Harriers embark on a new cross country series
The new cross country season got under way at the weekend with the first meeting of the 2019/20 North East Harrier League at Wrekenton, Low Fell.
Morpeth had one outstanding individual victory along with one team win, as well as three second team places.
The individual and team wins came courtesy of the club’s U15 boys where Joe Dixon led from the front to win in a time of 8 minutes 32 seconds, some 14 seconds ahead of his nearest rival. Dixon was supported by Ryan Davies, 3rd in 8:47 and Bertie Marr, 5th in 8:49. With Will De Vere-Owen in 10th, Adam Howliston 25th and Matthew Walton 45th.
The U17 boys also placed second on the day with a good third place from Euan Duffin, supported by Dylan Davies in ninth and Ben Waterfield in 12th.
Morpeth’s only other complete Junior team was the U13 boys, who finished sixth. Running from fast pack, U/20 Robyn Bennett ran the second fastest time of the race in the U17 girls /U20 women combined race to place ninth and U/17 Holly Peck, also from fast pack, was not far behind in 14th.
First race of the day had been the very popular U/11 boys and Daniel Scott was 11th here.
Meanwhile in the Senior Women and Senior Men’s races, the final two events of the day, there were excellent matching second places for both teams.
Jane Hodgson recorded the fastest time of the race (24:23) from the medium pack to finish in third place overall. Only a few seconds slower (24:28) but out of fast pack, Rachelle Falloon was the club’s next counter in 10th. With Claire Calverley third counter and Lindsey Quinn making up the team count, and some 12 athletes representing the club in total, this was a strong start to the season, although NSP presented a determined effort to win on the day in defence of the title they won last year.
The senior men ran a six mile circuit and saw the largest field with over 650. First home for Morpeth was young Alex Cunningham in his first outing with the seniors, placing an excellent third overall. He was followed home by veterans Gary Jones, ninth , and Jason Dawson, 35th.Jordan Scott Mark Snowball and Andrew Lawrence were the other counters.