In his first ever track 10,000metres, Morpeths Carl Avery finished
an excellent fourth,
posting a finishing time of 30m39.73s, at the BMC Trafford Grand Prix,
held at Stretford, Manchester on Saturday evening 20th August 2016.
He was forty-eight seconds adrift of race winner Adam Hickey of Southend, with Dacorum and Tring’s Jack Parslow, and Leeds City’s Wondiye Fokre claiming second
and third places in an event that
also incorporated the Northern Athletics Championships.
At the time of going to press Fokre’s eligibility for Regional Championship status is awaiting full clarification,
and Avery at the moment can definitely be termed as a medal candidate, however which colour is still under review, to be confirmed.
Thankfully the heavy rainstorm which had affected earlier events on the programme,
had abated during the running of the 10,000metres, and Avery’s club colleague
Thomas Straughan finished sixteenth in 32m11.21s.
In the earlier run Men’s 1500m C race, Morpeth’s Joe Armstrong posted new figures of 3m53.50s,
winning with five seconds to spare over Kingston & Poly’s George Corcoran.
Another Morpeth Harriers winner on the night was Jonathan Taylor,
who won the Men’s 3000m A race in 8m05.37s, giving him a two second margin
over Norway’s Marius Vedvik, with Adam Hickey,
who much later in the evening had his 10,000m triumph,
finishing third in 8m10.53s.
Also performing well in the 3000m A race was Morpeths Scott Beattie,
who finished eleventh, posting new figures of 8m28.23s,
which was another two seconds off his time posted in last month’s English Schools Championships.
Morpeth Harriers other athlete in action on the night was Jordan Scott,
who finished seventh in the Men’s 1500m E race, posting a time of 4m11.97s.