Morpeth Harriers U15 Boy Taylor Glover certainly ended his very busy cross-country season on a high when he led his club to an excellent team victory at the final NE Harrier League meeting, held at Gateshead on Saturday.
Glover could take extra delight on four counts — the fact that he had clocked the day’s fastest time, had led his club not only to victory on the day, but also to overall team victory for the season, and he also added an overall individual grand prix victory for his age group, for which he will receive an award at a forthcoming ceremony, still to be arranged.
On Saturday, his fast pack run was indeed outstanding, giving 100 seconds to a good proportion of the 42-strong U15 boys’ field.
He was a good 17 seconds faster, and three places ahead of his closest rival, as he came through to finish seventh overall in a time of 8m16s over the approximate 3k course.
Also providing good Morpeth team support for an excellent on-the-day result were Matthew Waterfield and Joe Dowd.
They finished one second adrift of each other in 16th and 17th places, also running from the Fast Pack.
Three places behind Dowd was his Morpeth club colleague Daniel Melling, who also produced an excellent Fast Pack run.
Waterfield, Dowd, and Melling were seventh, eighth, and ninth fastest in the event.
Another Morpeth Harrier in action in this event was Bradley Brown, who finished 36th from the Fast Pack.
Holly Peck was another Morpeth Harrier who ran really well, despite also having a very hectic cross-country campaign.
She comfortably won the Under 13 girls’ 3k event, after giving 100 seconds away to a good proportion of the 53-strong field.
Peck won by seven seconds, and was 14 seconds faster than her closest rival in terms of time, who just happened to be her Morpeth Harriers club colleague Lily Heaton, who produced an excellent run, also from the Fast Pack to finish in third place overall.
Completing the scoring tally for an outstanding Morpeth on-the-day team victory was Rhiannon Hedley, who finished eighth overall from the Fast Pack, posting the fourth fastest time of the day.
Sam Hancox produced a superb run to finish in ninth place overall from the Fast Pack in the senior men’s 9k event, and was the third fastest in the race, a performance that also saw him end his Harrier League season very much on a high, as he was also third individual in the season’s Grand Prix table, which will see him also pick up an award at a forthcoming presentation.
Hancox led the Morpeth Harriers Senior Men’s squad home to fifth team place in Division 1, which sees them in a final third team place behind winners Sunderland Harriers, and second placed Tyne Bridge Harriers.
Further on-the-day team support for Morpeth came from Jordan Scott, who produced an excellent Fast Pack run to finish 21st, Alistair MacDonald (49th) (Slow Pack), Mike Winter (60th) (Slow Pack), David Nicholson (146th) (Slow Pack), and Rob Hancox (148th) (Medium Pack).
Kieran Hedley, of Morpeth Harriers, also ended his very busy and industrious cross-country well when he picked up an on-the-day finisher’s medal by coming home in second place in the U17 men’s 6k event.
Hedley can be well pleased in clocking the second fastest time of the day, 21 seconds adrift of Brown.
The only other Morpeth Harrier in action in this event was Jacob Hopkin, finishing 13th from the Fast Pack.