Senior men out to defend title

Morpeth Harriers Senior Men's winning English National 12 Stage Road Relay squad at Sutton Park with trophy and medals. Back row, from left, Chris Smith, Nick Swinburn, Ian Hudspith, Lewis Timmins, Peter Newton, Richard Morrell, Ryan Stephenson. Front row, from left, Carl Avery, Ady Whitwam, Nathan Shrubb, Kevin Calvert, Andy Wiles.

Morpeth Harriers Senior Men's winning English National 12 Stage Road Relay squad at Sutton Park with trophy and medals. Back row, from left, Chris Smith, Nick Swinburn, Ian Hudspith, Lewis Timmins, Peter Newton, Richard Morrell, Ryan Stephenson. Front row, from left, Carl Avery, Ady Whitwam, Nathan Shrubb, Kevin Calvert, Andy Wiles.

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This Saturday, Morpeth Harriers’ senior men and women will be in action at the annual English National 12 and Six-Stage Road Relay Championships at Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham.

The senior men are defending the title that they won for the first time 12 months ago, and the women hope to improve on their position of 14th in last year’s competition.

Laura Weightman, whose eyes are very much on selection for the Rio Olympics in August, is expected to be in their line-up, following a spell of warm-weather training.

The men, however, have to reckon without Jonny Taylor, Nick Swinburn and Carl Avery.

However, Peter Newton is in good form, and he is in their line-up, which will also see a return for Ian Hudspith and Ady Whitwam.

A full report on this event will appear in next week’s Morpeth Herald.

Right: Last year’s Morpeth team which won the English National Road Relay Championships.