Harriers stretch their legs in distance events

Two Morpeth Harriers travelled to the North West at the weekend to take part in the Wiggle Manchester half-marathon.

Wednesday, 25th September 2019, 7:40 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th October 2019, 10:49 am
Morpeth Harriers at the Alwinton Show race.

In a men’s race won by Ben Connor in 1:03:12, Karl Taylor finished in 65th place in a time of 1:16:04. Michelle Thompson, meanwhile, set a new personal best for the distance by running 1:26:48, finishing in an overall 366th but 6th Over 35 female.

Saturday saw the 153rd Alwinton Show, the last show of the year in Northumberland, and the junior and senior fell races were, as ever, keenly contested.

There was a Morpeth one, two, three in the 16 and under boys’ race, with Ryan Davies taking a lead on the early climb only to be pegged back by Joe Dixon on the descent, with Dixon winning by only a few metres at the finish. Bertie Marr came in second with James Tilley also in the top ten. Abi Leiper was second in the girls’ race.

Around 7,000 athletes took part in the tenth anniversary edition of the Kielder Marathon series with Morpeth Harriers represented across all of the weekend’s events.

Morpeth’s sole medal success came in the 10k where Mark Snowball ran a time of 35mins 35secs on the undulating course, which saw him claim second place. Mark finished 20secs behind winner Liam Taylor, of Sunderland Harriers.

In the marathon, Morpeth’s highest finisher was Andrew Hebden, who finished seventh overall in 2:58:42. Second home for Morpeth was Gary Mason, who finished 176th in 3:58:48.

The gold medal went to North East veteran Iain Tweddle in a time of 2:45:56.

The British Modern Triathlon Championships were held at Solihull.

The event comprises a 200m pool swim, followed by the Combined LaserRun which involves 4x800m runs interspersed with 4xpistol shooting.

Ross Charlton posted a personal best in the swim, with 2mins 16 seconds which put him in sixth place. The athletes swim time is converted to a handicap for the LaserRun.

Although the specialist swimmers had a significant head start on Ross, he soon made up the handicap and came home a comfortable winner in 11.17, about 30 seconds ahead of Yeovil's George Case and London's George Simpson.