A very quiet weekend of activity on the athletics front, saw several members of Morpeth Harriers taking part in local Park Runs, where there were several excellent performances produced.
The club had four who were first across the finish line at Newcastle,
Druridge Bay, Newbiggin by the Sea, and Whitley Bay.
Middlesbrough’s Albert Park Run
There was a real family affair in place at Middlesbrough’s Albert Park,
where Morpeth very nearly had their fifth first of the day.
Leading until the halfway point in the 5k circuit, Daniel Dixon was eventually passed by local favourite
Greg Jayasuriya of Middlesbrough and Cleveland, who went on to finish first
in a new personal best time of 15m08s.
Meanwhile Dixon held on to second place, posting a new personal best finish time of 15m38s.
Finishing in sixteenth place in 19m23s, was Daniel’s younger brother Joe, who was one place and four seconds ahead of Mike Harris, Daniel’s coach, and former Morpeth Harrier, and legendary Triathlon specialist.
Completing the Dixon show was their father Gordon, who finished in 32nd place, posting a time of 20m11s.
Newcastle Park Run
There was a Morpeth Harriers double victory at the Newcastle Park Run.
Andrew Lawrence posted a new personal best of 16m05s, when crossing the finish line
in front of Basildon’s Gus Withers, who clocked 16m23s.
Rachelle Falloon was first Woman finisher, placing 24th in 18m46s,
which also proved to be a new personal best performance.
Another prominent Morpeth finisher in the Newcastle event was Tony Lewis,
who was tenth to cross the finish line, posting a time of 17m54s.
Druridge Bay Park Run
Posting a new best time of 17m08s, Morpeth’s Richard Johnson was the first across
the finish line at Druridge Bay, thirty-two seconds ahead of Durham City’s Matt Guilder.
Mark Snowball of Morpeth Harriers finished fourth in 18m15s.
Newbiggin By the Sea Park Run
A little further South, Morpeth’s Tom Balsdon was a first finisher at Newbiggin By the Sea.
Balsdon posted a new best time on the course of 17m10s.
Other prominent Morpeth Harriers finishers in the Newbiggin event were Will Clark (2nd) 19m17s,
James Johnson (6th) 19m55s, Neil McAnany (7th) 20m06s, Gary Hall (52nd) 25m40s,
and Pam Woodcock, who finished 53rd, with new figures of 25m53s for the course.
Whitley Bay Park Run
Moving further South again down the coast, Morpeth’s Taylor Glover was the first finisher
at Whitley Bay, posting a new best time of 15m57s.