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............................................................................LATEST NEWS.................... The annual English National Cross Country Championships returned to its mother venue when it was held at a very wet and muddy Parliament Hill Fields, on Londons Hampstead Heath on Saturday 21st February. Morpeth Harriers Senior Men’s squad, led by Nick Swinburn, finished a very creditable fifth, and second from the North, behind third overall placed Leeds City................. LATEST NEWS...............................................

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THIS WEEKS ATHLETICS NEWS....
2015 English National Cross Country Championships !
English Schools Cross Country Championships Preview !
Gateshead Indoor Standards Series !
Army Cross Country Championships !
OTHER NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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OTHER NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2015....
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 !
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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 !
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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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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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Army Cross Country Championships !
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North Eastern Counties Indoor Track & Field Championships !
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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.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Gateshead Indoor Standards Series !
2015 English National Cross Country Championships !
Army Cross Country Championships !
North Eastern Counties Road Relay Championships !
North Eastern Counties Indoor Track & Field Championships !
OTHER NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
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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.

WHATS NEW INDEX
English Schools Cross Country Championships Preview !
2015 English National Cross Country Championships !
Army Cross Country Championships !
North Eastern Counties Road Relay Championships !
North Eastern Counties Indoor Track & Field Championships !
OTHER NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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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.

WHATS NEW INDEX
2015 English National Cross Country Championships !
English Schools Cross Country Championships Preview !
Gateshead Indoor Standards Series !
North Eastern Counties Road Relay Championships !
North Eastern Counties Indoor Track & Field Championships !
OTHER NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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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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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 !
OTHER NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
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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.

WHATS NEW INDEX
2015 English National Cross Country Championships !
Army Cross Country Championships !
North Eastern Counties Road Relay Championships !
OTHER NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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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.

WHATS NEW INDEX
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 !
OTHER NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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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.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Northern Schools Inter Counties Cross Country Championships !
Park Runs !
North Eastern Counties Team Selection for Inter -Counties !
Northern Athletics Indoor Under 13 and 15 Championships !
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NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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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.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Northern Schools Inter Counties Cross Country Championships !
North East Masters Association Cross Country Championships !
North Eastern Counties Team Selection for Inter -Counties !
Northern Athletics Indoor Under 13 and 15 Championships !
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NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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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.

Click Here For Complete Results from Bedewell Park

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Morpeth Harriers 2015 Grand Prix News !
Membership Fees !
OTHER NEWS FROM JANUARY 2015....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 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....
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 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....
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 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....
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 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....
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 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....
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 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....
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 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....
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 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....
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 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....
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 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

WHATS NEW INDEX
Durham Cathedral Cross Country Relays !
Great Edinburgh Winter Run !
Membership Fees !
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....
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....

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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.

Click here for Complete Results

Click here to see video from the race

WHATS NEW INDEX
Membership Fees !
Morpeth Harriers Grand Prix Update !
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....
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....

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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.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Membership Fees !
Morpeth Harriers Grand Prix Update !
2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race !
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....
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....

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Morpeth Harriers Ade Whitwams Pre and Post Xmas Racing !

Catterick based Morpeth Harrier AdeWhitwam 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.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Membership Fees !
Morpeth Harriers Grand Prix Update !
2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race !
Park Runs on Saturday 3rd January 2015 !
2015 London Marathon Ballot for Club Members !
OTHER NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
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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 Morpeth 11k Road Race !
2015 London Marathon Ballot for Club Members !
Morpeth Harriers Xmas Handicap !
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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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2015 Morpeth 11k Road Race !
Morpeth Harriers Xmas Handicap !
IAAF Lotto Cross Cup Meeting in Brussels !
Loftus Poultry Run !
Saltwell 10k Road Race !
Park Runs !
Next North East Harrier League Fixture !
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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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Loftus Poultry Run !
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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 !

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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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.

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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 at Wallington Review and Thanks !

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers
Kevin Bray

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Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League (3)

Senior Mens race at Wallington 
on Saturday 29th November

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Already looking forward to next year.

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British Cross Challenge Series !

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

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

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

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

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

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Morpeth Harriers Celebration and Presentation Night !

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Most Improved Young Athlete
Elliot Kelly

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sportsmanship
Alison Brown

Raising the Club Profile in the local community
Hemant Desai

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

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

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

Manzil Indian Restaurant, Waterford Lodge, Weatherspoons,

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

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

Central Coffee Bean, Start Fitness, Morpeth Leisure Centre,

Plus several Members and Friends of Morpeth Harriers & AC.

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

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

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Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League (2)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here for Complete Results

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

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

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

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Leeds Abbey Dash 10k Road Race !

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Report courtesy of Peter Scaife

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Brampton to Carlisle Road Race !

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Spanish Cross Country Meeting !

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

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

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North Yorkshire South Durham Cross Country League !

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

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

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Druridge Bay Park Run Saturday 15th November !

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

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

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

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Heaton Harriers Memorial Races !

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Druridge Bay Park Run !

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

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

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2015 World Class Funding Lists !

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

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

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

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

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Derwentwater 10 Mile Road Race by Kevin Bray

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kevin Bray

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Saucony English National Cross Country Relays !

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Park Runs !

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

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

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

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

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Bupa Great South Run !

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

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

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

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Start Fitness North East Harrier League Sherman Cup / Davison Shield

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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18th Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race !
Park Runs !
OTHER NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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Jedburgh Festival of Running !

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

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

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

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

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

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Run Northumberland Castles Marathon and Half Marathon !

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

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

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

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

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

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Park Runs !

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

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

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

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

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

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Athlete of the Year Awards !

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Morpeth Harriers Under 17 Men and Womens Road Championships !

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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18th Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race !

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

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

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

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

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Park Runs !

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

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

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

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

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Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Boys and Girls Road Championships !

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League (1)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here for Results

WHATS NEW INDEX
Athlete of the Year Awards !
Morpeth Harriers Under 17 Men and Womens Road Championships !
18th Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race !
Park Runs !
Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Boys and Girls Road Championships !
Run Northumberland Matfen 10k Road Race !
Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon !
Dennis Lawther !
OTHER NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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Run Northumberland Matfen 10k Road Race !

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

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

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

WHATS NEW INDEX
18th Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race !
Park Runs !
Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Boys and Girls Road Championships !
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League ( 1 )
Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon !
Dennis Lawther !
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NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon !

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

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

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Dennis Lawther !

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here for Complete Mens Results

Click here for Complete Womens Results

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Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon !
Dennis Lawther !
2014 ERRA Young Athletes Road Relays !
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2014 ERRA Young Athletes Road Relays !

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2014 ERRA Mens 6 Stage and Womens 4 Stage Road Relay Championships !
OTHER NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
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Kielder Marathon !

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

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

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

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

WHATS NEW INDEX
2014 ERRA Mens 6 Stage and Womens 4 Stage Road Relay Championships !
2014 ERRA Young Athletes Road Relays !
Great Cumbrian Run Half Marathon !
Kielder 10k Road Race !
Jarrow & Hebburn AC Minors Cross Country Meeting !
Asian Championships Men’s Marathon !
OTHER NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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Kielder 10k Road Race !

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

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

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

WHATS NEW INDEX
2014 ERRA Mens 6 Stage and Womens 4 Stage Road Relay Championships !
2014 ERRA Young Athletes Road Relays !
Kielder Marathon !
Great Cumbrian Run Half Marathon !
Jarrow & Hebburn AC Minors Cross Country Meeting !
Asian Championships Men’s Marathon !
OTHER NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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Great Cumbrian Run Half Marathon !

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

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

WHATS NEW INDEX
2014 ERRA Mens 6 Stage and Womens 4 Stage Road Relay Championships !
2014 ERRA Young Athletes Road Relays !
Kielder Marathon !
Kielder 10k Road Race !
Jarrow & Hebburn AC Minors Cross Country Meeting !
Asian Championships Men’s Marathon !
OTHER NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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Jarrow & Hebburn AC Minors Cross Country Meeting !

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

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

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

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

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

WHATS NEW INDEX
2014 ERRA Mens 6 Stage and Womens 4 Stage Road Relay Championships !
2014 ERRA Young Athletes Road Relays !
Kielder Marathon !
Great Cumbrian Run Half Marathon !
Kielder 10k Road Race !
Asian Championships Men’s Marathon !
OTHER NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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Asian Championships Men’s Marathon !

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

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

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

WHATS NEW INDEX
2014 ERRA Mens 6 Stage and Womens 4 Stage Road Relay Championships !
2014 ERRA Young Athletes Road Relays !
Kielder Marathon !
Great Cumbrian Run Half Marathon !
Kielder 10k Road Race !
Jarrow & Hebburn AC Minors Cross Country Meeting !
OTHER NEWS FROM OCTOBER 2014....
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 2014....
NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2014....

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