TALENTED Irish import and Northumbria University student Eoin Everard certainly marked his Morpeth Harriers debut with distinction on Saturday, writes George Patterson.
He easily clocked the day’s fastest time in the Senior Men’s event at the third Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League meeting held at Shibdon Pond, Blaydon.
On a slightly heavy surface and giving five minutes to a good proportion of his opponents as a result of his Fast Pack start, he literally carved through all but 30 of the record 419-strong field to emerge as a very worthy fourth counter for his new club, which finished as second team behind Gateshead Harriers.
Within this performance he also showed to his new clubmates that Morpeth Harriers have acquired a very useful talent potentially worthy of international status.
Morpeth were led home by veteran Phil Walker who, when finishing tenth from the Slow Pack, showed that he is getting back to somewhere very near his best form.
Only two places behind him was clubmate Chris Waugh, who also came through from the Slow Pack.
Another man certainly returning to near his better form is Gary Jones, and his run from the Medium Pack saw him finish a very creditable 19th.
Next home was the aforementioned Everard, and the Morpeth Harriers’ scoring count was completed by the excellent runs from Nick Swinburn (37th from Fast Pack) and Gordon Dixon (52nd from Slow Pack).
What is very creditable about the club’s Senior Men’s overall performance on the day is that in addition to the scoring six, another five from the club managed to finish inside the first 150.
Morpeth also produced the fastest performers in another three events on the day.
Philip Winkler worked his way through from the Fast Pack to finish fourth and he led the Under 15 Boys to a narrow team victory over Blyth, with excellent further team support coming from Elliot Kelly (eighth from Fast Pack) and Ryan Green (12th from Fast Pack).
Despite a mid-race tussle with Blackhill’s Isaac Dunn, Morpeth’s Jonnie Nisbet clocked the fastest Under 17 Men’s time to finish third on the day.
Ashley Gibson marked her Harrier League debut for Morpeth by posting the fastest Senior Women’s time to come through to finish 11th, and she led her club to second team place in Division Two.
Further team support came from great runs by Jane Hodgson (15th from Fast Pack) and Emma Pearson (41st from Fast Pack).
Morpeth Harriers finished as fourth team in the Under 13 Boys’ event, being led home by an excellent Jacob Hopkins who was second fastest when finishing fifth from the Fast Pack and just ahead of clubmate Kieran Hedley (sixth from Fast Pack), who was third fastest.
Morpeth’s scoring count was completed by Philip Kirby (39th from Fast Pack).
Alison Brown finished eighth in the Under 15 Girls’ event, and her run from the Fast Pack saw her emerge as fifth fastest on the day.
Sarah Wilkes finished 18th from the Slow Pack for Morpeth.
The Under 13 Girls’ event saw Morpeth’s Georgia Priest and Lois Scott finish 11th and 24th respectively from the Slow Pack.
In the non-scoring Under 11s’ event, Morpeth Harriers Ailsa Jones and Harriet Priest finished as sixth and 17th females respectively.
At the McCains European Trials Cross Country meeting held in Liverpool on Saturday, Morpeth Harrier Jonny Taylor finished 11th among top-class opposition in the Senior Men’s event.
His fellow clubmates Matt Nicholson and Neil Gunstone were 54th and 205th respectively.
Morpeth Harriers is pleased to announce the result of its Benfield Motors (Morpeth) Athlete of the Month for October 2011.
After a close decision, Ryan Green won the judges’ hearts for two excellent performances.
Firstly for his individual victory in the Under 15 Boys event at the first Start Fitness North East Harrier League meeting at Cramlington, then his contribution to a good team performance at the National Young Athletes Road Relays at Sutton Park.