Harriers back up and running after lockdown

April’s easing of lockdown saw leading athletes from Morpeth Harriers quickly back into some much anticipated competitive action.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 11:05 am
Updated Monday, 12th April 2021, 11:13 am
Morpeth U20s at Thornley: left to right, Matty Briggs, Ross Charlton and Rowan Bennett.

First out of the blocks was ex KEVI student Rory Leonard now studying at

Loughborough University, who took part in the appropriately named Comeback 5k organised by Belgrave Harriers at Battersea Park Millenium Arena.

Running in the final fastest heat, Leonard finished in third place but more importantly, his time of 13 minutes 50 seconds, a new personal best by over 20 seconds, saw him immediately qualify for the European U23 Championships later in the year.

A few days later, Laura Weightman picked up where she had left off last year,

winning the Fast 5k on the Three Sisters Road Circuit in Wigan with another

imperious performance. Running the first two kilometres with training partner Mary Ngugi in attendance, Weightman stepped up the pace thereafter to leave the other runners trailing in her wake, finishing in a time of 15:30.

Last weekend saw a further opening of competition with the North East Counties

Athletics Association Senior and Veteran Championship Relays held at Thornley

Farm, Peterlee.

Giving a very respectable account of themselves, Morpeth medalled in three out of the five competitions, with bronzes in the Senior Mens and Womens events and an outstanding gold for the male Under 20s, although the most noticeable feature of the day were the smiles worn by so many athletes just happy to be able to be back in business.

Highlight of the day for the club was the form shown by Matthew Briggs, Rowan Bennett and Ross Charlton in winning the U20 Men’s race.

The club’s first medal had come earlier in the Senior Women’s race with the three Macdonald sisters, Lorna, Lindsey and Cat, representing the club’s A team.

The four stage Senior Men’s Relay turned out to be a battle between Gateshead and Sunderland Harriers, with Gateshead the eventual winners.

Morpeth (Jordan Scott, Andy Lawrence, Adam Pratt and Ali Douglas) were third.

The following day Alex Brown set a new PB in winning the Endeavour 5k at Middlesbrough with a time of 14: 23.