Young Harriers take gold in youth championships

Monday nights this month have seen Morpeth Harriers open their 2019 Young Athletes Club Championships programme, with the U13 athletes the first age group to test the 1.25mile circuit of Lancaster Park.

Wednesday, 4th September 2019, 14:01 pm
Updated Saturday, 28th September 2019, 03:03 am
John Butters.

Reeves, The Pensions Specialists are again sponsoring the series, and Oliver Calvert and Keira Peck were the respective recipients of the Boys and Girls U13 Gold Medals in the opening race.

Calvert got around the course in 8m17s, winning by the slender margin of two seconds from closest rival Oliver Tomlinson, who took the Silver medal, ahead of third placed Sam Dent (8m26s), who won Bronze. Tomlinson had won the gold medal in the Under 11 Boys event in 2018.

Peck’s win in the Girls race had something extra special to it, however. She had previously won gold in the Under 11 Girls Championships in both 2017 and 2018, and taking gold again meant that she is partly on her way to emulating elder sister Holly, who won gold at Under 11, Under 13, Under 15, and last year Under 17. Keira got around the circuit in 9m53s, to win comfortably from Olivia Bell (11m29s), with Libby Fife taking bronze in 11m57s.

The following week, the second event in the Championships saw the Under 11 Championships, with a total of ten athletes, five boys and five girls, toeing the start line of the 1.25 mile course.

Sam Davies, in his very first attempt at the event, came home in fine style to record an emphatic win in the Boys event, posting a time of 9m22s, which was five and one second faster respectively than the previous winners of the age group, Oliver Tomlinson and Sam Dent.

Sam won with 64 seconds to spare over the second overall finisher, who happened to be Iris Dungait (10m26s), also tackling the course for the first time, who was happy to take the gold medal in the Girls Championship.

Sixteen seconds behind Iris was the second Boy finisher Toby Marr (10m42s), who won silver, and not far adrift of Toby as fourth overall finisher was Florence Crichton (10m46s), who was Girls silver medallist.

John Butters completed the gruelling 73 miles of the Cumbrian Way Ultra in the Lake District recently. Starting at 6a. and finishing just after 8.45pm, John completed the distance in a time of 14:46:51 to finish in a remarkable fourth place.