MORPETH Harrier Peter Newton took a surprise bronze medal at the England Athletics Championships at Birmingham on Saturday.
He finished third in the 5000m with a time of 14mins 35.12secs, behind Matthew Clowes of Staffordshire Moorlands (14:28.95) and Daniel Garbutt of Durham (14:31.90).
Garbutt, who defeated Newton in the recent North Eastern Championships, took the gold medal in the incorporated North of England Championships, with Newton taking silver.
There were three personal bests from Morpeth Harriers at the BMC 800m Meeting at Durham on Monday.
Competing against much older athletes, Ryan Green took over four seconds off his previous figures when finishing second in the D race with a time of 2mins 00.5secs. This performance at the time of writing puts him joint top in the UK Under 15 rankings.
Jake Hopkins (U15) finished fourth in the H race, clocking 2mins 14.8secs which took 2.3 seconds off his previous best time. Kieran Hedley (U13) finished third in the I race with a time of 2mins 24.3secs, two seconds quicker than before.
Lewis Timmins (1:58.4) and Matthew Nicholson (1:58.8) finished fifth and sixth in the A race behind Shildon’s Cameron Boyek (1:52.8).
Ashley Gibson finished third in the G race (2:11.1), but was fastest woman at the meeting.
Marie-Louise Drozdowicz finished 52nd at the Allendale 8 on Saturday in a time of 58mins 2secs. She was the fifth lady to finish and won the Over 50 category.
The race was won by Heaton’s James Buis (42:46) and Joanne Lee of Tynedale was successful in the Womens’ race (51:39).
l Phil Walker finished in third place in Saturday’s Newcastle Park Run, clocking 17mins 16secs behind Tony Carter of Tyne Bridge (16:36). Phil also led home the Over 45 athletes.
Emma Pearson was the second lady to finish, coming home in 10th place in a time of 18mins 27secs behind Lorna Young of Heaton (17:53).
Jane Hodgson won the Womens’ race at the Angel View Run at Gateshead (31st May).
Jane finished in 17th position overall clocking a time of 30mins 11secs for the five-mile course. Marie-Louise Drozdowicz finished 58th, clocking 36mins 36secs. Marie was seventh lady overall and won the Over 50 category.
Alistair Macdonald was Morpeth’s only runner at the George Ogle Memorial Multi Terrain race at Swalwell Cricket Club (30th May). Alistair finished in eighth place in a time of 36mins 46secs and was second in the Over 45 category. The race was won by Claremont’s Brendan McMillan in a time of 32mins 52secs.
There were a small band of Morpeth athletes at the second Veterans’ A.A North East Track and Field League meeting at Jarrow on May 28.
Phil Walker won the Over 45 1500m in a time of 4mins 47.9secs. Lesley Smith won the Womens’ Over 45 100m (15.5secs) and was second in the 200m (33.8secs).
Michael Thomson was first in the Over 35 800m, clocking 2mins 25.7secs.
Archie Jenkins, now in the Over 60 category, won the pentathlon, which was incorporated in the meeting.
His performances were 200m (37.9secs), discus (16.08m), long jump (1.96m), javelin (11.85m) and 800m (3:08.0) giving him a total of 1,021 points
Nick McCormick won the 3000m at a meet in Oslo on May 2, in a time of 7mins 52.72secs.
l Morpeth Harriers’ Hamish Mcallister-Williams and Gemma Floyd travelled north to Scotland in the last weekend of May to take part in the Edinburgh Marathon.
Mcallister-Williams was 451st in a time of 3:17:25 and Floyd 853rd in 3:28:54.
In the half-marathon event, meanwhile, Nick Swinburn finished in second place in a time of 71 minutes and 16 seconds.
l The Morpeth Fair Day Fun Run on Sunday is open to children at middle schools or first schools (school year 8 and below).
The one-mile run which has an Olympic theme starts at 10.15am, registrations will be open from near the Clock Tower at 9.30am.
It is recommended that those aged six or under are accompanied on the run.
Every finisher will receive a goody bag (or voucher) and certificate, plus there will be several spot prizes given to random finishing positions.
Free Morpeth Harriers membership will be provided to leading finishers (those who are not already members of the club).
l Runners from across the county still have time to enter Run Northumberland’s Bamburgh 10k race on Sunday, June 17.
Entry for the race, which starts within Bamburgh Castle at 9.30am, is £13 for unattached runners and £11 for UKA club runners.
The route offers great views of rolling dunes, sandy beaches and the Farne Islands.
For more information, visit www.runnorthumberland.org