At the Northern Athletics Womens 6 Stage Road Relay Championships,
held at Silksworth Sports Complex, near Sunderland on Saturday 2nd April,
Morpeth Harriers Senior Women’s 6 Stage squad won a set of Bronze team medals.
Morag Stead ran well on the long Stage One, finishing tenth in 24m24s,
which put them seventy three seconds adrift of early leaders Rotherham,
who managed to hold the lead on the short Stage Two, whilst Josie Cram
moved the Morpeth Women’s A team up to eighth, posting the eighth fastest time of the leg of 13m21s.
The short Third Stage saw big developments for the Morpeth Women’s A team however,
as Laura Weightman got round the course in 11m07s, easily the fastest short leg time of the day,
and one which saw her take her club up to third, and into the medals.
So at the halfway point in proceedings Morpeth were now only forty six seconds
adrift of the leaders Rotherham, who were nine seconds ahead of second placed Leeds City.
On the long Stage Four, Rotherham fell back to second while Leeds City took command,
courtesy of Northern Cross Country Champion and English National Cross Country
Silver medallist Claire Duck, who ran the fastest Women’s Long Stage time of 22m01s.
Whilst Morpeth’s Emma Holt remained in third place throughout the fourth Stage,
she had eaten well into Rotherham’s time difference, by finishing only
a mere eight seconds adrift of them; however Leeds City had now drawn well clear.
Emma clocked the second fastest time of the fourth leg, with a posting of 23m11s.
Morpeth’s fifth leg runner Gemma Floyd tried to make some impact
on the Rotherham margin, however despite clocking the Leg’s third
fastest time of 13m18s, she couldn’t quite get to the Silver medal placing.
Whilst Leeds City drew clear on the sixth and final leg,
Rotherham managed to maintain their hold on second place,
despite Sarah Wilkinson’s valiant last gasp Morpeth effort,
which saw her clock the fourth fastest time of the leg,
which gave them the well deserved Bronze medals.
Meanwhile Morpeth Harriers Women’s B team did exceptionally well
to finish in fourteenth place out of 32 complete teams,
and were first B team, courtesy of Jane Hodgson,
who began proceedings with a first leg clocking of 25m07s,
which saw her finish fourteenth.