Harriers draw a weekend blank in the snowstorms

IT was very much a blank weekend on the outdoor competitive front for Morpeth Harriers and the rest of the North East athletics fraternity due to heavy snowstorms that enveloped the region from Friday afternoon.

Earlier in the week, the wintry weather also led to the cancellation of the Northumberland Schools Cross Country Championships, scheduled to be held at Temple Park Leisure Centre, South Shields.

At the time of going to press, they have subsequently been re-organised for Tuesday, January 29.

But one event that did take place uninterrupted was the third in the series of Gateshead College indoor events, which took place last Thursday.

Several Morpeth Harriers took part, and their performances were as follows.

In the Under 13 Girls’ 60m, newcomer Lauren Eadington showed great promise in her first outing in a Morpeth vest when she superbly finished as second fastest of the night in 9.27s.

Nadine Arkle was eighth fastest in the same age group in 9.80s.

Another excellent Morpeth debutant in the Senior Men’s 60m was David Storey, who firstly finished sixth in round one of two rounds in 7.77s, then achieved a slight improvement to 7.72s when placing fifth in the second round.

Craig Pickup achieved best figures of 8.97m when finishing fourth in the Senior Men’s shot.

Back on the track, Morpeth Harrier Henrik Paulsen came sixth in the Junior Men’s 60m round one in a time of 8.07s.

The club had three athletes competing in the Under 15 Girls’ 60m, which was well subscribed with around two dozen in action.

Naomi Arkle proved to best of these three when placing 17th fastest in 9.15s.

Morpeth debutants Shannon Docherty and Grace Tighe finished 19th and 22nd respectively with times of 9.35s and 9.95s.

Kirsty Lang competed in the Under 17 Women’s 60m, where she finished as fourth in round two in 8.88s.

l On Saturday, weather permitting, athletes from Morpeth Harriers will be in action at the North of England Cross Country Championships – scheduled to be held at Knowsley Safari Park, near Prescott, on Merseyside.

The club’s strongest performances are likely to come from their Senior Men and it is hoped that their Under 13 and Under 15 Boys will show prominently.