Morpeth Harriers Under 17 Shot Putt specialist Andrew Knight continued his truly excellent indoor season
at Sheffield Arena on Sunday 25th February 2018, by adding the English title to his Scottish,
Northern and North East titles won in recent weeks, by superbly producing yet another brand-new
lifetime personal best performance of 15.74m. Knight was hard pushed to victory all the way
by Stratford’s Lewis Byng, who had an on the day best of 15.65m.
This performance also takes him to the very top of the UK Rankings, a factor which very much pleases his hard working, and dedicated coach, Paul Reed, who in his competitive days as an athlete, was also very highly ranked, and gained many International credits and plaudits, and another well deserved Gold Medal for his young charge was very well deserved and most welcome.
Another Morpeth Harrier competing in Sheffield on Sunday at the England Athletics Age Group Championships, was Under 15 Girl Hurdler Amy Lott. The North Eastern Champion, qualified for the Semi Final of the 60m Hurdles, by finishing second in her heat, by producing an equal second-best time of 9.37s,
just a fraction adrift of her best ever time, which was shared by two other opponents.
Lott went even closer to glory in the Semi’s, in qualifying for the final by finishing second in 9.33s.
In the tough final, an obviously nervous Amy clocked 9.40s to finish sixth of eight finishers,
the event being won by Enfield and Haringey’s Emily Knight in 9.19s, and despite not being a medallist,
the very fact that she made the final to test herself against some of the nations best,
is a superb achievement, and an enormous tribute to her dedicated coach Dave Thomas.