Morpeth Harriers Under 13 and Under 15 Boys were in dominant form at the annual Birtley AC
Young Athletes Multi Terrain Relays, held at the Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy in Birtley,
near Gateshead on Sunday 10th March 2019.
Conditions were cold, wet and windy, however despite that,
the brave youngsters battled to win two respective titles quite convincingly.
The Under 13 Boys won by a very clear margin of forty-two seconds from second placed Durham City,
with third placed Gateshead Harriers a further forty-three seconds adrift in third place.
Joseph Hudspith had the squad placed fourth on the opening leg of three of a distance of 1.65k,
as he posted a time of 6.04s, which would eventually emerge as the tenth fastest leg of the day.
He handed over to second leg runner Bertie Marr, who quickly set about gaining a lead,
by clocking what was to be the fastest Under 13 Boy time of 5.34s.
Marr handed over to Ryan Davies, who had competed for the North East
at the previous days Inter Counties Cross Country.
That factor certainly bore no factor on the Morpeth youngster, as he built upon the lead created by Marr,
as he got around the circuit in a time of 5m37s, the second fastest time of the day,
to reward his club with a handsome set of Gold Team Medals.
Just under an hour later, Morpeth Harriers were enjoying their second team triumph of the morning,
as their Under 15 Boys also took Gold Medals in their 3 x 2.5k event.
In fact, the squad led consistently throughout the contest, to win by a margin of thirty-one seconds
from Gosforth Harriers, with Houghton Harriers a further twenty-nine seconds adrift in third place.
First leg duty fell to Ben Waterfield, who clocked a time of 9m07s,
which was to emerge as the fourth fastest of the day.
Second leg runner Dylan Gooding maintained the lead, as he got around the circuit in 9m25s,
which emerged as the ninth fastest of the day.
Final and glory leg runner Dylan Davies, older brother of Ryan, quietly maintained his lead,
as he came home with an individual clocking of 9m21s, which proved to be the seventh fastest of the contest.
Indeed, an excellent very creditable mornings work, by the Morpeth Harriers youngsters.