A total of forty competitors took part in the second night of the 2018 Morpeth Harriers Young Athletes Club Road Championships, sponsored by Reeves, the Pension Specialists,
held on the 1.30mile circuit of Lancaster Park, on the evening of Monday 17th September 2018.
The events incorporated the Under 15 and Under 17 age groups of both genders,
with a total of 24 contesting the former, and 16 the latter.
Fifteen athletes faced the starter in the Under 15 Boys event, and were led home by Euan Duffin,
who won the Gold Medal in a time of 7m09s, taking twenty-five seconds off his 2017 time,
when he had finished second.
Duffin won by a clear twenty-four seconds from Ben Waterfield,
who took the Silver Medal by five seconds from Dylan Davies,
who had to be content with Bronze for the second year in succession,
however with an improvement of nine seconds on his 2017 clocking, a
s he crossed the finish line in 7m38s.
In the Under 15 Girls Championship. Rebecca Bradley took the Gold Medal in 8m44s,
leading a nine strong field home.
For Bradley, it was a forty-three second improvement on her 2017 figures,
when she had finished third to Holly Peck.
Second place and Silver Medal went to Rhiannon Hedley,
who posted a finishing time of 9m11s, just holding off a fast finishing Abby Leiper,
who took the Bronze in 9m17s.
Eleven athletes took part in the Under 17 Men’s Championship,
and were led home by Daniel Dixon, who posted a superb 6m41s,
just taking the Gold Medal from Ross Charlton by one second,
who had obviously run close to his coat tails throughout the one lap affair.
For Dixon and Charlton, it also gave them improvements
of six and fourteen seconds on their 2017 times respectively,
when they had finished in third and fourth places.
The Bronze medal on this occasion went to Daniel Melling, who posted a time of 7m03s.
Earlier we had mentioned Holly Peck winning the Under 15 Girls Championship in 2017,
on this occasion, Peck went one better, and won the Under 17 Women’s Championship,
adding this to her previous victories in the Under 11, Under 13, and Under 15,
a unique record indeed, having won her club championship in all the age groups she has competed in.
Peck posted a winning time of 8m14s, which gave her the Gold Medal
by a margin of twenty-five seconds ahead of Ella Duffield, with Kirsty Duffin,
older sister of Under 15 Boys winner Euan,
finishing third, and securing the Bronze medal in 9m12s.
Other results were as follows
UNDER 15 BOYS
Dylan Gooding (4th) 7m46s,
Sam Tate (5th) 8m12s,
Matthew Walton (6th) 8m15s,
Callum Rowell (7th) 8m47s,
Christian Graham (8th) 9m08s,
Ciaran Leahy (9th) 9m09s,
Steven Speirs (10th) 9m19s,
James Tilley (11th) 9m35s,
Noah Ions (12th) 9m46s,
Joe Oliver (13th) 10m07s,
Andrew Laidlaw (14th) 10m14s,
Euan Eaton (15th) 10m16s.
UNDER 15 GIRLS
Olivia Carruthers (4th) 9m34s,
Laura Melling (5th) 9m48s,
Faye Archbold (6th) 10m11s,
Sophie Coaker (7th) 10m14s,
Erin Power (8th) 10m19s,
Molly Ions (9th) 10m54s.
UNDER 17 MEN
Rowan Bennett (4th) 7m21s,
James Gilholme (5th) 7m59s,
Lewis Eke (6th) 8m01s,
Brad Brown (7th) 8m09s,
William Donaldson (8th) 8m31s,
Tom Berry (9th) 9m10s,
Harry Stoner (10th) 9m29s,
Ben Graham (11th) 9m59s.
UNDER 17 WOMEN
Lauren Cummings (4th) 9m31s,
Tilly Ball (5th) 10m22s.
Many thanks to all who helped on the night to ensure that all got around the course safely.