Jonny makes it a victory at the double

Jonny Taylor receiving his Abbey Dash medal from the Lord Mayor of Leeds.
Jonny Taylor receiving his Abbey Dash medal from the Lord Mayor of Leeds.
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FOR the second week in a row, Morpeth Harrier Jonny Taylor enjoyed race success when he outsprinted clubmate Nick McCormick by a whisker to win the very aptly named and prestigious Leeds Abbey 10k Dash on Sunday, writes George Patterson.

Posting an excellent 29m20s, he won from McCormick by the slender margin of two seconds, with Mansfield’s Luke Cragg just a further shade adrift in third spot.

Taylor obviously had to call upon all of his inner strengths to beat McCormick and will certainly feel all the better for the experience of beating him for the first time in a major road encounter.

Having his first race for some time, Morpeth Harrier Nick Swinburne also competed well to come home in 19th place in 30m41s.

Graeme Taylor, Michael Dawson, Paul Waterston and Mike Hegarty were also prominent Morpeth Harriers finishers in the Men’s race, in 39th, 43rd, 92nd and 111th places respectively.

Morpeth newcomer Taylor clocked an excellent 31m43s, and Dawson was close behind in 31m49s. Waterston was second-finishing Over 45 Male Veteran in 33m58s, and Hegarty finished in 34m30s.

With these excellent placings, Morpeth Harriers may well be at the helm of things when team placings are decided.

In the Women’s race, Maxine Czarneka produced an excellent run when finishing as 12th woman in 37m29s.

Fellow Morpeth Harriers Kate Chapman and Charlotte Wilson were also prominent when placing 26th and 32nd with respective clockings of 39m52s and 40m38s.

l IAN Harding of Morpeth Harriers produced an excellent performance to finish third behind Wallsend Harriers newcomer and Ethiopian Yarod Hagos in the 60th running of the annual Brampton to Carlisle 10-mile Road Race on Saturday.

Hagos drew well clear to record an untouchable 47m51s, however Harding stuck like glue to Scotsman Stuart Gibson of Ron Hill Cambuslang, who finished second in 50m42s, just eclipsing Harding’s excellent 50m46s.

What was sweet, however, for Harding, was the fact that he picked up his very first North of England silver medal, with Hagos claiming the gold in the incorporated North of England Area Championships.

Another good Morpeth Harriers performer was Phil Walker, who when finishing 33rd in 58m11s, was second in the Over 45 Male Veteran category.

Other Morpeth Harriers finishers in the men’s race were Michael Thomsen (91st) 62m40s, Rob Hancox (132nd) (19th O45) 65m30s, and Norman Clark (297th) (6th O60) 73m52s.

In the women’s race Jane Briggs ran well to finish as second Lady in the Over45 category in 69m39s.

Pam Woodcock was an excellent winner of the Over 60 Veteran Ladies title when placing 376th in 77m52s, and Marie Drosdowicz was 6th Over 50 Lady in 410th place in 79m40s.

l SATURDAY’S Newcastle 5k Park Run saw Morpeth Harrier Les Cavill produce a new personal best on the course of 20m15s when finishing 51st. Other Morpeth Harriers finishers at the event were Larry Clarke (62nd) 20m38s, and Mike Steven (65th) 20m41s.