Morpeth Harriers Womens squad were particularly well represented at the annual Royal Signals Road Relays,
held at Hetton Lyons Country Park on Saturday 18th February, which incorporated the
North-Eastern Counties Athletics Association Championships.
Morpeth Harriers Senior Women achieved a superb win in their 4 x 2.2mile Relay,
which gave them their second North East title in succession in the event.
Posting what was the second fastest time of the day of 12m18s, which was only surpassed by
Sunderland Stroller Marathon International Alyson Dixon, who managed an excellent 11m53s on second leg,
final leg runner Emma Holt brought the club home to victory by a margin
of thirty seconds over second placed Jarrow and Hebburn.
Earlier legs by Josie Cram (12m48s) (5th Fastest), Jane Hodgson (12m51s) (6th = Fastest),
and Gemma Floyd (13m33s), had seen them always in a very challenging position
throughout a tense battle with eventual Silver medallists Jarrow and Hebburn,
Bronze medallists Gosforth Harriers, and North Yorkshire guests Richmond and Zetland.
What was very clear to see here was the superb team spirit which engineered a most formidable victory.
There were also some superb performances by the non-medalling Senior Women’s squads,
who finished in sixth and twenty sixth places in strong fields respectively.
The Morpeth B team performances came from Alison Brown (14m37s), Lorna MacDonald (13m20s),
Gracie Hufton, an Under 17, making her debut in Senior competition (14m48s),
and Catriona MacDonald (13m49s), which took them from seventeenth to their final ninth placing.
There were some excellent and very pleasing performances
from the Morpeth Women’s C team, and they were as follows
Jane Kirby (15m53s), Susan Smith (17m15s),
an excellent debut run from Frankie Wilson (15m46s),
and Lindsay Turnbull (15m34s), which saw the squad rise from their early placing of 32nd.
Overall, a truly excellent day on the road by the club.
Photos from 2017 North-Eastern Counties Womens Road Relay Championships