Silver medal for Dixon in Euro Sprint Triathlon

Daniel Dixon missed out on a gold medal by the agonising margin of only six seconds in the Junior Men’s Final of the European Triathlon Sprint and Relay Championships in Kitzbuhel, Austria at the weekend.

Monday, 21st June 2021, 12:32 pm
Morpeth Stars at the Monkton Masters Championship.
Morpeth Stars at the Monkton Masters Championship.

First out of the water after the swim, Dixon had a terrific tussle with German rival Henry Graf throughout the fiercely contested competition.

Entering second transition neck and neck, Dixon’s bike became unfortunately tangled up with another's in a very congested zone, so he entered the run phase some eight seconds behind his rival.

Pushing hard on the run, Dixon actually got ahead on the second lap but, having given everything, he eventually lost out by a very narrow margin to Graf on the run.

Inevitably disappointed, his silver medal in a major competition is nevertheless another remarkable achievement and a further staging post in his remarkable progress.

Having been cancelled in 2020, the Sunderland City Runs took place over the weekend, with the 5k run starting on Saturday evening and the 10k and half marathon the following morning.

Morpeth Harrier Carl Avery was first home in the 5k in a time of 14 minutes 48 seconds, over ten seconds ahead of Tyne Bridge Harrier and training partner Finn Brodie in 15:01. Avery’s win is a fine return to form after a spell on the sidelines with injury.

The 10k was won by Ben Connor in 30:03 with Ross Floyd first home for Morpeth in 31:23. Fellow Harrier Shaun Land recorded a pb when placing 25th in a time of 37:53.

There were no less than nine golds, three silvers one bronze and two new Championship records for the Morpeth Harriers veterans who took part in the North East Masters Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow on Saturday afternoon.

Chief amongst them was Over 65 Gavin Bayne, who came home with no less than three gold medals after wins in the 800m, 1500m and 5000m, a tremendous series on one afternoon.

Victory in the 5000m over club colleague and rival Dave Nicholson was particularly hard fought, with Nicholson tracking him every inch of the way till the last 200m, but having to settle for a silver, Bayne recording a time of 19 minutes 26.49 seconds.

The two Championship records were set by Over 70 Pam Woodcock as she took gold in the 1500m in a time of 7:04:98, and by Over 75 Paul Bentley in the 5000m with a time of 24:58:05.

There were also golds for O/50 Jason Dawson in both the 400m and 800m, for O/65 Paul Bellingham in the 800m and for David McGuchin in the O/70 5000m.

Meanwhile Archie Jenkins picked up a bronze in the O/65 1500m to add still further to his wide collection of Track and Field medals, gained over five decades of competition.

Sprinter Laura Kincaid was unlucky in having to settle for Silver in all three sprints, finishing second in the O/35s for 100m, 200m and 400m in a busy but productive afternoon.

In the recent Eshott Flyer, Sunderland’s Craig Gunn won ahead of Morpeth pair John Butters and Richard Johnson.