Nine Morpeth Harriers were in competitive action at the fifth and final
Indoor Standards Meeting, held at Gateshead College, on Thursday 17th March 2016.
Best of the nights performances from the club, came in the Field events, and Under 17 Women’s 60m,
where Charlotte Pickering-Pruvot saw an improvement of 3cm on her Indoor Shot Putt,
where she produced a best of 11.16m, to win her Under 17 Women’s age group contest,
by a margin of 88cm over her closest rival Kate Carmichael of Middlesbrough,
and Jessica Young-Rogers, who produced a lifetime best on the track.
In the track events, U13 Girl athlete Amy Lott was also in fine form, especially in the 60m Hurdles,
which she easily won in 10.66s, which although was a little adrift of her best,
was still good enough for a comfortable victory.
She was fourth fastest in the flat 60m, with a best of 9.12s.
Morpeth Harrier Hannah Brown was fastest Under 17 Woman in the 60m Hurdles,
and over two heats of the flat 60m, managed a fastest time of 8.63s,
which placed her seventh fastest on the night in her age group.
As mentioned earlier in this report, fastest in the Under 17 Women’s age group
on the night was undoubtedly Morpeth club colleague Jessica Young – Rogers, who produced
a best of 8.20s over her two heats, which for her, was a lifetime personal best.
Young-Rogers made a second attempt at the distance on the night, but clocked 8.25s,
which was also excellent, and proved to be second fastest time in the age group.
Morpeth Harriers other Under 17 Woman in action on the night was Katie Hilton,
who over her two heats of the 60m, managed a best of 8.49s,
which made her fifth equal fastest on the night.
St Benet Biscup pupil Amy Lott of Morpeth Harriers competed at the
Northumberland Schools Minor Indoor Track and Field Championships,
held at Gateshead College on Wednesday 16th March 2016.
In the Year 7 Girls 60m Hurdles, very much her specialist event, she won her heat in 10.32s, a brand new lifetime personal best, and was easily fastest in the heats.
Unfortunately a stumble midway during her later run final,
between hurdles, foiled her for a certain victory,
and she somehow managed to regain her composure to finish second to Newcastle RGS opponent Ava Taperell,
who hung on for victory in 10.25s,
whilst Lott had to be content with a clocking of 10.46s,
which understandably left her feeling somewhat disappointed.
In the flat 60m, Lott also performed well, by finishing second in her heat in 9.17s,
and in the later run final she finished third with an identical time,
again losing out to winner Taperell, who clocked an excellent 8.67s.
Lott was just run out of second place by Highfield Middle School pupil Kate Smith,
whom she had beaten in January’s North Eastern Championships.
Morpeth Harrier Ady Whitwam certainly produced
a very positive performance in his build up to
next month’s London Marathon,
when he finished an excellent third
in the annual Finchley 20 Mile Road Race, on Sunday 13th March, in a superb time of 1hr51m09s.
He was just over three minutes
adrift of race winner Jonathan Poole,
and two minutes behind second
placed man Jack Parslow.
Ady was also the first Male Veteran finisher,
which added much to the delight of his
Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Boy Taylor Glover certainly ended his very busy cross country season on a high,
when he led his club to an excellent team victory at the final Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League meeting,
held at Cardinal Hume School, Wrekenton, Gateshead on Saturday 19th March.
Glover, who has also very much played an integral part in other club, school,
and North East successes over the course of the season, could take extra delight on four counts,
the fact that he had clocked the day’s fastest time, had led his club, not only to victory on the day,
had also led them to overall team victory for the season, and he also added an
overall individual grand prix victory for his age group, for which he will receive
an award at a forthcoming awards ceremony, still to be arranged.
On Saturday, his fast pack run was indeed outstanding, giving 100 seconds to a good
proportion of the 42 strong Under 15 Boys field, he was a good seventeen seconds faster,
and three places ahead of his closest rival, as he came through to finish
seventh overall in a time of 8m16s over the approx 3k course.
Also providing good Morpeth team support for an excellent on the day result were
Matthew Waterfield and Joe Dowd, who finished one second adrift
of each other in 16th and 17th places, also running from the Fast Pack.
Three places behind Dowd was his Morpeth club colleague Daniel Melling,
who also produced an excellent Fast Pack run.
Waterfield, Dowd, and Melling were seventh, eighth, and ninth fastest in the event.
Another Morpeth Harrier in action in this event was Bradley Brown, who finished 36th from the Fast Pack.
Holly Peck was another Morpeth Harrier who ran really well,
despite also having a very hectic cross country campaign.
She comfortably won the Under 13 Girls 3k event,
after giving 100 seconds away to a good proportion of the 53 strong field.
Peck won by seven seconds, and was fourteen seconds faster than her closest rival
in terms of time, who just happened to be her Morpeth Harriers club colleague Lily Heaton,
who produced an excellent run, also from the Fast Pack to finish in third place overall.
Completing the scoring tally for an outstanding Morpeth on the day team victory,
was Rhiannon Hedley, who finished eighth overall from the Fast Pack,
posting the fourth fastest time of the day.
Morpeth Harriers other athlete in action in this event was
Lauren Cummings, who finished 34th from the Fast Pack.
Sam Hancox produced a superb run to finish in ninth place overall from the Fast Pack
in the Senior Men’s 9k event, and was the third fastest in the race, a performance that
also saw him end his Harrier League season, very much on a high,
as he was also third individual in the season’s Grand Prix table,
which will see him also pick up an award at a forthcoming presentation.
Hancox led the Morpeth Harriers Senior Men’s squad home to fifth team place in Division 1,
which sees them in a final third team place behind winners Sunderland Harriers,
and second placed Tyne Bridge Harriers.
Further on the day team support for Morpeth, came from Jordan Scott,
who produced an excellent Fast Pack run to finish 21st,
Alistair MacDonald (49th) (Slow Pack), Mike Winter (60th) (Slow Pack),
David Nicholson (146th) (Slow Pack), and Rob Hancox (148th) (Medium Pack).
Other Morpeth Harriers Senior Men in action at Wrekenton were Robert Cockburn (187th) (Slow Pack),
Peter Scaife (233rd) (Slow Pack), Paul Bellingham (253rd) (Slow Pack), and Les Cavill (303rd) (Slow Pack).
Kieran Hedley of Morpeth Harriers also ended his very busy and industrious cross country well,
when he picked up an on the day finishers medal, by coming home in second place in the Under17 Men’s 6k event.
Running from the fast pack, and giving 160 seconds start to three of the nineteen strong field of finishers,
he was soon locked into a head to head battle with fellow
North Eastern Counties representative Alex Brown of Houghton Harriers.
Brown stole away in the later stages to take the race, however Hedley battled on to the finish line,
and was a good thirty seconds clear of the third finisher Jake Masterman of Blyth.
Hedley can be well pleased in clocking the second fastest time of the day, twenty one seconds adrift of Brown.
The only other Morpeth Harrier in action in this event was Jacob Hopkins,
who has had a difficult season fighting off injuries and illness.
Nevertheless he made the start line on Saturday, finishing thirteenth from the Fast Pack.
Morpeth Harriers certainly most travelled athlete Alison Brown,
rewarded herself with a superb performance in the Under17/Under 20 Women’s 6k event,
by finishing sixth on the day from the Fast Pack.
She was also fifth fastest in the nineteen strong field, which also sees her finish
as third overall in her age group Grand Prix for the season,
and there will be an award for that, at a to be arranged presentation.
Alison travels regularly throughout the season to represent both club and region from her Berwick home,
and her overall contribution is very much valued by both parties.
An excellent turnout of Morpeth Harriers Senior Women for their 7k event,
saw them finish sixth on the day in Division 2, which also thankfully
sees them narrowly avoid relegation to Division 3 for next term.
It was also good to see Jo Carruthers back in Harrier League action for them,
as she led her club, by finishing an excellent eleventh overall from the Medium Pack,
posting the eighteenth fastest in the 274 strong field of finishers.
Gemma Floyd was second home for the club,
finishing 42nd from the Fast Pack,
posting the eighth fastest time overall.
Third home for Morpeth was Gwenda Cavill,
who finished 62nd from the Slow Pack.
Completing the Morpeth Harriers team count was Jane Briggs,
who finished 153rd from the Medium Pack.
Also competing on the day for Morpeth in the Senior Women’s event
were Clare Walker and Frances Naylor, who finished in 210th
and 233rd respectively from the Slow Pack.
In Frances’s case it was her very first Harrier League outing,
and she performed well on a very tough and demanding course.
Jack Barrett led Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Boys home to tenth team place in their 3k event.
Running from the Slow Pack, he finished twelfth out of 58 competitors, and he was supported
in his clubs team count by Aaron Haldane (33rd) (Slow Pack), and Reece Garrett (55th) (Slow Pack).
For the umpteenth time this season, Gracie Hufton was a lone Morpeth runner in the Under 15 Girls 3k event.
Running from the Fast Pack, giving away 100 seconds, Gracie ran well to work her way in the 45 strong field,
to finish 25th, posting the seventeenth fastest time of the day.
Gracie’s lone perseverance and general performance improvement is to be admired,
performances that have seen her finish seventeenth in the overall Grand Prix for the season for Under 15 Girls.
Morpeth Harriers had four athletes in action in the
non scoring Under 11 events, which were run over a 1.5k course.
Callum Rowell produced an excellent run to finish sixth in the Boys race.
Also competing for Morpeth Harriers in the Boys race were James Tilley and Harry Jackson,
who finished in eleventh and twentieth places respectively.
In the Girls event, Holly Peck’s younger sister Keira finished in 28th place.
Harrier League action will resume in the autumn, and a big thank you goes out
to League administrators for their season’s work, in sometimes difficult circumstances.