Entries sought for annual Morpeth 10k Road Race

Ian Hudspith.
Ian Hudspith.

Pre-race entry is now open for the annual Morpeth 10k Road Race.

The event is on Tuesday, August 4, at 7.30pm, and will follow its usual two-lap circuit around picturesque Tranwell Woods, to the south west of the town, and will also incorporate the NECAA 10k Road Race Championships, which are open to any athletes born in or who are continually resident in the region for nine months prior to the race.

There are prizes for the first eight men, and first three men in the over 40, over 45, and over 50 male age groups, plus the first two in the male over 55, over 60, and the first place over 65 male athlete.

The women’s prizes cover the first five, then first three in the over 35, and first places in the over 40, over 45, over 50, over 55, and over 60 age groups.

Athletes may only win one individual prize and this will be the higher value one.

There are no team prizes.

Advance entry fees are £9 for club athletes, and £11 for those unattached.

Cheques should be made payable to Morpeth Harriers & AC and sent to, Mrs V M Gill, 104 Ringwood Drive, Cramlington, NE23 1NP.

The entries must also enclose a stamped addressed envelope for a race number to be sent out.

Advance entries close on Friday, July 17, and minimum age is 15 on the day of the race.

This year commemorative mugs will go to the first 350 finishers.

Late entry costs £12 for club athletes and £14 for unattached. These will be accepted on the night at the race HQ from 6pm until 7.15pm.

All race parking will be at the Piramal Factory in Whalton Road, Morpeth, NE61 3YA. There is no parking at either the start, finish, or at the race HQ, which is at Morpeth Town FC’s Craik Park, which is where the after-race presentation will also be held.

There will be a licensed bar serving after-race drinks and snacks.

Toilet facilities are close to the start at Pegasus Riding Centre for the Disabled, to whom a donation is being made and all athletes are asked to make use of these facilities on the day should they require them.

Race drinks will be provided en route and are being kindly supplied by event sponsor Schweppes Abbey Well.

Additional sponsorship to the race is coming from Phil Walker, Chartered Financial Planner (01670) 789797, and Chris Dentice, Stanton Hall Gardens (01670) 772641.

Morpeth Harriers also expressed thanks to Morpeth Town FC, Start Fitness, Piramal Healthcare and Pegasus Riding Centre, for their respective additional support.

Official entry forms can be downloaded from Morpeth Harriers’ new website at www.morpethharriers.com