Marshal Instructions for NEHL Alnwick

Many thanks to all those Harriers, friends and family who have offered their services at next Saturdays North East Harrier League fixture in The Pastures. Please find attachments which show marshal positions, contact phone numbers and instructions. Please make a note of the briefing times. Don’t be late or you may struggle to get to your position in time! Remember a free packed lunch and hot drink are available for all marshals!! Remember we need a fair few people to help set up the course from 9am.

NEHL Alnwick Marshal Points and Instructions

NEHL Alnwick Map and Briefing Times

If there are any issues or if anybody else would like to help out please contact Jocelyn BOLAM at alnwickharriersxcmarshals@gmail.com.

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Upcoming Grand Prix Races

There are quite a few of our 2017 Grand Prix events now taking entries! Here are some:

Sunday 12th March-Brough Law Fell Race. This is a really good 5 mile blast organised by Northumberland Fell Runners. Entry is on the day and will cost just £3 to enter! You will need some fell running kit for the event, but just ask around the club if you’re unsure what you need as most of us have done some fell running! More details here http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=4801

Sunday 9th April-Blyth Valley 10k. This very popular race organised by our chums at Blyth RC is now taking entries. All the details for this fast and furious race are here http://www.blythrunningclub.org.uk/bv10_main.html

Sunday 16th April-Druridge Bay Half Marathon. Entries are now being taken for this low key race organised by the North East Marathon Club. Details here http://www.northeastmarathonclub.co.uk/druridge-bay.php

Sunday 7th May-Sunderland City Half Marathon. Entries for this race, which takes in many of Sunderlands most iconic sights, are being taken now. All the details can be found here http://www.sunderlandcity10k.com/sunderland-city-half-marathon/

Sunday 28th May-Druridge Bay 10k. Again entries are being taken for this top race, with all the details being found here http://www.raceentry.co.uk/racedetails.php?racename=Druridge_Bay_10k_2017

Friday 9th June-Blaydon Race. Sold out!! Details of a ridiculously massively subsidised club coach will appear soon.

Sunday 13th August-Darlington 10k. This is a fast and very flat race which is a replacement for the Clive Cookson 10k which clashes with the George Ogle Memorial Race in May. Entries go live on Friday 24th February with the first 300 places having a huge 30% discount! You will be able to enter here https://bookitzone.com/DarlingtonRaces/1y2FFX

More info regarding other events will be posted on the website when more details are known. Remember any certified marathon is also included this year, thanks to popular demand!!

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Grand Prix Standings After Thornley Hall NEHL

After the recent North East Harrier League cross country fixture at Thornley Hall the new leader of the 2017 Grand Prix series is mens team captain Dominic HARRIS! Dom has taken part in 2 counting events as well as the Druridge Bay Parkrun, meaning he has a clear lead over his nearest rival David HINDMARSH. Once again this year the top 12 will win a trophy which means Harriers such as Carole PAGE, Graham SYERS, Dave HENDERSON (pictured below), Mel STEER and Peter MORALEE are in the trophy winning slots at present. But there’s a very, very, very, very long way to go! Latest standings courtesy of John ROSS are below:

2017 Grand Prix Standings After Thornley Hall NEHL

Dave HENDERSON 180217

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North East Indoor Championships

Under 20 Peter SKIRROW was Alnwick Harriers sole representative at the North Eastern Indoor Championships at Gateshead International Stadium on Sunday 19th February. Peters first event was the triple jump which saw him increasing his jumping distance through each round until he produced a final personal best jump in the closing round of 13.33M to take the title! After an hour and a halfs recovery Peter was back in action again, this time in the Long Jump. Consecutive ‘no jumps’ meant that Peter had to execute a ‘safe’ jump in the third round in order to progress further. Unfortunately he wasn’t quite able to hit the take-off board in the subsequent rounds but his earlier safe jump of 6.53M was sufficient to earn him another gold medal. Great work Peter!

Peter SKIRROW 190217

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Druridge Bay Parkrun/Ellenbrook Fields Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Newark Parkrun/Great North West Half Marathon/The Border Trail Race

On Saturday 18th January a decent number of Harriers turned out for the Druridge Bay Parkrun. The highlight for us was Rachelle FALLOON winning the ladies race in an excellent 19.41, the new fastest 5k of the year by a Harrier. Also amongst our ladies Carole PAGE was 3rd finisher and Mel STEER was 4th. For the men there was a decent battle between Tim FALCONER and David HINDMARSH which Tim won, whilst David HENDERSON was winner in the male 60 age group!

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Results:

13-Rachelle FALLOON 19.41

18-Tim FALCONER 20.40 (73.15%)

22-David HINDMARSH 21.05 (72.89%)

27-Carole PAGE 21.31

33-Dave HENDERSON 22.39 (70.79%)

44-Mel STEER 23.29 (69.69%)

52-Paul ROBINSON 23.59

65-Kim BRONZE 25.21 (60.62%)

77-John ROSS 26.19

87-Mairi CAMPBELL 26.49 (63.27%)

104-Neil HAMILTON 28.22

136-Stuart BRUCE 31.18

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In other parkruns Mark and Ruth DOCTOR both ran well at the Ellenbrook Fields Parkrun in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Mark was 15th overall in 21.01 and Ruth was 42nd in 24.47. Richard EASTOE was 44th at the Workington Parkrun in 24.50 and Nell GAIR was 132nd at Newark in 33.19.

The following day Richard JOHNSON put in a storming performance to finish 22nd in a huge field at the Great North West half Marathon in Blackpool. Furthermore he ran a big personal best of 1.21.11 which is comfortably the quickest half marathon of the year by a Harrier. Well done Rich!!

Richard JOHNSON GNW Half

Finally 5 Harriers were in action in the Border Trail Race, a brand new event organised by Glen McWILLIAMS. The 14 mile race starts at Kirk Yetholm and ends in Wooler, along the St Cuthberts Way. 1st home for us, despite a slight deviation from the course, was Graham SIMPSON. Just over 30 seconds behind was Adam FLETCHER, whilst 3rd finisher for us was Steve STUDLEY. Pauline AITCHISON and Mel STEER also took part and finished just over 2 minutes apart. Results:

10-Graham SIMPSON 2.01.24

11-Adam FLETCHER 2.01.58

24-Steve STUDLEY 2.17.37

38-Pauline AITCHISON 2.33.30

40-Mel STEER 2.35.50

Photos are of Tim FALCONER/Mel STEER at Druridge Bay and Richard JOHNSON in Blackpool.

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NEHL Course Walk Next Sunday!

Harriers! In preparation for the upcoming North East Harrier League cross country fixture at The Pastures, Alnwick on Saturday 4th March we are holding a course inspection next Sunday at 9am. Please can anyone who is willing to help meet at the course entrance off the B1340 armed with bin bags and gloves so we can clear the course of litter and make it pristine. We envisage that this will take about an hour. Thanks for your help!!

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Alnwick NEHL Fixture

Many thanks to Alnwick Estates for allowing us to host the 6th and final North East Harrier League cross country fixture of an exciting 2016/17 season! The event will take place in The Pastures, Alnwick on Saturday 4th March. Times of races are as per all the other fixtures and are listed here (approximate times):

12.15 Under 11 Boys & Girls
12.25 Under 13 Boys
12.35 Under 13 Girls
12.45 Under 15 Boys
12.55 Under 15 Girls
13.05 Under 17 & Under 20 Women
13.10 Senior & Veteran Women
13.50 Under 17 Men
14.15  Senior & Veteran Men

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In terms of directions most of you, apart from a handful of Alnwick Harriers, will be coming from the south. So just head north on the A1 and ignore the first turnoff for Alnwick. Instead take the 2nd turnoff which is signposted Seahouses/Alnwick/Denwick/B1340. Take the slip road off the A1 and at the junction turn left towards Alnwick. You will see the course on the right hand side, but ignore this for now. Head along to the Alnwick Gardens car park where parking is available for £2. Please please please do not park on the grass verges. This instruction has been ignored by a handful of people in previous years and has caused issues with Alnwick Estates. To ensure we continue to host cross country fixtures in The Pastures don’t be selfish, park in the car park!

Club tents will be positioned just inside the entrance to The Pastures off the B1340. There is limited parking for NEHL officials only, though this access can be used to quickly drop off club tents. In the club tent area there will be ample portable toilets, so please do not do your business anywhere in The Pastures. The start and finish area is right next to where the tents are positioned.

NEHL Alnwick Course

There will be a catering van on site serving hot and cold food, as well as hot drinks and no doubt lots of other goodies! These guys will keep everyone fed and watered http://www.northumbrianfarmhouse.co.uk/about.htm.

There will be livestock in The Pastures, though during the races they tend to congregate in the middle of the site well away from the runners. However we have been asked to remind people to keep dogs on leads!

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For info re the NEHL including latest league positions check out their website http://www.harrierleague.com/. If anyone has any questions please contact Mark DOCTOR at dockie1974@hotmail.co.uk. On behalf of the Alnwick Harriers committee we hope you all have a great day!

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Gateshead Indoors Athletics Series

Three members of the Junior Alnwick Harriers squad attended the Gateshead Indoor Athletics Series on Thursday 9th February. Antje HALL was the only athlete to race the 60m and did well to run a personal best time of 9.32 seconds. In the 60m hurdles Antje managed 5th place in her first indoor race.

In the Shot Putt brothers Ollie and Finlay TELFER won the U15 and U13 categories with Ollie increasing his personal best throw to 7.83m and Finlay missing out on a pb by 1cm! To conclude the evening the boys both ran personal best times in the 60m hurdles, with Ollie managing 11.69s and Finlay 14.19s.

The athletes had an excellent night of competition when the snowy weather conditions outside were pretty miserable. Their build up to the summer athletic season has started well and there will be lots of improvement over the coming months.

Gateshead indoor feb 17

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NEHL Thornley Hall (2)/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Run Newcastle Valentines 10k

The penultimate North East Harrier League fixture of the season saw members of the club pay another visit to the Thornley Hall Farm course near Peterlee on Saturday 11th February. The course was a lot lot muddier than last time and was an extremely testing affair, though most of our runners seemed to have enjoyed it! For the Seniors the stars were Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS who finished 6th of nearly 250 runners and David MILNE who was 20th of just under 370 finishers. Overall the Senior Men were the top team on the day finishing 4th of the 11 teams in the league.

In terms of the team performance the Senior Women had another not so great result, finishing 9th of the 10 teams in Division 1 on the day. This sees them drop to 8th overall, just ahead of the relegation zone. Hopefully home advantage and increased numbers of Harriers at the fixture on The Pastures in early March will see us avoid the drop. Backing up Jo on the day were Diana WEIGHTMAN who finished 63rd from the Slow Pack, Karen KELLY from the Fast Pack who was 119th and Emma MURRAY from the Slow Pack who was 177th. Also well done to the non counter Melanie BUCHANAN.

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For the Senior Men David MILNE showed what a top class runner he is by coming from the Fast Pack to finish 20th overall. Adam FLETCHER, making the longest journey for us to take part in the fixture, was 83rd from the Medium Pack and Jordan ROGERSON was next. The final 3 counters all finished within a few seconds of each other with captain Dominic HARRIS just beating Dean STACKHOUSE and Jon DUFFY. Our 4th placed finish on the day saw us jump up 2 places to 3rd overall, just outside the promotion slots. There’s a decent gap between us and 2nd placed Birtley AC, but fingers crossed a multi car pile-up (with no injuries obviously) on the A1 on the lunchtime of the Alnwick fixture will mean many of their runners will abandon attempts to make it, thus ensuring we get promoted to Division 1!

Results:

Girls Under 11s:

12-Evie GODDEN 7.21

Boys Under 13s:

32-Joseph GODDEN 18.31 (F)

37-Ryan HARRISON-FRATER 19.07 (S)

38-Joe HEMSLEY 19.11 (S)

Girls Under 13s:

15-Ellie HENDERSON 18.40 (F)

Boys Under 15s:

12-Alex THRELFALL 16.02 (S)

27-Ollie TELFER 17.46 (F)

Senior Women:

6-Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS 34.05 (F)

63-Diana WEIGHTMAN 37.59 (S)

119-Karen KELLY 40.51 (F)

177-Emma MURRAY 45.18 (S)

240-Melanie BUCHANAN 61.27 (S)

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Senior Men:

20-David MILNE 46.22 (F)

83-Adam FLETCHER 49.30 (M)

96-Jordan ROGERSON 49.44 (S)

123-Dominic HARRIS 50.32 (M)

126-Dean STACKHOUSE 50.32 (S)

132-Jon DUFFY 50.47 (S)

150-Phil HEMSLEY 51.28 (M)

155-Shaun LAND 51.32 (M)

197-Stuart MORRIS 53.02 (S)

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That morning 14 Harriers took part in the 5k Druridge Bay Parkrun in pretty grim conditions. Carole PAGE made it an amazing 4th win on the trot at the event as she finished 12th overall. Also for the female Harriers Lisa WILLIAMS was 3rd lady home, Justine NORMAN was 4th, Sue BOLAM was winner of the female 50 age group and Nell GAIR bagged another 5k pb! For the men Phil HALL was 2nd finisher in 19.10. Paul ROBINSON was our 2nd finisher and Ian ATHERTON won the male 60 category! Results:

2-Phil HALL 19.10 (72.97%)

12-Carole PAGE 22.06 (83.03%)

24-Lisa WILLIAMS 23.41 (68.40%)

30-Justine NORMAN 23.57 (66.32%)

34-Paul ROBINSON 24.24

40-Mel STEER 25.15

49-Ian ATHERTON 26.03 (62.64%)

57-Sue BOLAM 26.48

70-Mairi CAMPBELL 27.38 (61.40%)

80-Jocelyn BOLAM 28.14 (52.46%)

84-Laura McLEAN Sr (62.20%)

104-Nell GAIR 30.04

105-Jayne McKENNA 30.31

115-Christine MAVROMICHAELIS 32.08

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Over at Workington Richard EASTOE was 50th finisher in 26.05.

The following day, again in very cold and wet conditions, 4 Harriers tackled the Run Newcastle Valentines 10k on the Town Moor. Peter GREY put in a great performance to win the male 55 category, whilst Emma SHELL knocked about 3 minutes off her 10k best!

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Results:

36-Peter GREY 40.37

119-Kim REDPATH 46.00

132-Paul ROBINSON 46.38

141-Emma SHELL 47.15

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Photos are of Emma MURRAY/Diana WEIGHTMAN/Jordan ROGERSON at Thornley Hall (courtesy of Craig HARMON), Lisa WILLIAMS at Druridge Bay and Peter GREY/Paul ROBINSON on the Town Moor (courtesy of Ian HARMAN).

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Club Kit Shop Temporary Closure

Harriers! Just to make you aware that the Club Kit shop will close temporarily from 10th March. Its unclear how long it’ll be closed for however it will probably be for a minimum of 3 months. Club vests will still be available to purchase after this date but all our other fine array of clothing will not be. Therefore make your purchases asap!

The Club Kit can be found here http://www.alnwickharriers.co.uk/?page_id=1275.

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