Daniel Dixon (9m38s), Taylor Glover (9m37s), and Rory Leonard (9m15s), all performed superbly to win Bronze Team medals for Morpeth Harriers in the Under 17 Men’s Championship, at the annual English Cross Country Relays, held at Berry Hill Park, Mansfield on Saturday 4th November 2017.
In a classy field, Dixon began the quest well, when he came home in 23rd place on the first leg, which Glover further improved on by getting up to eighth spot on a fast and furious second leg in which he was fourth fastest.
Despite taking a tumble on the final leg, Leonard got the squad into the medals by outpacing fourth placed Shaftesbury Barnet, and fifth placed Charnwood, as he posted the final legs second fastest time.
Gold medal winners were Aldershot who won with seventeen seconds to spare over Cambridge and Coleridge, who were only four seconds ahead of Morpeth.
The Morpeth Under 17 Men’s B team also performed well, finishing 31st, courtesy of Daniel Melling (9m47s), Ross Charlton (10m02s), and Alex Cunningham (10m25s).
Another excellent performance on the day for Morpeth, came from their Under 15 Girls,
who finished in 21st place, courtesy of Holly Peck (7m23s), Lily Heaton (8m26s), and Rhiannon Hedley (8m09s).
In a tough four stage event, Morpeth Harriers Senior Men finished 27th,
and just over three minutes adrift of winners Tonbridge AC,
courtesy of George Lowry (16m37s), Ian Harding (16m51s),
Jordan Scott (16m53s), and Andrew Lawrence (17m33s).
The club also had more of their youngest athletes in action, some of them in the first year of their age group,
and all gained great experience from their outing in what was a high calibre competition,
and certainly emerged with a great deal of credit for their respective efforts.
Finishing 50th out of 106 complete teams were the Under 15 Boys, who were represented by
Thomas Cunningham (7m08s), who also took a fall during the event,
Dylan Davies (7m25s), and Ben Walker (7m28s).
Running for an incomplete B team, Andrew Hudspith came home in 90th place, posting a time of 7m28s.
Morpeth’s two Under 13 Boys teams, all of them running in a National competition for the very first time,
did well, finishing 58th and 88th respectively out of a total of 97 complete teams.
Competing for the A team were Ryan Davies (7m46s), Bertie Marr (8m00s),
Joseph Hudspith (8m17s), who gained a total of ten places during the three stages.
The B team were well represented by Harry Jackson (8m40s), Dylan Walker (8m36s), and James Tilley (8m50s).
Morpeth’s Under 13 Girls also competed well to finish 85th in a field of 104 complete teams,
courtesy of Mia Belton (8m42s), Laura Melling (9m27s), and Sophia Cunningham (9m39s).
Despite the early morning rain, which left parts of the course a little muddy,
conditions were mainly good throughout the event, with very little wind to speak of,
some fast times were produced by front runners,
a very satisfactory day at the office indeed for Morpeth Harriers.