Silver for Matt at Northern Championships
In what was his only his third competitive 400m for over two years, Loughborough University student and Morpeth Harrier Matthew Waterfield produced a top drawer performance to win a Northern Athletics Championship silver medal at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday.
Clocking a season’s best of 49.57s, he only lost out in the race for gold by a mere fraction of a second to fellow Under 23 athlete Rory Keen of Sale Harriers in the Senior Men’s Championship, so going one better than the bronze that he won at Sports City in 2019. Waterfield had previously finished second to Keen in his earlier run heat.
The following day, Waterfield’s silver was matched by club colleague Charlotte Earl in the Under 20 Triple Jump, who leaped 10 metres 92 centimetres to finish in second place to Holly Aitchison of Stockport who won with 11.70m. Charlotte was only 20cms off her personal best but, like many others, is still finding her way back to competitive action.
Another Morpeth sprinter in action on the first day was Under 23 athlete Jessica Young-Rogers, who finished fifth in the final in 12.51s after finishing third in her heat of the Senior Women’s 100m in a season’s best of 12.38s.
In the Senior Men’s 1500m Final, Morpeth’s Alistair Douglass finished ninth in 4m04.09s, a second adrift of his personal best.
Elsewhere on the track, Morpeth’s Under 23 athletes Rory Leonard and Alex Brown were both in 5000m action at the high-profile BMC Grand Prix Meeting held at Watford on Saturday evening.
Leonard finished a good fourth in a strong field in the Men’s A Race, posting a finishing time of 13m55.3s, which was around five seconds adrift of his personal best for the twelve and a half lap distance.
In the B Race, Brown finished 24th, but bettered his two-year-old personal best by thirty-eight seconds, when he finished with a clocking of 14m46.85s.
Eshott Airfield near Morpeth was the venue for the Eshott Flyer 10k last week and Alnwick Harriers had several runners in action. Steve Carragher was first home for the club in an impressive 36.29, and the ladies team of Jo Powell, Rosie Davison and Louisa Scola took the women’s team prize.