A successful afternoon saw no less than three individual and one team golds, with several minor medals to boot.
Jane Hodgson was again a dominant figure in the earlier, two lap kilometre women’s and men Over 65 race, where she was first home in a time of 24 minutes and 21 seconds, a good 30 seconds ahead of her nearest rival, Gillian Manford of Gateshead Harriers.
O/55 colleague Gwenda Cavill picked up a bronze in the same race.
Meanwhile, leading O/65 Dave Nicholson finished a good minute ahead of his nearest rivals, all from Blaydon Harriers, to win an individual gold in his category.
Paul Bentley was 2nd in the O/70 behind Elswick’s Harry Matthews with Archie Jenkins 7th O/65, while once again evergreen Walter Ryder – the club’s longest serving competitive athlete - made the long journey from his Scottish eyrie to clinch yet another O/80 title.
The team of Nicholson, Jenkins and Bentley finished as 2nd team to Blaydon in the O/65 category.
a few seconds ahead of last year’s winner, Gateshead’s Conrad Franks.
First home for Morpeth was Lee Bennett in a time of 35:42 to take a silver i
n the O/50 category behind David Moir of Tyne Bridge.
Jason Dawson was 7th O/45 and Paul Brown 14th O/50. Paul Bellingham
and Andrew Dippie were 11th and 12th O/60 respectively.
There was another team medal for the club in the O/45 category, with Bennett,
Dawson and Brown picking up an unexpected but greatly enjoyed team gold.