Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It's Double-Double Glory on the Road for Morpeth

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It's Double-Double Glory on the Road for Morpeth

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Byline: BILL MCGUIRK

MORPETH Harriers repeated last year's winning double when their men's and women's squads came out on top in the North Eastern Counties Road Relay Championship at Hetton Lyons Country Park, Hetton-le-Hole.

And it was athletes at differing ends of the age scale who caught the eye, with teenager Scott Beattie scorching round the 2.22-mile course to post the day's fastest time in the men's six-stage contest, while Olympic marathon representative Alison Dixon, competing in the veteran's category, was quickest overall in the women's section.

Morpeth, who also lifted the trophy in 2015, got off to a sluggish start in the men's event with Robert Balmbra handing over in eighth place after the opening stage as team-mate Ross Floyd led Morpeth's B team to the first changeover, followed by Birtley (Aidrian Bailes) and Tyne Bridge (Finn Brodie).

Tyne Bridge moved into pole position on leg two thanks to Marc Fenwick's efforts, while Gateshead, 10th on leg one, were a close-up second thanks to Chris Parr's efforts, his 10min 38secs proving to be the second quickest overall of the day.

Morpeth (Ian Harding) moved into third place followed by New Marske and Morpeth B. The lead changed hands once again on leg three when Mark Shaw brought New Marske to the front, with Sam Hancox moving Morpeth up one place to second with Tyne Bridge (Terry Scott) now in third followed by Morpeth B and Gateshead.

Morpeth's A team moved into pole position for the first time, a lead they wouldn't surrender, when Beattie showed experience beyond his young years to produce the run of the day with a 10:29 clocking.

Morpeth B also made a forward move into second spot followed by Tyne Bridge, Gateshead and New Marske.

On the penultimate stage, Nick Swinburn extended Morpeth's advantage over their second string with Gateshead back in third ahead of New Marske. …

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