Medals galore for Harriers in NE relays and Indoor Championships

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Athletes from Morpeth Harriers were in superb championship winning form on the road and indoors at the weekend.

Firstly, the club were particularly well represented at the annual Royal Signals Road Relays, held at Hetton Lyons Country Park on Saturday, which incorporated the North-Eastern Counties Athletics Association Championships, where they superbly managed to retain two titles, and took much prized silver team medals in another.

The Senior Men retained their title for the third successive year in their 6x2.2mile Relay, and not to be outdone, the Senior Women retained their title for the second year in succession in their 4x2.2mile Relay.

In addition, the clubs Over 50 Men superbly took silver medals when finishing second to North Shields Poly in their 4x2.2mile event.

Posting a fourth leg finishing time of 10m29s, Under 20 Northern Cross Country Champion Scott Beattie, was very easily the fastest on show in the Senior Men’s event, and he firmly turned the tide for the Morpeth Men’s A team, as they went into an unassailable lead that was never relinquished.

In the end, they won by a clear two minutes and 16 seconds from New Marske, who just pipped the Morpeth Senior Men’s B team into second place by a mere two seconds.

The Senior Men’s outstanding victory was just the icing on the top of an already well baked cake, as earlier in the day Morpeth Harriers Senior Women had achieved a superb win in their event, which gave them their second NE title in succession.

Silver medallists were Jarrow and Hebburn, with the bronze going to Gosforth Harriers.

Morpeth Harriers were also medallists in the Over 50 Men’s event, run alongside the Senior Women’s event, and also over four legs of 2.2mile distance.

They took well-earned silver medals in a very tough battle alongside early leaders Sunderland Harriers, and eventual winners North Shields Poly.

In addition to the medal winning performances, Morpeth Harriers can also be very proud of some of the other performances, which saw them achieve some highly-placed performances, both on a team, and individual basis.

* Athletes from Morpeth produced no fewer than six medals at the first day of the NE Counties Indoor Track and Field Championships, held at Gateshead College on Saturday.

Under 15 Ethan Stephenson helped himself to two individual gold medals in the High Jump and Long Jump respectively. Another Morpeth medallist in the Long Jump was Alfie Ward, who produced a best of 4.76m.

Morpeth’s Charlotte Pickering also won gold with a lifetime best of 12.68m in the U17 shot.

In the U17 Men’s Shot Putt, Andrew Knight proved to be a clear winner by nearly two and a half metres!

Naomi Arkle won gold in the Junior Women’s Triple Jump, with her best effort of 9.55m, which was also an excellent lifetime best by all of 60cm.

The second day of the Championships on Sunday which was for Track events, saw two more medals won by Morpeth Harrier athletes.

Ellie Longstaff won a well fought for gold in the U13 Girls 60m, in a new PB of 8.39s, whilst Amy Lott claimed bronze in the U15 60m Hurdles in a new PB of 9.84s.

A totally outstanding weekend for the Morpeth Harriers Indoor Track and Field specialists, who did themselves and their hard-working coaches proud, and coming after success in the NE Relays, this was a memorable weekend for the club.