Morpeth Harriers John Butters and Emma Holt, both retained their respective titles,
and improved on their finishing times at the annual Gibside Fruitbowl Multi Terrain event,
held in the grounds of the historic National Trust property,
close to Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, on Sunday 16th October 2016.
Butters finished second to Blackhill Bounder Gary Wallace, only losing out
for victory by thirty four seconds, when he posted a finishing time of 40m45s,
improving on his finishing time over the approximately 6mile tough circuit of 2015,
by sixty seven seconds, when he had finished fourth.
He also retained the Over 40 Veteran Men’s title that he had won in 2015.
It was also a welcome return to the tough course for Holt, as she finished 13th overall in 44m59s,
improving her 2015 time by seventeen seconds, when she had placed 15th overall.
She also retained her Women’s title, by a winning margin of five minutes over Heaton Harrier Hannah Shillitoe.
Finishing just behind Holt in 14th place was fellow Morpeth Harrier Colin Archer,
who produced an excellent performance, posting a time of 45m01s.
Other Morpeth Harriers taking part in the event, which had a total of 436 finishers
were Michael Winter (50th) (14th O/40 Man) 49m52s,
Kevin Bray (76th) (15th O/50 Man) 52m47s,
Sue Smith (303rd) (27th O/45 Woman) 68m18s,
and Jacinta Wake (304th) (28th O/45 Woman) 68m19s.