Morpeth Harrier Mhairi MacLennan finished eighth in a top-class field of seventeen athletes
in the Noble Pro Women’s 5000m, held at Milton Keynes on Saturday 27th July 2019,
which was part of the annual MK Classic PB Athletics Meet.
MacLennan posted a time of 16m10.23s, behind event winner Jessica Judd of Blackburn,
who posted a winning time of 15m37.38s.
Posting a new personal best time of 9m32.53s, Morpeth Harrier Adam Pratt finished just outside the medals in fourth place in the Men’s 3000m Steeplechase at the England Athletics Senior Championships,
held at Manchester’s Sports City over Saturday and Sunday 27th and 28th July 2019,
the scene of his Northern triumph a few weeks ago.
The event was won by City of Sheffield and Dearne’s Tommy Horton, who posted a time of 9m09.83s.
Consolation for Pratt is that he improved on his previous figures by three seconds.
Morpeth Harrier Carl Avery finished sixth in a top class 5000m event at the Challenge Track Meeting,
held at the Harvey Haddon Stadium in Nottingham on Saturday 27th July 2019.
Avery, who is currently in fine form, posted an excellent new personal best time of 14m07.65s, t
aking just over a second off his previous best, set Manchester’s Sports City, a year past May.
Posting a personal best time of 14m53.87s, Morpeth Harrier James Taylor won the 5000m B Race,
at the BMC Regional Meeting, held at Scotstoun near Glasgow on the evening of Friday 26th July 2019.
He took around 33 seconds off his previous figures set at the same meeting in 2018.
Morpeth Harriers Under 17 specialist thrower Jessica Gardiner was indeed in sparkling form on the evening of Wednesday 24th July 2019, at the fifth and penultimate North East Grand Prix meeting,
held at Jarrow’s Monkton Stadium.
Firstly, she won the Graded Hammer event, producing new figures of 46.24m,
then went on to win her age group Discus competition, where she also posted new figures of 33.81m.
Gardiner’s two personal best performances were amongst a total of ten in all by athletes from Morpeth on the night.
To add to the Gardiner family joy, that list also included Jessica’s younger brother Edward, who finished second in the combined Under 13/15 Discus, being second Under 15 Boy, managing a distance of 24.67m.
Ben Waterfield, who has had a superb Track and Field season, who only narrowly missed out on an English Schools place earlier in the month, is certainly rounding off his season well, probably with more than a little bit of encouragement from elder brother Matthew, who was only recently crowned as the English Schools Senior Boys 400m Champion.
Under 17 athlete Ben, ran a superb 4m16.28s in the Graded 1500m,
finishing ninth in the A Race, taking a good three and a half seconds off his previous figures.
He was also fourth in his age group.
Another Under 17 Man in fine form from Morpeth was Dylan Davies,
who also very fractionally improved on his previous figures, when finishing ninth in the B Race.
Other Morpeth Harriers in action in the Graded 1500m were Rachelle Falloon,
who finished eighth in the C Race in a new personal best time of 4m52.44s,
who was the fastest Senior Woman, Ella Duffield, who competed over the distance
for the first time, finishing second in the D Race in 5m22.59s, and was second fastest Under 20 Woman.
Also competing for Morpeth in the D Race were Michelle Thompson,
who was fifth in 5m29.0s, and finishing just behind Michelle was club colleague Tayla Murdy,
who posted a new personal best of 5m32.58s, who was second fastest Senior Woman.
In the Junior Graded 800m events, Morpeth Harriers had four athletes facing the Starter.
In the A Race, Under 15 Boy Ryan Davies finished sixth in 2m18.06s,
one place ahead of club colleague, and fellow Under 15 Boy Bertie Marr, who clocked 2m21.04s.
Another Morpeth Harrier running in the A Race was Abi Leiper, who finished tenth,
posting a new personal best time of 2m23.71s, which saw her take almost a second off her previous figure.
In the B Race, Under 13 Boy Oliver Tomlinson posted a best of 2m35.86s, when finishing twelfth.
Morpeth’s Under 15 Girl sprinter Olivia Gent, produced a new personal best of 14.58s,
when winning the Junior Graded 100m C Race, and also finished sixth
in the later 200m B event in a time of 30.42s.