Ruaridh Lang of Morpeth Harriers was one of only a handful of Northumberland athletes
who managed to win medals at the annual English Schools Track and Field Championships,
held at Gateshead’s International Stadium over Friday and Saturday 10th and 11th July 2015.
On Day One Lang won a Bronze medal in the Junior Boys Discus,
with his best throw of 42.52m, only a mere 10cm adrift of the Silver Medal,
which was won by Alfred Mawdsley of Buckinghamshire.
The winner of the event Philip Bartlett of Surrey, managed a best of 44.53m.
After producing a new personal best time of 4m15.35s to finish third
in his heat of the Junior Boys 1500m, Morpeth Harrier Taylor Glover
found the going much more tougher in a hotly contested
second day final, finishing eleventh in 4m17.29s.
Morpeth Harriers Scott Beattie and Adam Gibbs were very unlucky
not to collect respective Bronze Medals in the Intermediate Boys 3000m
and Senior Boys 1500m events on Day Two.
Beattie was only one second adrift, when finishing fourth in 8m42.70s,
taking a whole fifteen seconds off his previous best, and Gibbs
was only a mere half second adrift in a time of 4m02.86s.
Despite producing respective personal bests of 2m06.00s and 11.77s,
Morpeth Harriers Joe Dowd and Hannah Brown went out
in the heats of the Junior Boys 800m and Junior Girls 75m Hurdles.
Kieran Hedley went out in his heat of the Intermediate Boys 1500m,
clocking a time of 4m11.68s for eighth place.
First year Junior Jessica Young Rogers gained valuable experience
when finishing fifth in her heat of the 100m in 13.10s.
In a tough Junior Girls Javelin competition,
Morpeth Harrier Bobbie Griffiths
managed a best throw of 34m31s,
which saw her finish tenth of 21 throwers.
Running in the colours of Durham Schools, unfortunately Morpeth Harrier Ryan Green
failed to get through to the finals of the Senior Boys 800m,
when he clocked 1m58.73s for eighth place in his heat,
a time which was well adrift of his best for the distance.
This was the most runners that Morpeth Harriers
had produced in the Championships for many years.