Runners faced excellent sunny conditions at the annual Durham City Summer Relays meeting,
held at the University Sports Ground in Durham on the evening of Thursday 18th August.
68 complete teams contested the Senior Men’s and Senior Women’s event,
and no less than 99 teams were in action in the accompanying mixed Masters event.
In the Senior Men’s event, Morpeth Harriers had a lone athlete in action in Sam Hancox,
and it is such a shame that no one else from the club joined him on the night,
as he finished a close fourth on the first of three legs, posting a time of 9m52s.
The club did have athletes in action in the Masters event however, where their Over 35 squad
finished second, losing out to Sunderland Harriers by twenty five seconds.
They finished their three legs in 30m07s, courtesy of John Butters (9m52s),
Fergus Bates (10m28s), and Chris Smith (9m47s).
Smith’s time proved to be the second fastest in the Masters event,
although was only beaten by Saltwell’s Eritrean import Abraham Tewelde (9m33s),
who led on the first leg, however is still classed as a Senior.
Morpeth Harriers had two other teams in action, and they finished in
13th and 31st places respectively, with total finishing times of 34m10s, and 36m57s.
Athletes in action for the clubs 13th placed team were Rob Hancox (11m23s),
Paul Waterston (11m33s), and David Swinburne (11m14s).
In action for Morpeth in their 31st placed squad were Paul Bellingham (12m19s),
Gavin Bayne (12m48s), and Paul Brown (11m50s).