THEIR MEMBERS A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR
ONLINE ENTRY FOR THE ANNUAL MORPETH 11k (approx) ROAD RACE,
SCHEDULED TO BE RUN ON NEW YEARS DAY
(SUNDAY 1st JANUARY 2017) at 1.00pm, HAS NOW CLOSED
LATE ENTRY WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE DAY AT RACE HQ
AT MORPETH RUGBY CLUB, FROM 11.15 am,
at £9.00 Club Entries, £11.00 Unattached,
and are still eligible for prizes.
ONLINE ENTRY NUMBERS ARE ALSO TO BE COLLECTED
ON THE DAY FROM THE ALLOCATED DESK AT RACE HQ.
CHANGING FACILITIES (BOTH MALE AND FEMALE)
ARE AVAILABLE AT THE MORPETH HARRIERS CLUBHOUSE,
NEXT DOOR TO RUGBY CLUB.
RACE PARKING FACILITIES AVAILABLE AT
MORPETH RUGBY CLUB, AND SCOTS GUILD (NEARBY).
There was a sprinkling of athletic activity over the Christmas weekend,
including a truly outstanding and sparkling 5k performance at
the Druridge Bay Park Run on Saturday 24th December,
where Morpeth Harriers European and Commonwealth Women’s 1500m medallist,
and recently crowned North Eastern Counties Cross Country Champion
Laura Weightman, broke the Women’s course record,
previously set in 2015 by Alnwick Harrier Jo Gascoigne-Owens.
Finishing overall second to her Male club colleague Sam Hancox,
who clocked a winning time of 16m33s,
Weightman posted a superb 17m15s,
which saw her take 67 seconds off the previous record figures.
Twenty-three seconds adrift of Weightman in third place
was another Morpeth Harrier Mark Snowball.
Another prominent Morpeth finisher at Druridge was Josie Cram, who was third Lady home in 19m13s.
Morpeth Harriers dominance was also clearly in evidence at the
Christmas Day Druridge Bay Park Run on Sunday 25th December.
Former Men’s course record holder Ian Harding was the first finisher in 17m17s,
followed home in second place by club colleague Mark Snowball,
who was running for the second day in a row.
Snowball posted a time of 17m59s.
Also, running for the second day in a row was Catriona MacDonald,
who finished fifth overall as first Lady in 20m38s,
which was one second adrift of her best time on the course.
Meanwhile also on Saturday 24th December at Wallsend Rising Sun,
Morpeth sisters Lorna andCatriona MacDonald dominated the Ladies race,
finishing first and second respectively
in sixth and eighth places overall, posting times of 19m31s, and 20m24s,
for the latter it was a new personal best for the distance.
Splitting the pair of them was their Father Alistair,
who clocked 19m56s on his first appearance at the venue.
In the Newcastle 5k Park Run on Saturday 24th December,
Morpeth Harrier Daniel Melling finished ninth in 18m50s.
All of the Park Run’s over the weekend reported Cold and Very Windy conditions.
Morpeth Harriers are pleased to announce that their Linden Homes sponsored
Athlete of the Month Award for November 2016 has gone to Rory Leonard.
November 2016 proved to be an excellent month in
competition terms for Under 17 athlete Rory Leonard,
highlighted by a superb victory at the Heaton Road Races,
and near perfect performance, when running on first leg
for his club’s A team at Mansfield in the English National
Cross Country Relay Championships, which ultimately
paved the way to them finishing twelfth
of 72 competing teams in their 3 x 3k event.
These performances have resulted in Rory being awarded
with a Linden Homes Morpeth Harriers Athlete of the Month Certificate.
He is pictured above receiving this from Club Secretary Mike Bateman
at their clubhouse on Mitford Road, on the evening of Monday 19th December.
Santa certainly came early for the very talented youngster, who,
providing he can stay clear of injury problems,
will continue to have an excellent Cross Country season.
Five Morpeth Harriers took part in the annual Saltwell 10k Road Race,
held in Gateshead’s Saltwell Park on Saturday 17th December.
The event was won by Abraham Tewelde of the host club Saltwell Harriers,
who posted a finishing time of 31m55s, which saw him win by a comfortable
margin of forty-seven seconds from Tyne Bridge Harrier Finn Brodie,
with Gateshead Harrier Conrad Franks a further seventeen seconds adrift in third place.
First home for Morpeth, and making his club debut was
Dave Richardson, who finished fifteenth in 35m06s.
Second home for Morpeth was Steve Patterson,
who finished in 22nd place overall as 18th Man,
posting a time of 36m42s.
The clubs other three finishers were all from their Female category.
Josie Cram finished 38th in 39m09s, and was fourth Female behind
Aly Dixon of Sunderland Strollers, who was 18th overall in 35m50s.
As Dixon is a Veteran, Cram was declared as third Senior Woman.
Morpeth Harriers other two finishers were Jacinta Wake and Sue Smith,
who were 272nd and 273rd in 53m00s, and 53m01s.
They were also respectively 3rd and 4th
in the Over 50 Veteran Women’s section.
The event had a total of 472 finishers.