Success right to the end of the season


from Les Venmore.

MORPETH Harriers had a successful day at the now-traditional End of Season Relays meeting at Jarrow.

Morpeth took the Overall Trophy for the first time, narrowly defeating Houghton and Gateshead.

They fielded a team in every event apart from the Senior Women’s 4x400m Relay.

Morpeth started the meeting off well, winning the U13 Girls’ Relay, clocking 57.3s. The team comprised Nadine Arkle, Jessica Rogers, Hannah Brown and Natalie Price.

In the second round, Morpeth again won in 58.9s, though this time it was in a photo finish from Sedgefield.

Morpeth gained a double victory in the Senior Women’s 4x100m and 4x200m, in times of 54.4s and 1m 53.9s respectively. The line-up on this occasion was Lauren Smith, Rosie McDonald, Beth Laidler and Ava De Boer.

Morpeth also won the U15 Boys’ 4x200m in 1m 43.0s. The line-up was Shaun O’Hara, Ewan Jones, Declan Stoker and William Kelly.

They gained revenge on Houghton who defeated them in the 4x100m, where Houghton clocked 49.6s to Morpeth’s 50.2s.

In the Senior Men’s events, Morpeth won their heat of the 4x100m in 48.2s, but were only fourth fastest overall behind a composite team anchored by Gateshead’s Christian Carson. Morpeth were represented by Jack Hepple, Henrik Paulsen, Dave Storey and Joe Elder.

The same squad finished fourth in the 4x200m relay and third in the 4x400m (3:53.5).

The splits were: 59.6,58.5,58.7 and 56.7s.

In the U13 Boys’ 4x100m, Morpeth finished second in round one (56.8) and third in round two (59.5).

Gateshead won both events, the first in a club record of 51.3s.

Alex Cunningham, Joe Dowd, Matthew Waterfield, Jack Balmbro and Jamie Robertson made up the Morpeth squads. They were second in their race of the 4x100m (58.7) and third fastest overall behind Gateshead (54.0). The team was anchored by Naomi Arkle.

They also finished fourth in the 4x200m (2:05.2) behind Durham City (1:53.9).

Morpeth finished third in the U17 4x100m and second in the 4x200m event, clocking 51.6s and 1m 45.7s respectively, on both occasions behind Houghton. The team comprised Alex Nesbitt, Jarrod Lewis, Hans Paulsen and Alex Dawson.

In the U17 Women’s 4x100m and 4x200m, Morpeth had to settle for fifth (55.1) and fourth (1:56.1) places. The team comprised Beth Laidler, Kirsty Lang, Megan Dawson and Rosie McDonald.

Ryan Green competing for the North East team finished fifth in the 800m at the UK Schools Games at Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield.

Ryan clocked 1m 58.00s behind English schools champion Christian Van Eitzen of the Midlands (1:54.3).

Jane Blackett was the sole Morpeth Harrier at the second Matfen 10km Road Race.

She finished in 72nd position, with a time of 51m 31s, and was 17th lady home and second in the Over 50 category.

The main race was won by Richard Parker of Tynedale (36:55) and Michelle Avery of Sunderland was first lady (40:32).

Competing in the World Mountain Championships in Krynica, Poland, Nick Swinburn finished in 63rd position on the 13.5km course clocking 63m 18s. The winner was Philip Kiplimo of Uganda, who recorded 54m 22s.