MORPETH Harrier Terry Wall won Sunday’s 25th Ray Harrison Memorial 10km at Billingham for the fifth time.
Wall held second place in the early stages of the race behind Steve Hepples of Loftus, who like many others on the day could not cope with the hot conditions and dropped out at halfway.
He came home in a time of 33min 36sec, 24 seconds ahead of Mike Jefferies of host club Billingham Marsh House. Wall had previously won the event on four successive occasions from 2001 to 2004, setting the current course record of 31min 12sec in 2001.
Morpeth’s Archie Jenkins finished 78th (44min 07sec) and clubmate Paul Bentley was 93rd in 45min 36sec, while Durham’s Rosie Smith set a course record of 35min 46sec when winning the Women’s race.
l Morpeth Harrier Phil Walker won Saturday’s Newcastle Park Run 5km on the Town Moor in a time of 16min 52sec. His margin of victory over Border Harrier Chris Neil was 35sec.
Morpeth’s Graeme Leathard finished 31st in a time of 19min 52sec.
Another club athlete, Melissa Turner, finished fourth in the Middlesbrough Park Run at Acklam Park on Saturday and easily won the Women’s race in a time of 17min 19sec. The overall winner was James Wilson of Loftus who clocked 16min 47sec.
l At the British Milers Club Grand Prix meeting in Birmingham, Morpeth Harrier Jonnie Taylor was within a couple of seconds of his best time when finishing third in the 3000 metres steeplechase in 8min 50.56sec.
Running at the same meeting, clubmate Laura Weightman showed some signs of returning to her better form when she placed third in the Women’s 800 metres A race in 2min 05.60sec, whilst Michael Dawson finished eighth in the C race of the 5000 metres in a time of 15min 31.91sec.
l Morpeth Harriers will have an athlete running in Daegu, South Korea, in the forthcoming World Athletics Championships.
Serod Batochir, who broke the club’s marathon record with his time of 2hr 11min and 35sec when finishing ninth in April’s London Marathon, will be representing his native Mongolia.
Serod (Ziggy to his friends) has been preparing in Japan where he has clocked 14min 22sec for 5k and 29min 44sec for 10k in warm-up events.
The men’s marathon will be run on Sunday, September 4.