David and Kieran claim Harriers’monthly awards

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Morpeth Harriers are pleased to announce their decisions on their Linden Homes Athletes of the Month for August and September 2015.

The August award has gone to Under 17 Male athlete David Thomas, who produced a lifetime best of 12.02m to take an excellent bronze medal in the triple jump at the Northern Athletics Under 13, Under 15, and Under 17 Track and Field Championships at Middlesbrough.

At the same venue, and against more senior rivals, he finished an excellent second in the triple jump with a best of 11.77m, and third in the long jump with 5.59m, in the fourth and final Northern League Division 2 match.

He certainly crowned the month of August well when he won a Gold medal in the triple jump with a best of 11.52m at the annual Tartan Games meeting, held at Gateshead International Stadium.

The September award also went to an Under 17 Male athlete.

In a very close tight decision against two other athletes, the award eventually went in favour of Kieran Hedley, who produced an outstanding polished run to win his age group event at the first Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League Meeting at Tanfield.

Hedley had also produced an excellent run to finish second in the Under 17 Men’s event at the Sunderland Cross Country earlier in the month.

He had also been very instrumental in helping his club to an excellent seventh place in the Under 17 Men’s event at the Northern Athletics Road Relays at Blackpool, by clocking the third fastest time of his individual leg.

Hedley received his Linden Homes Certificate of Achievement from Morpeth Harriers press officer George Patterson.

Unfortunately at the time of going to press, Thomas is still to be present to receive his certificate.

* Another excellent Morpeth Harriers team performance at the English Cross Country Relay came from their very consistent Under 13 Girls squad, who managed to finish seventh out of 65 finishing teams.

They were also second from the North of England behind fifth places Sale Harriers, who were only 21 seconds ahead.

The Morpeth Girls posted a total time for their 3 x 2k event of 23m37.40s, which was also only 42 seconds adrift of medals.

Lily Heaton got the squad off to a good start, when she came home in seventeenth place, posting a finishing time of 7m44.35s.

Rhiannon Hedley on second leg, managed to pull back a further three places on second leg with a time of 8m12.45s.

Holly Peck ran an absolutely superb final leg, which saw her pull back seven places to finish in seventh place, and her clocking of 7m40.60s was certainly amongst the top twenty times.

A truly excellent performance on an individual basis for Morpeth, was that of Under 17 Man Scott Beattie, who came home in first position on leg one, posting a finishing time of 8m55.65s, which eventually emerged as the fastest time in their 3 x 3k event.

Morpeth’s second leg runner Jacob Hopkins did his level best to maintain a respectable position as he got round in 10m47.85s, to finish 25th.

Final leg runner Kieran Hedley pulled back seven places to finish 18th, with a respective clocking of 9m43.10s.

They were also fourth from the North of England.

In the Under 15 Boys 3 x 2k event, Morpeth Harriers two squads finished in respective places of 20th and 46th in a finishing field of 74 teams.

The Morpeth A team were fifth from the North of England in 20m27.95s,

In a very hotly contested Senior Women’s 3 x 3k event, Morpeth Harriers finished 28th out of 92 complete teams, and were also 12th home from the North of England. They were also second from the NE.