Morpeth Harriers throws specialist Andrew Knight, who is currently No 2 in the UK rankings for the Under 17 Men’s 5k Shot Putt, with a best of 16.96m, went a good stage further in terms of his experience and ability,
when producing the best putt of all in the North East Grand Prix competition at Jarrow’s Monkton Stadium,
on Wednesday 23rd May 2018, even when using the heavier UK implement of 6k,
to produce a best effort of 14.89m, a performance that also sees him ranked as high
as seventh in the Under 20 age group, and he is also now leading the regional rankings by 43cm.
Knight was one of nineteen athletes in action from his club at the second of six fixtures,
another Morpeth thrower who was well to the fore in the evenings action, was Under 15 Girl Jessica Gardiner,
who won the Under 15 Girls Hammer by producing a best performance of 30.18m,
taking 6.70m off her previous figures.
Gardiner also showed outstanding form, to win the Discus, by producing a best of 25.35m.
Rounding off the clubs Field successes on the night was Ruaridh Lang,
who won the Under 20 Men’s Discus, producing an on the day best of 39.96m.
On to the main track event of the night, where eleven athletes lined up in the A race of the Graded 800m,
all competing for the Jimmy Hedley Cup, presented in honour of the legendary Jarrow and Hebburn coach,
who was the mentor of BBC Commentator, and former World Mile Record Holder Steve Cram in his heyday.
Only a mere 2.50 seconds covered the first seven finishers, where Morpeth’s Kieran Hedley and Alistair Douglass finished in fifth and sixth places, posting times of 1m56.07s and 1m56.33s respectively,
the latter representing a new personal best performance.
Four athletes from Morpeth Harriers lined up in the slightly slower B race.
Dean Lonsdale finished fifth in 2m02.36s, and Taylor Glover finished ninth in 2m02.82s.
Producing a marginal new personal best of 2m07.35s, Thomas Inness of Morpeth finished eleventh, just ahead of younger club colleague Rowan Bennett, who clocked a new personal best time of 2m10.37s.
Morpeth’s Lily Heaton continued her excellent summer form, when finishing third in the 800m D race,
posting a new personal best of 2m23.07s, making her the third fastest Under 17 Woman
on the night overall in the two-lap event.
Another superb Morpeth performer on the night was Under 20 Man Matthew Waterfield,
who certainly triumphed in the Graded 100m, an event he was running for the first ever
occasion, posting a winning time of 11.58s, which makes him fifth in the rankings regionally.
Max Marr of Morpeth finished second in the Under 15 Boys 100m, posting a new personal best of 12.56s.
Another excellent Morpeth personal best performer was Charlie Lane.
The Under 15 athlete, coached by Vina Desai, finished third in the Under 15 Boys 300m,
posting a time of 41.25s, which now sees him ranked as fourth in the region,
and inside the to 150 nationally, indeed a work in progress.
Six athletes from the club competed in the Under 13 and Under 15 age group 1500m events.
In the Under 15 Girls event, Rhiannon Hedley posted a time of 5m18.59s, as she finished tenth in her age group.
The Under 13 Boys event saw Bertie Marr finish third in 5m02.82s,
an event in which he was running for the very first occasion.
Just behind him in fourth place was club colleague Ryan Davies,
who posted a new personal best of 5m06.36s.
Another Morpeth 1500m personal best, came from Under 15 Boy Ben Waterfield,
who finished fifth in 4m32.98s, taking a monumental twelve seconds off his previous figures.
Two other Morpeth Harriers in the event were the two Dylan’s, Gooding and Davies,
who finished ninth and tenth in respective times of 4m46.32s, and 4m50.02s.
Certainly, some hot performances, on what was a colder night compared to recent.