Helen wins her second Masters vest for England

Morpeth Harrier Helen King won her second England Masters vest as a member of the England versus Wales Masters team in the Barry Island 10k at the weekend.

Tuesday, 23rd July 2019, 12:05 pm
Updated Wednesday, 7th August 2019, 11:27 am
Helen King at Barry Island.

Her long journey down to the Vale of Glamorgan to take part in the popular annual race – which she described as pretty and scenic, but also challenging with no less than six hills – was rewarded by a first prize in the O45 category and a terrific time of 39 minutes 44 seconds.

Jason Dawson and Michelle Thompson competed in the sixth and final NE Masters Grand Prix at Jarrow’s Monkton Stadium last week. Dawson produced a new PB of 2m 19.4s in the 800m and Thompson clocked 2m 43.4s.

As the result of a string of fine performances in five meetings over distances from 800 to 3000m, Dawson won the O45 Men’s category in the season- long Grand Prix.

Three athletes from Morpeth Harriers took part in the fourth and final BMC Regional meeting on Thursday at Leeds Becket University. All events were held over a 1500m distance.

Phil Winkler took part in the A race and finished in 4m 07.78, and Adam Pratt produced a new personal best of 4m02.23s when finishing second to Wakefield’s Matt Hill in a talent filled C Race. Hill clocked 4m02.13s, and Pratt took two seconds off his previous best.

It completed a busy few days for Pratt, who had also posted a new PB of 9m32.53s when finishing just outside the medals in fourth place in the Men’s 3000m Steeplechase at the England Athletics Senior Championships at Manchester’s Sports the previous weekend.

Morpeth’s other competing athlete in Leeds was Rhiannon Hedley, who

was fourth fastest U17 Woman when she posted 4m57.77s.

Tom Innes was first Morpeth Harrier home at the Fell ‘em Doon Woodlands 10k at Ashington last Wednesday. Second overall behind David Green of North Shields Polytechnic Harriers, Innes clocked 35m 56s. Not too far behind him was clubmate Mark Snowball, 4th in 37m 33s.

Shaun Land was 7th in the South Shields 10-mile race on Sunday. First home over the scenic course, which started and finished at Souter Point Lighthouse, was Ali Bailey of Gateshead in 57m 26s, with Shaun finishing in 64m 56s.