Despite very chilly and frosty conditions, the 66th Brampton to Carlisle Road Race
on Sunday 19th November 2017, attracted a total finishing field of 581 runners,
370 in the Men’s race, and 211 faced the starter in the Women’s race,
which set off from William Howard School in Brampton, finishing off at the Sands Centre in Carlisle.
The field were led home by Wesham Road Runner Robert Danson,
who posted a finishing time of 50m06s, to also take the Men’s title.
Sophie Cowper of Rotherham won the Women’s title, when finishing 28th overall,
posting a finishing time of 56m24s, one place, and one second behind
Morpeth Harriers fourth finisher Andrew Lawrence.
Lawrence, was one of seven Morpeth runners who made the
60-odd mile journey to Cumbria to take part in the annual event,
and some of the contingent, did not leave empty handed.
Three of them, Ian Harding (5th) 50m20s, Thomas Straughan (9th) 51m22s,
and Karl Taylor (20th) 54m15s, combined to secure second team place for Morpeth Senior Men,
just losing out on a countback situation, after accruing level points with host club Border Harriers.
Odd man out in the situation unfortunately was the aforementioned
Lawrence, with only three scorers required to count.
Next home for Morpeth after Lawrence was Phil Walker,
who finished 72nd overall in 61m08s, and was fourth Over 50 Veteran Man.
Gavin Bayne of Morpeth finished 121st in 65m14s, and was first Over 60 Veteran Man.
Completing the club tally was Over 65 Veteran Man Norman Clark,
who finished in 281st place, posting a time of 76m44s, and was first Over 65 Veteran Man.
The combined efforts of Walker, Bayne, and Clark,
saw Morpeth Harriers Veteran Men finish in eleventh team place.
Unfortunately, no Women from Morpeth made the trip to Cumbria.
The event also incorporated the Northern Athletics 10mile Road Race Championship,
which saw the club claim Silver team medals in addition to the events own awards.
The medals were presented to the three Morpeth Athletes by Kevin Carr, the new President of Northern Athletics, and also current long serving Chairman of Sunderland Harriers, as well as being a top official with NECAA.