Young Athlete Road Championships were held on the 1.3mile circuit on Lancaster Park,
on the evening of Monday 17th October 2016.
Once again organisers and runners alike were blessed with relatively dry conditions,
with very little wind as Kieran Hedley and Gracie Hufton became the
respective winners of the Under 17 Men’s and Women’s titles for 2016.
Posting a finishing time of 6m50s, the fastest time on the circuit this year,
Hedley won with five seconds to spare over Rory Leonard,
who has steadily built up his strength since having to terminate his 2015/16 winter
campaign with a mystery upper body muscle injury, however is now back in excellent form,
and certainly looks to have a good winter ahead of him, providing he stays clear of injury.
For Hedley, he was adding another Gold Medal to his household,
as younger sister Rhiannon is the Under 13 Girls Champion.
Third place and Bronze medal in the Men’s event went to Taylor Glover,
who equalled the previous best time on the circuit this year of 7m03s,
run by Under 15 Boys Champion Daniel Dixon, two weeks previously.
Hufton posted a time of 9m12s to win the Under 17 Women’s title,
and Gold Medal by seven seconds from Kate Seymour, who won the Silver Medal.
Bronze Medal went to Ailsa Jones, who clocked 9m52s.
Only those three athletes contested the Women’s event,
whilst another six in addition to the first three faced the starter in the Men’s event.
Other Results were as follows
Joe Ramshaw (4th) 7m18s,
Liam Marsh (5th) 7m25s,
Matthew Waterfield (6th) 7m26s,
Connor Marshall (7th) 7m33s,
Alex Cunningham (8th),
and Joe Dowd (9th) 7m43s.
All medallists will receive their awards at the annual Presentation Night,
scheduled to be held at Bar Luga in Morpeth, on the evening of Sunday 20th November 2016.
Morpeth Harriers wish to thank their sponsors Linden Homes for supporting the series of championships,
and also Mick Groves (Timekeeping), Bob Appleby (Judge), Doug Cockburn (Lead Bike), Bill Tilley,
Tony Ward, Mark Davies, Mark Hudspith, Vina Desai, Hemant Desai, Clair Cunningham, Tony Leonard,
and others who carried out important marshalling duties throughout the four weeks of events,
without your help the events would not have proved successful,
and thankfully the weather played it’s part by being very settled during the course of events.