Elswick Harriers Good Friday Relays

Elswick Harriers host the first of the spring road relays, the superb Good Friday Relays, on Friday 30th March at the Newburn Riverside Business Park, Lemington. As always the club will pay the entry fees and hope to get a fair number of teams out. Here’s the details:

9.45am-Senior and Veteran Womens race. 3 runners per team in each category. Minimum age is 15 years and Veterans (35+) can race in the Senior team but not vice versa. Each runner races a 2.2 mile leg.

10.55am-Senior and Veteran Mens race. 4 runners per team in each age category. Again the minimum age is 15 and Veterans (40+) can race in a Senior team though not the other way round. Each leg is also 2.2 miles.

This year the race hq is at Gateway House, Newburn Riverside, NE15 8NX and is a mere 400 metres from the start line. Slightly different to the 20 minute run from the previous race hq to the start line!

The deadline to sign up is Sunday 18th March and this year Geoff CAMPBELL is organising the teams. If you’d like to take part reply on Facebook/Twitter, tell Geoff at training or email dockie1974@hotmail.co.uk. Remember it doesn’t matter how fast or slow you are, these are great events and all Harriers are encouraged to participate!!

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Membership Renewal Reminder!

Harriers! Annual subs are now due, so here’s a message from Membership Secretary Shelley COATES:

“Dear Alnwick Harriers Senior Members,

Over 200 of you renewed or signed up to our club in 2017! Thank you for doing so and we (your committee) hope you feel that it was good value for money.

2018 subs are now due and because of an increase in fees from UK Athletics, the subs have gone up slightly to £27 for Senior members, £20 for those over 60, £15 for 2nd claim members and free for Honorary Life Members.

Can all Life Members please email me with all your up to date information.

The online page went live on Thursday 1st February and we would appreciate all members renewing asap. Here it is https://www.sportsentrysolutions.com/new_member_page.php?recordID=200758

Keeping up your membership will mean that:
*you will be insured to train at group sessions.
*you will be eligible to receive subsidised club trips and transport.
*you will be eligible to take part in Grand Prix competition.
*you will be registered with UKA and be able to represent your club at races including our very own cross country.

If for any reason you are not renewing please email s.coates1harriers@btopenworld.com so that we can keep our records up to date.”

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Royal Signals Relays/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Newbiggin By The Sea Parkrun/Great North West Half Marathon

On Saturday 17th February Alnwick Harriers sent down 2 teams of 6 men to take part in the Royal Signals Relays at Hetton Lyons Country Park. All 12 runners ran their hearts out and produced some excellent result, with our A team finishing a very good 11th of 74 teams. For the A team the fastest legs were by David MILNE and Dan TURNBULL who completed their 2.2 mile legs in 11.30 and 11.33 respectively, with Richard JOHNSON not far behind, whilst the fastest runner in the B team was Jon ARCHER with a very good 13.17. Many thanks to Geoff CAMPBELL for sorting the teams and persuading runners to take part at the last minute.

Results:

11-Dan TURNBULL 11.33, Richard JOHNSON 11.53, Steve PATTERSON 12.25, Adam FLETCHER 13.03, James WILLOUGHBY 13.10 and David MILNE 11.30. Total time=73.34

53-Chris HALL 16.26, John CUTHBERT 14.27, Gareth PEARSON 14.23, Steve STUDLEY 14.44, Jon DUFFY 14.47 and Jon ARCHER 13.17. Total time=88.04

Earlier in the day one of the Junior starlets in Millie BREESE notched a 5k pb at the Druridge Bay Parkrun. Millie was 2nd female finisher and 8th overall in an extremely good 20.13. Lisa ATHEY was 3rd female home, whilst another Junior in Rebecca HEELEY knocked more time off her previous best. For the lads Junior Ollie TELFER was 7th overall in 20.10, followed by Neil HAMILTON and Andrew WILDE. Results:

7-Ollie TELFER 20.10

8-Millie BREESE 20.13 (80.54%)

12-Neil HAMILTON 21.19 (64.03%)

15-Andrew WILDE 21.27 (63.64%)

21-Lisa ATHEY 22.16

28-David BARNES 22.58

42-Frances WILDE 25.00 (61.53%)

53-Cooper WILDE 25.58 (60.78%)

85-Ruth DOCTOR 28.35

107-Nell GAIR 30.02

110-Rebecca HEELEY 30.11

169-Lorna STEPHENSON 37.24

Elsewhere Dean STACKHOUSE returned to action at Newbiggin By The Sea Parkrun where he finished 17th in 24.12.

Finally for the weekend Dominic HARRIS put in a classy performance at the Great North West Half Marathon in Blackpool on Sunday 18th February. Well into his marathon training Dom knocked over 3 minutes off his previous half marathon best to finish 18th in a brilliant 1.21.20. This bodes well for his marathon attempt in the spring!

Photos are of Chris HALL and Adam FLETCHER in the Royal Signals Relay and Dominic HARRIS after his half marathon pb.

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Grand Prix Updates After NEHL Thornley Farm

After the 2nd Grand Prix event of the 2018 season, the North East Harrier League cross country race at Thornley Hall Farm on Saturday, the new leader of the pack is Jason DAWSON. Jason, who sat out the race due to injury, is ahead of 2nd placed David HINDMARSH by virtue of having a better WAVA score in the Druridge Bay Parkrun at present. 3rd is Adam FLETCHER, ahead of the 1st female Tracey SAMPLE. Team captains Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS and Dominic HARRIS are next, followed by recent Thornley Hall over 65 victor Mike HENRY. Prizes go to the top 12 finishers, therefore Alice TETLEY-PAUL, Neil HAMILTON, Bev BLYTHE, Carol PAGE and Steve CARRAGHER are in line to win at present, however its very, very, very early days!

Here are the latest standings courtesy of John ROSS and his apprentice John CUTHBERT:

Grand Prix Standings After Thornley Hall Farm

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Upcoming Grand Prix Races!!

The 2018 Grand Prix season is underway after the recent Brass Monkey Half Marathon and the weekly Druridge Bay Parkrun. There are other events in the series which are taking entries now, so get entering:

Sunday 8th April-Port of Blyth 10k. The name may be slightly different but its still the same old fast and flat course! This race will give Harriers a good opportunity of bagging a pb as well as all important high WAVA scores. Entries are being taken here http://blythrunningclub.org.uk/bv10_main.html. Note that over two thirds of the places have been snapped up already!

Sunday 13th May-Sunderland City Half Marathon. This excellent race takes in some of the most iconic sights of this great city, and entries are being taken now! Enter here http://www.sunderlandcity10k.com/sunderland-city-half-marathon/event-info/.

Wednesday 23rd May-George Ogle Memorial Race. A superb race which has a bit for everyone. Nice flat road sections, trail, a hill and grass make for a top race, organised by a friendly club. Entries open now here https://derwentvalleyrunningclub.co.uk/georgeogle/.

Sunday 27th May-Druridge Bay 10k. This race is always well attended by Harriers and hopefully it will be the same this year, as this year the race is in aid of Hospice Care North Northumberland. Entries are already open with a decent chunk of the places gone already, so enter here asap! https://www.sientries.co.uk/list.php?event_id=3973.

Saturday 9th June- Blaydon Race. SOLD OUT!!!!

Sunday 24th June-Hadrians Wall Half Marathon. This is a unique opportunity to run close to a section of Hadrians Wall with outstanding views of the World Heritage Site. Now in it’s 7th year, the route is of mixed terrain grass path, forest track and approximately 4.4 miles of road. Perhaps not a pb course but it sounds like a corker! Enter here http://www.hadrianhalf.co.uk/.

Entry details for the other 2018 races will be announced asap.

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NEHL Thornley Hall/Rising Sun Parkrun/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Saltburn 26.2 Mile Trail Marathon

A long journey to Peterlee at the beginning of the half term holidays had potential to reduce the number of Alnwick Harriers racing at the penultimate North East Harrier League cross country fixture of the 2017/18 season at Thornley Hall Farm on Saturday 10th February. However a quality group of runners once again turned out to represent the club and they should all be pleased with their efforts. Conditions were harsh, a cold day on a soft course made the going tough and hanging onto your running shoes was certainly a challenge. The general consensus amongst those taking part was that this is the toughest of the courses in the series.

In the week the Girls Under 13s cross team were crowned joint winners of the Alnwick and District Sports Awards Junior Team of the Year, the pressure was on a slightly depleted team to maintain their position at the top of the league. Beth CARRAGHER set off first from the slow pack, doing well over the steeply undulating course. The remaining 4 Alnwick runners, all racing from the fast pack, would need to run hard to secure top places. Lauren BROWN had an outstanding race working her way to the front of the field after just 2km. Over the last 1km where the going got very tough Lauren extended her lead from 50 to 200m comfortably winning the race by over 30 seconds. Millie BREESE was next home in 6th place putting in a very strong performance. However, the team position is based on the all-important combined result of the first three runners. Sam POTTS and Hannah JOHNSTON supported each other well and their strong tactic resulted in Hannah being next home in 14th place to give the girls the team win too.

The Under 15 Boys had two runners from each pack, Max BREESE and Owen DOUGLAS set off first from the slow pack with Ollie TELFER and Ben MURRAY JOHN chasing. Ollie and Ben raced hard closing on the slower runners just before the final straight. In a very close finish Ollie just passed Max to finish 11th followed by Ben and Owen not much further behind. Competition was tough amongst the top clubs but the boys still secured an excellent fourth team place.

Max MURRAY JOHN was Alnwick’s only Under 13 Boy but finished 12th completing the tough 3.2km course in 13.53. The Under 11 Girls raced a 1.6km and first home for Alnwick was Lilia PURVIS in 12th place followed by Molly JOHNSTON, Tess HINDMARSH and Xara Purvis in 25th place. An excellent set of results by our youngsters!

For the Senior Women a much depleted team acquitted themselves well on the relentlessly tough course. Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS, winner of the Senior Womens award at the midweek awards ceremony, was 1st Harrier home from the fast pack in 11th overall. Next was medium packer Alice TETLEY-PAUL, followed by Beverley BLYTHE and Emma McGEE. Well done to the non counters Ruth DOCTOR and Mary PLUMLEY who both had solid runs. The team finished bottom of the league on the day but are still comfortably mid-table, and with the final fixture being the home race at The Pastures next month Division 1 status is all but assured for another year.

The Senior Men finished 6th of the 11 teams on the day and now sit 3rd overall in Division 2, just outside the promotion slots. David MILNE looked impressive once again from the fast pack to finish 36th of well over 400 runners, just over a minute ahead of medium pack runner Steve PATTERSON. Team Captain Dominic HARRIS was next home in 113th, followed by Jon ARCHER, Adam FLETCHER and Allan FOGGON. There were some good runs by the non counters including Steve STUDLEY who is continuing to improve and Chris CALVERT, whilst Adam SPILLER and Mike TELFER battled it out to finish just a second apart. With the one fixture to go realistically the men need to finish top of the Division 2 standings on the day at The Pastures and hope that either Gosforth Harriers or Jarrow and Hebburn AC slip up to give us promotion to the top flight.

Last but by no means least many congratulations to Mike HENRY who was 1st over 65 male. The over 65 men have the opportunity to take part in the womens race, which Mike did, comfortably finishing the 4 mile course 1st in his age category in 39.04. Well done Mike!!

Results:

Under 11 Girls:

12-Lilia PURVIS 07.42

18-Molly JOHNSTON 07.53

24-Tess HINDMARSH 08.45

25-Xara PURVIS 08.46

Under 13 Girls:

1-Lauren BROWN 15.09 (F)

6-Millie BREESE 16.14 (F)

14-Hannah JOHNSTON 17.07 (F)

19-Sam POTTS 17.28 (F)

33-Beth CARRAGHER 18.34 (S)

Under 13 Boy:

12-Max MURRAY JOHN 15.33 (F)

Under 15 Boys:

11-Oliver TELFER 14.35 (F)

12-Max BREESE 14.37 (S)

14-Ben MURRAY JOHN 14.39 (F)

29-Owen DOUGLAS 16.05 (S)

Senior Men:

35-David MILNE 43.10 (F)

61-Steve PATTERSON 44.13 (M)

112-Dominic HARRIS 45.26 (M)

123-Jon ARCHER 45.44 (S)

129-Adam FLETCHER 45.52 (M)

170-Allan FOGGON 47.07 (S)

237-Adam SPILLER 49.14 (S)

238-Mike TELFER 49.15 (S)

242-Steven STUDLEY 49.36 (S)

254-James WILLOUGHBY 50.36 (S)

266-Neil HAMILTON 51.01 (S)

291-Christopher CALVERT 51.57 (S)

292-Mark DOCTOR 51.58 (S)

341-Kevin MCGEE 55.48 (S)

Senior Women/Over 65 Men:

10-Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS 33.23 (F)

57-Alice TETLEY-PAUL 35.39 (M)

137-Mike HENRY 39.04 (S)

157-Bev BLYTHE 40.08 (S)

166-Emma MCGEE 40.29 (S)

181-Ruth DOCTOR 41.43 (S)

204-Mary PLUMLEY 44.04 (S)

Elsewhere that day Peter GREY was the quickest Harrier in action at the morning parkruns, thanks to his 21.08 at the Rising Sun Parkrun near Wallsend. Closer to home at Druridge Bay Carole PAGE, yet another winner at the Alnwick and District Sports awards in the week, was 1st Harrier and 1st female home in 10th overall. She was just ahead of David BARNES, who in turn was ahead of the 3rd female finisher Justine NORMAN. Well done to Junior Harrier Rebecca HEELEY who ran a course pb! Results:

10-Carole PAGE 22.43

11-David BARNES 22.51

20-Justine NORMAN 23.32 (68.13%)

21-Phil HALL 23.33 (59.73%)

36-Neil HAMILTON 25.57

55-John ROSS 27.49

56-Jennifer KNIGHT 27.51 (54.04%)

61-Nell GAIR 28.40 (52.50%)

71-Jocelyn BOLAM 29.22 (60.84%)

86-Linda PATTERSON 30.46

88-Rebecca HEELEY 30.57

93-Eleanor HEELEY 31.07

104-Carol WALL 31.50

144-Lorna STEPHENSON 35.52

146-Mark HUME 36.33 (50.21%)

The following day 3 Harriers travelled down the coast to take part in the Hardmoors 26.2 Saltburn Trail Marathon. The 3 raced this tough event together and finished within a few seconds of each other. Results:

116-Dave BARTRUM 8.14.36

117-Maureen BARTRUM 8.14.42

118-Carol DAVISON 8.14.46

Above photos are of the Girls Under 13s, Boys Under 15s, Girls Under 11s, Senior Women, Adam SPILLER, Lauren BROWN, Senior Men and Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS at the cross country, whilst Mark HUME is in action at the Druridge Bay Parkrun.

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Newcastle Parkrun/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Kirkcaldy Parkrun/Gateshead Parkrun/Northern Indoor Athletics Championships

On Saturday 3rd February the quickest time of the day by a Harrier taking part in 5k parkruns was 17.40 by Steve PATTERSON. Steve took part in the Newcastle Parkrun down on the Town Moor and finished a splendid 17th in a huge field. This was also a course pb for Steve with his previous best coming 4 years ago.

A massive number of Harriers were in action at the Drurudge Bay Parkrun, where there were lots of pbs and age category wins. 1st Harrier home knocking over 20 seconds off his previous course best was Dominic HARRIS, finishing 3rd in a brilliant 17.47. In 6th overall, again chipping a huge chunk off his course pb, was Jon ARCHER. He was one place ahead of the male 40 category winner Phil HALL, whilst Peter GREY was 14th winning the male 60 age group. For the women Alice TETLEY-PAUL was 2nd female finisher, just under 2 minutes clear of the 1st female 45 Justine NORMAN. Also of note Nell GAIR ran yet another pb, Mel STEER ran her 50th parkrun and there were also age category wins for Audrey STEWART (55), Carol WALL (65) and Una McCAIG (70).

Results:

3-Dominic HARRIS 17.47 (73.10%)

6-Jon ARCHER 19.02

7-Phil HALL 19.12 (73.26%)

14-Peter GREY 20.36 (77.83%)

15-Neil HAMILTON 20.59 (65.05%)

21-Alice TETLEY-PAUL 21.41 (68.26%)

23-Finlay WILDE 21.50

25-Ollie TELFER 21.51

30-Harris HALL 23.15 (65.81%)

36-Justine NORMAN 23.32 (68.13%)

59-Chris FRIEND 25.20

65-Euan FRIEND 25.40

70-Cris ATWELL 26.06 (59.90%)

93-Kim BRONZE 28.00

98-Jennifer KNIGHT 28.17 (53.21%)

99-Nell GAIR 28.33 (52.71%)

117-Linda PATTERSON 29.24

145-Audrey STEWART 32.17

146-Mairi CAMPBELL 32.26 (52.98%)

147-David COOPER 32.27 (53.72%)

148-Carol WALL 32.28

149-Una McCAIG 32.28

150-Mel STEER 32.29 (51.00%)

152-Peter EMBLETON 32.30

176-Lorna STEPHENSON 36.06

Elsewhere the Alnwick trio of Jayne McKENNA, Christine HARDY and Alison HUTCHINGS were in action at the Kirkcaldy Parkrun. Jayne was round in 29.46, Christine in 30.51 and Alison in 33.55. Finally for the morning Mark HUME took part in the Gateshead Parkrun where he finished the Saltwell Park course in 36.30.

Talia THOMPSON was the only Alnwick athlete to travel to Sheffield to compete in the Northern Indoor Athletics Championship at the weekend. It was Talia’s first major competition as an U15 where she finished 12th in the shot put with an excellent throw of 7.84m. It was an great start to the 2018 season which is sure to bring some excellent results for Talia.

Photos are of Dominic HARRIS and Jennifer KNIGHT at Druridge Bay, and Talia THOMPSON in Sheffield.

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Membership Subs Due!

Harriers! Annual subs are now due, so here’s a message from Membership Secretary Shelley COATES:

“Dear Alnwick Harriers Senior Members,

Over 200 of you renewed or signed up to our club in 2017! Thank you for doing so and we (your committee) hope you feel that it was good value for money.

2018 subs are now due and because of an increase in fees from UK Athletics, the subs have gone up slightly to £27 for Senior members, £20 for those over 60, £15 for 2nd claim members and free for Honorary Life Members.

Can all Life Members please email me with all your up to date information.

The online page went live on Thursday 1st February and we would appreciate all members renewing asao. Here it is https://www.sportsentrysolutions.com/new_member_page.php?recordID=200758

Keeping up your membership will mean that:
*you will be insured to train at group sessions.
*you will be eligible to receive subsidised club trips and transport.
*you will be eligible to take part in Grand Prix competition.
*you will be registered with UKA and be able to represent your club at races including our very own cross country.

If for any reason you are not renewing please email s.coates1harriers@btopenworld.com so that we can keep our records up to date.”

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Northern Cross Country Championships/Druridge Bay Parkrun/South Shields Parkrun

Alnwick Harriers sent down a strong Girls Under 13s team to take part in the Northern Cross Country Championships at Harewood House, near Leeds on Saturday 27th January. In a field of 235 runners Lauren BROWN put in a top class performance against the best runners in her age category across the north of England to finish 10th overall in 12.07. Millie BREESE was next in 55th in 12.45, followed by Hannah JOHNSTON in 144th and Beth CARRAGHER in 213th. The team finished a good 15th of the 29 complete teams.

Earlier that morning down at Druridge Bay a fair number of Harriers were in 5k action at the parkrun. There was another good performance from a Junior Harrier in Ollie TELFER who notched a decent 5k pb to finish 6th of the 196 runners in 19.31. He just pipped Jason DAWSON who also ran a course best, whilst Mike TELFER was 16th, just over a minute ahead of Andrew WILDE and David HINDMARSH. Also for the chaps Harris HALL improved his 5k best even more, clocking 22.37, whilst David HENDERSON was winner of the male 60 category. For the women Carole PAGE was 3rd finisher in 22.26, whilst there were age category wins for Mel STEER (45) and Ruth DOCTOR (40). Last but not least massive congratulations to Nell GAIR. She scorched round in a course pb and won the female 35 age category!

Results:

6-Ollie TELFER 19.31 (72.67%)

7-Jason DAWSON 19.40 (73.22%)

16-Mike TELFER 20.24

21-Andrew WILDE 21.30 (63.49%)

23-David HINDMARSH 21.52 (70.88%)

27-Carole PAGE 22.26 (82.91%)

29-Harris HALL 22.37 (67.65%)

30-Phil HALL 22.38 (62.15%)

36-Mel STEER 23.15

37-David HENDERSON 23.19 (69.41%)

42-Tracey SAMPLE 24.04 (67.31%)

68-Ruth DOCTOR 26.21

96-Nell GAIR 28.41

128-Christine HARDY 31.21 (52.54%)

129-Jayne McKENNA 31.45

Elsewhere Lorna STEPHENSON took part in the South Shields Parkrun finishing in 37.18.

Photos are of the Girls Under 13s at Harewood House, Ollie TELFER/Jason DAWSON and Carole PAGE at Druridge Bay.

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Muscat Marathon and Half/Keswick Parkrun/Congleton Parkrun/Newbiggin By The Sea Parkrun

Back on Friday 19th January 3 Harriers took part in races in Muscat, Oman. In the marathon Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS put in her usual great run in warm conditions to finish 4th female in a splendid 3.15.50. Meanwhile despite being under the weather with man-flu recently Stuart MORRIS finished the half in 1.52.28, whilst Tim SHEPHERD, who is currently residing out there, finished in 2.41.08. Well done guys!!

The following day the parkrun at Druridge Bay was cancelled due to an icy course, but Harriers still competed in a number of events. The fastest 5k of the day was by Phil HALL at Keswick where he finished 3rd of the 123 finishers in 19.42. Justine NORMAN was home in 24.47 to win the female 45 category and finish 21st overall. At Congleton in Cheshire Dean STACKHOUSE was 47th of almost 300 runners in 22.41, whilst at Newbiggin Linda PATTERSON ran a course best of 29.29 and Jayne McKENNA was home in 31.45.

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