Four indoor medals for Morpeth athletes at Sheffield
Four Championship medals were won by athletes from Morpeth Harriers at the Northern Athletics Indoor Track and Field Championships at Sheffield Arena on Saturday and Sunday.
U17 Woman Hurdles specialist Amy Lott made a splendid start to 2020, when she won a hard and well-earned silver medal on the first day of competition on Saturday.
Lott worked her way through three gruelling rounds, including the final, over a 90 minute period, only losing out by a mere four tenths of a second - the thickness of her club vest - to Stockport’s Meg Corker, last year’s Cheshire U15 County Champion and runner up in the English Schools Championships in the outdoor 75m Hurdles.
Having won her opening heat in a fairly modest 9.04 seconds, Lott went on to record two consecutive PB performances of 8.93s in her semi and 8.86s in the final, where she led slightly going over the final hurdle, but lost the run for the line.
Another Morpeth Harriers sprinter in action at Sheffield on the first day was Abbie Ross, who was having her very first experience of the Indoor circuit. She finished eighth in her heat of the U17 Women’s 60m Sprint. She also took part in the long jump final, achieving a best of 4.50m, which placed her 27th. Under 20 Kayleigh Wenn also produced a personal best of 9.07m in the triple jump on the same day.
There were two gold medals on the Sunday, however, with Rory Leonard, in his first piece of competitive action since early November in Mansfield, taking gold in the U20 Men’s 3000m in a time of 8m 47.83s. The previous day he had finished just outside the medals in the 1500m when he finished fourth in 4m03.77s in the 1500m.
Another Morpeth gold medal winner on Sunday was Craig Charlton, who won the Senior Men’s Shot Putt with his best effort of 15.32m, almost equal to his personal best. Ruaridh Lang of Morpeth finished seventh in the same competition with a best of 11.46m in his series of efforts.
Another Morpeth medallist on Sunday was Charlotte Earl, who won Bronze in the Under 17 Women’s Triple Jump, with a best of 10.83m, which was just outside her personal best.