The Run Northumberland Stamfordham 10k Road Race,
held on Wednesday 19th August 2015, set round the
picturesque rural village attracted a total finishing
field of 178 enthusiastic runners, including six
from the ranks of Morpeth Harriers.
Finishing in 21st position in a time of 40m07s,
Paul Banks was the first home in a Blue and White vest,
and he was also second in the Over 40 Veteran Men’s category.
Second home from the club was Mark Crosby,
who finished 38th in 42m50s, and was third Over 50 Veteran Man.
Paul Willis was third home for Morpeth, finishing 47th in 43m32s.
Richard Sill ran well to finish 58th in 44m57s,
and was second in the Over 60 Veteran Men’s section.
Sue Smith and Jane Blackett completed the Morpeth Harriers tally,
when finishing 145th and 147th in respective times of 60m56s, and 60m57s.
Smith was ninth in the Over 45 Veteran Ladies section
and Blackett was third in the Over 50 Veteran Ladies section.
Information from Low Fell RC about parking,
We have a record entry for the race so far and we need
your help with asking your pre entered runners to use
The main Watergate Park car park off the Whickham Highway.
Ie up Lobley Hill Bank and turn right at the roundabout at the top then left,
about 100 to 200 mts) into the car park for Watergate Park.
Those pre entered will collect their numbers from the football café
on the course avoiding crossing the road.
Please do not park on the main road or across anyone’s drives.
The small car park on the Sunniside Road ( next to the school)
is likely to be full of footballers. And there is limited parking at the hotel.
The presentation will remain at the Hotel
and late entries will be at the hotel as normal.
Thank you for your help.
Low Fell Running Club
Medical advice from Great Britain Team Doctors unfortunately
ruled 24 year old Morpeth Harrier Laura Weightman out of
the Women’s 1500m Semi Final on Sunday 23rd August
at the IAAF World Athletics Championships,
currently being held in Beijing in China.
The Commonwealth Silver and European Bronze medallist
had fallen at the end of her heat on Saturday,
hitting her head on the track, which resulted in a rather
nasty graze above her right eye, which also drew blood,
and she was quite evidently in distress and delirious,
as TV pictures showed.
What followed afterwards was constant monitoring of her condition,
and although the athlete had awoken on the Sunday Morning
feeling somewhat better, doctors ruled otherwise however,
indicating that the concussion that she had suffered from
her fall had left her in an unfit condition to compete
at such a high level, and could be considered dangerous.
Weightman, who had finished sixth in the third heat in
Saturday’s first round in a time of 4m06.13s,
which gave her an automatic spot in the Semi Finals,
was obviously left feeling somewhat distraught,
and speaking on her behalf, her Coach Steve Cram,
also disappointed, said that Laura will certainly bounce back,
because that’s the way she is made, however needed to be left
to come to terms with what has happened.
Perhaps ironically, but maybe by way of some form of consolation,
Laura’s Great Britain colleague Laura Muir
of Dundee had a superb run in her Semi Final,
where she finished third behind Ethiopian favourite
Genzebe Dibaba, and second placed Kenyan
Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon.
Clocking a time of 4m07.95s, Muir was only a second
or so behind the front two, and was third
fastest overall over the two heats.
Weightman in the meanwhile will need to take some time out
to recover from her disappointments, we wish her well.
Back on English soil, after competing at
the 2015 World Masters Athletics Championships,
held in Lyon in France on Monday 10th August 2015.
Whitwam competed over half the distance at
Solihull on Saturday 22nd August 2015,
where he finished fifth, in a seasons best of 15m12.70s
in the Men’s 5000m C Race in the BMC Grand Prix Finals meeting.