Peter’s capital performance

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MORPETH Harrier Peter Newton certainly crowned himself in glory in the nation’s capital on Monday, writes George Patterson.

He finished 13th in a class filled Bupa London 10k Road Race in a brand new personal best time of 30m24s – this time was nine seconds better than his previous mark set in the Blyth Valley 10k in April.

Twenty six seconds and not far behind him came his more well-known Morpeth club colleague Ian Hudspith, who was first Veteran Man in 26th place.

Other Morpeth Harriers who finished prominently in the event were as follows:

Nick Swinburn (59th) 32m08s, Michael Dawson (92nd) 33m01s, and Nathan Shrubb (107th) 33m19s.

l He may not have achieved his hat-trick of victories, having won in 2007 and 2009, however Morpeth Harrier Terry Wall could feel well pleased with his efforts to finish fourth, and as first Veteran Man, in Sunday’s annual Raby Castle 10k.

Wall, who very much played his part in securing bronze medals for his club in the previous week’s British Masters Road Relay’s at Birmingham’s Sutton Park, was a leading force at the front of the event until the eight kilometre point.

Despite slipping back in the strong wind in the later stages, he managed to come home in 35m16s and only 51 seconds adrift of race winner John Archer of Low Fell Running Club.

l Matthew Nicholson of Morpeth Harriers set a new season’s best of 3m52.75s when finishing fifth in the 1500m C race at Saturday night’s BMC Grand Prix meeting held at Sport City in Manchester.

l Graeme Leathard and Mike Steven of Morpeth Harriers finished 29th and 48th in respective times of 19m31s and 20m26s at Saturday’s 5k Newcastle Park Run.

It was also a new personal best for the latter at the event.

l Five Morpeth Harriers took part in the recently held Edinburgh Marathon.

First home from the club was Fergus Bates, who in running his first race over the distance finished 495th in a time of 3h14m26s.

Other Morpeth Harriers were John Butters (709th) 3h19m58s, Tony Lewis (1147th) 3h27m59s, Mike Steven (1747th) 3h37m24s, and Jane Briggs (3603rd) 3h57m35s.