Basking in glory of Laura success

Kieran Hedley receives his Certificate of Achievement from Morpeth Harriers Club Secretary Mike Bateman, who is also his coach.
Kieran Hedley receives his Certificate of Achievement from Morpeth Harriers Club Secretary Mike Bateman, who is also his coach.

Last week was certainly one to remember for members of Morpeth Harriers.

While they were very much basking in the glory of the success of England’s Laura Weightman’s superb Commonwealth Games Women’s 1500m silver medal win, other athletes at the club continued their own personal quests for success in what remains of the domestic events.

Seven of those athletes competed in the latest of the series of BMC Regional events, at Maiden Castle, Durham on Monday, July 28. Four of the seven set new figures in their respective races over 800m.

Richard Morrell finished fourth in the Men’s A-Race, clocking a time of 1m53.8s.

Ryan Stephenson finished fifth in the B-race with 1m58.6s.

In the E-race, Sam Hancox set new figures of 2m04.5s, when finishing fourth.

Club colleagues and training partners Jacob Hopkins and Kieran Hedley finished very closely in third and fourth places in the 800m F-race, with respective clockings of 2m06.7s and 2m08.5s, the former representing a new personal best.

Thomas Straughan achieved a new pb in the mixed 800m H-race, when he finished second in 2m07.1s.

Like father, like son, Rob Hancox achieved new figures of 2m17.9s in a mixed K-race, when he finished third.

Four Morpeth Harriers were on representative duty for the North East, at the annual Northern Athletics Inter Counties U15/U17 Track and Field Championships, held at Moorways Stadium, Derby, on Saturday, August 2.

Nathan Cox performed well to finish second in the U17 Men’s 1500m A race in 4m07.31s, against some very tough opposition.

He also ran an 800m leg in a medley relay, clocking 2m00s for his effort.

In the U17 Women’s events, Megan Deakin finished fifth in a very tough first of two heats of the 300m, clocking 43.46s.

The U15 Boys sprints were very hotly contested and Sean O’Hara proved quite a formidable opponent, especially in the 200m, where, despite running from lane eight, he was second fastest, setting new figures of 23.78s.

In addition, despite a prevailing wind, the wind-gauge thankfully worked in favour for O’Hara, giving him a near accurate reading for his pb.

In the 100m he clocked 11.82s, which saw him finish as fifth fastest.

He actually won his individual race, where the total field was divided into two heats.

Kieran Hedley finished eighth in a very tough U15 Boys’ 800m in 2m14.07s.

Conditions throughout the day’s events were most testing, varying from strong winds to heavy showers, which made fast times difficult to achieve.

However, the four all made a very useful contribution to an overall team score of 481 points, which saw the region finish third behind winners Yorkshire (589pts) and second-placed Lancashire (530pts).

They finished some way ahead of fourth-placed Derbyshire (371pts) and Humberside (336pts), Greater Manchester (262pts), Cumbria (209pts), Merseyside (181pts), who occupied fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth spots respectively.

Following a prolonged judges’ discussion, Morpeth Harriers are pleased to announce that their Benfield Motor Group Athlete of the Month award for June 2014 has gone to U15 Boy middle-distance runner Kieran Hedley.

Hedley won the Junior Boys 800m in 2m15.05s at the Northumberland Schools Track and Field Championships at Gateshead Stadium.

Although finishing fifth, Hedley also set new figures of 2m10.0s in the Junior Boys’ 800m at the Inter Counties Schools Track and Field Championships at Gateshead Stadium.

That run effectively gave him a place for Northumberland at the forthcoming English Schools Track and Field Championships, and he celebrated this by claiming a superb victory at the third NEYDL Division One meeting at Jarrow on June 29, by literally running away from the rest of the field in the U15 Boys’ 800m, and won in 2m08.4s, for him a massive new pb and also a new league record. He then went on to better this performance, ever so slightly, to 2m08.0s the following day in a BMC seeded event at Maiden Castle.