Harriers to the fore in Whitley Bay race
The first competitive action of the New Year saw a day of mixed fortunes at Temple Park, South Shields on Saturday, with Morpeth Harriers comfortably retaining the Sherman Cup but unable to hold on to the Davison Shield.
The men’s team gold came courtesy of their U15 boys squad, for whom Joe Dixon again led the way, finishing in 2nd place. He was supported by the runs of Ryan Davies in 6th and Will De Vere-Owen in 12th.
The run of Rowan Bennett to take an individual gold in the U17s was one of the highlights of the day He was supported by the runs of Dylan Davies in 10th and Euan Duffin 11th.
Ollie Calvert was first home in the U13 boys race, finishing in 6th place, with supporting runs by Oliver Tomlinson in 8th and Sam Livingstone in 19th.
In the Seniors, Ross Charlton, showed fine form when finishing 3rd overall behind Calum Johnson and Charlie Mcmillan of Gateshead Harriers. Adam Pratt had a good run to make the top ten, finishing 9th overall, with the 3rd team count coming from Taylor Glover only one place behind. The team were 2nd behind Gateshead. In the veteran men’s race, meanwhile, Gary Jones was 50th and Lee Bennett 55th.
Morpeth finished on 12 points, well clear of nearest rivals Gateshead Harriers with Gosforth Harriers in 3rd.
Sadly, a couple of last minute drop outs from illness and one or two no shows in the Davison Shield meant that two of the three Junior teams were incomplete, and so realistically any prospect of retaining the title from last year was lost.
Nevertheless, the Senior Women were able to go one better than their male counterparts, winning the Women’s team race, with Cat MacDonald only missing out on gold to Amy Fuller of Elswick by a one second margin. She was well supported by Josie Cram in 4th, and sister Lorna in 21st.
The U17/20 combined squad also finished 2nd. They were led home by Robyn Bennett, older sister of Rowan, who won by a margin of some eight seconds.
The Davison Shield was won by Gateshead Harriers with Birtley AC in 2nd and Gosforth Harriers 3rd.