Hudspith and Straughan in record-breaking form

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Morpeth Harriers Ian Hudspith and Thomas Straughan were certainly in record breaking form at Saturday evenings very prestigious Highgate Harriers Night of 10,000m event, held at the Parliament Hill Athletics Track in London.

Hudspith for his part ran in what effectively was a very strong B race, where no less than three men got below 30 minutes, as support to the Main event, which was offering athletes a unique opportunity to try to win 10,000m Olympic places in Rio if their times were good enough.

Clocking a superb finishing time of 30m38.08s, when finishing in 17th place, Hudspith broke the Over 45 Veteran Men’s age group record, previously set by Nigel Gates back in 1998, when he had clocked 31m05.69s.

Straughan also had a superb night, setting new figures of 32m01.47s, in the fourth fastest race of the night, beating his previous best by around eighteen seconds, and he was third in his event, only losing out for an individual win by nine seconds.

* Morpeth Harriers Women’s Olympic 1500m hopeful Laura Weightman had her first track outing of the season on Tuesday 17th May 2016 when she competed in an 800m event at the Trafford Grand Prix meeting held at Stretford, Manchester.

Running in Race 4 of the evening in a mixed gender field, she clocked 2m04.05s, finishing in third place behind two Under 17 Men, Xavier O’Hare of the host club, and Luke Newell of Sheffield and Dearne.

Laura clocked a good early season time of 2m04.05s.

Another Morpeth Harrier in action at Stretford was Josie Cram.

Competing also over 800m, and in the seventh race of the night, she finished third in 2m20.97s.

* Just over 48 hours after running one of the fastest times for Morpeth Harriers Over 35 Men at the British Masters National Road Relays, at Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, Chris Smith was in track action at the opening North East Masters Track and Field League at Jarrow on Monday 16th May 2016.

He won the 3000m A race in a time of 8m52.9s.

Another Morpeth Harrier in action in this was Gavin Bayne, who was 23rd in 11m46.4s, and was second Over 60 Man.

The 3000m B race saw Morpeth’s Archie Jenkins finish in 19th place in 13m29.1s.

Wayne Gedge of Morpeth finished eighth in the A race of the 100m in a time of 13.6s.

Morpeth had North Eastern Bronze medallist Steven Appleby taking part in the Discus, where he threw a best of 32.84m.

* Morpeth Harrier Jonny Taylor finished fourth in a top class 5000m track event at a special Invitational International meeting held in Nijmegen in the Netherlands on Wednesday 18th May 2016.

Taylor clocked a brand new personal best for the distance of 13m38.61s, finishing behind race winner Cyrus Rutto of Kenya, who posted a time of 13m20.32s.

* In a very closely fought North East Youth Development League Division 1 second round match, held at Darlington’s Eastbourne Stadium on Sunday 22nd May 2016, Morpeth Harriers finished second, producing some good performances.

Full report next week.