Alex races to victory in mid-Cheshire 5k event
Morpeth’s Alex Brown pulled off a tremendous victory in the Mid-Cheshire 5k held on flat country roads at Kingsley on Friday evening.
With Liverpool Harrier and clear favourite Jonny Mellor going to the front from the start, the field was soon spread out with only Brown prepared to give chase to the 2020 British Marathon Champion and England international.
Hanging in tenaciously as the gap extended to some twenty yards at one point, Brown found a tremendous burst of speed over the last 400 metres to haul Mellor back with a final margin of victory of only one second.
Brown’s clocking of 14 minutes 11 seconds was a new personal best and shows the tremendous progress the previously Lindsay Dunn coached athlete continues to make under the guidance of Nathan Shrubb.
Behind Brown, fellow Morpeth Harrier George Lowry recorded a time of 14m 34 s in 13th place, just off his personal best.
Two days beforehand the first event of the 2021 North Eastern Grand Prix took place at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow. This was another sign of a welcome return to normal service after the cancellation of the whole programme in 2020, although current Covid restrictions remained in place.
Track distances included seeded races in the 75m, 150m, 300, and 1500m, with Field events in the Long Jump, Shot Putt and Javelin in two pools.
The 16 Morpeth Harriers taking part produced 12 personal bests and three event wins between them.
Two of these came in the 1500m where both Joe Close and Connor Marshall ran pbs, with Close clocking 4m 48.65s and Marshall 4m18.12s. Club colleagues Oliver Tomlinson (4m 52.08s) and Will de Vere Owen (4m 18.98s) came third and fourth in the two heats.
Under 17 sprinter Evan Logan won his heat of the 150m, a distance not usually competed over, in 17.47s, the third fastest in his age group.
Fellow sprinter Jess Young-Rogers placed fourth in the same heat in 18.72s.
In other 1500m heats Ryan Davies took a whole nine seconds off his previous personal best when recording 4m 18..88s in his heat, a big improvement matched by Under 20 Kate Gaffing (5m 20.58s in her heat), a pb by twenty seconds. Caitlin Flanagan and Kate Kennedy also recorded improved times, and Emma Tomlinson completed her first ever 1500m race.
In the night’s fastest 1500m, Kieran Hedley placed sixth in 4m 00.76s with Ali Douglas three places behind in 4m 08.68s.
Abbie Ross produced a best effort of 4.68m in the Long Jump and was second female.
The next meeting in three weeks time will again take place at Jarrow and will feature the Jimmy Hedley Cup, presented annually in honour of the legendary coach of Steve Cram.
Meanwhile, in Alnwick, the local Triathlon Club have resumed training after a lengthy lay-off due to lockdown.
The adults are back open swimming in Ladyburn Lake at Druridge Bay and the juniors are back in the pool at Willowburn and group cycle training.