Teenager Daniel proves to be prize guy in club contest

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Morpeth Harrier Daniel Dixon won the judges’ verdict to be named as the club’s Linden Homes-sponsored athlete of the month for December 2015.

The under-15 boy won the award after his excellent run to finish second in the North Eastern Counties Cross-Country Championships at Sedgefield, County Durham, in very wintry conditions, claiming the individual silver medal and sowing the seeds for an excellent team victory too.

Daniel was presented with his certificate of achievement by the club’s Press Officer, George Patterson, at their clubhouse on Mitford Road, on Monday, January 11.

Daniel now joins previous award winners Ruaridh Lang (May), Bobbie Griffiths (June), Scott Beattie (July), David Thomas (August), Kieran Hedley (September), Holly Peck (October), and Taylor Glover (November) in the line-up for a possible more lucrative award later this year, courtesy of their sponsor.

 Only 25 seconds divided the first three finishers in the annual Bermuda 10k Road Race, run on Saturday.

The event had 831 finishers, and Morpeth Harrier Nick Swinburn was third home in 31m48s.

Conditions played a big part in terms of everyone’s finishing time, but Nick ran well in the leading group and was first home from Great Britain.

Only the first three managed to dip under the 32-minute mark. The race was won by Zambia’s Jordan Chipangama, with Nick just losing out for second place by a mere two seconds to Bermuda’s Lamont Marshall.

Other Brits in the event were Cardiff’s Adam Bitchell, who finished fourth in 33m22s, Havering’s Faye Fullerton, who finished seventh in 35m37s, and was first lady, Cardiff’s Charlotte Arter, who finished eighth in 35m48s, and was second lady, and Bedford’s Suzi Boast, who finished 17th in 38m29s, and was sixth lady finisher.

 The first day of the Northern Athletics under-17, under-20 and senior indoor championships at Sheffield Arena on Saturday saw Morpeth Harrier Rory Leonard finish fifth in the final of the under-17 men’s 1,500m.

Running in what was only his second-ever indoor event, Leonard posted a finishing time of 4m32.38s, which, although not quite as good as his previous effort at that distance, was only 10 seconds adrift of a podium place.

Added to that, Leonard was also running a year younger than most of his rivals, so he can feel well pleased with his effort against more experienced opposition.

 Two Morpeth Harriers competed in the annual Brass Monkey Half Marathon held in York on Sunday.

Ian Harding emulated his finishing position of 2015, by again placing fifth, but on this occasion bettering his previous finishing time by a whole 25 seconds, clocking in at 69m51s.

The club’s other finisher was Steve Haswell, who finished 125th overall in 83m54s, and was 10th over-45 veteran man.