The Xmas Handicap race due to take place on Tuesday 22nd December, has been cancelled.
Morpeth Harriers duo Nick Swinburn and Carl Avery both produced excellent performances in Brussels, on Sunday 20th December 2015.
They were competing in the very
high profile Lotto Cross Cup Meeting,
in the Senior Men’s event,
run over a distance of 10.5k.
Nick was representing Great Britain,
and Carl was running for the North of England for the very first time, also his first ever representative appearance.
Swinburn finished a superb fourth in the 64 strong field, only 34 seconds adrift of Ethiopian winner
Faisa Tasama, with a time of 32m53s.
He was first Briton home, and Avery was third Briton
home in 14th place, also posting a superb time of 33m24s.
Both athletes were very pleased with their runs,
as was North of England Team Manager Steve Gaines,
himself a former Morpeth Harrier.
Photos courtesy of Steve Gaines
Five Morpeth Harriers were in action
on Saturday 19th December 2015,
at the annual Saltwell Harriers 10k Road Race,
one of the regions oldest events,
now confined to being run on the pathways
round Gateshead’s Saltwell Park, still however
remaining a traditional pre Christmas fixture.
The event was won by Tipton’s former Elswick Harrier Ryan McLeod,
making it his second winning visit to the region in five weeks,
having won the Heaton Harriers event in early November.
He won in 31m28s, by a fifty six seconds margin from Leeds City’s
Carl Smith, who is still North East based, living in Whitley Bay.
Third place went to Durham City’s Dan Jenkin,
who was a further ten seconds adrift of Smith.
Morpeth Harriers leading finisher was Tim Miley,
who was also first in the Over 50 Men’s section,
posting a time of 39m26s for 37th place overall.
Next home for Morpeth was Josie Cram,
who ran superbly the previous week at
the North Eastern Counties Cross Country,
and was very much a fundamental contributor
to the club’s Ladies squad’s team win.
Cram showed clearly here that she had recovered well,
when she finished as sixth Lady behind winner
Alison Dixon of Sunderland Strollers
who finished tenth overall in 35m39s,
who was the Bronze medallist at Sedgefield.
She finished in 53rd place overall, posting a time of 40m55s.
Another good performer at Sedgefield was the third Morpeth finisher Alison Brown.
Posting a time of 44m40s, she was thirteenth Lady home, in 105th position overall.
Archie Jenkins finished 209th in 50m33s, and was sixth Over 60 Veteran Man.
Completing the Morpeth Harriers contingent was Over 50 Veteran Lady Jane Blackett,
who finished 353rd overall, and was sixth in her category.
A total of 415 finishers took part.
A host of excellent performances certainly led to a great deal of deliberation by judges,
before making their final decisions on the Linden Homes Morpeth Harriers Athlete of the Month for November 2015.
Eventually they decided to give the award to Under 15 Boy Taylor Glover, for his two consecutive performances in the space of a week at the Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League Meetings
held at Aykley Heads and Druridge Bay.
Glover finished ninth overall at Aykley Heads, as second counter in his clubs team victory,
and was third fastest in the event.
At Druridge Bay, he again finished ninth, however on this occasion he was
the fastest, and his club again had a team victory, with him being the third counter.
Taylor is pictured above receiving his Certificate of Achievement from
Morpeth Harriers Press Officer George Patterson,
at the Morpeth Harriers clubhouse on Mitford Road,
on Monday 14th December 2015.
Pre race entry has now closed for the annual Morpeth New Years Day Road Race,
this year sponsored for the first time by Morpeth Harriers main backer Linden Homes.
Action gets underway on Mitford Road, from the bottom of Dogger Bank at 1.00pm,
and runners will follow the traditional course route to Mitford,
then the winding road past Mitford Church, involving a steady climb to Mitford Steads.
Runners then return to Morpeth via the Whalton Road,
turning left at Morpeth Golf Club, heading past the Sun Inn,
to Mafekin Roundabout, into Carlisle Park through the main gates opposite the Castle, t
hrough the park, along the Promenade,
finishing on The Stanners, beyond Oldgate Bridge.
Race Numbers are to be picked up on the day from
Race Headquarters at Morpeth Rugby Club, from 11.30am,
where late entry can also be obtained at a cost of
£8.00 Club Runners,
and Unattached £10.00.
All entrants need to be at least 17 years of age on the day.
Late Entries are also eligible for prizes, which will be presented afterwards
at a reception at Morpeth Rugby Club, as soon as results are available following the event.
The Morpeth New Years Day Road Race, run over an approximate distance of 11k,
is also being supported by Start Fitness,
and Morpeth Harriers Press Officer George Patterson.
Changing facilities for both Male and Female are available at Morpeth Harriers Clubhouse,
immediately next to Morpeth Rugby Club at Grange House Field.
So why not bring in 2016 in style, and run in Morpeth and Historic Northumberland,
to also blow away any New Year cobwebs.
In case of Bad Weather please continue to look at
Morpeth Harriers website at
for any latest details.