Recent rainfall made running conditions extremely heavy for all competitors who took part in the fifth and penultimate Start Fitness sponsored North Eastern Harrier League Meeting, held on what could only be described as a true and tough cross-country course, on extensive farmland at Thornley Hall Farm,
near Peterlee, County Durham on Saturday 10th February 2018.
Morpeth Harriers Senior Women maintained their lead in Division 1 of their competition,
by finishing third on the day behind Elvet Striders, and South Shields Harriers.
Elvet have now leapfrogged over Tyne Bridge Harriers for second place,
who could only finish a lowly eighth on the day.
Morpeth were led home by Emma Holt, who also was having her third Harrier League victory of the season,
having previously won at Wrekenton and Druridge,
which guarantees her the Senior Women’s Grand Prix title for the second year in succession.
Holt won by a twenty-one second margin over her club colleague Jane Hodgson,
who also has a hundred percent record this season,
having finished as first Veteran Woman on all four previous Harrier League meetings,
and will now also undoubtedly retain the individual crown that she won last year.
Further Morpeth Senior Women’s team support on the day came from superb runs by
Alison Brown (42nd) (Fast Pack), and Gwenda Cavill (77th) (Medium Pack).
Going into next month’s final fixture at Alnwick, only Elvet pose a realistic threat
to Morpeth for the Senior Women’s Division 1 team title, however they are still five points adrift.
On paper, an absolute disaster would seem to be able to prevent
a Morpeth success, however they will have to reckon without
leading light Holt on this occasion, as she will be unavailable.
Hopefully they will be able to dig a little deeper into their ranks to prevent disappointing failure.