Dirty Double Race Trip-Final Details!!!

A message from the Lakeland Trails weekend organiser, Lisa WILLIAMS:

“To all Alnwick Harriers!

Our club trip to the Lakeland Trails is nearly here, this weekend!

The race start lists are up on the Lakeland Trails site as well as very important information re kit. In a nutshell on the Sunday all runners must carry gloves, a hat, waterproof and tights or over trousers. They will be checking runners before boarding the boat and when crossing the finish line.

Please can everyone check that their names are on the start lists of the correct races and email me if there’s any issues. Start lists are here:



There is a slight change of timings as they have put all Alnwick Harriers on the 11 o’clock sailing for the Ullswater race on Sunday. We expect the schedule to look something like this:


Depart Willowburn 07:00

Pick up in Felton 07:15

Race registration 10:30-11:00

Challenge starts 12:00 (14 Harriers)

Race starts 13:00 (21 Harriers)

Prize giving 15:30 (best stick around for this!)

Depart to YHA 16:00-17:00

Meet for drinks 19:00 (optional & venue tba)


Breakfast 07:30

Check-out 08:45

Bus departs 09:00 (approx half hour journey to race start)

Race registration 09:30-10:00

Challenge starts & Race Starts 11:00 (37 Harriers – half hour boat ride to start)

Prize giving 14:30 (again, best attend this!)

Depart for home 15:00-16:00

Room allocation

I have only had two requests for room sharing so I have allocated rooms grouping friends as best as I can. On the day if you wish to switch with each other please feel free to do so.

Saturday night dinner

Unfortunately I have not been able to secure a group booking and so suggest that people make their own arrangements. There are many pubs and restaurants to choose from in Keswick and just a short walk from the YHA. Some of which are



*A few of us have booked a table at Casa Bella, the food is fab and the atmosphere is great! Plus the ice cream is to die for *:) happy


It will be November and most likely cold so my advice is to layer up. Make sure you take something to keep you warm immediately after the race and for the half hour boat crossing on the Sunday morning. Trail shoes are definitely advisable. This will be my first Trail Race so if anyone has any advice they’d like to pass on let me know. The following link may be useful:


Details of the mandatory kit list for the Ullswater race is here http://www.lakelandtrails.org/ullswater/raceday.php

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me or speak to myself or Sue BOLAM at Harriers. This is my mobile number to use if there are any problems on departure day or over the weekend-07787142170.

Many thanks, and look forward to next weekend!


Bruce CROMBIE-Hawkshead Trail Race 2013

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Grand Prix Standings After Howick Trail Race

There is just one event to go in the 2014 Alnwick Harriers Grand Prix and it looks like we may have a winner. A similar prediction was made this time last year, which was totally incorrect, but this time I think I’ve got it right! After his win and splendid WAVA score of over 74% at the Howick Trail Race Phil HEMSLEY has a big lead over previous Grand Prix winner Jim LILLICO. Jim would probably have to run a world record 10 mile time at the final Grand Prix event, the Brampton to Carlisle 10 Miler, to stand an outside chance of pipping Phil. It probably won’t happen. But there is still plenty to play for with the top 12 finishers receiving one of our Grand Prix trophies! Mike HENRY is 3rd, just ahead of last years winner Dave HINDMARSH. Massively improved Micky AISTON is 5th, just ahead of now ex-Harrier Phil BASTON. In a very close battle Maureen BARTRUM is narrowly ahead of Shelley COATES and Tracey SAMPLE, whilst Kim BRONZE is in 10th, Dave BARTRUM 11th and Diana WEIGHTMAN is sitting in the final trophy winning spot.

Plenty of others are in with a shout of nipping in ahead of several of the current top 12 including Sarah GRAY, Stuart MORRIS, Alex REED and Charlie GILLON.

Entries are still being taken for the Brampton to Carlisle 10 Miler on Sunday 16th November, with the club sorting out a club block booking for those wanting to take part. See the separate post for details. Many thanks to John ROSS for once again sorting out the Grand Prix standings, quite a job considering the huge number of Harriers who are taking part in parkruns each week. We’ll soon be announcing the 2015 Grand Prix fixtures!

2014 Grand Prix Standings After Howick Trail Race

Micky AISTON-Grand Prix Prize Winner?

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Christmas Party-Reminder

A reminder that the 2014 Alnwick Harriers Christmas party sees a return to The Plough! The date of this years party is Friday 5th December, starting at 7pm. A 3 course dinner will be served from 7.30pm, with a disco afterwards. All for an amazing £15 per head (subsidy alert). Crikey!!! The DJ will pull the plug at midnight but the bar will remain open till 1am. Details of the food choices are here Christmas Fayre Menu 2014

There are now only 2 spaces available so please please add your names to the list at Willowburn asap, by 1st November at the latest. Also please can you bring your £15 along to training and hand it onto a committee member in an envelope with your name(s) on. If you cannot get along to Willowburn in the next couple of weeks please email dockie1974@hotmail.co.uk to get your names added.

Our other Christmas events are:

Wednesday 17th December-Christmas Parlauf. More details will be out soon including the post event buffet location.

Sunday 21st December-Christmas Handicap. Again more details will be released soon, but please note that our end of year awards and Grand prix prizes will be given out here rather than at the Christmas party.

Ho ho ho!!

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Howick Trail Run/Newcastle Parkrun/South Shields Parkrun/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Sherman Cup & Davison Shield/Jedburgh 10k & Half Marathon/Castles Half Marathon/Dublin Marathon

Well done to the decent number of Harriers who turned out for the penultimate 2014 Grand Prix race, the 5 mile (ish) Howick Trail Run on Saturday 25th October. Many congratulations to the race winner Phil HEMSLEY! Phil was a clear winner, with Jim LILLICO and Micky AISTON also finishing in the top 10. For the ladies Diana WEIGHTMAN was 2nd female finisher, whilst Tracey SAMPLE showed that she really does love hills by finishing 3rd. Bad luck to the Harriers trio of John ROSS, Jonathan KAY and Ken HODSON who took a wrong turn, and to Ruth DOCTOR who missed the start! Grand Prix standings courtesy of John ROSS to follow soon. Results:

1-Phil HEMSLEY 31.34

7-Jim LILLICO 34.52

8-Micky AISTON 35.00

11-Dave HINDMARSH 36.16

12-Graham SKIRROW 36.27

15-Diana WEIGHTMAN 38.03

16-Dave BARTRUM 38.19

17-Dave COATES 38.54

18-Tracey SAMPLE 39.05

19-Kim BRONZE 43.22

20-Maureen BARTRUM 43.32

27-Mairi CAMPBELL 46.51

28-Mel STEER 46.51

30-Sue SKIRROW 47.33

32-Tim SHEPHERD 47.47

35-Mel WHEWELL 48.38

41-Ken HODSON 53.04 (wrong course)

Howick Trail Race Harriers

Also that morning there were some cracking results by Harriers in various parkruns. Fastest Harrier that day was Ross WILSON at Newcastle, where he clocked 18.01 to finish a very good 6th of just over 500 runners. Best WAVA score came courtesy of Peter GREY at South Shields, where his 19.11 saw him finish 5th with an 81.49% score. He also easily won the male 55 category. At Druridge Bay Eddie LONGSTAFF made a return from injury with a fine 5th place finish, whilst Claire MILLER-GROSSETT was 2nd female finisher, Audrey STEWART was the 1st female 55 finisher and Karl BAXTER knocked even more time off his previous best at the course. Shelley COATES also took part, having one final run before the Dublin Marathon. Over in Cumbria Gay EASTOE won her age category once again at Workington. Well done to everyone for flying the Alnwick flag! Results:


6-Ross WILSON 18.01 (72.80%)

South Shields:

5-Peter GREY 19.11 (81.49%)

Druridge Bay:

5-Eddie LONGSTAFF 19.56 (64.72%)

33-Claire MILLER-GROSSETT 24.38 (60.08%)

63-Audrey STEWART 27.47 (65.15%)

64-Karl BAXTER 27.49 (51.77%)

81-Mark HUME 31.10 (55.94%)

102-Shelley COATES 34.00 (48.14%)


23-Richard EASTOE 24.21 (65.85%)

28-Gay EASTOE 24.55 (76.79%)

Eddie LONGSTAFF-Druridge Bay

A number of Harriers travelled down to South Shields to take part in the Sherman Cup/Davison Shield cross country races later that day. Most notable performance once again came from Callie HENDERSON in the Girls Under 13’s race. Callie was an excellent 3rd of the 68 runners. Well done to the other Juniors who took part, and the handful of Seniors including a debut for Gary HALL! Results:

Mixed Under 11’s:

28-Lauren BROWN 3.27

47-Ellie HENDERSON 3.29

64-Millie BREESE 3.41

141-Abbie DAVIES 4.32

Girls Under 13’s:

3-Callie HENDERSON 12.39

Davison Shield 2014

Boys Under 13’s:

40-Ollie TELFER 13.50

45-Harrison BROWN 14.13

49-Max BREESE 14.26

56-William BRUNGER 14.44

Girls Under 15’s:

31-Jenny BOLAM 14.40

44-Emily DAVIES 16.51

Girls Under 17’s:

17-Rebecca REED 25.01

Senior Male:

193-Richard AGAN 38.51

197-Gary HALL 38.59

400-Dave HINDMARSH 45.46

Gary HALL-Sherman Cup 2014

Senior Female:

194-Samantha FENDER 32.22

Sam FENDER-Davison Shield 2014

The following day 2 Harriers went north of the border to take part in the Jedburgh Running Festival events. Steve PATTERSON showed that he’s improving with every run by finishing 13th in the 10k race, clocking a splendid 38.51 despite the windy conditions. Meanwhile Mark MILLER was in action in the half marathon, finishing 41st in 1.29.37. Well done to both!

Steve PATTERSON-Jedburgh 10k10661858_10205057463894789_4276625551508126716_o

Finally that day a number of Harriers took part in the Run Northumberland Castles Half Marathon. Held in windy conditions the race from Beadnell to Bamburgh was notable for a massive half marathon pb for Sarah GRAY, adding to her recent 5k and 10k pb’s. Sarah was 4th lady across the line in a splendid 1.40.07. Well done to all the Harriers for taking part in the tricky conditions! Results:

28-Sarah GRAY 1.40.07

131-Gay EASTOE 2.01.50

132-Richard EASTOE 2.01.51

179-Derek GUTHRIE 2.15.31

203-Rachel BOWYER 2.28.28

207-Gaynor AYRE 2.29.55


Last but not least Shelley COATES and Alex REED travelled across to Ireland to take part in Dublin Marathon on Monday 27th October, with both of them performing extremely well. Alex clocked a splendid 3.57.06, whilst Shelley finished in an excellent 4.11.58. Well done to both as they have put in a massive amount of effort in training.

Jedburgh photos courtesy of John DODDS.

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North East Counties Cross Country Championships-Reminder!

In recent years Alnwick Harriers have been one of the only clubs in the north east not to send any runners to the North East Cross Country Championships! Shocking, I know. This year we aim to put that right by entering as many Harriers as possible into the event, both Junior and Senior. The fixture takes place on Saturday 13th December 2014 at Newcastle Town Moor, and is hosted by Tyne Bridge Harriers. As an incentive the club have very generously offered to pay the entry fees for all those taking part!

There is a poster on the noticeboard at Willowburn for all those interested to add their names to, with the deadline being Wednesday 12th November. Please note that we must have your UKA number to enter you into the race: no UKA number supplied=no entry. Also please don’t be scared off by the term “Championship”! As with the Harrier League this race is for all club runners no matter how fast or slow they are. Click on the link below for more info.

NECAA Cross Country Championships 2014

Please note that club vests must be worn or the organisers may disqualify runners. Finally if the club enters you into this race and you do not take part for whatever reason we request that you reimburse the club the race entry fee (£4 Juniors/£5 Seniors).

Cross Country Action!

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London Marathon Ballot

It looks like we’ll be once again getting 3 club entries into next April’s London Marathon. There’s a poster on the noticeboard at Willowburn to add your name to if you want one of these sought after places. As always preference will be given to those who were initially rejected in the general ballot, as long as you can produce your rejection letter to a committee member. If there’s any spaces left any Harrier who wants one will go into the ballot.

The draw will be made at one of our Christmas events, possibly the Christmas Party which will enable those lucky ones to set about their training and the unlucky ones to find an alternative marathon!

If you cannot get along to Willowburn, as usual contact Mark at dockie1974@hotmail.co.uk and your name will be added to the list.

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Club Mile Challenge!

Top coach and thoroughly nice chap Graham SYERS is planning one of his excellent and well attended track sessions at the King Edward VI High School track in Morpeth on Wednesday 19th November. Those who have attended one of his sessions before will know that they are excellent, and its surprisingly enjoyable to run on a running track!

This session will be the Club Mile Challenge, will run between 7.15 and 8.15pm and it is open to all Harriers of all levels.

There will soon be a poster on the noticeboard at Willowburn, though as always if you want to take part but can’t get there contact Mark at dockie1974@hotmail.co.uk and he’ll add your name. When you add your name to the list please can you write on there your recent race times over any distance. Using this data Graham will calculate what your predicted time for a mile should be and he’ll put runners into heats of similar pace. The runner who performs the best on the night in comparison to their predicted time will be the Club Mile Challenge champion!

It would be great to get as many Harriers as possible from all the different groups along to this event.

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Hi-Viz Tops!

Geoff CAMPBELL is now selling a stylish hi-viz top for use by Harriers at the Wednesday night training sessions. The cost is a very, very reasonable £6! Please can all those who want one bring along £6 (correct money please) or a cheque payable to Alnwick Harriers whilst stocks last. Also can those who took one away with them at the last training session on the proviso that they cough up asap, please pass on their money to Geoff or any committee member.

Please note that now its dark on a Wednesday night session all Harriers need to wear some sort of reflective, hi-viz top. By all means you can supply your own but these new hi-viz tops are the height of fashion, and have ALNWICK HARRIERS printed on them. If you don’t wear a hi-viz, reflective top your coach may ask you to leave the session.

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Liversedge Half Marathon-Club Trip!!!!

Good news folks! Its been agreed once again to organise a massively subsidised club trip to the Liversedge Half Marathon in February! The race, which has been a very successful one for club with age category and team prize wins in recent years, takes place on Sunday 15th February 2015 and takes in the best of what West Yorkshire has to offer such as Cleckheaton, Brighouse and Hartshead Moor. It starts at 11am and a coach will leave bright and early to take those who sign up to the race.

Entry forms are on the noticeboard, as well as an envelope to pop them into once completed. The race sells out every year, and its easy to see why! So the deadline is Wednesday 3rd December. Costs and travel times will appear nearer the time. Finally the race will once again be part of the 2015 Grand Prix!!!

Graham SYERS-Liversedge Half Marathon 2014

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Brampton to Carlisle 10 Miler-Club Trip!!!

Entries are still being taken for the final Grand Prix event of 2014, the fast and flat Brampton to Carlisle 10 Mile Road Race on Sunday 16th November. The race starts at 11.30am, so the massively subsidised coach will leave Willowburn at 8.45am and go via Felton, getting into Brampton in plenty of time for a warm up. On the way back it will leave the Sands Centre, Carlisle at 14.30pm (later if required) and drop off at Felton and Willowburn.

As long as we enter a club block booking of 10 or more runners we’ll receive a 10% discount off the cost of each runner. So rather than enter yourself please fill out an entry form (loads on the noticeboard at Willowburn) and pop it into the envelope on the noticeboard (entry forms will be taken away and stored in a safe place!). Prices are to be announced at a later date when we know which size coach is required, but it’ll be cheap as always.

The deadline for requesting an entry via the club is Wednesday 5th November.

Mark MILLER-Brampton to Carlisle 2014

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