North East Youth Development League-Fixture 2

Sunday 17th May saw the hosting of the 2nd Youth Development League match at Churchill Playing Fields, Whitley Bay. Following a fantastic 3rd place at the first meeting last month the Junior Harriers had a tough target to beat. Although slightly down on numbers than in April the 12 athletes once again showed their versatility and scored some good points alongside their team mates from Blyth RC.

The team proved to be particularly strong in the throwing events on this very windy day. Ailsa BATLEY (U13) competing in her first javelin competition won convincingly. Ailsa set a new club record of 14.92m and earned herself a UK ranking currently placing her in third place within the North East of England. Harry BROWN and Ciara HEELEY both competed in the U15 discus, with Ciara winning the girls category with a personal best throw of 14.02m. Josh and Luke McMEEKING turned their skills to where their team needed them most and managed 2nd and 3rd places in their debut U15 Shot Put competition! Ollie TELFER and Max BREESE both were runners up in the U13 Shot and Javelin; Max’s 20.31m throw also earned him a UK ranking.

Owen WILCOX took second place in the U15 High jump with a personal best of 1.21m. Palesa THOMPSON managed a great jump of 1.30m to take second place and Clare ROBSON who competed alongside her managed 1.15m. In the Long Jump Ollie TELFER won with a good jump of 4.11m gaining another UK ranking, and in the U15 event Sophie ENSER also managed a personal best. The McMEEKING’s returned for a rematch in the Long jump this week with Luke this time taking the honours beating his brother Josh by 30cm!!

On the track Harry BROWN was our only 1500m runner recording a personal best of 5.33. In the 800m Owen WILLCOX and Ciara HEALY both ran well for the U15’s. Ollie TELFER and Max BREESE again continued their success in the 75m hurdles taking first and second place and Katie HILTON was third in the U15 girl’s race. The U15 girls represented us well in the sprints Clare, Palesa, Katie, Ciara and Sophie ran in the 100,200 and 300m as well as forming a relay team at the end of the day. The U13 boys also managed to form a 4x100m team to round off an excellent day.

Although the club fielded fewer athletes this month they competed well and achieved a good result, finally finishing in third place again but halving the gap on their nearest rivals North Shields Poly.

NEYDL 2 2015

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Druridge Bay Parkrun/Keswick Parkrun/Durham Parkrun/Ripon 10

9 Harriers took part in a sunny though slightly breezy Druridge Bay Parkrun on Saturday 16th May, with some decent performances from our runners. 1st to complete the 5k on his Harriers debut after a recent transfer from Jarrow & Hebburn AC was Ross ANDERSON. Ross was a decent 6th overall in 17.49. This time would have been good enough to win many previous events, though on this occasion a number of top top class runners took part with the winner crossing the line in a brilliant 15.49. Welcome to the club Ross! Next to complete dipping under 20 minutes by 1 second was Dean STACKHOUSE, whilst Dominic HARRIS was not far behind in a course personal best. Dave HINDMARSH was 6 seconds behind Dominic after a decent battle with Dominic. Andy STEPHENSON, a recent acquisition from Morpeth Harriers, was not far outside his 5k best and Sue BOLAM was another headline act thanks to her victory in the female 50 category!



6-Ross ANDERSON 17.49

15-Dean STACKHOUSE 19.59 (64.64%)

19-Dominic HARRIS 20.30 (63.01%)

21-Dave HINDMARSH 20.36 (73.38%)

37-Andy STEPHENSON 22.33 (65.41%)

47-Sue BOLAM 23.57 (70.84%)

61-Samantha FENDER 25.35

62-Andrew SHELL 25.35

75-Gail CUTHBERT 27.25


Away from Druridge Bay there was a change of scenery for Gay and Richard EASTOE as they travelled slightly further north from the home parkrun at Workington to take part in the Keswick Parkrun. But it was the same old story for Gay as she won the female 60 age category to finish 77th in 26.43, with Richard 1 place and 1 second behind. At Durham Kirsty STEED, celebrating her 100th parkrun,  was 351st in 34.54.


The following day Kirsty STEED was in action again in the Ripon 10. Kirsty finished 352nd in 2.04.57.

Above photos of Dean STACKHOUSE and Sue BOLAM courtesy of Jackie PROUSE. More photos from the day at on our Flickr page.

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Gordon Smith Memorial Relays

21 Harriers took part in the Wallsend Harriers organised Gordon Smith Memorial Relays on Wednesday 13th May, an excellent turnout once again. On a slightly longer and certainly tougher course than last year we had some excellent performances, the highlight of which was the trio of Ella BROWN, Jackie PROUSE and Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS taking 2nd place. This is the 2nd consecutive year that our ladies A team have finished runners up, which is a brilliant feat given the large number of runners from Tyneside based clubs taking part. Just as in 2014 Ella ran the 2nd fastest leg on the night by a female, clocking 12.45 for the 2.1 mile route. Meanwhile Jo was not far behind and was 3rd fastest of the huge number of women competing!

The 1st Harriers team to finish was the mens A team of Micky AISTON, Dean STACKHOUSE and the fastest Harrier on the night Phil HEMSLEY. They finished in 39th overall, just over a minute ahead of our ladies A team. The mens B team were next with Dominic HARRIS, a last minute replacement, running the fastest leg of the trio. Diana WEIGHTMAN ran the quickest time outside our A team, a few seconds ahead of an excellent performance from the resurgent Angie EMBLETON! It was good to see Pauline AITCHISON taking part, whilst there were Relay debuts for Jocelyn BOLAM, Justine NORMAN and Emily YOUNG. Hopefully they’ve not been scared off and will be back to do more of these events in future!



39-Mens “A” Team Micky AISTON 13.17, Dean STACKHOUSE 13.21 and Phil HEMSLEY 12.34. Overall 39.12.

52-Ladies “A” Team Ella BROWN 12.45, Jackie PROUSE 14.49 and Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS 12.57. Overall 40.31.

59-Mens “B” Team Gary COWELL 13.44, Dominic HARRIS 13.37 and Mark DOCTOR 13.53. Overall 41.14.

103-Ladies “B” Team Lesley MILLER 15.11, Diana WEIGHTMAN 14.56 and Pauline AITCHISON 15.50. Overall 45.57.

113-Ladies “C” Team Ruth DOCTOR 16.11, Lisa WILLIAMS 15.19 and Denise DRUMMOND 16.09. Overall 47.39.

128-Ladies “E” Team Jocelyn BOLAM 18.20, Justine NORMAN 16.15 and Angie EMBLETON 15.01. Overall 49.36.

131-Ladies “D” Team Mary PLUMLEY 16.17, Sue BOLAM 16.20 and Emily YOUNG 17.32. Overall 50.09.

Well done to all for taking part! Next up is Weetslade on 24th June.

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Blaydon Race Bus Deadline Looms!

Alnwick Harriers have leapt into the “modern age” by moving to online booking for the bus to Blaydon! If you follow the link below online booking is very straightforward. It’s hosted by Sports Entry Solutions who currently manage our online membership system. Tickets are offered as the excellent price of £5 for a return and £2.50 for a single for members, and £10 return and £5 single for non members. There are currently 29 places, but should there be an early demand we can increase the size of bus. Please note there will be no refunds on unused places. The deadline for booking a seat is Wednesday 27th May!

The move to online booking has two key advantages. Firstly it is more convenient to all, particularly the committee who often have a sweaty grubby fiver passed to them in a hurry at the end of a Wednesday night and who then have to get the money and the name of the person whose paid to the right people in club. Secondly we are moving to a “no refunds” policy.  Several “Harriers” coaches have recently had significantly fewer people on them than signed up. The empty spaces that are not paid have been covered by the club. In the interests of fairness it was felt that if an individual books a place on the bus, they should pay for it whether they use it or not. (As is the case with most races, plane tickets, railway ticket, theatre tickets, etc.). The all important link is here:

Many thanks to Tim SHEPHERD for leading the revolution by sorting all this out. Its the way forward comrades!


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Druridge Bay Parkrun/Riverside Parkrun/South Shields Parkrun/Whitley Bay Parkrun/Newcastle Parkrun/Durham Parkrun/Portobello Park Parkrun/Kentmere Trail Races/White Horse Marathon

Alnwick Harriers were well represented throughout the north east parkruns on the morning of Saturday 9th May, with members competing at 6 different events. Closest to home there was once again double success at Druridge Bay where Steve CARRAGHER was 1st across the line for 2nd time in 3 weeks. Due to the wet and windy weather Steve’s time was down on previous efforts, but his 18.oo was more than good enough to give him victory in the weekly 5k. Karen KELLY, making her first appearance in a Harriers vest after joining recently, was 1st female across the line in a very respectable 22.33. There was also a great performance by up and coming youngster Ollie TELFER, a course debut for Kim REDPATH and female 50 success for Sue BOLAM!


At the Riverside Parkrun at Chester Le Street there was a superb run by Micky AISTON where he knocked over a minute off his previous 5k best, clocking 19.22 on this flat course. Micky is one of our most improved athletes this year and puts a lot of his improvement down to Mike HENRY’s punishing Wednesday night training sessions! Dave HINDMARSH was 15th at South Shields, whilst Vee POLLOCK and Phil LEE raced at Whitley Bay, Kirsty STEED at Durham and Kim BRONZE at Newcastle. Across the border Gay and Richard EASTOE took part in the Portobello Park Parkrun, whilst visiting family in the Edinburgh area. Another parkrun, another age category win for Gay! Results:

Druridge Bay:

1-Steve CARRAGHER 18.00 (76.94%)

9-Ollie TELFER 21.19 (71.77%)

15-Karen KELLY 22.33 (71.10%)

22-Kim REDPATH 23.15 (63.66%)

27-Mike HENRY 24.12

28-Jenny BOLAM 24.15

29-Sue BOLAM 24.18



10-Micky AISTON 19.22

South Shields:

15-Dave HINDMARSH 20.53


273-Kim BRONZE 26.00

Whitley Bay:

87-Vee POLLOCK 24.15

88-Phil LEE 24.16


287-Kirsty STEED 35.59

Portobello Park:

75-Gay EASTOE 26.31

76-Richard EASTOE 26.32

Also that day 5 Harriers travelled across to the Lakes to compete in the Lakeland Trails organised Kentmere Trail Races. 4 took part in the 17k event, whilst Ron McCORMACK raced in the 10k event. Results:

17k Challenge:

95-Dave BARTRUM 1.47.30

143-Maureen BARTRUM 1.53.37

210-Morag DONOGHUE 2.02.39

318-Carol DAVISON 2.15.46


10k Challenge:

307-Ron McCORMACK 1.39.08


Back on Tuesday 6th May there was yet more age category success for Gay EASTOE at the Kendal 10k! Gay and husband Richard ran together finishing in 55.41, with Gay taking female 60 honours in 109th, whilst Richard was one place further back.

Finally on Sunday 2nd May new member and ultra runner Andy STEPHENSON was in action in the Hardmoors White Horse Marathon at Sutton Bank, North Yorkshire. The Hardmoors series is a number of long distance races held in the North York Moors which really tests runners endurance! Of just over 100 runners Andy was 50th in 5.45.00. Well done Andy and welcome to the club (about time!).

Photos of Karen KELLY and Ollie TELFER courtesy of Tim SHEPHERD and Carol DAVISON and Ron McCORMACK thanks to Lakeland Trails.

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North of Tyne Athletics Network Meeting-Churchill Fields, Whitley Bay

Sunday 10th May saw the hosting of the second ‘minors’ Grand Prix meeting organised by the North of Tyne Athletics’ Network at Churchill Fields, Whitley Bay. The 6 Alnwick athletes comprised of three boys and three girls all from school years 4 and 5. Billy CLAYTON (8) was attending his first event and competed well on his debut. He ran a fantastic 600m race, resisting the temptation to set off too quickly then finishing strongly over the last 200m overtaking half the field to finish in second place! He then managed a big throw (23.28m) in the Howler competition to finish second again. Cameron CULLEN competed alongside Billie and managed a huge 25s personal best in the 600m, showing what improvement a bit of practice can make!

The year five girls represented the club well Millie BREESE was runner up in  the long jump (2.88m), and Lauren BROWN won both the 600m (2:02) and the Howler with a personal best throw of 24.36m. Talia THOMPSON competed in her first ‘out door competition’ giving good performances in all her events.

Finlay TELFER was the only year five boy from Alnwick this week but performed well in all four events managing a personal best throw of 24.72m in the Howler to give him second place. This solid performance built well on last month’s success and now places him in second place in the Grand Prix standings.

There are two meetings left in series and all the athletes are in a good position to finish well in the overall standings.

Notan 2 2015

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Les Allcorn 10k and Junior Fun Run

Many thanks to the committee of Alnwick Harriers for organising another cracking Les Allcorn 10k and Junior Fun Run on Tuesday 6th May. As always thanks to the superb band of volunteers for turning out to help. Special thanks to Mary PLUMLEY and Sue BOLAM for organising the lions share of the event. Finally thanks to Northumberland Estates for allowing us use of their gorgeous Hulne Park, and to Rapid Reaction for their First Aid skills. The races were held in the usual glorious Les Allcorn weather of bright sunshine and reasonable temperatures, which were a far cry from most of the day when parts of the course were shin deep in water! A splendid 125 Seniors took part in the 10k and well over 90 Juniors in the 3k.

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Many congratulations to the winners of the 10k who were Karl TAYLOR of Morpeth Harriers and for the 2nd year running Ella BROWN of Alnwick Harriers! In the mens race Karl, fresh from a decent run in the London Marathon, finished our undulating 10k course in 33 minutes exactly. He was just over 20 seconds clear of Tom DURCAN of Cockermouth based club Derwent AC. 3rd home was another Morpeth Harrier in Sam HANCOX. Karl and Sam were joined by Mark SNOWBALL to win the mens team prize. Other age category prizes were awarded to Andrew HUSSEY of Cheltenham Harriers (male 40), Ian NORMAN of Heaton Harriers (male 50) and Richard SILL of Morpeth Harriers (male 60). For the women Ella ran brilliantly to finish in 39 minutes dead, to take overall 17th place. Fellow Harrier Suzie BARWISE-MUNRO was 2nd in 39.51, whilst Ponteland Runner Joanne BROWN was 3rd in 42.50. Sarah CROSS won the female 35 prize and along with Ella and Suzie won us the female team prize! Other category wins went to Claire BAGNESS of Wooler RC (female 45) and Marie DROZDOWICZ of Elswick Harriers (female 55). Well done to all the prize winners!


1st Harrier to complete the 10k was one of a number of products of our Junior set-up, Dan LENG. Dan was 14th overall in 38.14, one place ahead of another youngster in Joe MALLEN. Just behind Ella was new member Jordan ROGERSON, running well on his debut in 39.01 to finish 18th, one place ahead of Isaac MOSS. Overall 28 Harriers took part and their performances are below:

14-Dan LENG 38.14

15-Joe MALLEN 38.23

17-Ella BROWN 39.00

18-Jordan ROGERSON 39.01

19-Isaac MOSS 39.17

21-Suzie BARWISE-MUNRO 39.51

24-Graham SYERS 40.33

30-Adam SPILLER 41.42

33-Jim LILLICO 42.19

37-Gary COWELL 42.43

39-Mark DOUGLAS 42.56

41-Andy SQUIRES 43.09

44-Tim FALCONER 44.08

45-Chris GRAHAM 44.19

50-Paul GODDEN 44.51

54-Dave HENDERSON 45.35

72-Sarah CROSS 48.41

73-Dominic HARRIS 48.50

75-Lisa BASTON 48.52

77-Andy STEPHENSON 49.20

78-Dave BARTRUM 49.21

80-Justine NORMAN 49.29

94-Lee BOWYER 52.54

95-Maureen BARTRUM 53.23

105-Gail CUTHBERT 55.15

112-Emily YOUNG 56.55

121-Mike MAKIN 1.05.53

125-Kate BRADSHAW 1.08.27


Full 10k results are here 2015 Les Allcorn.

For the Juniors an amazing 94 runners took part in the 3k event which started an hour before the Senior race. 1st home with a comfortable gap to the 2nd placed runner was Morpeth Harrier Taylor GLOVER, completing the race in the Under 15 Boys section in 9.48. Next past the post was Alnwick Harrier Ben KELLY in 10.05, just ahead of the Under 13 Boys category winner Ross CHARLTON of Morpeth. The other category winners were Finlay WALLACE in the Under 9’s, Callum ROWELL of Morpeth in the Under 11’s and Dan MALLEN of Alnwick in the Under 17’s.

For the girls there standout performances from 2 Alnwick Harrier future stars, Callie HENDERSON and Lauren BROWN. Callie was a brilliant 5th overall in 11.25 to win the Girls Under 13’s prize, whilst Under 11 Lauren was 10th in 11.50 and was a long way ahead of her nearest rival in that category. Other age prizes went to Alnwick’s Katy KNIGHT in the Under 9’s, Eve BUDDLE in the Under 15’s and Rebecca REED in the Under 17’s.

Well done to everyone for taking part and thanks to our Junior section who did an amazing job organising this well received and increasingly popular event.

2015 Les Allcorn Junior Race Results


On course photos courtesy of Richard JOHNSON, the others by Mary PLUMLEY and Mark DOCTOR. Richard has posted his photos of his Flickr site

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Druridge Bay Parkrun/South Shields Parkrun/Newcastle Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Sunderland City Half Marathon/Keswick Half Marathon/North East Counties 10,000 Metre Championships

A decent number of Harriers took part in the Druridge Bay Parkrun on Saturday 2nd May, with the highlights being a 2nd place finish in the female category for Tracey SAMPLE and long awaited returns from injury for Pauline AITCHISON and Andrew SHELL.

11209423_1048626015166897_9137255151652847429_n1st Harrier home was Dave HINDMARSH, running a course pb of 20.17. Not far behind him was Andy SQUIRES, then came Tracey. Andrew and Pauline finished within a few seconds of each other, not far in front of the 1st male in the age 60 category, Mike HENRY. It was great to see Emma GIVENS donning a Harriers vest, whilst Mark HUME was also victorious in the male 70 category. Results:

8-Dave HINDMARSH 20.17 (74.53%)

18-Andy SQUIRES 21.44 (68.94%)

31-Tracey SAMPLE 22.59 (68.46%)

38-Andrew SHELL 23.45

39-Pauline AITCHISON 23.50 (66.64%)

42-Mike HENRY 24.00

61-Jack DOUGLAS 25.36

67-Ian ATHERTON 26.14

75-Gail CUTHBERT 26.56

84-Emma GIVENS 27.32 (55.87%)

85-Sally ARMSTRONG 27.33

86-Jocelyn BOLAM 27.52 (61.66%)

114-Mark HUME 31.17

134-William FORTUNE 34.16

Away from the local event Peter GREY was the fastest Harrier on Saturday at South SHIELDS, where he was victorious in the male 55 category. Gay EASTOE was 1st female 60 at Workington, whilst Mark DOUGLAS ran well at Newcastle to go under 20 minutes. Results:

South Shields:

11-Peter GREY 19.50


39-Mark DOUGLAS 19.51

259-Kim BRONZE 25.06


32-Richard EASTOE 23.19

41-Gay EASTOE 25.11


The following day 3 Harriers travelled to their beloved Wearside to take part in the Sunderland City Half Marathon, a race close to their hearts. Richard JOHNSON once again set a personal best time, this time clocking 1.30.53 to finish 87th. Phil LEE dipped under 2 hours clocking 1.59.30, whilst JOHN ROSS was a few places back in 2.00.16.


Finally that day Gay and Richard EASTOE were in action again, this time in the picturesque but undulating Keswick Half Marathon. The pair ran together in this race held in wet weather finishing in 2.03.04, with Gay in 300th and Richard in 301st.

Back on Wednesday 2 Harriers took part in the North East Counties 10000 Metre Championships at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow. Graham SYERS was 10th finisher in 39.43, whilst Dave HINDMARSH was 2 places back in 41.46 running his fastest 10k for 4 years.

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Weetslade Relays Update!

The poster for the Claremont Road Runners organised Weetslade Relays has been up a matter of a couple of weeks and already we have filled our allocation of 18 runners! Each club is only allowed to enter a maximum of 6 teams, therefore we are full! The lucky runners are:

Pauline AITCHISON                                  Dominic HARRIS

Jocelyn BOLAM                                          Richard JOHNSON

Sue BOLAM                                                 Lesley MILLER

Shelley COATES                                         Justine NORMAN

Gary HALL                                                  Mary PLUMLEY

Denise DRUMMOND                                Jackie PROUSE

Angie EMBLETON                                    Dean STACKHOUSE

Terry FOUNTAIN                                      Diana WEIGHTMAN

Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS                        Emily YOUNG


All the teams and travel arrangements will be sorted nearer the time. If anyone would like to be a reserve please let Mark know at


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Alnwick Harriers Exhibition


In the summer of 2015, to mark the year of the 35th Coastal Run and the 25th running of the Les Allcorn 10k, Alnwick Harriers are hoping to hold an exhibition to celebrate the club, its history and achievements. We are currently looking for memorabilia, photographs and any interesting anecdotes members past and present might wish to contribute to be displayed. If you have anything, could you either give it to a committee member or email details of exactly what you’ve got to by 5th May 2015. If giving items for display, please attach your name and contact details so we know who has given what. If you’d like to help with putting the exhibition together please drop an email to

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