Sunday saw the 69th running of the annual Brampton to Carlisle race, now one of the oldest fixtures in the road racing calendar and an event in which Morpeth Harriers have always had a keen interest.
Won this year by Andrew Heyes of Hallamshire Harriers in 48 minutes 42 seconds with Leeds City’s Heather Townsend winning the women’s race in an outstanding time of 56:50, there were only some four Morpeth entrants this time round.
There was an excellent run by Rachelle Falloon, who in her first competitive outing since the Signals Relays in August clocked 1 hour 1 minute 12 seconds and was 3rd Senior Woman. Her time will also give her an elite entry for the Great North Run next year which she has her sights set on. Great to see her back.
Evergreen Over 65 Gavin Bayne was 1st in his age category, Gavin’s 1:03:33 putting him in 123rd place but, more importantly, it was also the 2nd fastest time of the year by an Over 65 nationally.
Just ahead of Bayne, club colleague Graeme Thorpe was 119th in 1:03:06 and 17th O/45, and Matthew Boyle 174th in 1:08:20.
Finally, there were two Parkruns worth noting on Saturday morning, teenager Liam Roche setting a new personal best with his 16:19 at Blyth and triathlete Dan Dixon, now a GB international of course breaking Carl Avery’s old course record at Druridge Bay with a time of 15:17 on what isn’t an especially fast course.