Morpeth Harrier Ben Waterfield was deservedly rewarded for his April 2019 performances on the evening of Monday 1st July 2019 , when he was presented with a Certificate of Achievement by the clubs Coaching Secretary Mark Brown at their Clubhouse on Mitford Road, on behalf of Reeves the Pensions Specialist, who are sponsoring the current Athlete of the Month scheme.
During April, on the Track, Waterfield was competing in his new age group, Under 17, for the first time, and in his opening outing, which was in the North Eastern Grand Prix Meeting at Monkton Stadium on Wednesday 24th, where he produced new figures of 4m23.02s, which meant that he had taken a whole ten seconds off his previous best,
On the same evening, he posted a new personal best of 39.76s, making him fifth fastest Under 17 Man in the Graded 300m event.
Four days later, Waterfield really excelled himself at the opening NEYDL fixture at Middlesbrough, where he won the 800m A Race, taking almost four seconds off his previous figures, and in addition, he ran the 400m for the first time ever, where he finished a close second in the A Race, posting a time of 54.58s, which took him at the time, to No 6 in the regional rankings.
At the same meeting, he also cleared 1.50m, to finish second in the High Jump.
Still competing as an Under 15 Boy on the road, finishing fourth in 8m25s, Ben led Morpeth Harriers home to an excellent team victory in the Elswick Good Friday Road Races at Newburn Business Park.
Ben now joins club colleagues Euan Duffin, Holly Peck, Ryan Davies, Ross Charlton, Daniel Melling., and Jessica Gardiner in the melting pot for a more lucrative award at the end of the current sponsorship period in September.
Five more hopefuls now remain to be judged upon before then.