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Silver medal for Knight at the English Schools’ Championships

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Morpeth Harrier Andrew Knight, emerged as one of Northumberland’s star performers at the English Schools Track and Field Championships, which were held at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium.

Knight was one of only three Northumberland medallists over the two days, and Morpeth Harriers only individual medallist.

The Paul Reed coached athlete really enjoyed a close encounter with Warwickshire’s Lewis Byng, in the Intermediate Boys Shot Putt, who is No 1 in the UK for his age group, and there were certainly encouraging signs for success, as Knight held the lead following the first round of Putt’s.

Eventually Byng managed to put in a mammoth 17.69m to seal the gold medal, whilst Knight’s 16.87m saw him easily clinch silver, and this added to his indoor gold earlier this year, makes for a fantastic achievement indeed, that richly deserves reward.

Considering Knight has spent a period on the side-lines recently with a Hamstring injury, he performed extremely well, and above all, consistently.

That rich reward, sees Knight representing England at the Schools International at Grangemouth in Scotland this weekend, where he will compete against the best of Scotland, Wales, and Ireland.

Rory Leonard and Kieran Hedley of Morpeth Harriers, made it through to the final of the Senior Boys 1500m on Saturday, following their Friday efforts of 3m56.80s and 3m57.22s, which saw the former finish sixth and fifth respectively in their heats.

Those times ninth and eleventh fastest overall, and Hedley’s 3m56.80s was a new personal best.

In the Final, Leonard finished sixth in 3m57.46s, and Hedley finished a detached twelfth in 4m05.72s.

Amy Lott of Morpeth qualified for the later run Semi Final of the Junior Girls 75m Hurdles, by finishing sixth in her first-round heat in 11.49s, which proved to be the sixteenth fastest time overall of the earlier heats.

In her Semi Final she finished eighth in 11.55s, thus ending her interest in the competition.

In the Intermediate Boys Triple Jump Final, Morpeth’s Ethan Stephenson found a best of 12.77m, only good for twelfth place.

Unfortunately, a series of disappointing throws, saw Bobbie Griffiths of Morpeth finish eleventh in the Senior Girls Javelin, where her best effort proved to be a below par 36.35m.

* For the fourth year in succession, perhaps a record, Morpeth Harriers Senior Men secured a team title at the annual Sunderland 5k Road Race, held at a warm and sunny Silksworth Complex, on the evening of Thursday, July 12.

Although New Marske’s Dominic Shaw won the race outright, he firstly had to shake off the relentless challenges from Morpeth’s Sam Hancox, before he could claim individual victory, and the Northern Athletics Gold Medal in the Championship, that was also once again incorporated into the event.

Posting an excellent new personal best time of 14m48s, Hancox finished fifteen seconds adrift of Shaw, just holding off Houghton’s Alex Brown by one second to claim a Northern individual Silver medal.

It was in the team race however, where Morpeth were at their most prolific and effective.

Hancox received further club support in the form of Thomas Straughan and Joe Armstrong, who finished ninth and tenth respectively, posting times of 15m13s and 15m14s, which were both personal bests.

A total of 21 points gave Morpeth a two-point margin lead from Tyne Bridge Harriers, with host club Sunderland Harriers finishing third with 40 points.