Some excellent running by some of the club’s older competitors
brought home a set of Gold and Bronze team medals,
plus some individual successes for Morpeth Harriers,
at the annual North East Masters Cross Country Championships,
held on a brand-new course at Rising Sun Country Park,
Wallsend on Saturday 4th February 2017.
David Nicholson (41st) (1st O/60 Man), Gavin Bayne (47th) (3rd O/60 Man),
and Paul Bellingham (57th) (8th O/55 Man) secured an excellent fifty-eight-point margin win
over second placed Heaton Harriers in the 55 to 64 Year age category
to take a handsome set of Gold Medals in their three lap 5.25mile event.
Nicholson and Bayne also secured individual Gold and Bronze medals for their efforts.
The Bronze medals for Morpeth Harriers were won in the 45 to 54 Male age group,
where they just lost out on a countback situation to Heaton Harriers,
having finished on a level number of team points.
Crook AC were winners in this event, also on the three-lap course,
by a healthy margin of twenty-three points.
Tim Miley led the Morpeth team home in this event, finishing twelfth overall,
and he was third Over 50, securing an individual Bronze medal.
Further team support came from Paul Waterston (19th) (5th Over 50),
and Paul Brown (35th) (7th Over 50).
Another finisher for Morpeth Harriers in this event was seasoned Veteran Archie Jenkins,
who worked his way round the tough new circuit to finish 82nd overall,
and eleventh in the Over 60 Male category.
In the Over 65 Male event, which was run as a separate race over a shorter distance of 3.5miles,
covered by two laps, Morpeth Harriers Paul Bentley, and Walter Ryder, who had travelled
all the way down from West Scotland, finished in sixth and eighteenth places respectively.
Paul was second in the Over 70 Male category, taking an individual Silver medal,
and Walter also secured a Gold medal in the Over 75 Male category.