Morpeths Emma Holt returned to winning form in the annual Heaton Harriers Anita Nott Women Only Memorial Race, held in Jesmond Dene on Monday 26th June 2017.
Holt, posting a time of 18m08s, won by a margin of 50 seconds from prominent Chester Le Street youngster Emily Chong, with Gateshead Harrier Sarah Hill a further 63 seconds adrift in third place.
Another Morpeth Harrier competing in the event was Claire Walker, who finished 85th in 24m49s, who was twelfth in her Over 35 Women’s Veteran category.
The sun shone brightly, the wind dropped slightly, that all made for a superb spectacle of young athletics talent, as Morpeth Harriers & AC hosted the third-round match of the NEYDL Division 1 programme,
at the Morpeth Athletics Track, at KEVI School, on Sunday 25th June 2017.
It was also a day for records, as a total of seven league records fell, two to one athlete,
Lewis Cant of Blaydon, and three of those records too, went to Morpeth athletes
Bobbie Griffiths and Charlotte Pickering–Pruvot.
Griffiths broke her own record in the Under 17 Women’s Javelin,
beating her previous figures of 37.15m, set at Middlesbrough in April in the first-round match.
On Sunday, she threw an excellent 39.98, which although was still a little way
short of her own personal best of 42.16m, which currently ranks her as ninth in the UK,
and top of the regional rankings, it was still enough to win by a ten-metre margin over her closest rival.
Griffiths also broke the league record in the Hammer, which was also her own record.
She won by throwing a distance of 40.47m, a good 18 metres clear of her closest rival,
passing her own record of 37.59m, set at Jarrow last month.
It was also around a metre adrift of her personal best performance,
which currently ranks her as 51st in the UK, and No1 in the region.
Pickering-Pruvot was also at her glittering best in the sun, as she clearly won the A String Discus,
throwing a best of 34.38m, which equalled her personal best,
which was achieved in April at the throws fest at Whitley Bay.
It also broke the previous record of 32.14m, set by Blaydon’s Georgia Kyle at Darlington in 2016.
Closest to Pickering-Pruvot in the competition was Griffiths,
who took the B string with a best throw of 27.22m,
which provided Morpeth with one of a total of ten
double victories on the day, five coming from each gender.
Those double victories also contributed to what was a mammoth points total of 828,
possibly also a NEYDL league record, (subject to scrutiny),
which gave the host club a eighty-eight point margin over their close rivals for the league title, Harrogate.
On the day, Morpeth managed a total of 21 A String victories (Seven Male and fourteen Female),
and 24 B String victories (thirteen Male and eleven Female).
In total, the club achieved 25 Track wins, and 20 wins came from the Field.
Additionally, forty new personal bests were achieved by Morpeth athletes within the competition.
Three double victories by Morpeth athletes were achieved in the Under 17 Men’s Field Events.
Andrew Knight won the Shot Putt, by managing an on the day best of 14.63m,
which although was a little way short of his own league record,
was enough to win him the A String competition by over a three-metre margin.
His closest rival in the competition overall was his Morpeth compatriot Ruaridh Lang,
who took the B String with a best of 12.54m, which for him was a fractional personal best.
Knight also had a victory in the A String Hammer with 26.01m,
and Sam Yates, who threw the implement for the first time can
feel well pleased with himself, as he threw a best of 18.85m
to take the B String competition, to seal another Morpeth double victory.
A third throws double victory for Morpeth, came courtesy of Lang and Knight,
who combined excellently in the Discus, with the former taking the A string with 40.52m,
and the latter taking the B string with 29.71m.
Another Morpeth competitor in the Discus was Luke Haxell, who managed a best of 29.37m.
Haxell also competed well in the Javelin, finishing third in the A String with a best throw of 28.06m.
Middle distance running specialist Rory Leonard did well to take the B String Javelin
with a best effort of 25.75m, throwing the implement for the first time.
Leonard enjoyed another victory in the Under 17 Men’s 1500m in a time of 4m09.9s,
and Connor Marshall produced a personal best performance of 4m29.6s, when finishing as second B String.
Also competing in the event for Morpeth, were Ross Charlton (4m34.1s),
and Brad Brown (4m51.3s), who was running the distance for the first time.
North East Counties 400m Champion Matthew Waterfield of Morpeth
proved to be a clear winner of the one lap event, where he was a second
outside his own league record, posting a time of 51.7s.
Club colleague Owen Priest produced a personal best of 53.9s,
when taking the B race, to seal another club double win.
Other Morpeth performances in the event came from Taylor Glover (57.0s),
running the event for the first time, and Brad Brown (61.3s).
In the 800m Joe Ramshaw just missed out on an A String victory to
Durham City’s Ben Horsfield when he posted a time of 2m01.9s,
and Taylor Glover took the B race in 2m02.5s, which was a new personal best.
Another Morpeth Harrier in action in the 800m was Joe Dowd, who clocked 2m09.5s.
Morpeth were also well represented in the Under 17 Men’s sprints,
where Robbie Anderson bettered both his 100m and 200m times
by one second in each case, posting 11.7s and 24.7s respectively,
finishing second on both occasions.
Daniel Johnston and Sam Yates of Morpeth had respective wins
in the B String events in 11.8s and 25.2s, both personal bests.
Yates was another performer in the 100m along with club colleague Joe Dowd,
both posting personal bests of 12.0s.
There were some good results produced by Morpeth’s Under 13 Girl sprinters,
who produced double victories in both the 100m and 200m
It was particularly sweet for Ellie Longstaff, who took the A String events of both the 100m and 200m,
with respective clockings of 13.3s and 28.2s, the latter representing a new personal best.
The B String events were won respectively by debutant Melody Rose Brooks (14.1s),
and Mia Belton (29.7s), the latter representing a fractional personal best.
Other Morpeth performances in the 100m and 200m events came from
Olivia Hawkes (100m) (13.9s), Elisa Mae Swalwell (14.3s and 30.6s),
Sadie Charlton (18.7s), and Lucy McConnell (30.9s),
who were all making competitive debuts for the club.
Belton and Brooks also lined up in the 800m, where the former finished third
in the A String in 2m43.2s, and the latter took the B String in 2m44.9s.
Alice Geoghegan of Morpeth missed out by a mere whisker for victory in the
Under 13 Girls 70m Hurdles, taking a second off her personal best with her clocking of 11.9s.
Olivia Gent posted a new personal best of 14.9s, when finishing fourth in the B race.
Longstaff, Geoghegan, Belton and Brooks teamed up to forge an excellent
win for Morpeth in the Under 13 Girls 4 x100m Relay in 57.0s.
Morpeth’s Under 13 Girls distance specialists Laura Melling and Molly Ions
finished third and second respectively in the 1500m A and B Strings,
posting respective times of 6m10.7s, and 6m26.2s,
the latter representing a new personal best by sixteen seconds.
There were also some excellent encouraging performances from the
Under 13 Girl Field eventers, the best of these being Alice Geoghegan in the Javelin.
Throwing an on the day best of 24.29m, Geoghegan was just over two metres adrift
of the league record that she had set at Jarrow last month,
and debutant Sadie Charlton threw 3.50m, to gain some easy points in the B String.
In the Long Jump, Olivia Gent finished second in the A String,
with a personal best performance of 3.44m, and another Morpeth debutant
Elisa Mae Swalwell took the B String competition with 3.21m.
Other Morpeth athletes competing in the Under 13 Long Jump were Molly Ions (2.89m), and Mia Belton (2.87m).
Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Girl debutants Lucy McConnell and Melody Rose Brooks lined up in the High Jump.
McConnell cleared 1.25m to finish third in the A String, and Brooks cleared 1.10m for second in the B String.
Morpeth had Jessica Young-Rogers back in action in the Under 17 Women’s events,
following her absence in the second-round fixture due to exam commitments.
She immediately got back into winning form, taking both the 80m Hurdles and 100m events
with respective times of 12.3s and 12.5s, only just missed out in the 200m with 26.4s.
In the 100m and 200m events, she was well backed up by the winning B String
performances of Nadine Arkle, also returning to long awaited action following injury.
Arkle clocked 13.3s and 27.7s respectively, which clearly shows that she is
gradually getting closer to full fitness after a hard and brave fight.
Gracie Hufton won a hard-fought race to win the Under 17 Women’s 1500m in 5m26.4s.
In the 800m, Morpeth’s Ella Duffield and Kirsty Duffin took maximum points,
winning the A and B races respectively in 2m38.1s and 2m39.8s.
Duffield set new figures of 46.5s, when finishing third in the A race of the 300m,
and Katie Stafford, running the distance for the first time, finished second in the B race in 55.4s.
Stafford also finished third in the A String Triple Jump, with a best performance of 7.71m,
and fellow Morpeth athlete Kirsty Duffin was just a step or two behind her with 7.69m,
which saw her finish as second B String.
She was also part of a winning Morpeth Under 17 Women’s 4 x 100m Relay squad,
along with Jessica Young-Rogers, Charlotte Pickering-Pruvot, and Nadine Arkle,
who combined well to take a superb victory in 55.3s.
Morpeth Harriers best Under 15 Boy performer was undoubtedly Ethan Stephenson,
who had respective A String wins in the Long Jump and High Jump events.
In the Long Jump, he produced an on the day best of 5.40m, and cleared 1.70m in the High Jump.
Morpeth had good B String back up by Matthew Heslop in the Long Jump,
who produced a personal best performance of 4.79m.
Other Morpeth performances in the Long Jump came from Alfie Ward (4.51m),
and Charlie Lane (4.35m), who competed in this event for the first time.
Matthew Heslop also finished second in the Under 15 Boys 300m,
posting a time of 41.4s, taking one second off his previous figures.
Charlie Lane backed him up well by taking the B race in 42.8s.
Other Morpeth athletes competing in the 300m were Euan Duffin (47.1s), and Jack Lackenby (48.6s).
In the 800m, Ben Waterfield, younger brother of Matthew, finished second in the A race in 2m23.2s.
Not far behind him in terms of time, and taking the B race in 2m25.5s, was club colleague Bobby Stone.
Other Morpeth performances in this event came from Euan Doffing (2m29.2s),
Dylan Gooding (2m32.3s), Thomas Coulson (2m45.4s).
In the Under 15 Boys 1500m, Morpeth’s Ben Walker finished third in the A race in 4m56.4s.
Club colleague Jonny Kidd finished one second behind him to win the B race,
and not far behind them was Dylan Davies, who recorded a marginal personal best in 4m58.2s.
Alfie Ward posted a new personal best of 14.0s, when finishing third in the Under 15 Boys 80m Hurdles.
Ben Waterfield finished second in the B race in 15.0s.
Josh Adams ran two personal best performances in the 100m (13.0s)
and 200m (26.8s), when finishing fifth and fourth respectively.
Morpeth’s B race finishers were Jacob Clayton (100m) (13.7s),
and Charlie Lane (200m) (27.1s), who placed 3rd and 4th respectively,
the former representing a personal best performance.
Additional Morpeth performances in the Under 15 Boys 100m and 200m events
came from Arran Kirk (14.1s), Jacob Clayton (28.9s), and Thomas Coulson (31.1s).
In the Under 15 Girls track events, Morpeth’s Holly Peck was well to the fore,
winning the 1500m in 4m57.5s, and the B String 300m in 48.6s.
Another Morpeth winner on the track in the Under 15 Girls events was Amy Lott,
who ran a new personal best of 12.2s in the 75m Hurdles.
Lott also ran a new marginal personal best of 13.8s, when finishing third in the 100m B race.
In the 100m A race, Morpeth newcomer Olivia Taylor finished fifth in a tightly fought finish, posting a time of 13.7s.
Rosie Winter also finished fifth in a tightly fought 200m in 28.5s.
Morpeth’s other Under 15 Girls track performances came from Lily Heaton and newcomer Niamh Atchison
Heaton finished fourth and third respectively in the A races of the 300m and 800m,
posting times of 46.6s and 2m30.4s.
Atchison finished third in the B race of the 1500m in 5m47.9s,
and was an additional athlete in the 300m, posting a time of 53.3s.
On to the Under 15 Girls Field Events, where Jessica Gardner,
Rosie Winter and Olivia Taylor performed the Morpeth A string duties excellently.
Particularly eye-catching was Jessica Gardiner, who won the Discus by producing
a new personal best performance of 24.24m, adding a whole metre onto her previous best.
Gardiner also set new figures of 22.93m, when just missing out for a second victory in the Hammer.
She added over eight metres onto her previous best, such was the magnitude of her performance.
Gardiner competed for the first time in the Shot Putt, finishing third in the A String with 7.25m,
and her Morpeth club colleague Amy Lott backed her up well, by winning the B String
with a best effort of 6.52m, adding 20cm to her previous best.
Another personal best was achieved by Rosie Winter, who improved her Javelin by 3.50m,
to win the A String by a metre and a half from her closest rival from Harrogate.
Debutant Olivia Taylor added to her track successes by finishing second
in the A String High Jump with her clearance of 1,45m, only losing out for victory
on countback, and finishing as 6th A String in the Long Jump, with a best jump of 4.05m.
Although there were no A String wins by Morpeth’s small squad of hard working Under 13 Boys,
there were some excellent minor placings, which greatly added to their clubs mounting tally of valuable points.
Two of the best track results came in the 800m and 1500m events.
In the 800m, Oliver Bruce finished second in the A String in 2m33.4s,
and Noah Ions backed this up well by finishing second in the B String in 2m45.2s.
Additional Morpeth performances in the Under 13 Boys 800m came from Harry Jackson (2m51.3s),
Ethan McBride (2m55.3s), and in his first outing over the distance Oliver Geoghegan (3m08.3s).
In the 1500m A String event, Morpeth’s Sam Tate, making his debut, finished second, posting a time of 4m59.0s.
Backing him up very well with a B String victory, the only Morpeth Under 13 Boy win on the day,
was Ryan Davies, who ran a marginal new personal best of 5m28.2s.
Other Morpeth performances in the Under 13 Boys 1500m,
came from Adam Howliston and Sam Parker,
who posted times of 5m34.7s and 6m02.6s respectively.
Koffi Avornyo produced new personal best performances of 14.1s and 29.7s
respectively in the A String races of the 100m and 200m, finishing 4th and 5th.
In the B races, Harry Jackson finished fourth in the 100m (15.2s),
and Adam Howliston finished third in the 200m (30.4s).
Sam Parker (15.0s), and Fintan Ward (16.8s), finished third and second
respectively in the A and B races of the Under 13 Boys 75m Hurdles.
The best Field Event results for Morpeth in the Under 13 Boys section, came from the High Jump and Javelin.
In the High Jump, Koffi Avornyo finished second in the A String, with his clearance of 1.40m.
Adam Howliston backed him up well, when finishing second in the B competition with 1.20m.
Oliver Geoghegan bettered his Javelin performance by 5cm,
when throwing 22.66m, to finish second in the A String.
Ethan McBride backed him up well, when finishing second in the B String with 17.50m.
In the Under 13 Boys Long Jump, Harry Jackson finished fourth in the A String with a best of 3.47m.
Fintan Ward gave good backing to his club, when finishing as second B String, with a best of 3.45m.
Other Morpeth performances in the Long Jump came from Ethan McBride (3.15m), and Oliver Geoghegan 3.09m.
In the Under 13 Boys Shot Putt, Morpeth Harriers Oliver Bruce and Fintan Ward finished
fourth and second respectively in the A and B competitions, with best Putts of 5.05m, and 4.95m.
An additional Morpeth performer in the Under 13 Boys Shot Putt was Noah Ions, who managed a best of 4.63m.
Morpeth Harriers Young Athletes Team Managers Mark Brown (Male), and Dave Thomas (Female),
can certainly feel justifiably proud of their respective charges following this excellent result,
which looks to have given the club the perfect cushion going into the final fixture,
which will be held at Wentworth Stadium at Hexham on Sunday 16th July 2017.
Still, nothing will be taken for granted, it is never over until the Fat Lady Sings, wherever she is hiding.
Match Result (Subject to further scrutiny)
1st Morpeth Harriers 828pts,
2nd Harrogate 740pts,
3rd Blaydon Harriers 646pts,
4th New Marske Harriers 645pts,
5th Durham City 536pts,
6th Tynedale 456pts.
In closing, the club would want to thank their tremendous team of helpers who turned out on the day,
to ensure smooth running of events, and thankfully the weather played its part in making it
an enjoyable day all round, if not a big workload, thanks again to all who played their part.
In the end Morpeth Harriers comfortably retained their title at the Weetslade Relays on Wednesday 21st June 2017,
although for much of the race they had to go head to head with local outfit Gosforth Harriers.
While the promised thunderstorms thankfully never materialising, it was still a close
and muggy night for the 100 plus teams that gathered at Lockey Park, Wideopen
for the 8th annual running of the event in which runners complete a circuit of the park
before heading out to the nature reserve and a short, sharp ascent of the old spoil heap on a 2.5 mile loop.
The unique nature of this event, however, derives from the composition of the teams of three,
the rules only requiring each team to include male, female and veteran runners in any permutation or running order.
Once again, Morpeth were fortunate to be able to draw on the services of two of last year’s winning team,
Tom Straughan and Emma Holt, but with veteran Chris Smith absent on paternity leave,
Ian Harding was able to come in as more than adequate replacement.
It was clear from the off that a determined Straughan meant business as he took the lead
at the front of a small group that quickly established itself and included both
ex-Morpeth Harrier Lewis Timmins, now with Gosforth, and club colleague Karl Taylor.
At the end of the leg, Straughan and Timmins were still locked together, Timmins (12 minutes 49seconds)
only managing to get away from Straughan (12m50s) in the run-in with Taylor a strong third place in 13m22s.
On second leg, Morpeth’s Emma Holt had soon overtaken her Gosforth rival, Helen Warburton,
as the leading runners headed around the pitch, but, much like Timmins,
her younger rival Warburton sat in and, with Holt no doubt feeling the previous
weekend’s fell race at Windy Ghyll in her legs (in which she had been the first female competitor home),
Warburton was able to steal a few yards on the run-in to the final changeover.
Warburton would in fact be credited with the fastest female leg of the day (14.57) with Holt only one second behind.
It was all down to the final leg, and Morpeth were fortunate to have an in-form and experienced competitor in Ian Harding to run it. Harding had already taken over ten yards out of his Gosforth rival as the runners disappeared out of sight, and when he reappeared some 13 minutes later, he had taken nearly two minutes out of Gosforth’s Darren McBain. On completion, Harding’s time was comfortably the fastest veteran run of the night and also the fourth fastest overall. Morpeth’s winning time was 40 minutes and 48 seconds with Gosforth second in 42m 37s.
Meanwhile Morpeth’s B team were also having a very successful night, with veteran Jane Hodgson, on her first outing over the course, finding it strongly to her liking and recording the fastest female veteran time of the night (15m10s) when putting the team into an unassailable third place at the end of leg 2. It was down to Tony Lewis to anchor the team home, and despite a lot of miles in his legs from ultra-run preparation and cycling,
Lewis recorded a time of 14m 27s, the second fastest male veteran time of the night,
as the team finished an excellent third in 42m 59s.
Behind these two teams, there were a host of strong performances from a range
of both younger and more experienced male and female runners.
Richard Castledine, in his first outing in a relay, ran well for the C team in a time of 14m 38s,
and with Gemma Floyd recording the second fastest female veteran time of the night (15m 30s)
and Paul Waterston on last leg (15m 29s), the three secured a highly respectable 8th place,
ahead of the A and B teams of most other clubs.
There was further success a little further down the field, with the D team of Phil Walker (15m 12s),
now starting to get back to something like his competitive best,
Helen King (17m 20s) and youngster Dean Lonsdale (15m 5s) finishing in 47m 37s in 15th place.
Like Castledine, this was Lonsdale’s first competitive outing in a relay and he certainly
looked fresh and full of running at the end.
With four teams home in the first fifteen, the night was certainly shaping up to be one of the strongest club performances at the event, and this was backed up by the runs of the E team of Gary Hall,
Jane Kirby and Mike Winter (38th in 51m 49s) and the final team of Dave Nicholson,
Clare Hiscox and Paul Bellingham, ( 60th in 54m 56s), with Hall,
Kirby, Hiscox and Nicholson all competing in the event for the first time.
In total, some 103 teams took part from over 20 local clubs.
Fastest time of the night went to Finn Brodie of Tyne Bridge (12m 42s),
but in truth it was too late to make any impression on the leading three.
Morpeth’s third win at the relatively new event means they now go equal on victories with Elswick Harriers.
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Thankfully the threatened thunderstorms stayed away for athletes
competing at the third meeting in the 2017 series of North East Grand Prix events,
held at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow, on the evening of Wednesday 21st June 2017.
Nineteen athletes from Morpeth Harriers & AC were amongst those in action,
and four individual personal bests were achieved,
on what turned out to be a night of near excellent conditions.
One of those personal bests was that of James Young,
who finished second to Middlesbrough and Cleveland’s Greg Jayasuriya
in the Stan Long Mile in 4m19.5s, just missing out by three seconds for victory,
and a trophy, presented in memory of the legendary Gateshead Coach,
who was mentor to Brendan Foster, during his long and illustrious career.
Five seconds behind Young and posting a time of 4m24.8s,
was Young’s Morpeth club colleague Joe Armstrong, who was the 2016 winner,
however on this occasion had to be content with fifth place.
Running the mile distance for the first time ever, Morpeth pair Alistair Douglass and Carl Avery,
finished eighth and ninth, with respective clocking’s of 4m28.8s and 4m30.5s.
Another Morpeth athlete competing for the first time over the mile distance
was Under 17 Man Ross Charlton, who ran well to finish third in the B race, posting a time of 4m51.0s.
Completing the list of Morpeth milers was Over 55 Veteran Man Neil McAnany,
who was tenth in the B race in 5m22.0s.
Two personal best performances were achieved by Morpeth’s Alfie Ward on the night.
In the 80m Hurdles, the Under 15 Boy finished third in 14.3s,
ahead of fellow Morpeth Harrier Dylan Gooding, who clocked 17.1s.
Ward also achieved a new personal best in the 100m, when finishing fifth in 14.1s.
He also finished fourth in his age group in the Long Jump, with a best effort of 4.29m.
Morpeth Harriers youngest competing athlete on the night Ryan Davies,
also achieved a new personal best of 5m28.4s, when finishing sixth in the Under 13 Boys 1500m,
taking a good fourteen seconds off his previous figures.
The Graded 100m contests attracted a total of a total of twenty-six athletes,
including eight from the ranks of Morpeth Harriers.
Four of the eight competed in the A race, with Sean O’Hara coming out on top, winning in 11.4s.
Behind him were club colleagues David Storey, Kenny Harrison, and Jake Jardine,
who finished third, fourth and fifth, with respective clocking’s of 11.7s each.
In the B race Morpeth’s David Thomas finished seventh in 12.7s.
Kirsty Lang finished sixth in the D race in 14.7s, and in the E race,
her Morpeth club colleagues Natasha Hart and Lynsey Cunningham f
inished second and third, both clocking 14.6s.
Morpeth throwers Andrew Knight and Bobbie Griffiths were both in winning form on the night.
Under 17 Man Knight, was the best overall competitor in the Shot Putt,
winning by a margin of 64cm from Female Senior Sophie Littlemore,
with his best on the day effort of 13.84m, however in his own age group,
he won by a clear margin of 1.60m from Gateshead Harrier Joe Halpin.
Griffith’s who finished fifth overall in the competition, with a best of 10.09m,
was 54cm clear winner of the Under 17 Women’s section, over Darlington’s Jasmine Sharp.
In the Graded Javelin, Griffiths was a clear winner of the overall competition,
with her best throw of 41.57m, which gave her a very clear margin win of 11.55m
in the Under 17 Women’s section over her closest rival, who once again was Darlington’s Jasmine Sharp.
Morpeth’s other Field Eventer in action was David Thomas,
who finished as third Under 20 Man in the Graded Long Jump, with his best effort of 5.53m.
The annual Northern Schools Inter Counties Track and Field Championships,
held at Wentworth Stadium, Hexham on Saturday 17th June 2017,
saw athletes competing in possibly what were the hottest conditions of the summer so far.
This was the very final stepping stone for aspiring talents, hoping to make the team buses
for Cleveland, Cumbria, Durham, and Northumberland at the forthcoming
English Schools Championships, scheduled to be held in Birmingham on Friday 7th, and Saturday 8th July.
Amongst the Northumberland contingency were several athletes from Morpeth Harriers,
who were also event winners, and a few personal best performances that were achieved,
which were small, mainly due to the prevailing testing dry and relatively humid conditions.
One of the top club performers on the day was Matthew Waterfield,
who won the Intermediate Boys 400m for Northumberland,
posting a new personal best time of 50.10s.
Another top performer was Rhiannon Hedley, who running as a Guest in the Junior Girls 800m,
posted the third fastest overall time of 2m22.44s, which was a new personal best.
Apart from Waterfield, Morpeth Harriers & AC athletes managed another seven on the day victories,
one more coming from the track, with six coming from the field.
North Eastern Under 17 Men’s 3000m Champion Rory Leonard was the other track winner,
taking the Intermediate Boy’s tile over the same distance, posting a time of 9m07.04s.
In the Intermediate Girls Javelin, Bobbie Griffiths yet again improved on her lifetime best,
when she threw an excellent 43.62m for victory.
Griffiths also finished third in the Hammer, throwing an on the day best of 34.25m.
Other Morpeth throwers in superb winning form were Intermediate Boys Ruaridh Lang and Andrew Knight,
who both took respective victories in the Discus and Shot Putt events,
with efforts of 48.21m and 14.43m, the former representing a new personal best.
Morpeth’s Charlotte Pickering-Pruvot, finished second in both the Intermediate Girls Discus,
and Shot Putt events, with efforts of 29.96m and 11.24m, the latter representing
a new personal best for the weight used.
Another Morpeth Discus winner, came in the Junior Girls,
where Jessica Gardner hurled a best of 26.17m,
which bettered her previous performance by slightly over six metres.
Ethan Stephenson was a Morpeth double winner in the Junior Boys Triple Jump and High Jump events.
In the former, he produced a best of 11.95m, which was his very first attempt at the event,
in the latter he cleared 1.74m, which was a marginal personal best performance.
Another Morpeth Harrier in action in the Junior Boys Triple Jump was Matthew Heslop,
who finished second with a best of 11.40m, again being a first timer in the event.
In the Senior Boys 1500m, a jaded Kieran Hedley finished second in 4m25.14s,
and in the Intermediate Boys event over the distance, Morpeth club colleagues
Taylor Glover and Joe Ramshaw finished second and third respectively in 4m06.80s and 4m11.04s.
Holly Peck finished third in the Junior Girls 1500m, posting a finishing time of 4m53.01s.
Finishing the Morpeth performances, Junior Girl Amy Lott finished second in the 75m Hurdles,
posting a time of 12.23s, which was a new personal best.
A few days after this event, Northumberland Schools eventually announced the twenty-six athletes that have been selected for their squad which will travel to Birmingham for the English Schools Championships,
although they have stated that some athletes may be selected as non-travelling reserves,
however should they be selected to travel, they will be duly informed.
Ten athletes from Morpeth Harriers are amongst the selections, they are as follows:
Taylor Glover, Andrew Knight, Ruaridh Lang, Rory Leonard, and Matthew Waterfield.
Scott Beattie, and Kieran Hedley.
Bobbie Griffiths, and Jessica Young-Rogers.