Morpeth Harriers compete in grand prix meeting

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The main event at the third Start Fitness North East Grand Prix meeting held at Gateshead International Stadium, the Stan Long Mile, saw Morpeth Harriers Nathan Cox and Ross Floyd finish third and fourth respectively.

Cox was first in the U20 men’s section, clocking a time of 4m34.6s, and Floyd was third senior men, posting a time of 4m39.0s.

In his first ever 200m race, Joe Elder finished second in his heat, and his time of 24.5s was fourth from his U20 age group.

Daniel Moore maintained his excellent sprint form by slightly bettering his Northern Championship time from the previous Saturday, when he finished second in the senior 100m.

Slightly later he followed it up by a good run in the 200m, where he finished as second fastest in 23.5s.

Also competing from Morpeth Harriers in the 100m was veteran Wayne Gedge, who clocked 12.8s, which placed him as eighth fastest senior men.

Holly Peck produced another superb run in the U13 girls’ 1500m, which she won in a slightly slower time than her North Eastern Championship run, when she clocked 5m11.9s.

The run of the night by a Morpeth Harrier in this event was undoubtedly the one by Rhiannon Hedley, who was third fastest in 5m15.7s, knocking a whole six seconds off her previous best.

Lily Heaton was the other Morpeth Harrier in action in this event and she finished sixth in 5m32.4s.

The busiest Morpeth Harrier on the night was undoubtedly Ross Charlton, who competed in no less than three events, two of them on the track.

He clocked a new personal best of 14.0s in the U15 boys’ 100m, which gave him the fifth fastest in his age group.

Charlton then ran the eighth fastest time in the 1500m, where he clocked 4m54.7s.

He then turned his hand to the long jump, where he finished fifth, producing a best effort of 3.98m.

Other Morpeth Harriers competing in the U15 boys’ events were Joe Dowd, Connor Marshall, and Matthew Waterfield.

Dowd finished fourth fastest in the 1500m with his time of 4m44.3s, and Marshall’s clocking of 4m51.6s gave him seventh fastest, whilst Waterfield’s 5m02.8s gave him tenth fastest.

Adam Shewry clocked 5m23.2s in his first ever mile race, which saw him finish third in the U17 men’s age group.

Morpeth’s Abby Sheldon clocked 6m00.2s as the only U17 woman in the mile events.

In her very first run in the league, Morpeth Harrier newcomer Ellie Coxon performed well in the U15 girls’ 1500m, where she was seventh fastest in 5m41.2s.

Morpeth Harriers’ only field event athlete in action was young Daniel Dowd, who continued to progress by throwing 21.36m in the U13 boys’ javelin, which saw him finish fourth in his age group.