Alnwick Harriers Northumberland Coastal Run 2019 – Last Remaining Spaces!

This is the last opportunity to secure a place for the Northumberland Coastal Run 2019.

Registration will take place at 6pm tonight (April 25), but follow the links for the early registration process to enhance your chance for one of the few remaining slots. Registration will remain open until all of the places are sold.

To register, visit Log on in the 15 minutes before opening and you will be assigned a random place in the queue for entry when it opens. The following website gives you details of the process:

The Northumberland Coastal Run takes place on Sunday, July 21, over a multi-terrain route, stretching for approximately 14 miles. It starts from Beadnell Harbour at 10.30am and follows the stunning Northumberland coastline down to Alnmouth beach.

Entry is £26 for affiliated members and £28 for all non-affiliated runners.

A gentle reminder for those who have already secured a place and are now not able to attend, please check the transfer page on Results Base website as there is a cut-off point of a month before the event to do this.

If there are any queries regarding any points about the Coastal Run please contact Laura McLean directly on the


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Race Report

Alnwick Harriers put in some egg-cellent performances over the Easter weekend, with some cracking PBs along the way.

parkrun first, and at Druridge Bay, Dave Richardson was first home for the club and second overall with a speedy 17.38.

Carole Page was second woman overall in 21.19, while there were PBs for Robert Baddeley, Philip Lee and Mark Latham.


2 Dave RICHARDSON 17:38
18 Robert BADDELEY 20:50
23 Carole PAGE 21:19
25 David BARNES 21:27
57 Chris STEWART 23:45
62 Peter EMBLETON 23:53
71 Philip LEE 24:24
72 Mark LATHAM 24:25
75 Alex REED 24:39
90 Neil HAMILTON 25:13
130 George WILLIAMS 28:11
132 Eleanor HEELEY 28:13
159 Rebecca HEELEY 29:23

At The Pastures, Tony Jackson was first back for Alnwick, finishing 22nd overall, while Emma Givens was second in the women’s race, with a PB to boot. Gareth Breese also joined the PB club.


22 Tony JACKSON 22:44
25 Gareth BREESE 22:55
39 Emma GIVENS 24:18
65 Robert STEPHENSON 26:32
66 Chloe GIVENS 26:49
103 Alison HUTCHINGS 30:27
167 Paul DELLBRIDGE 01:03:42

Elsewhere, John Cuthbert (28.13) and Alice Tetley-Paul (31.46) took part in the inaugural Blyth Links parkrun, Jo Powell earned a PB at Stratford-upon-Avon, clocking 22.18, and Lorna Stephenson achieved a Newbiggin PB with a time of 30.56, while Ian Stephenson posted 23.52 at the same course.

Other results were:

243 Zoe ROBSON 29:18

172 Melanie Brigid BUCHANAN 29:21

Sheffield Hallam
614 Kim BRONZE 36:34

150 Richard EASTOE 35:12
202 Gay EASTOE 56:20

Away from parkrun, and a contingent of Alnwick Harriers represented the club at the North Tyneside 10k. Lisa Baston was first home for Alnwick, finishing in 44.48.


Lisa Baston 44:48
Angie Embleton 48:27
Philip Lee 50:32
Denise Drummond 54:40
Sue Bolam 54:42
Lisa Williams 54:42
Ian Atherton 57:46
Ron Mccormack 1:02:04
Jan Chiisholm 1:04:06

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Race Report

Plenty of Alnwick Harriers were in race action at the weekend.

First off, at the weekly parkruns, there were some good performances by club members.

At Druridge Bay, Paul White was first home for the club, finishing in 20.02.


6 Paul WHITE 20:02
15 David BARNES 21:49
22 Jo POWELL 22:48
32 Peter EMBLETON 23:35
55 Philip LEE Alnwick Harriers 25:06
105 Alison HUTCHINGS 29:12

Results from other parkruns were:

Crystal Palace
124 Caro FENTIMAN 26:13

27 Chris STEWART 23:36

64 Richard EASTOE 26:29
165 Gay EASTOE 41:52

Away from parkrun, Alnwick Harriers put in good displays at other races, including the Cragside 10K.

There were numerous age and gender victories for the club, with Carole Page first home for the club, fourth female overall and victor of the V55 category.

Diana Weightman was second in the V55 class, while Mel Steer topped the V50 section. Sarah Spiller was second in the V45 category, Bridget Peberdy won the V60 class and George Williams was second in the V70 section.


47 Carole Page 44:11
79 Lisa Baston 45:52
126 Diana Weightman 47:55
131 Mel Steer 48:05
145 Sarah Spiller 48:34
Paul Robinson 50:42
250 Bridget Peberdy 52:55
319 Helen Dickinson 57:26
321 Mairi Campbell 56:57
348 George Williams 58:35
372 Peter Lindley 1:00:50
450 Camilla Campbell 1:07:56

In what was a cracking weekend for Mel Steer, she followed up her fine display at Cragside by winning the F50 prize at the Druridge Bay Half-marathon, and coming fourth female overall.


218 Mel Steer 1:44:40
35 Paul Dellbridge 2:18:08

Elsewhere, hardy Ian Stephenson tackled Round 2 of the Kong MMM. It was a very tough course, which saw him take on some challenging crags.


Although summer isn’t quite here yet, the athletics season is in full flow and a core of Alnwick Harrier Junior athletes are competing well.

Firstly, Talia and Leila Thompson competed two weeks ago in Middlesbrough at the Kieran Maxwell Memorial meeting.

Both girls were involved in the throwing events and Talia (U15) took silver medal in both the shot put and discus.

Leila (U13) also gained a silver medal in the shot, but went one better in the javelin to win with a personal best throw of 17.47m

Last Saturday the first NOTAN (North of Tyne Athletics Network) Minor’s Athletic Meeting took place at Churchill playing fields, Whitley Bay.

The youngest age groups (Y3 to Y6) compete in four disciplines and their combined points contribute to their overall score on the day.

Competing in a sprint, jump, middle distance race and howler throw the young athletes aim to improve on their combined performance as the summer season progresses.

Alesia Purvis and Lucy McGowen competed well in the Y3 competition, Alesia had a fantastic race winning the 400m race.

In the Y6 competition, Leila Thompson had a great day winning the howler throw and long jump with personal best performances. Lelia also came third in the 100m to finish a fantastic day.

On Sunday, Talia, Leila and Oscar Chisholm took part in the Gateshead Open meeting. At the windy and cold stadium, Talia threw first in the shot and managed an excellent throw of 10.31m to win her category.

Leila managed a personal best throw of 7.50m to win the U13 event ranking her number 1 in the North East so far this year!

Both girls also managed excellent second place positions in their javelin competitions. A very successful weekend!


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Alnwick Harriers Grand Prix update

Last weekend’s Port of Blyth 10k was the second fixture of the 2019 Alnwick Harriers Grand Prix – and there was some movement in the rankings.

Among those to tackle the race, the most significant climber was David Henderson, who jumped to third in the table. For all of the Alnwick Harrier results from the Port of Blyth 10k, click here.

The current Grand Prix leader is Adam Fletcher, followed by Steve Carragher.


Grand Prix 2019 Top 20


On the Grand Prix front, please note that the Haltwhistle half-marathon isn’t going ahead. It has been replaced by the RAF Spadeadham Half, which is just a few miles past Haltwhistle, and will be held on September 22.

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Race report

Alnwick Harriers were out in large numbers at the weekend, with decent performances along the way.

On Sunday, the next fixture in the Grand Prix fixture took place, at the fast and flat Port of Blyth 10k.

There were some good times, with Steve Patterson leading the way for Alnwick, clocking 38.44. Carole Page was second for Alnwick and also second in the V55 category, crossing the line in 42.21. Impressively, her WAVA score was a very fine 90.88.


101 Steve PATTERSON 38:44
182 Carole Page 42:21
190 Tim FALCONER 42:42
195 John CUTHBERT 42:44
225 Lisa BASTON 44:23
280 David HENDERSON 46:53
308 Dave BARTRUM 48:04
345 Elizabeth DRUMMOND 50:05
362 Derek GUTHRIE 51:17
364 Philip LEE 51:41
399 Ian ATHERTON 54:06
431 Jocelyn BOLAM 55:45
439 John ROSS 56:19
517 Eileen GUTHRIE 1:04:17

There wasn’t a lot of movement in the Grand Prix rankings after Blyth, but David Henderson is up to third. The current leader is Adam Fletcher.

On Saturday, a strong contingent of Alnwick Harriers competed in parkruns.

At Druridge Bay, Jo Powell was first home for the club and third female overall, completing the course in 22.50.

Youngster Euan Friend continued his development with another PB, this time crossing the line in 22.53.


24 Jo POWELL 22:50
25 Euan FRIEND 22:53
65 Peter EMBLETON 26:21
66 David COOPER 26:21
70 Adam STOTT 26:25
84 John ROSS 27:41
95 George WILLIAMS 28:20
102 Chris FRIEND 28:48
126 Rebecca HEELEY 31:01
129 Karen LEESON 31:46
144 Alex KNIGHT 34:18
179 Oliver KNIGHT 39:16
180 Jennifer KNIGHT 39:18
193 Paul WHITE 53:16

There were numerous PBs at the Pastures, with Mike Telfer, Tony Jackson, Mel Steer and Mairi Campbell all putting in very good performances at this scenic course. As well as the PB, Mel Steer’s time of 24.52 was enough to see her finish third female overall.


8 Paul GODDEN 21:21
9 Michael TELFER 21:22
14 Tony JACKSON 22:43
32 Mel STEER 24:52
40 Caro FENTIMAN 26:39
45 Peter LINDLEY 27:08
51 Mairi CAMPBELL 28:29

At parkruns further afield, there were PBs for Ian Stephenson and Lorna Stephenson at South Shields, and Melanie Brigid Buchanan at Kirkcaldy.

Big shout out to Alice Tetley-Paul, who ticked off another letter of her parkrun alphabet; this time J, at Jersey, then tackled a 10k on the island the following day. Top effort!

Parkrun results

70 Alice TETLEY-PAUL 23:49

90 Melanie Brigid BUCHANAN 28:45

68 David HINDMARSH 22:34

South Shields
43 Ian STEPHENSON Alnwick Harriers 00:23:11
137 Lorna STEPHENSON Alnwick Harriers 00:29:49

34 Richard EASTOE 25:41
128 Gay EASTOE 46:47

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Race Report

Parkrun action once again dominated the race calendar for members of Alnwick Harriers, with some great performances along the way.

At the Pastures, in Alnwick, the club’s very own Graham Simpson won the race in a very good 17.30.

Personal bests at the Pastures were notched by Jon Archer, Euan Friend, Ian Stephenson, Emma Givens, Mairi Campbell, Alison Hutchings, Mel Whewell, George Williams, Lorna Stephenson and Kim Bronze.


1 Graham SIMPSON 17:30
5 Jon ARCHER 19:26
22 Euan FRIEND 23:35
25 Ian STEPHENSON 24:05
29 Emma GIVENS 24:46
30 Mark LATHAM 24:59
41 Keith SHOTTON 25:51
55 Peter LINDLEY 27:32
64 Beverley BLYTHE 28:14
66 Chris FRIEND 28:30
67 Mairi CAMPBELL 28:35
79 Alison HUTCHINGS 29:38
80 Mel WHEWELL 29:40
81 George WILLIAMS 29:43
86 Lorna STEPHENSON 30:51
88 Kim BRONZE 31:06

At Druridge Bay, there were some outstanding performances, with a host of PBs.

One of these PBs went to Ollie Telfer, who is developing into a quality runner. The Junior Harrier continued his fine run of form with a speedy 17.38, to come fourth overall and finish first Alnwick Harrier.

Fellow Junior, Ben Murray-John, is also running very well and he came sixth in a great PB of 18.12.

Alnwick’s David Milne was also inside the top 10, clocking 18.44 – while pushing his little one in a pram around the course! Cracking effort!

It was a good day at the office for Laurence Reeves, Chris Stewart, Anna-Grace Harvey, Karen Leeson and Sharon Mungall, who all grabbed PBs.

Once again, Alnwick Harrier Carole Page won the women’s race, finishing 28th overall in 21.22.


4 Ollie TELFER 17:38
6 Ben MURRAY-JOHN 18:12
9 David MILNE 18:44
11 Laurence REEVES 19:08
18 Paul WHITE 20:02
25 Robert BADDELEY 21:09
28 Carole PAGE 21:22
38 Mel STEER 22:49
51 Chris STEWART 23:26
97 Anna-Grace HARVEY 26:17
124 Brenda MALLEN 27:51
125 Peter EMBLETON 27:51
126 David COOPER 27:52
127 Karen LEESON 27:52
146 Sharon MUNGALL 28:53
147 Rebecca HEELEY 28:56
158 Nell GAIR 29:40
174 Melanie Brigid BUCHANAN 30:25
242 Jennifer KNIGHT 38:06
246 Linda PATTERSON 39:11

Other parkrun results were:

230 Mark HUME 35:00

Lochend Woods
59 John ROSS 27:58

170 Robert ENSER 22:34

62 Richard EASTOE 27:39
149 Gay EASTOE 46:19

In other 5K action away from parkrun, Philip Lee ran a 24.40 at the Temple Park 5K. He finished 47th overall.

Elsewhere, Leila and Talia Thompson had a good start to the outdoor athletics season, competing in the North East Throws Festival at Whitley Bay on Sunday.

Talia won silver medals in both the shot put and discus and Leila took silver and gold in shot and javelin. Leila’s winning throw was a personal best of 17.47m.

One missed result from the weekend before – Bev Blythe put in a strong run at the Dark Skies Run @ Kielder 10. She completed the course – more 11 miles than 10 – in 1:47:51.

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Northumberland Coastal Run 2019 – Extra Places Available!

This year’s Northumberland Coastal Run is taking place on Sunday, July 21, 2019, starting at 10.30am, and we are pleased to announce the release of the last remaining places.

These places will be available to affiliated and non-affiliated runners. Please note that this is not a fun run and the race takes place over a multi-terrain route, starting at Beadnell and finishing at Alnmouth. The race is an unmeasured half-marathon.

The places will go on release on Thursday, April 25, at 6pm. Entry is £26 for affiliated members and £28 for all non-affiliated runners. There will be a queuing system in place and you can enter via Results Base at

There will be a further update nearer the time regarding registration.

All queries please direct to Laura McLean, Race Director, at

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Race Report

Parkruns dominated the race calendar for Alnwick Harriers at the weekend, with plenty of PBs along the way.

There were some great performances at Druridge Bay.

Steve Carragher was first for the club, finishing second in 17.54, while Junior starlet Millie Breese (JW 11-14) continued her fine form by winning the women’s race in a 19.09 PB.

Fellow Junior Max Murray-John (JM11-14) finished seventh overall in an 18.54 PB, while Adam Fletcher was one place back.

On the PB front, it was a great morning’s work for James Carragher (JM 11-14), Ian Stephenson, Emma Givens, Jennifer Knight, Sharon Mungall and Lorna Stephenson.


2 Steven CARRAGHER 17:54
7 Max MURRAY-JOHN 18:54
8 Adam FLETCHER 19:03
12 Millie BREESE 19:09
13 Oliver TELFER 19:09
20 James CARRAGHER 20:52
38 David HINDMARSH 22:50
45 Adam STOTT Alnwick Harriers 23:09
48 Ian STEPHENSON 23:26
51 Gareth BREESE 23:40
52 Emma GIVENS 23:41
101 David COOPER 27:04
102 Peter EMBLETON 27:06
106 Jennifer KNIGHT 27:17
128 Sharon MUNGALL 28:57
129 George WILLIAMS 28:58
136 Lorna STEPHENSON 29:37
140 Linda PATTERSON 29:56
143 Alex KNIGHT30:00
152 Paul WHITE 31:12

At The Pastures, Laurence Reeves led the Alnwick charge, finishing third overall in 20.13, while Mike Telfer was also in the top 10, coming ninth in 22.06.

Euan Friend (JM 11-14) and Mairi Campbell joined the PB club, running 24.45 and 28.57 respectively.


3 Laurence REEVES 20:13
9 Michael TELFER 22:06
19 Euan FRIEND 24:45
28 Keith SHOTTON 26:58
36 Mel STEER 27:59
41 Mairi CAMPBELL 28:57

Further afield, Alice Tetley-Paul continued her attempt to complete the parkrun alphabet – this time ticking off H at the Hillsborough parkrun. She finished 52nd overall and seventh female in 22.26.

Other parkrun results were:

Sheffield Hallam
413 Kim BRONZE 28:45

Whitley Bay
316 Philip LEE 28:20

86 Richard EASTOE 28:58
165 Gay EASTOE 41:30

Away from parkrun, a big shout out to Lilia Purvis, who was selected to run for Northumberland at the Y7 National Cross-country Championship, at Prestwold Hall, in Leicestershire. Conditions were good and she ran well, finishing 115th out of nearly 200 competitors. It was a long bus trip, but worth the effort!

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Volunteers wanted for Les Allcorn 2019 race

Following on from hosting an incredibly successful Harrier League Cross-country event, we are now looking for volunteers for this year’s Les Allcorn 10K and Junior 3k Fun Run,  to be held on Tuesday 14th May 2019.

The races are held in the stunning Hulne Park, in Alnwick, and are in honour of Les, one of our early and very talented club members who is sadly missed.

This year will be the 22nd year since the Les Allcorn started and once again we hope to celebrate it with another successful event.

But this cannot be done without a large number of volunteers – always drawn from our members and their family and friends. We are hoping that you will volunteer, not to worry if you’re new to this, as full instructions will be provided at the marshal briefing on the evening.

All you need to bring is yourself, not forgetting some warm clothing (and possibly a flask) as standing around for approximately two hours on a May evening in Northumberland always gets a bit cool!

Please think of supporting your club and volunteering to ensure that this event goes ahead  and you can still help even if you are planning to run, with either the car parking, or race entry early duties. We still want as many of our own runners as possible of course – it’s great to cheer them on – so please help your club and get involved by racing or volunteering or both if you can.

A sign-up sheet has been put up on the Harriers notice board at Willowburn Sports Centre – please add your name as soon as possible. Or, you can message/email Gareth Breese – via – if you are unable to get to Willowburn or if you would like further information.

Marshals are needed at different times depending on the duties, with some marshals required from approx. 5pm for car parking and race entries; others at a later time as course marshals on the race route, usually all finished by 8.30pm. Please comment if you intend to run.

The full list of volunteers, activity and time of marshal briefing will be placed on the notice board and the website approximately a week prior to the date. We are very dependent on your support for this event.

For more details about the 10K and Junior Fun Run, click here.

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Race Report

Rain, snow and wind made the going tough for runners at the weekend, but there were some good performances by Alnwick Harriers.

One of the most brutal races came in the shape of the Cartmel Trail Race. Knee-deep mud and lots of flooded sections meant a difficult day at the office, but Ian and Lorna Stephenson battled through. Ian completed the 10k course in 1.00.49, while Lorna clocked 1.20.27.

Meanwhile, Bruce Crombie, Steve Studley and Mairi Campbell completed the first of the three-part Cheviot Trail Series. The opening race was a challenging 12-mile route from Fenwick to Wooler. Bruce finished in 1:28:45, Steve notched 1:59:52 and Mairi clocked 2:32:40 – good runs in windy conditions.

In the Run Northumberland BIG 20 Miler, Mel Steer was first in the VF50 category, and 73rd overall, clocking a decent 2.49.57.

In the Run Northumberland Half-marathon, Lisa Baston was third in the VF35 category and Gay Eastoe was first in the VF65+ section.


96 Lisa Baston 1:43:00
229 Richard Eastoe 1:59:57
276 Gay Eastoe 2:09:36

A number of Harriers were in action at various parkruns on Saturday morning.

At Druridge Bay, Peter Grey was first back for Alnwick, finishing 9th overall in 21.19. Carole Page was 14th overall and second in the women’s race, crossing the line in 22.53.


9 Peter GREY 21:19
14 Carole PAGE 22:53
21 Adam STOTT 24:20
49 Rebecca HEELEY 28:39
70 Karen LEESON 30:55
71 Eleanor HEELEY 31:04
89 Nell GAIR 39:07

Other parkrun results were:

334 Alice TETLEY-PAUL 35:18

Whitley Bay
134 Philip LEE 25:55

101 David HINDMARSH 24:53

Rother Valley
143 Kim BRONZE 30:51

18 Richard EASTOE 27:55
46 Gay EASTOE 44:44

Four Alnwick Junior Harriers from the Duchess’s High School represented Northumberland in the English Schools’ Cross-country Championship, at Temple Newsham Hall, in Leeds.

Millie Breese, Lauren Brown and Hannah Johnston raced 350 girls from a huge number of counties over 3km in their category.  Millie had a fantastic race finishing 23rd, Lauren was next home in 151st and Hannah 209th. The Northumberland team finished a respectable 20th position overall.

Ollie Telfer was the only boy who qualified this year from Alnwick. Ollie had a tough race over the 5.5km course but finished well in 275th position. The boy’s team also finished in 20th position.

The athletes represented their school and county with great enthusiasm and performed superbly.

Meanwhile, 25 Alnwick Harrier Juniors travelled to South Shields to represent Northumberland in the regional Sports Hall Athletics Competition. Their team comprised of athletes from Alnwick, Blyth, Morpeth and Tynedale Harriers who took on strong opposition from the counties of Durham, Tyne and Wear and North Yorkshire.

The athletes are required to participate in a range of indoor events with emphasis on competing as a team and encouraging the individuals to partake in a range of different track and field events. The Alnwick Juniors bonded together well with the athletes from the other clubs and formed an excellent team.

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