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............................................................................LATEST NEWS.................... Laura Weightman managed to qualify for the final of the Women’s 1500m, .in the sun baked cauldron of Hampden Park, Glasgow today...................................... Carl Avery took victory in the World Duathlon Championships, held in Pontevedra, Spain at the weekend.......................................... Twenty Morpeth Harriers were in competitive action at the fifth and penultimate Start Fitness sponsored North Eastern Grand Prix Meeting, held at Jarrow’s Monkton Stadium, on Wednesday 23rd July....................................... LATEST NEWS...............................................

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THIS WEEKS ATHLETICS NEWS....
Commonwealth Games Women’s 1500m Heats !
World Duathlon Championships !
Ernie Slaughter Presents His Club With a Starters Rostrum !
Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix (5)
English Schools Track and Field Championships Update !
2014 Morpeth 10k Road Race Preview !
Petition Against Opencasting !
OTHER NEWS FROM JULY 2014....
NEWS FROM JUNE 2014....
NEWS FROM MAY 2014....
NEWS FROM APRIL 2014....

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OTHER NEWS FROM JULY 2014....
Northumberland Coastal Run !
North East Youth Development League Division 1 Match 4
BMC Gold Standard Meeting !
Sunderland 5k Road Race !
Northern League Division 3E Match 3 July 13th 2014
Dublin and Stretford Track Meetings !
English Schools Track and Field Championships !
Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix (4)
Bridges of Tyne 5 Mile Road Race !
BMC 1500m Races !
Hamsterley 10k Trail Race !
Scottish Masters 5000m !
Diamond League Meeting in Paris !
Tynedale 10k Road Race !
Athlete of the Month Award !
NEWS FROM JUNE 2014....
NEWS FROM MAY 2014....
NEWS FROM APRIL 2014....

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NEWS FROM JUNE 2014....
BMC North East Regional 800m Races !
Northumberland Minor Schools Track & Field Championships !
Geronimo Jim !
North East Youth Development League Division 1 Match 3
Sainsbury’s British Championships !
North East Masters Track and Field Championships !
Weetslade Relays !
Daniel Dixon Wins the Tri-Star 2 Championship in Scotland !
Northern Area Schools Inter Counties Track & Field Championships !
England Athletics Under 20/Under 23 Track & Field Championships !
Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix (3)
2014 Newburn River Run !
Commonwealth Games Selection for Laura Weightman !
Run Northumberland Bamburgh 10k Road Race !
Northumberland Schools Track & Field Championships !
Northern Athletics Senior & Under 20 Track & Field Championships !
The Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Ceremony !
Morpeth Harriers Most Travelled Athlete !
The 2014 Blaydon Race (Full Report)
Northern League Division 3E Match 2 June 7th 2014
2014 Morpeth Fair Day Fun Run !
North East Youth Development League Division 1 Match 2
Poole 10k Road Race !
Middlesbrough Riverside 5k Road Race !
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NEWS FROM APRIL 2014....

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NEWS FROM MAY 2014....
USA Track News !
BMC Grand Prix Meeting !
Liverpool Rock and Roll Half Marathon !
Druridge Bay 10k !
2013 Morpeth Sports Awards !
Clive Cookson 10k Road Race !
North East Masters Track and Field League Series !
British Masters Athletics Federation Relays !
2014 North Eastern Counties Track & Field Championships !
Great Manchester 10k Road Race !
National Fell Running Association Inter Counties Championships !
Athlete of the Month Award !
Gordon Smith Memorial Road Relays !
BMC Track Meeting !
Les Allcorn Junior Races !
Highgate Harriers Night of 10,000 Metre Races !
Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix (2)
Les Allcorn 10K Road Race !
Trafford Grand Prix Meeting !
Northern League Division 3E
City of Sunderland 10k Road Race !
Park Runs !
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NEWS FROM JUNE 2014....

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NEWS FROM APRIL 2014....
New Marske Spring 5k Road Race !
North East Youth Development League Division 1
Morpeth Harriers Grand Prix Presentation Evening !
Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix (1)
2014 North Eastern Counties 10,000mts Championships !
North Tyneside 10k Road Race !
Boston 5k Road Race !
Elswick Harriers Good Friday Road Races !
Salford 10k Road Race !
Athlete of the Month Award !
2014 Virgin London Marathon !
2014 Virgin London Mini Marathon !
Anne Marie Readshaw Track & Field Meeting !
Run Northumberland Cragside 10k Road Race !
Watford Open Graded Track Meeting !
ERRA National 12 Stage Senior Men Road Relay Championships !
ERRA National 6 Stage Womens Road Relay Championships !
Blyth Valley Transped 10K Race !
Brighton 10k Road Race !
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Commonwealth Games Women’s 1500m Heats

All four UK athletes, including England and Morpeth Harriers Laura Weightman managed
to qualify for the final of the Women’s 1500m, in the sun baked cauldron of Hampden Park, Glasgow today.

Having already watched her closest home based rivals Laura Muir and Hannah England
finish third and fourth respectively in an unexpectedly very fast first heat,
won by Kenya’s Helen Obiri in 4m04.43s, a Commonwealth Games record,
Weightman was very aware that she really had to gain a first three placing in Heat 2,
to get an automatic qualifying place for the final, which is scheduled to be run on Tuesday evening at 21.50hrs.

Weightman was very much forced to re-negotiate her finish tactics at the bell
when a couple of front runners very nearly experienced tumbles,
factors which have very much daunted the Morpeth Harrier in the past.

However Laura brilliantly put herself into a safer position, and attacked with 100m remaining to finish third
in 4m08.58s, just ahead of her English rival Jemma Simpson, who also went through as a fastest loser.

Although Laura’s finishing time may have been a little slower than her personal best,
it certainly left her feeling fresh, and in a positive frame of mind for the forthcoming final.

Watching her nervously from the sidelines was her coach Steve Cram,
also fulfilling his role as the lead BBC Athletics Commentator,
who also remains positive for his charge.

WHATS NEW INDEX
World Duathlon Championships !
Ernie Slaughter Presents His Club With a Starters Rostrum !
Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix (5)
English Schools Track and Field Championships Update !
2014 Morpeth 10k Road Race Preview !
Petition Against Opencasting !
Northumberland Coastal Run !
BMC Gold Standard Meeting !
OTHER NEWS FROM JULY 2014....
NEWS FROM JUNE 2014....
NEWS FROM MAY 2014....
NEWS FROM APRIL 2014....

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World Duathlon Championships

“What a difference a week makes,” having lost out on victory in the Northumberland Coastal Run,
due to an entry error, Morpeth Harrier Carl Avery was celebrating a well earned Championship success.

Having only taken up the sport just over a year ago, Avery was delighted when he took victory
in the World Duathlon Championships, held in Pontevedra, Spain at the weekend.

Avery won the 25-29 Age Group title, finishing fifty four seconds clear of his closest rival.
The event consisted of a 5k run, followed by a 20k bike ride, then another 2.5k run.

As well as finishing top of his age group Avery finished eighth overall,
although readily admits to the running being his strong point.
Avery said, “ It was easily the best experience of my life so far.”

WHATS NEW INDEX
Commonwealth Games Women’s 1500m Heats !
Ernie Slaughter Presents His Club With a Starters Rostrum !
Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix (5)
English Schools Track and Field Championships Update !
2014 Morpeth 10k Road Race Preview !
Petition Against Opencasting !
Northumberland Coastal Run !
BMC Gold Standard Meeting !
OTHER NEWS FROM JULY 2014....
NEWS FROM JUNE 2014....
NEWS FROM MAY 2014....
NEWS FROM APRIL 2014....

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Ernie Slaughter Presents His Club With a Starters Rostrum !

Ernie Slaughter (pictured right) with Starters Rostrum
Accompanied by his wife Ruth, and Morpeth Harriers Club President Jim Alder,
past President, and the clubs oldest Member Ernie Slaughter,
was a very much welcome guest at Morpeth Harriers Northern League match,
held at their home track on Sunday 13th July.

Before track action got underway, Ernie proudly presented his club with a brand new Starters Rostrum,
purchased with monies that he has donated to the club he has been associated with since 1947.

The Rostrum is certainly a welcome addition to the mounting equipment
that the new track has obtained since it opened, and Morpeth Harriers
are very thankful to Ernie for his generosity.

A commemorative plate has been attached to the Rostrum in Ernie’s honour.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Commonwealth Games Women’s 1500m Heats !
World Duathlon Championships !
Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix (5)
English Schools Track and Field Championships Update !
2014 Morpeth 10k Road Race Preview !
Petition Against Opencasting !
Northumberland Coastal Run !
BMC Gold Standard Meeting !
OTHER NEWS FROM JULY 2014....
NEWS FROM JUNE 2014....
NEWS FROM MAY 2014....
NEWS FROM APRIL 2014....

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Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix (5)

Twenty Morpeth Harriers were in competitive action at the fifth and penultimate
Start Fitness sponsored North Eastern Grand Prix Meeting,
held at Jarrow’s Monkton Stadium, on Wednesday 23rd July.

Jack Hepple, Ryan Stephenson, Nathan Cox, Kieran Hedley,
and Nadine Arkle were amongst their star performers.

Hepple really was a man in form, as he claimed victory in the
Graded Junior Mens 100m and 200m in times of 10.8s and 21.9s.
This result now puts him very much in the frame for a Grand Prix age group award at the end of the season.

Competing in the same races as Hepple was his Morpeth Harriers
club colleague and training partner David Storey, who finished as
second and third fastest respectively in the Senior Mens
100m and 200m, with clockings of 11.7s and 23.7s.

Also competing in the Senior Mens 100m and 200m events was Morpeth Harrier Daniel Moore.
Moore clocked 12.0s and 24.1s, making him sixth and fourth fastest respectively.

In the Junior Mens 200m, Morpeth’s Henrik Paulsen clocked 25.3s, giving him sixth fastest in the age group.

The graded 1500m events saw excellent performances from Ryan Stephenson and Nathan Cox
. Although Stephenson could only finish second to Leeds City’s Carl Smith (4m00.1s),
he ranked top in the Senior Mens Grand Prix points, as Smith was running as a non scoring guest.
Stephenson clocked 4m04.0s.

Not far behind Stephenson in the fastest race were fellow Morpeth Harriers Nathan Cox and Nathan Shrubb.
Cox’s 4m08.7s made him fastest Under 17 Man, and Shrubb’s 4m09.1s made him fourth Senior Man.
Morpeth Harriers newcomer Jack Armstrong clocked 4m47.7s, making him third fastest Under 17 Man.

Recent Tynedale 10k winner Thomas Straughan made a rare track appearance
over 1500m in the Senior Mens section, clocking 4m21.4s.

Kieran Hedley clocked an excellent new personal best of 4m26.8s,
when finishing second to Chester Le Street’s Ryan Arthur in the Under 15 Boys 1500m.
Hedley only lost out by a mere second for victory at the finish line.
Fellow Morpeth Harriers Adam Shewry and Joe Dowd also competed well,
finishing fifth and sixth fastest with respective times of 4m47.6s, and 4m50.1s.

Other excellent performers in the Under 15 Boys events were Jake Jardine and Declan Stoker
. Both clocked second fastest times of 12.0s in the 100m, and Stoker was fourth fastest in the 200m with 24.7s.

Despite feeling a little off colour at the previous Sunday’s NEYDL meeting,
Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Girl sprinter Nadine Arkle bounced back to her sparkling best,
by clocking the second fastest time of 14.2s in the Under 13 Girls 100m.
Nadine’s older sister Naomi was also in action in the Under 15 Girls 100m,
clocking 13.4s, which was fifth fastest in her age group.

Another Under 15 Girl appearing for Morpeth Harriers in the 100m
was Hannah Brown, who clocked 14.0s as ninth fastest in the age group.

Morpeth Harriers had two athletes competing in the Under 17 Womens age group events.
Louise Brett was sixth fastest in the 200m with 30.8s, and Abby Sheldon
set new figures of 5m08.5s in the 1500m as sixth fastest.

The clubs only Field event performances on the night came from Craig Pickup,
who achieved 8.66 in the Shot, giving him second place,
and 26.38 in the Javelin, which also ranked him second.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Commonwealth Games Women’s 1500m Heats !
World Duathlon Championships !
Ernie Slaughter Presents His Club With a Starters Rostrum !
English Schools Track and Field Championships Update !
2014 Morpeth 10k Road Race Preview !
Petition Against Opencasting !
Northumberland Coastal Run !
BMC Gold Standard Meeting !
OTHER NEWS FROM JULY 2014....
NEWS FROM JUNE 2014....
NEWS FROM MAY 2014....
NEWS FROM APRIL 2014....

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English Schools Track and Field Championships Update !

In addition to the recently reported performances by Morpeth Harriers representing Northumberland
at the annual English Schools Track and Field Championships on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th July,
Declan Stoker and Sean O’Hara ran well in the Junior Boys 4 x 100m Relay.

They were the first and final leg runners for a squad which finished second in the heats in 45.44s,
and on going through to a hotly contested final, they were very much part of an excellent performance
of National Standard status of 45.31s, which unfortunately still saw them shy of the medals in fifth place.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Commonwealth Games Women’s 1500m Heats !
World Duathlon Championships !
Ernie Slaughter Presents His Club With a Starters Rostrum !
Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix (5)
2014 Morpeth 10k Road Race Preview !
Petition Against Opencasting !
Northumberland Coastal Run !
BMC Gold Standard Meeting !
OTHER NEWS FROM JULY 2014....
NEWS FROM JUNE 2014....
NEWS FROM MAY 2014....
NEWS FROM APRIL 2014....

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Northumberland Coastal Run !

Nearly 900 runners took part in the annual Northumberland Coastal Run
from Beadnell to Alnmouth, on Sunday 20th July.

Fourteen Morpeth Harriers were amongst the finishers, with Veteran Phil Walker,
now back in sterling form following a succession of troublesome injuries, leading their challenge.
Finishing eighth overall in a time of 84m09s, over the tough Multi Terrain surfaces of Sand, Trail and Road,
then another stretch of Sand towards the finish line at Alnmouth, Walker was also fourth in his Veteran category.

Next to finish from Morpeth Harriers was fellow Veteran Paul Waterston,
who was 19th overall in 88m23s, and was tenth in his category.

Third home for Morpeth was Jim Alder, who finished 62nd overall,
and was seventh in the Over 50 Veteran Mens category.

First Lady finisher from the club was Jane Briggs, who was 168th overall,
and was 22nd Lady finisher in 107m05s.
Jane was also sixth Over 40 Lady to finish.

Other Morpeth Harriers results were as follows
Paul Banks (70th) (26th O/40 Man) 97m35s,
Mark Snowball (74th) 97m59s,
Matthew Forster (102nd) 100m43s,
Mike Winter (106th) (39th O/40 Man) 100m51s,
Andrew Richardson (188th) 109m33s,
Jane Hodgson (233rd) (36th Lady) 112m10s,
Eric Adams (278th) 115m01s,
Norman Clark (283rd) (9th O/60 Man) 115m23s,
Mark Crosby (305th) (51st O/50 Man) 116m43s,
and Claire Gutcher (337th) (64thLady) (9th O35 Lady) 119m21s.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix (5)
English Schools Track and Field Championships Update !
North East Youth Development League Division 1 Match 4
BMC Gold Standard Meeting !
2014 Morpeth 10k Road Race Preview !
Petition Against Opencasting !
OTHER NEWS FROM JULY 2014....
NEWS FROM JUNE 2014....
NEWS FROM MAY 2014....
NEWS FROM APRIL 2014....

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North East Youth Development League Division 1 Match 4

Morpeths Young Athletes at the NEYDL meeting at Middlesbrough on Sunday 20th July
The final match in the North East Youth Development League Division 1,
held at Middlesbrough’s Claireville Stadium, on Sunday 20th July,
proved to be a long hard battle to the end for Morpeth Harriers,
and their closest rivals Blaydon Harriers, and unfortunately last year’s Champions
lost out in the race to retain their title, that they had won twelve months previously at the same venue.

Blaydon proved to be just a little bit stronger on the day,
however Morpeth Harriers did not go down without a fight,
and only forty points divided the two clubs at the finish.

On this occasion, Morpeth did have some strength in their Female section of the squad.
Megan Deakin and Louise Brett provided the clubs only Female maximum points
victory of the day in the Under 17 Women’s 300m.
Deakin won a close battle with Durham’s Rebecca Mott,
to take the A race in 43.6s, and Brett won the B race in 47.2s.

Both were also part of an excellent Morpeth Under 17 Women’s
4 x 100m victory later in the day, in a time of 56.5s.
Deakin also finished second in a close finish to the 100m in 13.0s,
and Lily Hood obliged by securing a Morpeth B race win in 13.2s.
Morpeth Harriers other A string winner in the Under 17 Women’s
age group was Abby Sheldon, who ran 5m20.1s for the 1500m.
Sheldon also had a victory in the B string Shot (6.00m),
and she finished third in her favourite A string Javelin, with a best of 21.77m.
Megan Deakin finished third in the A string Shot with 7.43m.

It was the B string efforts that shone through in the Under 17 Men’s events for Morpeth.
Jamie Warburton won the B string 100m (12.6s), and Alex Dunlop won both the
B string 200m and 400m events with respective clockings of 26.9s and 65.1s.
A very hard working effort by Kenny Harrison saw him finish fourth in the A string 100m (11.7s),
third in the A string 200m (24.0s, and fourth in the A string 400m (60.1s).
Harrison was also a contributor in a second placed Morpeth Harriers Under 17 Men’s
4 x 100m squad, which finished second in 49.5s.

In the Field events, Elliot Moore had no less than three second places
in the Under 17 Men’s Discus (26.34m), Hammer (23.50m), and Shot (9.42m).

Back with the Female events, where Naomi Arkle was very much part
of Morpeth Harriers challenge in the Under 15 Girls age group.
She secured an excellent B string victory in the 300m,
an event that she had never ever attempted previously.

Arkle’s clocking was an excellent 47.9s, faster than Morpeth A string runner
Jessica Young-Rogers A string clocking of 49.0s, which gave her second place.
In the A string 100m, Arkle clocked 13.2s for second place, and in the A string 200m,
she was third in 27.9s, being well backed up respectively in the corresponding B races
by Hannah Brown (2nd) 14.1s, and Georgia Priest (2nd) 30.2s.
Hannah Brown did have a B string win in the 75m Hurdles, with a clocking of 12.9s.
Another excellent track performer for Morpeth was Harriet Priest,
who only jus lost out for victory in the closing strides of the 800m,
where she set new figures of 2m32.7s.

In the Under 15 Girls Field events, Morpeth Harriers had excellent wins
in the A string High Jump and Javelin events.
Jessica Young-Rogers added to her second in the A string 300m,
by clearing an excellent 1.40m for victory in the High Jump.
She was well backed up by Harriet Priest’s 1.30m, which saw he place as third B string.

Bobbie Griffiths produced a best of 22.79 to win the Javelin.
She followed that up by an excellent 17.57m, to take second in the A string Discus.

Georgia Priest’s best of 7.46m, saw her place second in the Shot.
Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Girls 4 x 100m squad finished second in 55.9s,
courtesy of Naomi Arkle, Jessica Young-Rogers, Harriet Priest, and Georgia Priest.

There were some superb results from Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Boys squad.
They managed to secure no less than three maximum point wins.
Two of those came from their sprints section.
Sean O’Hara secured the first of his two individual wins in the 100m with a clocking of 11.8s.
He was backed up well by Jake Jardine, who took the B race in 11.9s.
Jardine and Declan Stoker linked up well in the 200m, with double wins in 24.5s respectively.

O’Hara’s second individual win came in the 300m, and his clocking of 37.3s was equivalent to a league record.
Joe Dowd backed him up well in the B race, when his 43.1s secured him third place.

Morpeth Harriers third maximum point victory came in the 1500m,
where Kieran Hedley, fresh from his English Schools appearance,
certainly more than continued his excellent run of form,
when he easily won the A race in 4m33.4s.
Adam Shewry backed him up well in the B race, taking victory in 4m57.1s.

Gregor Sharp secured two excellent wins for Morpeth Harriers in the Field events.
He won the Discus with a best of 30.33m, and took the Shot with 9.27m.
Sharp also finished second in the Hammer, with 21.42m, which was inside the league best.
Mitch Green was second in the Pole Vault with 2.00m, and Mitchell Cryer cleared 1.15 for third in the High Jump.

Unfortunately Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Boys 4 x 100m squads efforts
came to grief at the final changeover, after running over the permitted sector,
with victory very much in their sights.

The clubs youngest competitors in the Under 13 age group also contributed to their tally.
In the Girls there was one A string victory, which came in the Shot,
where newcomer Lauren Goose putted a best of 6.79m,
and Nadine Arkle made the effort so much sweeter by finishing second in the B string with 5.73m.
Arkle, younger sister of Nadine, has been a girl in tremendous form in recent events,
however on Sunday was suffering from a virus, but nevertheless battled to finish second
in both the A string 100m and 200m in 13.9s and 29.3s respectively.
She had B string backing in these events by Lily Euddel and Holly Peck.
Euddel won the B string 100m in 14.0s, and Peck was fourth in the 200m in 33.1s.
Peck also ran well to finish third in the Under 13 Girls 1500m in 5m38.0s.

Morpeth Harriers had other debutants in the Under 13 Girls events
and all played their part well in the effort, and hold great promise for the future.
Kayla Devon finished third in the A string 70m Hurdles in 13.4s.
Amy Duggan was fourth in the B race in 16.0s.
Duggan also finished third in the A string Javelin with her best throw of 11.31m
10.95m secured Katy Stafford second place in the B string.
Kayla Devon also had her first taste of 4 x 100m Relay action,
running alongside Nadine Arkle, Lily Euddell, and Holly Peck
to help Morpeth to fourth place in a combined effort of 59.6s.
Although they couldn’t manage an A string victory on the day,

Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Boys certainly did not shy away from the task in hand.
They did muster a B string win however, when another debutant
Matthew Ash took the B string 200m in 30.0s.
Matthew Heslop finished second in the 800m in 2m34.8s.
Another good Under 13 Boys effort came in the B string 1500m,
with Sam Bradley’s second in 5m30.4s.

Although the season did not end on a high for Morpeth Harriers hard working band of Young Athletes,
they can certainly feel proud of the contribution they all made over the four league matches,
and their efforts combined with those of the respective Team Managers, Paddy Paulsen (Male),
and Ken McDonald (Female), cannot go un-praised.

FINAL MATCH RESULT (Subject to further Scrutiny)
1st Blaydon Harriers 721pts,
2nd Morpeth Harriers 681.5pts,
3rd Tynedale Harriers 658pts,
4th New Marske 611pts,
5th Durham City 463pts,
6th Houghton Harriers 377pts.
Final League points are to be fully confirmed at a later date.

Click here for NEYDL MATCH 4 Results

WHATS NEW INDEX
Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix (5)
English Schools Track and Field Championships Update !
Northumberland Coastal Run !
BMC Gold Standard Meeting !
2014 Morpeth 10k Road Race Preview !
Petition Against Opencasting !
OTHER NEWS FROM JULY 2014....
NEWS FROM JUNE 2014....
NEWS FROM MAY 2014....
NEWS FROM APRIL 2014....

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BMC Gold Standard Meeting !

Running her second 1500m track race in four days, Morpeth Harrier Ashley Gibson
finished fifth in the Womens A race, at the BMC Gold Standard Meeting,
held at Watford on Wednesday 16th July.

She clocked a time of 4m23.63s, which was around five seconds adrift of her best.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Northumberland Coastal Run !
North East Youth Development League Division 1 Match 4
2014 Morpeth 10k Road Race Preview !
Petition Against Opencasting !
Sunderland 5k Road Race !
OTHER NEWS FROM JULY 2014....
NEWS FROM JUNE 2014....
NEWS FROM MAY 2014....
NEWS FROM APRIL 2014....

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2014 Morpeth 10k Road Race Preview !

Pre-race entries have now officially closed for the annual Morpeth 10k Road Race,
scheduled to take place on Tuesday 5th August 2014 at 7.30pm.

However there still remains the opportunity to enter on the night at a slightly increased cost of £12 (Club Runners)
and £14.00 (Unattached athletes), and still be eligible for prizes, plus a commemorative mug,
if you happen to be in the first 400 finishers.

Note* Minimum age for entry to the event, is 15 on the day.

Late Entry is available at Race Headquarters at Craik Park,
home of Morpeth Town FC, from 6.00pm to 7.15pm.

Please note anyone coming to the race, either intending to enter, or as a spectator,
must use the official Race Parking facility being provided at the Piramal Factory
on Whalton Road, Morpeth, NE61 3YA,
which is approx ¼ of a mile from the Race Headquarters,
and ¼ of a mile from the Race Start point, there is no parking allowed
close to the Start or Finish or Race Headquarter areas.

Morpeth Harriers are pleased to welcome a new headline sponsor on board for this year’s event,
in the form of locally-based drinks manufacturer Schweppes Abbey Well,
who will also be providing on course water for the thirsty runners,
as well as contributing to the prize fund.

In addition to Schweppes Abbey Well, the race is also receiving additional sponsorship
from Phil Walker, a local Chartered Financial Planner (01670 789797),
and Chris Dentice, Stanton Hall Gardens (01670 772641), based to the west of Morpeth.

Morpeth Harriers would also wish to thank the Pegasus Riding Centre,
close to the Start on Tranwell Road, for the provision of additional
toilet facilities for both Male and Female runners.

The race is now into its eighteenth year on the course, and no one has yet bettered the time of 29m14s,
set back in 1997 by Morpeth Harriers very own international representative Ian Hudspith,
still a regular competitor and prize winner on the local road running scene.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Northumberland Coastal Run !
North East Youth Development League Division 1 Match 4
BMC Gold Standard Meeting !
Petition Against Opencasting !
Sunderland 5k Road Race !
OTHER NEWS FROM JULY 2014....
NEWS FROM JUNE 2014....
NEWS FROM MAY 2014....
NEWS FROM APRIL 2014....

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Petition Against Opencasting !

'SAVE BEBSIDE AND THE HATHERY LANE`

Many of our runners living in the Cramlington and Blyth area will be familiar with the Hathery Lane,
running between the Three Horseshoes at Horton and Bebside - recently upgraded
to provide an excellent cycle route too. This area is endangered by a proposed opencast project and the campaign
against this development is being co-ordinated by Sally Pattison,one of our former members.
Please read Sally's article below and sign the linked petition to try to save this valuable community resource'

The Save Bebside campaign was set up to protect Hathery Lane
and the surrounding area from the threat of opencast mining.
Owing to the devastating impact of mining on the local environment
and the health problems, traffic issues and pollution associated with it;
we feel that Blyth should be embracing a 'Greener' future.

The road is sealed off to traffic and is used daily for commuting,
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The area is used by runners and sports people in particular
who enjoy the traffic-free flat surface for training.
The road was re-surfaced during the summer of 2013
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Sunderland 5k Road Race !

Two Morpeth Harriers were medal winners at the annual Sunderland 5k Road Race,
held at Silksworth on Wednesday 16th July

The high calibre and prestigious two lap event attracted a record total finishing field of 348,
and incorporated the North Eastern Counties AA Championships,
and there were medals available to the first three in both Male and Female events.

Taking the Bronze medal in the Mens race was Morpeth Harrier Lewis Timmins,
who clocked a finishing time of 15m18s, only three seconds adrift of second placed
Silver medallist Callum Johnson of Gateshead Harriers.

The Mens race winner was Tipton’s former Elswick Harrier Ryan McLeod,
son of the legendary Mike, Los Angeles Olympic 10,000m Silver Medallist.
McLeod clocked 14m40s, which was some way adrift of the course record,
mainly because of a slight headwind.

Morpeth Harriers other Championship medal winner was Emma Holt,
who although officially finished as third Lady in 68th place in 17m48s,
was given the Silver medal, because the first Lady home,
Sharon Barlow of Ripon Runners, who placed 42nd in 17m15s,
did not belong to the North East Counties.

First place in the Championship went to Jarrow and Hebburn’s Alex Snook, who finished 58th in 17m31s.

Third place and Bronze medal in the Championship went to North Shields Poly’s Clare McManus,
who was 85th in 18m15s, finishing just nine seconds ahead of new Morpeth Harriers recruit Vicky Gibbs,
who was 90th, just missing out on a medal.

Including Timmins, Morpeth Harriers had no less than seven finishers inside the first 40.
Thirteen seconds and four places adrift of Timmins was Nathan Shrubb,
now back in his native North East after a spell working in Dorset.

Next Morpeth finisher was recent Tynedale 10k winner Thomas Straughan,
who ran an excellent race to finish fourteenth in 16m05s.
Three places behind Thomas was clubmate Elliot Kelly, who clocked 16m23s, and was first Under 20 to finish.
Not far behind Elliot was his fellow Under 20 clubmate Sam Hancox, who finished 24th in 16m51s.
Phil Walker finished 36th in 17m05s, and was first in the Over 45 Veteran Mens section.

Three places behind Phil was his newest Morpeth Harriers clubmate Lee Morgan,
(formerly Wallsend Harriers), who produced an excellent run to finish in 17m13s.
Paul Waterston finished 51st in 17m25s, and was third Over 45 Veteran Man.
Fourth in the Over 45 Veteran Mens category was Morpeth Harrier Rob Hancox,
who finished in 63rd place overall in 17m41s.

Other Morpeth Harriers finishers were as follows
Matthew Forster (92nd) 18m26s,
Gavin Bayne (100th) (1st O/55 Man) 18m37s,
Lorna McDonald (150th) (12th Lady) 19m45s,
Peter Scaife (158th) (6th O/50 Man) 20m03s,
Hamish McCallister-Williams (176th) (8th O/50 Man) 20m27s,
Mark Crosby (206th) (10th O/50 Man) 21m16s,
and Lesley Chapman (253rd) (2nd O/55 Lady) 22m32s.

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Northern League Division 3E Match 3 July 13th 2014

The early morning rains eventually disappeared, the sun came out, and from then on
the hardworking Senior athletes from Morpeth Harriers began to shine in abundance,
as they pulled off an excellent closely fought victory, in their third round Northern League Division 3 match,
held at their home track at King Edward VI School on Sunday 13th July.

A victory that guarantees them promotion to Division 2 for next season,
with one match remaining, due to take place at Whitley Bay in August.

Efforts on the day were indeed superb from both Male and Female genders,
with the Men achieving no less than four maximum point victories on the Track,
with one maximum point victory coming from the Field, plus two second places in
the 4 x 100m and 4 x 400 Relay events.

On this occasion however, the Morpeth Women’s team were also just as equal to the task,
as they amassed three maximum point Track wins, plus one maximum point Field victory,
and added to that they triumphed in both Relay events.

In the Mens sprints, Morpeth Harriers Jack Hepple and David Storey were most dominant.
Hepple took the A string 100m and 200m in excellent times of 10.8s and 21.9s respectively,
which in both cases were just a fraction adrift of best,
and Storey obliged with equally excellent clockings of 11.8s and 24.1s.

The clubs Middle distance men also rose to the task by recording three excellent A String, and two B string wins.

In the 800m, Ryan Stephenson was a clear winner in 1m58.5s,
with Under 20 star in the making Joe Elder, taking the B race in 2m08.8s,
the third fastest time overall in the two heats.

The 1500m brought an A string win for Karl Taylor in 4m13.6s,
whose very energetic day’s exploits we will enlarge upon further on in this report.

Morpeth Harriers just missed out on a B string win in this event,
with Jacob Hopkins being marginally edged out despite the Under 17 athlete clocking 4m27.1s.

The Mens 5000m brought another double victory for Morpeth, with Ady Whitwam taking the A race in 15m19.6s,
which was nearly a minute clear of his nearest rival, who just happened to be his B race clubmate Karl Taylor,
who was enjoying his second win of the day in 16m10.6s.

Taylor also went on to be part of Morpeth Harriers second placed Mens 4 x 400m squad
that also included Joe Elder, Jacob Hopkins, and Henrik Paulsen whose combined efforts
saw them clock3m47.1s, only losing out for victory by three seconds.

In addition to his afternoon’s competitive activity, Taylor had also completed a ten mile training run in the morning,
whether he managed to stay awake to watch the evenings World Cup Final remains to be answered.

Joe Elder also finished third in the A string 400m in 55.4s, and Henrik Paulsen took the B race in 57.3s.

Philip Caldwell finished fourth for Morpeth Harriers in the 3000m Steeplechase in 11m22.2s,
and also fourth in the 400m Hurdles in 71.0s.

Morpeth Harriers best Mens Field event result came from the Discus where
Steven Appleby’s A string effort of 32.60m, gave him victory.
Craig Pickup took the B string with a best of 25.06m.

Appleby’s other day’s efforts saw him finish third in the A string Hammer (20.10m),
and second in the B string Shot (8.41m).

John Thompson finished a good second in the Javelin with 30.83m,
and not far behind him in terms of distance was his
clubmate Pickup, who was second B string with 30.33m.
Thompson also placed third in the B string Hammer with 15.93m.

He also finished third in the A string Long Jump, with his best effort of 4.90m.
Thompson was well backed up well in the Long Jump by very promising
Under 17 athlete Jamie Warburton, who managed a best of 4.82m.
Warburton also managed a clearance of 1.60m, to take third in the High Jump.
Rounding off the Mens Field event efforts, Craig Pickup finished third in the A string Shot, with a best of 9.11m.

In addition to the Morpeth Harriers Mens 4 x 400m effort, the combined efforts of Joe Elder, David Storey,
Henrik Paulsen, and Jack Hepple saw the clubs 4 x100m squad just squeezed out by
Chester- Le Street, despite a close clocking of 47.5s.

On to the Morpeth Harriers Womens efforts, where firstly Beth Laidler and Megan Deakin
between them pulled off two excellent maximum point sprint victories.
Laidler won the A string 100m in 13.1s, and Deakin took the B string in 13.4s.
The pair reversed roles in the 200m, with Deakin winning the A string in 27.6s,
and Laidler taking the B string in 27.5s.
Both, along with Lily Hood and Kirsty Lang, were later to pull off a superb 4 x 100m Relay victory
for Morpeth in 55.9s, despite a dropped baton at the second changeover, losing some valuable ground.

Amber Cormack had a superb win in the 400m in 64.6s, and Rosie MacDonald
competed well to take the supporting B race in 66.4s.

Under 17 athlete Abby Sheldon enjoyed two excellent A string third places
in the 800m (2m34.5s), and 1500m events (5m11.6s)

She was well backed up in these events respectively by Under 20 athletes
Molly MacDonald and Hannah Sheerin, who both enjoyed B race wins in 2m43.1s, and 5m22.4s.

In the Womens 3000m, Morpeth’s Alison Brown finished fourth in the A race in 11m40.5s,
and Kate Chapman was third B string in 12m05.2s.

On to the Womens Field events, where Morpeth Harrier Claire Reid was very much at her dominant best.
She managed four A string victories in the Hammer (29.33m), Discus (34.47m), Javelin (20.44m), and Shot (11.07m).

Morpeth’s best Field result came in the Javelin, where Reid’s winning A string effort
was well backed up by Abby Sheldon’s B string win with her best of 17.26m.

Kirsty Lang also gave good back up by finishing as second B string in the Discus with 16.30m.
Lang also had an excellent High Jump, clearing 1.40m to finish as third A string,
despite being selected as the B competitor.
Morpeth did have an excellent result in this event, with Louise Brett clearing 1.25m to take the B string.
Brett also went on to achieve an excellent second in the A string Long Jump (4.87m),
and an excellent third in the A string Triple Jump (9.14m).

Lily Hood and Hannah Sheerin backed Brett up well, by taking the respective B string events with 4.48m and 8.28m.

Morpeth Harriers Women rounded off the day well, when the combined efforts of Rosie and Molly MacDonald,
Louise Brett, and Amber Cormack, pulled off a 4 x 400m Relay victory in 4m28.7s.

FULL MATCH RESULT (Subject to Full Scrutiny)

1st Morpeth Harriers 399pts,
2nd Houghton Harriers 375pts,
3rd North Shields Poly 324.5pts,
4th Wallsend/Blyth 311.5pts,
5th Heaton Harriers/Tyne Bridge 277pts,
6th Chester Le Street 171pts.

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Dublin and Stretford Track Meetings !

Four Morpeth Harriers took part in relatively high profile track events in Dublin, Ireland,
and Stretford, Manchester, on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th July.

Jonny Taylor who was perhaps a little disappointed when finishing fifth in the Mens 5000m
at last month’s English Senior Championships in Birmingham, turned his attention to the slightly
shorter distance of 3000m, when he competed at the Morton Games in Dublin on the Friday 11th July,
where he finished seventh in a top class field headed by Mexico’s Juan Luis Barrios.

Taylor was the first of three Englishmen in the field of twenty finishers,
placing seventh in an excellent 7m59.10s, where
only fifteen seconds divided the first nine to finish.

Meanwhile back in Stretford on Saturday 12th July at the BMC Grand Prix meeting,
over the same distance of 3000m, fellow Morpeth Harrier Nick Swinburn continued
his current track progress by producing a new lifetime personal best of 8m08.87s,
when finishing fourth behind Norway’s Under 23 star Marius Vedvik, whose winning time was 8m02.16s.

Richard Morrell, who was the fastest performer over 800m at the previous Wednesday’s North East Grand Prix
meeting at Gateshead, ran a lifetime personal best of 3m43.84s, when placing eighth in the Mens 1500m A race.

In the Womens 1500m A race, Morpeth Harrier Ashley Gibson, now based in Guildford,
clocked 4m22.42s, to finish seventh in a field of thirteen finishers.

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English Schools Track and Field Championships !

Sean O’Hara and Ryan Green were very much the pick of the Morpeth Harriers
performers at the annual English Schools Track and Field Championships,
held at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th July.

Both got to their respective finals in the Junior Boys 300m and Intermediate Boys 1500m,
proudly wearing the Amber vests of Northumberland Schools.

After clocking a personal best of 37.20s in his heat of the 300m, where he placed fourth,
and managed to qualify as a fastest loser, such was the high standard,
O’Hara clocked 37.25s to place sixth in the final.

Meanwhile Green won his heat of the Intermediate Boys 1500m in 4m04.4s, then went on to
clock slightly better figures of 4m03.38s in the final, which would only give him eighth.

Other Morpeth Harriers competing for Northumberland
at the English Schools Track and Field Championships were
Declan Stoker (12.07s) (9th Ht 2 Junior Boys 100m),
Kieran Hedley (2m09.10s) (8th Ht 2 Junior Boys 800m),
Nathan Cox (1m57.94s) (6th Ht 1 Intermediate Boys 800m),
and Rebecca Murray (10.19m) (19th) (Junior Girls Shot Final).

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Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix (4)

No fewer than eight new personal best performances,
were achieved by athletes from Morpeth Harriers
at the fourth Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix meeting,
held at Gateshead’s International Stadium on Wednesday 9th July.

What was particularly pleasing was that three of those performances
belonged to two of the clubs youngest athletes.

Nadine Arkle set new winning figures of 28.9s in the Under 13 Girls 200m,
and certainly appears to be very much on top of her form at present,
and under the watchful eyes of her father Michael,
himself a former sprinter with the club during the nineties.

The other young performer was Ross Charlton, who himself carefully masterminded
no less than two personal bests in the Under 13 Boys 200m (30.0s), and 800m (2m33.8s),
which saw him finish sixth equal and second respectively.

Another good young performer on the night was Alex Cunningham,
who clocked a new personal best of 2m30.1s, to finish as sixth fastest in the Under 15 Boys 800m.

Gregor Sharp threw 10.03m to win the Under 15 Boys Shot, which was also a new personal best.

In the Under 15 Boys 200m, Morpeth Harriers Jake Jardine and Will Kelly
finished as second and fifth fastest with respective clockings of 24.7s and 25.8s.

David Thomas was eighth fastest in the 200m with 26.6s.
He also finished third in the Triple Jump with his best of 10.55m

Mitch Green equalled his best performance when winning the Under 15 Boys Pole Vault with his clearance of 2.20m.

In his first ever run in a Morpeth vest following his transfer from Wallsend Harriers,
Jack Armstrong finished second in what was his first ever 800m in the Under 17 Mens age group.
He clocked a very promising 2m14.2s.

Although not quite a new personal best, Jack Hepple could feel well pleased
with his winning effort of 10.7s, very close to his best figures, in the Junior Mens 100m.
Hepple also tasted victory in the 200m in 21.9s.

One of Hepple’s Morpeth Harriers training partners Beth Laidler,
however enjoyed double delight, by producing two personal bests.

Firstly in the Junior Womens 100m which she won in 13.0s,
and then she finished second in the 200m in 27.5s.

In the Under 17 Womens 800m, Amber Cormack was second fastest in 2m26.2s,
and new figures of 2m31.3s, saw her Morpeth Harriers clubmate Abby Sheldon emerge as fourth fastest.

Hannah Rank of Morpeth Harriers, who is clearly enjoying he slow return to competitive action
following her return from University, can feel well pleased that she managed to finish
as third fastest Senior Woman in the 800m, with her clocking of 2m26.5s.

Hannah Brown won the Under 15 Girls 75m Hurdles in 13.5s.

Richard Morrell won the Senior Mens 800m in 1m55.9s.

In his first Grand Prix outing in a Morpeth vest, Daniel Moore clocked 2m10.9s,
which was seventh fastest in the Senior Mens 800m, which also saw him take victory
in his individual heat, a heat that included his Morpeth clubmate Joe Elder,
who clocked 2m15.6s, which placed him eleventh in the Junior Mens age group.

Morpeth Harrier Craig Pickup had a good night in the Senior Mens throwing events.
He was second in the Shot with his best effort of 8.55m, and a similar position in the Javelin with 26.75m.

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Bridges of Tyne 5 Mile Road Race

Three Morpeth Harriers took part in the annual Bridges of Tyne 5 Mile Road Race on Tuesday 8th July.
The very popular event organised by the area’s newest road club Tyne Bridge attracted a large field.

First home from Morpeth Harriers was Jane Briggs, who was second Over 45 Woman in a time of 34m03s.
Second home was Mark Crosby, who was prominent amongst the Over 50 Men finishers in 34m55s.
Archie Jenkins was first Over 60 Man home in 36m12s.

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BMC 1500m Races !

Nick Swinburn of Morpeth Harriers clocked a brand new personal best of 3m53.6s,
when he won the main 1500m race at the latest in the series of BMC track events,
held at Maiden Castle, near Durham City on Monday 7th July.

Also running in the A race was club colleague Lewis Timmins, who finished seventh in 3m56.3s.

Morpeth Harriers produced another winner on the night, with Ryan Stephenson taking the B race in 4m01.9s.
Phil Winkler also competed in the B race, finishing ninth in 4m17.6s, a little short of his best figures for the distance.

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Hamsterley 10k Trail Race !

Morpeth Harriers Emma Holt and Vicky Gibbs both produced top drawer performances
in the Hamsterley 10k Trail Race, held in the forest and farmland of the picturesque County Durham
tourist and nature spot on Sunday 6th July.

Finishing in ninth and thirteenth places respectively, they were first
and second lady home in times of 39m04s and 39m47s.

It was Gibbs second appearance for her new club, and on this form she
is certainly a most welcome acquisition to the Morpeth ranks.

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Scottish Masters 5000m !

Morpeth Harrier Bob Marshall picked up another Veteran Gold Medal on Sunday 6th July,
to add to the two Masters Cross Country Gold Medals that he achieved in the winter.

He was first Over 65 Veteran Man in the Scottish Masters 5000m, held at Grangemouth Stadium, in a time of
19m43.45s, which proved to be thirty three seconds in front of his closest rival Stuart Waugh of Calderglen.

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Diamond League Meeting in Paris !

Laura Weightman certainly proved beyond all doubt that she is currently in the best form of her running career,
as she produced yet another lifetime best performance, in front of a fairly large crowd in Paris’s magnificent
Stad De France arena on Saturday night 5th July.
She was also performing in front of a worldwide television audience,
including those on the BBC Red Button, in the eighth in the series of Diamond League events.

The 23 year old Morpeth Harrier ran a solid race in the quality packed Womens 1500m,
and finished eighth of thirteen finishers, in a new personal best of 4m00.17s,
knocking a whole two seconds off her previous best,
set in a previous Diamond League meeting in Eugene, USA in May.

It also gave her a new Morpeth Harriers club record for the distance, a one which she herself already held.

The only down side on the night was that she perhaps surprisingly finished
just behind her current British rival Laura Muir of Dundee,
who also clocked a lifetime best of 4m00.7s,
which now puts her at the top of the UK rankings in front of Weightman.

Both will do battle next in the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow,
when Muir will be competing for Scotland, with Weightman competing for England.

The event on Saturday in Paris was won by Netherlands Sifan Hassan in a time of 3m57.0s,
which was a National record; such was the power of the front running performance.
USA’s Jennifer Simpson was just adrift in second place in 3m57.22s.

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Tynedale 10k Road Race !

A truly great run by Thomas Straughan, saw the Morpeth Harrier clinch his very first individual
road race victory in the Tynedale 10k, held at Ovingham, , on the evening of Wednesday 2nd July.

Straughan won by a margin of ten seconds after a very close battle with Tyne Bridge Harrier Shaun Brown,
in an excellent time of 33m48s on a very tricky undulating rural course.

Another Morpeth Harrier in excellent form on the night was Sam Hancox,
who produced a superb personal best of 34m16s, to finish in third place.
Hancox also ran around ninety seconds faster than his 2013 time, when he had finished 23rd,
however on this occasion he heaped praise on his club colleague Straughan for carving out his own superb victory.

In addition to Straughan and Hancox, another fifteen Morpeth Harriers competed in the approx 450 strong field,
with five of them achieving new personal best performances for the 10k distance.

It was good to see Phil Walker getting back to better form after a troublesome period of niggling injuries.
He finished in thirteenth place overall in 35m41s, and was second in the Over 45 Veteran Mens category.

Matthew Boyle clocked a new personal best of 35m55s when finishing fifteenth overall,
and was eighth Senior Man on the course.

It was certainly an excellent night for the Hancox family, when father Rob came home in 30th place,
in a new personal best time of 36m36s, and he was sixth Over 45 Veteran Man.

Other Morpeth Harriers finishers were as follows
Tony Lewis (45th) (28th Senior) 37m40s (PB),
Geoff Whitman (52nd) (10th O/45 Man) 38m05s (PB),
Gavin Bayne (60th) (1st O/55 Man) 38m28s,
Mark Snowball (61st) (38th Sen Man) 38m33s,
Steve Haswell (78th) (14th O/45 Man) 39m39s,
Paul Banks (94th) (9th O/40 Man) 40m28s,
Jane Briggs (124th) (1st O/45 Lady) 41m51s (PB),
James McFetrich (156th) (26th O/40 Man) 43m32s,
Mark Crosby (177th) (10th O/50 Man) 44m16s,
Richard Sill (180th) (7th O/55 Man) 44m28s,
Lesley Chapman (208th) (1st O/55 Lady) 45m45s,
and Jane Blackett (394th) (8th O/50 Lady) 57m41s.

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Athlete of the Month Award !

Ruaridh Lang recieves his certificate 
from Morpeth Harriers Press Officer George Patterson
Morpeth Harriers are pleased to announce that their Benfield Motor Group Athlete of the Month
award for May 2014, has gone to Under 15 Boy thrower Ruaridh Lang.

Lang was one of the clubs five Gold medallists at the North Eastern Counties Track and Field Championships,
held at Gateshead’s International Stadium on 17th and 18th May.

In the Discus he threw an excellent lifetime personal best of 28.86m,
which secured him his title by approx 1.81cm from his closest rival, (approx 6ft in old money).

Ruaridh is pictured above, receiving his much deserved Certificate of Achievement
from Morpeth Harriers Press Officer George Patterson,
at the clubhouse on Mitford Road, Morpeth, on Monday 30th June.

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BMC North East Regional 800m Races !

The third in the series of BMC North East Regional track events took place at Maiden Castle,
near Durham on Monday 30th June, and no less than eighty runners
took part in a total of fifteen seeded 800m races.

Eight athletes from Morpeth Harriers were amongst those taking part,
and five new personal bests, and three seasons best performances were achieved.

Seasons best performances of 1m53.0s, and 1m55.1s, and 1m57.9s
were clocked by Richard Morrell Nick Swinburn and Lewis Timmins.

Morrell, who had run well over 1500m at the British Championships
on the Saturday previous without making a final, could be well pleased
with his effort that saw him second fastest in the A race,
only bettered by Sunderland Harriers Under 20 athlete Michael Wilson’s 1m52.6s.

Swinburn’s effort saw him fastest in the B race, and Timmins finished two places behind him in third spot.

Morpeth Under 20 athlete Phillip Winkler crept just that little
closer to getting under the two minute mark for 800m,
when setting superb new figures of 2m00.2s in the E race, that saw him finish third.

Two Morpeth Harriers took part in the G race.
Under 20 athlete Sam Hancox clocked new figures of 2m06.6s,
to finish second, two places ahead of Under 15 club-mate Kieran Hedley,
who also set a new personal best of 2m08.0s, very similar to the figures
he achieved at the previous days North East Youth Development League meeting, when he won.
Hedley is very much on top form at the moment, with the English Schools Championships
very much on the horizon as his major target.

Veteran athlete Rob Hancox, father of Sam, set new figures of 2m20.5s
in the Mixed gender M Race, where he finished second.
He was also the fourth fastest of five competing Veteran Men on the night.

Hannah Rank of Morpeth Harriers won an all Female N Race in a new personal best time of 2m27.6s.
She was second fastest Under 23 Woman, and twelfth Woman overall on the night.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Northern League Division 3E Match 3 July 13th 2014
Tynedale 10k Road Race !
Athlete of the Month Award !
Northumberland Minor Schools Track & Field Championships !
Geronimo Jim !
North East Youth Development League Division 1 Match 3
Sainsbury’s British Championships !
North East Masters Track and Field Championships !
Weetslade Relays !
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NEWS FROM MAY 2014....
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Northumberland Minor Schools Track & Field Championships !

Several Morpeth Harriers were amongst competitors taking part in the
Northumberland Minor Schools Track and Field Championships,
held at Gateshead’s International Stadium, on Saturday 28th June.

The best performer in the Boys events was undoubtedly Joe Dowd
of East Northumberland, who won the 800m in 2m18.58s.

In a very tough 1500m, East Northumberland’s Alex Cunningham
set new figures of 5m02.2s, which only gave him ninth place.
Cunningham was to better those figures however next day,
in the North East Youth Development League match, when competing for his club.

In the Girls events, Bobbie Griffiths was very much the star performer.
Representing North Northumberland, Griffiths achieved
26.70m in the Javelin, which she won comfortably.

Harriet Priest of East Northumberland, also performed well to finish
third in the Hurdles in 13.51s, and fourth in the 800m in 2m37.76s.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Tynedale 10k Road Race !
Athlete of the Month Award !
BMC North East Regional 800m Races !
Geronimo Jim !
North East Youth Development League Division 1 Match 3
Sainsbury’s British Championships !
North East Masters Track and Field Championships !
Weetslade Relays !
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NEWS FROM MAY 2014....
NEWS FROM APRIL 2014....

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Geronimo Jim !

Running Fitness Advert
A must read for all Morpeth Harriers athletes, supporters, and any good aspiring runners.
The August 2014 edition of Running Fitness is now on sale at all leading newsagents priced at £2.99.

It contains within its 98 pages of interesting fitness tips, runners dieting tips, and training tips,
a full three page interview with our very own legendary Commonwealth Games Gold medallist Jim Alder.

Titled “Geronimo Jim,” the article tries to find out from our hero,
what the future holds for Morpeth Harriers,
and also just what drove his own personal success.

Jim also offers very forthright uncompromising views on today’s aspiring young athletes,
and on their training methods, compared to the workmanlike approach he used in his hey-day.
He also talks about the Morpeth Harriers athletes of today, and the future he predicts for them.

The article also includes several photographs, some Black and White taken by
International Athletics Photographer Mark Shearman during Alder’s competitive era,
plus additional colour shots taken by Morpeth Harriers Webmaster Hudson Stoker,
from more recent events, including Alder overseeing a training session at the brand new Morpeth track.

All in all a good read, and a must for anyone interested in the club and its athletes.
Please Note, this edition should only be available on the newsagent’s shelves until the end of July.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Tynedale 10k Road Race !
Athlete of the Month Award !
BMC North East Regional 800m Races !
Northumberland Minor Schools Track & Field Championships !
North East Youth Development League Division 1 Match 3
Sainsbury’s British Championships !
North East Masters Track and Field Championships !
Weetslade Relays !
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NEWS FROM MAY 2014....
NEWS FROM APRIL 2014....

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North East Youth Development League Division 1 Match 3

A determined and very hardworking team performance; saw Morpeth Harriers
Young Athletes Track and Field squad, pull of a narrow victory in their third round
North East Youth Development League Division 1 match,
held at Jarrow’s Monkton Stadium on Sunday 29th June.

Their victory by a mere fifteen points, was achieved by the willingness
of all athletes across the two genders and three age groups,
to fill gaps where possible, mainly caused by missing athletes,
who having made earlier promises to turn out, failed to appear on the day,
which in turn resulted in some athletes taking on extra duties in unfamiliar events,
and also resulted in some administrational nightmares for already overworked
Team Managers Paddy Paulsen (Male), and Ken McDonald (Female).

However the end result was a wonderful reward for all those who participated,
as in addition to the team success, no fewer than five new league records came the way of the clubs athletes,
plus a number of new personal best performances, which added some extra gilt to a very trying day.

Particularly outstanding were the clubs Under 15 Boys, who managed to pull off nine A String,
and seven B String victories, plus at the end, an added bonus of a 4 x 100m Relay success in 50.2s,
to round off an excellent days work for the age group.

English Schools bound sprinter Sean O’Hara had a particularly good day,
winning the 100m and 200m with respective clockings of 11.9s, and 23.9s,
and the latter establishing a new league record.
Morpeth Harriers secured a double victory in both of these events,
with Jake Jardine taking the B races in 12.0s, and 24.8s respectively.

Another English Schools bound athlete who also tasted victory for Morpeth Harriers
in the Under 15 Boys events was Kieran Hedley, who literally ran away from the rest in the 800m,
and won in 2m08.4s, for him a massive new personal best, and also a new league record.

The 800m also saw a double victory for Morpeth, with Joe Dowd securing his win in the B race in 2m19.4s.
Will Kelly and Declan Stoker pulled off a superb double victory in the 300m, with clockings of 40.6s, and 41.5s.

In the Under 15 Boys 1500m Adam Shewry finished second in the A race in 4m52.3s,
and Alex Cunningham set new figures of 4m55.2s when taking the B race.
Cunningham was setting a second new personal best in two days for the distance,
having also done so at the Minor Schools Championships at Gateshead on Saturday.

There were also some excellent results achieved by the Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Field Event specialists,
quite notably new boy Gregor Sharp, who crowned his debut by winning the Discus (28.54m) and Shot (10.28m).
He was well backed up in the B string events, with Mitch Green making up for the lack of a Pole Vault event,
because of defective equipment, who won the Discus with his best throw of 20.76m,
and Adam Shewry, who achieved a best of 6.04m, to take second in the Shot.

Will Kelly superbly added to his track win by taking victory in the A string High Jump with his clearance of 1.40m,
well backed up by Joe Dowd’s similar B string effort, which created yet another Morpeth double win.
Clearly enjoying his day, Kelly threw 13.84m for third in the Javelin.

Another Morpeth newcomer David Thomas produced a best of 5.00m to win the Under 15 Boys Long Jump.
Mitchell Cryer’s best of 3.50m, saw him finish third in the B string.

The Under 17 Mens events saw Morpeth Harrier Ryan Green record new figures of 52.4s to win the 400m,
which also secured another new league record into the bargain.
He was also well backed up in the 400m, as Euan Jones won the B race in 59.6s.
Green, who has also been selected for the English Schools,
celebrated by also winning the 800m (2m05.4s), and the High Jump (1.63m).

Jacob Hopkins finished fourth in the 800m B race in 2m17.4s, and Jamie Warburton secured
a double victory for his club in the High Jump with his clearance of 1.55m.
Warburton also finished second in the A string Long Jump with a best of 5.47m,
being well backed up by Euan Jones’s 4.75m, which saw him claim his second B String success of the day.

In the sprints, Morpeth Harriers A and B duties were shared respectively by Kenny Harrison and Alex Nesbit.
Harrison finished third in the A string 100m and 200m events in 11.8s and 24.9s,
with Nesbitt finishing second on both counts in the B races, with respective times of 12.1s and 25.0s.

Elliot Moore secured three excellent respective Field event wins for Morpeth
in the Discus (26.02m), Hammer (22.17m) and Shot (9.92m).

Hans Paulsen, son of Morpeth’s Male Team Manager, and Alex Dunlop
shared duties in the Under 17 Mens Triple Jump, and Javelin events.
Paulsen finished fourth in the A string Triple Jump (8.83m);
with Dunlop’s (8.40m) securing a B string victory.

The pair reversed roles in the Javelin, with Dunlop finishing second in the A string with a best of 27.24m,
and Paulsen taking the points in the B string as the only competitor to secure a legal throw, with 17.38m.

Morpeth Harriers best Under 13 Boys performance in terms of points came in the 800m,
where Thomas Cunningham finished second in the A string in 2m38.9s,
and Jake Lloyd finished second in the B string with 2m49.1s.
Lloyd also showed great versatility and attitude by finishing second in the High Hump (1.25m).

Ross Charlton (5m07.0s) and Sam Bradley (5m32.4s) were third respectively
in the A and B races of the Under 13 Boys 1500m for Morpeth.
Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Boys 4 x 100m Relay squad finished third in 62.5s.

There were some good results for Morpeth Harriers in the Female events.
The club had two league record breakers in the Under 15 Girls section.
Bobbie Griffiths won the Javelin with her best throw of 26.50m,
with Jessica Young-Rogers finishing second in the B string with a best of 11.87m.

In the Under 15 Girls Shot Rebecca Murray broke the league record with her best of 10.26m,
and Georgia Priest weighed in with an excellent 8.04m to take the B string.

Sprinter Naomi Arkle finished second in the A races of the 100m
and 200m with respective times of 13.3s and 28.1s.
She was backed up in both events by Hannah Brown, who placed fourth
on both counts with times of 14.3s and 30.1s respectively.

Harriet Priest did well to finish second in the Under 13 Girls 300m in 47.5s.
Brown and Priest linked together in the 75m Hurdles, with the former finishing
third in the A string (12.8s), and the latter fourth in 13.4s.

A superb Morpeth Harriers result in the Under 15 Girls High Jump
saw Jessica Young-Rogers take the A string with her clearance of 1.35m,
and 1.30m was good enough to see Harriet Priest take the B event.

Naomi Arkle, produced an excellent 17.27m, to finish second in the A string Discus,
and Bobbie Griffiths secured second in the B string with a best of 14.81m.

In the Under 17 Womens events, Morpeth’s Megan Deakin was certainly an athlete in top form,
as she took victory in the 100m (13.2s), and 300m (43.9s).
She was well backed up in the 100m by Lily Hood, who secured victory in the B race in 13.5s.
Hood had her very own moment of glory, when she won the A string 200m in 28.3s.

Bethany Stout was third in the B string 200m in 31.1s.
Stout also finished second in the B string 300m in 54.5s.

Abby Sheldon won the Under 17 Womens 1500m in 5m20.0s,
and Lauren Eadington’s 2m34.9s in the 800m saw her finish second.

Louise Brett produced two A string Field Event victories for Morpeth.
She won the Long Jump with a best of 3.75m, and the Triple Jump with 9.03m.
These events also saw Morpeth Harriers clinch two B string successes,
courtesy of Lily Hood (Long Jump) (3.62m), and Lauren Eadington (Triple) (7.56m).
Abby Sheldon finished second in the Javelin with a best of 19.07m.

A good day for Morpeth Harriers in the Under 17 Womens events,
was rewarded by a 4 x 100m Relay victory in 54.9s.
Morpeth Harriers small band of Under 13 Girl athletes, four in all,
did their level best to gain some share of the clubs points tally.

Nadine Arkle produced two excellent runs, to finish second
in both the 100m (14.3s), and 200m (29.7s).
In the B string 100m she was backed up by Lily Euddel,
who pulled off her clubs only victory of the day in her age group,
when clocking an excellent 14.0s, which would in effect have given the club an A string win.
Backing up Arkle in the 200m was Holly Peck, who clocked 32.7s four fourth B string.
Peck went on to finish third in the 1500m in 5m31.9s, and fifth in the Shot, with a best of 3.05m.

Morpeth’s fourth Under 13 Girl athlete Josie Rigg, unfortunately experienced
a tumble at the second flight in her 70m Hurdle race, and did not finish.
However she bravely battled on from this to secure some vital points
for her club in the Long Jump, finishing as fifth A string, with a best of 3.24m.
Nadine Arkle produced a best of 3.18m to secure fourth B string.

Despite only having the four Under 13 Girls to call upon,
Morpeth Harriers still fielded a 4 x 100m Relay squad,
which excellently finished fourth of the six clubs on track, in a time of 59.8s.

Morpeth Harriers now go into their final North East Youth Development
match at Middlesbrough in two weeks time, still with a fighting chance
of retaining the league title that they won so well at the same venue in 2014.

In order to do so however, they do need more support in effort from the Female section of the club.
On Sunday the Female side of the club only mustered a total of nineteen athletes,
with the Male side producing thirty two.
This is not solely down to Team Managers, as they are constantly
doing their level best to put their strongest respective squads together.

All of the Morpeth Harriers Club Coaches do need to be fully aware of these shortfalls,
and to do their level best to support the club fully in its efforts where possible,
by encouraging their athletes to compete in the important events.

MATCH RESULT (Subject to further scrutiny)
1st Morpeth Harriers 730pts,
2nd Blaydon Harriers 715pts,
3rd Tynedale Harriers 654pts,
4th New Marske 504pts,
5th Durham City 477pts,
6th Houghton Harriers 453pts.

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WHATS NEW INDEX
Tynedale 10k Road Race !
Athlete of the Month Award !
BMC North East Regional 800m Races !
Northumberland Minor Schools Track & Field Championships !
Geronimo Jim !
Sainsbury’s British Championships !
North East Masters Track and Field Championships !
Weetslade Relays !
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NEWS FROM MAY 2014....
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Sainsbury’s British Championships !

Morpeths Laura Weightman woke up on Sunday morning to the realisation of the fact
that she was the newly crowned British Women’s 1500m Champion, plus the added
bonus that she had also won her way through to a second major championship this summer.

Having already qualified to run for England in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this month,
virtue of a lifetime personal best performance of 4m02.72, she has now seen herself on the plane for Zurich,
where she will compete in the European Championships, scheduled to be held between 12th and 17th August.

After finishing second in her heat at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium on
Friday night 27th July in a modest 4m21.60s, she returned on Saturday to
convincingly win her final in 4m09.77s, and secure the British title.

Closest to her in the final was Dundee’s Laura Muir,
who will also face a determined Weightman in the
Commonwealth’s, when competing for Scotland.

Although Weightman’s time was a little short of her best, she was still well pleased with
her performance, and felt that she still has plenty in the tank for her forthcoming challenges.

Also competing in Birmingham were fellow Morpeth Harriers Jonny Taylor and Richard Morrell, and Ashley Gibson.
Taylor finished fifth in the final of the Men’s 5000m in 14m09.43s, behind Border’s Tom Farrell,
who like Weightman may also see himself doubling up in Championships,
having also already made the Commonwealth’s.

Meanwhile Morrell went out in the heats of the Men’s 1500m, finishing sixth in the third race in 3m47.52s.
On Sunday, Gibson ran in a talent filled Women’s 5000m final, where she finished twelfth in 16m29.12s.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Tynedale 10k Road Race !
Athlete of the Month Award !
BMC North East Regional 800m Races !
Northumberland Minor Schools Track & Field Championships !
Geronimo Jim !
North East Youth Development League Division 1 Match 3
North East Masters Track and Field Championships !
Weetslade Relays !
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NEWS FROM MAY 2014....
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North East Masters Track and Field Championships !

Daniel Moore made his debut in a Blue and White vest for Morpeth Harriers in the Open Mile Race,
held at the North East Masters Track and Field Championships,
at Jarrow’s Monkton Stadium on Saturday 28th June.
Moore finished fifth in a time of 5m08.0s.

The only Morpeth Harrier taking part in the official Championships was Archie Jenkins
. He won the Over 60 Men’s 1500m and 5000m events in respective times of 6m00.3s, and 22m54.5s.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Tynedale 10k Road Race !
Athlete of the Month Award !
BMC North East Regional 800m Races !
Northumberland Minor Schools Track & Field Championships !
Geronimo Jim !
North East Youth Development League Division 1 Match 3
Sainsbury’s British Championships !
Weetslade Relays !
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Weetslade Relays !

Tom Straughan, Emma Holt and Phil Walker, Morpeths A Team at Weetslade Relays
The fifth staging of the Claremont Road Runners’ Weetslade Relays proved to be
a highly successful night’s work for Morpeth Harriers last Wednesday (25th June),
with their A team winning the event outright and all six of the club’s teams proving to be highly competitive.

The race, based at Wideopen, sees athletes complete a 2.5 mile circuit of the Weetslade country park,
including an ascent of the old Weetslade spoil heap. Teams of three must include one male,
one female and one veteran of either sex.

Having entered five teams for the first time last year, with a leading team finishing just outside the top three,
the club were hopeful of an improved showing this year and confidently fielded the maximum of six allowed,
with an A team clearly in with a strong shout of outright victory.

Veteran Phil Walker led out purposefully for the club and, although up against many senior athletes,
came home in seventh place with a clocking of 13 minutes 39 seconds,
the third fastest male veteran’s time of the evening.

Walker passed on to Morpeth Harriers’ leading triathlete Emma Holt, and, thankfully showing no after effects
of a tumble from her bike during the recent Windsor Triathlon, she quickly set about cutting down
the margins to the runners ahead of her. By the time she reappeared onto the playing fields,
she had put the team into second place and only some eight seconds behind
early leaders Tyne Bridge Harriers, and in with a strong chance of victory.

There was still work to be done by the final leg runner Tom Straughan, however,
with the colourfully named Sparrow Morley of Tyne Bridge holding a clear lead.
Straughan set about chasing him down doggedly from the off as it soon
became clear that this was one sparrow he was determined to knock off his perch !
A greater threat was posed by last year’s winners Jarrow and Hebburn AC,
now only twenty seconds behind, with their third leg runner Andy Burn having
set the fastest time for the distance last year.

Straughan showed excellent judgment throughout the leg, however,
and having overtaken Morley relatively early never saw his lead seriously challenged,
with Morpeth completing the relay in an overall time of 40m 45s. Burn at least had the consolation
of again running the fastest time of the night (12m 39s) and bringing his team home in second place.
Straughan’s own clocking of 12m 46s was the second fastest of the evening.

Behind the A team, there were a whole series of strong performances from the club,
with the B, C and D teams all finishing less than a minute and a half from each other.

The B team (or perhaps more accurately ‘team Hancox’) were headed out by Sam Hancox,
Morpeth’s first runner home on leg one, in fifth place overall in a time of 13m 25s.
Veteran Jane Briggs, who confessed later to being a little overawed at finding herself in such a leading position,
then clocked a respectable 16m 57s and handed on to Rob Hancox in seventh place.
Hancox senior had his customary gutsy run and the team finished in a highly commendable
tenth place overall with an aggregate time of 44m 59s.

Very close to them were the C and D teams, with Paul Waterston, still nursing a hamstring injury from the previous
week’s race at Newburn, leading out for the C team(14m 41s) and handing on to Lindsey Turnbull.
Another triathlete in strong form at present, Turnbull clocked the club’s second fastest female
time of the night (16m 46s) and it was left to Tony Lewis to anchor the team.
This he did in a time of 14m 13s, leaving the team in twelfth place overall with an aggregate time of 45m 40s.

Only three places behind them were the D team of Mark Snowball (15m 3s), Kate Chapman (17m 8s) and,
continuing his return to competitive racing, Morpeth Harriers’ men’s team captain, Dave Swinburne (14m 11s).
Their fifteenth place (46m 22s) meant that the club had now returned four teams in the top fifteen places,
as well as providing the winning team – no mean achievement.

Morpeth’s E team were led out by Jim Alder in 15m 39s with Shuna Rank,
one of several athletes competing for the club in an event of this nature for the first time,
on second leg (18m 6s) and youngster Alison Brown (16m 54s) having
the difficult job of running up against mostly male athletes on the third.
Their final time of 50m 39s put them in a very respectable thirty ninth position
overall. Of club’s fielding six teams, they were in fact the second E team home.

The club’s final count was an all veteran affair with local Mike Winter somewhat surprised
to find his planned dog walk had turned into running the lead leg ! Nevertheless, he came home
in a time of 16m 4s and passed on to another runner making a debut in an event of this nature,
Sue Smith. Not looking at all out of place in a time of 18m 17s she handed on to Lesley Chapman,
whose time of 18m 21s meant an aggregate time of 52m 42s and forty eighth place overall,
with some twenty five teams still out on the course. Like the E team, they were second F team home,
with Morpeth one of only seven clubs to field the full six teams allowed.

A productive and enjoyable evening was capped with the announcement that, not only had the A team won the
competition outright, but that Holt’s time was the fastest female time of the night. Congratulations to all involved.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Daniel Dixon Wins the Tri-Star 2 Championship in Scotland !
Northern Area Schools Inter Counties Track & Field Championships !
England Athletics Under 20/Under 23 Track & Field Championships !
Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix (3)
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Daniel Dixon Wins the Tri-Star 2 Championship in Scotland !

Recent winner of the Mayors Trophy at the annual Morpeth Sports Awards,
Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Boy athlete Daniel Dixon, certainly maintained his
prowess as a true all rounder, when he won the Tri-Star 2 Championship, (11 and 12 Year Olds),
at the annual Scottish National Triathlon Championships, held at Bellahouston, on Saturday 21st June.

Daniel proved to be second fastest in the 200m Swim, despite going off course,
and losing around ten seconds, was also second fastest in the 6k Bicycle event,
and he rounded things off nicely to win the overall championship for his age group,
by finishing third fastest in the 1800m Run.

Finishing in an overall time of 22m12s in the three events, Daniel, who competes
in this event under the banner of Ryton Triathlon Club, won by a margin of 26 seconds.

Unfortunately rules only permit a Scottish National to hold the winner’s trophy,
so he was unable to bring that home as a souvenir of his achievement; however
he has certainly come back with the memory of an enjoyable day.

Well Done Daniel !

WHATS NEW INDEX
Weetslade Relays !
Northern Area Schools Inter Counties Track & Field Championships !
England Athletics Under 20/Under 23 Track & Field Championships !
Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix (3)
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Northern Area Schools Inter Counties Track and Field Championships !

Morpeth Harriers Nathan Cox and Sean O’Hara, were undoubtedly very much two of the star
performers at the Northern Area Schools Inter Counties Track and Field Championships,
held at Gateshead’s International Stadium on Saturday 21st June.

The fixture, which gathers together regional qualifiers from Northumberland, Durham, Cleveland, and Cumbria,
traditionally is the final stepping stone for successful athletes to catch the eye of respective county Team Managers
who are about to make their final selections for the English Schools Track and Field Championships,
scheduled to be held at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium on Friday 11th, and Saturday 12th July.
In that essence, Cox and O’Hara more than matched the required qualification standards.

Both respective winners of the Intermediate Boys 800m and Junior Boys 300m,
their individual performances definitely met the standards required.
In Cox’s case, a new personal best of 1m57.6s was well inside the School
entry standard of 1m59.0s, and very close to actual National standard.

For O’Hara, it also saw new figures of 37.3s, which wasn’t only well inside
the entry standard, but was fractionally better than the National standard.

Not far behind O’Hara in the 300m was his Morpeth Harriers club colleague Will Kelly,
who also excellently set new figures of 39.2s, when finishing third.

O’Hara’s most feared opponent William Curtis of Durham, unfortunately took a
heavy tumble in the home straight, and trailed in last of the eight finalists in 40.8s.

Morpeth’s Ryan Green must wait to see if the fact that he finished second
in the Intermediate Boys 1500m in 4m14.5s, is good enough to please the
Northumberland selectors, and the same applies to Intermediate Girl Megan Deakin,
who also placed second in the 300m in 43.10s.
Both timings were outside the required standards; however their consistent
performances in previous outings may well see them on the bus for Birmingham in July.

Another excellent Morpeth Harriers performer was Joe Elder,
who finished second in the Senior Boys 400m, in a new personal best of 53.20s.

Morpeth’s Kieran Hedley, although finishing fifth, set new figures of 2m10.0s in the Junior Boys 800m.
In the Junior Boys 100m, Morpeth Harrier Declan Stoker equalled his best of 12.0s, when finishing third.

Another third place in the Junior Boys events was that of Discus thrower
Ruaridh Lang, who performed a best of 31.00m.

In the Senior Boys 800m, Phillip Winkler clocked 2m03.2s, when finishing second.

Elliot Kelly, representing Durham, clocked 4m18.4s in the Senior Boys 1500m, to finish fourth.

Another fourth placed Morpeth Harriers finisher was Adam Weightman, whose 9m59.0s
in the Intermediate Boys 3000m, was disappointingly some way adrift of his best.

Other Morpeth Harriers performances on the day came from
Amber Cormack (Intermediate Girls 800m) (7th) 2m30.5s,
Lauren Eadington (Intermediate Girls 800m) (9th) 2m38.8s,
Charlotte Jewell (Intermediate Girls 3000m) (4th) 11m52.0s,
Louise Brett (Intermediate Girls 300m Hurdles) (5th) 51.30s (*PB), and Long Jump (6th) 4.27m.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Weetslade Relays !
Daniel Dixon Wins the Tri-Star 2 Championship in Scotland !
England Athletics Under 20/Under 23 Track & Field Championships !
Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix (3)
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England Athletics Under 20/Under 23 Track & Field Championships !

Morpeth Harrier Jack Hepple certainly made up for his previous weeks
lost opportunities on Sunday, when he got through to the finals
of the Under 20 Mens 200m, on Day 2 of the England Athletics
Under 20/Under 23 Track and Field Championships,
held at Bedford on Saturday and Sunday 21st/22nd June.

Having being forced out of competing in the 200m at the Northern Championships in Manchester,
the North East Champion clearly showed his resolve and determination by recording
a lifetime personal best of 21.73s, when finishing second in his heat.

In the final he clocked 22.02s to finish seventh, however he did take a great deal of compensatory
satisfaction from the fact that in both cases he had finished ahead of the previous weeks
Northern Champion Daniel Heald of Sale Harriers, on both occasions.

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Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix (3)

The graded Stan Long Mile, held in honour of the former Gateshead Harriers Coach,
was the major event at the third Start Fitness sponsored North Eastern Grand Prix fixture,
held at Gateshead Stadium on Wednesday 18th June.

Six Morpeth Harriers contested the distance, which was held over two graded events.
Three of those athletes were in the first race, and Nathan Cox, who finished fifth overall in 4m22.7s,
emerged easily, as the fastest of four competing Under 17 Men athletes.

Ahead of him in the race were his more Senior Morpeth Harriers colleagues Nick McCormick,
and Nick Swinburn, who were second and third respectively in times of 4m12.2s, and 4m16.8s.

Although he could not score in the Grand Prix itself, because he did not belong to a participating club,
visiting Woodford Green and Essex Ladies athlete Jonathan Cooke saw compensation from the
fact that he won the trophy that was presented to him by Stan Long’s Widow Joan,
in honour of him taking the Mile title in an excellent 4m11.0s.
It was the first time that Cooke had managed to dip under 4m20s for the distance.

Another superb Morpeth Harriers Under 17 Mens performance on the night,
came from Ryan Green, who won both the High Jump and Long Jump,
with bests of 1.80m, and 5.60m respectively.
He also learnt on the night, that he had won the Male Athlete performance
award from the previous meeting at Monkton.

Going back to the graded Mile events, Morpeth Harriers Amber Cormack, and Abby Sheldon
were first and second of three competing athletes in the Under 17 Womens section,
with respective times of 5m41.7s, and 5m44.1s.
Abby also finished third in her strongest Field event,
the Javelin, with her strongest throw being 21.17m.

Alison Brown of Morpeth was the lone entrant in the Mile
in the Under 20 Womens section, where she clocked 6m04.6s.

Nadine Arkle of Morpeth was one of the nights fastest performers
in the Under 13 Girls 100m, where she clocked 14.7s.
Her club colleague Holly Peck also clocked 15.7s,
but Peck’s best performance came in the 1500m, when she finished sixth in 5m41.9s.

Morpeth’s Jake Jardine was just squeezed out for victory in a very
tight finish in the Under 15 Boys 100m, where he clocked 12.3s.
Clubmate Declan Stoker clocked 12.4s for fourth.
Stoker also jumped 4.65m for eighth in the Long Jump.

The best Morpeth Under 15 Boys performance of the night however,
belonged to Mitch Green, who equalled his personal best of 2.20m in the Pole Vault.

In the Under 15 Boys 1500m, Morpeth’s Kieran Hedley and Adam Shewry
were fourth and seventh respectively in times of 4m33.6s, and 4m50.7s.

In the Under 13 Boys events Ross Charlton was the lone Morpeth Harriers performer.
He finished fourth in the 1500m in 5m08.4s, and seventh in the 100m in 14.7s.

Naomi Arkle was fifth equal fastest performer in the Under 15 Girls 100m, with her clocking of 14.0s.
Fellow Morpeth Harrier Lizzie Rank, clocked 5m23.8s, when finishing fifth in the Under 15 Girls 1500m.

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2014 Newburn River Run !
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2014 Newburn River Run !

365 finishers contested the annual Newburn River Run, held on Wednesday 18th June.
Amongst them were 21 runners from Morpeth Harriers, who were led home by Sam Hancox,
who finished an excellent eighth behind race winner Dan Jenkin of Durham City,
who clocked 35m10s. Hancox clocked 37m40s.

Other Morpeth Harriers finishers were as follows
Matthew Boyle (17th) 38m23s,
Rob Hancox (28th) (5th O/45) 39m48s, Paul Waterston (29th) (6th O/45) 39m57s,
Matthew Forster (38th) 41m00s,
Mark Snowball (42nd) 41m20s,
Gavin Bayne (50th) (1st O/55) 41m56s,
Jim Alder (57th) (5th O/50) 42m16s,
Michael Winter (75th) (6th O/40) 43m29s,
Paul Banks (79th) (7th O/40) 43m37s,
Peter Scaife (93rd) (10th O/50) 44m31s,
Hamish McCallister – Williams (94th) (11th O/50) 44m45s,
Jane Briggs (98th) (6th Lady) (1st O/45 Lady) 45m12s,
Les Cavill (114th) (7th O/55) 46m09s,
Mark Crosby (135th) (17th O/50) 47m33s,
Norman Clark (160th) (3rd O/60) 48m54s,
Lesley Chapman (166th) (21st Lady) (3rd O/50 Lady) 49m24s,
Pam Woodcock (213th) (42nd Lady) (1st O/60 Lady) 52m24s,
Sue Smith (229th) (51st Lady) (8th O/45 Lady) 53m00s,
Jane Blackett (262nd) (63rd Lady) (6th O/50 Lady) 55m23s,
and Kate Herron (279th) (74th Lady) 56m43s.

2014 NEWBURN RIVER RUN RESULTS

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Run Northumberland Bamburgh 10k Road Race !
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Commonwealth Games Selection for Laura Weightman !

Laura Weightman is celebrating her selection to what are her third major games in two years.
Having made the Olympics in 2012, and the World Championships in 2013,
Laura’s selection for the England Commonwealth Squad,
for the forthcoming Games to be held in Glasgow,
could not have come at a better time for her.

Laura is clearly in her best form, as she tops the British Rankings in her chosen event, the 1500m,
having run a time of 4m02.72s in Eugene, Oregon on 31st May, which was not only a lifetime personal best,
but also was a new Morpeth Harriers club record.
Only Dundee Hawkhill’s Laura Muir is anywhere near her on time,
having clocked 4m02.91s on 8th June, and she will be competing for Scotland.

On Saturday 14th June, Laura clearly further showed her current potential,
when she finished a superb second in the Women’s 800m
at the prestigious Golden Spike Meeting, held in Leiden in the Netherlands.
Laura clocked 2m03.23s, which although an excellent season’s best,
was just slightly adrift of her own personal best.
She was only 0.22s adrift of actual victory,
which went to Mirela Lavric of Romania.
Fellow Briton Megan Edwards finished seventh in 2m09.28s.

Laura is one of seven North East athletes included in the England squad,
and will face the starter in the Women’s 1500m on Tuesday 29th July,
on the purpose made track in Hampden Park, Glasgow,
along with Hannah England, and Jemma Simpson.

Her coach Steve Cram believes she is in the best shape possible
to tackle her forthcoming challenge, however is also fully aware
that she faces tough opposition on a Commonwealth basis,
and he expects that there will be a strong line-up of Kenyan athletes to contend with.

Barring injury and misfortune, the former World Mile Record Holder,
is clearly not ruling out the possibility of his protégé making the medal podium in Glasgow,
but there is still a great deal of preparation work to do, and he believes that mentally,
Laura is very much aware of the hurdles she faces, and remains positive towards her targets.

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Run Northumberland Bamburgh 10k Road Race !

A brand new course record was set in the Run Northumberland Bamburgh 10k on Sunday 15th June,
by Herne Hill Harrier Jonathan Stead, who posted an excellent 33m00s,
on the tough and hilly, yet picturesque course set around the Northumberland Coastal Village.

Finishing only twenty three and forty four seconds adrift of him in second and third places respectively,
were Morpeth Harriers pair Carl Avery and Karl Taylor.
Whilst Avery has set himself a few targets on his relatively busy racing programme,
Taylor is still in the early stages of his competitive comeback following injury,
and neither can feel disappointed to finish so close behind a record breaking performance.

Another Morpeth Harrier in stages of a competive comeback is Jane Hodgson,
who won the Ladies race by over a minute from her closest rival, in a time of 39m18s,
which also set new figures for the Ladies Course Record.

Third Lady finisher was Angela Reeve of Wetherby Road Runners,
formerly a Morpeth Harrier, when she was known as Angela Dickie.
Angela clocked 40m54s.

Other Morpeth Harriers Results were as follows
Mark Crosby (60th) 44m31s,
Gary Mason (101st) 47m31s,
Susan Smith (118th) 48m45s,
Lindsey Cooper (164th) 52m01s,
Kate Herron (175th) 53m27s,
and Jane Blackett (180th) 54m03s.

The event had 289 finishers.

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Northumberland Schools Track & Field Championships !

Several Morpeth Harriers featured prominently amongst the performances
at the annual Northumberland Schools Track and Field Championships,
held at Gateshead’s International Stadium on Saturday 14th June.

Thankfully athletes were able to compete on a relatively warm sunny day, with intermittent clouds,
however by the time that the six hours of competition got underway, the early morning threat of rain
had somewhat dispersed, and the only distraction that remained was a relatively moderate breeze.

There were three age groups competing, Juniors, Intermediates, and Seniors, and two genders,
with the first two in most events gaining qualification to the forthcoming North Eastern Schools Inter Counties
Championships, the final stepping stone before the English Schools Championships in July.

In the Senior Boy’s events Morpeth Harriers produced winners in Joe Elder (East Northumberland)
and Phillip Winkler (North Northumberland) in the 400m and 800m.
Elder clocked 54.33s in the 400m, and Winkler clocked 2m04.58s in the 800m.

Nathan Cox (North) won the Intermediate Boys 800m in 1m59.92s,
then went on to finish second in the 1500m (4m17.90s),
to club colleague Ryan Green (East) (4m15.40s).

Also competing in the 1500m was fellow Morpeth Harrier Jacob Hopkins (East), who was fourth in 4m35.40s.

Another Intermediate Boys winner from Morpeth Harriers
was Adam Weightman (North), who won the 3000m in 9m47.13s.

Elliot Moore (East) was second in the Intermediate Boys Discus with his best of 28.90m.

Other Morpeth Harriers competing in the Intermediate Boys events were,
Sam Williams (East) (High Jump) (6th) 1.45m,
Jamie Warburton (East) (Long Jump) (4th) 5.23m,
Euan Jones (East) (Long Jump) (5th) 5.08m,
Toby Parks (North) (Shot) (4th) 10.05m, and (Discus) (4th) 26.07m.

In the Junior Boys events, there were excellent victories for
Morpeth Harriers Sean O’Hara (East), and Kieran Hedley (North).

O’Hara won the 300m in 38.21s, just ahead of clubmate Will Kelly (North Tyneside) 40.34s.
Hedley won the 800m in 2m15.05s, and clubmate Josh Burton (East) finished third in 2m20.99s.

In the Junior Boys 100m, after getting through their respective heats,
Morpeth Harriers Declan Stoker (East), and Jake Jardine (East),
finished second and third in the Final, with clockings of 12.23s and 12.28s.
Stoker had earlier won his heat in 12.26s,
and Jardine had finished second in his with an excellent faster 12.07s.
Unfortunately Mitchell Cryer (North) went out in his heat, when finishing fifth in 13.61s.

Mitch Green (East) finished fifth in the Junior Boys 200m in 25.84s.

Staying with Track events, Adam Shewry (East) finished fifth in the 1500m in 5m01.25s.

In the Junior Boys Field events, North Eastern Gold Medal winner Ruaridh Lang (East)
got slightly muscled out in the Discus, where he placed second with a best of 31.65m.
Fellow Morpeth Harrier Charlie Chisholm (East) finished fifth with his best throw of 20.62m.

The best Morpeth Harriers Girls Track performance of the day
undoubtedly belonged to Megan Deakin (East).
She was a clear winner in the Intermediate 300m in 43.25s.

Amber Cormack (East) and Lauren Eadington (East) finished second and third respectively
in the Intermediate 800m, with clockings of 2m30.58s, and 2m34.54s.

Louise Brett (East) won the 300m Hurdles in 54.41s.

Abby Sheldon (North) showed her versatile talents by finishing fourth
in the 1500m (5m13.68s), and fourth in the Javelin (22.83m).

Charlotte Jewell (East) finished second in the Intermediate 3000m in 11m47.31s.

Kirsty Lang (East) finished third in her heat of the Intermediate Girls 100m in 13.69s,
and sixth in her later run Final with 13.91s.
She also finished sixth in the High Jump with her clearance of 1.40m.

In the Junior Girls events, the best Morpeth Harriers performance came from
Georgia Priest (East), who finished second in the Shot, with a best of 8.81m.
Her cousin Harriet Priest (East), was also a busy athlete, finishing seventh in the
Final of the 800m in 2m41.38s, fourth in the Final of the 75m Hurdles in 13.09s,
finishing one place behind her Morpeth Harriers clubmate Hannah Brown (East) 12.83s.

Lizzy Rank (East) finished sixth in the Junior Girls High Jump,
with her clearance of 1.25m.
She also finished fifth in the 1500m in 5m33.74s.

Another Morpeth Harrier competing in the 1500m was Lois Scott (East), who finished ninth in 6m16.17s.

Naomi Arkle (East) finished second in her heat of the
Junior Girls 100m in 13.50s, and fifth in the Final with 13.78s.

Ellie Kidd finished eighth in the 800m in 2m42.5s.

Beth Laidler (East) won both the 100m and 200m in the Senior Girls events,
with respective clockings of 13.25s, and 27.60s.

Meanwhile over at Monkton Stadium, Morpeth Harrier Elliot Kelly,
who competes for Durham Schools because he attends Gateshead College,
finished second in their Senior Boys 1500m in 4m16.2s.

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Northern Athletics Senior & Under 20 Track & Field Championships !

North Eastern Counties Under 20 Mens sprint champion Jack Hepple of Morpeth Harriers,
helped himself to a first day Bronze medal in the 100m Final, at the Northern Athletics
combined Senior and Under 20 Track and Field Championships,
held at Sports City in Manchester, over Saturday and Sunday 14th and 15th June.

After finishing second in his heat in 11.01s, he clocked 10.96s to win his first Northern Championship medal,
behind winner Elliot Hurley of City of Sheffield (10.73s), and second placed Reece Simms of Derby (10.86s),
who had beaten Hepple in his earlier heat.

Unfortunately Jack was unable to compete on Sunday, where he was also anticipating picking up a medal,
due to an unfortunate ham-string strain suffered during the act of gaining his Bronze.
In the meantime he is hoping to recover in time to maintain his excellent form in future competition.

Other Morpeth Harriers in action on the first day of competition were Jonny Taylor and Lewis Timmins.
Both competed in the Senior Mens 1500m Final, where Jonny just missed out on a Bronze medal,
when he finished in fourth place in 3m47.75s, finishing only 0.57s adrift of Trafford’s Graham Hogg.

Meanwhile Lewis finished seventh in 3m55.71s, just behind Durham City’s
Northern Cross Country and North Eastern 5000m Champion Dan Garbutt.

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The Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Ceremony !

Nearly forty eight years ago Morpeth Harriers Club President Jim Alder was having his finest hour,
Thursday 11th August 1966 at 8.00am to be precise.
He was winning the most prized Commonwealth Games Gold Medal in the Mens Marathon,
in the National Stadium, in Kingston Jamaica.

That achievement made him legendary, and his victory cry of “Geronimo”,
could easily be heard not only in the nearby backstreets of the West Indian capital,
but also back home in Scotland in his birthplace Govan, near Glasgow,
and certainly not least in his adopted home town of Morpeth in Northumberland,
to which he eventually returned to receive a richly deserved Civic Reception several weeks later.

Although that achievement certainly brought him worldwide fame,
the humble man still remained, and has done to this very day.

In that, Alder has always had a close affection for the Games that gave him his finest achievement,
and on Saturday 14th June, he took part in his latest association to them,
by accepting the honour of carrying the Queen’s baton in a local park in Coldstream,
before it was carried across the Border Bridge, which is when it began the last leg of its journey through the UK,
before arriving in Glasgow for the Commencement of the Commonwealth Games,
which begin on Wednesday 23rd July, and end on Sunday 3rd August.

Athletics activities take place on a specially laid track for the occasion,
in the Scottish National Arena, Hampden Park, and they actually commence
on Sunday 27th July, ending on Saturday 2nd August 2014.

For Alder, this also meant another early start, just as he had done forty eight years earlier.
He and his Wife Kathleen, Son Ian, Daughter Susan, her husband Ed,
and Grandchildren Josh and Granddaughter Libby, who were all his chosen official supporters,
had to be up at 4.30am, to be at Coldstream for 6.00am, with Jim taking the Baton officially at 8.00am,
for what involved no more than a 200m walk as his contribution to the Baton ceremony.

The journey to Coldstream was considerably lengthened by the required road closures needed to cope with the
ceremony, and Alder confessed that handling this was similar to a Marathon effort itself.

This was Jim’s third occasion of being a Queen’s Baton bearer for the Commonwealth Games,
and he readily confesses to being very proud to be chosen to play his part in what he also admits
are his favourite games, and for very valid reasons that we give mention to, earlier on in this article.

He first took part in the Baton Ceremony in 1970, when he was still a feared competitor.
That was in Edinburgh, when he was the mystery runner who ran into Meadowbank Stadium,
carrying Her Majesty’s Commonwealth Message to all at the Games.

His second association was in 1986, when the Games were again held in Scotland,
in Edinburgh, and Jim again had to go to Coldstream,
this time being the Official Bearer designated to the Border Bridge.

The Baton Ceremony also marked the beginning of what is going to be a very busy month for Alder,
as he will certainly be in attendance at the Games, and will also be hoping to enjoy some of the celebrations,
along with several fellow countrymen, and former athletic opponents,
including the man who accidently very nearly robbed him of his finest hour,
Bill Adcocks, who is himself still very much active in the sport as an official,
and also a hard working supporter of his Midland Club, Coventry Godiva,
also the club made famous by other British Athletics legends, Basil Heatley, Brian Kilby,
and former Head of UK Athletics, and World 5000m Champion Dave Moorcroft.

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Morpeth Harriers Most Travelled Athlete !

If an award was to be given for Morpeth Harriers recently most travelled athlete,
then there is no doubt that Andrew Lawrence would easily bag the Gold Medal.

Less than two weeks ago the London based Banker was taking part in the Poole 10k Road Race
on the South Coast of England, where he finished fifth in a new personal best time for the distance.

Last Monday (9th June), he travelled up to Newcastle from London
by train to take part in the Blaydon Race, where he finished an excellent 13th.

His journey back to London that night was quite epic however,
as he took two days to return to the capital.York was the scene
of his first part of his delayed journey, as he was stuck on his train
for an hour and a quarter without movement, which became worse
as he progressed southwards, as when he reached Doncaster,
his train was stopped again, on this occasion another two hours.

Realising that he was not going to get back to London that night in decent time,
and that he was due to attend a two day course related to his work in Milton Keynes
the following day, he decided to cut his journey short, and Taxi his way to the Northamptonshire venue,
clad in only his Track Suit and Morpeth Running Vest, and booked himself into a Travel Lodge in Milton Keynes.

He spent the two day course dressed as he was, and eventually made his way back to London
on the Wednesday evening, to pick up the cycle that he had left padlocked at Kings Cross.

On Saturday 14th June, Andrew was on his travels again, this time to the very far North West of Scotland,
where he placed a superb third in the Isle of Skye Half Marathon in an equally excellent time of 73m40s.

Andrew’s other travelling experiences are already well documented.
In 2012 he cycled for charity from West to East Coast in America,
and in 2013 he arrived back just in time for the Blaydon Race,
after travelling back from Russia, having also conquered Europe’s
highest mountain, another charity based challenge.

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The 2014 Blaydon Race (Full Report)

Male and Female Kenyan athletes dominated proceedings in both gender events at the
34th running of the prestigious Blaydon Race, held on its annual date of the 9th June.
Nick Swinburn in action at the Blaydon Race on Monday 9th June
Photo courtesy of Ian Smith
The Men’s race was won by Peter Emase in a finishing time of 26m34s,
fourteen seconds ahead of 2013 winner, and fellow countryman Boniface Kiprop Kongin,
who had been dropped by Emase in the final mile, after regaining closeness,
following being slightly adrift at the four mile point.

It was also Emase’s second victory in the event, having won in 2012,
bearing a different surname of Lemuya, when he had finished a good minute slower.
However he was still around fourteen seconds slower than Kiprop’s record win on the course in 2013.

A course record that did fall however was fellow Kenyan Paula Lekepana’s
2013 winning effort of 29m51s in the Women’s race.
It was broken by another Kenyan Joanne Chelimo, who won by the fraction of one second in 29m42s,
from fellow team-mate Gladys Yator, who also got inside the old figures.

On the local front however, it was the performance of Morpeths Nick Swinburn that really caught the eye.
Swinburn had in the earlier stages of the 5.9mile event been very much at the helm of a chasing group,
after Emase, Kiprop and Tipton’s former Elswick Harrier Ryan McLeod,
son of seven times Blaydon winner Mike, had stolen away.
That group included Swinburn’s Morpeth Harriers clubmates Peter Newton and Ian Hudspith,
Wallsend’s Ethiopian Yarod Hagos, and Sunderland Harrier Mark Hood.

Swinburn eventually himself broke away from that group, and went off in relentless pursuit of McLeod,
eventually drawing level with him on Chain Bridge Road, on the final approaches into Blaydon.
McLeod eventually succumbed to the pressure being applied by Swinburn,
and the Morpeth Man went off to claim a much deserved third podium place,
in a superb finishing time of 27m11s, beating his Tipton rival by five seconds.
Ian Hudspith and Peter Newton in action at the Blaydon Race on Monday 9th June
Photo courtesy of Ian Smith
Not far behind McLeod were Morpeth pair Newton and Hudspith in respective times
of 27m18s. and 27m21s, with Hudspith claiming the top Veteran Men’s prize.

Other top Morpeth Harriers performers in the Men’s race were Carl Avery (12th) 29m25s,
Andrew Lawrence (13th) 29m37s, John Butters (17th) (15th Man) 30m00s,
Thomas Straughan (18th) (16th Man) 30m07s, and Sam Hancox (39th) (36th Man) 31m28s.

In the Women’s race, Morpeth Harriers also had some leading performers in
Emma Holt (116th) (8th Lady) 33m50s, and new signing Vicky Gibbs,
making a superb debut in the Blue and White of her new club following her transfer from Wallsend Harriers,
who finished not far behind Emma in 119th place, and as tenth Lady,
with a clocking of 33m59s.

Other Morpeth Harriers results were as follows
Phil Walker (54th) (5th O/45 Man) 32m08s,
Paul Waterston (56th) (6th O/45 Man) 32m17s,
Rob Hancox (106th) (14th O/45 Man) 33m28s,
Tony Lewis (82nd Man) 34m24s,
Matthew Forster (114th Man) 35m39s,
Mark Snowball (124th Man) 36m03s,
Jim Alder (221st) (15th O/50 Man) 36m13s,
Steve Haswell (229th) (35th O/45 Man) 36m22s,
Ian Christie (321st) (43rd O/40 Man) 37m42s,
Mike Winter (369th) (53rd O/40 Man) 38m20s,
Tony Holt ( 189th Man) 38m21s,
Jane Briggs (424th) (3rd O/50 Lady) 38m55s,
Peter Scaife (432nd) (32nd O/50 Man) 38m58s,
Paul Banks (452nd) (72nd O/40 Man) 39m12s,
Hamish McCallister- Williams (495th) (37th O/50 Man) 39m43s,
Eric Adams (607th) 40m56s,
Lesley Chapman (705th) (5th O/55 Lady) 41m56s,
Bob Sewell (785th) (27th O/55 Man) 42m38s,
Mark Crosby (881st) (71st O/50 Man) 43m44s,
Andrew Stephenson (885th) (112th O/45 Man) 43m45s,
Richard Sill (1125th) (45th O/55 Man) 45m32s,
Susan Smith (1182nd) (24th O/45 Lady) 45m56s,
Jane Blackett (1677th) (28th O/50 Lady) 49m31s,
Simon Lund (1833rd) (201st O/45 Man) 50m32s,
and Clair Walker (277th Lady) 51m26s.

As a footnote to the Morpeth Harriers individual results,
Susan Smith ran nearly three minutes better on the present
course than she had done previously, a tremendous reward
for all the recent hard work she has put in, with the guidance
of her club coach Chris Waugh, in itself, an excellent Coaching Achievement.

A total of 3,581 finishers took part in the 2014 Blaydon Race,
sponsored by Start Fitness, and the official race charity
the “Toma Fund,” supporting Childrens Cancer Relief,
benefitted greatly from competitors generosity on the night.

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Northern League Division 3E Match 2 June 7th 2014

Action from the Northern League Division 3E Match at Whitley Bay on Saturday
Morpeth Harriers Senior Men and Women’s Track and Field squad fought out a tense battle with host club
North Shields Poly in their second round Northern League Division 3 match,
held at a very much rain-swept Churchill Track, at Whitley Bay on Saturday 7th June.

Having won the first round match at Darlington at the beginning of May,
Morpeth Harriers had every reason to feel confident about winning the second,
and they very much nearly did that, only losing out by a mere nine match points,
in what had become very much a two horse race,
with the combined Heaton Harriers/Tyne Bridge Harriers squad,
a further sixty points adrift in third place.

Action from the Northern League Division 3E Match at Whitley Bay on Saturday 7th June
In the Men’s events, as at Darlington, sprinters Jack Hepple and David Storey were very much in dominant form.
Hepple easily won both the 100m and 200m events with respective clockings of 10.9s and an excellent 22.2s.
Meanwhile Storey duly obliged for maximum points in the B races by comfortably winning in 11.7s, and 24.3s.

Both were also very much instrumental in their 4 x 100m squads Relay victory in 47.5s later on in the match,
with added assistance coming from Under 17 youngster Jamie Warburton,
who was making his Northern League Senior debut, and Team Manager John Thompson.

Whilst the Morpeth Male sprinters were very much dominant,
their middle distance and distance specialists also played their part,
forcing three double string victories in the 800m, 1500m, and 5000m events,
only losing out in the Steeplechase, having no athlete to take on the seven and a half laps of barriers,
and an invitation to have close terms with water, all of which form the make - up of the 3000m Steeplechase.

Perhaps it was the immediate thought that there was enough water around for all,
as the incessant rain continued to prevail, that was enough to make the latter event less inviting,
however that factor did nothing to dampen the spirits of Ryan Green, Lewis Timmins,
Ryan Stephenson, Nathan Cox, Ade Whitwam, and Elliot Kelly,
who between them pulled off three magnificent double string victories.

Green won a separately run Men’s 800m A race in 2m00.2s,
with Timmins clearly taking the B event in 2m02.2s.
Stephenson ran an excellent 4m07.7s to win the A race of the 1500m,
and Cox very much hung on to his shirt tails throughout,
to win the B race in an equally excellent 4m09.0s.

Whitwam was very much a clear winner of the 5000m A race in a superb 15m17.6s,
and only the force of North Shields Poly’s Scott Ellis prevented another Morpeth one two,
with Kelly coming home third in a new personal best of 16m15.7s to take the B race in third place overall.

The Morpeth Harriers Field event contribution was dominated by the Appleby brothers, Steven and Paul.
Their best results came in the Discus and Shot events, where the pair achieved two double string victories.

Steven took the Discus event with his best throw of 30.90m,
which was a good eight metres clear of his A String rival.
The closest of all to him was brother Paul, who took the B String with a best of 27.10m,
which was nearly seven metres clear of his closest rival.

Appleby honours were reversed in the Shot, with Paul taking the A String with his best Putt of 8.95m,
which was only a mere centimetre ahead of his closest rival, and Steven took the B String with 7.50m.

The pair teamed up in the Hammer, Paul finishing third in the A String with 24.52m,
and Steven taking second in the B String with 20.86m.
Steven also backed John Thompson up in the Javelin by finishing fifth in the B String with 13.16m,
whilst Thompson threw a best of 29.88m to clinch third A String spot.

Thompson also finished fifth in the Triple Jump (9.50m),
and won the Long Jump B String with 5.02m,
backing up debutant Jamie Warburton’s A String effort of 5.04m,
which gave him third place.
Warburton also cleared 1.50m to finish fourth in the High Jump.

Lewis Timmins, Ryan Stephenson, Ade Whitwam and Elliot Kelly,
teamed up to bring Morpeth Harriers 4 x 400m Relay squad home in fourth place in 3m51.9s.

On to the Women’s events, where Morpeth Harriers achieved no less than five A String victories,
four of them belonged to thrower Claire Reid, six B String successes,
plus an excellent 4 x100m Relay victory, amidst a host of other good supporting performances.

Sprinters Beth Laidler and Megan Deakin very nearly pulled off two double string victories.
In the 100m, Laidler took second place in the A String in 13.5s,
and was well backed up by Deakin’s excellent B String win in 13.4s.
Deakin won an excellent 200m A race in 27.2s, whilst Laidler took the B race in 27.9s.

In the 800m and 1500m events, Under 17 athlete Abby Sheldon finished
as third and second A String in respective times of 2m25.1s, and 5m24.3s.

Fellow Under 17 athlete Lauren Eadington backed Sheldon up well by taking the 800m B race in 2m41.9s,
and Under 20 athlete Hannah Sheerin duly obliged by winning the 1500m B race in 5m39.9s.

Eva De Boer finished second in the 400m A race in 68.5s,
and Kate Chapman was fifth in the B String event in 84.2s.
Chapman also won the 3000m B race in 12m29.8s,
backing up Charlotte Jewell’s sterling A race performance,
in finishing second in 11m58.5s.

Whilst the rain teamed relentlessly, Morpeth Harrier Claire Reid
produced a true five star performance in the Field Events.
Winning no less than four A String events, she was really the power performer of the match.

Her wins were clearly outstanding, with her 31.31m in the Discus proving to be her best margin of all.
17.13m by Houghton’s Laura Fenwick was the closest performance to her,
and Morpeth’s Kirsty Lang’s 15.21m, proved to be good for second B String placing.

Reid nearly matched up her Discus effort in the Hammer,
where her best of 29.47m clearly won the day.
She went on to throw 18.27m to win the Javelin,
which was well backed up by Under 17 athlete Abby Sheldon’s 18.15m,
which saw her take the B String to very effectively seal a Morpeth Harriers double victory.

Reid and Lang also teamed up in the Shot, with Reid taking the A String with her best of 9.86m.
Lang was only fractionally away from creating another club double,
when putting 5.43m for second B String placing.

Not content with winning four A string throwing events,
Reid also showed her good team spirit by jumping 2.22m to finish fourth in the Long Jump B,
backing up Charlotte Jewell’s 3.25m in the A String, which gave her sixth place.

Kirsty Lang was never far away in the pecking order,
when she cleared 1.45m, to finish as second equal in the High Jump.

Sprinters Beth Laidler and Megan Deakin showed that despite the increased
deterioration of the weather conditions, their spirits were never fully dampened,
and good earlier sprint form was maintained throughout,
to join forces with Eva De Boer and Kirsty Lang, to pull off a truly excellent
Morpeth Harriers Women’s 4 x100m Relay victory in 54.1s.

In the Women’s 4 x400m Relay, Hannah Sheerin, Abby Sheldon, Kate Chapman and De Boer
combined well to finish second to North Shields Poly in a time of 4m52.3s.

Although Morpeth Harriers just missed out on a match victory,
they can take heart from the fact that after two matches,
at the halfway stage of the programme, they still remain as league leaders,
and by a clear four league points.
In second place are North Shields Poly,
who share seven league points with three other clubs,
namely, Wallsend/ Blyth, Houghton, and Heaton/ Tyne Bridge.
Chester Le Street are in sixth place, and seem doomed to relegation.

Barring absolute disaster, with two matches remaining,
promotion to Division 2 for next year looks very much
a distinct possibility for Morpeth Harriers,
which would be a very welcome outcome for them,
and for their increasing band of young talents,
along with their hardworking Team Managers,
plus supporting coaches.

FINAL MATCH RESULT
1st North Shields Poly 378.5pts,
2nd Morpeth Harriers 369.5pts,
3rd Heaton Harriers/Tyne Bridge 309pts,
4th Wallsend/ Blyth 281pts,
5th Houghton Harriers 276pts,
6th Chester Le Street 234pts.,

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2014 Morpeth Fair Day Fun Run !

A record number of 110 participants took part in the annual Morpeth Fair Day Fun Run on Sunday 8th June,
which was started by the Mayor of Morpeth, Coun Nic Best, just under the Clock Tower at 10.15am.

Run organisers Morpeth Harriers reported an increase in turn out by 31 runners,
who each received a goody bag for their efforts, plus a signed certificate from
the legendary Commonwealth Games Marathon Gold Medallist Jim Alder,
currently celebrating the 48th Anniversary of his memorable victory in Kingston Jamaica.

The event which followed a course down Bridge Street, over the footbridge near the Joiners Arms,
and through the Main Gates of Carlisle Park, returning to Oldgate Bridge via the promenade, into Oldgate itself,
and finishing just underneath the Clock Tower, (approx 1 mile), was held for children School year 8 and below.

First home was Year 8 Pupil Joe Dowd, who attends New Minster,
and is also an established Under 15 Morpeth Harriers Boy athlete.
Joe clocked an excellent time of 5m20s, which was just outside the 2013 winning time.
Second place went to another New Minster Pupil Ben Forster, who clocked 5m36s.
In third place was a much younger pupil, Bobby Stone, who attends Amble First School and is in Year 5.
He is also a Morpeth Harrier, and he clocked 5m57s.

The first Girl finisher was Rhiannon Hedley, who is a year 5 pupil,
and also a Morpeth Harrier, and she was fifth overall in 5m58s.
Finishing twenty seventh overall, the second Girl finisher was Chantry Year 8 Pupil
Katherine Shaw who clocked 7m04s.
Third Girl home was Warkworth Year 4 Pupil Samantha Potts, who finished thirtieth overall in 7m14s.

Morpeth Chamber of Trade are to be thanked for the backing of the event.
Thanks also go to the Mayor for his attendance, and to Ladbrokes Bookmakers,
and Morrison’s Supermarkets for supplying the Goody Bags to all participants.

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North East Youth Development League Division 1 Match 2

In a tightly fought second round North East Youth Development League Division 1
match held at their new home track at King Edward VI School,
Morpeth Harriers came out on top, by a margin of thirty two and a half points better than
their closest rivals Blaydon Harriers, on Sunday 1st June.

The club certainly performed well, with good results coming
from both genders, and across the three age groups.

Morpeth also achieved three new league records, one courtesy of Ryan Green,
whose victory in the Under 17 Mens 800m, saw him clock 1m59.2s,
which although was just a little over two seconds adrift of his personal best,
was nevertheless a very satisfying performance, considering him having missed
the recent North Eastern Championships, because of a tummy bug.

The club also had the added satisfaction of a double point’s victory in this event,
energised by a B race victory by Jacob Hopkins in 2m08.7s.

Green also achieved winning success in the Long Jump with a best of 5.64m,
and he rounded of his days individual performances nicely, with a second place in the Triple Jump,
with a best 12.11m, which at the time equalled the league record,
only to be bettered shortly afterwards by New Marske’s Jack Colmer, whose 12.37m won the contest.

Euan Jones proved to be a winning Long Jump team-mate to Green in the Long Jump, with a best of 4.90m.

Elliot Moore and Toby Parks proved to be a most formidable Morpeth
Harriers double act in both the Under 17 Mens Discus and Shot events.

Unfortunately Moore could only finish second in both A string events
to the same athlete Ben Mitchell of Houghton.
He produced a best of 25.85 in the Discus, and 10.16m in the Shot.
However in both cases the B events were won in excellent fashion by
Morpeth’s Toby Parks, with respective bests of 25.48m, and 10.01m.

Both of these athletes are predicted to have bright futures by their coach,
former Morpeth Harriers throwing supremo Paul Reed, who was still enjoying
his own very illustrious competitive career until just a few year ago, and had also
experienced British League action with Wolverhampton and Bilston,
and latterly Border Harriers, before settling back with his local club.

Elsewhere in the Under 17 Mens events, there were good winning B string
performances by Kenny Harrison (11.8s) in the 100m, and Euan Jones in the 200m (25.3s).

In the Under 17 Mens High Jump, there were respective second places
for Jamie Warburton (1.56m), and Jacob Hopkins (1.25m).

Morpeth Harriers other league record breaker was the very much in form Megan Deakin.
The Benfield Motor Group Athlete of the Month was an excellent winner of the Under 17
Womens 300m in 42.9s, and she was well backed up by Amber Cormack’s B race win in 46.7s.
Cormack also had her own moment of glory, when she won the 800m in 2m30.8s.
Deakin was also very much a key player in Morpeth Harriers Under 17 Womens
4 x 100m Relay success, when taking victory in 53.7s.

Other key Morpeth Under 17 Woman athletes were Louise Brett, Kirsty Lang, and Abby Sheldon.
Brett finished second in the Long Jump (4.23m), and also finished third in both the 300m Hurdles (56.3s),
and Triple Jump (9.01m). Lang finished second in the 200m (28.4s),
second in the High Jump (1.35m), and third in the 100m (13.9s).
Sheldon did well to finish second in the 1500m (5m22.0s),
third in the Javelin (18.20m), and fourth in the Shot (5.66m).
She also joined forces with Deakin, Lang and Lily Hood,
to pull off an excellent 4 x 100m Relay win for Morpeth
in the Under 17 event, in a time of 53.7s.

The bulk of the day’s points for Morpeth Harriers undoubtedly
came from their excellent Under 15 Boys section.

North Eastern medallist Sean O’Hara was one of the stars who certainly shone,
by winning both the 100m (12.0s), and 200m (24.4s).
O’Hara was well backed up in the respective B races,
with wins by fellow North East medallist Jake Jardine in the
100m (12.0s), and Jack Balmbro (26.9s).
Balmbro linked up with Will Kelly for another Morpeth double victory
in the Shot (9.50m), with Kelly weighing in with 7.08m.
Kelly had more glory in the 300m, when he linked up with Declan Stoker to record a double victory,
with respective clockings of 40.1s, and 41.0s, Kelly’s effort proving to be a league record.

North Eastern Gold medallist Ruaridh Lang, younger brother of Kirsty,
pulled off an excellent individual double victory in the Javelin (27.42m), and Discus (28.31m).
Adam Shewry took the B event of the Discus with 10.58m,).
Shewry also finished second in the 1500m A race in 5m03.2s,
backing up Alex Cunningham’s 5m08.6s which saw him take the B string.

The finest moment of the day for the Under 15 Boys came in the 4 x 100m,
where Sean O’Hara, Will Kelly, Mitch Green and Jake Jardine,
all lined up to pull off an excellent victory in 48.9s.

Kieran Hedley finished second in the 800m in 2m10.8s,
and he was well supported by Joe Dowd’s B string victory in 2m27.2s.

In the Under 15 Girls events, Bobbie Griffiths made an excellent debut for Morpeth,
by winning the Javelin with an excellent best of 24.29m, and finished as second B
in the Discus with 13.97m, and second B in the Shot with 6.89m.

Naomi Arkle (16.76m), and Georgia Priest (7.89m),
also had respective seconds in the A strings of the Discus, and Shot.

Best points result from the Under 15 Girls, came courtesy of Harriet Priest
and Ellie Boughen, who pulled off a double victory in the High Jump.
Harriet had a best clearance of 1.25m, and Ellie managed 1.20m.

In the sprints, Naomi Arkle had two thirds, clocking 13.8s in the 100m, and 28.9s in the 200m

Hannah Brown backed her up with a third in the 100m B (14.0s), and a very industrious
Jessica Young – Rogers scored an excellent second in the 200m B in 29.2s.

Rogers managed another second in the B event of the Javelin (13.56m),
backing up debutant Bobbie Griffith’s victory.
She also finished third in the Long Jump A (4.07m),
with Georgia Priest finishing as second B with a best of 4.05m.

Hannah Brown finished third in the A race of the 75m Hurdles in 13.1s,
and Harriet Priest took second in the B string in 13.2s.

Naomi Arkle, Jessica Young-Rogers, Hannah Brown,
and Georgia Priest combined to finish third in the
Under 15 Girls 4 x 100m Relay in 56.5s.

In the Under 13 Boys events, the performances of Jake Lloyd (1.30m),
and Patrick Darroch (1.15m) of Morpeth Harriers, in the High Jump particularly stand out,
with them taking second place in their respective A and B strings.

Lloyd also finished second in the B string 800m in 2m45.2s,
supporting Thomas Cunningham’s A string effort, which saw him finish fifth in 2m43.3s.

Angus Stout finished first in the B string 200m in 31.6s, supporting
Reuben Wilkinson’s 30.2s in the A race, which saw him finish fifth.

Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Boys rounded the day off well by finishing third in the 4 x 100m Relay in 59.9s,
courtesy of Josh Nelson, Patrick Darroch, Luke Haxwell, and Reuben Wilkinson.

The best performance from the Morpeth Under 13 Girls squad, came in the 100m,
from respective A and B efforts by Nadine Arkle (14.3s), and Holly Peck (15.4s),
which saw them finish second on both counts.
Peck also enjoyed a second in the 1500m in 5m41.9s.
Arkle and Peck also teamed up in the 200m, finishing third
in both cases in times of 30.1s, and 33.1s respectively.

MATCH RESULT
1st Morpeth Harriers 715.5pts,
2nd Blaydon Harriers 683pts,
3rd Durham City 606pts,
4th Tynedale Harriers 601pts,
5th New Marske 594.5pts,
6th Houghton Harriers 458pts.

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Poole 10k Road Race !

Nathan Shrubb and Andrew Lawrence of Morpeth Harriers, finished fourth and fifth
respectively in a highly competitive Poole 10k, on Sunday 1st June in Dorset.

Shrubb clocked 32m36s, whilst Lawrence’s 32m43s set new figures for the London based banker.

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Middlesbrough Riverside 5k Road Race !

Morpeth Harrier Ian Hudspith finished third in the Middlesbrough
Riverside 5k Road Race on Sunday 1st June, in a time of 14m50s,
and he was also the first Over 40 Male Veteran finisher.

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USA Track News !

Laura Weightman made a very impressive start to her competitive
Track season in Eugene, USA on Saturday 31st May, when she
finished eighth in a highly competitive Womens 1500m,
in a new personal best time of 4m02.72s, which also set a new
Morpeth Harriers club record for the distance in the Womens section.

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BMC Grand Prix Meeting !

Six Morpeth Harriers competed in the BMC Grand Prix Meeting,
held at Sports City, Manchester on Saturday night. (31st May)

Richard Morrell could feel very pleased, when he finished fourth
in the Mens 1500m B race in a new personal best time of 3m45.76s.

By contrast in the earlier run Mens A race, Nick McCormick
will feel a little disappointed in finishing eleventh in 3m47.12s.

As would Lewis Timmins, who finished eleventh in the Mens 1500m D race in 3m59.41s.

In the Womens 1500m A race, Morpeth Harrier Ashley Gibson finished sixth
in a seasons best time of 4m19.67s, which was about a second adrift of her personal best.

Two Morpeth Harriers competed in the class filled Mens 5000m A race,
and could feel well pleased with their evening’s efforts.
Jonny Taylor finished third in a seasons best of 14m08.41s,
whilst Nick Swinburn set new figures of 14m10.76s, when placing sixth.

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Liverpool Rock and Roll Half Marathon !

Running in what effectively was his last ever race as a Senior Man,
Morpeth Harrier Michael Thomsen signed off that particular chapter
of his race running career in superb style, by placing an excellent
third in the Liverpool Rock and Roll Half Marathon, on Sunday 25th May.

Michael turns 40 in eleven days time, and then he will become a fully
fledged Veteran athlete, and will compete in the Over 40 category.

Thomsen, who is currently stationed at RAF Boulmer, clocked a time of 76m43s,
which although was not a personal best performance, was enough to secure a podium
placing behind Ackworth’s Simon Newton (74m28s), and Lincoln Wellington’s Les Ball (74m51s).
The event had 1500 finishers.

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Druridge Bay 10k !

Ian Harding of Morpeth Harriers was a comfortable winner of the eighth Druridge Bay 10k,
on Sunday 25th May, which attracted a field of 359 finishers.

He won by a margin of fifty nine seconds from Gateshead Harrier Sam Brand,
completing his fourth overall victory in the event, his first since 2012.

Third place went to Harding’s Morpeth club colleague Karl Taylor,
who was making a competitive comeback, since being forced to pull out
injured during the Senior Mens event at the North of England Cross Country Championships,
held at Knowsley Safari Park, Merseyside, back in January.

Taylor clocked a time of 35m05s, and will certainly be encouraged by this particular
performance, after his long fight to regain his fitness following a lengthy lay-off.

Other prominent Morpeth Harriers finishers in the event were
Geoff Whitman (8th) 37m49s,
and Matthew Boyle (13th) 38m42s.

Further Morpeth Harriers who finished in the event were as follows
Andrew Richardson (40th) 43m16s,
Norman Clark (70th) 46m16s,
Claire Gutcher (90th) (10th Lady) 47m23s,
Scott Wilkes (111th) 49m07s,
and Susan Smith (125th) (19th Lady) 49m48s.

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North East Masters Track and Field League Series !

Two Morpeth Harriers competed at the opening meeting of the North East Masters
Track and Field League Series Meeting, held at Jarrow’s Monkton Stadium, on Monday 19th May.

In the Mens 50-64 3000m, Gavin Bayne finished fourth overall,
and he was first in the Over 55 category, earning himself
six points in the Grand Prix competition for his age group.
Gavin clocked 11m11.5s.

Fellow Morpeth Harrier Archie Jenkins competed in the same event,
finishing eleventh overall in 12m48.9s.
He was second in the Over 60 age category,
earning himself five league points.

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2013 Morpeth Sports Awards !

Morpeth Harriers athletes featured prominently in the 2013 Morpeth Sports Awards,
held at Morpeth Rugby Club, on Mitford Road at 7.30pm, on Thursday 22nd May 2014.

The awards were re-launched in 2013, honouring achievements for 2012,
thanks to the hard work of former Morpeth Sports Council Members
Peter Rushworth and Derek Thompson, who for many years worked
very closely alongside the late Tony Bray, former Morpeth Harriers
Committee Member, and Chairman of the Morpeth to Newcastle
Road Race Committee, who was also Secretary to the Sports Council,
before its demise when Castle Morpeth Borough Council became defunct,
and was very much responsible for delivering a much acclaimed yearly awards
ceremony, held at the Morpeth Riverside Leisure Centre.

Over 70 enthusiasts gathered for the evenings proceedings,
and awards were presented by Special Guest of Honour Alan Old,
ex England Rugby International, whose brother Chris was also
a well known England and Yorkshire Cricketer.

Morpeth Harriers collected no less than five of the nominated awards,
three of them singular, and two for team achievements.

Nick Swinburn receives his award from Alan Old
The Newcastle Building Society Trophy, which was the Senior Male Open Award,
went to Nick Swinburn, principally for his Northern and National Cross Country achievements,
where he had finished fourth on both counts, just missing out on individual medals on both occasions.
He had also been an inspirational member of his clubs Mens 12 Stage Road Relay squad,
which had won Silver and Bronze medals in the National and Northern Championships respectively.

Emma Holt receives her award from Alan Old
The George Brown Trophy, which was the Senior Female Open Award went to Emma Holt,
who had graced the sport of Triathlon by winning both British and World age group titles,
and had retained her Women’s Grand Prix title at the Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League,
in addition to leading her club at Northern and National Cross Country, and also was a prominent
member of the North East Women’s Inter Counties Cross Country squad.

Bob Marshall receives his award from Anne Bray
Bob Marshall received the Tony Bray Trophy from Tony’s widow Anne,
which represented the Senior Male Masters Award.
He was nominated for the award as a result of him winning
both the British and Scottish Over 65 Men’s Cross Country titles.

Morpeth Harriers
Under 13 Boys Road and Cross Country squad with their award
Team Awards saw the Dalton Hutchinson Trophy go to Morpeth Harriers
Under 13 Boys Road and Cross Country squad, mainly as a direct result
of their winning achievement in the Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League.

Morpeth Harriers Young Athletes Track and Field squad with their award
The King Edward VI School Trophy went to Morpeth Harriers Young Athletes Track and Field squad,
(Male and Female), as a result of them winning the newly formed NEYDL Division 1 on its inception.

Daniel Dixon receives his award from Alan Old
A Morpeth Harrier was also honoured when the final award was announced.
The Mayors Trophy went to Daniel Dixon, who received the award for being
a great all rounder for one so young, tackling various sports with tremendous success,
including Swimming, Triathlon, and of course athletics, having earlier featured as a member
of Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Boys Road and Cross Country success.

Guest of Honour Alan Old said that he himself had felt honoured
in being invited to present the prestigious awards.
Derek Thompson who acted as Master of Ceremonies for the evening,
thanked Alan for doing an excellent job, and all recipients and supporters for their attendance,
at what had once again proved to be a splendid and successful occasion.

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Clive Cookson 10k Road Race !

Glorious evening sunshine, plus a mere whisper of a wind,
proved to be ideal conditions for the 380 finishers who took
part in the annual Clive Cookson 10k Road Race,
held at Monkseaton High School, on Wednesday 21st May 2014.

The field, who were led home by Durham City’s Dan Jenkin,
who won in 31m48, included eightteen runners from Morpeth Harriers,
whose first finisher was Carl Avery, who was third in 31m54s,
and had been very much involved in a close head to head battle with Jenkin,
and the eventual second placed man Andy Burn of Jarrow and Hebburn,
who finished three seconds behind Jenkin.

Next Morpeth Harriers finisher was Ross Floyd,
who had ran the fastest time at the previous weeks Gordon Smith Relays,
ahead of Avery, and would no doubt be a little disappointed to be nearly
a minute adrift of him in fourth place in 32m49s.

Morpeth Harrier Sam Hancox continued his run of excellent form by
finishing seventeenth in 34m58s, and was first Under 20 finisher.

Sam’s Father Rob was the next Morpeth Harriers finisher
in 31st place overall in 36m36s, and was 5th Over 45 Veteran Man.

Other Morpeth Harriers finishers were as follows
Tony Lewis (58th) (11th Over 35) 37m54s (PB),
Jim Alder (81st) (7th Over 50) 39m15s,
Paul Banks (104th) (13th Over 40) 40m16s,
Lorna MacDonald (105th) (4th Lady) 40m26s (PB),
Hamish McCallister-Williams (121st) (8th Over 50)
Peter Scaife (127th) (9th Over 50) 41m55s (PB),
Lindsay Turnbull (143rd) (2nd Over 40 Lady) 42m24s,
James McFetrich (157th) (25th Over 40) 43m02s,
Mark Crosby (203rd) (16th Over 50) 45m27s,
Andrew Stephenson (231st) (28th Over 45) 46m45s (PB),
Lesley Chapman (244th) (2nd Over 55 Lady) 47m19s,
Pam Woodcock (251st) (1st Over 60 Lady) 47m53s,
Susan Smith (253rd) (5th Over 45 Lady) 48m09s (PB),
and Jane Blackett (275th) (5th Over 50 Lady) 49m52s.

PB in brackets denotes personal best performance.

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2014 North Eastern Counties Track & Field Championships !

A handsome haul of 14 Championship medals were won by athletes from Morpeth Harriers,
over the two days of the Start Fitness sponsored North Eastern Counties Track and Field Championships,
held at Gateshead’s International Stadium on Saturday and Sunday 17th & 18th May.

Five of those medals were Gold, Five were Silver, and four were Bronze.

Whilst Saturday was very sunny, Sunday brought intermittent cloud, and a blowing wind,
which slightly hampered sprinters, however temperatures remained quite warm,
and for once, not a single drop of rain fell throughout the two day
competition, which very much pleased athletes and spectators alike.

One of the Morpeth Harriers stars of the show was undoubtedly Jack Hepple,
who not only retained his two titles in the Under 20 Mens 100m and 200m event,
he also claimed both Gold medals by clocking excellent times of 10.95s,
and 22.22s respectively, the latter being a marginal new personal best.

Another Morpeth star performer was Sean O’Hara, who was very much unlucky
not to emulate Hepple’s Gold medal double in the Under 15 Boys events.

Unfortunately he just missed out fractionally for Gold to Gateshead athlete Joseph Purvis
in the Saturday 100m final, where he clocked 12.17s, ironically Sean had clocked a lifetime
personal best of 11.75s, when he had finished second to the same athlete in the heats.
However he returned to the scene on Sunday in a very positive frame,
to turn the tables on Purvis in the 200m, where he clocked an excellent 24.18s, again a new personal best.

In both finals O’Hara was accompanied by fellow Morpeth Harriers athletes.
The most successful of these was Jake Jardine, who won a Bronze medal in the 100m with 12.61s.
Jack Balmbro was successful in making both finals, however missed out on medals
by finishing seventh in the 100m (13.46s), and sixth in the 200m in 26.41s,
both of these clockings being personal best performances.

Mitchell Green also made it through to the final of the 200m,
where he finished fifth in 26.34s, equalling his lifetime personal best.
Green also competed in the Under 15 Boys Javelin on Sunday,
where he finished fifth, with a lifetime personal best throw of 28.65m

Another first day Gold Medal winner for Morpeth was Lewis Timmins,
who following a stern final lap effort in the Senior Mens 1500m, won in 4m04.06s.
Ryan Stephenson of Morpeth took the Bronze medal in 4m08.29s.

Morpeth Harriers third Gold medallist on day one was Under 15 Boy Ruaridh Lang,
whose 28.86m in the Discus secured him the title, his throw being a lifetime personal best.
Lang also achieved new figures of 8.96m in the Shot, but unfortunately finished outside the medals in fifth place.

In addition to O’Hara, Morpeth Harriers had another two Silver medallists on day one.
Nathan Cox ran a superb race in the Under 17 Mens 1500m, only to lose out to
Crook’s Markhim Lonsdale on the final lap.
Cox clocked 4m08.44s.

Will Kelly was delighted to win his Silver medal in the Under 15 Boys 300m
on Saturday, in a new personal best time of 40.20s.
He began a good weekend for the Kelly household, as elder brother Elliot
ran an absolutely superb Under 20 Mens 5000m in 16m19.47s,
on the Sunday, to take one of the day’s two Bronze medals.

Whilst Elliot was taking Bronze in the Under 20 version of the 5000m track event, his first ever,
fellow Morpeth Harrier Peter Newton was competing in the Senior Mens race.
Newton who only recently won the regions 10,000m title at Jarrow,
was hoping to add the 5000m title to his already impressive tally.

However he only just missed out to Durham City’s North Eastern
and Northern Cross Country Champion Dan Garbutt
by four seconds, with his clocking of 14m47.63s.

Both athletes had also competed in the gruelling yet impressive fastest of the epic
10,000m races at Parliament Hills track in London, the previous week, where Newton had posted new figures.
Nevertheless Newton and Garbutt gave an impressive showing to honour their regions championships.

Eddie Hedley’s sprint stable completed an excellent weekend,
when Morpeth’s Megan Deakin took the Silver medal in
the Under 17 Womens 300m, in a time of 43.15s, a new personal best.

Another creditable run in the 300m was had by Lauren Eadington, who finished 6th in 47.05s.

The clubs medal haul was completed by Louise Brett, who took
a second day Bronze in the Under 17 Womens 300m Hurdles in 52.19s.

Apart from the medallists the club also had other athletes who courageously
put themselves on the line over the two days of excellent competition.

Kieran Hedley was possibly one of the most unlucky of these,
to just lose out on medals in the Under 15 Boys 800m,
where he finished fifth in 2m11.90s, a new personal best,
and fourth in the 1500m in 4m32.74s.

Hedley was accompanied in the 800m final by Joe Dowd,
who finished seventh in 2m23.18s.

Jacob Hopkins finished fifth and sixth respectively in both the
Under 17 Mens 1500m and 800m finals, in times of 4m24.60s,
and 2m06.86s, both of these lifetime personal bests.

Abby Sheldon ran in the final of both the Under 17 Womens 800m and 1500m events,
where she finished fifth and 6th with respective clockings of 2m32.98s, and 5m38.42s,
the first of these being a personal best.

Hannah Brown of Morpeth Harriers went out in the heats of the Under 15 Girls 200m,
where she clocked 29.81s; however she did make the final of the 75m Hurdles,
placing seventh with 12.97s, which represented a new personal best.

Morpeth’s Monet Wendt went out in the heats of the Under 13 Girls 800m, where she clocked 2m49.79s.

Stiff qualification requirements got the better of sisters Naomi and Nadine Arkle of Morpeth Harriers.
Despite finishing second in her heat in the Under 15 Girls 100m in 14.39s, Naomi failed to progress.
Nadine finished fourth in her heat of the Under 13 Girls 100m, where she clocked 14.99s;
however this did not see her through.

Over the two days, a total of 25 athletes from Morpeth Harriers
took part in the Championships, and that the fact that the club managed
14 medals in all speaks of a good overall effort from those who participated.

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Great Manchester 10k Road Race !

Organisers of the Bupa sponsored Great Manchester 10k on Sunday 18th May, certainly assembled a top class
International field for the event, including leading Morpeth Harrier Nick McCormick,
who ran very well to finish in sixth place in 29m21s, and he was first Brit home.

Other Morpeth Harriers in the prestigious line-up were
Ian Hudspith (38th) (3rd O/40) 31m59s,
Matthew Nicholson (42nd) 32m09s,
and Ade Whitwam (46th) 32m21s.

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British Masters Athletics Federation Relays !

Morpeth Harriers vets team at Sutton Park on Saturday 17th May
Morpeth Harriers veterans flew the flag for the North East at the British Masters Relays at Sutton Park on Saturday 17th May
and performances at the hotly contested event more than made up for the long journey down to the Midlands.

The event sees veterans compete in a number of age-related categories,
and for the first time ever, Morpeth fielded two teams,
one in the 35-45 six man event and a second in the 45-55 four man.

On the hottest day of the year so far - with temperatures hovering around 23 C - there was little opportunity
to draw breath as teams fought it out round the undulating 2.9 mile circuit in the traditional setting of Sutton Park
on the outskirts of Birmingham.

Evergreen veteran Phil Walker – one of two athletes able to compete at the 45 plus category,
but stepping down an age group – put the club on the way, his very solid start and clocking
of 16 minutes and 41 seconds leaving them in sixteenth place at the end of leg one.

He was followed on leg two by Fergus Bates, who moved the club up to thirteenth with a time of 16m 39s,
and on leg three by Mick Thomsen who clocked the same time (the fastest for the club on the day),
and it moved them for the first time into the top ten.

Although still returning from injury, leg four runner Paul Waterston (another athlete like Walker
able to compete in the 45 plus race) held on comfortably to ninth place in a time of 17m 10s,
and he was followed on leg five by Morpeth Harriers Men’s captain David Swinburne,
competing in the Masters event for the first time. Not having raced since January through injury,
Swinburne admitted himself to being a little ring rusty, but he showed every inch of his competitive
experience in measuring his performance and, as the field became increasingly strung out,
his time of 17m 36s maintained the club in ninth place.

So it was up to Tony Lewis, new to the Masters event and to competition at this level,
to bring the club home and he did so with aplomb, gaining a further two places.
His time of 17m 38s for the sixth and final lap left the club with an overall finishing time of 1 hour 42m 23s,
some seven and a half minutes behind the winners Altrincham (1h 34m 48s).

Meanwhile, in the as hotly contested 45 – 55 age category, a comparatively inexperienced Harriers team,
only one of whom had competed here before, gave a good account of themselves to finish
in a respectable twentieth place overall.

They were put on the road by Jim Alder who, resisting the temptation to go out too hard
in the mass start of leg one, came home in twenty eigth place in a time of 18m 39s.
Steve Haswell, though new to the event, moved the club up a handful of places with his time of 18m 35s,
and he was followed by the Harriers’ own brummie in exile, Rob Hancox.
Also new to the event, but not to the setting – having in fact run round
the park as a schoolboy – Hancox showed the fine form he is currently enjoying
with the team’s fastest clocking of the day, 17m 34s.

With the team now in the top twenty, Alistair Macdonald was able to maintain
position for a top twenty finish and he came home in a time of 18m 6s.

Morpeth’s seventh place in the 35-45 category was the highest for a north east team,
and in addition the club was the only one from the region to field two teams.

Organiser Phil Walker, who has worked so hard for many years to get teams out for the Harriers at this event,
later commented, ‘It was a real achievement to get two teams down and considering the sizzling temperatures,
we ran pretty well. Seventh in one event and top twenty in the other is a major success
it’s great to get people to compete on a national stage like this,
especially with so many doing it for the first time.
It’s something to build on for future years, definitely.’

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National Fell Running Association Inter Counties Championships !

The National Fell Running Association held their annual Inter Counties Championships
on a tough course at Witton Park in Blackburn, Lancashire, on Sunday 18th May.

A North Eastern Counties Mens squad were led home to eleventh team place by
Morpeths John Butters, who also represents his second claim club Northumberland Fell Runners.

Butters competed well to finish in 40th place overall in 62m19s,
behind race winner Shaun Dixon of Middlesex, who won in 53m24s.

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Athlete of the Month Award !

Megan Deakin recieves her certificate from Morpeth Harriers Press Officer George Patterson
Megan Deakin was voted the Benfield Motor Group Morpeth Harrier of the Month for April 2014.
The Eddie Hedley coached talented Under 17 sprinter received her award as a result of her superb
track performances that included one which set a new NEYDL record for the Under 17 Womens 300m,
which she won at Hexham in 43.5s.

She was also one of the best Morpeth Harriers Female performers
on the night at the opening NE Grand Prix meeting at Jarrow,
where she won the Under 17 Womens 300m in a close sprint to the line in 44.3s.

Megan is pictured above receiving her certificate of achievement
from Morpeth Harriers Press Officer George Patterson,
at the clubhouse on Monday 19th May, 24 hours after she had won
a Silver medal over her favoured distance, at the annual North Eastern
Counties Track and Field Championships, held at Gateshead International Stadium.

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Gordon Smith Memorial Road Relays !

Only a mere four seconds divided the first three teams in the annual Gordon Smith Memorial Road Relays,
held at Segedunum, Wallsend, on the evening of Wednesday 14th May.

Posting a combined time of 29m17s over the 3 x 2mile course,
it was however Morpeth Harriers Senior Mens A team
who won by three seconds over Birtley AC,
with North Shields Poly a further second adrift in third place.

Phil Walker had the Morpeth squad in a handy fourteenth spot with his individual 10m25s,
before Carl Avery took over on second leg, having progressed a further ten places to fourth,
by posting an excellent 9m32s, which proved to be the second fastest time of the night,
only bettered by Avery’s Morpeth Harriers club colleague Ross Floyd,
whose 9m20s was enough to give his club a superb team victory.

The Morpeth Harriers Senior Mens B team also had a superb night,
finishing in fourth place overall in 29m49s, thanks to superb efforts by
Thomas Straughan (9m45s), Fergus Bates (10m15s),
and John Butters (9m49s), which ensured that they emerged as first B team.

Morpeth Harriers also produced the first C team, who finished twelfth overall in 31m30s,
courtesy of Rob Hancox (10m48s), Sam Hancox (10m14s), and Mick Thomsen (10m28s).

The club also had the third Mens D team, which finished 39th in 34m50s,
courtesy of Tony Lewis (10m39s), Mark Snowball (10m59s),
and Chris Waugh (13m12s), who not only competed,
but also doubled up on his duties by being Team Manager on the night,
and also could feel quite pleased with the Mens squad’s combined efforts.

He also took responsibility for the successes of the clubs Womens squads,
who finished fifth, twelfth, and 37th respectively.

The Morpeth A team were fifth A team in 37m22s,
thanks to combined efforts from Alison Brown (12m17s),
Lindsay Turnbull (12m33s), and Lorna MacDonald (12m32s).

Morpeth Harriers Womens B team finished as third B team in 38m52s,
courtesy of Hannah Rank (12m14s), Shuna Rank (13m26s), and Kate Chapman (13m12s).

Sue Smith (13m51s), Pam Woodcock (14m36s), and Lesley Chapman (14m03s),
were the combined efforts that helped Morpeth Harriers Womens C team
to seventh placed C team in a combined time of 42m30s.

On a night bathed in sunshine, a record total of 142 complete teams took part,
there were 82 Mens teams, and 59 Womens teams, and it was also a successful
coaching performance by Team Manager Waugh, who mustered a good deal
of his own particular training group into competitive action for the occasion.

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BMC Track Meeting !

Four Morpeth Harriers competed in the opening meeting of BMC track events,
held at Maiden Castle, Durham on Monday 12th May 2014.

In the fastest 800m race of the night, Lewis Timmins finished fifth behind
Woodford Green’s Jonathan Cook in a time of 1m58.8s.

Only one second adrift in time to Timmins was his Morpeth Harriers clubmate
Ryan Stephenson, who finished fifth in the second 800m race of the night.

In the sixth 800m race on track, Morpeth Harrier Sam Hancox
clocked new figures of 2m07.9s, when finishing second.

Sam’s clubmate and Father Rob, won the final race of the night in a
mixed field of Male and Female, also setting new figures of 2m24.9s.

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Highgate Harriers Night of 10,000 Metre Races !

Peter Newton in 10,000mt race in London on Saturday 10th May
Photo courtesy of Andrew Lawrence
Running in the fastest of four class filled Mens events at Highgate Harriers Night of 10,000metre PB’s
held at Parliament Hills Athletic Track in London on Saturday Night 10th May,
Morpeth Harrier Peter Newton set brand new figures for the distance,
when placing tenth of 22 finishers, who were led home by Aldershot and Farnham’s
International pair Andy Vernon and Chris Thompson.

Newton, who only recently just missed out on a brand new personal best,
when winning the North Eastern 10,000m at Jarrow in 30m10.3s,
can feel well pleased that his new clocking of 30m06.59s,
saw him take around three seconds off his previous figures.

Andrew Lawrence (centre) in 10,000mt race in London on Saturday 10th May
Photo courtesy of Andrew Lawrence
Another Morpeth Harrier competing at the event, although running in the colours of his second claim club,
and event hosts Highgate Harriers, was Andrew Lawrence, who can also feel pleased in that his 32m50s,
for seventeenth place in the third fastest race of the night, that had seen him take just over
a minute off his previous best, that he had set in the BUSA Championships, all of eight years ago.

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Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix (2)

A slight breeze, with heavy intermittent rain showers very much blighted some athlete’s
aspirations and performances, at the second Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix Meeting,
held at Jarrow’s Monkton Stadium, on Wednesday 7th May.

Despite the prevailing conditions, however several Morpeth Harriers
achieved new personal bests, amidst some of the disappointments.

Sprint specialists Jack Hepple and Sean O’Hara both achieved respective victories
in the Graded 100m, and Under 15 Boys 200m, with clocking of 11.4s, and 24.3s.
In the case of O’Hara, he was equalling his best figures for the distance.

Another Morpeth Harriers winner on the night was Will Kelly,
who was just outside his personal best in the Under 15 Boys 300m,
with his clocking of 41.3s, but considering that he was running just
a few hours after he had run the distance in a schools event at the same venue,
where he had clocked 41.5s, it was a fair achievement to say the least.

In the Graded 800m, which incorporated a prize of a trophy,
presented in memory of the legendary Jarrow Coach Jimmy Hedley,
former mentor of World Mile Record Holder Steve Cram,
Morpeth’s Ryan Green finished fourth in 1m57.3s.
Although just a mere fraction adrift of his personal best, Green,
currently UK No 1 for 1500m in his Under 17 Mens age group,
could feel well pleased with his nights work.

Another Morpeth Harrier who performed well on the night was Under 17 Man Nathan Cox,
who won the 800m Graded B race in a new personal best time of 2m00.9s.

Other Morpeth Harriers performances in the Graded 800m came from Phillip Winkler (2m03.3s),
Elliot Kelly (2m06.0s), which was a new personal best by four seconds,
Jacob Hopkins (2m08.4s), Joe Elder (2m09.6s), a new personal best,
Amber Cormack (2m28.9s), Hannah Sheerin (2m33.3s), new PB,
and Abby Sheldon (2m34.7s), new PB.

In the Under 15 Boys 800m, Joe Dowd clocked 2m29.2s,
and Alex Cunningham set new figures of 2m34.2s.

Henrik Paulsen clocked 60.5s in the Junior Mens 400m.

Additional to Sean O’Hara’s victory in the Under 15 Boys 200m,
there were also good performance in the distance for Mitch Green (26.3s),
Jack Balmbro (26.6s), and Joe Dowd (27.7s), which were all inside previous best figures.

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Les Allcorn 10K Road Race !

Two days after competing for his club in the 5000m at the first Northern League
Division 3 fixture at Darlington, Morpeths Carl Avery was back on the roads in winning style.
Avery won the annual Les Allcorn 10k Road Race in Hulne Park,
Alnwick on the evening of Tuesday 6th May, in a time of 33m46s.

Second place went to his Morpeth Harriers clubmate Sam Hancox, who also won
a personal duel for supremacy with Blaydon’s Isaac Dunn in the Under 20 Mens section.
Hancox finished in35m24s, with Dunn coming home third in 36m40s.

Other prominent Morpeth Harriers finishers were Paul Waterston (5th) 37m25s, who was first Veteran Man,
Rob Hancox (7th) 37m56s, who was first Over 45 Veteran Man,
Mark Snowball (9th) 38m41s, and Matthew Forster (10th) 39m32s.

Other Morpeth Harriers finishers were as follows
Hamish McCallister-Williams (29th) (1st O/50 Veteran Man) 42m45s,
Jane Briggs (45th) (1st O/45 Veteran Woman) 44m58s,
Alison Brown (46th) (2nd Under 17 Woman) 45m06s,
Norman Clark (57th) (1st O/60 Veteran Man) 46m41s,
Andrew Stephenson (62nd) (4th O/45 Veteran Man) 48m13s (Personal Best),
Susan Smith (75th) (2nd O/45 Woman) 49m51s,
Jane Blackett (89th) (4th O/45 Veteran Woman) 53m12s,
and David Gray (90th) (1st O/65 Veteran Man) 53m16s.

The event had 111 finishers.

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Les Allcorn Junior Races !

In addition to the main feature, the Les Allcorn 10k Road Race,
hosts Alnwick Harriers also held a Junior Race, run over
a 3k course within Hulne Park, on Tuesday 6th May.

Six Morpeth Harriers took part, Ross Charlton was the first home from the club,
finishing in fifth place overall in 11m10s, he was fifty seconds adrift of race winner
James Young of Blyth Running Club, and he was also first home in the Under 13 Boys age group.

Not far behind him in seventh place was his Morpeth Harriers clubmate Daniel Dixon,
who clocked 11m18s, and was third in the Under 13 Boys age group.

Wilf Campbell of Morpeth Harriers finished tenth in 11m58s, and was fourth Under 15 Boy.

Next placed Morpeth Harrier was Lizzie Rank, who finished fifteenth in 12m24s,
and was third girl home, and second in the Under 15 category.

Other Morpeth Harriers finishers were
Callum Rowell (32nd) (6th U11 Boy) 13m33s,
and Lois Scott (53rd) (9th U15 Girl) 14m36s.

The event had 88 finishers.

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Trafford Grand Prix Meeting !

Tees-side based Morpeth Harrier Jonny Taylor kicked off his outdoor track season in superb winning style,
in his much favoured event, the 3000m Steeplechase, at Stretford Manchester on Tuesday 6th May.

Taylor, who experienced a disappointing winter campaign, that was blighted by illness, and a couple
of injury niggles, will be no doubt delighted by an impressive beginning to the summer campaign.

This win in the Mens A race in the prestigious Trafford Grand Prix meeting,
has given him a most positive start, in what he hopes will bring him some call ups
to International competition, and impressing the selectors of major squads.

Locking horns with some promising talents, which included younger opposition
such as Sale Harriers Charlie Hulson, and Jack Crabtree, who finished second and third respectively,
Taylor won in an excellent 8m12.46s, which proved to be two and four seconds better than his closest rivals.

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Northern League Division 3E

Senior Men 200mts at Darlington on Sunday 4th May
Some excellent individual performances from both their Male and Female athletes,
gave Morpeth Harriers an encouraging start to their Northern League Division 3 E campaign, when they
took victory in their opening match, held at Eastbourne Sports Complex, Darlington on Sunday 4th May.

Despite a slight headwind, the clubs Male sprint specialists,
Jack Hepple and David Storey both clocked personal best times
when winning the respective A and B races of the 100m and 200m.
Hepple took the 100m A race in a superb 10.8s,
and Storey won the B race in an equally excellent 11.5s.
Both returned to the action a little later in the 200m,
where respective bests of 22.5s and 24.4s,
also sealed a double victory for the club.

With early season performances such as these, the pairing are going
to be a force to be reckoned with as the season progresses,
a factor which more than pleases their coach and mentor Eddie Hedley,
who was on hand to witness their worthy achievements.

Other Morpeth Harriers double wins on the track came in the 5000m and 3000m,
the latter of which was meant to be run as a Steeplechase event,
however officials decided to run it as a flat race because of a defective
barrier situation that would have rendered the event unsafe.

Carl Avery won the A race of the 5000m in an excellent 15m51.8s,
and Thomas Straughan ran confidently throughout, to take the B race in 16m02.2s.

In the 3000m, Ade Whitwam won in 8m52.3s, and Phillip Caldwell won the B race in 10m03.5s.

With the exception of the two Hurdle events, Morpeth Harriers won all
of the B races in addition to those already mentioned.

In the 400m A race, Joe Elder finished third in 54.9s, and Henrik Paulsen took the B race in 58.3s.

Elder produced another winning performance in the 800m B race when clocking 2m11.6s,
to Michael Dawson’s A string effort of 2m14.7s, which saw him finish fifth.
Dawson did however have his own B race glory, when he won the 1500m B in 4m28.0s,
to support Elliot Kelly’s A race effort of 4m25.4s, which saw him finish third.

The Appleby brothers Paul and Stephen, were the clubs usual workhorses in the Field events.
Their best result came in the Discus when they secured a Morpeth Harriers double win.
Paul won the A string with his best effort of 31.46m, and Stephen took the B string with 28.48m.
In addition to the aforementioned Discus, Stephen also took B string
victories in the Hammer (21.66m), and Shot (8.40m).
Paul also finished third in the A events of the Hammer (24.96m), Javelin (35.04m), and Shot (9.97m).

Morpeth Harriers other industrious Field eventer was John Thompson,
who finished third in the Long Jump A with a best of 4.97m,
fourth in the Triple Jump A, and second in the Javelin B event with 32.47m.

The Morpeth Mens 4 x 100m squad courtesy of Jack Hepple, David Storey,
John Thompson, and Joe Elder finished third in 47.9s,
and their 4 x 400m squad finished fourth in 3m57.6s,
courtesy of Carl Avery, Elliot Kelly, Henrik Paulsen, and Joe Elder.

Morpeth Harriers overall result also received a superb contribution from their
young female squad consisting of mainly Under 17 and Under 20 athletes,
with only one Senior featuring.
That Senior was Field athlete Claire Reid,
who achieved no less than three individual victories,
and a second place for her tremendous efforts.
The Scotland based Veteran International won the Discus with a best of 34.17m,
the Javelin with 19.13m, and the Shot with 20.04m,
and her second place came in the Hammer, where she threw 30.57m.

Her best Morpeth Harriers B event support came in the Javelin,
with Abby Sheldon throwing 15.87m.
Support in the Discus and Shot came from twin sisters Molly and Rosie McDonald
with respective efforts of 11.77m and 3.54m gaining them fourth and sixth places.

Morpeth Harriers Womens effort was well supported by sprint duo Beth Laidler and the younger Megan Deakin.
Laidler finished second in the 100m and 200m setting new figures of 13.3s and 28.2 respectively.
Deakin also set new figures in her B event support, finishing second
in the 100m in 13.5s, and winning the 200m in an excellent 27.8s.

In the Womens 400m Rosie McDonald finished second in the the A race in 67.2s,
and sister Molly did likewise in the B race in 71.6s.

The Womens 800m saw Abby Sheldon clock 2m39.0s for second place,
with Molly McDonald backing her up well by taking the B race in 2m41.6s.

Morpeth Harriers best Womens track result of the day came in the 1500m,
with Hannah Sheerin taking the A race in 5m22.1s,
and Abby Sheldon securing victory in the B race in 5m27.7s.

Hannah Rank won the 3000m in 12.00.8s.

Louise Brett performed well by gaining two seconds and a third in the
Womens 400m Hurdles, Long Jump, and Triple Jump events.
In the Hurdles she clocked 78.9s, and had bests of 4.35m and 9.22m in the respective Jump events.

Morpeth Harriers 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m Womens Relay squads finished second and first respectively.
Their 4 x 400m squad won in 4m39.0s courtesy of Abby Sheldon,
Hannah Sheerin, Hannah Rank, and Louise Brett.

Beth Laidler, Megan Deakin, Rosie McDonald, and Molly McDonald secured second place
for the clubs Womens 4 x 100m squad in 56.0s, behind Chester Le Street’s 55.6s.

FINAL MATCH RESULT

1st Morpeth Harriers 377pts,
2nd Houghton Harriers 325pts,
3rd Wallsend & Blyth 322.5pts,
4th Heaton Harriers & Tyne Bridge 287pts,
5th Chester Le Street 269pts,
6th North Shields Poly 263.5pts.

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City of Sunderland 10k !

Ian Hudspith made up for his disappointment in missing out on retaining
his winners title at the North Tyneside 10k, by emphatically taking
a handsome victory in the City of Sunderland 10k on Sunday 4th May.

The event which was also held in conjunction with the Half Marathon attracted a good quality field,
and Hudspith was first across the finish line at the City Stadium of Light,
posting a seasons best of 31m39s, putting him two minutes clear of his
Morpeth Harriers clubmate Ross Floyd, who was nevertheless delighted
to finish second, also posting a seasons best of 33m29s.

A little further down the field in the 10k, but posting a personal best of 53m31s,
was Morpeth Harrier Clare Walker, who finished in 409th place.

Six Morpeth Harriers were finishers in the accompanying Half Marathon.

First and most prominent of these was Matthew Boyle,
who set new figures of 79m11s, when placing eleventh.

Other Morpeth Harriers finishers were as follows

Mark Snowball (41st) 85m32s, Steve Haswell (58th) 86m40s,
Paul Banks (101st) 91m06s, Andrew Stephenson (399th) 106m29s,
and Lorna MacDonald (937th) 132m11s.

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Park Runs !

Five athletes from Morpeth Harriers took part in Park Runs at Chester Le Street (Riverside),
and Newcastle (Exhibition Park) on Saturday 3rd May,
and four emerged with brand new best performances over the respective 5k courses.

Following on from her excellent Ladies race win in the New Marske 5k four days earlier,
Sarah Wilkinson took a second off her previous best at Chester Le Street,
set last December, when she came home in second place overall in 17m14s, and as first lady home.

Meanwhile up in Newcastle, Michael Thomsen was setting new figures
when he finished third overall in a large field of 535 participants.

It was Thomsen’s first run since his disappointing North Tyneside 10k,
and he can take personal delight from the fact that he knocked seven seconds
off his previous best set a year ago, when he clocked 17m18s.

Although not a new personal best, club colleague Paul Banks clocked 19m57s, when finishing 56th.

There were new personal bests however for Morpeth Harriers Sue Smith and Claire Walker.
Smith finished 161st in 23m05s, knocking eleven seconds off her previous best set in March of this year,
and Walker knocked a whole twenty two seconds off her previous set last December,
when she finished 218th in 24m20s.

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New Marske Spring 5k Road Race !

Morpeth Harrier Lewis Timmins was a prominent finisher in the
highly popular New Marske Spring 5k, held on Tuesday 30th April.

Timmins placed third in 15m29s, behind winner Gateshead Harrier Matthew Hynes (14m43s),
and second placed Andy Wiles of the host club (15m09s).

Morpeth Harriers other finishers were “Team Wilkinson,” husband and wife Sarah and Neil,
who finished 33rd and 34th respectively in 17m45s, and 17m50s.
Sarah took individual honours as first lady home.

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North East Youth Development League Division 1

Action from NEYDL Division 1 match at Hexham on Sunday
A number of league records were broken, in the opening fixture
of the North East Development League Division 1 campaign,
held at a very much rain-soaked Wentworth Sports Centre,
at Hexham, on Sunday 27th April.

Unfortunately 2013 league winners Morpeth Harriers could only finish fourth
behind emphatic victors Blaydon Harriers, despite stringent efforts by
Ken McDonald (Female), and stand in Male Team Manager Paul Kelly,
it was down to certain no shows that sadly let them down.

Nevertheless the club can feel well pleased with some of their performers,
notably Sean O’Hara and Ryan Green, who both pulled off double victories on the day.

In O’Hara’s case it also saw personal delight for the Under 15 athlete,
as he broke two league records when winning the 100m in 11.9s,
and the 200m in 24.3s, both giving him personal best performances.

O’Hara’s A string performances were well backed up by the B string efforts
of Wilf Campbell (2nd) 14.6s in the 100m, and Declan Stoker’s victory in the 200m in 26.1s.

Green’s two victories came in the Under 17 Mens 400m (52.4s),
which was a new league record, and the 800m, where he clocked 2m00.4s.
He was backed up well in the B races, with Jacob Hopkins
claiming wins in both cases in 57.4s, and 2m07.6s respectively.

Ruaridh Lang was certainly a star for Morpeth Harriers in the Under 15 Boys Field events,
winning the Javelin (20.40m), Discus (22.07m), and Shot (8.30m).
His efforts were well backed up respectively in the B strings by Wilf Campbell (15.25m),
Mitchell Cryer (14.23m), and Joe Dowd (5.76m).

Another double win in the Under 15 Boys events came in the 800m,
where Will Kelly won the A race in a new league record time of 40.5s,
backed up well in the B string by Joe Dowd’s winning time of 44.1s.

The first three across the line in the Under 17 Mens 1500m were all inside the league record.
Two of those three were Morpeth Harriers.
Adam Weightman was second, making him second A string in 4m23.5s,
and third was Jarod Lewis, who took the B race in 4m28.0s.

Toby Parks won the Under 17 Mens Discus, with a best of 27.56m.
Parks was also an excellent second in the Shot with 9.00m,
and Jarod Lewis putted 8.43m to take the B event.

Morpeth Harriers small band of Under 13 Boys did their best to weigh in with some useful points.
The best effort in this age group came in the Long Jump, with Ross Charlton third in the A string (3.85m),
and Thomas Cunningham third B string with 3.19m.

Megan Deakin set a new league record of 43.5s when winning the Under 17 Womens 300m.
Amber Cormack was second B string with 47.2s.
Cormack also finished second in the A string 800m in 2m28.9s.
Deakin also finished second in the A string 200m in 27.6s.
Abby Sheldon and Louise Brett enjoyed victories in the 1500m (5.23.7s), and 51.7s respectively.

In the Under 15 Girl events, Morpeth Harriers sole A string winner
was Harriet Priest, who cleared 1.30m in the High Jump.
Morpeth secured two B string victories in this age group, courtesy of Hannah Brown,
who clocked 14.0s in the 100m, and 14.0s in the 75m Hurdles.

Nadine Arkle was a very industrious athlete in the Under 13 Girls events,
having two seconds in the 100m (14.9s), and 200m (30.7s).

Final Match Result
1st Blaydon 733pts,
2nd Tynedale 599pts,
3rd New Marske 592pts,
4th Morpeth Harriers 559pts,
5th Durham City 549pts,
6th Houghton 445pts.

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Morpeth Harriers Grand Prix Presentation Evening !

Morpeth Harriers Grand Prix Winners
Twenty to thirty athletes from Morpeth Harriers gathered at the Joiners Arms,
Morpeth on the evening of Sunday 27th April 2014,
for their annual Grand Prix Presentation evening.

Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Phil Walker,
who sponsors the competition under the banner of his Wealth Management Group,
and having done so since 2012, when taking over from Pam and Tony Woodcock,
announced that he was fully prepared to do so in the forthcoming year,
and had been very pleased with the participation level within the club,
in the year just past, and felt that the competition had brought a healthy response.

35 members in all had taken part, and 17 had completed the required six events for qualification of total scores.

There had been four leagues of competitive level fought for, and the successful athletes were as follows

League 1 winner was Chris Waugh, and official runner up was Phil Walker,
however as sponsor Phil declined his award, and went in favour of giving it to third placed Shuna Rank,
who had shown great spirit in completing a required Park Run during Christmas Week
in order to show her willingness for success in the Grand Prix.

League 2 had seen a very close three way fight for supremacy
between Father and Son, Rob and Sam Hancox, and Thomas Straughan.
In the end the older Hancox prevailed to take the title, with Sam edging out Thomas
to claim family domination for the Hancox’s.

League 3 went to Mike Winter, with runners up spot going to Peter Scaife.

League 4 went to Lorna MacDonald.

The runners up spot went to Hermes Carlyon,
who unfortunately was unable to be present to accept his award,
with work commitments now having taken him on to pastures new.

Overall Grand Prix winners were Chris Waugh (Male), and Lorna Macdonald (Female).

Phil Walker closed by paying tribute to John Butters, who had indeed done
a sterling job of collating the score tables throughout the season,
and announced that he was giving a Special Award to him for his excellent services.

Thanks also go to the Manager and Staff of the Joiners Arms, Morpeth for the splendid buffet provided.

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Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix (1)

Ryan Green in action on the track
The opening fixture of the Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix series,
held at Jarrow’s Monkton Stadium, on the evening of Wednesday 23rd April,
attracted a record entry, and some Morpeth Harrier athletes
featured prominently amongst the nights best performers.

None more so than double North Eastern Champion Ryan Green,
who certainly began his Track season with a flourish,
by being the fastest Under 17 Man in the graded 1500m,
posting a superb new personal best time of 4m02.2s,
which also put him at the top of the outdoor UK Rankings
for the 2014 campaign in his particular age group.

Finishing not far behind Ryan in the Under 17 Mens section was his club colleague Nathan Cox,
who also began his season well by posting new figures of 4m08.2s.
Fifth fastest in the Under 17 1500m was Adam Weightman,
who can feel well pleased with his 4m22,2s.
Other Morpeth Harrier performances in the Under 17 Mens 1500m
came from Jarod Lewis (7th) 4m32.0s, just outside his personal best,
and new figures were set by Sam Williams, who finished tenth fastest in 4m53.2s.

Elsewhere in the Under 17 Mens age group performances,
Euan Jones won the Long Jump with a best of 4.70m
and Alex Nesbitt was seventh fastest in the 150m with 18.3s.

In the Junior Mens events, Jack Hepple was very much the star Morpeth Harriers performer.
Hepple certainly gave good account for himself, when he took the feature 150m event in 16.4s,
equalling his best figures for the distance.

Other Morpeth Harriers Junior Mens performances of note came in the graded 1500m,
where Phillip Winkler was fifth fastest in 4m15.1s,
Elliot Kelly was sixth fastest in 4m15.7s,
and Joe Elder was ninth fastest in 4m31.4s.
For Kelly and Elder it was personal best performances,
and Elder’s effort saw him take the third race of three outright,
which will certainly serve as an early season confidence booster.

There were some excellent personal best performances
from Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Boys section.
Kieran Hedley set new figures of 4m32.6s in the 1500m, when finishing third.
His Morpeth Harriers clubmate Joe Dowd finished fifth, clocking 4m58.8s.

The club had no fewer than four personal best achievements in the Under 15 Boys 100m.
Sean O’Hara took the victory honours, equalling his best figures of 12.0s.
Not far behind him in second place was his Morpeth Harriers clubmate Jake Jardine, with an excellent 12.1s.
Declan Stoker took fifth place in 12.4s, and Mitchell Green’s excellent 12.7s for sixth fastest,
saw him take a whole two seconds off his previous best.

Other excellent Under 15 Boys 100m performers were Jack Balmbro (7th) 13.1s,
Alex Dawson (8th=) 13.2s, and Joe Dowd (8th=) 13.2s.

Morpeth Harriers two Senior Men in action on the night were David Storey and Lewis Timmins.
Storey was fourth fastest in the 150m with 17.5s, and Timmins was fourth fastest in the 1500m with 4m01.7s.

Completing the male action of the night was Joshua Williams,
who finished seventh in the Under 13 Boys 1500m in 6m23.7s,
his first ever track event in a Morpeth Harriers vest.

One of the best Morpeth Harriers Female performers on the night was Megan Deakin,
who won the Under 17 Womens 300m in a close sprint to the line in 44.3s.
Deakin also had success in the 150m when she finished fifth in 20.8s.
In the 300m, clubmate Lauren Eadington finished fifth in 46.8s.

Amber Cormack finished third in the Under 17 Womens 1500m in 5m12.9s,
and in her first Under 17 Womens 1500m, clubmate Abby Sheldon performed
well to finish fifth in a new personal best of 5m17.1s.

Morpeth Harriers lone Senior Woman on the night was Eva De Boer,
who crowned her club debut by finishing second in the 150m in 20.9s, and third in the 300m in 45.9s.

Hannah Sheerin finished as second Junior Woman to Birtley’s Lydia Turner in the 1500m in 5m17.8s.

In her first ever track meet in a Morpeth vest,
Under 13 Girl’s starlet Holly Peck finished fourth
in the Long Jump (2.59m), sixth in the 1500m (5m38.1s),
and eighth in the 100m (15.9s).

Morpeth Harriers lone performer in the Under 15 Girls events
Hannah Brown finished fourth in the 75mHurdles in 13.5s.

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2014 North Eastern Counties 10,000mts Championships !

Although just a mere fraction adrift of his lifetime personal best,
Morpeth Harrier Peter Newton was still very much a clear winner
of the North East Counties 10,000metres Track Championship,
held before events got underway at the opening Start Fitness
North East Grand Prix meeting, at Jarrow’s Monkton Stadium,
on the evening of Wednesday 23rd April.

Newton, who also won the title in 2012, very much grinded out the 25 lap contest on his own,
and finished in a time of 30m10.3s, which was a good three minutes clear of his closest rival
Chris Smith of Wallsend (33m20.4s).
Third place went to Jarrow’s Brendan McMillan, who clocked 33m27.6s.

Whilst winning the North East Championship for the second time,
Newton would certainly have been happier if he had made some time improvement,
had he had closer opposition, he may well have achieved better.

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North Tyneside 10k Road Race !

Local MP Mary Glindon set 2,000 plus runners on their way to the finish line at
St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay, at the annual North Tyneside 10k Road Race on Sunday 20th April,
which was run for the tenth occasion, and once again splendidly organised by North Tyneside Council,
with additional support coming from Start Fitness, Tyne Met College, and Northern Pure,
who supplied the many bottles of drinking water required by runners at the Start, enroute, and at the finish.

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

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

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

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

He was followed home ten places behind by clubmate
Michael Thomsen, who clocked 37m52s.

Further Morpeth Harrier performances in the event came from Sarah Graham,
who was seventh Lady finisher in 129th place overall in a time of 40m36s,
Paul Banks (196th) 42m14s,
Jane Briggs (243rd) 43m11s,
Graeme Leathard (253rd) 43m23s,
David Watson (258th) 43m29s,
Eric Adams (265th) 43m34s,
James McFetrich (290th) 43m56s,
Archie Jenkins (388th) 45m43s,
Mark Crosby (448th) 46m45s,
Susan Smith (700th) 50m10s,
Dave Gray (872nd) 52m32s,
and Jane Blackett (1226th) 56m53s.

All finishing runners on the day, received a goody bag,
plus a special commemorative T Shirt,
celebrating the ten years of the event, courtesy of Start Fitness.

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Boston 5k Road Race !

The Boston 5k in America on Sunday 20th April, saw Morpeth Harrier Nick McCormick produce a top class
performance when he set new figures of 13m45s, taking a whole thirteen seconds off his previous best.

He was certainly in elite company, as race winner Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia clocked 13m26 for his victory.

McCormick was the top British finisher.

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Elswick Harriers Good Friday Road Races !

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emma Holt at Newburn on Good Friday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Salford 10k Road Race !

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

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

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

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

The event had a total of 574 finishers.

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Athlete of the Month Award !

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

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

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

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Virgin London Marathon !

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

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

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

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

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

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Virgin London Mini Marathon !

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

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

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Anne Marie Readshaw Track & Field Meeting !

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Run Northumberland Cragside 10k Road Race !

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

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

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

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Watford Open Graded Track Meeting !

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

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

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

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

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ERRA National 12 Stage Senior Men Road Relay Championships !

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ERRA National 6 Stage Womens Road Relay Championships !

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

40 teams completed the Womens event.

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Blyth Valley Transped 10K Race !

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

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

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

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

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

There were a total of 526 finishers in the event.

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Brighton 10k Road Race !

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

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

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ERRA National 12 Stage Senior Men Road Relay Championships !
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Forthcoming Events

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Monday 28th July
BMC Maiden Castle (800m) 7.30pm
Durham

Saturday 2nd August
Northern Athletics Inter Counties Track & Field Championships
Derby

Tuesday 5th August
Morpeth Harriers 10k Road Race (NEMAA Champs)
Morpeth

Saturday 9th August
BMAA Track & Field Championships
Birmingham

Saturday 9th August
Northern Track & Field League (4)
Various

Sunday 10th August
Gateshead Young Athletes (5)
Gateshead Stadium

Sunday 10th August
Darlington 10k
Darlington

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