Waterfield the toast of club and school at 400m

Eighteen-year-old Matthew Waterfield is now the toast of both his club, Morpeth Harriers, and King Edward School in Morpeth after becoming the town’s latest English Schools Champion.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 10 July, 2019, 14:32
Matthew Waterfield on the podium at Birmingham.

After getting through last Friday’s heats of the Senior Boys 400m, where he posted the second equal fastest time of 49.46s, he returned to the Birmingham Alexander Stadium track on Saturday to not only produce a new lifetime best of 48.72s but also a breath-taking performance which won him, and Northumberland Schools, a most welcome gold medal.

Waterfield, who was one of six Morpeth Harriers taking part in the annual two-day event, was the club’s only medallist. Morpeth’s other Senior Boy in action was throws specialist Ruaridh Lang, who will possibly be a little disappointed in finishing sixth in the Discus, with a best throw of 44.75m.

In the Senior Girls Javelin, Bobbie Griffiths finished seventh, throwing a best of 40.34m. Jessica Gardiner also finished seventh in the Intermediate Girls Discus, throwing a best of 32.50m.

On Friday’s day one competition, Morpeth’s Amy Lott and Alice Geoghegan were in competitive action. Lott did well to get through to the semi-finals of the Intermediate Girls 80m Hurdles, finishing third in her heat in 12.10s but was knocked out in the semi-final. Geoghegan did not quite rise to her best form, finishing sixth in her heat in 43.68s.

In only her second track outing of the current season, Laura Weightman finished second to Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands in Friday’s Women’s one mile event at the IAAF Diamond League fixture in Monaco.

Whilst Hassan won in a new World Record time, posting an outstanding 4m12.33s, Weightman led the remaining 11 home and posted a new personal best of 4m17.60s by nearly three seconds.

She was also agonisingly only three hundredths of a second adrift of Zola Budd’s 34-year-old British record, but does now go to second in the all time rankings, ahead of current rival Laura Muir.

Morpeth Harriers won their third round Northern League Division 2 match, held at KEVI School on Sunday. The club finished 11 points ahead of Gateshead Harriers, with current league leaders Leeds City third, a further 17 points adrift.