Five Morpeth Harriers were in action
on Saturday 19th December 2015,
at the annual Saltwell Harriers 10k Road Race,
one of the regions oldest events,
now confined to being run on the pathways
round Gateshead’s Saltwell Park, still however
remaining a traditional pre Christmas fixture.
The event was won by Tipton’s former Elswick Harrier Ryan McLeod,
making it his second winning visit to the region in five weeks,
having won the Heaton Harriers event in early November.
He won in 31m28s, by a fifty six seconds margin from Leeds City’s
Carl Smith, who is still North East based, living in Whitley Bay.
Third place went to Durham City’s Dan Jenkin,
who was a further ten seconds adrift of Smith.
Morpeth Harriers leading finisher was Tim Miley,
who was also first in the Over 50 Men’s section,
posting a time of 39m26s for 37th place overall.
Next home for Morpeth was Josie Cram,
who ran superbly the previous week at
the North Eastern Counties Cross Country,
and was very much a fundamental contributor
to the club’s Ladies squad’s team win.
Cram showed clearly here that she had recovered well,
when she finished as sixth Lady behind winner
Alison Dixon of Sunderland Strollers
who finished tenth overall in 35m39s,
who was the Bronze medallist at Sedgefield.
She finished in 53rd place overall, posting a time of 40m55s.
Another good performer at Sedgefield was the third Morpeth finisher Alison Brown.
Posting a time of 44m40s, she was thirteenth Lady home, in 105th position overall.
Archie Jenkins finished 209th in 50m33s, and was sixth Over 60 Veteran Man.
Completing the Morpeth Harriers contingent was Over 50 Veteran Lady Jane Blackett,
who finished 353rd overall, and was sixth in her category.
A total of 415 finishers took part.