
who took them up to third place on the second leg, when she clocked the fastest time of the day of 11m36.
Weightman, only just returned from warm weather training in Kenya,
certainly looked sharp, with the closest time behind her coming from
Laura Weightman in action at the NECAA Road Relays on Saturday 14th February
Birtley’s Lydia Turner producing 12m05s on their winning final leg.
Supporting Laura in the Morpeth effort were Under 17 athlete Abby Sheldon (15m01s),
and Under 20 athletes Amber Cormack (15m00s), and Charlotte Jewell (14m54s),
who all stepped up to the plate in a most competitive event.

Morpeth Harriers Senior Women’s B team can also feel well pleased
with their placing of nineteenth out of forty competing teams.
Under 20 Woman Hannah Sheerin clocked 15m46s on leg one,
handing over to fellow age group athlete Alison Brown,
who despite some niggling injury problems of late,
managed to gain three places, with a clocking of 15m12s.

Veteran athlete Gwenda Cavill made further ground on the third and penultimate leg,
and fellow Veteran Lesley Chapman took the squad to their final placing, clocking a time of 16m43s.

Mark Snowball, who had competed in the Druridge Bay Park Run earlier in the morning,
where he had clocked a new personal best on the course of 18m06s, to come home in first place,
also ran first leg here for an incomplete Morpeth Harriers Senior Men’s C Team,
where he clocked 12m33s, coming home 24th overall.

Taking over on second leg from Mark was Nick O’Neill,
who was having his very first taste of competition since recently joining up with the club.
Nick clocked 13m13s, coming home in 30th place.
Also having his first taste of competition for the Morpeth Harriers C team was Joe Davison,
who got round the 2.22mile in 14m24s, to finish in 32nd place.
Steve Garrett, formerly with Wallsend Harriers completed the fourth leg
for the Morpeth Harriers C team in 17m06s, and signed off the squad’s effort in 40th place.

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North Eastern Counties Indoor Track & Field Championships !

Jack Hepple (Left) with fellow Senior Men 60m medalists on Sunday 15th February
Morpeth Harrier Jack Hepple more than repaid the utmost faith and determination,
and hard work shown by his coach and mentor Eddie Hedley on Sunday afternoon, (15th February)
when he won a most deserved Silver medal, in the Senior Men’s 60m,
at the North Eastern Counties Indoor Track & Field Championships,
held at the Gateshead Indoor Athletics facility.

After winning his heat in a new personal best 7.00secs,
the talented sprinter certainly pulled out all of the strength that he could muster,
to finish second behind Gateshead Harrier Christian Carson,
furthering his best, when clocking 6.97s to Carson’s winning time of 6.87s.

He kept pace with the older Gateshead man for at least half
of the event, and only lost out in the dying strides for victory.

With the summer track campaign fast approaching, Hepple now finds himself
working in an entirely new dimension, with this being the very first occasion
he has managed under seven seconds for the shorter track event, and Coach Hedley
certainly believes that his athlete can rise to the occasion awaiting him, and he
himself will work with him to help him achieve his ultimate goal of success.

Another Morpeth Harrier in action at the Track Championships
was Over 40 Veteran Man Wayne Gedge, who finished as second
in his category in the Veteran Men’s 60m, clocking 8.33s,
securing a North East Masters Silver Medal.

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Northern Schools Inter Counties Cross Country Championships !

Some excellent performances by the Morpeth Harriers competing in the Northern
Schools Inter County match at South Shields on Saturday 7th February, put many of them
in line for selection for next month's English Schools Championships, to be held at Witton Park, Blackburn.

The match, featuring teams from Northumberland, Durham, Cleveland,
North Yorkshire and Cumbria, saw four of the club's athletes gain individual medals.
First of these was Holly Peck who was an emphatic winner of the Minor Girls race,
although sadly from her point of view, this youngest age group is not included in the national event.
Clubmates Lily Heaton and Rhiannon Hedley also ran well in this race,
placing 18th and 20th respectively (3rd and 4th from Northumberland),
whilst recent Morpeth recruit Ruby Wyld gained valuable experience in finishing 44th.

In the Minor Boys race Thomas Cunningham recovered well after
confusion at the start to place 16th - 5th home for Northumberland.

In the Senior Boys event there was a silver medal for Morpeth's Nathan Cox
who was the only athlete to mount a serious challenge to North Yorkshire's Sam Dickinson.
The better than expected underfoot conditions favoured Adam Gibbs who was the next
Northumberland runner in 7th place, while Phil Winkler showed signs of returning to
better form as the county's 3rd runner in 15th place.
James Young in 29th position was the 6th Northumberland runner,
giving the club a chance of four Senior Boys earning selection.
With Elliott Kelly, representing Durham, who placed 18th in this race also likely to be
picked for the English Schools, the club clearly have an abundance of ability in this age group.

The Northumberland Senior Girls squad were emphatic
winners of their team race with eight runners in the first 23.
Morpeth's Emma James placed 17th, just one place ahead of clubmate Charlotte Jewell,
whilst Alison Brown, suffering from a foot injury, struggled home in 23rd position.
All three must now await the selectors' decision as to whether they are included in the English Schools teams.

A further medal came Morpeth's way through Scott Beattie's 3rd place in the
Intermediate Boys race - a race won comfortably by Cleveland's Nathan Baker,
the North East champion. Kieran Hedley continued his recent good form,
finishing as the next Northumberland runner in 7th place.
Adam Shrewry produced a greatly improved run in 38th place
with clubmate Jacob Hopkins, struggling with a back problem, finishing 41st.
As 5th and 6th Northumberland runners on the day both will come under
consideration from the selectors although some of the county's leading
athletes in this age group were missing on this occasion.
Cameron Kirk was another Morpeth athlete representing Northumberland, finishing 56th.

In the Intermediate Girls race Abby Sheldon was Morpeth's only runner
but her 32nd place (6th Northumberland runner)
will have done her English Schools selection chances no harm.

Taylor Glover gained Morpeth's fourth medal of the day in the Junior Boys race
when he finished 2nd behind Cleveland's 2014 National champion Josh Cowperthwaite.
With clubmates Joe Dowd, Ross Charlton and Daniel Dixon finishing 18th,
19th and 28th respectively (3rd, 4th and 6th Northumberland runners)
the club should be well represented in this age group at Blackburn.

Alex Cunningham also placed 53rd in the Junior Boys event whilst
Kate Seymour was 41st in the Junior Girls race - a performance that
also gives her a chance of English Schools selection.

Overall Northumberland were third of the five counties taking part,
behind comfortable winners Cumbria and North Yorkshire.

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North East Masters Association Cross Country Championships !

Three Morpeth Harriers were in action at the North East Masters Association
Cross Country Championships, held at Darlington on Saturday 7th February.

Fergus Bates finished sixth overall in the Men’s race, and was third in the Over 45 category.
Virtue of finishing in 32nd place overall, Gavin Bayne found himself fifth in the Over 55 Male Veteran section.
Archie Jenkins was 66th overall, and was eighth in the Over 60’s section.

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Park Runs !

Several Morpeth Harriers took part in respective Park Runs on Saturday 7th February,
and there were some prominent finishers amongst them.

The most prominent was at South Shields, where Michael Morris was only a mere
second outside his best on the 5k course, when he was first across the finish line in 15m56s,
which made him nearly two minutes ahead of the rest of the field.

Meanwhile over in Druridge Bay Mark Snowball was also only a second
adrift of his best on the course when finishing second overall.
Five places behind Mark was his club colleague Lorna MacDonald,
who was first Lady finisher in a time of 20m21s.
Other Morpeth Harriers who were prominent finishers at Druridge were,
Richard Kirby (16th) 21m53s, Scott Wilkes (21st) 22m45s, Sarah Wilkes (26th) 23m30s,
Bobby Stone (27th) 23m50s, and Damian Foster (28th) 23m51s.

In the Newcastle Exhibition Park Run, Morpeth Harriers new signing Chris Smith,
formerly Wallsend Harriers, finished second to Tipton’s Ryan McLeod in a time of 16m22s.
Further down the field Morpeth Harrier Paul Banks was 21st across the finish line, setting new figures of 18m51s.

Meanwhile down in York, Morpeth Harrier Craig McBurney,
who has been abroad carrying out his army duties for several months,
made a superb return to running action, when he finished second to
York Acorn AC’s Craig Poulton, clocking a new best time of 17m40s.

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Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League (4)

A very wet and very muddy course at Bedewell Park, Hebburn,
after overnight snow gave way to rain, presented very little problem
for Morpeth Harriers “Titanic Trio”, Robert Balmbra, Karl Taylor, and Jordan Scott,
who achieved a very rare unique front running 1,2,3 for their club in the Senior Men’s event,
at the fourth Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League on Saturday 31st January.

The affectionately known “Amble Army,” as all three
reside in the Northumberland Coastal Town,
finished within sixteen seconds of each other,
and indeed were almost a minute clear of their
nearest rivals, after a Slow Pack start.
Carl Avery in action at Bedewell Park on Saturday 31st January
Giving five minutes to most of the 466 strong field of finishers with his Fast Pack start,
team medallist from the previous weeks Northern Championships Carl Avery,
uperbly worked his way through the field to finish in sixth place,
and as the clubs fourth counter, posting the fastest time of the day overall.

Unfortunately Morpeth Harriers could only finish as second team to league leaders Tyne Bridge on the day,
with further counts coming from Steve Haswell (74th) (Slow Pack), and Rob Hancox (88th) (Medium Pack).
Also competing on the day for Morpeth Harriers Senior Men were, Thomas Straughan (99th) (Fast Pack),
Sam Hancox (113th) (Fast Pack), Jim Alder (131st) (Slow Pack), Phil Walker (133rd) (Medium Pack),
Andrew Richardson (181st) (Slow Pack), Peter Scaife (216th) (Slow Pack),
Les Cavill (281st) (Slow Pack), and Kevin Bray (320th) (Slow Pack).

On a very tough day, Morpeth Harriers secured no less than three
team victories, two of them coming from their youngest age group.

The narrowest of those team victories came in the Under 17 Men’s event,
which by comparison had the smallest field of competitors, sixteen in all.
Nevertheless the Morpeth Harriers athletes packed well enough to win by
one point from fierce rivals Sunderland Harriers.
Scott Beattie in action at Bedewell Park on Saturday 31st January
They were well led home by North Eastern Cross Country Silver medallist Scott Beattie,
who triumphed with nearly a minute margin over his closest rival Alex Brown of Houghton AC,
with further counts coming from excellent supporting runs by Jacob Hopkins (7th),
and James Young (8th), both running from the Fast Pack along with Beattie.

The supporting Morpeth Harriers hierarchy felt well pleased with the excellent on the day
team victory efforts produced by the clubs youngest, their Under 13 Boys and Girls squads.
Daniel Melling, who by comparison to the rest of the Under 13 Boys squad,
has only as yet competed in only a handful of events.
Nevertheless Melling produced a really top drawer performance to lead the squad home,
with a determined run through the ever increasing mud; he prevailed to finish third from the Slow Pack,
and as a result of his efforts, will now see himself promoted to the Fast Pack for the remainder of the season.

He was equally well supported in his team effort by Ross Charlton,
who only lost out for fastest time by four seconds to Houghton Ac’s
Henry Johnson, when coming home fourth from the Fast Pack.
The Morpeth Harriers winning score was closed, when Daniel Dixon came home
in twelfth place from the Fast Pack, posting the days eighth fastest time overall.
Not far behind Daniel was his Morpeth Harriers club-mate Thomas Cunningham,
who finished fifteenth from the Fast Pack, posting the tenth fastest time overall.

Running her very first Harrier League as an Under 13 Girl, Morpeth Harriers
Rhiannon Hedley was never daunted, as she produced an excellent performance
to come home in second place from the Slow Pack,
and led her clubs charge to team victory over second placed Blaydon Harriers.
Four seconds and one place behind Rhiannon was her Morpeth Harriers club-mate Lily Heaton,
who also produced an excellent run from the Slow Pack.
Morpeth Harriers winning count was certainly completed, when North Eastern Counties Cross Country
Silver medallist Holly Peck came home to finish sixth from the Fast Pack.
Peck’s time was the second fastest of the day, only beaten by the North Eastern Gold medallist
Grace Varley who finished ahead of her in fourth place.
Morpeth Harriers other performer in the Under 13 Girls event
was Nicole Teasdale, who finished 52nd from the Fast Pack.

It was indeed an excellent day competitively for the Hedley household, when Rhiannon’s older
brother Kieran also claimed an on the day Silver medal in the Under 15 Boys event.
Hedley certainly continued his excellent form shown in the previous week’s
Northern Championships, where he had just been run out of the medals.
However on a day when conditions were equally as tricky,
Kieran stuck like glue to North Eastern Champion Max Pearson of Tynedale,
and only lost out for actual victory by one second at the finish line.
Ironically Tynedale had also packed slightly better than Morpeth
on the day, and took the team title ahead of them.
Hedley was well supported in his team efforts however,
with good performances coming from Joe Dowd (11th) (Fast Pack),
and Adam Shewry (12th) (Fast Pack).
Further Morpeth Harriers efforts in the Under 15 Boys race came from,
Jamie Duguid (16th) (Slow Pack), Cameron Dick (20th) (Slow Pack),
Alex Cunningham (30th) (Fast Pack), Connor Marshall (32nd) (Fast Pack),
Josh Burton (33rd) (Fast Pack), and Lewis James (42nd) (Slow Pack).
Emma Holt in action at Bedewell Park on Saturday 31st January
Morpeth Harrier Emma Holt was very clearly the fastest performer on show in the
Senior Women’s event, where she came through the 284 strong finishing field,
to place third from the Fast Pack, giving at least four minutes handicap start
to a good proportion of her opposition.
Unfortunately Morpeth had a tough team race on their hands in
Division 2 on the day, as they could only finish as sixth team.
Supporting counts to Holt came from Jane Briggs (105th) (Medium Pack),
Gwenda Cavill (106th) (Slow Pack), and Kate Chapman (174th) (Medium Pack).

Unfortunately Morpeth Harriers are currently being very much under
supported in their Under 15 Girls events, apart from Gracie Hufton,
who ran well from the Slow Pack to finish eighth.

In the non scoring Under 11 events, Morpeth Harriers saw two impressive
debut performances respectively by Ben Walker, and Ailidh Dick.
Walker finished a superb fourth and only fourteen seconds behind
the winner in the 59 strong Boys event.
Dick ran well to finish eleventh in the Girls event.
Both were the first Morpeth Harriers home respectively.
Other club performers were Dylan Davies (12th), Callum Rowell (22nd),
James Tilley (33rd), Dylan Walker (35th), and Reece Garrett (44th) in the Boys race,
Amy Lott accompanied Ailidh Dick in the Girls event, finishing fifteenth in the 44 strong field.

Unfortunately the combined Under 17/Under 20 Women’s event ended in controversy,
with more than half of the field ending up being accidently sent the wrong way during proceedings.
At the time of going to press, organisers are still trying to establish a correct course of action in terms of a result.

On a final note, Morpeth Harriers would very much wish to thank Senior Member Les Cavill
for his stringent efforts of late, in seeing that the club tent has been arriving for events in clean condition.
The item has recently been used in three events which encountered bad weather,
which has resulted in it having to be thoroughly hosed down and dried after each occasion,
and this Saturday was no exception, and we thank you Les most sincerely for your efforts in this light.

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Northern Athletics Indoor Under 13 and 15 Championships !

Ailsa Jones after competing at the Scottish National Open Indoor Athletics Championships,
held at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena on Saturday 17th January, had her second taste of Indoor Competition,
when she again competed over 800m at the combined Northern Athletics Indoor
Under 13 and 15 Championships in Sheffield on Sunday 1st February.

On this occasion however she did meet tougher opposition, when in Heat 1 of 3, she finished sixth,
clocking a time of 2m48.44s, which made her fifteenth of the seventeen competing in the event.
She can still take some pride from her performance despite not making the final here.

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North Eastern Counties Team Selection for Inter-Counties !

Last years Inter-Counties Senior Mens Race at Birmingham
A total of seventeen athletes from the ranks of Morpeth Harriers have been selected to run
for the North Eastern Counties at the annual UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships,
scheduled to take place at Cofton Park, near Birmingham, on Saturday 7th March

. Regional selectors met after the Northern Athletics Cross Country Championships at Pontefract last week,
and finalised their choices after nearly three hours deliberating over numerous performances.
Six of those seventeen figure in the Senior Men’s squad, who compete o retain the Championship title that they won at the venue last March.

North East Champion Jonny Taylor leads the nine athletes selected,
which include Morpeth club-mates Nick Swinburn, Lewis Timmins,
Richard Morrell, Carl Avery, and Nathan Shrubb.
For Avery, it will be his first call-up.

Shrubb also makes his regional debut; however, like Taylor,
Swinburn, Timmins and Morrell, he has had Inter Counties experience
previously, having run in the colours of Dorset last year,
where he was resident for several years in his work commitments.

Joining the Morpeth Harriers sextet in the North East line-up,
are 2014/15 North East and Northern Champion Dan Garbutt of Durham City,
Cheltenham’s North East based Phil Wylie, and Leeds City’s Whitley Bay based Carl Smith.

Elliot Kelly of Morpeth Harriers will line-up in the North East Junior Men’s squad,
along with Jordan Bell of Blackhill, Bounders, Tom Goulding of Birtley AC,
James Cripwell of Gateshead Harriers, Jack Willis of Middlesbrough and Cleveland,
Jonathan Currie of Tynedale Harriers, Liam Emmett of Jarrow and Hebburn,
and Oliver Wilson of Durham City.

Two Morpeth Harriers are in the region’s line-up of Under 17 Men.
Scott Beattie and Nathan Cox join North East Champion Nathan Baker of Middlesbrough Mandale,
along with Crook’s Markhim Lonsdale, Alex Brown of Houghton AC,
Joseph Graham-Bradley of Durham City, and Gateshead Harriers pair Joe Armstrong and Chris Robinson.

Kieran Hedley of Morpeth Harriers, who only narrowly missed out
on an individual medal in last week’s Northern Cross Country at Pontefract,
lines up in the North East Under 15 Boys squad, alongside his Morpeth Harriers
club-mate Taylor Glover, Max Pearson of Tynedale, Middlesbrough Mandale’s JoshCowperthwaite
and Josh Allen, New Marske’s Reece Curtis, Silver medallist at Pontefract,
Chester Le Street’s Ryan Arthur, and Durham City’s Michael Wade.

The North East Under 13 Boys squad include Morpeth Harriers pair Daniel Dixon and Ross Charlton,
along with Blyth’s Josh Fiddaman, Gateshead Harrier Ethan McGlen, Houghton AC’s Henry Johnson,
Middlesbrough Mandale’s Daniel Currie, New Marske’s Daniel Gunn, and Durham City’s Izaak Taylor.

On to the Women’s event, where Morpeth Harriers North East Silver medallist Emma Holt and Ashley Gibson
accompany area Champion Rosie Smith of Durham City, along with Alex Sneddon of Jarrow and Hebburn,
Elswick’s Justina Heslop, Birchfield’s former Wallsend Harrier Danielle Hodgkinson,
Gosforth’s Rachel Lundgren, Tyne Bridge Veteran Alison Dargie,
and Elisabeth Mooney of Cambridge Hare and Hounds, formerly with Gateshead Harriers.

Alison Brown of Morpeth Harriers, lines up in the North East Junior Women’s squad,
that also includes Alnwick’s Susie Barwise-Munro, Gateshead’s Robyn Waugh,
Birtley AC quartet, Anna Fawcett, Paige Gilhespy, Sophie Forster,
and Great Britain European Cross Country Team medallist Lydia Turner,
and Durham City’s Amy Etherington.

The Under 15 Girls and Under 17 Women’s squads are the only ones in the
North East contingent that don’t include a Morpeth Harrier in their line-ups.

Last but not least, Morpeth Harrier Holly Peck, the North Eastern Counties Cross Country Silver medallist
is included in the regions Under 15 Girls squad, which also sees North East Champion Grace Varley
and Natasha Stephenson of Gateshead Harriers, North East Bronze medallist India Pentland
and Megan Noble of Darlington Harriers, Eva Hardie of Houghton AC,
Callie Henderson of Alnwick, and Rebecca Tilley of New Marske, all joining her in an impressive line-up.

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2015 North of England Cross Country Championships !

In 2013 at a wet and slushy Knowsley Safari Park, they won team Bronze medals,
in 2014 at the same venue on a heavy and very windy course they won Silver team medals,
on Saturday 24th January at a very muddy Pontefract Park Racecourse in Yorkshire,
Morpeth Harriers Senior Men went one better, when they won team Gold
in their 12k contest in the annual Northern Athletics Cross Country Championships.

It was the first time that they had taken the title since 1998,
when they had forged a thirteen point marginal victory over
second placed Bingley Harriers, with Sale Harriers
taking third place, in Heaton Park in Manchester.

That day, they had been led home by Ian Hudspith, who had finished seventh,
with further team support coming from Mark Hudspith (9th), Terry Wall (11th),
Steve Platts (16th), Alan Shepherd (19th), and Gary Woods (44th).

Morpeths Senior Mens team 
Gold Medal winners at Pontefract on Saturday 24th January
On Saturday they were led home to team glory by Nick Swinburn,
who finished fifth, and for most of the three lap affair, very much looked
as if he may secure an individual medal in addition to the team medal,
only missing out by a mere six seconds at the end of his effort.

Richard Morrell produced one of his best runs since joining
the club from New Marske, when he finished an excellent
eleventh in what was clearly a top class field,
to record the clubs second count.
Only two places and nine seconds adrift of Richard,
was Morpeth Harriers third counter Lewis Timmins,
who although didn’t quite repeat his Bronze medal
North Eastern Counties Championship performance,
nevertheless showed much determination in achieving
the best result for his club, and team-mates.

Another excellent Morpeth Harriers performer was Carl Avery.
The extremely heavy muddy conditions very much suited the some-times triathlete,
as he came home in sixteenth place to secure the fourth Morpeth Harriers count.

Nathan Shrubb produced an excellent run to come home in 20th place overall,
and the clubs nine second margin winning count was very secured,
when a superb Ady Whitwam performance saw him finish in 26th place.

Second team place went to Stockport Harriers,
who had the event winner in Andrew Davies,
with reigning team Champions Leeds City taking third team place,
being led home by fourth placed Derek Hawkins.

The Senior Men’s field totalled 697 finishers, with all of the
Morpeth Harriers squad getting inside the top 300.

Other Morpeth Senior Men’s Results were as follows
Ross Floyd (61st), Thomas Straughan (83rd),
Ian Harding (127th), Neil Gunstone (224th),
Paul Waterston (236th), and Rob Hancox (256th).

Morpeth Harriers unluckiest team performers on the day,
were undoubtedly their Under 13 Boys, who all very much
battled their way round their 3k event,
to just lose out on team Bronze by a mere fourteen points.

An excellent performer was Ross Charlton, who led the very young squad home,
by finishing a superb twelfth individually, and only just over fifteen seconds
adrift of the individual medals himself.
Further good scoring counts came from Daniel Dixon (36th),
Thomas Cunningham (43rd), and Sam Yates, who in his very
first competitive run for the club, performed excellently to finish 101st,
in a total finishing field of 189, that also included Morpeth Harriers Lewis Eke (132nd),
and Bobby Stone (140th), both of them also running for the first time at this level.

Morpeth Harriers best individual performer on the day
was undoubtedly Kieran Hedley, who only just missed out
by a mere ten seconds for a Bronze medal in the Under 15 Boys 4k event,
when he finished fourth just behind Yorkshire Champion Alfie Manthorpe of City of Sheffield.

Hedley led his clubs squad home to seventh team place,
with further excellent supporting efforts coming from Taylor Glover (15th),
Adam Shewry (79th), and Joe Dowd (97th).
Other Morpeth Harriers in the 171 strong field of
Under 15 Boys finishers were Alex Cunningham (118th),
Jamie Duguid (142nd), and Matthew Waterfield (143rd).

Morpeth Harriers young team of Under 13 Girls,
combined superbly to finish as seventeenth team in their 3k event.
They were led home by North Eastern Counties Silver medallist Holly Peck,
who produced a truly excellent run in atrocious conditions to finish in 19th place individually,
and six places, and seven seconds ahead of North East Champion Grace Varley of Gateshead.

Further Morpeth Harriers team support came from superb runs by
Rhiannon Hedley (68th), Lily Heaton (109th), and Nicole Teasdale (167th),
all of whom are a year young in their age group.

Morpeth’s Emma Holt and Josie Cram kept up their excellent winter form
when finishing 12th and 51st respectively in their tough two lap
8k Senior Women’s event, which had a total of 341 finishers.
Unfortunately Morpeth Harriers could not mount a team challenge in this event,
which was truly disappointing considering the leading efforts produced by Holt and Cram.

Lack of a fourth runner also deprived Morpeth of team success
in the Under 17 Women’s 5.3k event, which saw competitors run in
relatively fresh conditions, as it was the first race on the ten event programme.
The course very soon cut up however, and nevertheless Morpeth’s three competitors
Charlotte Jewell, Abby Sheldon and Amber Cormack all battled their way round
to finish in 47th, 54th, and 83rd places, in a total finishing field of 96 finishers.

This event was followed by the Junior Women’s 5.8k race,
which saw Morpeth’s Alison Brown finish 44th in a field of 61 finishers.

Injuries and illness robbed Morpeth Harriers of the bulk of their Under 17 Men’s squad,
and only Adam Gibbs and Jacob Hopkins toed the start line in their 5.8k Championship.
Gibbs finished in 55th place, and Hopkins finished 92nd in a total finishing field of 119.

In the Junior Men’s 8k Championship, Morpeth Harrier Sam Hancox
competed well to finish 27th in a field of 67 finishers.

Northern Athletics and their hardworking team of officials led by
former Morpeth Harrier Steve Gaines, are to be congratulated
on their combined efforts to stage the championships during very
difficult weather conditions throughout the days leading up to them.

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Scottish National Open Indoor Athletics Championships !

Under 15 Girl Morpeth Harriers athlete Ailsa Jones competed at the
Scottish National Open Indoor Athletics Championships,
held at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena on Saturday 17th January.

It was Ailsa’s very first taste of Indoor Competition, and according to her Coach Vena Desai,
she blossomed to the occasion well by finishing second in her age group 800m event,
by finishing second in 2m42.30s, only slightly adrift of race winner
Sarah Davenport of Tweed, who clocked 2m42.23s.

This weekend Ailsa has her second taste of Indoor Competition,
when she again competes over 800m at the combined Northern Athletics Indoor
Under 13 and 15 Championships in Sheffield on Sunday 1st February.

Desai hopes that the Indoor events will tune up her athlete well for the forthcoming
summer track season, when Jones herself hopes to tackle the longer 1500m event.

Also competing at the Scottish Indoor Open in Glasgow on the 17th was fellow Morpeth Harrier Nathan Cox.
The Borders based Under 20 Middle Distance athlete is certainly mixing his winter activity well,
as he finished third in a mixed field of six Senior/Under23 and
Under 20 athletes in the main 800m race on the crowded programme.
Cox clocked an excellent1m59.83s, a time which also bodes well for the forthcoming outdoor track season.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League ( 4 )
North Eastern Counties Team Selection for Inter -Counties !
Northern Athletics Indoor Under 13 and 15 Championships !
2015 North of England Cross Country Championships !
North East Marathon Club 50k and Half Marathon !
Lotto Cross Cup Race Series !
Gateshead College Indoor Meeting !
Northumberland Schools Cross Country Championships !
Northern Athletics Under 17/Under 20/Senior Indoor Championships !
Morpeth Harriers 2015 Grand Prix News !
Membership Fees !
OTHER NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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North East Marathon Club 50k and Half Marathon !

Two athletes from Morpeth Harriers took part in the
North East Marathon club 50k and Half Marathon events,
held at Newcastle Racecourse in High Gosforth Park, on Sunday 25th January.
In the 50k event, Lorna MacDonald finished third overall in a time of 4hrs9mins34secs,
which involved running nineteen laps of the circuit, and she was first Woman finisher.

Meanwhile Paul Banks took part in the Half Marathon, which involved running eight laps
of the circuit, which he completed in a time of 1hr34mins, and he placed nineteenth overall.
Well Done to both.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League ( 4 )
2015 North of England Cross Country Championships !
Scottish National Open Indoor Athletics Championships !
Lotto Cross Cup Race Series !
Gateshead College Indoor Meeting !
Northumberland Schools Cross Country Championships !
Northern Athletics Under 17/Under 20/Senior Indoor Championships !
Morpeth Harriers 2015 Grand Prix News !
Membership Fees !
OTHER NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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Lotto Cross Cup Race Series !

Morpeth Harriers Jonny Taylor and Ashley Gibson had to miss out
on the Northern Athletics Cross Country Championships in Pontefract.
Instead they were representing Great Britain in the latest Lotto Cross Cup Race Series event,
held in Hannut, Belgium on Sunday 25th Jnuary.

In the Men’s 10,000m event, Taylor finished seventh in a time of 33m45s, and was first Brit home.
The event was won by Ethiopian Dame Tasama in 32m52s.

Ashley meanwhile finished sixteenth, and as fourth Brit home in the Women’s 6,000m event,
with a finishing time of 23m56s, behind event winner Louise Garton of the host country, who clocked 22m04s.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League ( 4 )
2015 North of England Cross Country Championships !
Scottish National Open Indoor Athletics Championships !
North East Marathon Club 50k and Half Marathon !
Gateshead College Indoor Meeting !
Northumberland Schools Cross Country Championships !
Northern Athletics Under 17/Under 20/Senior Indoor Championships !
Morpeth Harriers 2015 Grand Prix News !
Membership Fees !
OTHER NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....

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Gateshead College Indoor Meeting !

Morpeth Harriers sprint supremo Jack Hepple had his first
outing of the winter season on Thursday 22nd January,
when he competed at the final Gateshead College Indoor meeting.

Hepple ran two races in the Senior Men’s 60m, where he ran identical best
times of 7.03s, making him the fastest performer on view over the two events.

Club colleague Daniel Moore also competed,
and he clocked a best of 7.30s, making him third fastest.

In the Under 20 Men’s section Morpeth Harrier Henrik Paulsen
clocked a best of 8.14s, making him eighth fastest overall.

WHATS NEW INDEX
2015 North of England Cross Country Championships !
Scottish National Open Indoor Athletics Championships !
North East Marathon Club 50k and Half Marathon !
Lotto Cross Cup Race Series !
Northumberland Schools Cross Country Championships !
Northern Athletics Under 17/Under 20/Senior Indoor Championships !
Morpeth Harriers 2015 Grand Prix News !
Membership Fees !
OTHER NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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Northumberland Schools Cross Country Championships !

Despite overnight temperatures plummeting, the annual Northumberland Schools Cross Country Championships
went ahead as planned at Temple Park Leisure Centre, South Shields on Tuesday 20th January.

By the time competition got underway at mid-day, underfoot conditions on the course had somewhat softened,
which made the going relatively heavy in certain areas,
and only the interconnecting paths gave cause for caution,
as they still showed signs of icy patches.
Nevertheless the seven race programme was completed on time without major incident, and athletes
from Morpeth Harriers, competing for their respective school areas were amongst the prominent finishers.

The club actually provided the event with no less than four Gold medallists,
and also three minor medallists to add to an excellent club effort all round.

Scott Beattie (North Tyneside) was one of the outstanding Gold medal performers,
as he inflicted a rare defeat upon Tynedale’s star athlete Max Pearson in the Intermediate Boys event.
Beattie produced a superb performance, when he caught Pearson with just less than half a mile to complete,
and managed to edge slightly further ahead in the closing stages to win by a three second margin.

Another Morpeth Harrier to produce an outstanding performance in this age group
was Kieran Hedley (North), who took the Bronze medal.
Other prominent Intermediate Boy finishers from the Morpeth Harrier ranks were,
Daniel Ord (East) (6th), Jacob Hopkins (East) (8th), Adam Shewry (East) (11th), and Cameron Kirk (East) (16th).

Nathan Cox of North Northumberland was another Gold medallist,
after overhauling early leader, Gateshead Harrier James Cripwell (Tynedale),
to win by a margin of thirteen seconds in the Senior Boys event.
Morpeth Harriers clubmate Adam Gibbs (North Tyneside) also ran well to take the Bronze medal.
Phillip Winkler (North) and James Young (East) were other prominent finishers in this race from the club,
after coming through to place an excellent fifth and ninth respectively.

A hat-trick of Morpeth Harriers Male Gold medals was achieved when Taylor Glover (East}
won the Junior Boys event by twenty seconds from Tynedale’s Alex Wood, with his Morpeth
clubmate Ross Charlton coming through to take an excellent Bronze medal, a further ten seconds adrift.
Not far behind Ross in sixth and seventh places respectively
were clubmates Joe Dowd (East), and Daniel Dixon (East).
Another prominent finisher from Morpeth Harriers was Alex Cunningham (East), who finished 16th.

One of the biggest marginal Gold medal victories on the day,
was achieved by Holly Peck (East),
who won the Minor Girls event by twenty nine seconds.
Other prominent finishers from Morpeth Harriers were
Lily Heaton (East) (9th), and Nicole Teasdale (East) (24th).

Morpeth Harrier Abby Sheldon (North) produced an excellent run
to finish sixth in the Intermediate Girls event.
Clubmate Lizzie Rank (East), finished in 17th place.

In the Senior Girls event, Alison Brown (North), was the first
Morpeth Harriers finisher, when she finished seventh.
She was followed home in quick succession by clubmates
Emma James (East) (8th), Charlotte Jewell (East) (9th),
and Louise Brett (East) (10th).
Further down the field in 17th and 19th places respectively
were Alice Kelly (East), and Beth Woolley (East).

Thomas Cunningham (East) of Morpeth Harriers, produced
a good performance to finish eighth in the Minor Boys event.

In the Junior Girls event, Kate Seymour (East) finished in twelfth place.

Further Morpeth Harriers results are as follows
MINOR BOYS
Matthew Heslop (East) (22nd)
Finlay Deakin (North) (65th)

JUNIOR BOYS
Connor Marshall (East) (32nd)
Elliot Cowie (East) (33rd)
Daniel Melling (Newcastle) (34th)
Matthew Waterfield (East) (40th)
Jordan Hedgecock (North) (52nd)
Cameron Dick (East) (53rd)
Lewis Eke (East) (73rd)

INTERMEDIATE BOYS
Will Kelly (North Tyneside) (30th),
Jamie Duguid (East) (32nd),
Patrick Smith (East) (48th).

SENIOR BOYS
Tom Metcalfe (East) (32nd).

JUNIOR GIRLS
Gracie Hufton (East) (27th),
Monet Wendt (East) (31st),
Harriet Priest (East) (32nd),
Eire Marshall (East) (56th).

INTERMEDIATE GIRLS
Lois Scott (East) (35th)

Since this event, unfortunately Will Kelly has suffered a Broken Leg,
and all of his colleagues at Morpeth Harriers offer their sincerest
and Best Wishes for a speedy recovery.

WHATS NEW INDEX
2015 North of England Cross Country Championships !
Scottish National Open Indoor Athletics Championships !
North East Marathon Club 50k and Half Marathon !
Lotto Cross Cup Race Series !
Gateshead College Indoor Meeting !
Durham Schools Cross Country Championships !
Morpeth Harriers 2015 Grand Prix News !
Membership Fees !
OTHER NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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Brass Monkey Half Marathon !

Athletes who took part in the annual Brass Monkey Half Marathon held in York, on Sunday 18th January,
were subject to around three miles of hard packed ice on a back-road stretch of the course,
which slowed them down somewhat, apart from that they were barely hindered,
with overhead conditions fairly good, considering the wintry air surrounding the area of the event.

Four athletes from the ranks of Morpeth Harriers travelled from Tyneside to compete in the event,
and some were surprised that running conditions for the bulk of the race, were near ideal.

First finisher from the club was Ian Harding, who was running his first major event for some-time,
following injury, and it was also his first race of the year.
He ran well to finish fifth, in a better than expected 70m16s,
and was quite pleased to be back in competitive action.
Newcomer Paul Brown, formerly Wallsend Harriers was next home for Morpeth,
finishing 111th overall in 83m22s, and was ninth in the Over 45 Veteran Men’s section.

Third home from the club was Kate Chapman, who was one athlete who had
found the icy stretches not to her liking, as she was 32nd Lady finisher in 93m58s.
She was followed home by her mother Lesley, who finished as 77th Lady in 101m27s,
but found good compensation in the fact that she was first home in the Over 60 Veteran Women’s category.

WHATS NEW INDEX
2015 North of England Cross Country Championships !
Scottish National Open Indoor Athletics Championships !
North East Marathon Club 50k and Half Marathon !
Lotto Cross Cup Race Series !
Gateshead College Indoor Meeting !
Northumberland Schools Cross Country Championships !
Morpeth Harriers 2015 Grand Prix News !
Membership Fees !
OTHER NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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Northern Athletics Under 17/Under 20/Senior Indoor Championships !

Amber Cormack of Morpeth Harriers had her first ever experience of top class Indoor Athletics,
when she competed at the second day of the Northern Athletics combined Under 17,
Under 20/ Senior Indoor Championships, held at Sheffield Arena on Sunday 18th January.

After finishing fourth in her heat of the Under 20 Women’s 800m in an excellent 2m24.79s,
she ran courageously in her final to finish fifth of six in a slightly slower 2m26.60s.
As this was a first experience for Amber, she can feel well pleased with her efforts.

One athlete who can definitely feel well pleased with her efforts over the weekend
is Trafford’s former Morpeth Harrier Nisha Desai.
No stranger to the Indoor Championships, Morpeth based Desai,
pulled out all the stops to claim a Silver Medal in the Senior Women’s 400m,
in a time of 58.02s on Day 1 on Saturday.
She had won her heat earlier in the day in 58.43s.

On Day 2, Desai also made the final of the Senior Women’s 800m,
after finishing second in her heat in 2m16.80s, however despite clocking
a faster 2m13.30s in the final, she was run out of the medals into fourth place.

WHATS NEW INDEX
2015 North of England Cross Country Championships !
Scottish National Open Indoor Athletics Championships !
North East Marathon Club 50k and Half Marathon !
Lotto Cross Cup Race Series !
Gateshead College Indoor Meeting !
Northumberland Schools Cross Country Championships !
Morpeth Harriers 2015 Grand Prix News !
Membership Fees !
OTHER NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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Durham Schools Cross Country Championships !

Overnight frost, followed by flurries of snow, made for very hard underfoot conditions
at the Durham Schools Cross Country Championships, held at Meadowfield on Saturday 17th January.

Nevertheless an excellent quality race developed at the front of the Senior Boys event,
which saw Morpeth Harrier Elliot Kelly enhance his chances of a possible English Schools selection,
when he finished fourth in a close contest behind Birtley’s Tom Goulding
. Kelly was only a mere twenty seconds adrift of Goulding,
with Oliver Watson of Durham City finishing second, and Jarrow’s Liam Emmett third.

Goulding beat Watson by ten seconds, with only ten seconds
spanning the efforts of Watson, Emmett and Kelly.

Under such circumstances, the evident chill factor had certainly done
nothing to dent the enthusiastic efforts of all four front runners.
(Many Thanks to Paul Kelly for the info provided)

WHATS NEW INDEX
2015 North of England Cross Country Championships !
Scottish National Open Indoor Athletics Championships !
North East Marathon Club 50k and Half Marathon !
Lotto Cross Cup Race Series !
Gateshead College Indoor Meeting !
Northumberland Schools Cross Country Championships !
Morpeth Harriers 2015 Grand Prix News !
Membership Fees !
OTHER NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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Park Runs 17th January 2015

There were two first finishers from Morpeth Harriers amongst the regions Park Run’s on Saturday 17th January,
with some going ahead despite tricky surfaces caused by overnight frost, and intermittent snow showers.

After almost a year out of action, Graeme Taylor got back into competitive
action by being first across the finish line at Gateshead.
Taylor, who holds the course record at the Saltwell Park venue,
was some way short of his best performance with his time of 17m27s,
however will be boosted by the fact that he had a twelve second margin
over his closest rival Bradley Clough of Blyth Running Club,
and seeks to get himself back into better form by the time the track season gets underway in April.

Another Morpeth Harriers first was Under 17 athlete James Young, who showed
his rivals a clean pair of heels at Whitley Bay, completing the 5k circuit in 18m26s.

Further excellent club performances show Adam Shewry running a personal best of 19m07s
to finish third at Druridge Bay, and Matthew Boyle finishing fourth in Newcastle’s Exhibition Park
in 17m55s, which was 27 seconds outside his best on the course.

WHATS NEW INDEX
2015 North of England Cross Country Championships !
Lotto Cross Cup Race Series !
Gateshead College Indoor Meeting !
Northumberland Schools Cross Country Championships !
Brass Monkey Half Marathon !
Northern Athletics Under 17/Under 20/Senior Indoor Championships !
Durham Schools Cross Country Championships !
British Milers Club Indoor Open Meeting !
Morpeth Harriers 2015 Grand Prix News !
Membership Fees !
OTHER NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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British Milers Club Indoor Open Meeting !

A month after succumbing to the slime and mud on Newcastle’s Town Moor
in the North Eastern Counties Cross Country Championships,
Morpeth Harrier Andy Wiles was back in top action, on an entirely different surface
when he competed at the British Milers Club Indoor Open meeting,
held at Sheffield Arena on Sunday 11th January.

Wiles finished sixth in a top class Senior Men’s 1500m A race in a time of 3m54.01s,
where only a mere eight seconds spanned all nine finishing runners,
who were led home by Liverpool Harrier Harry Harper (3m48.76s).

This was a totally new venture for the David Lowes coached former New Marske athlete,
who did make a tentative comeback following his North Eastern disappointment before Christmas,
when he won the Loftus Poultry Run, and Wiles reportedly very much enjoyed
the much warmer experience in Sheffield.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Northumberland Schools Cross Country Championships !
Brass Monkey Half Marathon !
Northern Athletics Under 17/Under 20/Senior Indoor Championships !
Durham Schools Cross Country Championships !
Park Runs 17th January 2015
Morpeth Harriers 2015 Grand Prix News !
Membership Fees !
OTHER NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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Morpeth Harriers 2015 Grand Prix News !

Hi Everyone,
Please click here for the final Grand Prix League Results for 2014 and thank you to everyone who took part.
Seventeen people completed the required minimum
number/category of events, which is excellent.
Congratulations go to the Winners of each League,
Pam Woodcock in League 1,
John Butters in League 2
and Lesley Chapman in League 3 (Lesley was also the overall Grand Prix Winner).

I will arrange for a Presentation Evening, with awards to go to the
Winners and Runners Up in all 3 Leagues in due course.
Please click here for details of this year’s Grand Prix
The list for entering is on the Clubhouse noticeboard.
Regards, Phil Walker

Grand Prix 2015

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

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

The range of races include your best middle distance track race (800m to 5k) of 2015,
your best Park Run of 2015 and the Elswick Relays as well.
So there is plenty of opportunity to complete a shorter category race.
The number of races you will have to include to count is still 6,
with a minimum of 1 from categories A(short), B(medium) & C(long).
This means you shouldn’t have to race all the year round and,
if you are unfortunate enough to pick up an injury,
you will still have time to make the requisite number.
Click here for 2015 Grand Prix Fixture List
In the meantime, please do think about taking part in 2015.

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

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

Phil Walker.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Durham Cathedral Cross Country Relays !
Great Edinburgh Winter Run !
Membership Fees !
Morpeth Harriers Grand Prix Update !
OTHER NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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Durham Cathedral Cross Country Relays !

The start of the Senior Mens race at Durham
There was certainly a chilly and windy edge to the 31st running
of the Durham Cathedral Cross Country Relays, held at the Race Course,
in Durham, home of the University Cricket Ground on Sunday 11th January.

This did nothing to deter the Senior Men of Morpeth Harriers,
who took the team title for the fourth successive year.
Nick Swinburn very much put them on course for success,
when he came home on first leg in 9m17s, which was to eventually
emerge as the second fastest overall time of the day,
only bettered by club colleague Carl Avery (9m11s),
who confirmed a superb day for the club,
by bringing their B team home to third place,
only a mere second adrift of second placed Gateshead Harriers (29m06s).

Nathan Shrubb’s third fastest clocking of 9m22s,
took the Morpeth Harriers A team further into the lead on second leg,
and Lewis Timmins’s sixth fastest clocking of 9m33s on the third and final leg,
sealed a very handsome victory in an overall 28m12s.

Morpeth Harriers B team always remained in contention,
thanks to the earlier clockings of Sam Hancox (10m10s), and Thomas Straughan (9m46s),
lending excellent support to Avery’s superb final leg effort.

Completing an excellent day for Morpeth Harriers Senior Men,
their C team finished eighth in 30m01s, thanks to the efforts of
Jordan Scott (10m13s), Kevin Calvert (9m42s),
and Chris Smith, making his relay debut for Morpeth,
following his transfer from Wallsend Harriers, who clocked 10m06s.

The start of the Senior Womens race at Durham
It was also a good day for Morpeth Harriers Senior Women’s A team,
who finished second to Birtley in their 3 x 3k event, posting a total time of 35m48s,
which saw them finish sixty three seconds adrift of their County Durham rivals.

Jo Carruthers had the Morpeth squad well placed on Leg One with her clocking of 11m56s.
Lorna MacDonald kept them well in contention with her second leg effort of 12m16s,
with Josie Cram keeping them in the medals, with her final leg clocking of 11m36s,
which was the Senior Women’s fifth fastest overall time of the day.

The young Morpeth Harriers Senior Women’s B squad which comprised one Under 20
and two Under 17 athletes, performed excellently to finish eleventh overall in 37m51s.

They also finished as seventh Senior team in a mixed field of Seniors and Veterans.

Alison Brown clocked 12m34s on Leg One, passing on to
second leg runner Charlotte Jewell, who clocked 12m50s.
Abby Sheldon ran a superb final leg of 12m27s,
to bring them home to their final placing.

The Morpeth Harriers Women’s C team was a Veteran team,
which finished 53rd overall, and 23rd in the Veteran Women’s section.
Gwenda Cavill clocked 13m41s on the first leg, and Lesley Chapman (14m27s),
and Claire Walker (16m01s) completed the Morpeth effort.

The start of the Vets Mens race at Durham
The Veteran Men’s 3 x 3k event incorporated the North East Masters Championships,
and Morpeth Harriers secured Silver Medals in the Over 45’s section,
courtesy of Fergus Bates (10m22s), Geoff Whitman (10m30s), and Paul Waterston (10m59s).

Morpeth Harriers Over 45 Veteran Men’s B team finished in fourth team place,
with Phil Walker clocking 10m59s on first leg, Steve Haswell posting 11m32s on second leg,
and Rob Hancox tying things up nicely with his final leg clocking of 10m59s.

Posting a total finishing time of 36m17s, Morpeth Harriers
Veteran Men’s D team finished as eleventh Over 45 team.
Peter Scaife clocked 12m22s, Jim Alder clocked 12m19s,
and Mike Winter clocked 12m06s.

Wrapping up an absolutely superb day for Morpeth Harriers,
their Over 55 Veteran Men’s squad finished as third in their category in 37m51s,
courtesy of Paul Bellingham (12m13s), Gavin Bayne (12m07s), and Richard Sill (13m31s)

Click here for Senior Men Results

Click here for Senior Women Results

Click here for Veteran Men Results

WHATS NEW INDEX
Great Edinburgh Winter Run !
Membership Fees !
Morpeth Harriers Grand Prix Update !
2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race !
Park Runs on Saturday 3rd January 2015 !
Morpeth Harriers Ade Whitwams Pre and Post Xmas Racing !
2015 London Marathon Ballot for Club Members !
OTHER NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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Great Edinburgh Winter Run !

Morpeth Harriers, North Eastern Counties Cross Country Champion Jonny Taylor
probably took more pleasure out of being selected as Great Britain Men’s Team Captain
in the absence of Mo Farah, than his own individual performance in Saturday’s International 8k
event, at the televised Great Winter Run meeting in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh.

The yearly event, which also incorporated the launch of a brand new four year sponsorship
by Supermarket giant Morrison’s, that will also include the Great North Run in September,
saw an outstanding team victory by the USA, with Europe runners up, and Great Britain taking third spot.

For his part after beginning very prominently, Taylor finished eleventh overall,
behind winner Chris Derrick of the USA, who was winning the 8k event
for the second year in a row, and he was third counter in the Great Britain
squad of twelve runners, of which only eleven actually finished on the tricky four lap circuit.

The Morpeth man remained in contention until a midway point on the second lap,
when obviously the pace began to tell. He eventually, after a late determined rally,
finished one place ahead of fellow Brit Adam Hickey, just managing to hold off
the Southend athlete in a tremendous final run in to the finish.
Jonny Hay (Aldershot), and Charlie Hulson (Sale Harriers Manchester)
led the Great Britain squad home by finishing third and fifth respectively.

In addition to the televised events, three Morpeth Harriers
were also in action in the Great Winter Run 5k Road event.

Borders based Nathan Cox certainly covered himself in glory, by winning the
event in a time of 16m32s, which gave him a victory margin of eight seconds.
Other Morpeth performances came from Jim Alder who finished 83rd,
and Graeme Leathard who finished in 147th place.

Two Morpeth Harriers were selected to run for a North of England select squad
in the Scottish Inter District Women’s 6k Cross Country event.
The event was won by Central AC’s Morag McLarty,
who managed to pass early leader Ashley Gibson
of Morpeth to gain victory by a mere five seconds.

Morpeth Harriers other selected athlete was Emma Holt,
he North East Counties Cross Country silver medallist,
who finished fourth overall, and was third counter for the
North behind clubmate Gibson, and third placed Wetherby AC
athlete Caroline Lambert, only losing out for third by a mere two seconds.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Durham Cathedral Cross Country Relays !
Great Edinburgh Winter Run !
Membership Fees !
Morpeth Harriers Grand Prix Update !
2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race !
Park Runs on Saturday 3rd January 2015 !
Morpeth Harriers Ade Whitwams Pre and Post Xmas Racing !
2015 London Marathon Ballot for Club Members !
OTHER NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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Membership Fees !

At our recent committee meeting we had a lively debate around club membership fees.
The reason for this discussion was the fact that we need to raise fees by £2
to cover the cost of the increased registration charges imposed by England Athletics.
We also considered whether a further increase should be
proposed at our club AGM in March to cover rising costs.

The club committee regularly discusses membership fees and the
aim is always to keep prices as low as possible for all members
at the same time as enabling the club to function successfully.

The decision on whether to raise membership fees further will not be taken
until the AGM – so most people paying their fees for 2015 will be unaffected.

However, with this on the horizon, the committee felt it would be beneficial to explain
to everyone where your membership fees are spent and the value enjoyed by all members.

Among the current benefits enjoyed by members (and where the majority of your membership fee is spent) are:

•Clubhouse access on club nights and at other times:
•Access to track and field facilities at King Edward’s:
(We have protected times on Monday; Wednesday and Thursday evenings plus Saturday mornings)
•Access to indoor facilities – including Chantry Middle School and King Edward’s High School:
•Maintenance, power, water and cleaning for club facilities:
(This costs from £6 to £10 per athlete per year)
•Entry to a wide range of competitions for all ages and abilities:
(championships, relays and a range of x-country and track & field leagues)
•Entry to the Morpeth 11k:
•Subsidised travel and accommodation support for team events outside of the North East:
•Access to coaching support and advice for all ages, abilities and disciplines:
•Insurance – clubhouse insurance:
(£600 plus per year)
•Club vest – included in membership fee when joining the club:
•England Athletics athlete registration fee - £10 per athlete per year
and now rising to £12 for those needing this for competition:

When you take all of this into account, current membership fees
represent excellent value for money – a little over £1 per week for seniors –
at a time when the cost of running a club of Morpeth’s size is increasing all the time.

Fees are also broadly comparable with the vast majority of other athletics clubs,
many of which do not offer the same facilities, opportunities or support as us.

Significantly, and this is highlighted in the list of services above,
membership of the club also provides something for everyone regardless of age,
ability and interest. This is further reflected in the sliding scale of membership fees on offer.

We will be discussing membership fees (among many other things) at the AGM on Tuesday March 17th.
If anyone wishes to contribute to this discussion, we’d love to see you there.
In the meantime, I’d encourage everyone to make an effort to pay their 2015 membership fees on time.
Membership fees are ultimately our main source of income and the
only way we can continue to run a club that everyone benefits from.

On behalf of the club, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year
and thanks for your continued support in running the club.

Regards
David Swinburne
Club Chairman

WHATS NEW INDEX
Durham Cathedral Cross Country Relays !
Great Edinburgh Winter Run !
Morpeth Harriers Grand Prix Update !
2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race !
Park Runs on Saturday 3rd January 2015 !
Morpeth Harriers Ade Whitwams Pre and Post Xmas Racing !
2015 London Marathon Ballot for Club Members !
OTHER NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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Morpeth Harriers Grand Prix Update !

Hi Everyone and a Happy New Year to you all !

Could anyone involved in the Grand Prix who hasn't already forwarded on to John Butters
their best Park Run date and time, their best track race date and time
and marathon date and time of 2014 and wants them including,
please do so within the next week so that the final League Tables can be produced.

John has done a great job over the last few years in setting up the IT necessary
to establish the leagues and using appropriate age graded tables has regularly
updated the leagues after events. He has recently asked me if someone else would
be willing to take over this year and I would be obliged if someone would kindly agree
to take over this role. John has the systems in place already and will help in the transition process.

I will be in touch soon re this year's Grand Prix and,
as ever, am always interested in feedback as to
improving the current format, if anyone has any comments.

May I wish you all good running in 2015.

Regards,
Phil Walker

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2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race !

Start of the 2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race
Photo courtesy Keith Robertson
A record field of enthusiastic runners turned out for the annual
Morpeth 11k (approx) Road Race on New Year’s Day,
sponsored by Morpeth Harriers long serving Press Officer George Patterson,
who was celebrating his 65th Birthday, with additional help coming from Start Fitness.

Another two people with very good reason for celebrating in style were
Elswick Harrier’s husband and wife pairing of Tadele Geremew and Justina Heslop,
who lifted the respective Men’s and Women’s titles.

Geremew was very much forced to work extra hard for his title,
being hotly pursued throughout by Morpeth Harrier Carl Avery.
In fact it was Avery who made the first decisive break,
just after the 3k point on the steady climb out of Mitford heading up to Mitford Steads,
and only Geremew managed to cover the Morpeth man’s move.
The pair reached the Whalton Road for the return journey to Morpeth very much together,
with a chasing group of seven or eight runners now some 200 metres adrift.
As Avery and Geremew made the Golf Course turn very much together,
neither appeared to be wilting or wanting to give way,
and their lead over the rest had now strengthened to around a minute.

It was only in the very final run in to the finish line on the Stanners
that Geremew managed to gain a very slight lead,
but Avery still maintained his determined pace as he just lost
out for victory by the slender margin of three seconds.

The prevailing head-wind laced with intermittent showers had
obviously put paid to any ambitions of fast times,
and Geremew was more than pleased to achieve a winning time of 34m58s,
some fifty or so seconds adrift of Morpeth Harrier Lewis Timmins’s 2014 winning time.
First 3 Male finishers at the 2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race
Photo courtesy Keith Robertson
A superb battle had developed for the third placed spot, with Morpeth Harrier
Sam Hancox just managing to outpace club-mate Thomas Straughan,
with both being given identical times of 36m18s.
Including Avery, Hancox and Straughan, the host club had no
less than six finishers amongst the top ten in the event.

Fifth place went to North Shield Poly’s Graeme Cook (36m38s),
who despite numerous challenges, had managed to fend off the
close attentions of Morpeth Harriers hot young talent Elliot Kelly,
who in his first ever 11k Road Race, can feel well pleased in finishing sixth in 36m53s.

Kelly was well clear of seventh placed Michael Dawson,
formerly with Morpeth Harriers, now North Shield Poly, who clocked 37m49s.

Morpeth Harriers newcomer Chris Smith, formerly Wallsend Harriers,
had an excellent run when finishing eighth in 38m14s.
Ninth place went to Sunderland Harrier Ian Dixon (38m50s),
and the top ten finishers were completed by Morpeth Harrier Paul Waterston,
who also produced an excellent run to finish in a time of 39m03s, and as first Veteran Man.

It became a glorious day for Elswick Harriers however, when Justina Heslop
came home in twelfth place in 39m39s, to easily take the Women’s title.
Heslop, running in the company of some very good Male club athletes,
was never troubled in her category, and she finished a good twelve places and around
a minute and a half clear of her closest rival Jo Gascoigne Owens of Alnwick Harriers
First 3 Women finishers at the 2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race
Photo courtesy Keith Robertson
Third place in the Women’s race went to Morpeth Harrier Vicky Gibbs,
who finished 28th in 42m03s, however three places behind Vicky was
North Shields Poly’s Jacqueline Penn (42m29s),
who was actually awarded the higher value prize for third finishing Senior Lady.

Special mention must go to Morpeth Harrier Pam Woodcock
and her two daughters Rachel and Charlotte, who were using
the event as the first of their 15 in 15 Challenges in support of
Pancreatic Cancer, in honour of late Husband and Father Tony,
former Northumberland County Council Planning Officer,
who sadly passed away in September 2014, after a brave fight with the disease.

Pam finished 138th in 54m43s as first Over 60 Female,
Rachel finished 154th in 57m34s, and Charlotte completed
the trio to great cheers as she finished 182nd in 74m41s.

Race Director Kevin Bray added “ that he was very pleased with the way the event had went,
and wished to thank officials, members and supporter friends of Morpeth Harriers,
for their tremendous respective efforts on the day, in some setting out the course from 8.00am in the morning,
and for course marshalling the event, and especially wished to thank those who contributed to such a fine selection
of CAKES!!, which had certainly added to the quality of the club’s catering on the day,
and to make the after race presentation so much more pleasurable.”

Morpeth Harriers would also wish to thank Morpeth Rugby Club
for the use of their premises as Race Headquarters,
and to the Red Cross for their First Aid provision on the day.

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Park Runs on Saturday 3rd January 2015 !

Morpeth Harriers Under 20 athlete Phillip Winkler made a very positive start to 2015, when he became
the first leading finisher of the New Year in the Druridge Bay Park Run on Saturday 3rd January.

Winkler also set new figures of 17m17s on the course, in what
was his very first occasion of being first over the line in the event.

Three other Morpeth Harriers were also prominent finishers.
Jim Alder was ninth over the finish line in 20m17s,
and Mark Crosby and Graeme Leathard finished in 13th and 14th places,
with Crosby posting new figures of 20m59s, and Leathard clocking 21m08s.

Meanwhile at the Newcastle Park Run, held in Exhibition Park,
Morpeth Harrier Matthew Boyle finished fifth, clocking 17m46s,
which was eighteen seconds adrift of his best on the 5k circuit.

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Morpeth Harriers Ade Whitwams Pre and Post Xmas Racing !

Catterick based Morpeth Harrier Ade Whitwam engaged himself in some
pre and post Christmas UK Globe Trotting in search of athletic competition,
when he took part in events in Walsall, West Midlands,
and Witham in Essex, all within a space of twelve days.

On Sunday 14th December 2014 he won the Sneyd Striders Christmas Pudding 10 mile Road Race
in a time of 52m52s, which put him 76 seconds clear of his closest rival.

He also finished second in the Witham Boxing Day 5 mile Road Race, posting a finishing time of 25m32s.

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Xmas Day Park Run !

Morpeth Harrier Carl Avery cast aside his Christmas Day celebrations,
by really blowing the cobwebs out of his system, and setting brand new figures of 15m38s
at the specially organised Park Run at Newcastle’s Exhibition Park.
He was first across the finish line, with club-mates Lee Morgan and Paul Banks
also finishing third and twentieth in respective times of 16m58s and 19m08s.

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2015 London Marathon Ballot for Club Members !

Only one of the club's two guaranteed places in the London Marathon
was claimed by the cut off date of 22nd December.
We are extending the deadline for paid up members
to apply for the remaining place until 1st January.

Preference, as before, to members rejected in the ballot
and/or those who have assisted the club in some tangible way.

Applications in person, or by email to Mike Bateman

If no valid applications are received by
January 1st, the place will be sold.

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Morpeth Harriers Xmas Handicap !

Twenty runners from the club got into some early Christmas Spirit, by taking part
in the annual Christmas Handicap on the evening of Monday 22nd December.

One notable participant was Mark Crosby, who certainly proved to be well seen on the
two lap circuit of Lancaster Park, by sporting some very flashy headgear to say the least.

First home, off a handicap of 2m50s was Eric Adams, who had to pass six others to eventually hit the front,
which he managed on the second lap, and continued to lead until the end of the approx 5k effort.

Second place went to Jo Carruthers, who was easily the fastest Lady on the course,
and off a 3m30s handicap, was fourth fastest overall.

Third place went to another Lady, Carol Parry, who was off a scratch start,
and kept good even pace throughout to fend off close challengers.

The fastest time of the night was set by Paul Waterston, who off a start of 6m40s,
eventually found his way to 14th place in a time of 16m19s.

Second and third fastest overall were Under 13 athletes Ross Charlton and Daniel Dixon,
who both ran off a handicap of 5m50s, and clocked 16m50s and 16m56s respectively, to finish tenth and eleventh.

Full list of competitors as follows
1st Eric Adams (H/Cap 2m50s) 18m16s,
2nd Jo Carruthers (3m30s) 17m52s,
3rd Carol Parry (0m00s) 21m27s,
4th Gary Mason (1m20s) 20m18s,
5th Gordon Dixon (3m30s) 18m17s,
6th Hamish McAllister-Williams (3m10s) 18m51s,
7th Lesley Chapman (1m10s) 20m56s,
8th Craig Gair (3m20s) 18m53s,
9th Pam Woodcock (0m30s) 22m04s,
10th Ross Charlton (5m50s) 16m50s,
11th Daniel Dixon (5m50s) 16m56s,
12th Gwenda Cavill (2m30s) 20m22s,
13th Andrew Haxell (3m20s) 19m35s,
14th Paul Waterston (6m40s) 16m19s,
15th Mark Crosby (4m00s) 19m04s,
16th Kate Chapman (3m10s) 19m57s,
17th Damien Foster (3m00s) 20m35s,
18th Gavin Bayne (6m00s) 17m44s,
19th Richard Kirby (5m00s) 19m00s,
20th Jane Blackett (0m00s) 24m59s

Thankfully the weather played its part towards a successful night, the strong
winds of the previous evening, having given way to a refreshing light drizzle.

Many thanks go to Tony Ward for setting the handicaps,
and Bob Appleby, Mick Groves and George Patterson
for their assistance in recording of positions and times.

Thanks also go to Kate and Lesley Chapman for collating the
entry, and general organisation, both before and on the night.

The event was a superb test of fitness, and the friendliness
shown within the proceedings was well appreciated.

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IAAF Lotto Cross Cup Meeting in Brussels !

Morpeth Harriers Senior Men’s North Eastern Cross Country Champion Jonny Taylor was back
in competitive action on Sunday 21st December, and on this occasion he was on foreign soil,
when he competed in the high quality IAAF Lotto Cross Cup Meeting in Brussels.

Taylor finished eleventh behind Kenyan Alex Kibet in the Senior Men’s 10.5k event,
finishing as first Briton in 34m07s, just under two minutes adrift of the winner.

Fellow Morpeth Harrier Ashley Gibson was also in action at the same meeting.
She finished as fourth Briton behind Kenya’s Sheila Chepngetch,
in the Senior Women’s 6k event in 20th place overall,
around two and a half minutes adrift of the winner.

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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 21st December, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Druridge Bay Park Run !
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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.

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Fukuoka International Marathon !
Norman Woodcock Road Race !
15 in 15 Lets Challenge Cancer !
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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

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Fukuoka International Marathon !
Druridge Bay Park Run !
15 in 15 Lets Challenge Cancer !
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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

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Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League ( 3 )
British Cross Challenge Series !
Morpeth Harriers Celebration and Presentation Night !
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Forthcoming Events

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Saturday 28th March
Northern Athletics 12 & 6 Stage Road Relays
Liverpool

Saturday 28th March
World XC Championships
China

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