Harriers rule the roost in road race

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MORPETH Harriers triumphed in the Women’s team race at the annual Norman Woodcock Road Race, hosted by Elswick Harriers, on Saturday, writes George Patterson.

Although they were the only club to complete the race in High Gosforth Park with the required three counters, each runner put in a good performance.

They were led home by Charlotte Wilson, who finished as fifth Lady in 42nd place in 32m07s.

The successful team count was completed by Kate Chapman (seventh Lady and 57th overall) in 34m06s and Jane Briggs (10th Lady, first Over 40 and 65th overall) in 34m56s.

Although still recovering from injury, Morpeth’s Marie Drosdowicz managed to finish as 12th Lady in 82nd place overall and as second Over 50 in 37m02s.

Former Elswick Harrier Justina Heslop, now with Clapham Chasers, was a convincing winner of the Women’s race – finishing eighth overall in 27m23s.

As for the men, the host club’s Phil Hurst won an intriguing battle of wits with recent Wallsend Harriers import Yarod Hagos to claim a close victory in a time of 24m23s.

First home for Morpeth in 11th place was Gary Jones, who clocked 27m44s.

Veterans Paul Waterston and Phil Walker finished 17th and 18th respectively and were fourth and fifth in the Over 45 category in times of 28m32s and 28m52s.

Next home for the club was Gordon Dixon, who finished 26th and was second in the Over 50 Men’s category in 30m27s.

Michael Thomsen (39th in 31m54s), J Callaghan (53rd in 33m52s) and Dave Gray (99th in 39m14s) were Morpeth Harriers’ other finishers. There were 128 male and female finishers in total.

l Morpeth Harriers Paul Waterston and Walter Ryder both ran in the Men’s and Women’s Open Race at the British Masters Home International meeting held in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, on Saturday, November 26.

Waterston finished third overall in 21m48s, finishing 88 seconds adrift of the winner, and he was third home for England in a one-two-three battle as well as being the second Over 40.

Although Ryder finished further down the field, he was still well placed for England in the Over 60 category in 28m54s.

l Morpeth Harrier Tony Lewis clocked a new personal best of 18m15s when he finished fifth in the Newcastle 5k Park Run at Exhibition Park on Saturday.

Fellow Harrier Kevin Bray finished 38th in 20m47s.

l Naomi Arkle of Morpeth Harriers competed in the Winter Standards Indoor Meeting, held at Jarrow’s Monkton Stadium, last Thursday.

By finishing as third equal Under 13 Girl in her heat of the 60m in 9.7s, she finished third in her final in a time of 10.0s.

l Running off a handicap of 12 minutes, Morpeth Harrier Marie Drosdowicz competed in her second event of the weekend at the 52nd running of the Blyth Sands Handicap at Blyth Links on Sunday.

She finished fourth in 29m41s and was second Over 50 Woman behind race winner Ingrid Hope of Sunderland Harriers.

Running off a handicap of five minutes, fellow Morpeth Harrier Richard Sill placed 43rd in 35m52s.