A brand-new trophy, namely “The Tony Ward Trophy,” was presented
to its first recipient at the Morpeth Harriers clubhouse last Monday night (8th January).
The trophy, which had been donated to the club by Tony’s family, in memory of a loving father,
and a long serving member of the club, who had also, as well as being a competitor,
had been a coach who had guided, and had been very instrumental in the running
careers of some of the clubs’ top young athletes.
Sadly, Tony passed away in April 2017, and is very sorely missed by all who knew him.
The first recipient of the trophy was Kieran Hedley, judged as the clubs’ best young performer at the recently held North Eastern Cross-Country Championships at Redcar Racecourse.
Kieran had won the Under 20 Men’s Championship, and the trophy will be presented on an annual basis, to mark the best young achievement for the club at future championships.
It was a very close judgement, with a few other athletes also under consideration,
and Kieran is pictured above proudly receiving his award in memory of a man he knew and admired.