North East Cross Country Championships 2015

Alnwick Harriers are planning to pay for as many members as possible to take part in the North East Cross Country Championships at Sedgefield on Saturday 12th December. Furthermore if there’s enough interest from the Juniors and Seniors we’ll even consider hiring a coach! There’s a poster on the noticeboard where all those interested can add their names, though the relevant team captains will be sending out an email with the full details. Here’s a list of the race times:

11.00-Under 13 Boys (3k)

11.15-Under 13 Girls (3k)

11.30-Under 15 Boys (4.5k)

11.45-Under 15 Girls (4.5k)

12.00-Under 17/20 Women (5.3k)

12.25-Under 20 Men (8.3k)

13.00-Senior Men (12k)

13.55-Senior Women (8.3k)

14.30-Under 17 Men (6.1k)

The deadline for adding your name is Friday 6th November.


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Kielder Marathon/Kielder Half Marathon/Kielder 10k/Wee Toughie 10k/Great Scottish Run/Coniston 15k Trail Challenge/Sheffield Hallam Parkrun/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Portobello Parkrun

3 Harriers took part in the undulating Kielder Marathon on Sunday 4th October, and despite the challenging terrain all 3 did fantastically well. With every run Richard JOHNSON impresses more and more, and today was no different. Despite choosing one of the tougher marathons to make his debut in, Richard ran extremely well, clocking a brilliant 3.17.44! This gave him 19th place and is comfortably the quickest 26.2 miles by a Harrier this year. Richard gives a great deal of credit for this great performance to his coach Mike HENRY. Slightly further back, despite running a gruelling Ultra event a couple of weeks back, Andy STEPHENSON ran a personal best time. Again this is a superb effort on such a course. Also well done to Steven STUDLEY who made his marathon debut, and who was quite rightly chuffed with his time despite limited mileage in training! Well done to all 3. Results:

19-Richard JOHNSON 3.17.44

189-Andy STEPHENSON 4.00.13

329-Steven STUDLEY 4.24.08


Also at Kielder that day Diana WEIGHTMAN took part in the half marathon, where she ran 1.49.20 to finish 3rd in the female 50 category.

The day before there was success for Pam WHELDON in the Kielder 10k, where she scooped the female 60 honours! Pam clocked 56.42 to win her age category by 10 seconds. Ed WHELDON also took part and completed the tough 10k in 1.03.25.

On Sunday Adam FLETCHER took part in the Wee Toughie 10k at Coldingham. On a tough course Adam performed very well as always, finishing 3rd. No times are known as yet but i’m guessing it won’t be up with his best!


Also on Sunday Club Secretary Jim LILLICO and daughter Annabel took part in one of their favourite races, the Great Scottish Run half marathon in Glasgow. Both have been beset by injuries of late, so used this more of a training run with both crossing the line on Glasgow Green together in 1.51.04.

On Saturday 5 Harriers made their way across to the Lake District to take part in the latest of the Lakeland Trail Races at Coniston. Competing in the 15k Trail Challenge Dave BARTRUM ran very well to finish 66th of over 400 runners. Wife Maureen was not too far behind, whilst Morag DONOGHUE, Carol DAVISON and Ron McCORMACK also ran well. Results:

66-Dave BARTRUM 1.24.31

111-Maureen BARTRUM 1.30.17

194-Morag DONOGHUE 1.39.58

279-Carol DAVISON 1.48.36

349-Ron McCORMACK 2.03.10


In the world of Parkrun there were some great performances this weekend, with the pick of them being by one of the Harriers away at university. Isaac MOSS, competing in the Sheffield Hallam Parkrun, finished 19th of 615 runners in 18.15. Closer to home there were a whole host of age category wins and course pbs at Druridge Bay. Nick ARMSTRONG was 1st Harrier to finish in 11th place, winning the male 45 category in the process. Ian HORSLEY was 12th in a pb to win the male 55 category, whilst Cris ATWELL and David CHARLTON also bettered their previous times at the event. For the females there was another excellent run by recent Harrier League cross country star Karen KELLY. Karen ran a 10 second course best to finish 2nd in the ladies race. 3rd place went to Pauline AITCHISON and 4th to Jenny BOLAM, both in course bests, with Jenny knocking over 40 seconds off her previous! Finally Gay and Richard EASTOE were in Edinburgh where they took part in the Portobello Parkrun. Results:

Sheffield Hallam:

19-Isaac MOSS 18.15

Druridge Bay:

11-Nick ARMSTRONG 20.55 (69.40%)

12-Ian HORSLEY 21.31

13-Terry FOUNTAIN 21.37 (67.15%)

16-Karen KELLY 21.42 (73.89%)

26-Pauline AITCHISON 22.33 (71.10%)

30-Jenny BOLAM 23.08 (67.00%)

38-Rachel McCOY 23.39 (62.58%)

44-Cris ATWELL 24.21

49-Richard JOHNSON 24.48 (52.02%)

50-Steven STUDLEY 24.48 (54.23%)

66-Catherine JACKSON 26.47

70-David CHARLTON 27.05 (55.82%)

84-Stuart BRUCE 29.14

97-Mark HUME 30.56 (57.00%)


Portobello, Edinburgh:

81-Gay EASTOE 26.42

82-Richard EASTOE 26.43


Photos courtesy of Dominic HARRIS (Richard JOHNSON), Lakeland Trails (Dave BARTRUM), Ange JOHNSON (Pauline AITCHISON) and Sweatshop Edinburgh (Gay and Richard EASTOE).

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Minors Cross Country Championships, Jarrow

Hundreds of junior runners competed on Saturday 3rd October in the Minors North East Cross Country Championship at Bedewell Park,  Jarrow. The competitors from school years 4 to 6 were treated to good conditions and competed in races ranging in distance from 1 to 3km.

This was a team competition where every runners finishing position helped contribute to the clubs final score. Alnwick fielded 12 fantastic juniors of varying age and experience.

Minors xc 2015 group

Although we didn’t have quite enough athletes to fill every team and contest the overall prize there were some excellent individual performances. Chloe GIVENS, Olivia TEMPLE and Madeleine AINSWORTH ran well in their debut races finishing high in the overall field. In the Year 6 race the boys ran well together giving each other plenty of support and finishing as a close group.

The Year 6 girls once again contested the most fiercely competitive race! Millie BREESE lead the initial charge from the start line and it was not long before Lauren BROWN moved up to the front of the field to set a fast pace for the leading pack. In a re-run of last weeks Harrier League fixture Lauren managed to turn the table on her rivals from Birtley and Chester le Street AC to win the race with a strong finish!

Amongst the rest of the team there were some great personal performances with all the competitors giving their best and enjoying their day!

Thanks to all the competitors for trying so hard and thank you to all their friends and family who supported them so well!

Results to follow……………………………………… (probably on Start Fitness Harrier League Facebook page).

Y6 girls start (2)

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Brampton To Carlisle Bus Details

The bus to the Brampton To Carlisle 10 Mile Road Race is now completely full! All 29 seats have been snapped up for this ever popular Grand Prix race. The event takes place on Sunday 15th November with the bus leaving Willowburn at 08.30am. It will go to Brampton via Felton and will arrive in plenty of time for the 11.30am race start. After the race it will leave at 14.30pm from The Sands Centre, Carlisle.

Good luck to everyone taking part!

Harriers and a few Wooler at Brampton

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Reminder About Hi-Viz!!

Now that the nights are drawing in please can all those who attend training on a Monday and Wednesday night please wear hi-viz/reflective clothing. Coaches can and will refuse to allow anyone who isn’t wearing appropriate clothing to join in the sessions!

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Aviemore 10k and Half Marathon Club Trip

A message from the trip organiser Lisa WILLIAMS:

“Hello fellow club trippers!

The Aviemore club trip is only 2 weeks away. We hope your training is going well and that you are looking forward to racing on Sunday 11th October.

Unfortunately I am injured so won’t be racing but I will be there to cheer you on when you cross the finish line. If anyone else is injured and can’t race you are welcome to join me and Angie EMBLETON in the pool and spa whilst everyone else is working hard!

We have 36 members racing in either the 10k or half marathon.

The following timings are estimated and we will confirm next weekend the departure times from Willowburn etc.

Saturday 10th October:

08.30      Depart Willowburn. Halfway stop for 45mins to 1 hour.

16.00       Hotel check-in.

17.00-19.00 Race registration.

18.30     Group dinner at (buffet or menu).

Sunday 11th October

07.10     Breakfast (included in price).

08.15-09.00 Bus to race start.

10.00     Race start.

14.30-15.00 Depart Aviemore.

The check out time for the hotel is 11am. You can use the leisure facilities after the race or if you prefer you can pay £30 to keep the room until 2pm. In addtion to breakfast there is a £10 credit per room to use in the Aviemore resort.

Please please please can everyone reply to the emails which have been sent to all those going by Friday 2nd October as we need to confirm numbers with the restaurant and finalise room allocation, etc. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07787142170 or Sue Bolam.

QUESTION –  Are you joining the group meal at the Italian Restaurant?


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North Eastern Grand Prix 2015

On Monday evening athletes from across the North East gathered at Gateshead Stadium for the annual presentation of the Start Fitness awards. Steve Cram presented the trophies for the North Eastern Counties Athletics Grand Prix which had been held on 6 evenings over the summer. Athletes entered up to 3 events at each meeting and accumulated points depending on how highly they placed.

Alnwick Harriers Max BREESE and Ollie TELFER represented their club in a range of events including high jump, long jump, hurdles, javelin, shot put, sprints and middle distance races! Their diversity and enthusiasm were rewarded and the boys won trophies for first and second place!

Steve Cram

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St Oswalds 50k Ultra/Workington Parkrun/Barnstaple Parkrun/Gateshead Parkrun/Druridge Bay Parkrun/SCA Prudhoe Miners 10k/Haltwhistle Half Marathon/Barnstaple Half Marathon/Stoneybeck 10k

Well done to Shelley COATES who took part in her first Ultra event on Saturday 26th September, the St Oswalds 50k. Shelley, who is in training for the 110k Sandstone Way Ultra in a few weeks time, finished this race in 6.11.43. Shelley was an outstanding 5th of the 33 female participants and was 24th overall out of the 80 runners! The race started at Lindisfarne at 7am, went via Belford, Bamburgh and Beadnell before finishing in Craster. A brilliant effort Shelley!


At the opposite end of the racing spectrum a large number of Harriers were in parkrun action that morning, tackling 5k’s up and down the country. Fastest of our runners was Richard EASTOE who clocked 21.39 at the Workington Parkrun. He won the male 60 category with this excellent run whilst wife Gay won the female 60 category with 25 dead. Down in Devon Andy SQUIRES was warming up for a half marathon the following day by taking part in the Barnstaple Parkrun, whilst slightly closer to home Stuart BRUCE was in action at Gateshead. At Druridge Bay Ian HORSLEY impressed once again to finish in a course pb time of 21.48 to win the male 55 category. John ROSS was just outside a course pb, whilst William FORTUNE won the male 70 category.



25-Richard EASTOE 21.39

38-Gay EASTOE 25.00


32-Andy SQUIRES 21.58


127-Stuart BRUCE 36.14

Druridge Bay:

15-Ian HORSLEY 21.48

35-Ken HODSON 24.28 (54.56%)

36-Richard AGAN 24.29

43-John ROSS 24.46 (63.66%)

97-Jayne McKENNA 32.43

105-William FORTUNE 33.05

118-Lorna STEPHENSON 35.16 (45.46%)


The following day Peter GREY and Gary COWELL took part in the Run Northumberland organised SCA Prudhoe Miners 10k. Both performed excellently with Peter scooping the male 55 award and Gary COWELL gaining a course pb. Results:

11-Peter GREY 39.31

25-Gary COWELL 42.29

Way down in the west country Andy SQUIRES took part in the Barnstaple Half Marathon, a race organised by North Devon Road Runners. Andy finished a very good 77th of well over 450 runners in 1.45.20.

Fresh from his good run at Druridge Bay the day before John ROSS took part in the Haltwhistle Half Marathon. Continuing his prep for the Frankfurt Marathon John put in a decent effort to finish 90th in 1.57.42.

Gay EASTOE won yet more honours at the Eden Runners organised Stoneybeck 10k at Penrith that day. Gay and husband Richard ran together and finished 68th and 69th with Gay finishing 1 second ahead in 54.34, thus winning the female 60 prize.


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NEHL Tanfield

Well done to all the Harriers, both Junior and Senior, who took part in the 1st of the North East Harrier League fixtures at Tanfield on Saturday 26th September. On an excellent cross country course complete with lots of rolling hills and a cracking water feature, there were some excellent individual performances and some brilliant team placings. Many thanks to captains Micky AISTON, Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS and Brenda MALLEN for sorting the teams! Full results from the day are here

The Juniors kicked off proceedings and in the opening race, the Under 11’s, there were some top class performances, notably from Lauren BROWN and Millie BREESE, who finished 3rd and 8th of 75 participants! In the boys race there was also a good debut for Max MURRAY-JOHN. In the Under 13 Boys race Ben MURRAY-JOHN ran well, also on his Harrier League debut, whilst Ollie TELFER put in a decent run from the Fast Pack. Harrison BROWN performed well in the Boys Under 15 race, and Callie HENDERSON was a brilliant 2nd of the 65 finishers in the Girls Under 15 race. Ben KELLY finished a splendid 10th on his Under 17 debut, whilst Jenny BOLAM did well on her debut in the tough Girls Under 17/20 race! Well done to everyone for taking part!!


The Senior Women, after their superb promotion last year, were taking part in Division 1 along with some of the giants of north east running like Gateshead Harriers and Tyne Bridge Harriers. Thanks to some top class running the women finished 4th of the 10 clubs on the day, an amazing performance! On her Harrier League debut Karen KELLY was 1st finisher for us, from the Slow Pack, in 18th place. This sees her go straight into the Medium Pack for the rest of the season. Next up, after a great battle with 3rd placed Ella BROWN, was Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS. Fast pack runners Jo and Ella, despite their 4 minute Fast Pack penalty, finished 22nd and 26th of nearly 400 runners. Our 4th counter was Lesley MILLER in 47th overall. Lesley has taken off where she finished last year by expertly finishing just outside the Medium Pack once again! She was pushed all the way in a brilliant battle by Pauline AITCHISON and Diana WEIGHTMAN. Lisa BASTON was next on her long-awaited Harrier League debut, with Ruth DOCTOR performing well too. Recent Druridge Bay Parkrun winner Justine NORMAN made her Harrier League debut and was not far behind Ruth, whilst Sarah CROSS and Jocelyn BOLAM completed our team. Well done to everyone.


After their disastrous 2014/15 Harrier League campaign the Senior Men were looking for a decent start to 2015/16 as they tried get out of Division 3, under new team captain Micky AISTON. A decent start was what they got! Steve CARRAGHER, having his 1st cross country race since he was a child, finished a brilliant 29th of almost 600 runners and is now promoted to the Medium Pack. He was well supported by Gary HALL and Adam SPILLER who were next to finish within a few seconds of each other. Our sole Fast Pack runner on the day, Graham SIMPSON, was our 4th counter and was 214th overall. 5th counter was one of our most improved runners this year Dominic HARRIS, whilst 6th and final counter was Dave HINDMARSH. Finishing close to one another were Captain AISTON and 3 Harriers having their debut in the event for the club in Ben HEMMINGS, Nick ARMSTRONG and Tim FALCONER. Steve STUDLEY was another new participant in the series, whilst Andy STEPHENSON was taking part in his 1st Harrier League for us after his switch from Morpeth. Finally well done to Tim SHEPHERD who kept going despite feeling under the weather! Of the 13 Division 3 teams which fielded complete teams on the day our Senior Men were 2nd overall. Well done chaps!



Under 11 Girls:

3-Lauren BROWN 5.33

8-Millie BREESE 6.06

Under 11 Boys:

38-Max MURRAY-JOHN 6.15

60-Finlay TELFER 6.56

Under 13 Girls:

67-Maddy HALL 19.20 (S)

Under 13 Boys:

22-Ben MURRAY-JOHN 14.30 (S)

35-Owen DOUGLAS 14.57 (S)

47-Ollie TELFER 15.39 (F)

51-Max BREESE 16.43 (S)

Under 15 Girls:

2-Callie HENDERSON 13.32 (S)

28-Sophie ENSER 16.24 (S)

Under 15 Boys:

16-Harrison BROWN 13.38 (S)

35-Daniel HARRISON-FRATER 14.15 (S)

43-Robert STEPHENSON 14.29 (S)

Under 17 Boys:

10-Ben KELLY 27.05 (S)

12031591_424364477749249_8219280563289808973_oUnder 17/20 Girls:

22-Jenny BOLAM 24.12 (S)

Senior Women:

18-Karen KELLY 31.27 (S)


26-Ella BROWN 31.54 (F)

47-Lesley MILLER 32.54 (S)

52-Pauline AITCHISON 33.03 (S)

56-Diana WEIGHTMAN 33.13 (S)

82-Lisa BASTON 33.47 (S)

153-Ruth DOCTOR 35.37 (S)

185-Justine NORMAN 36.33 (S)

233-Sarah CROSS 37.58 (S)

324-Jocelyn BOLAM 42.11 (S)


Senior Men:

29-Steve CARRAGHER 40.42 (S)

140-Gary HALL 44.12 (S)

156-Adam SPILLER 44.25 (S)

214-Graham SIMPSON 45.28 (F)

225-Dominic HARRIS 45.43 (S)

326-Dave HINDMARSH 48.00 (S)

349-Ben HEMMINGS 48.32 (S)

350-Micky AISTON 48.32 (S)

373-Nick ARMSTRONG 49.12 (S)

375-Tim FALCONER 49.12 (S)

390-Mark DOCTOR 49.31 (S)

455-Steven STUDLEY 52.01 (S)

476-Andy STEPHENSON 52.40 (S)

587-Tim SHEPHERD 71.24 (S)

588-Mark HUME 79.02 (S)


The 2nd of the 6 Harrier League fixtures is at Aykley Heads, Durham on Saturday 21st November. Fingers crossed we’ll have a decent number of runners out, certainly more than last year when, particularly the Senior Men, had an absolute nightmare! We promise the face paints, cowbell and Zippy will be there!

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Photos courtesy of Darren FAIRCLOUGH (Ollie TELFER and Adam SPILLER), Paulos Running Pics (Karen KELLY), Gary HALL (Ella/Jo) and Paul WEST (Andy STEPHENSON). Loads more will be on our Flickr page soon…

Tanfield Group 2015

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North Eastern Counties AA Open Pentathlon

Perfect weather created excellent conditions for the athletes at the North East Open Pentathlon meeting at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow on Saturday 19th September. Athletes from across northern England assembled for this last athletic meeting of the season and the excellent turnout created some fierce competition with excellent performances.

Ollie TELFER represented Alnwick Harriers in the 5 disciplines competing in the under 13 age category. Ollie started well winning his heat in the 75m hurdles with a personal best time of 14.9s (G4). His Long Jump of 3.89m only achieved him 4th place, but a personal best of 1.25m in the High Jump moved him back up to 3rd place. Another solid performance in the shot put maintained his overall 3rd place position going into the last event. Ollie led the 800m race from the start setting a strong solid pace, but unfortunately he was out sprinted in the final 100m to be narrowly beaten into 2nd place. However, his efforts were rewarded with a personal best time of 2min 34s (G4).

Ollie was 2nd placed north east athlete and finished 3rd overall in the Open Championship behind Jamie HOPKINS of Southport Waterloo AC (Liverpool) and Josh McKEOWN of Gateshead Harriers. His excellent personal best performance scored him 1282 points, a new club record!

Pentathlon 2015

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