Morpeths Emma Holt retained her title at the annual
Anita Nott Women’s Own Memorial Race held in
Jesmond Dene on the evening of Monday 27th June 2016.
In doing so, she not only led all the way, she also beat her own course record by all of seventeen seconds.
She also won by the healthy margin of sixty seconds from Gosforth’s Rachel Lundgren,
posting a finishing time of 18m02s.
Morpeth Harrier’s other runner in the event was Vicky Gibbs,
who finished twelfth overall in 20m57s, and was first Over 35 Veteran Woman.
Morpeths Laura Weightman was forced to battle all the way to the line to secure her Women’s 1500m place in this year’s Rio Olympics at the
British Athletics Championships at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium on Sunday 26th June.
Weightman and Dundee’s Laura Muir were neck and neck at the bell, and were still locked together with just over 200m remaining.
At that point Muir made a determined break for home, and was never caught,
and crossed the finish line in 4m10.14s.
Meanwhile Weightman had a new battle all of her own with Wakefield’s Charlene Thomas as the pair hurtled down the finishing straight.
With around 30m remaining Thomas put in a determined lunge to claim the vital second place,
however the braveness of Weightman saw her just manage to edge in front as they both crossed the finish line with very little between them.
Thankfully Weightman just got the verdict she wished for, by eight hundredths of a second,
leaving Thomas very disappointed that she had just missed out.
A total of 89 competitors completed one of the regions
toughest multi terrain events on Wednesday 1st June,
with Sunderland Harriers hosting their annual
Penshaw Hill Race for the 26th occasion.
Morpeth Harrier Emma Holt in 12th place overall,
was first Woman home for the second year running,
posting a finishing time of 18m44s, which was two minutes
and twenty seconds behind the host clubs Nathan Reed,
who was also taking victory in the Men’s race for the second year running.
Three places and twenty one seconds behind Emma,
was her Morpeth Harriers club colleague Sarah Wilkinson,
Slightly over 100 people gathered at Morpeth Rugby Club on Thursday 26th May,
to honour sporting achievements during 2015-16, at the annual Morpeth Sports Awards,
organised by Morpeth Sports Council.
Secretary and organiser Derek Thompson got proceedings underway by introducing
the recently installed Mayor of Morpeth, Coun Andrew Tebbutt,
who was to make all the presentations throughout the evening,
including several to members of Morpeth Harriers and Athletic Club.
Morpeth Harriers Senior Women’s Road and Cross Country Squad,
won a Certificate of Achievement.