Quieter weekend for the Harriers

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After two weekends of heavy team competition, it was a quieter weekend for athletes from Morpeth Harriers apart from those taking part individually in various road events around the region and elsewhere over Saturday and Sunday.

On Sunday, the 32nd running of the Redcar Half-Marathon took place and the event attracted a total of 1,087 finishers, including two Morpeth Harriers.

Mark Snowball was the first home for the club, finishing 59th in 85m36s.

The other Morpeth finisher was Mark Crosby, who placed 301st in 99m46s.

By way of contrast, Alan Hyde of Morpeth Harriers took part in the region’s newest half-marathon on Sunday when he competed in the first Haltwhistle event, which was held on a scenic trail course that incorporated the Lambley Viaduct and which reached a height of 124 metres.

Hyde finished in 48th place, and was fifth in the Over 45 Veteran Men’s section, posting a time of 100m32s.

Andrew Lawrence and Phil Walker of Morpeth Harriers were both winners in respective park runs on Saturday.

Lawrence, who had run one of his club’s fastest times when competing for the Senior Men’s B-team at last week’s Northern 6 Stage Road Relay Championships, was first over the finish line at Bushy Park, near Teddington.

He clocked a time of 15m58s for the 5k distance, which was just 17 seconds adrift of his best on the course.

Locally at Druridge Bay, in one of the newest Park Run events, Walker set a new personal best for the course of 17m37s.

Meanwhile, in Newcastle’s Exhibition Park, Morpeth Harriers Matthew Boyle and Lee Morgan were prominent finishers in sixth and 10th places in 17m28s, a new personal best, and 17m53s.

Over in Berlin in Germany, Kate Chapman of Morpeth Harriers was competing in the annual marathon.

She finished as 207th Woman overall and was 40th in her age category, posting a time of 3hrs 19mins 51secs.

Morpeth Harriers held the first in their 2014 series of Young Athletes Club Road Championships last Monday evening.

Seventeen runners in total took part in the Under-11 age group event, held on a 1.33-mile circuit around Lancaster Park.

Fourteen of those runners took part in the Boys’ event, leaving only the bare three to contest the Girls’ event, which meant that all in that event would claim a medal provided they finished the race.

The Boys’ race, by contrast, was very hotly contested at the front of the field, with the first four getting under nine minutes for the distance, which was a fine achievement.

Weather conditions were excellent, with just a whisper of a breeze and not a sign of the wetter stuff.

Bobby Stone and Dylan Davies made the best of those conditions and, while the latter maintained a slight lead throughout, it was the former who eventually came through to win by four seconds in a time of 8m28s.

Davies thankfully had an 18-second cushion to take the silver medal ahead of Ben Walker (8m50s), who just managed to outpace Dylan Gooding, who just missed out on a medal with his clocking of 8m56s.

Amy Lott won the three horse Girls’ race by a margin of 16 seconds when she crossed the finish line in 11m20s, a time that would have seen her finish sixth in the accompanying Boys’ event.

Second place and silver medal went to Rebecca Bradley (11m36s), a time that would have seen her finish seventh in the Boys’ race.

The bronze medal went to Antje Hall, who clocked 11m38s and she would have finished eighth in the Boys’ race.

Other placings were as follows: Joe Buxton (5th) 9m07s, Josh Adams (6th) 11m53s, Aaron Haldane (7th) 11m54s, Danny Henderson (8th) 11m59s, Alfie Clark (9th) 13m00s, Callum Rowell (10th) 14m25s, James Tilley (11th) 14m27s, Ciaran Leahy (12th) 15m05s, Reuben Graham (13th) 15m10s, and Elliot Cummings (14th) 15m15s.