British Olympian Men’s 5000m and 10,000m Champion Mo Farah won the Great North Run
on Sunday 11th September 2016 for the third successive year, posting a time of 60minutes 04seconds,
which gave him an eight second margin victory over American Dathan Ritzenhein,
with third placed Emanuel Bett of Kenya just over another minute adrift.
Several Morpeth Harriers were in action in the event, and the first of their finishers
was local favourite Ian Hudspith, who could feel well pleased with finishing fifteenth in a time of 66m52s.
Hudspith was followed by a string of leading runners from the club, with Carl Avery 31st in 1:09:31
and London-based Andy Lawrence showing he had finally put this year’s injury problems
behind him by finishing 34th in a time of 1:09:31.
Ade Whitwam was another who made the journey North worthwhile when recording 1:11: 28 for 40th place.
Ross Floyd’s 45th place (1:12:35) meant the club had provided five finishers in the top 50.
Other leading Morpeth times were: Simon O’Donnell, 94th in 1:16:41; Mark Snowball, 143rd in 1:18:53;
Mark Brown, a remarkable 1:22:08 for 236th, now well along the recovery path after some wilderness years;
Matthew Boyle, 256th in 1:22:45; and Rob Hancox, who despite a distressing last 200 yards,
in which he collapsed and had to be helped over the line, still recorded 1:25:30.
Hannah Sheerin was the first Morpeth Harriers Female home, finishing in 104m51s.