Team work the key for Harriers at Gateshead

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Thanks to good all round teamwork, Morpeth Harriers’ Senior Men and Women’s Track & Field outfit secured a well earned second place, in their second round Division 2 E fixture, held at Gateshead Stadium on Sunday.

Scoring a total of 401.5 points, they were just over 110 points adrift of clear winners Gateshead Harriers, who were the event hosts.

They were however thirteen points ahead of round one winner’s City of York, who managed to finish third, some fifty points clear of fellow Yorkshire club Skyrac, with Wallsend/Blyth, and New Marske very much tailed off in fifth and sixth places.

All of this effectively means is that Morpeth have now slipped into third place cumulatively, with Gateshead and City of York in a close battle for the top two places.

However another good result in their third round match, on home territory at Morpeth on the 3rd of July, should see Morpeth Harriers very much clear of any possible relegation worries, and only Skyrac to worry about for holding on to third place.

* Holly Peck of Morpeth Harriers became the first ever girl runner to win the annual Morpeth Fair Day Fun Run on Sunday.

Peck, a Year 8 pupil at Chantry School, crossed the finish line just underneath the Clocktower, having completed the approximately one mile course, encompassing Bridge Street, Carlisle Park, and Oldgate, in 5m25s, winning by a margin of 13 seconds from St Benet Biscop Year 7 pupil Dylan Davies, who was first boy finisher, with Year 7 Newminster pupil Ben Waterfield finishing third, a further two seconds adrift.

A total of 106 runners were set off at by Morpeth’s new Mayor, Coun Andrew Tebbutt, as part of the Fair Day festivities, organised by the Morpeth Chamber of Trade.

* Morpeth Harrier Peter Newton produced a superb run to win the 36th Blaydon Race, sponsored by Speedflex on Thursday.

Clocking an excellent 27m11s, he won with seventeen seconds to spare over Tipton Harrier Ryan McLeod.

Third place went to former race winner Ian Hudspith of Morpeth, who came home in 27m31s, and was first veteran man.

Once again Morpeth figured very prominently in the men’s team race, with Newton and Hudspith having further support from Thomas Straughan (7th) 28m26s, Sam Hancox (8th) 28m26s, Ross Floyd (10th) 28m48s, Ian Harding (11th) 28m55s, and Chris Smith (12th) 29m02s.

In the women’s race, Morpeth’s Emma Holt finished fourth in 59th place overall, posting a time of 31m45s.

Over 4000 runners made the annual pilgrimage from Newcastle’s Collingwood Street to Blaydon, including 46 from Morpeth.

* North Eastern Counties U17 men’s champion Ruaridh Lang of Morpeth, was certainly in fine form last weekend, when he finished a close second to City of Glasgow’s Andrew Peck, in the discus, at the Scottish Athletics Throws Grand Prix, held in Livingston, Scotland.

Lang produced a new lifetime best of 44.21m, which agonisingly was still a mere 23cm short of toppling the Scottish West District Champion; however this latest effort ranks him currently as eighth in the national rankings.

Ruaridh also competed in the shot putt, where he again finished second to Peck, with a best on the day effort of 11.97m, which is around 43cm adrift of his personal best.