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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
Other Morpeth performances to follow
Morpeth Harriers also won the team
event at Sunday's Tynedale Jelly Tea 10M Road Race from Hexham to
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
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
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
The King Edward School
pupil clocked 11mins 34.86secs behind Emelia Gorecka of the South
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
For good measure, Wilkinson's wife
Sarah, running in the Chester Le Street colours won the Womens' race
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
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
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
(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
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
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
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
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
M70: R Checkley 23:26 (33rd)
Women: 1 C Buis 20:32 (16th); 2 F
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.
For some interesting videos from
recent races see www.youtube.com/georgeroutledge
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
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
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
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
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
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
Full results on HH website.
Many apologies to all my reader(s). Due to a breakdown of the
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 www.heatonharriers.org.
Larry Ingham, who also clocked the fastest time, won the Heaton
Bi-Monthly Handicap (22nd Feb) (off 5.30) from Kevin Lott and Iain
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
I am wondering who are the local organisers for the Sports Relief
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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