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The Heaton By-Monthly Handicap was held on 22nd Oct (Thurs). 29 runners took part over the 5km course, on a damp eveniing (though it did not rain while race as on), with Fiona Turley taking victory. Her actual time off a handicap of 7mins 40secs, was 20mins 00secs a personal best. Sarah Lemon finished 2nd (22:41 off 6:40) and Chris Hodgson 3rd (20:53 off 7:40). Ian Robinson in 11th clocked the fastest time (16:30 off 12:40) (another pb ?) followed by newcomer J Thom (18th) (16:46 off 13:00). Mark Likeman finished 16th (17:17 off 12:20). Helen Johnson, returning to competition finished 14th (20:21 off 9:00) (She was 2nd fastest lady behind Fiona).

By popular request, here are copies of Morpeth Herald reports, sent while George Patterson was on holiday.
(sent 6th Sept).
At the Aviva British Grand Prix at Gateshead on 31st August, Morpeth's Laura Weightman won the (sadly untelevised) B 800m in a time of 2mins 6.33secs. Nick McCormick finished 11th in the 3000m behind Uganda's Moses Kipsiro, with a season's best time of 7mins 59.07secs.
Kipsiro clocked 7mins 35.69secs.
Ian Hudspith repeated his 2008 victory in Sunday's Middlesbrough Tees Pride 10km.
Hudspith clocked 30mins 9secs coming home 11secs ahead of Sunderland's Mark Hood.
Chris Sampson finished 3rd for Morpeth (30:38), while Michael Dawson finished 7th (32:23), David Swinburne 12th (33:00) and Gary Jones 20th (34:42). Not surprisingly Morpeth took the team title. The event also incorporated the North Eastern Counties' Championship, with Hudspith and Sampson taking the gold and bronze medals.
Other Morpeth performances to follow next week. 
Morpeth Harriers also won the team event at Sunday's Tynedale Jelly Tea 10M Road Race from Hexham to Ovingham.
In the overcast showery conditions, the race was won by Alnwick's David Kirkland in 52mins 25secs from Heaton's James Buis (53:04) and Jon Archer of Low Fell (53:36).
Kristian Forster led the Morpeth challenge in 5th (54:51) and he was ably supported by Paul Waterston (12th in 56:41) and Phil Walker (14th in 57:04) who were also the first two veterans to finish. Pam Woodcock won the Over 55 Womens' section finishing in 237th position with a time of 77mins 43secs.
Other Morpeth competitors were: 66 Mike Winter 66:09; 67 Simon Robson 66:12; 81 Hamish McAllister Williams 67:19; 135 Claire Bruce (16th lady and 2nd W40) 71:34; 142 Norman Clark 72:28; 277 Ian Corner 81:09; 299 Susan Smith 72:20; 397 Jane Blackett 87:43.
Archie Jenkins finished 10th in the Hetton Country Park 10km with a time of 41mins 9secs, behind Jarrow's Luke Adams (34:46).
Morpeth's Hannah Rank representing the North East finished 12th in the 3000m at the UK Schools Games at Cardiff.
The King Edward School pupil clocked 11mins 34.86secs behind Emelia Gorecka of the South East (9:46.25). 
Morpeth Harrier Neil Wilkinson comfortably won the Low Fell Watergate Park 5km at Lobley Hill on 2nd Sept. In the wet conditions, Wilkinson, in the Veterans Over 40 category clocked 15mins 41secs, finishing 34secs ahead of Gateshead's Chris Paton.
For good measure, Wilkinson's wife Sarah, running in the Chester Le Street colours won the Womens' race (17:31).
Morpeth's Jane Mooney was the fourth lady to finish in 28th place overall with a time of 18mins 18secs. Aiveen Fox finished 30th and was 5th lady (18:25).
Archie Jenkins finished in 40th place (19:00) and was 2nd in the Over 55 category, though he did win the incorporated Veterans' A.A - North East title. 
Zoe Armstrong was the 8th lady to finish in 62nd position, clocking 20mins 16secs. She also won the Under 20 award.
Morpeth's Phil Walker travelled down to Redcar on 2nd September and finished 3rd in the Marske Autumn Coast 5km. He clocked 16mins 50secs, behind New Marske's Andrew Wiles (15:48). Walker in the Over 40 category, was the leading veteran.
Paul Waterston was the leading Morpeth runner at the annual Blyth Links 10km on 1st Sept.
In the wet and windy conditions, Waterston took third place in 35mins 34secs behind Paul Whalley of Blyth (33:13). Waterston was also the leading Over 40 competitor.
Other Morpeth atletes taking part were: 11 Gavin Bayne 37:59 (2nd M50); 23 Mike Winter 39:08; 41 Jim Alder 40:50; 85 Ian Corner 44:27; 133 Tony Lewis 47:47; 160 Sue Smith 49:42; 183 Kerry Swindon 53:55
New Morpeth recruit Peter Newton won the Carlisle 10km on 30th August in a time of 32mins 37secs. His margin of victory was 1min 22secs.
Kate Chapman finished 2nd in the Womens' race in a time of 41mins 41secs, behind Border's Clare McKeown (40:37). 
Morpeth athletes will be taking part in the first major meeting of the Cross Country season on Saturday. Sunderland Harriers host their 27th Open Races from Farringdon School (12noon start).
(sent 30th Aug).
At the Northern Athletics Inter County Championships at Robin Park, Wigan on Saturday, two Morpeth Harriers were representing the North East.
Marcus Cram finished 3rd in the Under 17 1500m clocking 4mins 11.33secs, behind Preston's Ben Akin, representing Lancashire (4:08.05).
Jonny Nisbet, finished 4th in the Under  15 1500m with a time of 4mins 33.17secs, behind Fergus Roberts of Richmond, representing Yorkshire (4:23.27).  .
At the Border Harriers Open Meeting at Carlisle on 23rd August,
Morpeth's Claire Reid won the Shot with a throw of 10.71m.
Marcus Cram took 2secs off his personal best time to win the B 800m at the Trafford Open Meeting (18th Aug).
His time was 1min 56.84secs. 
Morpeth Harriers have a choice of three races on Sunday.
The Tynedale 10M Road Race from Hexham to Ovingham (11.00am), the Hetton 10km Multi Terrain Race at Hetton-le-Hole (11.00am) and the Tees Pride 10km at Middlesbrough (10.15am).

Mark Likeman won the Heaton Bi-Monthly Handicap at Holy Cross (27th Aug). He clocked 17mins 37secs off a 12mins Handicap. Dave Dale finished 2nd (20mins 24secs off 9:20) and Sam Daley 3rd (19mins 53secs off 10mins). James Buis was the quickest in 10th (16mins 47secs off 13:50) and Jo Zoppi fastest lady in 9th (20mins 04secs off 10:30). 24 runners completed (24th George Routledge 33mins 45secs off 1:30). Weather was overcast with short shower.

Phil Green won the Heaton Bi-Monthly Handicap at Holy Cross (25th June). He clocked 20mins 28secs (off 8.20) and was followed by David Wright 20:47 (off 8:30) and B Box 21:37 (off 8:00). Ian Robinson clocked the fastest time finishing in 11th position (17:39 off 12:50). Les Smith finished 16th (17:47 off 13:30) and James Buis 24th (17:50 off 14:45). The latter missed his start by 45secs. K Dodds was first lady in 9th (23:29 off 6:40) and Claire Buis was fastest in 23rd  (22:51 off 9:30). 26 runners took part on a warm summer evening. Full results on HH website.

Beth Leckie (U10) won the 60m  (9.1), LJ (2.00) and JT (11.90) at Gateshead Minor Meeting (21st). She clocked 9.2secs in her 60m heat.

Results from the Heaton Harriers Ringtons Cup (14th April).
1 L Roe 15:51; 2 J Buis 16:00; 3 N Gold (M35) 16:16; 4 L Smith (M35) 16:26; 5 I Robinson 17:06; 6 D Millikan 17:35
M70: R Checkley 23:26 (33rd)
Women: 1 C Buis 20:32 (16th); 2 F Turley 20:54 (19th); 3 J Friend (W45) 21:59 (24th); 4 J Clarke 22:14; 5 L Wheatley 22:30; 6 E Whalley 23:15  W60: P Gold 24:37 (38th)
Under 13 Boys (1km): 1 G Strong 4:09; 2 L Lowery 4:22
Under 13 Girls (1km): 1 N Hall 4:45; 2 E Strong 4:50
Under 9 Boys (1km): 1 F Farrier 5:07
45 runners took part in the Senior event (last time: 27:50) and 8 in the revived Junior race. Weather was cool and overcast, with mist in air. Lee Roe led all the way. Don Stewart (21:30 off 6:30) won sealed handicap. George Routledge finished 44th (27:26). At the presentation evening, the Most improved athletes awards went to Les Smith and Sarah Lemon and Athletes of the Year to James Buis and Jo Zoppi (a new award). George Routledge's Pop Quiz was the most difficult yet.

29 competitors took part in the Heaton Bi-monthly Handicap (26th Feb). The winner was P McMorrow in 22:04 (off 6:40), from K Dodds (L) 23:28 (off 5:30) and I Robinson 17:45 (off 11:20). Les Smith in 7th clocked the fastest time 16:56 (off 12:40) and Fiona Turley was fastest lady in 21st; 21:17 (off 9:30). Weather was dry with a cold breeze blowing.  Full results on HH website.

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Congratulations to Chris White for winning "The Weakest Link" today (9th Feb) (only on eye-player for one day, I thought it was 7). I did know the "Fame" answer. 

The Heaton H Christmas Handicap (23rd Dec) was won by Reg Checkley (a many-times winner 30-40 years ago), in a time of 23mins 35secs (off 4:40). Lisa Wheatley finished 2nd (22:48 off 5:30), and D Boarman 3rd (25:44 off 3:00).  James Buis clocked the fastest time finishing 29th (16:45 off 13:40), with Les Smith, happily recovered from a recent injury 18th in 17:08 (off 12:40). Laura Spence was fastest lady (32nd in 19:19 off 11:10). 38 runners tpok part on a dry cool evening. Full results on HH website.
Les's Pop Quiz proved quite difficult, though not for the Marshalls' team that won. Advance notice is that the 2009 Xmas Quiz, will be my last, after a ten-year stint. Copies of previous quizzes available on request. George R's quiz was as usual quite hard (especially the Picture round), and in the Pop round, my memory is not what it was.

The Norman Woodcock 5M Road Race due to be held at Gosforth Park on Saturday 6th December, was cancelled for safety reasons, due to parts of the main route being covered in black ice.  A new date is being sought.

Guest runner Danny Routledge won the Heaton Bi-Monthly Handicap (23rd Oct). He clocked 24mins 15secs off 2mins. Paul Inskip took second place (20mins 3secs off 8mins), with John Marshall 3rd (20:07 off 8mins).  Lee Roe clocked the fastest time in 8th place (16mins 9secs off 12:20) (James Buis in 19th clocked 16:20 off 13:00). Claire Buis was fastest lady in 12th (20:31 off 8:20). 21 runners took part in dry but very windy conditions. Full results on HH website.
The Heaton Bi-Monthly Handicap (21st Aug) (on Cross Country Course) was won by Alan Marshall (21:29 off 7:40) from Aled Greenhaugh (20:13 off 10:10) and Scott McEntee (20:06 off 10:40). Lee Roe in 4th place was fastest overall (17:41 off 13:10). Alice Lorenzi was fastest lady in 10th place (24:36 off 6:50).
21 runners took part on a dry, bright but breezy evening, but far side of course was waterlogged after heavy rain in previous week.  Full results on HH website.

The Heaton Bi-Monthly Handicap was held on the Wallsend Cross Country Course (26th June), over 2 extended laps (5km +). It was won by Chris Burn (21:37 off 15:00) from James Buis (17:01 off 9:40) and Mark Likeman (19:22 off 7:20). James was fastest overall and Claire Buis (21:44 off 5:40) was fastest lady. 22 runners took part on a bright breezy evening. Eric Appleby struggled on first lap and dropped out. Full results on HH website. .

James Buis won the Heaton H Rington Cup (8th Apl) ending John Moore's run of 13 victories. James clocked 16mins 3secs ahead of John (16:06), with Lucas Longman in third place (17:18).
Claire Buis (15th overall) won the Womens' race (19:51) ahead of Susan Auld (20:02) and Fiona Turley (20:44). Alice Lorenzi was the first veteran (21:14). 38 runners took part. Conditions were fine (dry but overcast). Full results on HH website.
At the Presentation Evening, Awards included: Most Improved athlete (Male): Ken McEntee (Female): Claire Buis  Athlete of Year: James Buis. GR's Pop Quiz was very difficult.

Newcomer Nick Tighe won the Heaton Bi-Monthly Handicap (21st Feb) in a time of 21mins 7secs, from Malcolm Gibson (19:31) and Rob Tanner  (22:26).
Claire Buis was  fastest lady in 9th place (20:18 off 5:40) and James Buis fastest overall in 11th (16:26 off 9:40) . John Moore finished 12th (16:33 off 9:40).
There were 25 finishers. I was not in attendance (results courtesy of GR). I assume it was windy. Full results on HH website.

Les Smith, on the comeback trail, won the Heaton Christmas Handicap (18th Dec). His actual time off a 5mins 40secs mark, was 19mins 14secs. He came home 5secs ahead of Ken McEntee (20:49 off 4:20) with Paul Inskip a second behind in 3rd place (20:20 off 4:40). James Buis (off 9:00) clocked the fastest time in 4th (16:18). Helen Johnson 11th (off 6:00) was fastest lady (19:33). 39 runners took part on a dry and milder evening, with little wind. Full results on HH website. At the Xmas Social Evening, Les's quiz most have been easier than usual, as few "complaints" were received.  

Mark Likeman won the Heaton Bi-Monthly Handicap (25th Oct). His actual time off 4mins 20secs, was 20mins 35secs. Second was Micky Miles (6:30 - 18:42) and third Iain McKinnon (6:20 - 19:03). John Moore was fastest in 5th position ((9:30 - 16:10) and Fiona Turley fastest lady in 6th (4:40 - 21:10).  17 competitors took part on a dry coolish evening.  Full results on HH website.

Phil Green won the Heaton Bi-Monthly Handicap (23rd Aug).  His actual time off 2mins 30secs was 20mins 33secs.  Second was  John Gibson (6:20 - 18:57) and third Dan Robins 8:00 - 17:24). First lady home was Louise Gibson in 6th (3:30 - 22:04) followed by the evening's fastest runner Bob Turner (8:40 - 16:55). Fiona Turley  (16th) was fastest lady (4:40 - 21:42).  23 runners tool part in ideal conditions, on a fine dry evening.  Full results on HH website.

Newcomer Shaun Harris won the Heaton Harriers Bi-monthly Handicap (28th Jun). His actual time off 3mins 40secs was 21mins 10secs. He was followed home by John Marshall (5:10 - 19:59) and the fastest runner of the evening Bob Turner (8:00 - 17:15). Joanna Clarke was fastest lady in 4th (4:30 - 20:52). 14 runners took part in what were bright ideal conditions. Though this was a brief respite from a heavy period of rain. Full results on HH website.

 Many apologies to all my reader(s). Due to a breakdown of the old computer, a purchase of a replacement and transfer of appropriate software, the site was 5 weeks behind. I am happy to say it is now up to date. However as AW seems to be arriving more on a Friday than Thursday, "The Weekly Round-Up" column may be slightly delayed. Midweek events will be added at the beginning of the following week..

John Moore won the Heaton Harriers Rington Cup (5km) for the 13th successive year (17th April), Full results on

Larry Ingham, who also clocked the fastest time, won the Heaton Bi-Monthly Handicap (22nd Feb) (off 5.30) from Kevin Lott and Iain McKinnon.
Angie Peace (off 5:10) was fastest lady in 6th. Turn-out was low due to various clashes, including Newcastle Utd UEFA Cup match. Conditions were ideal. Dry after damp day, mild with little wind.
Result: 1 L Ingham 19:13; 2 K Lott 19:16; 3 I McKinnon 20:03; 4 P Inskip 20:44; 5 C Burn 19:51; 6 A Peace 20:13 (L); 7 D Wright 21:01; 8 L Wilkinson 21:22; 9 J Brignall 23:03 (L); 10 L Gibson 22:30 (L); 11 P Gold 24:52 (L); 12 D Brignall 22:37.

Guest competitor, E Leighton won the Heaton Christmas Handicap on 19th December. He clocked 20mins 34secs off 3mins 30secs. Lee Wilkinson finished 2nd (21:13), Dave Russell 3rd (21:17), Jenny Friend 4th (21:20), Alora Aide 5th (21:32) and John Moore 6th (16:22, the fastest time of the evening off 9mins). James Buis finished 20th (16:53 off 9:20) and Claire Hamson the fastest lady in 21st (20:26 off 5:50).  Remaining results (courtesy of GR): 7 I McKinnon 20:35; 8 R Kane (L) 22:02; 9 S King (L) 23:53; 10 A Watson (L) 20:35; 11 P Inskip 21:18; 12 D Brignall 21:52; 13 C Burn 20:28; 14 D Law 22:30; 15 K Beaumont (L) 22:36; 16 J Marshall 20:57; 17 J Brignall (L) 22:20; 18 S McEntee 19:41; 19 E Appleby 22:42; 22 A Lorenzi (L) 22:41; 23 D Young 24:12; 24 E Baty 21:00e (missed start); 25 A Tunmore (L) 25:43; 26 B Rouse (L) 28:54; 27 P Bhogal 20:15; 28 C  Brown 23:20; 29 D Wright 21:15; 30 E Watson 24:27; 31 J Wilson 21:26; 32 R Checkley 33:46; 33 P Wilson (L) 33:46 (full results courtesy of GR).  A cold evening. Underfoot conditions slippery in parts due to frost.
The social/quiz night had a good attendance and my quiz proved to be again difficult, though most teams knew the final six answers. Found George Routledge's picture round of his quiz very difficult. I thought David Cameron was Channel 4 racing presenter whose name escapes me.

Newcomer Amanda Peace (off 2.20) won the bi-monthly Heaton Handicap on 19th October. 16 competitors took part on quite a pleasant evening.  John Moore (off 9:40) clocked the fastest time. Turn-out was down due to a clash with a Newcastle Utd UEFA Cup match. Result was: 1 A Peace (L) 21:18; 2 I McKinnon 21:03; 3 S McEntee 19:26; 4 A Bartram 17:54; 5 C Burn 20:35; 6 E Baty 20:37; 7 D Young 23:34; 8 D Brignall 20:53; 9 J Gibson 19:36; 10 M Gibson 19:12; 11 J Buis (off 9:00) 16:57; 12 J Moore 16:24; 13 E Appleby 22:35; 14 J Connolly 22:52; 15 A Smith 21:19; 16 R Checkley 23:47.

Watching recorded highlights of World Athletics  Final on BBC (Sun. 10th Sept), cannot remember seeing Mens' 1500m. It may have been on at start, but as per BBC fashion, starting time of broadcast was a lot earlier than advertised.

I thought Emsley Carr Mile (seen on TV on 19th Aug), was a disgrace. Whose idea (probably UK Athletcs ?). was it to incorporate in an International match, when the middle distance races, are more often than not, pedestrian affairs. Surely some guest Elite runners, could have been added to the field or a separate race arranged ? I am afraid these meetings (particularly Saturday) do not attract new fans to the sport (and some old supporters would be killed off). Better for BBC to transmit Golden League meetings like Zurich. I have just had to pay a monthly instalment to watch the remaining GP fixtures on a Pay-Per-View channel. Here there is a surprise combination of commentaries from Tim Hutchings and Stuart Storey.

Jonathon Saunders (off 4:30) won the Heaton Bi-Monthly Handicap (17th Aug). Karen Beaumont took second place ahead of Eric Appleby. John Moore (off 9:40) clocked the fastest time  Fiona Turley (off 4:20) was fastest lady. 17 runners took part on an overcast evening, though slight rain at start soon disappeared. Result (courtesy of George R) : 1 J Sanders 20:21; 2 K Beaumont (L) 22:30; 3 E Appleby 22:25; 4 A Mulliss 21:28; 5 J Brignall (L) 22:13; 6 R Checkley 22:36; 7 F Turley (L) 21:29; 8 D Stewart 20:56; 9 J Moore 16:22; 10 P Gold (L) 23:35; 11 D Brignall 21:17; 12 C Auld 19:15; 13 D Young 24:17; 14 H Gold 20:58; 15 J Friend (L) 22:21; 16 A Tunmore (L) 24:49; 17 J Marshall 21:06

I am wondering who are the local organisers for the Sports Relief Mile in Newcastle (15th Jul) ?  I know of nobody from the athletics world, who is involved.

Newcomer Larry Ingham won the Heaton Bi-Monthly Handicap (15th June). I McKinnon took second place and Margaret Dover finished 3rd.  John Moore (off 9:40) clocked the fastest time ahead of visiting Southampton athlete James Buis (off 9:00). Claire Hamson was fastest lady (off 5:00). 17 runners with turn-out being slightly affected by earllier England (2) v. Trinidad & Tobago (0) World Cup match. It was a lovely summer evening. Full result: 1 L Ingham 20:45; 2 I McKinnon 22:11; 3 M Dover (L) 22:50; 4 A Tunmore (L) 24:13; 5 J Brignall (L) 22:33; 6 C Hamson (L) 20:41; 7 P Gold  (L) 23:12; 8 E Appleby 22:54; 9 R Checkley 22:50; 10 J Buis 16:52; 11 J Moore 16:15; 12 J Friend (L) 21:38; 13 D Robins 18:03; 14 F Turley (L) 21:33; 15 C Auld 19:30; 16 D Brignall 22:17 (4 days after clocking 3:32 in Edinburgh Marathon); 17 A Lorenzi (L) 23:02.

John Moore won the Heaton Club Road Race Championship (Rington Cup) for the 12th successive year (11th Apl). Dave Archer outsprinted Dave Burn for 2nd place. Helen Astley was first lady in an excellent time of 19mins 6secs. She also won the sealed handicap off a very generous mark of 5mins. It was a very cold and windy evening. At presentation afterwards, most improved athlete was Dan Robins and "Athlete of Year" was Jo Zoppi. Results: 1 J Moore 16:26; 2 D Archer 17:27; 3 D Burn 17:30; 4 D Robins 17:53; 5 J Wilson 18:17; 6 M Gibson 18:44; 7 J Richardson 19:03; 8 H Astley 19:06 (1L); 9 A Ball 19:30; 10 A Heath 19:37; 11 A Nott 20:37 (2L); 12 D Brignall 20:44; 13 H Gold 20:57; 14 J Bass 20:58 (3L); 15 J Saunders 21:49; 16 A Mulliss 21:53; 17 J Friend 22:17 (4L); 18 L Smith 22:22 (5L); 19 J Brignall 22:52 (6L); 20 J Padden 23:04 (7L); 21 I McKinnon 23:15; 22 A Lorenzi 23:34 (8L); 23 D Young 24:11; 24 P Gold 24:13 (9L); 25 H Mitford 24:26 (10L); 26 A Tunmore 24:28 (11L); 27 G Routledge 27:01; 28 G Park 27:34 (12L).

Please note that as from 10.00am on 13th March 2006, I have resigned my position as the AW local contributor. This is mainly to a difference of opinion with the results editor.

Jonathon Richardson (off 5:10) won the Heatoin Bi-Monthly Handicap (23rd Feb) from Jane Bass (off 4:20). John Moore (off 9:40) was fastest. Weather was cold but dry and quite windy. Results (actual time listed): 1 J Richardson 19:50; 2 J Bass (L) 21:09; 3 J Sanders 21:30; 4 D Wright 20:10; 5 R Checkley 22:52; 6 J Moore 16:15; 7 E Appleby 23:11; 8 C Auld 18:56; 9 I McKinnon 24:05; 10 A Tunmore (L) 25:16; 11 H Gold 21:14; 12 D Brignall 22:41; 13 A Mulliss 22:22; 14 D Young 24:24; 15 J Brignall (L) 23:22.

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