Avery retains his world duathlon crown in Oz

Coastal Run'Seahouses runner Carl Avery(098) ,of Morpeth Harriers,crosses the line to win(or so he thought) the Coastal run,but it was soon discovered he was running the race using someone else's number,and was disqualified.
Coastal Run'Seahouses runner Carl Avery(098) ,of Morpeth Harriers,crosses the line to win(or so he thought) the Coastal run,but it was soon discovered he was running the race using someone else's number,and was disqualified.

Carl Avery of Morpeth Harriers has triumphed in Adelaide, Australia in the World Duathlon Championships, which were held last weekend.

On Sunday the Seahouses based British Champion retained his AG Sprint World title that he won in 2014, posting an overall time, and winning by an excellent 43 seconds over his closest rival Iain Gillam.

His Morpeth Harriers club-mate Steve Patterson, also out in Australia with Avery, finished 82nd, and was 12th overall in the 35 to 39 age group posting a time of 63m15s.

Well done to both athletes on their superb achievements, and no doubt enjoying a diversion away from their usual athletics activities with their club in less warmer climes.

* Posting a finishing time of 51m44s, Morpeth Harrier Ady Whitwam finished 23rd in a top class field that assembled for the Morrisons sponsored Great South 10 Mile Run in Portsmouth, on Sunday 25th October.

It was a brand new personal best for the Shropshire based Army Major, whose previous best at the distance had been 52m52s, which he had set in December 2014 at Bloxwich in the Sneyd Striders Christmas Pudding event.

Running very even paced throughout, Whitwam was eleventh Briton in a field which included the younger Ryan McLeod of Tipton Harriers, formerly with Elswick Harriers, who finished 13th in 48m20s.

Whitwam was also the first Over 35 Male finisher, which pleased him immensely, and he feels that he is in the right level of form as the major winter championships loom, including the Masters Home International in Dublin next month.

* Mongolian International Serod Batochir of Morpeth Harriers, finished third in the prestigious annual Osaka Marathon in Japan on Sunday 25th October.

Running in a very talented line-up, he clocked a finishing time of 2hrs15mins35secs behind Kenyan winner Daniel Kosgei, who posted a winning time of 2hrs13mins46secs.

Batochir was very unfortunate not to get second place, only losing out by a mere three seconds to Japanese favourite Ito Taiga in the final run in.

* A personal best time of 71m55s gave Morpeth Harrier Karl Taylor his second Half Marathon win in a month on Sunday 25th October.

He won the Run Northumberland Castles event at Bamburgh by a clear six minutes over his closest rival.

Full Results are still being awaited at time of going to press.

* The regions Park Runs on Saturday produced three first places for athletes from Morpeth Harriers.

In Newcastle’s Exhibition Park, Sam Hancox was first to finish in a new personal best time of 16.01s for the 5k circuit, which proved to be thirty three seconds faster that Gateshead Harrier Conrad Franks.

A further eight seconds behind in third place was Sunderland Harrier Sparrow Morley.

Another Hancox in fine form was Sam’s father Rob, who was eleventh finisher in Newcastle in 17m56s.

Adam Shewry was another prominent finisher in Newcastle, finishing 17th in 18m40s.

James Young of Morpeth Harriers clocked 17m06s at Whitley Bay.

He crossed the finish at the same time as Blyth Running Club’s Jake Masterman, however was given the judges verdict for first place.

Robert Balmbra was the third Morpeth Harrier first finisher at Druridge Bay.

He clocked a finishing time of 17m42s.

Brothers Thomas and Alex Cunningham of Morpeth Harriers, were also prominent finishers in fifth and eleventh places respectively, with clockings of 19m00s, and 19m47s.

Thomas’s clocking was his fastest on the 5k circuit.

Kevin Bray of Morpeth Harriers was also a prominent finisher at Druridge.

He was 14th in 20m47s.

Away from the region in London’s Queen Elizabeth Park, Morpeth Harriers had another first finisher in Andrew Lawrence, who crossed the finish line in 17m28s.