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A RECORD total of 47 runners took part in the second of the Morpeth Harriers Young Athletes Road Championships on Monday night, writes George Patterson.

There were 30 runners in the Under 13 Boys’ event and 17 contested the Under 13 Girls’ challenge.

First home in the boys’ race was Jacob Hopkins, who flew round the 1.25-mile Lancaster Park circuit in a sprightly 8m25s.

Not far behind him, and taking the minor medals, were Kieron Hedley (8m30s) and Euan Jones (8m36s).

The girls event was in the end a little more cut and dry, with Lizzie Rank claiming victory in 9m35s – a time that would have seen her place seventh in the boys’ contest.

Second home was Florence Thomson in 10m32s, just outpacing Teegan Dryden who took third place in 10m33s.

Other results were as follows — Boys race: 4th Liam Craggs (8m44s), 5th Philip Kirby (8m49s), 6th Jake Stevenson (9m13s), 7th Samuel Williams (9m43s), 8th Josh Burton (9m52s), 9th McKenzie Clark (10m16s), 10th Patrick Smith (10m17s), 11th Daniel Almond (10m26s), 12th Ciaran Jewell (10m27s), 13th Finn Farthing (10m28s), 14th Ryan Cleverley (10m31s), 15th Connor Robson (10m36s), 16th Jack O’Halloran (10m38s), 17th Matthew Hogan (10m39s), 18th Daniel Bell (10m46s), 19th Euan Darroch (10m47s), 20th Connor Barclay (10m53s), 21st Charlie Shaw (11m16s), 22nd Hamish Thomson (11m20s), 23rd Joseph Oman (11m24s), 24th Robbie Nash (11m25s), 25th Charlie Bowden (11m30s), 26th Joe Hale (12m05s), 27th Lewis James (12m09s), 28th Max Wilson (12m37s), 29th Brad Savage (12m43s), 30th Louis Charlton (13m31s).

Girls race: 4th Lois Scott (10m50s), 5th Georgia Priest (11m00s), 6th Kate Walker (11m14s), 7th Emily Todd (11m39s), 8th Olivia Grundy Priest (11m49s), 9th Harriet Grace (11m50s), 10th Rachel Woodfine (14m12s), 11th Bethany Smith (14m15s), 12th Lucy Nevens (14m49s), 13th Rachel Hughes (14m50s), 14th Katie Young (14m51s), 15th Phoebe Lake (15m31s), 16th Beth Watts (16m33s), 17th Grace Nevens (16m39s).

l Less than 24 hours after collecting a hard-won silver medal as part of the Men’s team in last week’s North of England Six Stage Relays, Ian Harding was back in action and successfully completing his own border raid to win the Norham 10k road race for the second year in succession, writes Peter Scaife.

The course – which sees runners assembling in the shadows of the castle at the far end of the village, crossing the Tweed and making their way round the Ladykirk Estate before returning to finish on the green in Norham – holds the unusual distinction of offering a prize for the first runner-up the bank into Scotland.

Despite some aches and pains from the day before, Harding made it a doubly profitable afternoon for him as he bagged this prize too, his time of 32 minutes and 53 seconds seeing him finish well clear of his nearest challenger, Daniel Hastie of Teviotdale Harriers.

There was further success for the small group of Harriers who had made the journey up the A697, with Marie Drozdowicz finishing as third lady home in a time of 44m56s and Jane Briggs not far behind her as first lady veteran in 45m9s.

Sam Hancox took the trophy for first junior runner in a time of 42m22s.

The other Morpeth finishers were as follows: Mike Winter, back competing after a long break from injury, 26th in 42m26s, Rob Hancox, 27th in 42m29s, and Norman Clark, 37th in 44m48s.

l In-form Morpeth Harrier Andrew Lawrence bettered his 5k time by a further 11 seconds when he had his second successive victory in the Bushy Park Run on Saturday, September 24, in a new personal best of 15m43s.

Ian Harding’s victory in Saturday’s Newcastle Park Run meant it was the second week in succession that a Morpeth Harrier was first over the finish line. Harding’s win in 15m30s was just 20 seconds short of his best on the course. The previous week had seen a victory for Gary Jones in 16m39s.

Other Morpeth Harriers to feature in the run on September 24 were Tony Lewis (17th in 18m32s), Graeme Leathard (40th in 20m00s) and Pam Woodcock (106th in 23m21s).