Four athletes from Morpeth Harriers & AC warmed up for their forthcoming Track & Field season, by winning their respective age group events at the annual Throws Festival, organised by North Shields Poly AC, and held at their home venue at Churchill Playing Fields, on Sunday 22nd April.
In the Discus, Ruaridh Lang and Jessica Gardiner won the Under 20 Men’s and Under 15 Girls competitions with best efforts of 40.87m and 24.76m respectively, and both are well set for important competitions that lie ahead of them.
In the Under 17 Men’s Shot Putt, Andrew Knight, who has also been announced as the Male Athlete of the first Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix, held at Monkton Stadium on the previous Wednesday, produced a best of 16.14m, which saw him win by close to a 3.60m margin, from Gateshead Harriers athlete Luke Allen.
Although Knight’s on the day best was a little bit adrift of his recent personal best achievements, he is still maintaining good form before his real competitions begin, including the county Championships, and the English Schools, for which has now already achieved the required credentials.
Another Morpeth Harrier heading in the right direction towards competitive success is Javelin specialist Bobbie Griffiths, who won the Under 20 Women’s competition with a best throw of 35.38m, winning by just under a five-metre margin from Gateshead Harrier Yasmin Othman.