Leading veteran Ian Hudspith was first Morpeth Harrier home in the 34th Great North Run on Sunday.
In a high profile men’s race narrowly won by Mo Farah in a time of 1 hour, Hudspith finished in 18th place overall in a time of 1h 6m 32s and, in addition to being first veteran and sixth British athlete, had perhaps the greater satisfaction of being the first runner home from the North East.
Not far behind him were a number of Harriers who produced good quality performances.
Much-travelled Andrew Lawrence, who has steadfastly maintained his commitment to representing the club despite being domiciled in the south for a number of years, finished 33rd in 1h 11m 17s.
Close on his heels were Ade Whitwam (37th in 1h 11m 55s); Carl Avery (38th, 1h 12m 46s); Karl Taylor (56th, 1h 14m 47s); Simon O’Donnell (80th, 1h 17m 12s); Matthew Boyle (164th, 1h 20m 16s) and Tony Lewis (238th, 1h 23m 13s).
Lewis’ performance was especially pleasing for him as it saw him finally put a miserable spell of sustained injury behind him.
In the women’s race won by Kenyan Mary Keitany (1h 6m 39s), Vicky Gibbs was 21st female competitor in a time of 1h 24m 44s.
Other leading Morpeth Harriers finishers included: Mark Snowball, 340th, 1h 25m 19s; Neil Gunstone, 783rd, 1h 30m 11s; Paul Banks, 893rd, 1h31m 10s; Eric Adams, 1249th, 1h 33m 35s; Josie Cram, 1268th, 1h 33m 43s and Lorna Macdonald, 1296th, 1h 33m 49s.
A handful of Morpeth Harriers competed in last weekend’s park runs.
Gavin Bayne finished seventh at Druridge Bay, clocking a time of 19m 38s behind winner Steven Carragher of Alnwick (17m 26s). Bayne was also the first Over 55 to finish.
One place behind was Jim Alder (19m 45s), who led home the Over 50 runners.
At Newcastle, Paul Banks finished 22nd in a time of 19m 40s behind Matthew Nicholson of Jesmond Joggers (17m 19s).
Morpeth Harrier Archie Jenkins travelled to Izmir, Turkey, to take part in the recent European Masters Championships. Archie, competing in the Over 60 age group, finished 11th in the 1500m (5m 51.36s) and 14th in the 5000m (22m 18.37s).