Morpeth runners pound road in London Marathon

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Results show that four athletes from Morpeth Harriers lined up in Sunday’s Virgin Money London Marathon, which was being run for the 36th occasion.

Three of those athletes managed to achieve new personal bests for the Marathon distance.

First home from the club was their Army Cross Country Champion Ady Whitwam, who despite picking up an aggravated back injury, lined up just behind the very Elite Men in Greenwich Park, and came home in an excellent 2hrs30.34m, which knocked around thirteen minutes off his previous best on the course in 2010, and also gave him a good placing of 79th, and 13th in his Over 40 age category.

Nearly ten minutes behind Ady, and posting a time of 2hrs40m11s, a new personal best by 41 seconds, was his Morpeth club colleague Karl Taylor, who could also take delight with a placing of 305th.

Despite having a winter totally disrupted by injury problems, Morpeth’s Andrew Lawrence still made the start line, and posted a time of 2hrs47mins41s, to finish in 675th place.

Completing the Morpeth Harriers quartet was Tony Lewis, who finished in 3,616th place, posting a time of 3hrs15mins05secs, which was 4m48s inside his personal best.

A footnote to Andrew Lawrence’s performance, because he had been injured, and had been unable to prepare in his customary way for the event, he thought that he would enter the fun of things surrounding the London Marathon, and completed the epic 26 Miles dressed as a Banana, and in doing so, has created a record for being the fastest ever Banana-man in the event, just to add to the pleasure of the day.

* Six Morpeth Harriers were in action in the Mini Marathon’s that were run in conjunction with the Virgin Money Marathon.

The Six races, run on a course of three miles from Old Billingsgate and the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace, involved athletes from the London Borough’s and the remainder of the country, including the North East, who ran in the British Athletics Road Race section.

Best performance from a Morpeth Harrier was by Scott Beattie, who finished sixth in the Under 17 Men’s event in 14m31s.

Also running in the Under 17 Men’s event from the club was Kieran Hedley, who was sixth home from the region, finishing 66th in 16m13s.

Morpeth Harriers had three of their athletes in action in the Under 15 Boy’s event.

First of those was Daniel Dixon, who finished in 16th place in 15m38s, who was third from the region.

Ten seconds behind Daniel in 20th place was club colleague Taylor Glover, who was fourth from the region.

Fifth home from the region was Morpeth’s Ross Charlton, who finished 56th in 16m34s.

Morpeth’s Holly Peck led the region home in the Under 13 Girls event, finishing 26th in 18m36s.

* Start Fitness on Market Street in Newcastle hosted the annual North Eastern Harrier League Awards Presentations on Thursday 21st April 2016.

Morpeth Harriers were amongst those honoured, with their U 15 Boys taking a team award, which was received by Taylor Glover, who was also individually honoured as his age group champion with the gold medal.

Also honoured as an age group champion, and receiving a gold medal, was Holly Peck, who took the U 13 Girls award for the second year running.

Second to her in this age group was Morpeth Harriers club colleague Lily Heaton, who received a silver medal.