Harriers finish third in 10-mile road race

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SEVEN Morpeth Harriers travelled across the Cumbrian border on Sunday to compete in the 62nd annual Brampton to Carlisle Road Race, arguably one of the country’s oldest events of its kind, writes George Patterson.

The event, which also incorporated the Northern Athletics 10-Mile Road Race Championships, had a total of 543 finishers and Morpeth Harriers emerged as third Senior Men’s team and third in the Veteran Men’s team section.

Phil Walker led the club’s charge, when he finished 20th overall in a time of 57m18s and he was second in the Over 45 Veteran Men’s section.

Second home for the club was Paul Waterston and he can feel well pleased with his finish of 58m00s, which saw him place 27th overall and fourth in the Over 45 Veteran Men’s section. Like Walker, this was part of his effort to get back to better form after a four-month injury absence.

Sam Hancox was not far behind Paul in 31st place, and he was also first Junior Man home for his efforts.

His finishing time was 58m19s and he completed the Morpeth Senior Men’s effort for third team place, supporting the aforementioned Walker and Waterston to bronze team medals behind Manchester club Trafford AC, and host club Border Harriers.

Next home for Morpeth was Matthew Boyle, who also continues to show good progress under the guidance of coach Chris Waugh.

Boyle finished 34th in 58m39s, which, in turn, rewarded him with a personal-best performance.

Rob Hancox, father of Sam was next home for the club, finishing in 74th place in 61m53s, also a new personal-best performance, and he was 14th in the Over 45 Veteran Men’s section and completed Morpeth Harriers third-placed Veteran Men’s team, supporting Walker and Waterston.

Other Morpeth Harriers finishers were Jane Briggs and Melissa Hepburn.

Briggs finished 208th overall in 70m38s and was fourth in the Over 45 Lady Veterans’ section.

Hepburn finished 230th overall and was 26th Senior Lady in 71m52s.

The race was won by New Marske’s Andy Wiles in 50m50s and first Lady finisher was Dumfries Running Club’s Joanna Zackrzewski, who was 18th overall in a time of 57m00s.

THREE of the four athletes from Morpeth Harriers, who were competing in the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International in Bute Park, Cardiff, on Saturday, were among the successful medallists.

In his 20th International for Scotland, Archie Jenkins picked up a bronze team medal in the Over 60 Veterans’ section.

Likewise, Bob Marshall found himself among the counters for Scotland in the bronze-medal-winning Over 65s section.

Most successful was England’s Walter Ryder, who picked up a gold medal as fourth counter in the Over 70s section.

Finally, Michael Thomsen ran well in his first appearance for Scotland in the Over 35s section and was very unlucky to just miss out on a medal as fourth team counter in a squad that were only just pipped for bronze team medals.

BERWICK-based Morpeth Harrier Nathan Cox’s recent victory in the Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League, at Blaydon, showed that he is very much a young man on top of his form.

On Sunday at Galashiels, he showed that he is continuing in that rich vein of form when he easily won the U17 Men’s event from Gala’s Thomas Orton, by a margin of 18 seconds, at the Scottish Borders fixture.