Blaydon Race Bus Info!

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 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:

https://www.sportsentrysolutions.co.uk/product_page.php?recordID=666

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

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Run Northumberland Half Marathon/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Workington Parkrun

6 Harriers took part in the undulating Run Northumberland Half Marathon, which started and finished at Kirkley Hall, on Sunday 29th March. For the first 3 Harriers home there were pleasing personal bests over the half marathon distance! One of the big improvers this yeas so far has been Richard JOHNSON. Just a week after knocking chunks off his 10k pb he’s done it again. Richard was 48th home in 1.34.13. Gary COWELL was next to complete, followed by one of our new members Dean STACKHOUSE. Gay and Richard EASTOE once again made the long trip to Northumberland from West Cumbria, to proudly wear the Alnwick colours, whilst Jocelyn BOLAM complete the sextet. Well done to all.

 

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Results:

48-Richard JOHNSON 1.34.13

68-Gary COWELL 1.36.56

76-Dean STACKHOUSE 1.37.47

289-Gay EASTOE 1.59.01

290-Richard EASTOE 1.59.01

367-Jocelyn BOLAM 2.17.27

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The day before 5 Harriers took part in the Druridge Bay Parkrun. 1st to complete the 5k was Junior Harrier Ollie TELFER, who battled the rain and grim weather, to post a course pb of 21.04! New recruit Dominic HARRIS was also celebrating a pb, whilst William FORTUNE was 1st in the over 70 category. Results:

14-Ollie TELFER 21.04 (72.63%)

17-Dominic HARRIS 21.27 (60.22%)

30-Dave HINDMARSH 24.46

51-Stuart BRUCE 27.55 (52.42%)

77-William FORTUNE 34.14

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Gay and Richard EASTOE were also in action that morning at the Workington Parkrun. The pair warmed up for the half marathon the following day by winning the aged 60 categories once again. Results:

21-Gay EASTOE 26.13

26-Richard EASTOE 27.21

Photos for Gary COWELL and Jocelyn BOLAM courtesy of Lee NIXON, Ollie TELFER thanks to DB Parkrun.

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Les Allcorn 10k Marshals Needed!

Calling all club members, friends and family! Please could you consider marshaling for the Les Allcorn 10k and Junior race on Tuesday 5th May. We require help to stage our annual club event held in Hulne Park. This is a friendly race with beautiful scenery and we need members to be course marshals, as well as a range of other roles.

No experience is necessary and we really need your support. Please add your name to the list on the club noticeboard at Willowburn asap or message Mary Plumley or Sue Bolam for more information at maryplumley@hotmail.co.uk or sue-bolam1@hotmail.co.uk. Its so easy even Geoff CAMPBELL can do it. Thanks!

Geoff CAMPBELL and his hooter!

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Aviemore 10k and Half Marathon Club Trip-Final Reminder!

The Alnwick Harriers committee are proposing an overnight club trip to Scotland on 10/11 October for the Aviemore 10k and Half Marathon (you only need to do one). We are currently sourcing accommodation and expect the cost to be around a miserly £50 per person. This includes one nights accommodation and transport. Wowzers, that’s ludicrously cheap! And just look at the selling points below:

HALF MARATHON ROUTE

  • The Start is approx 1100 ft above sea level with the Cairngorm Mountains setting a spectacular backdrop.
  • The first 7 miles are on forest tracks through Glenmore Forest Park and Glenmore village before crossing the road and onto another forest track around Loch Morlich and then onto the main road continuing past Coylumbridge and Inverdruie.
  • The route crosses the road by the Fish Farm and over the Spey River by the pedestrian footbridge.
  • The last short section goes under the main Highland railway line, across Aviemore main street and then past the Four Seasons Hotel to a welcome Finish line!!! (approx 720 ft above sea level)

Conditions are a mixture of good solid forest track, paths and tarmac roads - a normal good supportive road running shoe is required.

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10K ROUTE

  • Starts at Glenmore, using the Aviemore Half Marathon route along the main road.
  • Finishes at the same point as the Half Marathon.

For more info go to http://www.aviemorehalfmarathon.org/index2.html.

The closing date for all those interested Harriers is 31st March. There is a poster on the noticeboard at Willowburn to add your names to if you’re interested. Please note that to turn this idea into reality we need a minimum of 20 Harriers, and we don’t advise you enter the races until we give the nod. This subsidy trip is for Alnwick Harriers 1st Claimers only, however 2nd Claimers who actively support club events (ie marshal at our events, coach or organise activities) will also be eligible for the full subsidy”.

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Elswick Harriers Good Friday Relays-Update

Entries have closed and the relevant forms and fees have been sent off to Elswick Harriers for their Good Friday Relays, taking place next Friday. We have entered a splendid 4 Female Veteran teams and just the 1 mens team in the Veteran category. Sadly no teams have been entered in the Seniors sections due to lake of interest from our younger runners.

A reminder that the Womens event start at 10.30 and the Mens at 11.30. No doubt team captain Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS will be in touch with the women to arrange teams and car sharing. The mens team kind of picks itself! The organisers have asked us to highlight the following:

-The NHS building at Newburn Riverside Park is sadly not being used this year. Therefore registration, changing, etc will be at race hq which is Newburn Leisure Centre, Grange Road, Newburn, NE15 8ND.

-There is no parking at the start area. Illegal parking may result in this event being cancelled in the future.

-Park at Newburn Leisure Centre and jog to the start area. This is 2.2 miles away so leave in plenty of time!

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NECAA Indoor Pentathlon Championships

Athletes from the North East, Yorkshire, Cumbria and Scotland competed at Gateshead Academy for Sport this weekend in the North East Indoor Pentathlon Championship. Ollie TELFER represented Alnwick in the Under 13 category in his first indoor competition.

Ollie ran personal best times in the 60m hurdles and 60m sprint and managed decent results in the long and high jumps. His best event was the Shot Putt where he managed to throw a personal best  of 6.72m to secure a new club record and achieve a national ranking.

Ollie was crowned North East Champion with a score of 1005  points! He also gained some excellent experience which will stand him in good stead for the forthcoming track and field season.

Results: 60m Hurdles  12.16s, Shot 6.72m, Long Jump 3.77m, High Jump 1.16m, 60m Sprint 9.66s.

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Cragside 10k/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Cartmel Trail Races/Trimpell 20/East Hull 20

There were a number of pb’s and excellent performances from the Harriers who took part in the Run Northumberland organised Cragside 10k on Saturday 21st March. The course is a notoriously undulating one, though this has never seemed to stop our runners posting good times. 1st Harrier to complete and 20th overall was Richard JOHNSON. Richard ran really well clocking 40.42 and now must have his eye on a sub 40 10k this year. The next 3 Harriers took part in a mini battle throughout, probably the first of a number of battles this year. In a reverse of last weeks Wrekenton cross country placings Gary COWELL beat both Micky AISTON and Graham CROW, though Micky finishing in a big 10k pb. There were also encouraging performances from 3 new Harriers in Dean STACKHOUSE, Dominic HARRIS and Justine NORMAN. Finally, well done to the superb Gay and Richard EASTOE who were up at 4am to travel from Cumbria to take part!

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Results:

20-Richard JOHNSON 40.42

31-Gary COWELL 42.10

37-Micky AISTON 42.24

40-Graham CROW 42.41

48-Dean STACKHOUSE 43.48

67-Dominic HARRIS 45.25

127-Justine NORMAN 50.19

178-Kim BRONZE 53.37

197-Gay EASTOE 54.48

198-Richard EASTOE 54.548

261-Jocelyn BOLAM 1.00.47

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Also that morning there were just a handful of Harriers in action at the Druridge Bay Parkrun, though again there were some top performances. In his 1st appearance in a Harriers vest for ages Wayne GAIR finished 3rd overall in 18.50. Jackie PROUSE was 2nd female finisher, whilst Lesley MILLER was 3rd female to complete the 5k. Lesley’s WAVA score of 82.41% is the 4th best score in the events history, and puts her in pole position to wrestle the Robert Brown Shield away from Peter GREY! Remember this is the award given to the Harrier with the best WAVA score of the year by a Harrier at Druridge Bay. Last but by no means least for us William FORTUNE was 1st in the male 70 category. Results:

3-Wayne GAIR 18.50 (68.67%)

14-Jackie PROUSE 22.04

15-Lesley MILLER 22.16 (82.41%)

75-William FORTUNE 34.01

Over in the Lakes 5 Harriers took part in the first of the 2015 Lakeland Trail races, at Cartmel. Ron McCORMACK took part in the 10k Race, whilst the foursome of Dave and Maureen BARTRUM, Carol DAVISON and Morag DONOGHUE took part in the 18k Trail Challenge. Well done to you all!

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Results:

18k Trail Challenge:

93-Dave BARTRUM 1.47.30

153-Maureen BARTRUM 1.54.55

220-Morag DONOGHUE 2.05.11

292-Carol DAVISON 2.15.41

10k Trail Run:

346-Ron McCORMACK 1.15.20

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Finally for the weekend 2 Harriers took part in 20 mile races as part of their London Marathon prep. Sarah SYERS travelled across to Lancashire to take part in the Trimpell 20. By her own admission Sarah didn’t have her best run, though still finished 211th of the 530 finishers in 2.44.52. On the other side of the M62 Mel STEER was in action at the East Hull 20. Mel ran well to finish 238th of the 421 runners in a splendid 2.48.16.

Photos of Richard JOHNSON and Richard/Gay EASTOE courtesy of Lee NIXON. Dave BARTRUM courtesy of Lakeland Trails.

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6 Tunnels to Hoover Dam Run/The Mighty Deerstalker

John ROSS wasn’t the only Harrier racing in the United States at the weekend as another 4 were battling the heat in Nevada (as you do). On the same weekend that some of us were racing at Wrekenton taking in the sights of dumped mattresses, litter and dog mess Ian SIMON, Tracey SAMPLE, Jock BOLAM and Sue BOLAM were enjoying the 6 Tunnels To Hoover Dam Run, taking in the sights of the Colorado River, Lake Mead and Hoover Dam! Whatsmore the club even tasted success in the Half Marathon Relay event with Ian and Tracey taking first place, with Sue and Jock in 2nd!

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Rest assured we’ll be speaking to Treasurer Cris ATWELL about a massively subsidised club trip here in 2016!

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Finally for the weekend Mike TELFER was once again battling mud trenches, scree slopes and darkness in the Rat Race organised Mighty Deerstalker 5k event at Traquair House, Peeblesshire. Mike has previously won this event, though on this occasion could only manage 5th of the 369 competitors. An excellent performance nonetheless!

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NEHL Wrekenton/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Newcastle Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Cheltenham Parkrun/Washington DC Rock & Roll Marathon/Locke Park 20

Saturday 14th March saw the last of the 2014/15 North East Harrier League cross country series, sponsored by Start Fitness. Going into this final event at Wrekenton it looked as though the Senior Men needed a great result to stay in Division 2, whilst the Senior Women needed a good performance and some luck to gain promotion to Division 1. On the day only one of those happened. Well done to the Senior Women for promotion and commiserations to the Senior Men for their relegation!

Prior to this final event the Senior Women were lying in 3rd place, some way off 2nd placed Morpeth Harriers. It would have taken a good result from us and some poor results from the likes of Morpeth to give us a chance of getting that 2nd promotion spot. On the day we finished 4th of the 37 teams in Division 2, but with results going our way we managed to finish 2nd overall, thus will take part in the 2015/16 season in Division 1! For the women our 2 Fast Pack runners performed superbly once again, with captain Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS finishing 16th and a slightly under the weather Ella BROWN 28th. 3rd counter was one of the heroes of the season, Lesley MILLER. Lesley is the only female to have taken part in all 6 races and has done extremely well on each occasion, managing to finish just outside the Medium Pack promotion places each time! 4th and final counter for the 2nd race running was Ruth DOCTOR, who just held off a fast finishing Diana WEIGHTMAN who has more than held her own in the Medium pack all season. Also well done to non counters Sheona DUFFY and Claire SAPWELL, the latter running for us a 2nd claimer. Well done to everyone who has raced this season for helping us to go up!

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Alas, now for the men. Going into this final race our destiny was still in our hands as we were just outside the relegation zone and only needed a reasonably good result on the day to stay up. Sadly due to injuries, work and family commitments we finished bottom of the 11 team in Division 2 on the day. Overall we finished 10th of the 11 teams and find ourselves down in the bottom tier of the Harrier League, the 3rd Division. But lets not be too downhearted, lets remember where Manchester City were just a few years ago! On the day Graham SYERS followed up his good showing at Alnwick with a 33rd place finish which sees him promoted to the Medium Pack for next season. Graham SIMPSON, from the Fast Pack, was next home just outside the top 100, with Richard AGAN not far behind. During the race there was a great battle with our final 3 counters with Stuart MORRIS just heading off Micky AISTON and Graham CROW. A special mention should go to Adam FLETCHER who has taken part in most of the races this season and has travelled further than any other Harrier to race for us. He started off the season in the Slow Pack and has worked his way up to the Fast Pack. Also a mention to Micky AISTON who is the only man to have taken part in all 6 races, and who has improved throughout the course of the season. Well done to everyone who has taken part during the season and the only consolation is that we can’t fall any further!

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Only a handful of Juniors took part in this final event, with the headline act being Lauren BROWN who once again finished 2nd in the Girls Under 11’s race, again showing that she is a great prospect. Adam SHAFIQ put in his usual consistent performance in the Boys UNDER 17’s race.

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Results:

Senior Women:

16-Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS 28.49 (F)

28-Ella BROWN 29.21 (F)

47-Claire SAPWELL 29.31 (S)

58-Lesley MILLER 29.31 (S)

185-Ruth DOCTOR 31.41 (S)

194-Diana WEIGHTMAN 31.59 (M)

312-Sheona DUFFY 41.48 (S)

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Senior Men:

33-Graham SYERS 37.21 (S)

109-Graham SIMPSON 38.37 (F)

133-Richard AGAN 38.47 (S)

235-Stuart MORRIS 40.25 (S)

238-Micky AISTON 40.28 (S)

239-Graham CROW 40.29 (S)

257-Adam FLETCHER 40.46 (F)

318-Mark DOCTOR 42.25 (S)

319-Jim LILLICO 42.27 (S)

354-Gary COWELL 43.45 (S)

496-Stuart BRUCE 56.14 (S)

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Under 11 Girls:

2-Lauren BROWN 6.30

22-Millie BREESE 7.51

Girls Under 15’s:

24-Amy THORNE 12.30 (F)

25-Jenny BOLAM 12.51 (F)

Boys Under 17’s:

5-Adam SHAFIQ 26.09 (F)

Full results from the fixture are here http://www.harrierleague.com/results/2014-15/wrekenton/, whilst the final league table are here http://www.harrierleague.com/results/2014-15/teams/. The Harrier League Grand Prix standings show that Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS was 2nd in the overall Veteran Womens standings and Rosie MURTON was 2nd in the Under 17/20 league , whilst Adam SHAFIQ, Adam FLETCHER and Ella BROWN also finished well up in their tables http://www.harrierleague.com/results/2014-15/grandprix/.

Earlier that day a good number of Harriers took part in various Parkrun’s. Star performance was at Druridge Bay where Sarah SYERS, making her debut at the event, was 1st female finisher! Sarah took time out of her London Marathon preparation to clock 21.30 over the 5k course. 3rd female finisher was Jackie PROUSE, Jocelyn BOLAM ran a course pb and Holly MOSCROP made her Harriers debut! For the men Mark COCKBURN made his 1st appearance since an injury in the autumn to finish 12th overall. Elsewhere Peter GREY won the male 55 category at Newcastle, whilst at the same event new Harrier Dominic HARRIS benefited from training in Jackie and Kim’s group with a 5k pb. Richard and Gay EASTOE won the age 60 categories at Workington, whilst Dave HINDMARSH finished off his festival festivities with a trot round the Cheltenham Parkrun.

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Results:

Druridge Bay:

12-Mark COCKBURN 20.18 (64.94%)

18-Sarah SYERS 21.30 (73.18%)

23-Jackie PROUSE 21.51

50-Kim BRONZE 25.33 (59.17%)

67-Mike HENRY 28.27

76-Jocelyn BOLAM 29.40 (57.92%)

82-Holly MOSCROP 30.51

85-Karl BAXTER 31.00

106-William FORTUNE 34.05

Newcastle:

31-Peter GREY 19.22

58-Dominic HARRIS 20.57

Workington:

22-Richard EASTOE 21.39

43-Gay EASTOE 24.38

Cheltenham:

61-Dave HINDMARSH 22.18

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Finally for Saturday across the pond John ROSS was taking part in the Washington DC Rock and Roll Marathon! John finished the race, held for the most part in heavy rain, in 4.38.53. Brilliant effort John!!!

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On Sunday 15th March Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS, fresh from her Harrier League heroics, was racing again in the Locke Park 20 Mile Race at Redcar. On this multi lap course Jo, training for the London Marathon, was 3rd female finisher in a splendid 2.14.43. She was 16th overall of the 117 finishers. Its not been looked into yet but this is probably the fastest 20 miler by a female Harrier!

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Above photos of Graham SYERS and Micky AISTON courtesy of George ROUTLEDGE, Ruth DOCTOR courtesy of Paulo’s Running Pictures, Sarah SYERS and Mark COCKBURN thanks to Bob GUNSON and Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS again by George ROUTLEDGE. More photos from the weekend are on our Flickr page.

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Inter Counties Cross Country Championships/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Gibside Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Northumberlandia 5k/Brough Law Fell Race/Inverness Half Marathon

3 female Harriers had the honour of representing the North East in the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships at Cofton Park, Birmingham on Saturday 7th March. All 3 performed very well with the pick being Suzie BARWISE-MUNRO who put in a remarkable run to finish 14th of the 143 runners in the 6k Under 20’s race. Suzie was also 1st team counter for the North East. The legend Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS was in action in the 8k Senior Womens race and finished a very good 94th of the 275 runners. Jo helped the North East team to finish 5th of the 27 teams. Meanwhile Callie HENDERSON, one of our most promising youngsters, continued her recent fantastic cross country form in the 3k Girls Under 13’s race to finish 158th of 305 finishers. Well done to all 3 and congratulations for being chosen to represent the region. Results:

Girls Under 13’s:

158-Callie HENDERSON 14.35

Womens Under 20’s:

14-Suzie BARWISE-MUNRO 23.10

Senior Women:

94-Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS 28.52

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Earlier that morning a decent number of Harriers were in action in various parkrun’s. 13 took part in the Druridge Bay Parkrun with Mike TELFER 1st home for us in 7th place. Andy SQUIRES was next for us in 17th, winning the male 50 category much to his pleasure. Amongst the others Mel WHEWELL won the female 50 category in a course pb, Karl BAXTER ran yet another course pb as did Peter LINDLEY and Tim SHEPHERD. It was also great to see the recently injured Cris ATWELL pulling on a Harriers vest again!

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Elsewhere Micky AISTON took part in the tough Gibside Parkrun and finished 6th overall in a course pb. Over at Workington both Richard and Gay EASTOE won their 60 age categories! Well done to everyone. Results:

Druridge Bay:

7-Mike TELFER 19.40 (71.53%)

17-Andy SQUIRES 21.57 (68.26%)

31-Ken HODSON 24.33

41-Kim BRONZE 25.28 (59.36%)

42-Karl BAXTER 25.31

43-Jackie PROUSE 25.32

46-Peter LINDLEY 25.54 (53.47%)

60-Mel WHEWELL 27.35 (60.79%)

66-Justine NORMAN 28.15

67-Tim SHEPHERD 28.17 (48.26%)

69-Dave HINDMARSH 28.32

70-Cris ATWELL 28.32 (53.39%)

71-Nikki TURNBULL 28.52

Gibside:

6-Micky AISTON 21.38

Workington:

19-Richard EASTOE 23.04

35-Gay EASTOE 25.53

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Finally that day 3 Harriers were in action in the inaugural Northumberlandia 5k, a tough trail race at this piece of “public art”. 107 runners competed and there were top 10 finishes for 2 of our number in Graham CROW and Gary COWELL. Our reigning female Christmas Handicap champ Jocelyn BOLAM also took part. Results:

7-Graham CROW 20.06

10-Gary COWELL 20.42

59-Jocelyn BOLAM 29.14

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The following day 6 Harriers tackled the tough Brough Law Fell Race, one of our 2014 Grand Prix races. On a windy morning in the Ingram Valley Graham SIMPSON impressed, in this 5 mile race with 1250 feet of ascent, by finishing 2nd of the 116 runners in a classy field not far behind the winner. There were also top 10 finishes from Adam FLETCHER and Ross WILSON. There were no team prizes awarded but if there had been then this trio would have taken the honours! Likewise Adam would have won the male 50 award. Micky AISTON ran well and knocked 9 minutes off his time from last year, whilst Mark DOCTOR just pipped Andy SQUIRES after having a ding dong battle throughout. Results:

2-Graham SIMPSON 38.33

8-Adam FLETCHER 41.04

9-Ross WILSON 41.30

40-Micky AISTON 47.10

67-Mark DOCTOR 51.19

68-Andy SQUIRES 51.21

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Last but by no means least on a busy weekend for the club Shelley COATES travelled to northern Scotland for the Inverness Half Marathon. Shelley, who is training hard for an ultra distance event later this year, battled her way through hail, wind and rain to secure a half marathon personal best of 1.54.02!

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Photos of Suzie courtesy of Adrian ROYLE, Mike T and Mel at Druridge Bay by Sue BRABBINS and Mark at Brough Law by George ROUTLEDGE.

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