Dr Antoinette Kenny, principle executive of Heartscan, had the privilege of setting nearly 200 hardy competitors on their way, in the annual Morpeth New Years Day Road Race.
Her company, which is North East based, and offer heart-screening services to sport, both in the professional and amateur field, were providing main sponsorship to the event for the very first time, and hope to continue keep up a relationship with Morpeth Harriers and it’s membership, based upon the strength of their continued support,
laced with the services that they can bring to event participation.
Shortly after 1.00pm, and in rather unseasonal warm winter sunshine, runners began their approximately 11k pursuit from the bottom of Dogger Bank on Mitford Road, taking in the splendid Northumbrian country splendour of Mitford, Mitford Steads, and the Whalton Road, returning to the finish on the Stanners, after passing the Sun Inn, and heading through Carlisle Park, and along the promenade.
Just over thirty-three minutes, (33m05s) to be precise, it was Gateshead Harrier Callum Johnson, who began 2019 in fine style, by winning the event by a margin of eighty-two seconds from 2018 winner Ross Floyd from Morpeth Harriers.
Third place went to Floyd’s club colleague Thomas Straughan, who had won his clubs 10k in August 2018.
Straughan finished six seconds adrift of Floyd.
First Female finisher was Jarrow and Hebburn’s Steph Pattinson, who was 21st overall in 40m55s.
Pattinson won the Women’s race by six places and fifty-three seconds from Morpeth’s Catriona Macdonald,
with the third placed Woman Judith Nutt of Elswick Harriers, a further four places adrift,
posting a finishing time of 42m14s.
Nutt was also the first Veteran Woman finisher.
Morpeth Harriers wish to sincerely thank Heartscan for their much-valued generosity towards the event,
and to Dr Kenny for her assistance in both starting the event and making post-race presentations
on behalf of the organisers.
In addition, they would like to thank Morpeth Rugby Club for the use of their
Grange House Field premises as Race Headquarters and for Post-Race Presentation.
They also wish to thank Race Director Kevin Bray, and his superb team of club members
and friends who acted as Race Marshals on the day, without whose assistance, the event could not take place.
UK Officials who assisted with finish control and on the on the day results production teams,
are also to be thanked, along with Tees-side Volunteer First Aid Services,
who were also present both on course and at the finish to assist where required.
Finally, thanks also go to Race Number.Co. Uk, for providing pre-event registration services.