British Olympian Men’s 5000m and 10,000m Champion Mo Farah won the Great North Run
on Sunday 11th September 2016 for the third successive year, posting a time of 60minutes 04seconds,
which gave him an eight second margin victory over American Dathan Ritzenhein,
with third placed Emanuel Bett of Kenya just over another minute adrift.
Several Morpeth Harriers were in action in the event, and the first of their finishers
was local favourite Ian Hudspith, who could feel well pleased with finishing fifteenth in a time of 66m52s.
Hudspith was followed by a string of leading runners from the club, with Carl Avery 31st in 1:09:31
and London-based Andy Lawrence showing he had finally put this year’s injury problems
behind him by finishing 34th in a time of 1:09:31.
Ade Whitwam was another who made the journey North worthwhile when recording 1:11: 28 for 40th place.
Ross Floyd’s 45th place (1:12:35) meant the club had provided five finishers in the top 50.
Other leading Morpeth times were: Simon O’Donnell, 94th in 1:16:41; Mark Snowball, 143rd in 1:18:53;
Mark Brown, a remarkable 1:22:08 for 236th, now well along the recovery path after some wilderness years;
Matthew Boyle, 256th in 1:22:45; and Rob Hancox, who despite a distressing last 200 yards,
in which he collapsed and had to be helped over the line, still recorded 1:25:30.
Hannah Sheerin was the first Morpeth Harriers Female home, finishing in 104m51s.
Morpeth Harriers won three of Saturday's Park Runs. (10th September)
Lewis Timmins won at Druridge Bay with a time of 16mins 36secs.
Taylor Glover travelled to Rising Sun in Benton and was successful there, clocking 17mins 36secs.
Michael Morris went further afield to Hartlepool recording a time of 16mins 15secs.
Mark Snowball had to settle for second place behind Jordan Bell of Blackhill Bounders at the Blackhill event finishing 7secs
behind the winner with a time of 18mins 3secs.
Young Dylan Davies, in the Under 13 age-group, finished 22nd at Newcastle clocking an excellent 18mins 36secs.
Report by Les Venmore
Morpeth’s Olympic Women’s 1500m finalist Laura Weightman finished fourth
to fellow Olympian Laura Muir in the Women’s Mile Road Race
on the Newcastle/Gateshead quayside on Saturday 10th September 2016
in the Great North City Games, held as part of the Great North Run Festival.
Weightman clocked 4m36.74s, just outpacing Scotland’s Eilish McColgan.
Meanwhile Muir won in 4m33.99s.
The first Morpeth Harriers glory of Great North Run weekend came in the 5k event,
held at Gateshead on Saturday 10th September 2016, when one of the clubs
youngest Senior athletes Sam Hancox took the Gold medal.
Hancox won in an excellent 15m29s, which gave him an eleven second
margin victory over Gateshead Harrier Jed Marshall,
with Jarrow and Hebburn’s Lee Gifford a further thirty five seconds adrift in third place.