Harriers take third place in league fixture

A much better performance saw Morpeth Harriers Senior Track and Field squad finish third of six competing clubs in their second round Northern Athletics League Division 2E fixture, held at Middlesbrough Sports Village, on Sunday.

Monday, 24th June 2019, 12:19 pm
Updated Wednesday, 26th June 2019, 09:39 am
Matthew Waterfield.

One athlete who was clearly unaffected by the conditions was Morpeth Harriers’ leading sprinter and KEVI sixth former Matthew Waterfield, who was unfortunate to only finish third in the 100m in a blanket finish, but did produce a lifetime best of 10.9s.

Later, he was delighted with the reversal of fortunes in the later run 200m, which he won in a new lifetime best of 22.1s, taking almost half a second off his previous figures.

Alistair Douglass just lost out on victory by a fraction of a second in the 1500m, to Wallsend/Blyth’s Josh Fiddaman, where he clocked 4m08.3s, and recent Northern 3000m Steeplechase Champion Adam Pratt produced excellent Morpeth B String backing, winning in 4m10.9s.

In the 5000m Morpeth’s Thomas Straughan finished second in the A race to Wallsend/Blyth’s Jordan Middlemist, clocking 15m40.8s, and Ian Harding won the B String, posting a time of 16m11.6s. Harding had earlier given good support to Daniel Melling in the 800m, by winning the B String in 2m17.3s.

Morpeth’s Mark Snowball bettered his personal figures by one second

​when finishing second in the A String 3000m Steeplechase, posting a time of 10m11.6s.

Morpeth Harriers finished second in both Men’s Relays.

In the Morpeth Men’s Field Events, throws specialist Craig Charlton worked his socks off to manage an A String victory in his strongest event, the Shot Putt, where he produced a new personal best of 15.33m. He then finished second in the A String Discus, producing an on the day best of 33.91m, and also finished second in the Hammer, with 37.29m.

In the Women’s events Morpeth had one A String winner in Bobbie Griffiths who won the Javelin, posting a best throw of 39.55m.

Team Managers David Swinburne (Men), and Vina Desai agreed that this was a much better result all round from the first match and bodes well for the future.