City’s honor to the Northallerton Olympians


OLYMPIANS Marc Scott and Scott Lincoln will be named honorary citizens of their hometown to mark the community’s pride in their accomplishments.

The duo, who competed in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, will join fellow Paralympian Laurence Whiteley, the parasport rower who received the Northallerton City Council title after his outstanding gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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He defended the title this year, winning another gold medal with partner Lauren Rowles in the PR2 Mixed Double Skulls title.

City councilors said they wanted to congratulate the Olympians and highlight their incredible achievements.

Mayor Philip Eames said it was unanimously agreed that this honor should be returned to them.

A celebration is being held as soon as possible to present the titles, when last year’s award will also be presented to John Hyde, who has been named Northallerton Honorary Citizen for 2020 in recognition of his tireless fundraiser since the passing of his son. Ben in 2003.

Mr. Hyde has raised tens of thousands of pounds through the Ben Hyde Memorial Trust and for local good causes over the past 17 years.

He created the trust following the death of his son Lance Corporal Hyde, 23, who was one of six Red Caps killed by a mob at a police station near Basra, Iraq.

Marc Scott, 27, had a double celebration this year after competing in the 5,000m and 10,000m Olympics, although a foot problem prevented him from triumphing.

But in this year’s Great North Run, he took to the glory of the world’s best-known half-marathon, beating the opposition in a winning time of one hour, one minute and 22 seconds.

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For Richmond and Zetland Harrier member Marc, that meant he was following in the footsteps of one of his heroes, the legendary Sir Mo Farah, who won the race six times.

Meanwhile, the Tokyo Olympics were a long way from his hometown of Northallerton for shot putter Scott Lincoln, 28.

But the eleven-time British champion took time off work as a part-time bricklayer with his father’s construction company for his dream trip.

While narrowly missing the final, Scott said being an Olympian was the initial goal and it was his first major tournament, which means there are high hopes for the future.

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