Running in what was only her second ever, and first Half Marathon for eleven years,
Morpeth Harrier Jane Hodgson won the Women’s section of the
Run Northumberland Castles Half Marathon,
held at Bamburgh on Sunday 23rd October 2016.
She also bettered her 2005 time by two seconds,
when crossing the finish line in 86m27s, in 19th position overall.
Hodgson was also the first home of five from her club.
Other Morpeth women finishers in the 322 strong field were
Jane Kirby (122nd) (3rd O/40 Woman) 117m41s,
and Clare Hiscock (258th) (17th O/40 Woman) 131m53s.
A total of just over 1500 finishing runners took part in the ten event programme
at the second Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League meeting, held at a sunny
and relatively warm Druridge Bay Country Park, on Sunday 9th October 2016.
75 of those runners belonged to the ranks of Morpeth Harriers,
as the club enjoyed one of its best days on a competitive front,
with no less than five team wins, one second team place, a third team place,
and two of their athletes managing fastest times of the day.
Running from the Fast Pack, Morpeth Harrier Emma Holt once again produced the
second fastest time of the day when finishing fifth overall in the Senior Women’s event.
She was only headed by Sunderland Stroller Alyson Dixon,
who was twenty-six seconds faster, and two places ahead of her.
Holt led Morpeth Harriers Senior Women to first team place in Division 2,
with further support coming courtesy of Jane Hodgson (15th) (9th Fastest) (Fast Pack),
Josie Cram (24th) (11th Fastest) (Fast Pack), and Jane Briggs (73rd) (Slow Pack).
Other Morpeth Senior Women in action were
Jilly Bell (174th) (Slow Pack), Tracy Kenny (186th) (Slow Pack),
Jane Kirby (196th) (Slow Pack), Helen Bruce (211th) (Slow Pack),
Carol Parry (251st) (Slow Pack), Catriona MacDonald (271st) (Fast Pack),
Sue Smith (283rd) (Slow Pack), Pam Woodcock (284th) (Slow Pack),
Clare Hiscock (337th) (Slow Pack), and Judith Clarkin (356th) (Slow Pack).
There were 404 finishers in the Senior Women’s event.