Peter smashes Spirit of Staithes course record

The Morpeth Harriers who finished in the first four of the Blyth 10km run on Sunday.  From left, Ross Floyd, Peter Newton and Ian Harding.
The Morpeth Harriers who finished in the first four of the Blyth 10km run on Sunday. From left, Ross Floyd, Peter Newton and Ian Harding.
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MORPETH Harrier Peter Newton clearly showed that he is very much in the form of his life when he smashed the course record at the Blyth Valley ‘Spirit of the Staithes 10k Road Race’ on Sunday, writes George Patterson.

He also completed his third win in the Transped-sponsored event and took his victory with over a minute to spare over his second-placed club colleague Ian Harding, who for the first one-and-a-half miles had been very much on level terms with Newton.

After this point, Newton stepped up the pace to continue his run to victory in an excellent 30m33s, which bettered his 2009 time of 31m29s.

Harding came home in 31m48s.

Third place went to Shettleston’s North East based Daniel Bradford in 32m16s, who eventually managed to draw clear of Morpeth’s Ross Floyd. He also battled valiantly throughout to finish fourth in 32m48s.

The race also incorporated the North Eastern Counties Championship, so Newton and Harding had the added bonus of Gold and Silver medals.

Morpeth Harriers clearly proved their dominance when Paul Waterston came home in seventh place in 33m40s, and he was also the first Veteran Man home.

Next to finish for the club was Under 17 athlete Jonny Nisbet, who did well to finish 16th in 35m29s on this his debut over the 10k distance.

He finished one place ahead of his club colleague Phil Walker, who clocked 35m30s and was fourth in the Over 40 Men’s section and sixth Veteran Man to finish.

Mike Hegarty was the next Morpeth Harrier when he came home in 27th place in 36m01s. Fergus Bates and Gordon Dixon both produced good runs to finish 42nd and 44th in respective times of 37m18s and 37m25s.

In the case of the latter, he was first Over 50 Veteran Male finisher.

First Morpeth Harriers finisher in the Women’s race was Louise Laverton – who was 131st overall in 41m38s and was 16th Lady finisher, as well as first in the Over 40 section.

Morpeth’s second female athlete was Kate Chapman, who clocked 42m24s when finishing 157th and was 22nd Lady.

Third home for Morpeth in the Women’s section was Jane Briggs. She finished 176th overall in 43m04s and was 28th Lady, in addition to being third in the Over 40 category.

Other Morpeth Harriers results were as follows: Mike Winter (80th and 17th O/40) 39m00s, Sam Hancox (92nd) 39m30s, Christopher Bradley (103rd) 40m15s, Rob Hancox (105th and 9th O/45) 40m24s, Andrew Richardson (106th) 40m36s, Michael McKean (127th and 24th O/40) 41m38s, Peter Scaife (166th and 10th O/50) 42m45s, James Woolett (231st) 45m29s, David Gray (236th and 6th O/60) 45m42s, Faye Glover (244th and 44th Lady) 45m54s, Marie Drosdowicz (262nd, 50th Lady and 2nd O/50) 46m20s, Norman Clark (281st and 12th O/55) 47m01s.

There were a total of 511 finishers and many thanks go to Race Director Dave Kitching and his team at Blyth Running Club for their splendid organisation of the event.

l Nick McCormick of Morpeth Harriers leapt to the top of the UK rankings for the five-mile distance on Saturday, March 26, when he finished fourth behind Kenyan’s Kasimili Cimon, Edwin Kiprokir, and Gordon Mugi Mahagu in the London Victoria Park Open event.

McCormick clocked a lifetime best of 23m31s, bettering his previous figures by two seconds. Cimon’s winning time was 23m28s, with Kiprokir and Mahagu only two seconds and one second ahead of McCormick respectively, such was the tightness in the finish of the first four home.

l This Saturday, Morpeth Harriers will be in action at the English National 12 and 6 Stage Road Relays, that are held in Sutton Park.

On North East soil on Sunday, the South Shields Multi Terrain 10k takes place. This event also incorporates the Veterans North East Championships for the distance.