Morpeth Harriers regained the Overall Trophy at the annual End-of-Season
Relays Meeting at Monkton Stadium on Wednesday 6th September 2017.
Morpeth won with a total of 229pts easily beating defending
champions Tynedale who amassed 145pts
with Blyth in third place (61pts).
The evening started well with the Under 13 Girls squad of Ellie
Longstaff, Alice Geoghegan, Mia Belton and Melody Brooks winning the 4
x100m Relay in a time of 56.35secs. The same line-up later won the
second round race in a slightly slower time of 56.90secs.
Morpeth then won the Under 15 Boys 4x100m in 51.81secs with a line-up of
Matthew Heslop, Ethan Stephenson, Jacob Clayton and Alfie Ward.
The samesquad later won the 4x200m in 1min 47.35secs.
The Under 17 Womens' team of Natasha Hart, Jessica Young-Rogers, Hannah
Brown and Megan Winter also gained a double victory in the 4x100m and
4x200m in times of 53.09secs and 1min 55.17secs respectively.
The Under 15 Girls' line-up of Rosie Winter, Amy Lott, Holly Peck and
Lily Heaton had to settle for second place to Tynedale in the 4x100m
(53.25secs to 55.06secs), but easily won the 4x200m in 1min 57.02secs.
Similarly in the Under 17 Mens' events, Morpeth represented by Sam
Yates, Robbie Anderson, Owen Priest and Joe Dowd finished 2nd to Blyth
in the 4x100m (47.33secs to 47.52secs)
but won the 4x200m in 1min 39.41secs.
In the Senior Mens' events, Morpeth represented by Kenny Harrison,
Phil Pitt, Jake Jardine and Sean O'Hara won the 4x100m in 45.62secs.
A slightly different line-up of David Storey, Pitt, Harrison and O'Hara
finished 2nd in the 4x200m in 1min 37.04secs behind Tynedale (1:36.23).
The Under 17 line-up (looking more like a Cross Country team)
of Rory Leonard, Matthew Waterfield, Taylor Glover and Joe Ramshaw were the
quickest team in the Senior 4x400m winning the first race in 3mins 38.9secs.
The official Senior team of Joe Elder, O'Hara, Jardine and Storey
won the 2nd race in 3mins 50.84secs and were second fastest overall.
In the Senior Womens' races, the Morpeth line-up of Lynsey Cunningham,
Naomi Arkle, Kirsty Lang and Bekki Foster did not complete with Arkle
breaking down on the second leg and having to receive first-aid treatment.
Cunningham, Lang, Foster were joined by Ailsa Jones and took
3rd place in the 4x200m with a time of 2mins 00.91secs behind
Jarrow & Hebburn (1:50.19). The same line-up finished 2nd in the 4x400m in a time
of 5mins 05.65secs behind Tynedale (5:00.19).
In the Under 13 Boys' 4x100m races, the Morpeth team of Sam Tate,
Koffi Avornyo, Adam Houliston and Finton Ward were disqualified in the first
round and finished 4th in the second round in a time of 61.42secs behind Gateshead (56.13secs).
At the Throws Fest held in conjunction with the Relays, Jessica Gardiner
finished 3rd in the Under 15 Hammer with a throw of 23.03m. The winner
was Devine Lakpe Gogoua of Gateshead who threw 27.89m.
Jessica also finished 8th in the Shot throwing 8.18m behind Philippa Ellis of
Houghton (10.24m). Megan Winter finished 4th in the Under 17 Hammer with
a throw of 26.87m behind Alisha Lamb of Gateshead (31.59m).
Report by Les Venmore