Taylor and Ellie land U15 championships

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Taylor Glover and Ellie Coxon were the respective winners of the Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Boys’ and Girls’ Road Championship races held in Lancaster Park last Monday, sponsored by Linden Homes.

Glover completed the 1.2-mile circuit, posting an excellent time of 7m21s, winning by a mere four seconds from Daniel Dixon, who prior to the event had doubts of completion, due to feeling unwell.

Third place in the Boys’ race went to Joe Dowd, who was a further two seconds adrift of Dixon.

In winning the Girls’ event in an equally excellent 8m46s, Coxon was four seconds clear of second placed Gracie Hufton, who can also feel well pleased with her finishing time.

Third place in the Girls event went to Ailsa Jones, who clocked 9m05s.

All six of these athletes will receive respective Gold, Silver and Bronze awards at a special presentation event to be held at the end of November.

Further Results from the event were as follows:-

BOYS

Connor Marshall (4th) 7m32s, Ross Charlton (5th) 7m37s, Jordan Hedgecock (6th) 7m52s, Alex Cunningham (7th) 7m54s, Brad Brown (8th) 8m20s, Daniel Melling (9th) 8m20s, Mark Booth (10th) 8m39s, Sam Bradley (11th) 9m10s, Lewis Eke (12th) 9m17s, Tom Berry (13th) 12m04s.

GIRLS

Eve Smith (4th) 10m21s.

l The annual awards presentation for the Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix was held at Gateshead Stadium on the evening of Monday, September 28.

Awards were presented to the top six athletes in all age groups, plus there were additional Athlete of the Meeting Awards covering all six meetings throughout the season.

Former World Mile Record Holder and BBC commentator Steve Cram was on hand to make the presentations.

Four Morpeth Harriers were amongst the worthy recipients.

Kieran Hedley was fifth equal amongst the Under 17 Men’s section.

Daniel Moore was fifth in the Senior Men’s section.

Scott Beattie and Holly Peck each received awards for their respective performances at the fifth meeting on July 22.

Beattie clocked a very impressive 4m04.4s in the Under 17 Men’s 1500m, and Peck had posted an equally impressive 5m04.5s in the Under 13 Girls 1500m.

Very well done to all.

l Less than 24 hours after competing for his club at the National 6 Stage Road Relay at Sutton Park, Morpeth Harrier Karl Taylor was back in competitive action winning the prestigious Kielder Half Marathon, posting a finishing time of 74m33s, which took 12 seconds off his previous best, set in last month’s Morrison’s Great North Run.

Karl won by nearly five minutes from his closest rival.

Another Morpeth Harriers’ athlete finishing well up in the field was James McFetrich, who clocked 96m46s, when finishing 33rd.

Six Morpeth Harriers also competed in the Kielder 10k Race on Saturday, October 3.

Leading the club’s charge was Colin Archer, who finished 17th in 40m48s.

Other Morpeth Harriers’ finishers were Damian Foster (56th) 45m09s, Carol Parry (254th) (28th O/40 Woman) 54m29s, Sue Smith (255th) (29th O/40 Woman) 54m29s, Jacinta Wake (423rd) (67th O/40 Woman) 61m24s, and Alison Ions (425th) (68th O/40 Woman) 61m26s.

Morpeth Harriers also had five finishers in the Kielder Marathon.

First home was Mark Snowball, who was 61st in a time of 3hrs31m42s over the very tough Multi Terrain course.

He was followed home in 135th place by Kate Chapman. Making a welcome return to action following an illness, she clocked 3hrs50m06s, and was ninth lady home.

Next home from the club was Gary Mason in 255th place.

He clocked 4hrs12m28s, and was 89th Over 40 Veteran Man.

Andrew Davison was fourth home from the club in 435th place, clocking 4hrs45m45s, and he was 42nd Over 50 Man.

Closing the Morpeth Harriers’ tally was Claire Bruce, who was 516th in a time of 5hrs05m23s, and was 55th Over 40 Veteran Woman.