in the 2016 Start Fitness sponsored North East Grand Prix series,
held at Gateshead Stadium, on the evening of Wednesday 29th June 2016.
The main track event of the night, which also involved a Trophy presentation,
was the Stan Long Mile, which is run honouring the memory of the legendary Gateshead Harriers Coach,
who was mentor the Brendan Foster during his illustrious International career,
and is still revered and respected by many within the sport.
It was being run for the eleventh time, and on this occasion it was won
by Morpeth Harriers Under 20 athlete Joe Armstrong, who crossed the finish line in a time of 4m21.0s,
narrowly edging out Sunderland Harrier Sparrow Morley for the treasured prize,
after Morley had tried to get away at the bell.
This more than pleased his watching coach David Lowes,
who in his competitive days had also received some experienced guidance from Long,
an added factor which had also made him additionally proud of his young achiever.
Third place went to recent British Masters 5k Champion Chris Smith of Morpeth,
who was running the distance on the track for the first time,
and can feel well pleased with his clocking of 4m25.6s,
which was achieved following a very steady.
Other Morpeth performances in the race came from Ryan Green (9th) 4m38.3s,
and Mark Snowball (14th) 4m54.4s.
Andrew Knight of Morpeth Harriers went back to the top of the UK and Regional Rankings
when he set new figures of 14.15m in the Under 15 Boys Shot Putt, winning by a very clear margin on the night.
It was an excellent night also for young Rhiannon Hedley,
who not only won her Under 13 Girls 1500m event by a margin of three seconds,
her clocking of 5m03.4s, was a new personal best by three seconds,
it also saw her move to the top of the regional rankings.
The added factor was that a great deal of her good regional rivals were up against her in the race,
and her strength showed her to be more of a match to their threatening challenges,
throughout the three and three quarter lap event.
Another Morpeth winner on the night was Charlotte Pickering-Pruvot,
who was best Female in the combined Under 17/Under 20/ Senior Shot Putt event, with a best of 11.45m.
In the Under 15 Girls 1500m, Morpeth athletes Lily Heaton and Ellie Coxon
set respective new figures of 5m08.8s and 5m13.8s, when placing fourth and sixth.
They improved by three and seven seconds respectively.
Brothers Daniel and Joe Dowd also had respective new personal bests
in the Under 13 Boys Javelin and Graded 200m events.
Daniel made an improvement by four metres when his throw of 27.58m earned him second place in the Javelin.
Joe knocked three seconds off his previous best when finishing third overall in the 200m A race in 24.6s.
Fellow Morpeth Harrier Matthew Waterfield finished third in the C race in 25.3s.
Joe Dowd, Waterfield, along with fellow Morpeth Harrier Connor Marshall,
also competed in the B race of the Mile, finishing third, fourth,
and eighth respectively in 4m56.7s, 4m58.8s, and 5m05.9s.
Ben Walker of Morpeth was just outside his best, when finishing second in the Under 13 Boys 1500m in 5m02.4s.
The Under 15 Boys 1500m saw Morpeth’s Ross Charlton and Brad Brown
finish fifth and sixth with respective clockings of 4m50.4s and 5m02.2s.