Membership fees for the current year are now due.
As previously outlined, a decision had been taken by the club to defer these till April due to the uncertainty around the sport and the national lockdown.
A clear pathway has now been laid out by England Athletics, however, including the resumption of training groups, reopening of facilities and competition gradually resuming (subject of course to possible changes). Please see separate article for details of how Morpeth Harriers will be managing these arrangements.
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News from across the pond that Academy of Art University major James Young has posted a new personal best of 4 minutes 00.40 seconds for the mile when winning the National College Athletics Association Division 2 Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Alabama.
Blyth-born but now San Francisco-based, James became a National Champion with a terrific run that saw him only take the lead on the last lap after going through 1200m in 3m 03s.
James worked hard over the last 400m and a terrific kick over the last 200 of 28:09s saw him win by a margin of several metres with a time that is the second fastest ever in the division and a record for his college, as well as the third fastest by a UK athlete indoors so far this year.
James said: "It's been a long time coming after last year was so abruptly canceled, so I wanted to make this one count. I knew I was the fittest I've ever been, thanks to the great work my coach Steve (Fuelling) has done and I appreciate everything he's done for me. Once I crossed the line, it was just the relief that everything I've done has paid off and I've got something now to show for it."
His time is also the second fastest run by a Morpeth Harrier, Nick McCormick holding the club mile record of 3:52:02s set in 2005 in Oslo.
You can watch the race using the link below:
James Young - 2021 NCAA DII Indoor Mile National Champion (Complete Race)
England Athletics guidance issued on 26 February offered a clear roadmap for the resumption of sporting activities.
Practically, this means for Morpeth Harriers:
Best wishes – see you on the 29th, with no excuses for muddy shoes or dirty kit.
There will be at least one Morpeth Harrier at this year’s Tokyo Olympics, with news that Mongolian international marathon runner Serod Batochir has qualified after posting a tremendous 2 hours 9 minutes 29 seconds in the Lake Biwa Marathon in Japan last month.
Known commonly by just his nickname of ‘Ziggy’, Batochir’s story is in itself extraordinary. Hailing from a country with little if any tradition of athletics, Batochir tells stories of needing to don at least two track suits to train in the intense cold, although these days much of his time is spent on the Japanese and Asian marathon circuit rather than at home in Ulan Bator.
Batochir arrived in Gateshead in the Spring of 2009, settling in the North East to be close to his wife’s sister and family, and with the aim of acclimatising himself for London 2012, linked up with Morpeth Harriers to train.
He quickly became involved in the local road racing season – winning, amongst other events, the North Tyneside 10k, where his time of 30 minutes 20 seconds set an impressive course record – and helped the club to a team gold in the Northern Athletics 12 stage Road Relays at Catterick and a bronze in the English National event in Birmingham. There were smiles also when he was awarded the ‘Best local runner’ in the Blaydon Race.
Batochir would go on to break the club’s own marathon record, then held by Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Mark Hudspith, when he posted a time of 2:11:35 in the London Marathon in 2011, a time he would improve down to 2:08:50 in 2014 at the Fukuoka Marathon.
A lifetime member of the club by virtue of the major games in which he has appeared, among many achievements are his victory in the Asian Marathon Championships in 2013 and his appearances in no less than eight World Championships for his country.
At the ripe old age of 39, the Tokyo Olympics will be Serod’s fifth consecutive Olympic games, a remarkable achievement in anyone’s book.
Morpeth Harrier Daniel Dixon has secured a prestigious Team England Sir John Hanson Scholarship to support his bid to compete at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
The scholarship was launched in 2019 to provide funding for five young athletes.
“My dad was actually an iron man athlete and went to the world championships and I think that was my first knowledge of triathlon as a sport, so it just progressed from there,” Dixon recalled.“I went to my first one all those years ago and it just gave me the bug to keep going, and it’s been a heck of a journey since then.”
Dixon, 18, is a 3 x British Youth Triathlon Champion, 2 x Super League Youth Triathlon Champion and is also one of only a few athletes to have won a Riga ETU European Cup at the age of just 16.
“I do want to win everything. I really do want to go to the Commonwealth Games and win, I do want to be an Olympic champion.
“The Commonwealth Games is obviously really special, and I’ve known about it for a long time. There’s been Glasgow 2014, which was close to home, but now with it coming to Birmingham, it’s always been there in the back of my mind.
“Even though it’s not in Northumberland, it’s certainly a home Games and that’s really special for an up and coming athlete, and I will do absolutely everything I can to make sure I’m on that start line next year.”
With a home Commonwealth Games now only 18-months away, Dixon will be receiving funding to help him on his quest to emulate athletes like Alistair and Jonny Brownlee and add to Team England’s already rich trophy cabinet in the sport of triathlon.
“The fact that I’ve got this scholarship is really beneficial because it means I’ll be able to use the funding to help me go out to more races than I could have otherwise gone to.
“In terms of that helping to leapfrog me into the Commonwealth Games, that extra racing experience could help me get to a position where I can start to think about qualifying for Birmingham, so it’s really important and I’m so grateful for having that funding behind me.
“Getting to compete at a home Commonwealth Games would be absolutely amazing, the most special thing would be having everyone who’s helped me get to where I am today come and watch me in that moment.
“But for now, I just need to keep my head down and keep working, because I really do want to be on that start line next year.”
Daniel replaces judoka Kelly Petersen-Pollard on the programme. Kelly recently included on the UK Sport funding programme and is now receiving APA funding, due to her recent success, so is therefore no longer eligible for this support.