Pride of Harriers in road race

MORPETH Harriers captured the team title at Sunday’s Tees Pride 10km Road Race at Middlesbrough, writes Les Venmore.

Peter Newton finished in third place in a time of 30mins 26secs in an event won by Matthew Hynes of North York Moors (30m13s).

Newton was backed up by Ross Floyd (eighth in 32m55s) and Michael Dawson (10th in 33m20s). James Elder was 10th over 50 male veteran in 41m52s.

• Laura Weightman found the going tough at the Samsung Diamond League meeting in Zurich, finishing 13th in the 1500m. Laura clocked 4m12.68s, behind Ethiopian Abeba Aregawi who won in a time of 4m5.29s.

Another of Morpeth’s Olympic representatives, Nick McCormick, had to settle for second place in the Great Yorkshire 10km at Sheffield. Nick clocked 30m14s in a race won by Liverpool’s Jonny Mellor, who crossed the line in 29m24s.

• Michael Morris made a welcome return to competitive athletics with a victory in the Watergate 5km at Lobley Hill, Gateshead. He led all the way to clock 16mins 15secs, defeating former Junior Great North Run winner Chris Smith of Wallsend by 11 seconds.

Elliot Kelly finished ninth (17m32s) and was the leading Under 17 athlete, while in 13th place Chris Waugh (17m58s) took second in the Over 50 category. The trio of Morris, Kelly and Waugh also took the team honours.

Alison Brown finished in 30th position (19m40s) and was third in the Women’s race behind winner Danielle Hodgkinson of Wallsend Harriers (fifth in 17m15s). Alison was also first in the Under 17 category.

Archie Jenkins finished in 61st position overall in a time of 22m20s. He took the silver medal in the incorporated Veterans’ A.A North East Championship Over 60 category, behind Sunderland’s Peter Richardson (19m38s).

Peter Maylia finished 94th (26m10s). In the Junior 2km Run, Jake Hopkins finished in second place in a time of 7m49s behind Adam Hill of Wallsend (7m29s).

• Ian Harding won the Blyth Links 10km for the third year running in a time of 32m55s, defeating Graeme Cook of North Shields Poly by a margin of one minute and 16 seconds.

Gary Jones finished in fifth place (36m21s) and Mike Winter was 20th (38m58s).

Other Morpeth placings included 105th Steve Haswell: 44m38s; 211th Susan Smith: 52m59s; 248th Andrea Mitchell: 59m31s; 249th Jenni Wilson: 59m33s; and 252nd Jane Blackett 60m18s.

Nathan Shrubb won the Teviotdale 10km at Hawick on August 27 in a time of 32m43s. His margin of victory was 56 seconds over Tyne Bridge veteran Steve Cairns.

• Morpeth-based Trafford athlete Nisha Desai, representing the North East, finished fourth in the 400m Hurdles at the recent Inter County Championships at Bedford.

Nisha clocked 60.34s in the final. She had earlier finished second in her heat (60.92s).

• At the Park Runs last weekend, Morpeth Harrier Graeme Taylor returned to competition at the Newcastle event by finishing second in a time of 17m21s, behind Brendan McMillan of Claremont (16m59s). Clubmate Tom Straughan came home in fifth position (17m27s).

Alan Shepherd finished fourth at Albert Park, Middlesbrough, in a time of 18m8s.