Warkworth Show “Fun Run”

A report by Mike TELFER on what many see as the race of the year…..

After completing our first Warkworth Show fun run in 2008 when Ollie TELFER was aged 5 we wondered how long dad Mike could hang on until he was beaten over the 2.5km course by the younger members of the family. After a couple of years of good progress the boys predicted that 2016, when Ollie turned 13, would be the ‘golden year’! Bearing this in mind and trying to fight off the inevitable Mike started training hard three weeks before the race with a few ‘secret’ track sessions down at Amble. Unfortunately, there were other excellent Junior Harriers now also competing so the pressure was really on for the ‘biggest race of the year’.


Starting within the castle walls the race sets off at a furious pace as the competitors fight for a good position as they sprint out over the drawbridge and through the show ground to fields beyond. Harry BROWN and Robert STEPHENSON set off at such a blistering pace that not even veteran legend Steve CARRAGHER could keep up! Fortunately after about 500 metres things ‘calmed down’, Steve took the lead and the others all settle down to a less suicidal pace.

By the time the leaders had reached the river opposite the Hermitage, Steve was long gone and so far ahead his victory was secured for another year. That left Mike TELFER, Harry BROWN and Joseph FLANIGHAN of Amble to battle for second place. Ollie TELFER had been dropped and family bragging rights had been secured for another year providing nothing went too wrong over the last kilometre!

Harry was looking pretty tired before the steep climb from the river back up to the castle but sadly he got his second wind and he and Joseph disappeared at a pace that was far too strong to challenge. At this stage it was time to have a good look behind to check Ollie and Lauren BROWN weren’t closing too quickly. Fortunately the gap was big enough and Mike was able to ease off and plan how he was going to survive next year!

There was an excellent turn out by the Harriers for this marvellous race. Steve CARRAGHER was the eventual winner finishing 30 seconds ahead of first U16 Joseph FLANIGHAN. Harry BROWN was beaten by 1 second and finished 2nd U16. Next was Mike TELFER (2nd senior) followed by a pack led by Dave COOK (3rd senior), Ollie TELFER (3rd U16) and Lauren BROWN(1st U16 girl). Sarah GRAY was next in for Alnwick and was the first senior lady for the 2nd year running, whilst Hannah TAYLOR managed 2nd U16 girl!

Another successful year at this great race.

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Harrier results:

1-Steve CARRAGHER 8.25

3-Harry BROWN 9.06

4-Mike TELFER 9.31

6-Ollie TELFER 9.52

7-Lauren BROWN 9.55

13-Sarah GRAY 10.31

18-Robert STEPHENSON 11.07

21-Hannah TAYLOR 11.35

25-Kim BRONZE 12.10

27-James TAYLOR 12.36

29-Finlay TELFER 13.17

67 Finished.


Photos courtesy of Kim BRONZE and Melanie BUCHANAN.

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Hexham Racecourse Relay-Update

1 team has been entered into the Hexham Racecourse Relay on Saturday 3rd September. The event starts at 9.30am which will mean a bright and early start for the 6 strong team who are taking part. Car sharing details will be added here asap. The crack team is:








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Blyth Links 10k

Blyth Running Club hosted their free Blyth Links 10k “training run” on the evening of Tuesday 23rd August. This mostly flat course saw some top class performances from a number of our runners, with no less than 4 finishing inside the top 10! Dan TURNBULL ran the 2nd quickest 10k by a Harrier this year by finishing 4th in 35.35. The other 3 in the top 10 were some of our younger lads; Isaac MOSS was 6th, Dan LENG 8th and Ben KELLY 9th. Dean STACKHOUSE ran well to finish 36th, whilst Karen KELLY and Angie EMBLETON had a great battle with Karen pipping Angie by a few seconds. Results:

4-Dan TURNBULL 35.35

6-Isaac MOSS 36.02

8-Dan LENG 36.27

9-Ben KELLY 36.51

36-Dean STACKHOUSE 41.40

65-Richard JOHNSON 44.13

88-Karen KELLY 45.41

91-Angie EMBLETON 45.55

98-Steve STUDLEY 46.41

110-Micky AISTON 47.24

144-Tracey SAMPLE 49.36

150-Zoe ROBSON 49.59

152-Denise DRUMMOND 50.09

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Great North Run-Bus Nearly Full!!!

This is the final call for the Great North Run bus!!! At the last check there were only 5 or so seats left so you’ll have to be quick folks!!

The coach will leave Willowburn Leisure Centre, Alnwick at 07.30 hours on Sunday 11th September and go via Felton and the Holiday Inn, Seaton Burn to the Town Moor. On the way back make sure you’re back on the coach by 15.00 hours. The coach will be parked on Sea Road, South Shields which is adjacent to the finish area.

Seats are available for the following prices:

Harriers Return £5

Non Harriers Return £10

Harriers Single (either way) £2.50

Non Harriers Single (either way) £5

All the details are at this link https://www.sportsentrysolutions.com/product_page.php?recordID=200280. There are 49 seats available and bookings will close on Sunday 21st August!

Great North Run Photo

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Gateshead Parkrun/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Riverside Parkrun/Durham Parkrun/Branches and Bays 10k/Northumberland Coast Half Marathon

There was parkrun success for Ross ANDERSON at Gateshead on Saturday 20th August where he won in 18.16. Ross has been coming back into form of late, so well done to him!

Also that morning there was yet another parkrun victory for Carole PAGE. Carole has had numerous first finishes recently and she added to them with this success where she clocked 21.22. Just over a minute ahead of her was the male 55 victor Peter GREY, whilst also of note Dave BATRTUM was 1st in the 45 category in a course pb!



6-Peter GREY 20.11 (78.12%)

12-Carole PAGE 21.22

25-Dave BARTRUM 22.35 (64.80%)

67-Audrey STEWART 26.55 (68.17%)

85-John ROSS 28.09


Finally that day over the 5k distance Richard and Gay EASTOE clocked 22.37 and 26.06 at Workington to win their age categories, Stuart BRUCE took part at Riverside at Chester le Street where he ran 29.32 and Kirsty STEED finished the Durham event in 45.35.

There was a brilliant female 50 age category win for Maureen BARTRUM at the extremely tough Branches and Bays 10k the following day. The multi terrain event on the County Durham coast is organised by Trail Outlaws and this was the first hosting of the race. Maureen clocked 1.04.24 to finish 58th, whilst husband Dave was 37th in 59.46.

Finally for the weekend John ROSS was in action in the tough Northumberland Coast Half Marathon, where he finished 59th in 2.30.45.

Above photos are of Peter GREY and Audrey STEWART at Druridge Bay, by Geoff DICK.

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Wooler Social Night-Part 2!!!

Harriers!!! All club members are warmly invited to Wooler Social Part 2 on Tuesday 6th September. This is an opportunity to train and socialise with Wooler Running Club in the beautiful Cheviot hills. We have previously been extended a very warm welcome and there is no reason to expect anything less this year.

Meet at Willowburn at 6pm to car share or at Duckponds carpark Wooler at 6.45pm (Directions; travelling on A697 turn first left over the river, up the Peth then left again AFTER the royal bank of Scotland . Head uphill out of Wooler and you will find Duckponds carpark on your right).

Shoes with grip useful but not required. Bring midge repellent and a head torch if you have one. Wear you club vest!

Buffet and drinks afterwards in the Angel. And we are also promised a surprise activity at some point on the night.

Once again ALL WELCOME. Do not be afraid of either Wooler Running Club or their hills!

Please add your name to the list at Willowburn if you would like to attend and indicate whether you are vegetarian and if you will meet at Wooler rather than Willowburn. Alternatively text Adam SPILLER on 07941171151 or Sarah CROSS on 07702230779 with the same info.

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Brampton to Carlisle 10 Mile Club Trip-Reminder!

The penultimate Grand Prix event of the 2016 season will be the ever popular Brampton to Carlisle 10 Mile Road Race. For the last umpteen years we have laid on a massively subsidised coach to take Harriers to the event and this year we are doing it again! The race is on Sunday 20th November and starts at 11.30am at Brampton, finishing 10 fast and very flat miles later in Carlisle.

We have booked a 29 seat coach which will depart Willowburn Leisure Centre, Alnwick at 8.30am and go via Felton. This will allow for a stop en route, if needed, and will give plenty of time for number collection and warmups! It will leave the Sands Centre, Carlisle at 15.00 hours.

Race entry and travel is an unbelievable £19.99! However this is on a first come first served basis, there are no refunds and all entries must be made at this link https://www.sportsentrysolutions.com/product_page.php?recordID=200284. You will also need to fill in an entry form and place it in the envelope on the noticeboard at Willowburn. The deadline is Wednesday 3rd November.


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Druridge Bay Parkrun/Gateshead Parkrun/Hillsborough Parkrun/Keswick Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Glanton Show Hill Race/Gateshead Trail 10K/South Shields 10/Forest Burn Fell Race

On Saturday 13th August 11 Harriers took part in the 2nd anniversary event at Druridge Bay Parkrun. In his debut appearance at the event Dan TURNBULL ran the 2nd fastest time ever by a Harrier finishing the 2 lap course in a superb 17.06, and in first position overall! Carole PAGE continued her excellent run of form to finish 1st female overall in 21.12, just 2 seconds outside her pb time and bagging the highest WAVA score of the day (85.38%). There was an age category win for Gail CUTHBERT and a new course best for Emma GIVENS!



1-Dan TURNBULL 17.06 (75.44%)

18-Carole PAGE 21.12 (85.38%)

32-Graham SKIRROW 22.48

39-Andrew SQUIRES 23.34 (64.14%)

59-Mary PLUMLEY 25.29 (61.28%)

60-Ian McALLISTER 25.29 (53.56%)

61-John ROSS 25.54 (61.39%)

63-Emma GIVENS 26.02 (59.54%)

80-Gail CUTHBERT 27.38

98-Stuart BRUCE 29.11


Elsewhere, coach Kim BRONZE was in action at Sheffield in the Hillsborough Parkrun where he finished in a respectable 26.20. Harriers stalwarts Richard and Gay EASTOE were in action at the Workington Parkrun crossing the line in 21.02 and 25.40 respectively. Results:


2-Ross ANDERSON 18.15


98-Kim BRONZE 26.20


35-Micky AISTON 24.17


12-Richard EASTOE 21.02

49-Gay EASTOE 25.40

Also that morning 3 Harriers took part in the Gateshead Trail 10K which is billed as a fast, scenic run through the Derwent Walk Country Park. John CUTHBERT was first Harrier home, putting in a solid performance to clock 45.45. Next was Laura McLEAN (Jr) in 56.12, closely followed by David COATES in 56.22. Results:

180-John CUTHBERT 45.45

676-Laura McLEAN 56.12

684-David COATES 56.22

Later that afternoon Alnwick Juniors were out in force at the Glanton Show Hill Race with only one Senior runner foolish enough to take them on in this tough 3 mile out and back course starting and finishing in the show field. Harry BROWN was first home for Alnwick finishing 2nd Junior and an excellent 3rd overall. Mike TELFER finished 5th and even though he had earlier in the race tried to push Harry over into a bush in an attempt to slow him down, he was quick to respond and ran away quickly never to be seen again. Callie HENDERSON wasn’t far behind in 7th place with Lauren BROWN just behind her. Next home, wearing one shoe, was Ollie TELFER followed by Ellie HENDERSON, Sophie ENSER, Eve BUDDLE and Robert STEPHENSON. It was an excellent race which was well marshalled and good to see so many Juniors out on a lovely day!


The next day 2 Harriers took part in the South Shields 10. This is a brand new multi terrain course with beautiful views of the north east coastline. It was a good day at the office for Richard JOHNSON who posted the fastest time over 10 miles by a Harrier this year, cruising over the finish line in 1.03.48. Shaun LAND also did well finishing 51st out of a field of 401 runners in a superb 1.12.42. Results:

14-Richard JOHNSON 1.03.48

51-Shaun LAND 1.12.42

Finally for the weekend 3 Harriers took part in the latest of the 2016 Grand Prix events, the Forest Burn Fell Race. On a very short but testing 2.9 mile course Phil HEMSLEY was 10th overall in 21.23, Dean STACKHOUSE was 12th in 22.33 and Dominic HARRIS was 23rd in 24.45.

The photos are of Dan TURNBULL and Carole PAGE at Druridge Bay, and the Juniors at Glanton.

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Druridge Bay Parkrun/Bramhall Parkrun/Durham Parkrun/Gateshead Parkrun/Gibside Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Powburn Show Hill Race/Darlington 10k/Clennel Trail Run

Named this week as one of the north east’s best hidden gems the Country Park at Druridge Bay was host to a record breaking attendance at itss Saturday morning parkrun on the 6th August. In glorious, sunny conditions 205 runners completed the 2 lap course around Ladyburn Lake. The performance of the day came from Carole PAGE who clocked 21.24, recording a huge age graded WAVA score of 84.58%. Una McCAIG put in a splendid performance in her first appearance at Druridge Bay to win the female 70 category. Other age category winners included Audrey STEWART and John ROSS. Ian HORSLEY also ran well, clocking a new course pb of 21.26.


26-Carole PAGE 21.24 (84.58%)

27-Ian HORSLEY 21.26 (72.32%)

71-Zoe ROBSON 24.57

88-Mary PLUMLEY 26.14 (59.53)

94-Kim BRONZE 26.40 (57.13%)

96-Audrey STEWART 26.43 (68.68%)

116-John ROSS 27.50

131-Una McCAIG 29.20 (78.47%)

136-Pam WHELDON 29.42

153-Ed WHELDON 30.37

168-Nell GAIR 32.21

169-Mark HUME 32.31 (54.89%)


Further afield there were other good performances in the world of parkrun. Ross ANDERSON clocked the fasted performance of the day at Gateshead finishing in a superb time of 18.11. Richard and Gay EASTOE were both age category winners at the Workington parkrun clocking 22.56 and 25.57 respectively. Results:


86-Robert ENSER 23.51

87-Sophie ENSER 23.52


317 -Kirsty STEED 51.49


3-Ross ANDERSON 18.11


69-Stuart BRUCE 30.59


30 – Richard EASTOE 22:56 (71.15%)

49 – Gay EASTOE 25:57 (75.85%)

On the same day, 3 Harriers took part in the Powburn Show Hill Race. Adam FLETCHER was the sole Harrier in the adult race, finishing the out and back 4 mile course in 7th place overall in 27.35. In the Junior race Callie and Ellie HENDERSON put in superb performances to finish 2nd and 4th overall in 15.22 and 16.52 respectively.

The following day two Harriers took part in the Sherwoods Vauxhall Darlington 10K. Dominic HARRIS was first Harrier across the line in a superb 38.40, finishing 95th in a field of 1500 runners. In his second run of the weekend John ROSS clocked a respectable 52.36 after competing at Druridge Bay Parkrun the previous day.

john ross

Also that day Shelley COATES was in action at the Clennel Trail Ultra, a stunning 38 mile route through Northumberlands National Park. Conditions were tough and after a gruelling 27 miles Shelley fell on some rocks and was forced to pull out with a hip injury. Theres not many who can run 27 miles through blustery conditions so well done Shelley for the tremendous effort. We know you’ll be back on the trail next year. Well done to all Harriers on a busy weekend of running!

Photos are of Ian HORSLEY at Druridge Bay and John ROSS at Darlington.

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Grand Prix Standings After Morpeth 10k

There were some top class performances at the Morpeth 10k on Tuesday night, though there was hardly any change at the top of the 2016 Grand prix leaderboard. Tim FALCONER remains atop the standings and in fact slightly increased his lead over 2nd placed Paul GODDEN, thanks to his 10k pb at the event. All the places remain the same apart from 12th place, therefore those remaining in one of the trophy winning slots are Dominic HARRIS, David HINDMARSH, Diana WEIGHTMAN, Richard JOHNSON, Andy SQUIRES, Dean STACKHOUSE, Phil HEMSLEY, Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS and Andy STEPHENSON. The new 12th placed Harrier is Peter GREY after his 80.15% performance. The biggest climber though was Angie EMBLETON after her great performance saw her jump from 28th to 15th. Also well done to Carole PAGE who scored the highest WAVA score of the Grand Prix season so far, a whopping 85.87%! Here are the latest standings courtesy of John ROSS.

Alnwick Harriers Grand Prix 2016 after Morpeth 10k

We are getting to the exciting business end of the season now, though there are still lots of opportunities to gain Grand Prix points and to grab one of the top 12 trophies. Here are the upcoming events:

Sunday 14th August-Forest Burn Fell Race. This is part of the Simonside Country Fair and Hayshow. More details here http://www.simonsidefair.co.uk/timetable.html. Race starts at 2pm.

Sunday 25th September-Haltwhistle Half Marathon. More details here http://www.born4running.co.uk/haltwhistle/

Sunday 16th October-Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race. Details for this splendid and “not flat” trail race can be found here http://www.blackhillbounders.com/index.php/gibside-fruit-bowl-trail-race/.

Sunday 20th November-Brampton To Carlisle 10 Mile Road Race. See the separate post regarding this massively subsidised club trip.

Sunday 27th November-Run Northumberland BIG 10. Online entries are being taken here http://www.runnation.co.uk/race/run-northumberland-big-10-miler-kirkley-hall/


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