Now based on the West coast of America, Blyth born Morpeth Harrier James Young continued his fine run mins 37.2secs when winning the 1500m at the Bryan Clay Invitational meet at Azusa, California last weekend.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 9:18 am
Morpeth's Dan Melling, Bertie Marr and Will de Vere Owen all showing in the 3000m.

The Academy of Art student’s performance came a month after his 4:00:04 for the mile indoors, and sees Young fifth in the UK rankings for the year so far.

The first Track and Field meeting to be held on the track at KEVI this year took place under balmy spring skies on Sunday.

For Morpeth, O50 veteran Jason Dawson won his heat of the 200m with a time of 27.96 seconds and U/17 Ellie Wickens was 2nd in hers with 29.18s. 400m hurdler specialist Nisha Desai posted 27.20s for the 200 in heat 10, with Josh Adams running the club’s fastest time of the day, 24.75s, in heat 11. Fastest run of the day overall was by Gateshead’s Matthew Williamson when winning heat 12 in 23.44s.

There were some good performances in the 800m track race, Josh’s father Eric winning his heat in 2. 26:01 and U15 Oliver Tomlinson racing well to take heat 9 in 2:21:08, his younger sister Emma having run 2:50:99. U/15 Joe Close ran 2:13:12 with the club’s fastest time of the day by Liam Roche in 2:06:98.

There were only four heats in the 3000m, with U/17 Ryan Davies setting a new PB (9.21.04) but just losing out to Blaydon’s Will Collinson whilst U/20 Dan Melling ran Morpeth’s fastest time of the day of 8:52: 74. U/17s Bertie Marr ran 9:14:31 and Will de Vere Owen 9:17:17.

Morpeth’s furthest long jump of the day was by Abbie Ross with 4.87m.

Brother and sister team of Jess and Ed Gardiner had a busy afternoon, competing in both Discus and Hammer. Jess threw 32.10m in the Discus with younger brother Ed 29.32. Longest throw of the day was by NSP’s James Wordsworth with 46m.

In her first competitive outing of the year in her main specialism of the Hammer, Jess was a little disappointed to throw 37.87m but with little technical training possible over the last few months, improvements will come as training resumes in earnest.

Many athletes professed themselves understandably a little rusty and out of sorts, but were again delighted to see some degree of normality resuming to the sport.