Gold for Harriers’ pair at NE 10,000m championships

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Peter Newton and Emma Holt of Morpeth Harriers both produced outstanding performances as they won their respective Men’s and Women’s North Eastern Counties Athletics Association 10,000m Championships, at a cold and wintry Monkton Stadium, Jarrow.

For Newton it was his fourth win in the event, and was his third in successive years, and he more than bettered any of his previous performances by clocking a superb 29m54.3s, which was a new personal best.

He took 12 seconds off his previous figures, which had been set in the famous Highgate night of 10,000m in 2014, at the Parliament Hill track.

He won with three minutes to spare over his closest rival Finn Brodie of Tyne Bridge Harriers, who took the silver medal, with Elswick Harrier Lee Bennett claiming third place and a bronze medal in 33m07.1s.

For Holt it was indeed a superb night, as she not only won the Women’s Championship and a well deserved gold medal, in her first ever attempt at the distance on the track.

She also produced an excellent Championship best with her clocking of 36m09.9s, plus it also gave her a 3min46secs margin victory over second placed Angela McGurk of Jarrow and Hebburn.

Thirdt was Elswick’s Mary Lisle, who clocked 43m25.1s.

New Morpeth recruit Jake Masterman finished seventh in the Men’s race, posting a time of 34m54.2s, in his very first attempt at the distance .

Newton and Holt, were both honoured to receive their respective gold medals from Rio bound London Marathon hero Alyson Dixon.

* Morpeth Harrier Jonny Taylor won Sunday’s Sunderland City 10k posting a finishing time of 29m55s, which gave him a seventy one second winning margin over 2015 winner Wondiye Fikre Indelbu of Ethiopia.

Third place went to Morpeth Harrier Ross Floyd, who was a further eighty two seconds adrift, when posting a time of 32m38s.

Fifth place in the Women’s race went to Morpeth’s Gemma Floyd, who clocked 39m41s.

Another Morpeth Harrier in action in the event was Jilly Bell, was 80th Woman home, and 29th Over 40, posting a finishing time of 51m11s.

* Morpeth Harrier Michael Thomsen finished 22nd in Sunday’s Liverpool Spring 10k, posting a finishing time of 35m53s, and was first Over 40 Veteran Man.

* Many apologies to Morpeth Harriers Junior Woman athlete Alison Brown, whom we inadvertently missed from our list of athletes, who received awards at the recently held North Eastern Harrier League Presentation Night at the sponsor, Start Fitness’s Market Street premises.

Alison received the Bronze award in her section for points achieved throughout the 2015-16 season.