Morpeth Harriers had several of their Veteran athletes, both Male and Female, competing at the annual North East Masters Athletics Association Road Relays, held at Bedewell Park in Jarrow,
on the evening of Wednesday 3rd May 2017.
The club fielded no less than four teams in the Women’s three leg event,
and four complete teams also lined up in the Men’s event.
Amongst the honours were their Over 45 Women, and their Over 35 Men,
who finished second and third respectively, and in the Women’s Relay,
Morpeth’s Gemma Floyd posted the fastest overall time of the night of 11m12s,
which proved to be thirty-one seconds faster than her closest rival Angela McGurk
of the winning club Jarrow and Hebburn.
In the Over 45 Women’s team, who were fourteenth overall but second
in their age group behind Heaton Harriers, were Susan Smith (14m56s),
Carol Parry (14m29s), and Jane Briggs (13m42s).
Briggs was second fastest overall in her age group.
Morpeth’s Over 35 Men, who finished fourth overall,
were third in their age group, courtesy of Tony Lewis (10m26s),
Steve Patterson (10m35s), and Graeme Thorpe (10m37s).
Lewis was seventh fastest overall in his age group.
Other Morpeth performances on the night were as follows
Over 45 Men A (4th) Phil Walker (11m11s), Tim Miley (11m09s), Paul Waterston (11m08s),
Over 45 Men B (9th) Gary Hall (11m36s), Mike Winter (12m09s), Paul Brown (12m39s),
Over 55 Men A (4th) Peter Scaife (12m26s), Paul Bellingham (12m13s), Gavin Bayne (12m28s).
Over 55 Men B (Incomplete) Kevin Bray (12m46s),
Over 35 Women A (7th) Gemma Floyd (11m12s), Jane Kirby (13m48s), Helen King (12m33s),
Over 35 Women B (14th) Helen Bruce (14m02s), Claire Hiscock (16m44s), Jacinta Wake (15m04s),
Over 45 Women B (7th) Shuna Rank (14m39s), Margaret MacDonald (15m55s), Frances Naylor (16m10s).