New signing Mark leads the way in race series

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THE first in the series of three 2013 Heaton Harriers Jesmond Dene Races took place on Monday, May 6, and attracted a total of 64 finishers, writes George Patterson.

Future events will be run on a handicap basis as in previous years, however, this first event saw all participants go off a level start.

Two Morpeth Harriers took part, and the first of those to finish was new signing Mark McLeod, who placed second, clocking 16m12s for the 5k distance.

He finished 15 seconds adrift of winner Mark Fenwick of Tyne Bridge Harriers. The other Morpeth Harrier taking part was Over 65 Veteran Dave Gray, who was second in his age category, when finishing 54th in 26m11s.

JUNIOR athlete Sam Hancox had one of his best runs in a Morpeth Harriers vest, when he finished third in the annual Les Allcorn Memorial 10k, held in Hulne Park, Alnwick, on the evening of Tuesday, May 7.

Sam clocked an excellent 35m45s, which was just less than a minute adrift of event winner John Archer of Low Fell Running Club.

He was also first home in his category, in the total finishing field of 135.

Seven seconds behind Sam in fourth place, was his Morpeth Harriers club colleague Michael Thomsen, who had successfully completed his first track 5000m for his club 48 hours earlier, in the North of England League fixture at Cleckheaton.

Next home for Morpeth Harriers was Matthew Forster, who finished twelfth overall in 37m31s.

It was certainly a good night for the Hancox family, when Sam’s father Rob, finished 16th in 39m03s, and was third in the Over 45 Veteran Mens category.

Fifth in the Over 45 Veteran Mens category was fellow Morpeth Harrier Steve Haswell, who finished 25th in 40m31s.

Morpeth Harrier Jim Alder won the Veteran Mens Over 50 title, when finishing 29th in 41m23s.

Other Morpeth Harriers to feature amongst the top 50 finishers were Richard Kirby and Alison Brown.

Kirby finished 47th in 43m39s, and Brown was fifth lady, and first U17 Lady, when placing 48th in 44m06s.

Other Morpeth Harriers results were as follows:-

Norman Clark (74th) (first O/60 Man) 48m18s, Rachel McCoy (91st) (20th Lady) 50m35s, Claire Bruce (102nd) (28th Lady) (fourth O/45 Lady) 52m22s, Susan Smith (108th) (31st Lady) (sixth O/45 Lady) 53m13s, and Jane Blackett (120th) (42nd Lady) (fourth/50 Lady) 56m50s.

This was Rachel McCoy’s first outing in a Morpeth vest, since joining the club in mid-March.

Unfortunately Morpeth Harrier Phillip Winkler disappointingly missed out in his attempt to retain his winner’s title in the Les Allcorn Junior 3k event.

Winkler finished second to Alnwick Harrier Adam Weightman, who won by a margin of 18 seconds in 10m52s, after seizing his momentary chance of a breakaway run.

However, Winkler could take some consolation in the fact that he was first U17 finisher.

Next home for Morpeth Harriers was Philip Kirby, who was second U15 to the winner Weightman, when finishing seventh in 12m39s.

Daniel Dixon was third Morpeth Harrier to finish, when he came home in 14th spot in 13m29s, and was second U11 Boy.

Two seconds and one place behind Daniel came Morpeth Harriers club mate Lizzie Rank, who was first U15 Girl.

Other Morpeth Harriers finishers were:- Ross Charlton (19th) (fourth U11 Boy) 13m56s, and Adam Kirby (34th) (seventh U13 Boy) 15m07s.

DESPITE making the most of some early challenges for supremacy in Sunday’s annual Sunderland Strollers organised Pier to Pier Race, from South Shields to Roker, Morpeth Harrier Ross Floyd eventually bowed to the power and determination of Durham City’s Dan Jenkin, who won in 37m04s.

Floyd hung on to take third place, in a finishing time of 38m20s.

The following Morpeth Harriers were also in the field of 812 finishers.

Mike Winter (56th) (21st O/40 45m13s, Bob Wells (170th) (fourth O/60) 50m20s, Mike Steven (291st) (37th O/50) 54m19s, Sue Smith (422nd) (25th O/45 Lady) 58m40s, Lesley Gemmell (521st) (first /65 Lady) 61m45s, and Jane Blackett (600th) (41st O/45 Lady) 64m25s.

SISTERS Nadine and Naomi Arkle of Morpeth Harriers competed in the annual Cyril Elliot Memorial Open Track and Field Meeting, held at Claireville Stadium, Middlesbrough, on May 11 and 12.

After running her heat of the U13 Girls 75m in a time of 11.60s, to finish second, Nadine clocked a slightly better 11.56s as she finished just outside the medals in a later run final.

Nadine also competed in the 150m, however, failed to make the final after finishing fourth in her heat in 24.11s.

Meanwhile, Naomi competed in the U15 Girls 100m and 200m events, where she finished fourth in both respective heats with clockings of 14.34s, and 30.74s.

MOTHER and daughter Shuna and Lizzie Rank of Morpeth Harriers, respectively competed in the Beverley 10k and 2k Junior events on Sunday in the East Yorkshire hamlet.

Shuna finished 296th in the 10k in a time of 46m58s, and was sixth Over 45 Veteran Woman.

Meanwhile Lizzie finished as third girl in the 2k Junior Run, which supported the main event.