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............................................................................LATEST NEWS.................... Sixteen athletes from Morpeth Harriers took part in the annual end of season Tartan Games, which was held at Gateshead International Stadium on Sunday 24th August....................................... Ian Hudspith won the Gateshead Harriers Quayside Business Forum 5k on Thursday night, the 21st August............................. Morpeth Harriers Senior Women were declared overall winners of their event at the Durham Summer Relays meeting, on Monday 18th August.............................. LATEST NEWS...............................................

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THIS WEEKS ATHLETICS NEWS....
Bill Woods !
The Tartan Games !
CAU Inter Counties Track and Field Championships !
Gateshead Harriers Quayside Business Forum 5k !
Stockholm Diamond League Meeting !
Tri Star 2 Triathlon !
Durham Summer Relays !
OTHER NEWS FROM AUGUST 2014....
NEWS FROM JULY 2014....
NEWS FROM JUNE 2014....

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OTHER NEWS FROM AUGUST 2014....
Archie Jenkins Book !
Scottish Veterans 10k Road Championships !
Laura Gets Bronze at European Athletics Championships !
Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix (6)
BMC 5000m Race !
Coll Half Marathon !
Gateshead Trail Race !
Darlington 10k Road Race !
Northern League Division 3E Match 4 August 9th 2014
2014 Morpeth 10k Road Race !
Northern Athletics Inter Counties Under 15/Under 17 Track & Field Championships !

NEWS FROM JULY 2014....
NEWS FROM JUNE 2014....

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NEWS FROM JULY 2014....
Athlete of the Month Award !
Commonwealth Games Women’s 1500m Final !
BMC Regional 800m Races !
Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix (5)
Ernie Slaughter Presents His Club With a Starters Rostrum !
English Schools Track and Field Championships Update !
Petition Against Opencasting !
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 !
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NEWS FROM JUNE 2014....

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NEWS FROM JUNE 2014....
World Duathlon Championships !
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 JULY 2014....

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Bill Woods !

Bill Woods
It is with very great sadness that we have to report the death of our long time Committee member,
Official and former Chairman Bill Woods. Bill had been feeling unwell recently and,
after undergoing tests last week, his condition deteriorated rapidly and he died on Saturday 23rd August.

The service that Bill gave to our Club during a period of over 35 years was enormous and he has
played a major role in the Club attaining its present healthy position.

We are sure that all club members and Bill's many other friends in the world of athletics,
both in the North East and elsewhere in the country,
will join in passing on our heartfelt sympathies to June,
Gary and Karen and the rest of Bill's family.

Details of funeral arrangements will be placed on the website once they are known.

WHATS NEW INDEX
The Tartan Games !
CAU Inter Counties Track and Field Championships !
Gateshead Harriers Quayside Business Forum 5k !
Stockholm Diamond League Meeting !
Tri Star 2 Triathlon !
Durham Summer Relays !
Archie Jenkins Book !
OTHER NEWS FROM AUGUST 2014....
NEWS FROM JULY 2014....
NEWS FROM JUNE 2014....

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The Tartan Games !

Sixteen athletes from Morpeth Harriers took part in the annual end of season
Track & Field showpiece that has become very much a special event in the
North East fixture calendar, The Tartan Games, which was held at a very blustery
Gateshead International Stadium on Sunday 24th August.

Sprint specialists Sean O’Hara and Jack Hepple were very much the clubs stars on parade,
however there were also some very encouraging performances achieved by some of the club’s lesser known’s.

O’Hara certainly achieved a personal moment of glory, when he retained his
Under 15 Boys 300m title by breaking the event record with his clocking of 37.13s,
knocking over two seconds off the previous best.
Accompanying O’Hara in the 300m was his Morpeth Harriers
club colleague Will Kelly, who placed sixth in 40.72s.

After clocking 11.10s in his heat of the Senior Men’s 100m, Hepple returned later
to comprehensively win his final, clocking a slightly faster 11.04s,
with a wind speed of plus 0.4, which was differing event by event.

It was also a successful day for two other sprinters from Morpeth,
when Jake Jardine and Declan Stoker finished first and second
in their respective heats of the Under 15 Boys 100m in 12.07s and 12.39s,
they returned in the final finishing second and third in 12.22s and 12.30s.
The pair also ran in the 200m finishing third and fourth respectively in 24.97s and 25.21s.

Beth Laidler finished third in the Junior Womens 100m, clocking 13.45s.

In the Under 15 Girls 100m Naomi Arkle finished third in her heat in 13.56s,
and then finished fourth in the Final in a slightly faster 13.54s.
In the 200m she placed fourth in her heat in 28.24s, in the final she clocked 28.79s for seventh.

Meanwhile Arkle’s younger sister Nadine was also in action.
She finished fourth in her heat of the Under 13 Girls 200m
with a clocking of 30.34s, and then clocked 30.78s for seventh in the Final.

In the very young Under 11 Boys sprints over 60m, Morpeth Harriers Bobby Stone
and George Balmbro finished 2nd and 3rd respectively with clockings of 9.80s and 10.41s,
which unfortunately did not see them through to the Final.
Stone however did find some compensation in the fact that he finished third in the 600m in 1m57.66s.

Another Morpeth Under 11 athlete who competed well was Rhiannon Hedley,
who achieved a new personal best of 1m52.43s, when finishing second in the 600m.

Abby Sheldon finished second in the Under 17 Womens 800m, where she clocked 2m31.25s.
She also competed in her favourite Field event, where 21.31m brought her third place in the Javelin.

Morpeth Harriers did have three winners in the Field events in
Claire Reid, Rebecca Murray and Gregor Sharp.
Reid had her victory in the Senior Womens Discus,
where her best throw of 35.01m put her a
good metre and a half clear of her closest rival.
She also won the Javelin with a best of 19.92m,
and finished third in the Shot with 9.88m.

Murray had her victory in the Under 15 Girls Discus with her
best effort of 28.17m, and finished second in the Shot with 10.00m.

Sharp meanwhile found 27.74m good for victory in the
Under 15 Boys Discus, and he putted 10.15m for third in the Shot.

Morpeth Harriers only other Field event specialist in action was David Thomas,
who finished second in the Under 15 Boys Long Jump, achieving a best of 5.22m.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Bill Woods !
CAU Inter Counties Track and Field Championships !
Gateshead Harriers Quayside Business Forum 5k !
Stockholm Diamond League Meeting !
Tri Star 2 Triathlon !
Durham Summer Relays !
Archie Jenkins Book !
OTHER NEWS FROM AUGUST 2014....
NEWS FROM JULY 2014....
NEWS FROM JUNE 2014....

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CAU Inter Counties Track and Field Championships !

Morpeth Harrier Ady Whitwam was the oldest competitor in a
thirteen strong field in the Senior Mens 3000m Steeplechase
at the CAU Inter Counties Track and Field Championships,
held in Bedford on Sunday 24th August.
He performed well by clocking a seasons best of 9m32.78s,
which saw him finish in sixth place overall.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Bill Woods !
The Tartan Games !
Gateshead Harriers Quayside Business Forum 5k !
Stockholm Diamond League Meeting !
Tri Star 2 Triathlon !
Durham Summer Relays !
Archie Jenkins Book !
OTHER NEWS FROM AUGUST 2014....
NEWS FROM JULY 2014....
NEWS FROM JUNE 2014....

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Gateshead Harriers Quayside Business Forum 5k !

Gateshead Harriers Quayside Business Forum 5k on Thursday
Morpeth Harriers were in dominant form on Thursday night, the 21st August at the
inaugural running of the Quayside Business Forum 5k, hosted by Gateshead Harriers.

This new, early evening race sees runners assemble on the northern side of the river
near the law courts and heading out West along the river path under the Tyne bridges,
before turning round to finish on the southern bank in Baltic Square after crossing the Millenium Bridge.

On a breezy night, veteran Ian Hudspith showed a clean pair of heels to his younger club colleagues,
pulling away in the second part of the race to win in an overall time of 15 minutes and 3 seconds.

Behind him, there was a procession of four of his club colleagues,
with new signing Kevin Calvert taking second place in 15m 19s,
Nathan Shrubb in third in 15m 25s, Carl Avery fourth in 15m 33s and Ross Floyd fifth (15m 41s).

In the women’s race, it was very much a battle of triathletes,
with promising Leeds-based youngster Heather Sellars winning in 17mins and 57seconds
from Morpeth’s own Emma Holt (17m39s) in second and Hannah Drewett in third (17m 59s).

Other Morpeth finishers were: Dave Swinburne, forty third in 18m 3s;
Jim Alder, fourth Over 50 veteran in 18m 58s;
Andrew Flatman, eleventh Over 40 in 19m 42s
and Peter Scaife, sixth O/50 in 20m 3s.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Bill Woods !
The Tartan Games !
CAU Inter Counties Track and Field Championships !
Stockholm Diamond League Meeting !
Tri Star 2 Triathlon !
Durham Summer Relays !
Archie Jenkins Book !
OTHER NEWS FROM AUGUST 2014....
NEWS FROM JULY 2014....
NEWS FROM JUNE 2014....

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Stockholm Diamond League Meeting !

Following on from her superb Commonwealth Games and European Championship
medal winning runs in Glasgow and Zurich respectively, the possibility of a below par
performance was always lurking round the corner for Morpeth Harrier Laura Weightman.

That factor certainly caught up with her in Stockholm on Thursday 21st August,
at the Diamond League Meeting when she finished at the rear of a talent filled Womens 1500m event,
that included the European Champion Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands, who could only finish third.

The fast early pace on a wet and blustery night certainly did not suit Weightman,
and she was never quite able to get on level terms with the leaders.
Weightman produced what was possibly her poorest clocking for some time of 4m14.92s,
however will now take some time out to recharge and set out a winter training plan with her coach Steve Cram,
a programme that her club hopes will include some of their Autumn road challenges.

Having Weightman in their ranks at such events would obviously
produce a morale boost Morpeth Harriers competitive ambitions.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Bill Woods !
The Tartan Games !
CAU Inter Counties Track and Field Championships !
Gateshead Harriers Quayside Business Forum 5k !
Tri Star 2 Triathlon !
Durham Summer Relays !
Archie Jenkins Book !
OTHER NEWS FROM AUGUST 2014....
NEWS FROM JULY 2014....
NEWS FROM JUNE 2014....

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Tri Star 2 Triathlon !

Daniel Dixon (centre)
Young Morpeth Harriers triathlete Daniel Dixon was certainly a boy in winning form,
when he competed for the North East Triathlon team in the Tri Star 2 event for 11 to 12 year olds
at Holme Pierre Point in Nottingham, on Friday 22nd August.

The event involved an open water swim of 300m, followed by a 5000m cycle ride,
ending with an 1800m run, all based in the vicinity of the famous rowing lake.

Enjoying an excellent swim, Daniel began his quest for success
when he emerged from the water in second place.
After a very slick transition he began the second stage cycle setting off at fast pace,
which saw him very quickly go into the lead.
Throughout the cycle ride he continued to increase the distance between himself and the chasers,
and he eventually began the final phase holding a 25 second advantage,
which he maintained to the finish to take a well earned winners title.

Daniel would like thank all his coaches and mentors,
who have helped him to achieve this superb victory.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Bill Woods !
The Tartan Games !
CAU Inter Counties Track and Field Championships !
Gateshead Harriers Quayside Business Forum 5k !
Stockholm Diamond League Meeting !
Durham Summer Relays !
Archie Jenkins Book !
OTHER NEWS FROM AUGUST 2014....
NEWS FROM JULY 2014....
NEWS FROM JUNE 2014....

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Durham Summer Relays !

Left to Right, Alison Brown, Lesley Chapman, Lindsay Turnbull, Emma Holt and Vicky Gibbs at Durham
Although officially they were not first past the post, Morpeth Harriers Senior Women were declared
overall winners of their event at the Durham Summer Relays meeting, promoted by Durham City Harriers,
and held at the Durham University Sports Ground, on Monday 18th August.

They won the title because the Birtley AC team that finished twenty one seconds in front of them,
were fielding an ineligible younger runner, and had declared as a guest non scoring team only.

Morpeth Harriers clocked a total time of 34m43s over the three legs,
courtesy of Vicky Gibbs (11m33s), Alison Brown (12m20s), and Emma Holt (10m50s).
They were eighty four seconds clear of the next finishing Womens team from Gateshead Harriers.
Holt’s time was the fastest Women’s time of the night, in conditions that
proved to be most difficult when the heavy rains came shortly after the start.

In the Masters Race, Morpeth Womens B team were also prominent finishers.
Clocking a time of 42m21s, they placed third behind North Shields Poly’s A and B teams.
Fastest of their three athletes was Lindsay Turnbull, who clocked 13m30s on Leg One.
The team’s effort was completed by Lesley Chapman (14m13s), and Clare Walker (14m38s).
An excellent turnout despite the wet conditions saw a total of over 150 teams facing the starter.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Bill Woods !
The Tartan Games !
CAU Inter Counties Track and Field Championships !
Gateshead Harriers Quayside Business Forum 5k !
Stockholm Diamond League Meeting !
Tri Star 2 Triathlon !
Archie Jenkins Book !
OTHER NEWS FROM AUGUST 2014....
NEWS FROM JULY 2014....
NEWS FROM JUNE 2014....

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Scottish Veterans 10k Road Championships !

In the Scottish Veterans 10k Road Championships held in Glasgow on Sunday 17th August,
Morpeth Harrier Bob Marshall finished 38th overall in a time of 39m45s,
which gave him an age graded performance of 88.8%.

Bob was first Over 60, and was also first in his own age group of Over 65 Veteran Men,
beating his nearest rival in his category by about two minutes.

This performance should guarantee him a place in the Scottish Masters Cross Country squad,
for the International, due to take place in November.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Laura Gets Bronze at European Athletics Championships !
Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix (6)
BMC 5000m Race !
Coll Half Marathon !
Gateshead Trail Race !
Archie Jenkins Book !
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NEWS FROM JULY 2014....
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Laura Gets Bronze at European Athletics Championships !

Laura Weightman with her Bronze medal in Zurich on Friday night
Laura Weightman won her second major championship medal when she took a Bronze medal,
behind race favourites Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands and Abela Aregawi of Sweden
in the Womens 1500m at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich on Friday 15th August.

The Morpeth Harrier clearly showed how hungry she was for a medal,
when she actually went to the front of the field of 12 finalists with 600m still remaining,
and she began to draw the sting out of those behind her,
with the exception of course for Hassan and Aregawi.

As the runners approached the bell, Hassan went to the front, along with Aregawi,
however Weightman’s brave tactics had obviously broken the chances of those behind her.
With 200m remaining, Hassan and Aregawi continued with their own personal battle for Gold,
Weightman meanwhile continued to guarantee herself at least a Bronze medal.
Hassan hung on for Gold in 4m04.18s, Aregawi just held off the chasing Weightman
to win Silver in 4m05.08s, and Laura crossed the finish line in 4m06.32s,
absolutely delighted to take Bronze, and what was Great Britain’s eleventh medal of the championships.

A delighted Weightman paid tribute afterwards to her coach Steve Cram,
and her physio and hard-working backroom team for helping her to success,
and to her supporters, who included her watching mum Diana,
who was in Zurich to be with her on her tremendous medal winning success.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Scottish Veterans 10k Road Championships !
Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix (6)
BMC 5000m Race !
Coll Half Marathon !
Gateshead Trail Race !
Archie Jenkins Book !
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Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix (6)

Seventeen athletes from Morpeth Harriers were in competitive action
at the sixth and final Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix meeting,
held at Gateshead’s International Stadium on Wednesday 13th August.

Thankfully rain stayed away, however a stiff breeze prevailed, and fast times were hard to achieve.
Two athletes from the club did achieve winning performances in terms of time, and a few had good minor placings.

Thomas Straughan was the fastest Senior Man in the 3000m,
which was well deserved as it was achieved in the very last event of the night,
which had got underway just before 9.30pm.
Straughan didn’t let the cold night get to him as he clocked 9m12.38s.
Morpeth’s John Butters ran well in this event, finishing as fourth fastest in 9m40.78s.

Another fast Morpeth Senior Mens track performer on the night was new signing Andy Wiles.
The former New Marske Harrier ran the second fastest time of 1m56.92s in the Graded 800m.

Nathan Cox maintained his recent excellent run of form, when he clocked
the second fastest Under 17 Mens time of 2m01.43s in the Graded 800m.
Also competing in this event was his Morpeth Harriers club colleague Adam Weightman,
who finished as fifth fastest in 2m14.29s.

Clocking a time of 2m28.15s, Morpeth Harrier Amber Cormack proved
to be the fastest Under 17 Womens performer in the Graded 800m.
Her club colleague Abby Sheldon was third fastest with 2m30.86s.

In the Junior Mens Graded 800m, Morpeth Harrier Phillip Winkler
was second fastest with his time of 2m02.61s.

Henrik Paulsen was the fifth fastest in the Junior Mens 400m with his clocking of 57.76s.

In his first ever 3000m, Morpeth’s Under 15 Boy athlete Alex Cunningham
emerged as third fastest with his clocking of 10m53.95s.

Another good Morpeth Harriers Under 15 performance came in the Graded 400m,
where guest athlete Will Kelly finished fourth in the company of Under 17 Men,
posting an excellent time of 58.39s.

Back with the Under 15 Boys proper, and Morpeths Declan Stoker continued his
measured improvement, when he clocked 25.43s in the 200m, emerging as fourth fastest.

In the Under 15 Boys 800m Morpeth’s Joe Dowd and Jamie Duguid were
fifth and eighth fastest with respective clockings of 2m19.83s and 2m27.23s.

Ross Charlton of Morpeth Harriers had an excellent night in the Under 13 Boys events.
He finished second in the 800m in 2m33.46s, and likewise in the Long Jump with his best effort of 4.10m.
Morpeth Harriers other competing Under 13 Boy was Josh Nelson,
who was fourth fastest in the 200m with 32.38s, and finished sixth in the 800m in 2m46.84s.

Back to the Senior Men, and Craig Pickup was Morpeth Harriers only Senior Field eventer on show.
He finished second in both the Shot Putt with a best of 9.88m, and the Javelin with 27.81m.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Scottish Veterans 10k Road Championships !
Laura Gets Bronze at European Athletics Championships !
BMC 5000m Race !
Coll Half Marathon !
Gateshead Trail Race !
Archie Jenkins Book !
OTHER NEWS FROM AUGUST 2014....
NEWS FROM JULY 2014....
NEWS FROM JUNE 2014....

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Coll Half Marathon !

Much travelled Morpeth Harriers endurance specialist, Andrew Lawrence achieved his own
personal piece of glory on Saturday 16th August, when he won the Coll Half Marathon
in Aringour, Scotland in a new personal best time of 72m48s.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Laura Gets Bronze at European Athletics Championships !
Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix (6)
BMC 5000m Race !
Gateshead Trail Race !
Archie Jenkins Book !
OTHER NEWS FROM AUGUST 2014....
NEWS FROM JULY 2014....
NEWS FROM JUNE 2014....

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BMC 5000m Race !

Morpeths Jonny Taylor finished fourth in a top class Mens 5000m
field at the BMC Track Meeting held on Saturday 16th August at Solihull.
Taylor clocked 14m17.04s, which was slightly adrift of his personal best.

In addition to Jonny Taylor, Morpeth Harriers also had an another excellent performer
competing in the BMC meeting, when new signing Andy Wiles led a
Mens 1500m C Race field home in a time of 3m50.85s.
He finished fractionally ahead of Dundee’s Matthew White,
with Leeds City’s Michael Salter taking third place.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Scottish Veterans 10k Road Championships !
Laura Gets Bronze at European Athletics Championships !
Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix (6)
Coll Half Marathon !
Gateshead Trail Race !
Archie Jenkins Book !
OTHER NEWS FROM AUGUST 2014....
NEWS FROM JULY 2014....
NEWS FROM JUNE 2014....

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Gateshead Trail Race !

Adam Shewry,Alison Brown, Jane Hodgson and Lorna MacDonald
967 finishers took part in the Gateshead Trail Race
held in Watergate Park, Lobley Hill on Saturday 16th August.

Eight of those finishers belonged to Morpeth Harriers

The clubs first home was Jane Hodgson, who in finishing 24th overall in 37m46s was second lady.

Morpeth Harriers only Male participant was Under 15 Boy athlete
Adam Shewry, who was one place behind Jane in 38m14s.

Lorna MacDonald was third home from the club, and was third lady overall in 45th place in 39m49s.

Other Morpeth Harrier finishers were as follows
Alison Brown (126th) 44m14s,
Jane Blackett (399th) 51m37s,
Sue Smith (422nd) 52m11s,
Claire Walker (421st) 52m10s,
and Margaret MacDonald (498th) 54m22s.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Scottish Veterans 10k Road Championships !
Laura Gets Bronze at European Athletics Championships !
Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix (6)
Coll Half Marathon !
BMC 5000m Race !
Archie Jenkins Book !
OTHER NEWS FROM AUGUST 2014....
NEWS FROM JULY 2014....
NEWS FROM JUNE 2014....

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Archie Jenkins Book !

Archie Jenkins Book
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WHATS NEW INDEX
Scottish Veterans 10k Road Championships !
Laura Gets Bronze at European Athletics Championships !
Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix (6)
Coll Half Marathon !
BMC 5000m Race !
Gateshead Trail Race !
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NEWS FROM JULY 2014....
NEWS FROM JUNE 2014....

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Darlington 10k Road Race !

Three Morpeth Harriers took part in the annual Sherwoods Vauxhall
sponsored Darlington 10k Road Race, held on Sunday 10th August.

Paul Banks was the first of the trio home, finishing 133rd overall in a
time of 39m47s, and he was 25th in the Over 40 Veteran Mens category.

Finishing in 302nd place overall, Mark Crosby was 23rd in the
Over 50 Veteran Mens section, posting a finishing time of 43m42s.

Completing the Morpeth Harriers contingent was Claire Walker,
who posted a time of 50m47s, when finishing 691st,
and she was 22nd in the Over 35 Womens section.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Laura Gets Bronze at European Athletics Championships !
Northern League Division 3E Match 4 August 9th 2014
2014 Morpeth 10k Road Race !
Northern Athletics Inter Counties Under 15 / Under 17 Track & Field Championships !
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Northern League Division 3E Match 4 August 9th 2014

Despite a shortage of athletes in key areas due to holidays, Morpeth Harriers
Senior Men and Womens Track and Field squad still managed to finish third
on the day in their final Northern Athletics Division 3 match,
held at Churchill Playing Fields, Whitley Bay on Saturday 9th August.

That third placing also confirmed them as league champions, which means
they win promotion, and that they face a new life in Division 2 for 2015.

Whilst there was a close fight on the day between North Shields Poly,
who are also promoted along with Morpeth, and the combined club
of Wallsend Harriers and Blyth, Morpeth were not very far away
from the leading two, finishing only forty one points adrift of second place.
Mens 1500mt race at the Northern League Division 3E Match at Whitley Bay on Saturday 9th August
Morpeth Harriers managed no fewer than five A string victories
in the Mens Track events, and one in the Field events.
Although they didn’t manage an A string win in the Womens Track events,
they did have three A string wins in the Field events.

Winners in the Mens Track events were Nathan Cox, Ady Whitwam,
and Karl Taylor, Cox and Whitwam managing two apiece.

Nathan Cox in action at the Northern League Division 3E Match at Whitley Bay on Saturday 9th August
Under 17 athlete Cox won both the 400m and 800m A races in respective times of 53.7s, and 2m01.5s.
In the 800m, Cox was well backed up by Mark Brown, former North East 5000m specialist,
who is now a Coach and Official at Morpeth, who was plucked out of semi-retirement to grace
the event by finishing as fourth B String in a very respectable 2m24.6s.
Ade Whitwam in action at the Northern League Division 3E Match at Whitley Bay on Saturday 9th August
Whitwam achieved his two wins with excellent runs in the
3000m Steeplechase (9m55.8s), and the 5000m (15m45.2s).
The 5000m brought one of Morpeth Harriers two double track victories on the day,
when Elliot Kelly took the B race in an excellent 16m33.8s.

Under 20 athlete Kelly did admit to tired legs following the Morpeth 10k,
and an untimely stitch afterwards possibly making him a little adrift of his best time.
Karl Taylor in action at the Northern League Division 3E Match at Whitley Bay on Saturday 9th August
Morpeth Harriers other Mens double Track victory on the day came in the 1500m,
where Karl Taylor secured an excellent A race win in 4m14.9s,
after producing an equally excellent sprint finish in the home straight.
Thomas Straughan came home in third place overall to take the B race in 4m20.8s.
Both Taylor and Straughan had also featured prominently in the 10k.
David Storey in action at the Northern League Division 3E Match at Whitley Bay on Saturday 9th August
With Morpeth Harriers leading sprinter Jack Hepple away on holiday,
B string athlete David Storey stepped up to take the A string berth,
and managed two second places in the 100m and 200m with clockings of 11.6s and 23.7s.

Kenny Harrison certainly rose to the occasion well in providing superb B string support,
by winning both the 100m and 200m in 11.8s and 24.3s.
Harrison is another blossoming Under 17 prospect emerging from the Eddie Hedley sprint stable.

On to the Mens Field events, where Morpeth Harriers only A string victory came from
emerging Under 17 star Jamie Warburton, who took the Long Jump with his best of 5.42m.
Kenny Harrison in action at the Northern League Division 3E Match at Whitley Bay on Saturday 9th August
Sprinter Kenny Harrison gave superb B string support by finishing second with his best of 4.27m.
Warburton also competed well in the High Jump, where his clearance of 1.60m gave him third place.
Jamie Warburton in action at the Northern League Division 3E Match at Whitley Bay on Saturday 9th August
In the Triple Jump Karl Taylor and Craig Pickup finished fourth in their
respective A and B strings, with respective bests of 10.15m and 8.70m.

The dependable Appleby brothers took the lion’s share of
Morpeth Harriers performances in the throws department.
In the A string Hammer, Paul produced a best of 24.47m to finish third,
and Steven’s 20.60m saw him finish as second B string.

The pair also produced a superb Discus result, with Paul placing
second in the A string with his best of 31.22m, and Steven’s 30.33m
was good enough to give him a B string win.

In the Shot Putt, Paul’s 8.57m gave him fourth place in the A string,
and Steven produced his second B string victory with 8.02m.

Craig Pickup threw 28.85m to give him third place in the A string Javelin,
and Paul Appleby completed a very industrious day’s activities for himself,
by achieving a superb second in the B string with his best throw of 27.83m.

To complete the Mens events, Morpeth Harriers 4 x 100m squad managed fourth place in 53.3s.

Morpeth Harriers Women were perhaps the most depleted
of the two squad sections due to holiday commitments,
however although they couldn’t manage an A string track victory,
they did produce some good solid performances,
including an absolutely superb 4 x 100m Relay performance
that saw them finish a very close second, a squad that also
included two middle distance performers.

In the sprints Under 17 athletes Megan Deakin and Lily Hood formed a formidable pairing.
Deakin finished second in the A string 100m and 200m with respective clockings of 13.3s and 28.2s,
just losing out to Wallsend/Blyth’s Alice Dungworth on both counts.
Lily Hood finished second in the B string 100m in 13.6s,
however carved out a superb B string victory for herself in 28.5s.

Womens 800mt race at the Northern League Division 3E Match at Whitley Bay on Saturday 9th August
Making a welcome appearance for Morpeth Harriers in the Womens events was Josie Cram,
daughter of Steve, who did everything she could on her return to the sport to finish second
to North Shields Poly’s Gina Rutherford in the A string 800m.
Josie clocked 2m23.4s, losing out by seven seconds.
Kate Chapman in action at the Northern League Division 3E Match at Whitley Bay on Saturday 9th August
Under 17 athlete Abby Sheldon provided excellent B string support when taking victory in 2m35.1s.
Sheldon later went on to finish third in the A string 1500m in 5m24.4s, being backed up by
Kate Chapman’s 6m03.7s, which saw her finish as third B string.
Chapman also finished fourth in the A string 3000m in 12m13.4s,
an event that unfortunately saw Morpeth’s Alison Brown have to
withdraw during proceedings after taking a hefty tumble.

There is no doubt that the strengths in the Morpeth Harriers Womens squad lay in the Field events,
where thrower Claire Reid managed no less than three A string wins.
Reid threw 29.27m to be an easy winner of the Hammer,
managing ten metres further than her closest opposition.

She threw a good sixteen metres further than her opponents in the Discus with her best of 34.94m.
Her Shot Putt of 10.32m proved to be two metres better than her closest rival,
and Alison Brown finished third in the B string with 4.70m.
Reid rounded off her day by finishing second A string in the Javelin with 19.77m,
however Abby Sheldon’s 19.39m gave her a superb B string win.

In the Long Jump Lily Hood finished as fifth A string with her best of 3.28m,
and as if she didn’t have a busy enough day already,
Claire Reid competed for more valuable points when she finished as fourth B string with 2.48m.

MATCH RESULT
1st North Shield Poly 365pts,
2nd Wallsend/Blyth 356pts,
3rd Morpeth Harriers 315pts,
4th Heaton/Tyne Bridge 308pts,
5th Houghton 282pts,
6th Chester Le Street 217pts.

Morpeth Harriers Senior Men and Womens team emerge as Division 3E Northern League Champions,
which means that they are promoted to Division 2 for next season.

Thankfully the club do have a very healthy wealth of talent coming through their ranks,
which will no doubt help them weather the storm of some slightly higher competition next term.

However on that score, promotion also brings extra travel to be made,
possibly two trips to Yorkshire for their competition, and with all that comes extra costs
to be encountered and the club would indeed welcome any sponsorship
offers that are available to help manage the situation.
Morpeth Harriers are a self funded operation mainly relying on Member Subscriptions and occasional donations,
however still remain high achievers in their sport of Track and Field and Road and Cross Country,
not only locally, but also nationally, any additional support would be much appreciated.

FINAL LEAGUE RESULT
1st Morpeth Harriers 21pts,
2nd North Shields Poly 17pts,
3rd Wallsend/Blyth 16pts,
4th Houghton 13pts,
5th Heaton/Tyne Bridge 12pts,
6th Chester Le Street 5pts.

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2014 Morpeth 10k Road Race !

The start of this years Morpeth 10k on Tuesday 5th August
Photo courtesy Keith Robertson
Total dominance was certainly achieved by athletes of both genders from
Morpeth Harriers in the Morpeth 10k Road Race, held on Tuesday 5th August 2014.

Ideal conditions were faced by the 300 plus field who took part in the event that was
run on the same course round Tranwell Woods, for the eighteenth year in succession.


Ross Floyd winning this years Morpeth 10k
Photo courtesy Keith Robertson
Tuesday night’s race winner Ross Floyd was just a mere nine year old
when the host clubs Ian Hudspith won the first running of the event in 1997,
establishing a course record of 29m14s, that is yet to be beaten

Schweppes Abbey Well, the Morpeth based drinks manufacturer,
sponsored the event for the first time, and in addition
supplied much welcome race drinks en-route, and at the finish line.

In winning in a time of 32m28s, Floyd may have been well
adrift of Hudspith’s winning time, however he could take some
personal delight in the fact that he knocked a whole twenty
seconds off his 2013 time, when he had placed fourth.
Carl Avery, Ross Floyd and Karl Taylor, the first three finishers at this years Morpeth 10k
Photo courtesy Keith Robertson
Floyd led a leading quartet of Morpeth Harriers men home,
with second third and fourth places going to Carl Avery (32m38s),
Karl Taylor (33m11s), and Thomas Straughan (33m31s).

It was perhaps very unfortunate for Straughan, recent winner of the Tynedale 10k,
that severe stomach cramps forced him to slow down in the closing stages,
as after a great deal of first lap work, he had forged a lead, even though it was
very slight, and short lived once the front runners got well into the second lap.

Other prominent Morpeth Harriers Male finishers in the race were
Under 20 athlete Elliot Kelly (9th) 34m48s, and Jordan Scott (12th) 35m19s.

Kelly had every reason to be jubilant, as he had sliced a mammoth
two minutes off his previous best for the distance, and for Scott it was
a relief to learn that he was returning to reasonable form after a lay off with injury.

Emma Holt, Jane Hodgson and Vicky Gibbs the first three Women finishers at this years Morpeth 10k
Photo courtesy Keith Robertson
Morpeth Harriers also proved dominant in the Ladies race,
as they provided the first three finishers in the form of Emma Holt (36th) 37m17s,
Jane Hodgson (50th) 38m44s, and Vicky Gibbs (51st) 39m01s.
Emma Holt winning this years Womens race in the Morpeth 10k
Photo courtesy Keith Robertson

Further Morpeth Harriers dominance was confirmed, when both genders from the club
achieved team success in the incorporated North East Masters 10k Road Championship.

The clubs Male Masters in this case were led home by Paul Waterston,
who produced an excellent run to finish 21st overall in a time of 36m21s.
Twenty seconds behind Paul was his club colleague Phil Walker,
who was also one of the events additional sponsors, in his role as a financial planner.
Walker finished in 27th place overall, and was third home in the Mens Masters section.
Archie Jenkins of Morpeth Harriers was fourteenth home in the Mens Masters,
when he finished in 145th place in 45m48s.

In their respective age groups in the Masters, Waterston was first Over 45,
Walker was second Over 45, and Jenkins was third Over 60.
Those placings earned Morpeth Harriers an outstanding Masters Team victory.

The victory was also emulated by Morpeth Harriers Women Masters,
courtesy of Vicky Gibbs (1st Over 35) 39m01s,
Lesley Chapman (2nd Over 55) (157th) 46m16s,
and Pam Woodcock (1st Over 60) (199th) 48m45s.

Morpeth Harriers also held their internal Club Road Championships
for Senior Men, Under 20 Men, and Senior Women in conjunction with the event,
and the respective awards went to Floyd, Kelly, and Holt.

In addition to the prize winners, all 302 race finishers
received a commemorative mug to mark the occasion.

Morpeth Harriers wish to make contact with a gentleman runner
called Harry Walker (competitor No 120), who was an on the night entrant.
The club have a winner’s prize for you to collect, and ask that you make contact,
by email with contact details, so that your prize can be forwarded.

Send us an e-mail

Many thanks must go to new race sponsor Schweppes Abbey Well,
whose executive Dave Hunt attended the post race presentation at Craik Park
to kindly present the Main Race awards, who said that his company
were very pleased to be linked with such a well established event.

Thanks also go to additional sponsors Phil Walker Financial Planners,
and Chris Dentice for their continued generosity.
Start Fitness are also to be thanked for providing prize vouchers,
and Race Numbers and additional promotional material for the event.

Many thanks go to Piramal for providing Race Parking,
and Pegasus Riding School for additional Toilet facilities.
The help from Morpeth Town FC for the use of their Craik Park facility for Race Headquarters,
and the post race presentation, plus the excellent food and refreshment facilities provided,
was very much appreciated by all those who attended.

Last but not least Morpeth Harriers would like to thank their members
and friends for all the help they gave in organising and on the day marshalling.

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Northern Athletics Inter Counties Under 15 / Under 17 Track & Field Championships !

Four Morpeth Harriers were on representative duty for the North East,
at the annual Northern Athletics Inter Counties Under 15/Under 17 Track and Field Championships,
held at Moorways Stadium, Derby on Saturday 2nd August.

Nathan Cox performed well to finish second in the Under 17 Mens
1500m A race in 4m07.31s, against some very tough opposition.
He also ran an 800m leg in a Medley Relay, clocking 2m00s for his effort.

In the Under 17 Womens events, Megan Deakin finished fifth in a
very tough first of two heats of the 300m, clocking 43.46s.

The Under 15 Boys sprints were very hotly contested,
and Sean O’Hara proved quite a formidable opponent,
especially in the 200m, where despite running from lane eight,
he was second fastest, setting new figures of 23.78s.

In addition, despite a prevailing wind, the wind-gauge thankfully worked in
favour for O’Hara, giving him a near accurate reading for his personal best.
In the 100m he clocked 11.82s, which saw him finish as fifth fastest.
He actually won his individual race, where the total field was divided into two heats.

Kieran Hedley finished eighth in a very tough Under 15 Boys 800m in 2m14.07s.

Conditions throughout the day’s events were most testing, varying from
strong winds to heavy showers, which made fast times difficult to achieve.

However the four all made a very useful contribution to an overall team score of 481 points,
which saw the region finish third behind winners Yorkshire (589pts), and second placed Lancashire (530pts).

They finished some way ahead of fourth placed Derbyshire (371pts),
and Humberside (336pts), Greater Manchester (262pts), Cumbria (209pts),
Merseyside (181pts), who occupied fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth spots respectively.

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Athlete of the Month Award !

Kieran Hedley recieves his certificate from Club Secretary Mike Bateman
Following a very much prolonged judges discussion, Morpeth Harriers are pleased
to announce that their Benfield Motor Group Athlete of the Month award for June 2014
has gone to Under 15 Boy Middle Distance runner Kieran Hedley

Hedley won the Junior Boys 800m in 2m15.05s at the Northumberland Schools
Track & Field Championships at Gateshead Stadium.

Although finishing fifth, Hedley also set new figures of 2m10.0s in the Junior Boys 800m
at the Inter Counties Schools Track and Field Championships at Gateshead Stadium.

That run effectively gave him a place for Northumberland at the forthcoming
English Schools Track and Field Championships, and he celebrated this by
claiming a superb victory at the third NEYDL Division 1 meeting at Jarrow on 29th June,
by literally running away from the rest of the field in the Under 15 Boys 800m,
and won in 2m08.4s, for him a massive new personal best,
and also a new league record, and then he went on to better this performance,
ever so slightly, to 2m08.0s the following day in a BMC seeded event at Maiden Castle.

Kieran is pictured above receiving his Certificate of Achievement from
Morpeth Harriers Club Secretary Mike Bateman, who is also his Coach,
at the Track at KEVI School, on Wednesday 30th July.

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Commonwealth Games Women’s 1500m Final

Laura Weightman wins a Silver Medal at Glasgow
Morpeths Laura Weightman overcame all odds in a highly tactical
Commonwealth Games Women’s 1500m final at Hampden Park, Glasgow on Tuesday 29th July,
to win a very well earned and highly prized Commonwealth Games Silver Medal.

In doing so, she became the third from the club to achieve Commonwealth Medals,
behind the legendary Jim Alder, who holds medals of every colour,
and Mark Hudspith who won a Bronze in the Marathon.

Weightman at 23 is the youngest of those medal achievers, and Alder, Morpeth
Harriers Club President spoke of immense joy and pride of her achievement.

With one lap remaining Weightman took the superb initiative
of bagging the inside lane, and endeavoured to take on the lead.
Although she eventually lost the lead, she brilliantly dug into all her
reserves to hold on to her Silver Medal placing, with a finishing time of 4m09.24s.

It was an occasion that she proudly shared in front of a BBC TV audience with her
very proud Mum Diana, plus off course many other North East and Club enthusiasts.

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Ernie Slaughter Presents His Club With a Starters Rostrum !
Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix (5)
English Schools Track and Field Championships Update !
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BMC Regional 800m Races !

Seven Morpeth Harriers competed in the latest of the series of BMC Regional
events, held at Maiden Castle, Durham on Monday 28th July.

Four of the seven set new figures in their respective races over 800m.
Richard Morrell finished fourth in the Mens A Race, clocking a time of 1m53.8s.

Clocking a time of 1m58.6s, saw Ryan Stephenson finish fifth in the B race.

In the E race, Sam Hancox set new figures of 2m04.5s, when finishing fourth.

Club colleagues and training partners Jacob Hopkins and Kieran Hedley
finished very closely in 3rd and 4th places in the 800m F race,
with respective clockings of 2m06.7s and 2m08.5s,
the former representing a new personal best.

Thomas Straughan achieved a new personal best in the
mixed 800m H race, when he finished second in 2m07.1s.

Like Father, like Son, Rob Hancox achieved new figures
of 2m17.9s in a mixed K race, when he finished third.

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2014 Morpeth 10k Road Race !
Northern Athletics Inter Counties Under 15/Under 17 Track & Field Championships !
Athlete of the Month Award !
Commonwealth Games Women’s 1500m Final !
Ernie Slaughter Presents His Club With a Starters Rostrum !
Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix (5)
English Schools Track and Field Championships Update !
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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.

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BMC Gold Standard Meeting !
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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.

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Ernie Slaughter Presents His Club With a Starters Rostrum !
English Schools Track and Field Championships Update !
Petition Against Opencasting !
Northumberland Coastal Run !
BMC Gold Standard Meeting !
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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.

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Ernie Slaughter Presents His Club With a Starters Rostrum !
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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.

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North East Youth Development League Division 1 Match 4
BMC Gold Standard Meeting !
Petition Against Opencasting !
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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.

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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.

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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,
horse-riding, dog-walking, or just people out for a stroll.
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
using a Sustainable Travel Grant of £295,000,
and now features as a main cycle link between Blyth and Cramlington -
heavily utilised and enjoyed by local cyclists and school bikeability groups -
the complete community package !

We would greatly appreciate the support of the local community in this matter,
in an attempt to fight for a much-loved and very old part of our village.

If you enjoy training at Bebside or would just like to support our cause, please consider signing our petition
- THANK YOU.

Click Here for Petition

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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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Northern League Division 3E Match 3 July 13th 2014
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Bridges of Tyne 5 Mile Road Race !
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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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Scottish Masters 5000m !
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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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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 !
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Scottish Masters 5000m !
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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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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 !
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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.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Northern League Division 3E Match 3 July 13th 2014
Tynedale 10k Road Race !
Athlete of the Month Award !
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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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WHATS NEW INDEX
Northern League Division 3E Match 3 July 13th 2014
Diamond League Meeting in Paris !
Athlete of the Month Award !
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World Duathlon Championships

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

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
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 JULY 2014....
NEWS FROM AUGUST 2014....

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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.

WHATS NEW INDEX
Northern League Division 3E Match 3 July 13th 2014
Diamond League Meeting in Paris !
Tynedale 10k Road Race !
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NEWS FROM AUGUST 2014....

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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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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 JULY 2014....
NEWS FROM AUGUST 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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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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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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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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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.

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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 !

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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.

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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 !

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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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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