Despite sterling efforts in terms of recruitment by Morpeth Harriers
Team Managers Paddy Paulsen and Dave Thomas,
the club lost out in retaining their hold on the North East
Counties Sprint Relay Trophy by a mere seven points to
Tynedale Harriers, at the annual championship,
held at Jarrow’s Monkton Stadium on the evening
of Wednesday 14th September 2016.
It would be very fair to say that Morpeth and Tynedale were
way ahead of the rest in terms of points, and it certainly
took a herculean effort from the Hexham based squad
to thwart a third successive victory by their Northumbrian rivals.
There were some excellent performances from the Morpeth squad however,
and it clearly showed in the later stages when they clawed back a very healthy Tynedale lead.
Morpeth’s best relay results on the night came from their Senior Men’s 4 x 400m squad
and their Under 17 Women’s and Under 15 Boys 4 x100m squads.
Although they officially finished second in the event, the Senior Men’s 4 x 400m squad
courtesy of Joe Dowd, Matthew Waterfield, Sean O’Hara and Joe Elder,
only had a non- scoring guest squad ahead of them, which gave the Morpeth squad victory in 3m38.5s.
The Morpeth Under 17 Women’s 4 x 100m squad won outright in 51.6s,
courtesy of Katie Hilton, Jessica Young-Rogers, Hannah Brown, and Naomi Arkle.
Another outright win for Morpeth came in the Under 15 Boys 4 x100m
courtesy of Owen Priest, Sam Yates, Matthew Heslop, and Matthew Ash,
whose combined efforts saw them claim a two second win from Blyth in 51.1s.
Morpeth’s Under 15 Boys also finished second in the 4 x 200m event in 1m48.9s.
The clubs Under 13 Boys 4 x 100m squad courtesy of Bobby Stone,
Charlie Lane, Koffi Avornyo and Jack Livingstone finished second
to Tynedale in 58.1s, after also finishing second in the heats in 58.5s.
Morpeth Harriers Senior Men’s 4 x100m squad won in 47.1s
courtesy of Sean O’Hara. Kenny Harrison, David Storey and Han Paulsen.
The same squad also finished second in the 4 x 200m in 1m35.4s,
only losing out to Blyth by a mere second.
Morpeth’s Under 17 Men’s 4 x 100m squad finished second to Blaydon Harriers in 48.2s,
courtesy of David Thomas, Joe Dowd, Matthew Waterfield and Jack Andrews.
The same quartet also finished second to Elvet Striders in the 4 x200m, posting a time of 1m40s.
Lily Heaton, Holly Peck, Ellie Coxon, and Megan Winter, combined to bring
Morpeth’s Under 15 Girls home in fourth place in the Under 15 Girls 4 x 200m in 2m01.0s.
The same quartet also finished fourth in the 4 x 100m in 56.7s.
In the Senior Women’s 4 x 400m event, Morpeth’s squad of Naomi Arkle, Ailsa Jones,
Harriet Priest, and Jessica Young-Rogers, combined to finish second in 4m41.1s to Durham City.
Finally Morpeth’s Under 13 Girls 4 x100m squad finished sixth in 63.5s,
courtesy of Amy Lott, Alice Geohegan, Mia Bilton and Kiera Peck.
The night was thoroughly enjoyed by all.