WEDNESDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER
6.30PM TO 9.30PM
Contact Dave Thomas
if you are able to run in one of the club teams
NECAA SPRINT RELAYS
WEDNESDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER
6.30PM TO 9.30PM
Contact Dave Thomas
if you are able to run in one of the club teams
Thirty-year-old Thomas Straughan won the 23rd running of the annual
Morpeth 10k Road Race on Tuesday evening (7th August),
posting a time of 32m34s. Straughan, who had not reached his ninth birthday when the race was first run in 1996,
won with eighty seconds to spare over Alnwick Harrier Dan Turnbull, who just out paced
Morpeth Veteran John Butters for second place. Butters posted a time of 33m57s.
Fourth place went to Morpeth’s Jake Masterman, who had one of his best 10k races,
posting a personal best time of 34m22s, taking sixteen seconds off his previous best time for the distance.
Six more Morpeth Harriers proved to be prominent, finishing inside the top twenty of a total of 206 finishers,
who negotiated the undulating two lap circular route round Tranwell Woods.
They were Andrew Lawrence (6th) 35m00s, Matthew Briggs (8th) 35m15s,
Richard Castledine (13th) 36m01s, Daniel Melling (17th) 36m39s,
Matthew Boyle (18th) 36m41s, and Andrew Hebden (19th) 36m53s.
Finishing 38th overall in 38m57s, Tyne Bridge Harrier Alison Dargie
proved to be too good for all her Female counterparts.
Second and third places in the Women’s race went to Sarah Seymour of Gosforth Harriers (49th) 40m09s,
and Kirstie Anderson of Tynedale Harriers (52nd) 40m37s.
Organisers Morpeth Harriers wish to thank their main sponsor to the event
Glaceau Smartwater for their continued generosity, along with Phil Walker Financial Planner,
and Chris Dentice for additional sponsorship.
Also, thanks go to Piramal Pharmaceutical for help with race parking,
Morpeth Town FC for their Craik Park venue as Race Headquarters,
Pegasus Riding School for Toilet Facilities, to whom a donation will be made,
Dave Todd at Tees Valley Event Safety for his First Aid assistance,
Start Fitness for the provision of Prize Vouchers,
and to all members and friends, and UK Officials,
without whose assistance, the event could not have been held.
Sunday 2nd September 2018 sees the NEYDL Select Team in action in their
annual match against Yorkshire Select, at Middlesbrough Sports Village.
The event is now in its third year since its inception, and the regions team,
under the managership of Morpeth Coach Dave Thomas, has now been selected,
and it includes no fewer than twenty athletes from Morpeth Harriers,
who have all won automatic selection as of right, being ranked in the top three in their event,
over all three divisions, at the seasons end.
Three age groups, Under 13, Under 15, and Under 17 are represented in both genders,
and the only age group not served by a Morpeth athlete are the Under 13 Girls.
In the Under 13 Boys events, Bertie Marr and Ryan Davies are selected to run over 1500m,
and Harry Brown will compete in the Javelin.
The biggest representation from the club comes in the Under 15 Boys, where six are set to take part.
Two of those athletes take part on the track.
Euan Duffin lines up in the 1500m, and Ben Waterfield takes part in the 800m.
Waterfield will also compete in the High Jump.
Accompanying Waterfield in the High Jump will be club colleague Koffi Avornyo.
Danny Dowd, Theo Brown, and Nat Arkle compete respectively in the Javelin, Discus, and Hammer events.
Four athletes from Morpeth Harriers Under 17 squad are amongst those selected,
all of them competing in Field Events.
Ethan Stephenson competes in no less than three events, these being Long Jump, Triple Jump, and High Jump.
Accompanying him in the Triple Jump will be club colleague Matthew Heslop.
Luke Haxell has been selected to compete in the Discus.
Finally, in the Under 17 Men’s events, and certainly one of his clubs’ top performers over the season,
Andrew Knight lines up in the Shot, Discus, and Hammer events, in what will probably be his swansong
as a Morpeth athlete, as he moves South with family, and next year will be competing for Southampton AC,
and County-wise, Hampshire.
On to Female events, where Morpeth have no less than seven athletes in the squad,
five coming from their very strong Under 15 Girls contingent.
75m Hurdles specialist Amy Lott heads the list and is accompanied by fellow sprint specialists Amber Witt (200m), plus Mia Belton and Alice Geoghegan, who both compete in the inaugural 300m event.
Jessica Gardiner competes in the Discus and Hammer events.
Last but certainly not least Lily Heaton and Holly Peck compete respectively
in the Under 17 Women’s 800m and 1500m events.
The North East have easily been victorious on the previous two occasions,
and Team Manager Thomas is very hopeful that his selected squad,
that most deservedly include several of his own charges, can pull off another success,
to round off what has been a relatively good season in terms of improved performance,
however he does continue to have reservations regarding the level of willing participants.
Morpeth Harriers Senior Men and Women’s Track and Field squad completed their 2018 Northern Athletics Division 2E campaign, by finishing fourth in their final round match, held at Darlington’s Eastbourne Sports Complex on Saturday 4th August 2018.
Team Manager’s David Swinburne (Men), and Vina Desai (Women) can be justifiably pleased with their respective squads combined season long efforts, which saw them finish a very respectable third overall of six teams, behind divisional champions Gateshead Harriers, who now face the opportunity of going to a playoff match at Doncaster later this month, that may see them find a place in Division 1 next season.
Meanwhile Morpeth Harriers, along with second placed Wallsend/Blyth and fourth place Middlesbrough AC face life again in 2019 in Division 2E, whilst Tynedale and Richmond and Zetland, who were hosts on Saturday, face life in the lower Division 3 next year.
Distance specialists Kieran Hedley and Andrew Lawrence provided the club with their two track victories.
Hedley won the 1500m A race in 4m05.9s, and Taylor Glover turned things into a superb double win,
by taking the B race in 4m10.2s.
Lawrence won the 5000m in 16m53.6s, and Mark Snowball finished an excellent second in the B race in 18m06.3s.
In terms of effort on behalf of his club, Snowball was an example to all,
as he took part in a total of five events, plus the 4 x 400m Relay.
Additionally, to the 5000m, he also finished second in the 3000m Steeplechase (10m36.3s),
fourth in the 400m Hurdles (73.5s), sixth in the Long Jump (4.21m), and Triple Jump (8.66s),
and contributed greatly to his clubs 4 x 400m squad who finished third in 4m15.6s,
with additional support coming from Tom Innes, Sean O’Hara, and Andrew Lawrence.
The 400m and 800m events were covered well for Morpeth by Alistair Douglass and Tom Innes.
In the 400m A Race, Douglass produced a new personal best time of 52.4s,
when only losing out marginally to Gateshead sprint specialist Martin Ferguson
in a head to head finish all the way to the finish line.
Meanwhile Innes took on the rigours of the one lap event for the very first time
and did extremely well by finishing as second B athlete in 57.9s.
In the 800m, Douglass finished third to Tynedale’s English Schools
Champion Daniel Joyce, posting a finishing time of 1m57.5s.
The hotly contested B race saw Innes finish fourth in 2m06.3s,
a new personal best for the talented Under 20 athlete.
100m and 200m duties were shared between Phil Pitt, Sean O’Hara and David Storey.
Pitt finished third in the 100m A race in 11.7s, and O’Hara likewise in the 200m A race, posting a time of 24.4s.
Meanwhile Storey secured more valuable team points by finishing second
in the B races of the 100m and 200m, posting respective clocking’s of 11.6s and 24.4s.
Morpeth’s best Men’s Field Event performance of the day, came in the Javelin, where Hayden Richards threw a massive 48.21m, only just losing out by a mere 68cm for victory to Middlesbrough’s Steven Birse.
Richards also provided Morpeth A string support in the Hammer, throwing 30.82m for fifth place.
Steven Appleby took part in no fewer than four throws events on the day for Morpeth.
His best performance came in the A string Discus, where his best throw of 30.64m gave him fifth place.
Track specialist Alistair Douglass gave good B string support by finishing fifth,
by producing a personal best of 20.11m
Meanwhile Appleby finished third in the B string Hammer (22.34m), fifth in the B string Javelin (17.32m),
and fifth in the B string Shot Putt (7.90m), giving support to Phil Pitt’s A string effort of 8.30m,
which saw him finish sixth.
On to the Women’s events, where a truly solid contribution to the clubs’ result was made.
Claire Reid was the only Morpeth Women’s winner on the day, taking the Discus A event, with an excellent 32.07m, which proved to be just over three metres better than her closest rival Kate Carmichael of Middlesbrough.
Morpeth also scored well in the B string of the Discus, with Kirsty Lang managing
a new personal best of 20.77m for second place.
It was suggested that Lang had been taking a few tips from younger brother Ruaridh,
who unfortunately was unavailable to compete on the day for the Morpeth Men’s squad.
Meanwhile Reid was definitely Morpeth’s most industrious Field Eventer on the day,
with her next best result coming in the Hammer, where she finished a good second
behind Gateshead’s Leah Weatheritt, with a best throw of 32.00m.
Reid also threw 17.18m in the B string Javelin to finish second, only losing out for a win by 76cm,
backing up Charlotte Barnsley’s fourth in the A string, making her Northern League debut special
by posting a new personal best of 20.27m.
A truly excellent days work was rounded off nicely by Reid, when she finished second in the A string Shot Putt,
by producing an on the day best of 9.9m.
Lynsey Cunningham gave excellent B string support to Reid, and he club,
when she finished second with her on the day best of 6.42m.
On to the Women’s Jump events, where Morpeth’s best result came in the Long Jump,
where talented Under 17 athlete Kayleigh Wenn finished third in the A string with 4.01m,
and Lauren Smith took the B string with 3.48m.
Wenn also finished sixth in the A string Triple Jump with 8.44m,
and Holly Peck was third in the B string with a best jump of 8.14m.
Kirsty Lang finished fourth in the High Jump, by clearing a best of 1.35m.
On to the Women’s track events, where although there were no on the day winners,
there were nevertheless some excellent efforts, produced by a mixture of young and older talents.
Under 17 athlete Holly Peck made valuable contribution to he clubs haul,
when she finished third in both the 400m and 800m A string events,
posting respective times of 67.1s and 2m27.5s.
Backing Holly up well in the B string events were Veteran athletes Helen King and Lindsay Turnbull,
who finished third and second respectively, with times of 71.9s and 2m49.5s.
For Turnbull it was her first 800m event as a Senior.
King and Turnbull teamed up for the first time for both of them in the 1500m.
In the A Race King finished third in 5m32.5s and Turnbull was second in the B race in 5m57.1s.
Two Morpeth personal bests were achieved in the 100m, where Lauren Smith
finished third in the A race in 13.2s and Kayleigh Wenn got fourth in the B race in 15.1s.
In the 200m, Smith finished fourth in the A race in 27.7s,
and Lynsey Cunningham was third in the B race in 30.5s.
Kirsty Lang finished second in the 400m Hurdles in 81.0s.
Peck, King, Lang and Smith combined well to finish second in the Women’s 4 x 400m event in 4m45.0s.
MATCH RESULT (Subject to further scrutiny)
1st Wallsend/Blyth 441pts,
2nd Gateshead Harriers 418pts,
3rd Middlesbrough AC 363pts,
4th Morpeth Harriers 349pts,
5th Richmond & Zetland 298pts,
6th Tynedale Harriers 281pts.
FINAL LEAGUE STANDINGS (Subject to further scrutiny)
(Total Match points in brackets)
1st Gateshead Harriers 21pts (1,534),
2nd Wallsend/Blyth 17pts (1,417),3rd
Morpeth Harriers 16 (1,363),
4th Middlesbrough AC 13pts (1,271),
5th Tynedale 12pts (1,208),
6th Richmond & Zetland 5pts (1,006).
The annual Northumberland Coastal Run between Beadnel to Alnmouth,
held on Sunday 29th July 2018, and organised by Alnwick Harriers, attracted a total entry of over 1200 runners,
which eventually resulted in having 945 finishers, and included thirteen from the ranks of Morpeth Harriers.
First home from the club was Ross Floyd, fresh from his course record breaking run at Ashington the previous Wednesday, who finished second to Tyne Bridge Harrier Tom Charlton, posting a time of 84m27s over the tough and very demanding multi terrain course.
Floyd finished just over three minutes adrift of Charlton.
Next home from Morpeth was Over 40 Veteran Man John Butters,
who was third in his age category, posting a finishing time of 88m48s, for ninth place overall.
Four places behind Butters was his Female club colleague Jane Hodgson,
who took the Women’s title for the second year in succession, and for the fourth time in her career.
Hodgson posted a finishing time for the 14-mile course of 89m30s, not her fastest,
but nevertheless a satisfying victory by just over six minutes from her closest rival Aisling Wall of Horsforth Harriers.
Elswick Harrier Judith Nutt was third Woman in 97m14s.
Other Morpeth Harriers finishers were as follows
Steve Haswell (62nd) (3rd O/50 Man) 99m31s,
Lindsay Turnbull (212th) (3rd O/45 Woman) 112m27s,
Jane Briggs (279th) (7th O/45 Woman) 117m01s,
Mark Crosby (282nd) (36th O/50 Man) 117m04s,
Norman Clark (380th) (5th O/65 Man) 122m57s,
Jim Alder (385th) (23rd O/55 Man) 123m20s, L
esley Chapman (488th) (2nd O/60 Woman) 130m47s,
Lisa Herron (607th) (45th Sen Woman) 139m13s, T
ony Lewis (863rd) 165m06s,
and Kenton Duffield (864th) (102nd O/45 Man) 165m11s.