Ponteland 10k/Gateshead Harriers 5k

6 Harriers were in action on Wednesday 20th August in the Run Northumberland Ponteland 10k. This undulating race started and finished at Kirkley Hall and was blessed with still, calm conditions which meant some decent times for our contingent. First Harrier to cross the line in his first race since joining us was Andrew SHELL. Andrew has performed well at both the Druridge Bay parkrun’s and has now followed that up with an encouraging 42.45 to finish 24th. A few places back was the first of 4 female Harriers, the in-form Sarah GRAY. Following on from her superb parkrun victory on Saturday Sarah scored a seasons best, and was followed by John ROSS who is improving with every run. Gail CUTHBERT was the 2nd female Harrier home, followed by Shelley COATES who was taking a break from marathon training. Finally well done to Emily YOUNG who improved on her recent Morpeth 10k time. Results:

24-Andrew SHELL 42.45

29-Sarah GRAY 43.52

69-John ROSS 51.59

83-Gail CUTHBERT 54.02

85-Shelley COATES 55.43

94-Emily YOUNG 58.27

The following night 2 Harriers travelled down to Gateshead to take part in the Gateshead Harriers/Quayside Business Forum 5k. This race is about as fast and flat as you can get for a 5k, meaning that there were some ridiculously fast times for those at the head of affairs. Slightly further back Steve PATTERSON, due to being chased by a huge number of women after his phone number, stormed to a 90 second plus pb. Much further back, and being chased by nobody, Mark DOCTOR improved on his only other 5k this year by almost half a minute. Results:

53-Steve PATTERSON 18.19

97-Mark DOCTOR 20.32

Photos of both races courtesy of Barry CORNELIUS, of www.northeastraces.com fame, are to follow……

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Brampton to Carlisle 10 Miler Club Trip!!

Entries are now 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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Wooler Social-Part 2!

We have been invited by our pals at Wooler RC to attend their Social event on Tuesday 9th September! This year the run will be an undulating 6 mile route through Chillingham Park, partly on stony trails and grass paths. Therefore trail running shoes would be advisable for this.

The plan is to either meet at Willowburn at 6.16pm for car sharing or head straight to the church at Chillingham Castle for a 6.45pm start. Upon arrival at the meeting point we’ll either be put into different groups depending on pace, or in one group (depends how many people attend). Due to the time of year don’t forget a headtorch as well as midge repellent!

Afterwards there’ll be food, drink and chat in the Percy at Chatton!

This is a great opportunity to meet, run and socialise with members of Wooler RC, who in the past have made us very welcome at previous Social events. If you’re interested please add your name to the list at Willowburn or contact Adam SPILLER on 07941171151.

Finally please wear your club vest! If you haven’t got one yet go to the CLUB KIT section of the website and Mary PLUMLEY will sort you out.


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North East Harrier League 2014/15!!

Not long now till the start of the 2014/15 North East Harrier League cross country season!


At the recent AGM the 6 Harrier League fixtures were provisionally announced as:

1. 11/10/14-East Cramlington Nature Reserve (Blyth RC)

2. 22/11/14-Aykley Heads, Durham (Elvet/Durham/Derwentside)

3. 29/11/14-Wallington Hall (Morpeth Harriers)

4. 17/01/15-Bedewell Park (Jarrow & Hebburn AC)

5. 28/02/15-Alnwick Gardens (Alnwick Harriers)

6. 14/03/15-Wrekenton (Saltwell Harriers)

In addition to this other events we hope to target are:

7. 13/12/14-North Eastern Championships (Newcastle Town Moor)

8. 24/01/15-Northern Championships (Pontefract)

9. 21/02/15-National Championships (Parliament Hill, London)

We hope that as may Harriers as possible will take part in these events, more details for which will appear nearer the time.

Junior Action-NEHL

At the AGM several things were discussed and it was agreed that the flat rate for entering clubs in the Harrier League will be scrapped and a £1 per runner fee will be introduced. The club are very generously offering to pay for each Harrier who wants to take part in the cross country races! However if you want a number please let us know as we’ll only obtain numbers for Harriers who definitely want to take part. There is a poster on the noticeboard at Willowburn and a list to add your names to. Alternatively email Mark DOCTOR at dockie1974@hotmail.co.uk and he’ll add your name. If you’ve never taken part in a cross country race before and are unsure what you’re letting yourselves in for contact Team Captains Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS (johanna.gascoigne-owens@newcastle.ac.uk) or Bruce CROMBIE (brucecrombie@btinternet.com), and they’ll put your minds at rest!


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Great North Run Travel Arrangements-Reminder!

We have once again booked a massively subsidised 48 seat coach with Rothbury Motors for this years Great North Run. The race takes place on Sunday 7th September. The cost is a shockingly cheap £5 return for Harriers and frankly ludicrous £10 for non Harriers (half price if only travelling one way).

The coach will leave Willowburn at 7.30am and go to the Town Moor via Felton and the Holiday Inn at Seaton Burn. It will leave South Shields seafront at 15.30pm and return to Willowburn via Felton and Seaton Burn. Info re the pick-up point in South Shields will be given on the bus in the morning, to ensure we don’t miss the escort out of Shields at the end!

Please can you add your names to the list on the noticeboard at Willowburn asap and indicate (W) for Willowburn and (F) for Felton. Also indicate if you’re only going one way. The deadline for this is Sunday 31st August.

Great North Run

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Druridge Bay Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Gibside Parkrun/Gateshead Trail 10k/Ulverston Summer 10k

Sarah GRAY had a great day on Saturday 16th August when she became only the 2nd female Harrier to win a Parkrun, following in the very fast footsteps of Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS. Sarah was 1st female finisher at the Druridge Bay Parkrun, finishing just over 90 seconds ahead of another Harrier Pauline AITCHISON. This was a great effort by Pauline who has been injured for much of the summer. Junior Harrier Jenny BOLAM improved on last weeks debut Parkrun to finish as 4th female, whilst Emily YOUNG notched a 1 minute 5k pb and Gail CUTHBERT made her Parkrun debut. A brilliant effort by all! Sarah then went and scored a quick fire double by finishing as 1st female at the Warkworth Show Fun Run. To top off a memorable day she won 2nd prize in the novice marmalade. Unbelievable stuff.

Sarah GRAY-Parkrun Winner!

For the men Mark MILLER improved on his Druridge Bay performance from last week by finishing 3rd of the 71 runners in 19.18, a 4 second improvement. Terry FOUNTAIN was the male 45 category winner finishing an excellent 7th, whilst Mike HENRY put in another good run to score the highest WAVA score by a Harrier on the day.


3-Mark MILLER 19.18 (68.74%)

7-Terry FOUNTAIN 20.43 (69.51%)

9-Sarah GRAY 21.04 (70.25%)

23-Pauline AITCHISON 22.41 (70.02%)

26-Mike HENRY 23.19 (71.27%)

34-Jenny BOLAM 24.34 (63.98%)

39-Gail CUTHBERT 25.39 (57.70%)

45-Emily YOUNG 27.59 (52.89%)

56-Sophie ENSER 30.28 (51.59%)

57-Ella HEMSLEY 30.29 (52.38%)

Ella and SophieAway from our local event Gay EASTOE was an age category winner once again at Workington. Gay won the female 60 category in 24.44, the same time as husband Richard. Nearer to home Micky AISTON got ready for a wedding by taking part in and finishing 7th in the hard Gibside Parkrun. Results:


36-Gay EASTOE 24.44 (77.36%)

37-Richard EASTOE 24.44 (64.82%)


7-Micky AISTON 22.47 (61.30%)

On the same day 2 Harriers took part in the Gateshead Trail 10k. It was a great day for Chris GRAHAM as he smashed his previous best 10k. Chris was hoping to get under 45 minutes for the first time, but was over the moon with his 43.28! Dave COATES also took part and performed well. Results:

125-Chris GRAHAM 43.28

238-Dave COATES 47.20

Chris GRAHAM-Gateshead Trail 10k

Back on Wednesday 13th August Gay and Richard EASTOE were once again racing, this time in the Ulverston Summer 10k. The pair ran together finishing 192nd and 193rd with Richard getting the nod, both in 54.04. This finishing time was almost 2 minutes quicker than the pair ran in 2012.

Druridge Bay photos courtesy of Sam EMBLETON, Gateshead Trail 10k courtesy of Lee NIXON.

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Sprint Relay Meeting!

Does anyone out there want to try something completely different? Sprinting! On Wednesday 10th September there’s a Sprint Relay Meeting being held at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow. A series of races are on offer for both Seniors and Juniors; 4 x 100m, 4 x 200m and 4 x 400m.

Entry is absolutely free and the organisers are stressing that the event is for absolutely everyone, irrespective of how fast they are. A timetable of the meeting is here:

Flyer for Sprint Relay Meeting 2014.

There’s a list on the noticeboard at Willowburn for those interested to add their names to, though if you can’t get along there email Mark at dockie1974@hotmail.co.uk and he’ll add your names. The deadline to add your names is Sunday 31st August.


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Blyth Links 10k

The next Grand Prix event is the totally free invitation only Blyth Links 10k on Tuesday 26th August. All members of Alnwick Harriers have very kindly been invited by our good friends, Blyth RC. The race starts at 7.15pm, though all runners must turn up in plenty of time to sign up and collect their numbers from Fort House Education Building which is by the Links Car Park, South Beach, Blyth, NE24 3PL.

We have all been invited to the free post race buffet at The Quay PH in Blyth town centre, and we hope that many of you will head along there for food and drinks afterwards!

We’d like to encourage car sharing to this race, perhaps leaving from Willowburn at 5.30pm? Blyth RC also state that though the race is free there’ll be a voluntary contribution for charity, so dig deep!

Blyth RC logo

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Gateshead Minors Meeting

Gateshead Minors Meeting 10th August 2014

Lauren BROWN (9) was Alnwick’s sole representative at the last Minors (U12) athletic meeting at Gateshead Stadium on Sunday 10th August. Even though she’d missed one of the five competitions Lauren had scored highly enough on previous occasions to earn herself a fifth place trophy in the overall grand prix series. A very impressive achievement!

On Sunday Lauren ran 400m in 1 min 18s to win the bronze medal, she finished fourth in the howler throw (19.45m) and delivered good performances in the 75m sprint and long jump. Lauren has improved steadily throughout the summer season and practised hard. She’s made great progress in the more technical events and proved how practise pays off! The broad range of events Lauren has competed in will stand her in good stead for the forthcoming cross country season which she is looking forward to with enthusiasm!!

Lauren BROWN-Gateshead Minors Meeting

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Druridge Bay Parkrun/Newcastle Parkrun/Haddington Half Marathon/Darlington 10k

The Druridge Bay Parkrun got off to a superb start on Saturday 9th August when 203 runners lined up for the 2 laps around Ladyburn Lake. A number of Harriers have helped to set this weekly event up, one which has received nothing but praise from the runners who travelled from far and wide to take part. Held in kind conditions Wayne GAIR was first Harrier across the line in an excellent 6th place. Next to finish, the first of 3 age category winners for us, was Peter GREY. Peter’s 19.18 won him the male 55 category and also sees him hold the record for the best WAVA score in Druridge Bay Parkrun history!!

Druridge Bay Parkrun Start!

For the ladies an ecstatic Tracey SAMPLE not only won the female 40 category but was 2nd female across the line. Next lady to finish in her first Harriers appearance for quite a while was Louise CALLAGHAN, who’s time won her the female 50 category.

Tracey SAMPLE-Druridge Bay ParkrunThere were Parkrun debut’s for Junior Harrier Jenny BOLAM and Ruary SLATER, Terry FOUNTAIN was taking part in his first race as a Harrier and Micky AISTON was taking part in his first of 2 races that day. Well done to Conrad STEWART who followed up Tuesday’s 10k pb at Morpeth with a 5k pb here, and bad luck to Cris ATWELL who missed the start thus giving everyone else a 90 second head start!

Conrad STEWART-Druridge Bay Parkrun


6-Wayne GAIR 18.27 (70.01%)

9-Peter GREY 19.18 (80.31%)

11-Mark MILLER 19.22 (68.50%)

26-Mark DOUGLAS 20.48 (62.50%)

31-Micky AISTON 21.29 (65.01%)

45-Conrad STEWART 22.19 (62.58%)

53-Tracey SAMPLE 22.46 (69.11%)

56-Mike HENRY 22.51 (72.72%)

62-Kim BRONZE 23.09 (64.72%)

76-Louise CALLAGHAN 24.19 (69.77%)

84-Jenny BOLAM 24.55 (63.08%)

97-Cris ATWELL 25.49 (58.55%)

102-Ruary SLATER 26.32 (49.18%)

139-Emily YOUNG 28.55 (51.18%)

165-Terry FOUNTAIN 30.55 (46.58%)

Louise CALLAGHAN-Druridge Bay Parkrun

Elsewhere in the world of Parkrun Lisa WILLIAMS was in action at Newcastle where she performed very well, winning the female 40 category! Lisa was 88th of the 402 runners in 22.42 (69.31%).

Lisa WILLIAMS-Newcastle Parkrun

Away from the Parkrun’s there was success for Harriers at the Glanton Show Hill Race. 5 Harriers took part in the approximately 3 mile race, with 3 of them taking home prizes. Bruce CROMBIE finished in 2nd place once again, Dan LENG’s 4th placed finish won him the 1st local trophy and Sarah GRAY was 1st female finisher in a course record! Results:

2-Bruce CROMBIE 21.03

4-Dan LENG 22.33

8-Micky AISTON 26.26

9-Sarah GRAY 26.35

17-Dave COATES 32.27

Later that day 2 Harriers bravely ventured north of the border to take part in the undulating Haddington Half Marathon. Results:

193-Charlie GILLON 1.51.04

250-John ROSS 2.03.25

The following day 3 Harriers were up bright and early to travel down to compete in the Darlington 10k. A race billed as fast and flat helped Stu CARTER to his best 10k for some time, whilst Mark DOCTOR notched another 10k pb by knocking 12 seconds off his time set at the Clive Cookson 10k earlier in the Summer. Well done to John ROSS who was taking part in his 3rd race in under a week! Results:

235-Stuart CARTER 42.26

270-Mark DOCTOR 43.13

878-John ROSS 53.26

Darlington 10k 2014

Results from the Workington Parkrun and Glanton Show Hill Race to follow…….

Above photos courtesy of Lisa ATHEY and Dave RUNCIMAN (Druridge Bay) and Mick DURNION (Newcastle). More photos from the inaugural Druridge Bay Parkrun are on our Flickr site, which is accessible via the icon on the right hand side of this website.

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