Jon makes successful return to seal fourth win

Alison Brown.
Alison Brown.

JONATHAN Taylor made a successful return to Newcastle’s Exhibition Park on Sunday, when he won the Heaton Harriers Senior Men’s title for the fourth successive year on Sunday.

The in-form Morpeth Harrier completed the 10k distance in 30m 23s, which was an agonising nineteen seconds adrift of his 2009 course record.

Nevertheless he was a good 68 seconds clear of his second-placed Morpeth clubmate Ian Harding, who was equally delighted to finish runner-up, after New Marske’s Richard Morrell had pulled out at the 8k point suffering from an agonising stitch.

Harding felt that this run had given him very adequate encouragement ahead of this Saturday’s annual Brampton to Carlisle 10-mile Road Race, which incorporates the North of England 10-mile Championships.

Taylor was actually one of a trio of Morpeth Harriers’ individual successes on a murky damp day.

Jonnie Nisbet was a convincing winner of the Under 17 Men’s 5k event, holding a 20-second margin over his closest rival Patrick Crombie of Sunderland Harriers.

Nisbet’s finishing time was 16m35s.

Another convincing Morpeth Harriers winner was Alison Brown, whose 11m33s for her Under 15 Girls’ 3k race, saw her finish with fifty four seconds to spare over her closest rival Danielle Coulson of Birtley, and was a just reward for all her recent hard work in training.

Sarah Wilkes of Morpeth finished fifth in 13m04s.

Jacob Hopkins ran well to finish second in the Under 15 Boys’ 3k event in 10m55s, which was agonisingly just eleven seconds adrift of race winner Ewan Cassidy of Elswick.

Kieran Hedley also competed well in this event, to finish fifth in 11m12s.

Ryan Green was Morpeth Harriers’ sole competitor in the Under 15 Boys’ 3k, where he finished fifth in 10m16s.

In the Under 13 Girls’ 3k event, Morpeth’s Georgia and Olivia Priest finished 6th and 13th in respective times of 13m50s, and 14m44s.

l AN opportunity to begin the Olympic year in true athletic mode awaits runners in Northumberland.

Pre-race entries are now being taken for the annual New Years Day Road Race, sponsored by Benfield Motors (Morpeth).

The event, run over an approximate distance of 11km, commences at 1pm, and is held on an attractive scenic course through parts of historic Northumberland, encompassing Mitford, Mitford Steads and the Whalton Road, heading back into Morpeth past the Sun Inn.

Race entry costs £5 for club runners and £7 unattached.

Cheques are payable to Morpeth Harriers & AC, and are to be sent along with entry form details to Mr K Bray, 3, Dene View Court, Pottery Bank, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 1SH.

Race entry forms are downloadable from the Morpeth Harriers website on

Please note, all entrants must be at least 17 years old on the day of the race. Closing date for pre-entry is Friday 16th December 2011

All race numbers are to be collected on the day of the race, from the Race Headquarters at Morpeth Rugby Club on Mitford Road, Morpeth.

Late entries will also be taken on the day at an increased cost of £7 and £9 respectively.

There are no team fees, however there are team races with 3 to score, and there are individual prizes for Seniors and Veterans in both genders.

Veterans must state date of birth with their entry details.