Morpeth men miss out on 6-stage relay medals
Missing out on a medal by the narrowest of 12 second margins, Morpeth Harriers’ Senior Men’s squad finished in the cruellest of fourth places at the Northern Athletics 6 Stage Relays at Sportcity, Manchester on Sunday.
The annual six man Autumn relays saw top teams from across the North of England compete over individual legs of 6.8 kilometres (4¼ miles). This year’s strong competition was won by Leeds City in a time of 2 hours 31 seconds with Sale Harriers in 2nd place (2:02:43) and Salford Harriers 3rd (2:02:59).
For Morpeth, Sam Hancox finished in 13th on the first leg (20 minutes and 30 seconds) but the club dropped to 18th after leg 2. George Lowry moved the club up a whole ten places on leg 3, however, while recording the same time as Hancox. Youngsters Rory Leonard (20m 36s) and Alex Brown (20m 20s) got the club up to and kept them at a good 4th place thereafter, but despite a flying 19m 27s last leg from Carl Avery, the 3rd fastest overall of the day, the gap proved tantalisingly just too big to close for a bronze medal, the overall time being 2:03:11.
Morpeth’s Under 15 boys also had a very creditable performance, finishing in 5th place in the earlier three man relay held over a distance of 3100m. Finishing in an overall time of 35m 30s, Joe Dixon clocked the club’s fastest time (11m 22s) with Bertie Marr recording 12m 00s on leg 2 and Ryan Davies 12m 14s on leg 3.
The traditional curtain raiser for the cross-country season, the Ken Jefferson Memorial Open races, were held at Farrington in Sunderland on Saturday and a successful afternoon for the club saw them win both Men’s and Women’s team competitions while also picking up a second place in the Men’s Veterans race.
Michelle Thompson on leg 1 clocked 11m 38s for the 1.8 mile course, and Alison Brown (11m 53s), with Rachelle Falloon 10m 24s the fastest of the afternoon to bring the team home..
In the Senior Men’s and Veterans race, Ross Floyd ran 9m 2s on leg 1, Jordan Scott 9m 9s on leg 2, Dan Dixon a fastest of the day 8m 58s on leg 3 and. Lewis Timmins 9m 20s on the final leg..
The Veteran team of Dave Nicholson (11m 14s), Jason Dawson (10m 52s), Lee Bennett (10m 7s) and Phil Walker (10m 45s) finished second behind Sunderland Harriers.