Marathon efforts from Harriers

Morpeth Harrier Andrew Lawrence after his successful arrival in New York, with the Statue of Liberty behind him.
Morpeth Harrier Andrew Lawrence after his successful arrival in New York, with the Statue of Liberty behind him.

MORPETH Harrier Gary Jones was second home in a field of 694 finishers in Sunday’s annual Keswick half-marathon.

The event, which is reportedly one of the toughest of its kind in the country, encompasses a route that includes the very picturesque Newland Valley and various scenic points overlooking the beautiful Derwentwater.

Jones finished in a well-accomplished 76m29s, and nearly two minutes behind Wesham’s Steve Littler, who is known as a very prolific finisher in the North West region. Another Morpeth Harrier among the leading finishers was Fergus Bates, who was 17th in 86m58s and was also fourth among the Over 40 Veteran Men.

Three other Morpeth Harriers also made the trip to Lakeland.

Mike Steven finished 114th, in 99m39s, and was 11th in the Over 50 Veteran Men’s section.

When Michelle Woodley finished in 186th place, she was 23rd lady and fourth in the Over 35 Veteran Women’s section.

Finally, Paul Tomlinson finished in 315th place as 32nd Over 50 Veteran man, in 113m32s.

l DORSET-based schoolteacher Nathan Shrubb, of Morpeth Harriers, had a busy yet relatively successful Easter weekend when he travelled to Guernsey to take part in the annual Easter Runs, sponsored by KPMG.

On Good Friday, he took part in the 10k event and finished fifth in the Men’s section in 32m44s. The following day, he took part in the Memorial 4.75-mile event, where he placed fourth in 25m02s.

On Easter Sunday, he competed for a second-placed Poole Runners Composite team in the L’Ancresse Cross Country Relay. He was second-fastest on the day over the two-mile distance with his time of 10m00s. In the final event on Easter Monday, Nathan finished tenth in the half-marathon in 75m29s.

l THE first Start Fitness North Eastern Athletics meeting took place at Jarrow’s Monkton Stadium on Wednesday night, April 27, and attracted what is thought to be a record number of competitors, including seven from the ranks of Morpeth Harriers.

Best performers on the night from the club were Joe Robertshaw and Ailsa McGregor, who finished second in their respective events.

Up against older opposition in his first year in the U17 Men’s age group, Robertshaw performed well to finish second in the 300m in a time of 37.9s.

Equally, McGregor found herself up against stern rivals in the Junior Women’s 1500m, where she clocked 4m58.5s.

Morpeth’s Jacob Hopkins performed well, when finishing fourth in the U13 Boys 1500m in 5m13.3s.

In the U15 Boys 1500m, Joe Elder and Ryan Green finished ninth and 11th with respective clockings of 4m49.9s and 4m54.0s.

Alison Brown finished seventh in the U15 Girls 1500m in 5m22.9s.

Morpeth’s Beth Wooley had a good night when she cleared 1.25m to finish third in the U15 girls high-jump and she finished fifth in the 75m hurdles in 17.6s.

l IN a recent edition of the Herald, we featured a forthcoming charity Bike Ride across America being carried out by Morpeth Harrier Andrew Lawrence.

We are pleased to report that following a superb marathon effort lasting 20 days, nine hours, 32 minutes, 14 states and 11 punctures, with one bike, that Andrew finally made it to the finish line in New York, one day earlier than expected, at exactly 6.30pm BST on Saturday, to complete his mission.

It was a fantastic experience for Andrew and Morpeth Harriers would like to offer him congratulations and best wishes on his tremendous achievement.

His journey was very adventurous to say the least and you can read about it all on his blog, as well as catch up with information regarding his charity, on

l MAXINE Czarneka and Sarah Wilkinson of Morpeth Harriers were first and second Lady finishers at the Albert Park, Middlesbrough Park Run on Saturday, when they finished fifth and seventh overall in respective times of 17m21s and 17m35s.

At the Edinburgh Park Run, Morpeth’s Marcus Cram finished second, when completing the 5k distance in 17m01s.

Graeme Leathard of Morpeth Harriers finished 23rd in the Newcastle Park Run in 19m11s.