Morpeth Harriers' young athletes had to settle for a disappointing fifth-place finish in the second round North East Youth Development League fixture at Middlesbrough Sports Village on Sunday, 20 June.
Hosts Harrogate clearly won the Division 1 Match, with North Shields Poly just over two hundred points adrift in second place.
Third place went to the combined squad of Darlington/Allerton, with Gateshead Harriers finishing fourth.
A mere twenty points divided Darlington/Allerton and the fifth-placed Morpeth squad, however at the foot of the table was the combined force of Blyth/Alnwick, who were nearly two hundred points further adrift.
Morpeth were again burdened by not being able to turn out enough athletes, as only 36 offered their services on the day - 22 boys and 14 girls.
All of this left a great amount of work having to be carried out by those who did take part.
Team managers Mark Brown and Vina Desai will now be hoping for a bigger show of support for the club at the next fixture, on home soil at KEVI School, on Saturday, 17 July.
On Sunday, the best of the Morpeth performances came from their Under 17 Men, where the club enjoyed six event victories, four A String, and two B String amongst them.
Two of those A String Victories in the Under 17 Men belonged to Will DeVere Owen, who won the 800m in 2m06.64s, agonisingly only a mere fraction adrift of his personal best of 2m06.2s, plus for the second match in a row, he tackled the 400m Hurdles alone, this time posting a modest 94.42s.
Liam Roche confirmed maximum points for his club, by winning the 800m B Race in 2m08.61s.
Morpeth Harriers secured another Under 17 Men’s double victory, courtesy of Bertie Marr, and new recruit Cameron Mullarkey in the 1500m.
Marr comfortably won the A Race, going to the front after 400m, and front running to the finish line, which he crossed in 4m25.17s, which was excellent, as twenty-four hours earlier he had clocked a new personal best of 4m12.8s for the distance at the Northumberland and Durham Schools Trials Meeting at Gateshead Stadium.
Meanwhile Mullarkey was more than pleased to make an early mark in his new sport and club, by taking the B Race in 4m42.49s, but not before winning a late battle to the line with club colleague Matthew Walton, who posted a time of 4m43.63s, in what was also his first race over the three- and three-quarter lap distance.
Morpeth’s other Under 17 Men’s winner was specialist Hammer Thrower Edward Gardiner, who threw 32.68m, having also posted a new personal best of 33.83m in the Schools Hammer Final at Gateshead the previous day.
Gardiner also added to his individual success in Sunday’s match, by producing a best of 29.2m in the Discus, only just losing out for victory to Harrogate’s William Reid by a mere fraction.
Evan Logan continued his sprints education well for Morpeth, as he finished second and third in the A Race events of the 100m and 200m, posting respective timings of 12.36s and 25.47s, which were just a fraction adrift of his personal best performances.
Backing Evan up for Morpeth in the 200m B Race was Liam Roche, who finished fourth in 27.47s, which for him was a new personal best.
Joseph Close convincingly secured a handsome victory in the Under 15 Boys 800m A Race in 2m18.94s, and Elliot Mavir made his victory much sweeter for Morpeth, as he secured a B Race win in 2m28.21s, which saw him take three seconds off his previous figures for the distance.
Close also showed great improvement in the later run 300m event, where he finished third in 44.29s, a new personal best.
In the Under 15 Boys 1500m, Oliver Calvert finished third in the A Race inn 4m55.29s a new personal best, and his Morpeth clubmate Oliver Tomlinson took the B Race in 5m00.63s.
Conner Phillips finished third for Morpeth in the A Race of the Under 15 Boys 100m, posting a time of 13.01s, which was a new personal best for the emerging talented sprinter, and Owen Omoigui finished second in the B Race in 13.33s.
In the 80m Hurdles, Morpeth newcomer Quinlan Cowell finished third in the A Race in 17.1s, and clubmate Sam Livingstone also finished third in the B Race in 17.63s.
Morpeth Harriers Under 13 Boys, of whom only a disappointing six turned out, did not achieve any on the day wins, however the best they did achieve were four second places, one third place, and a fourth.
Two of those second places went to William Hodgson, who was second in the 100m A Race (14.24s), and the 200m A Race (28.93s).
Both performances marked a very sound debut.
Backing up William in the respective B String events were George Mavir, and Daniel Scott, who finished second and third respectively with timings of 15.36s, and 32.28s.
For Mavir, it was his first outing in a Morpeth vest, and Scott was only a minute fraction adrift of his personal best.
Other good performances in the Under 13 Boy events came from Kyle Phillips and Toby Marr, who were second and fourth respectively in the A and B String Long Jump, producing bests of 3.83m and 3.29m.
It was Phillips’s first attempt at the event, and for Marr, it represented a new personal best performance.
Morpeth Harriers small band of five Under 15 Girls managed some of the clubs best Female results on the day.
Freya Caygill, and Victoria Hodgson made a most enterprising duo in the sprint events.
In the 100m Caygill finished as third A String in 13.38s, and Hodgson won the B event in 13.50s.
Both of these clocking’s represented new personal best performances.
In the 200m, Caygill finished second in the A event in 27.76s, and Hodgson was also second in the B Race in 28.29s.
This was another personal best for Caygill, and Hodgson was only a mere fraction adrift of bettering her figures.
Morpeth had another winner in the 300m, when Amelia Hamlin took the A Race in 45.29s, which was her first ever outing over the distance.
Tabitha Robson finished fourth in the 300m B Race in 51.23s, which was almost two seconds off her previous best over the same distance at the previous fixture at Middlesbrough in May.
Morpeth’s exceedingly small band of Under 13 Girls, all seven of them, did their level best to make some vital contributions to their clubs disappointing tally.
Molly Roche bravely tackled the 70m Hurdles for the first time, getting over all obstacles to finish fourth in 16.62s.
Roche also finished fourth in the A Race of the 1500m, posting a finishing time of 6m00.89s, which was a new personal best, improving on her previous figures by almost five seconds.
Charlotte Marshall ran well to finish as second B String in 6m03.84s, again a personal best, improving on previous figures by an excellent twelve seconds.
Other good Under 13 Girls performances came in the 800m, where Emma Tomlinson posted 2m47.80s to finish fourth in the A Race, taking almost a second off her previous figures, and Megan Potrac finished as fourth in the B Race in 2m53.42s, her first ever run over the distance.
Morpeth Harriers two Under 17 Women, Ellie Wickens and Olivia Gent did their best to achieve some respectability to the result, but being low in number, it was very much an uphill climb.
Wickens for her part finished fourth in the A Race of the 200m, posting 29.4s, and Gent posted 29.73s, agonisingly just a mere fraction adrift of her personal best, when finishing second in the B Race.
Gent also finished second in the Triple Jump, producing a personal best of 8.86m, and Wickens got another fourth in the Javelin, with 13.12m, again a new personal best.