A number of younger members took part in the photo shoot before Christmas organised by Club Legends. Since then we have not been able to make meaningful contact with the company regarding the photos.
We do not know whether the company is still trading,
but understand that the woman who was our contact
with them has left. We advise members and their families
to have no further dealings with Club Legends and,
in particular, not to make any payments to them.
The club are very sad to learn of the death of former member Len Millership, at the age of 68.
Len had been a very prolific distance runner with the club during the late 70’s and early 80’s
and had featured in many of our team successes during that period, and competed in
many high-profile events, including several Morpeth to Newcastle Road Races.
In the late 80’s, Len became one of the clubs Middle-Distance Group Leaders,
and helped guide many aspiring runners to individual success.
By nature, Len could easily be described as one of the sports “hardmen,” and it was this attribute
that endeared him to his fellow club colleagues and training partners, in that if he was on an event
start line, he was very much a man to be feared.
Outside of this, he was very much a gentleman who enjoyed good company, and conversation, which made
him immensely popular, and long training runs alongside him were inevitably eventful to say the least.
At this very sad time, the club would like to offer very sincere condolences to his close family, and share their loss.
Len’s Funeral Service is at St James Church in Morpeth on Wednesday 21st February 2018 at 11.15am,
which will be followed by a Private Cremation at West Road Crematorium in Newcastle.
Family Flowers Only, donations if desired, to go to Alzheimer’s Research UK
Recent rainfall made running conditions extremely heavy for all competitors who took part in the fifth and penultimate Start Fitness sponsored North Eastern Harrier League Meeting, held on what could only be described as a true and tough cross-country course, on extensive farmland at Thornley Hall Farm, near Peterlee,
County Durham on Saturday 10th February 2018.
Amongst those hardy competitors were athletes from the ranks of Morpeth Harriers, who on the day between them, managed to pull off three individual victories, and two team wins, along with a good number of highly placed individual and team performances, which made the overall days efforts very worthwhile indeed,
and more than satisfactory from a club point of view.
Although there were a few names missing from the various line ups,
those who did take part on the day, are certainly to be praised for their efforts.
Led by Karl Taylor, who used his Slow Pack advantage to ease away from the chasing field of just over 400 runners, to win the Senior Men’s event, Morpeth Harriers won the on the day team race in Division 1 for the third occasion this season, and now have a six point cushion over second placed Tyne Bridge Harriers, with one fixture remaining at Alnwick, at the beginning of next month.
Supporting Taylor in the Morpeth victory was Andrew Hebden, having his first
Morpeth Harrier League outing, having previously run for Heaton Harriers.
Hebden, also used his Slow Pack start to finish fourth, with further good support
coming from Jordan Scott (14th) (Fast Pack), Will Clark (15th) (Medium Pack),
his second time as a club scorer, Kris White (78th) (Slow Pack), having his first ever run in a Morpeth Vest,
and Richard Castledine (84th) (Fast Pack), who closed the clubs scoring account
with an excellent battling individual performance.
Although outside the scoring six, three other Morpeth Harriers Senior Men,
also battled their way through the testing conditions to produce good performances.
Thomas Innes was the first of these, finishing 125th from the Fast Pack.
Another Morpeth Senior Man making his club debut was Steven Major, who finished 234th from the Slow Pack.
Paul Bellingham finished exactly forty places behind Major, running also from the Slow Pack.
Morpeth Harriers Senior Women maintained their lead in Division 1 of their competition,
by finishing third on the day behind Elvet Striders, and South Shields Harriers.
Elvet have now leapfrogged over Tyne Bridge Harriers for second place,
who could only finish a lowly eighth on the day.
Morpeth were led home by Emma Holt, who also was having her third Harrier League victory of the season,
having previously won at Wrekenton and Druridge, which guarantees her the Senior Women’s Grand Prix title for the second year in succession.
Holt won by a twenty-one second margin over her club colleague Jane Hodgson,
who also has a hundred percent record this season, having finished as first Veteran Woman on all four previous Harrier League meetings, and will now also undoubtedly retain the individual crown that she won last year.
Further Morpeth Senior Women’s team support on the day came from superb runs by
Alison Brown (42nd) (Fast Pack), and Gwenda Cavill (77th) (Medium Pack).
Going into next month’s final fixture at Alnwick, only Elvet pose a realistic threat to Morpeth
for the Senior Women’s Division 1 team title, however they are still five points adrift.
On paper, an absolute disaster would seem to be able to prevent a Morpeth success,
however they will have to reckon without leading light Holt on this occasion, as she will be unavailable.
Hopefully they will be able to dig a little deeper into their ranks to prevent disappointing failure.
Another team title very much looking to come to Morpeth, is in the Under 17 Men’s competition.
On Saturday the club enjoyed their fourth win of the season in this age group, led by Northern and Regional Champion Rory Leonard, who on his first ever visit to Thornley, won with eighty-five seconds to spare over fellow Fast Pack athlete Charlie McMillan of Gateshead Harriers.
The Morpeth winning team count was completed by third and fourth placed
Taylor Glover and Daniel Melling, who were also running from the Fast Pack.
Three fit men standing should see the title won at Alnwick in the final fixture.
Morpeth very nearly had their fourth individual winner on Saturday, in the Under 15 Boys event.
Running from the Fast Pack Tom Balsdon chased Houghton athlete Will Bellamy
all the way to the finish line, only to lose out by a mere ten seconds.
Morpeth finished second to Durham City Harriers in the on the day team race,
with further team support coming from excellent runs by Alex Porteous (9th) (Slow Pack),
and Ben Walker (20th) (Fast Pack).
Other Morpeth performers in this age group were Andrew Hudspith (25th) (Fast Pack),
and Jack Findlayson (28th) (Slow Pack).
Although Durham City won on the day by eight points, Morpeth still hold a one-point lead over them cumulatively going into the final fixture, which means that another team title is all to play for at Alnwick.
Unfortunately, a low finishing placing of eighth on the day may have scuppered any chance
of Morpeth’s Under 13 Boys figuring in any team challenge that may arise.
Following Saturday’s performance, they lie in third place, four points behind Blackhill,
and one point adrift of Gateshead Harriers.
Prior to Saturday they had a slender lead, however their closest rivals were much stronger.
Nevertheless, the runs of Joseph Hudspith (24th) (Fast Pack), Ryan Davies (27th) (Fast Pack),
and Callum Rowell (39th) (Fast Pack), did bring some valuable points to the table.
Other Morpeth performers were Harry Jackson (40th) (Fast Pack),
and William De Vere – Owen (52nd) (Slow Pack).
In the Under 15 Girls event, Morpeth for once were minus Holly Peck,
who is currently nursing a neck problem, however her club colleague
Lily Heaton finished 20th from the Fast Pack.
Sam Dent and Ashton Glover competed in the non-scoring
Under 11 Boys event, finishing in 12th and 39th places respectively.
As a footnote to the Morpeth Harriers performances on the day,
one of the finest was from Veteran Man Peter Scaife, who almost single handed,
masterminded the erection and taking down of the Club Tent,
for which we all thank you most sincerely, kind Sir.
Four athletes from Morpeth Harriers took part in the fourth meeting in the series of Indoor Standards fixtures,
organised by Gateshead Harriers, and held at Gateshead College, on the evening of Thursday 8th February 2018.
One of them was Harriet Priest, who was making a competitive comeback,
following a whole year out with injury during 2017.
Priest’s last appearance had been at the North East Pentathlon
Championships at Jarrow in September 2016, where she had
finished sixth in the competition, in her Under 17 Women’s age group.
Now she faces her competition at Under 20 Women’s level,
which is certainly going to be tough for her, both physically and mentally.
Nevertheless, on Thursday she put herself on the start line for the 60m Hurdles, where she posted a time of 10.89s.
The other Morpeth Harriers in action were Under 15 Girls Amy Lott, Alice Geoghegan, and Mia Belton.
In the 60m Hurdles Lott posted 9.51s, which was second fastest in her age group,
and marked a slight new personal best for her going into the North Eastern Championships next weekend.
Geoghegan posted a time of 10.73s, which was fourth fastest in her age group,
and marked a new personal best performance.
The pair also competed in the flat 60m sometime later.
Lott was equal fastest in her age group when she posted 8.54s,
and Geoghegan was sixth fastest with 8.64s, which was
very much equal to her best performance in 2017.
Another Morpeth Harrier competing in the 60m was Mia Belton, who seventh fastest with 8.66s.
Morpeths John Butters finished second in the Montane Trail Half Marathon,
held in Grizedale Forest in the Lake District on Sunday 4th February 2018.
Competing under beautiful blue skies, and tackling an ascent of 2,000ft,
Butters produced a finishing time of 1hr23m01s,
finishing 68 seconds adrift of event winner William Onek of Barlick Fell Runners.
Butters was the first home in the Men’s Over 40 Veteran section,
in a total finishing field of 184 contestants.