As we enter the last days of 2016, we pause to reflect on some
excellent individual and team performances at Morpeth Harriers.
One such performance has only recently been highlighted,
and that is the truly excellent achievement by the clubs
Under 17 Women’s 4 x 100m squad, who not only rank as No1 in the region,
but are also second in Senior rankings for the region,
and twentieth Club team in the whole of the UK.
In addition to all of this Katie Hilton, Jessica Young-Rogers,
Hannah Brown, and Naomi Arkle, also managed to break
a 44-year-old Morpeth Harriers Club record,
not once, but six times throughout the course of the season.
Also, celebrating this fact was their coach and mentor Dave Thomas,
who just happened to be the coach to the previous set of athletes
who established the record of 51.8s in 1982.
The present squad equalled the record in their opening
Northern League fixture at York in May, then on 22nd May
in a NEYDL match at Darlington, their combined efforts achieved 51.0s
A few weeks later they clocked 50.97s at Gateshead in the second NEYDL meeting,
however on 17th July they achieved their best figures for the season of 50.8s.
In respect of these achievements, the club arranged for a special set
of commemorative certificates to be presented to the respective athletes
at the Morpeth Athletics Track at KEVI School on the evening of Wednesday 14th December 2016.
Coach Thomas is very justifiably proud of his young charges,
and looks forward to working with them during the forthcoming year.
Pictured above receiving the certificates from Morpeth Harriers Club Secretary Mike Bateman
are L to R Naomi Arkle, Jessica Young-Rogers, and Katie Hilton,
unfortunately Hannah Brown was unable to attend.