It was certainly a record breaking night on Monday 30th October, as Morpeth Harriers brought down the curtain on their 2017 Young Athletes Club Road Championships, with the holding of their Under 15 and Under 17 age group events, held on the 1.33mile, one lap, circuit round Lancaster Park.
In the Under 17 Men’s event, all of the respective Gold, Silver, and Bronze medallists,
achieved times within the previous best time, 6m50s, set by Kieran Hedley in 2016.
Leading the field of fifteen home, and taking the Gold Medal, posting a finishing time of 6m33s
was Rory Leonard, who was very solidly chased home by Taylor Glover, who clocked 6m39s.
This was the second time within two days that the pair had locked horns, both having chased each other round Temple Park in the Sherman Cup on the Saturday, and again it made for an interesting contest, however Glover is still awaiting his chance to outwit his club colleague, and it does point to a very healthy competitive in-house rivalry, which in turn makes this age group very strong contenders for medals nationally.
Third place and a well-earned Bronze medal, went to 2016 Under 15 Boys Champion Daniel Dixon,
who also got within the previous course record, posting a finishing time of 6m47s,
which was sixteen seconds faster than his winning time last year.
Another athlete improving on her 2016 winning time was Gracie Hufton,
who retained her Under 17 Women’s title, by posting a time of 8m26s,
bettering her previous winning time by all of forty-six seconds.
She won with thirty-nine seconds to spare over Kirsty Duffin,
who took the Silver medal, with Kay Errington grabbing the Bronze medal in 9m34s.
Another record breaker and Gold medal winner was Holly Peck,
who broke her own Under 15 Girls 2016 course record by one second,
when she posted a time of 8m08s, winning by the healthy margin of
seventy seconds from Lily Heaton, who took the Silver Medal,
with Rebecca Bradley coming home in 9m27s to take the Bronze medal.
There was very strong competition in the Under 15 Boys event,
where Thomas Cunningham won in 7m21s to take the Gold Medal.
He won with thirteen seconds to spare over Euan Duffin, who took the Silver,
thus emulating his elder sister Kirsty’s achievement in the Under 17 Women’s event.
Third place, and Bronze Medal in the Under 15 Boys event, went to Dylan Davies,
who eventually fought off the close attentions of fourth placed Ben Walker.
Davies posted a finishing time of 7m47s, to Walker’s 7m56s.
A total of thirty-seven athletes contested the four championships,
including the following not already mentioned,
UNDER 15 BOYS
Andrew Hudspith (5th) 8m05s,
Tom Balsdon (6th) 8m10s,
Ben Waterfield (7th) 8m14s,
William Donaldson (8th) 8m16s,
Finn Shaw (9th) 8m52s,
James Gilholme (10th) 8m56s,
Ciaran Leahy (11th) 9m16s,
Christian Graham (12th) 9m19s,
Jack Findlayson (13th) 9m49s,
Ben Gray (14th) 9m53s.
UNDER 15 GIRLS
Amelie Binns-Smith (4th) 11m30s.
UNDER 17 MEN
Ross Charlton (4th) 6m56s,
Joe Ramshaw (5th) 7m01s,
Daniel Melling (6th) 7m02s,
Connor Marshall (7th) 7m18s,
Alex Cunningham (8th) 7m19s,
Matthew Waterfield (9th) 7m30s,
Joe Dowd (10th) 7m31s,
Brad Brown (11th) 7m43s,
Sam Bradley (12th) 8m00s,
Owen Wilcox (13th) 8m04s,
Lewis Eke (14th) 8m09s,
Cameron Austin-Walker (15th) 9m11s.
UNDER 17 WOMEN
Erin Dodds (4th) 10m37s.
Successful athletes will be receiving their respective Championship Trophies and Medals
at the clubs Presentation Night, being held on the evening of Sunday 25th November
at Bar Luga in Morpeth, tickets priced at £16.00, currently available from Paddy Paulsen