For the fourth year in succession, Morpeth Harriers Male athletes produced excellent performances to win the Start Fitness
North Eastern Harrier League Sherman Cup competition, at a warm Temple Park, South Shields, on Saturday 10th October 2015.
Having two on the day team victories, one second place, and two third places from the five counting events,
earned them a ten point margin victory over fierce rivals Gateshead Harriers, who took solace in winning the Davison Shield with their Women’s squad, a competition which saw Morpeth finish seventh,
mainly because they ended up short of a third counter in the Under 15 Girls squad,
which was more to the pity, because the two who did
turn out and competed ran very creditably.
One more Under 15 Girl to merely finish would have guaranteed Morpeth Harriers fifteen team Silver medals, however lack of turnout
after being promised ended up with disappointment for the club,and for those who did participate.
The best performance in Morpeth’s Sherman Cup effort definitely came from their Senior Men, who were very dominant in a record field for the competition, a total of 460 finishers.
It was also a superb day for Lewis Timmins, who eventually took the lead from Durham City’s Dan Jenkin, to take individual victory,
but firstly he also had to shake off the close attentions of fellow Morpeth Harrier Sam Hancox, who ran the race of his life to finish an excellent and much deserved second.
This meant that both Timmins and Hancox earned on the day Gold and Silver individual medals, and for Hancox it was his second medal in a fortnight, having won his first, a Bronze, at Tanfield in the opening fixture.
Third place and Bronze on this occasion went to
Tyne Bridge Harrier Marc Fenwick,
who very much tried to close down
Hancox in the final run in.
Morpeth Harriers winning count was confirmed by Karl Taylor, last week’s inaugural Kielder Half Marathon winner, who managed to outkick early leader Jenkin for fourth place, and joined Timmins and Hancox in his clubs success.
Other prominent Morpeth Harriers Senior Men’s performances came from Ian Harding (8th), Chris Smith (12th), and Jordan Scott (15th).
Further Morpeth Senior Men’s performances came from Tony Lewis (50th),
Ryan Green (56th), Mark Cockburn (86th), James Young (109th), and Andrew Richardson (236th).
Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Boys won their team race
by a margin of twenty points from Tynedale Harriers,
to add to the clubs winning Sherman Cup success.
They were led home by Harrier League debutant Rory Leonard, who very nearly earned himself an individual medal, when he finished a very close fourth.
Further excellent team support came from
Taylor Glover (7th), and Ross Charlton (10th).
Ross was hotly pursued by his Morpeth Harriers
club colleague Connor Marshall, who finished eleventh.
The club were certainly well supported in this age group, with another six facing the starter, making a total of ten in the 62 strong field of finishers.
Further results came from Daniel Melling (20th), Jordan Hedgecock (25th),
Matthew Waterfield (26th), Alex Cunningham (34th),
Brad Brown (42nd), and Sam Bradley (55th).
Kieran Hedley certainly maintained his excellent individual form when he finished second to the strong running Alex Brown of Houghton in the Under 17 Men’s event.
He led Morpeth Harriers to second team place on the day behind a rampant Durham City squad, with further good team support coming from Jacob Hopkins (12th), and Josh Burton (17th).
Not far behind Josh was his club colleague Adam Shewry, who finished 21st.
Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Boys, led by Thomas Cunningham (6th), finished as third team on the day behind Durham City and Gateshead Harriers.
Supporting counts in this age group came from
Dylan Davies (24th), and Alex Porteous (32nd).
A total of seven athletes from the club competed in this age group, with further performances coming from Jack Barrett (34th), Aaron Haldane (51st), Josh Adams (54th), and Reece Garrett (65th).
Morpeth Harriers Veteran Men, who competed within the Senior race, finished as third team in a separately scored age group from Over 40 upwards,
and confirmed the club as overall winners of the Sherman Cup.
Team counters were John Butters (3rd) (36th),
Paul Waterston (10th) (63rd), and Alistair MacDonald (42nd) (140th).
Other Morpeth Harriers finishers in this section were, Mike Winter (47th) (150th), Mick Skeldon (53rd) (161st), Jim Alder (60th) (174th), Peter Scaife (91st) (228th), Richard Kirby (140th) (307th), and Paul Bellingham (172nd) (353rd).
Recent form has certainly shown Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Girls to be big players to the occasion, and Saturday’s Davison Shield
effort proved to be no exception, with both Holly Peck and Lily Heaton
winning themselves individual Gold and Silver on the day, with very little time factor between them.
The winning team count was completed by Rhiannon Hedley, who finished an excellent seventh.
This proved to be Morpeth Harriers only female team win on the day.
The clubs combined Under 17/Under 20 Women squad were their next performers, finishing second to a strong Birtley trio.
They just beat third placed Gateshead Harriers by one point, courtesy of excellent runs by Alison Brown (8th) (5th U/20), Charlotte Jewell (12th) (7th U/20), and Abby Sheldon (16th) (9th U/17).
Other Morpeth Harriers performances in this event came from Lizzie Rank (17th) (10th U/17), and Amber Cormack (23rd) (9th U/20).
Morpeth Harriers Senior Women finished as third team on the day behind first placed Gateshead Harriers, and second placed Durham City.
They were led home by Josie Cram, who has had a lengthy spell of inactivity due to injury.
Josie ran well to finish seventh, and received further excellent team support from sisters Catriona and Lorna MacDonald, who finished 16th and 21st respectively.
Other Morpeth Harriers performers in the Senior Women’s event were
Jane Briggs (75th), Shuna Rank (118th),
and Lesley Chapman (130th).
Ellie Coxon (9th), and Gracie Hufton (13th), both had excellent runs for
Morpeth Harriers in the Under 15 Girls event, which had a total field of 55 finishers.
Sadly no third Morpeth Harrier faced the starter, which meant that the excellent efforts
of Coxon and Hufton were in vain, as lack of a third counter deprived the club of a team score in the event.
Not only sad for the aforementioned Morpeth Harrier Under 15 Girls, but also for the whole team of scorers who lost out on team medals
because of one no show, after a definite promise of turnout.
That fact was not lost either on the much disappointed
Morpeth Harriers Team Manager Mike Bateman,
who felt most despondent afterwards.
Seven runners in all from Morpeth Harriers took part in the non scoring Under 11 events which opened the ten event programme.
No less than five from the club took part in the 74 strong Girls race.
First home here from the club was Sophia Cunningham, who finished 39th.
Next to finish from Morpeth was Lauren Garrett, who finished 43rd.
Keira Peck was next home from the club, finishing in 51st place.
Completing the Morpeth Harriers contingent in the Girls event were Alice Heaton (69th), and Ellen Davison (74th).
In the Boys event, James Tilley and Callum Rowell were prominent finishers in 7th and 8th places in a total finishing field of 64.
194 finishing runners took part in the Run Northumberland Matfen 10k, on Sunday 11th October 2015, amongst them were six Morpeth Harriers.
The event was won by Bellahouston’s Gregor Yates
in a time of 35m21s.
Second place went to Blyth Running Club’s Jake Jansen
in a time of 35m53s.
Morpeth Harrier Matthew Boyle finished third in 36m10s.
Other Morpeth Harriers finishers were as follows
Paul Banks (20th) (6th O/40 Man) 40m44s,
Damian Foster (43rd) (10th O/40 Man) 45m06s,
Carol Parry (77th) (3rd O/45 Woman) 49m55s,
Susan Smith (89th) (4th O/45 Woman) 50m56s,
and Jane Blackett (120th) (4th O/50 Woman) 55m07s.
Chris Smith and Ady Whitwam of Morpeth Harriers & AC have both been selected to run for England at the British Masters Home International Cross Country meeting, scheduled to be held in Dublin on Saturday 14th November 2015.
Both will compete in the Men’s Over 35 age group event.
Many congratulations go to Chris and Ady on news of their selection, and we look forward to seeing them both perform well.
Morpeth Harriers had five finishers in the Kielder Marathon,
on Sunday 4th October 2015.
First home was Mark Snowball, who was 61st in a time
of 3hrs31m42s over the very tough Multi Terrain course.
He was followed home in 135th place by Kate Chapman,
making a welcome return to action following an illness,
she clocked 3hrs50m06s, and was ninth Lady home.
Next home from the club was Gary Mason in 255th place.
He clocked 4hrs12m28s, and was 89th Over 40 Veteran Man.
Andrew Davison was fourth home from the club in 435th place,
clocking 4hrs45m45s, and he was 42nd Over 50 Man.
Closing the Morpeth Harriers tally was Claire Bruce,
who was 516th in a time of 5hrs05m23s,
and was 55th Over 40 Veteran Woman.
Morpeth Harriers & AC had a very busy and
moderately successful weekend of athletics activity,
mainly centred round two days of
National Road Relay competitions
at Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield
over Saturday and Sunday 3rd/4th October 2015.
At the end of the day however, unfortunately the
club had no medals to show for their efforts.
The best of the clubs performances undoubtedly belonged to their Under 13 Girls
on Sunday 4th October, who made steady progress throughout all of their three 3.86k legs,
to finish in a well earned twelfth place out of 59 complete teams.
Lily Heaton began proceedings well on Leg One,
when she came home in seventeenth place,
clocking the 34th equal time of the competition of 15m31s,
and was only just under a minute adrift of the leaders.
Although losing a little time on the leaders,
second leg runner Rhiannon Hedley stuck
to the task of improving he placing,
and won back a place as she got round in 16m00s,
a time that eventually emerged as
59th equal fastest in the competition.
On the final leg, Holly Peck certainly performed well by
clawing back four places with her energetic clocking of 15m23s,
which proved to be the tenth fastest of the leg,
and 28th equal fastest in the competition.
The squads combined efforts saw them finish with a total time of 46m54s,
which was just under two minutes adrift of some minor medals.
Winners of the Under 13 Girls event were a very strong
Wreake and Soar Valley AC, who clocked 44m38s.
Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Girls were also very creditably
the fourth from the North of England behind
Salford Harriers, who finished seventh.
The other Morpeth Harriers Young Athletes squad
competing on Sunday were their Under 17 Men,
who finished 21st out of 53 finishing clubs.
On a very competitive first leg, Kieran Hedley came home
in 29th place in a time of 12m51s over his 3.86k leg,
which eventually would emerge as 55th fastest overall.
Things changed quite dramatically however for Morpeth
on the second leg, when Scott Beattie clawed back
a mammoth fifteen places, by clocking the fourth fastest
time of the leg of 12m08s, which also proved to be the
fourteenth fastest of the competition.
Despite clocking 14m00s on the final leg,
Jacob Hopkins surrendered seven places
to faster competitors around him,
who had obviously been saved for a final challenge.
Morpeth Harriers Under 17 Men finished in a total time of 39m00s,
and were fifth club from the North of England behind ninth placed Rotherham.
They were also just under three minutes adrift of the minor medals.
Winners of the Under 17 Men’s competition were Tonbridge,
who clocked a total finishing time of 35m51s.