Harriers complete their athletics league season
Morpeth Harriers Senior Men and Women’s Track and Field squad completed their 2019 Northern Athletics League Division 2E programme by finishing third in a closely fought final fixture at Churchill Playing Fields, Whitley Bay, on Saturday
This meant that cumulatively they had finished a respectable third overall for the season behind league leaders and on the day match winners Leeds City.
Such was the closeness of this match that only a mere 66 points divided the first and fifth placed teams. Morpeth Harriers just managed to pip close rivals Wallsend/Blyth by nine points to clinch third spot, while Middlesbrough AC (Mandale) finished fifth on the day ahead of Harrogate and both they and their North Yorkshire counterparts face the drop into Division 3 for next year.
In the Men’s events, Morpeth wins were hard to come by with only one being achieved, that of Matthew Waterfield in the B 100m in 11.4s.
Some good contributions by the Women’s section of the squad saw them achieve two A String and two B String victories, amongst them a double victory by Bobbie Griffiths, who won the A String Javelin with a best of 33.41m, while Claire Reid took the B String competition with a best of 16.87m.
Competing alongside Reid for Morpeth in the Discus and Hammer was rising U17 Jessica Gardiner, who finished second in the A String Discus with 30.57m and second also in the Hammer A String with 38.45m.
Morpeth’s other Women’s win came in the 1500m, where Rachelle Falloon took easy victory in 4m54.1s. Under 17 Holly Peck, just returned from a family holiday, finished second in the B Race in 5m28.2s.
In the Men’s Field events, International Craig Charlton and Under 20 athlete Ruaridh Lang achieved good performances, which in turn were well backed by Morpeth’s long serving stalwart thrower Steven Appleby, who has competed for the club since being a mere boy himself.
In his specialist event the Shot Putt, Charlton finished second in the A String with 13.85m and also second in the A String Hammer, throwing a best of 35.52m, and was well backed up in the B String competition by Appleby, who threw a best of 20.17m to finish third.