Almost two years to the date precisely, Morpeth Harrier Carl Avery
broke his club colleague Ian Harding’s course record
at the Druridge Bay Park Run on Saturday 22nd October.
Avery clocked a very impressive 15m31s for the 5k circuit,
taking nine seconds off the previous figures, and he was only
a mere two seconds adrift of his very own Park Run best,
which had been achieved in December 2014 on the Newcastle course.
Finishing second to Avery on Saturday was his Morpeth Harriers club colleague,
and Duathlon mate Steve Patterson, who equalled his best time of 17m54s.
Other prominent Morpeth Harriers finishers were Colin Archer and Andrew Richardson,
who were fourth and fifth across the finish line.
Archer was agonisingly only a mere second adrift of his best on the course
when clocking 18m47s, however Richardson was overjoyed to see his performance improve to 19m17s.
Also, improving on her previous best was new Morpeth Harrier recruit Helen King,
who finished 18th, clocking 21m52s, and was second in the Over 40 Veteran Women’s category.
Two places behind Helen was club colleague Damian Foster,
who posted a time of 22m35s on his 51st run on the course,
making him officially a member of the Park Run 50 Club.
One place and eight seconds adrift of Foster was fellow Morpeth Harrier Alex Zeller.
Another Morpeth Harriers winner on Saturday was Sam Hancox,
who posted a new personal best of 15m44s on the Newcastle 5k circuit.
Also, producing a new best at Newcastle was young Daniel Melling,
who clocked 17m59s when finishing eleventh.
One place and one second adrift of Daniel was Rob Hancox, father of Sam.
Another prominent Morpeth finisher in Newcastle was young
Dylan Davies, who at a very tender age finished 33rd.
Although he was second across the finish line at Bushy Park in Hertfordshire,
results show that Morpeth’s Andrew Lawrence was recorded as the fastest,
clocking 16m20s, which was a good thirty seconds adrift of his best on the course.
The identity and the timing of the first athlete across the finish line remain a mystery.