Harriers round off NE Grand Prix athletics series
The sixth and final meeting of the Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix series was held at Gateshead Stadium last Wednesday, and eight athletes from Morpeth Harriers were able to enjoy a relatively warm and sunny end to proceedings.
For Under 15 Boy athletes Joe Dixon and Bertie Marr it was a particularly enjoyable experience.
Although the pair couldn’t quite get on level terms with Birtley AC dynamo Chris Perkins, they performed well to finish a respective second and third in their 3000m event, with Dixon running the distance for the first time and clocking a very respectable 9m48.50s. Marr produced new figures of 9m54.52s, taking 11 seconds off his previous best.
In the Senior Graded 3000m, Morpeth athletes Rowan Bennett and Ross Charlton both produced excellent performances, finishing fourth and sixth respectively behind Middlesbrough and Cleveland’s Gregg Jayasuriya, who won in 8m40.64s.
Both produced pb performances of 8m55.07s and 8m59.03s respectively. For Bennett, this saw him take a massive chunk of 45 seconds off his previous figures, while Charlton improved by 33 seconds.
Ben Waterfield and Dylan Gooding competed in separate heats of the Graded 800m. Waterfield finished seventh in the fastest race, posting a time of 2m00.18s, and Gooding was second in the B Race in 2m09.47s. The pair were second and third in their Under 17 age group.
Morpeth’s remaining two athletes competed in the Field Events. Max Marr, older brother of Under 15 Boy Bertie, was second best performer in the Senior Long Jump, producing a best effort of 5.59m. In the Senior Javelin, Bobbie Griffiths produced a throw of 35.24m to win the overall competition.
The season’s Grand Prix standings are now complete and Griffiths also emerges as Morpeth Harriers best overall performer throughout, finishing fifth in the Under 20 Women’s section.
At Saturday’s BMC Trafford Grand Prix meeting, Alistair Douglass took a second off his previous best in the Men’s 800m when finishing second in the 12th fastest race of the night, posting new figures of 1m54.52s.