NEHL Wrekenton

The results from todays 1st North East Harrier League fixture of the 2016/17 season are here……….

Photos are Harriers results to follow.

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North East Open Pentathlon Championships

On Saturday 24th September 3 Alnwick Juniors competed in the North East Open Pentathlon Championship. Athletes from Scotland and Northern England competed in this annual event which concludes the summer athletic season. The Pentathlon involves competing in five events; the sprint hurdles, long jump, high jump, shot put and 800m.

Finlay TELFER and Millie BREESE represented Alnwick Harriers in the under 13 category and Oliver TELFER in the under 15 competition. For the 3 it was their first year in new age categories so they were to be tested by some tough older competitors. The 3 athletes all performed very close to their personal bests or set new records in each particular discipline. Finlay and Oliver TELFER both set personal bests in the shot put and Millie BREESE ran an excellent 800m finishing second in her heat. Millies performance in the 800m was excellent as her category included twenty four girls of which the majority were a year older and a foot taller than her!

The athletes had a great day and although they won no medals on this occasion they all performed superbly and were rewarded with excellent results that were brought about by a good summer season of training and competition.


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Christmas Party!!!!

We are pleased to announce that the Christmas Party is booked for Friday 9th December! Go on, write it in your diaries now.  This year it’ll take place at the Sun Hotel, Warkworth. The club are being generous as ever by subsidising a decent chunk of the night. Therefore it’ll only cost Harriers and partners £15 per person for a 3 course meal and disco! Wowzers!

You can go ahead and book your seats and meals here……


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Alnwick Harriers AGM-Update

The committee are pleased to announce that the 2016 Alnwick Harriers AGM will be on Wednesday 12th October at the Alnwick Rugby Club. It will kick off at 8pm, meaning that training will start at 6.30pm.

There will be the usual presentation of the prestigious Gold, Silver and Bronze awards as well as election of new committee members. With regard the Gold, Silver and Bronze awards please can you submit your list of races you’ve taken part in in club colours, including parkruns. cross countries, road races, etc before Sunday 9th October. The races must be between 1st October 2015 and 30th September 2016.

Awards are:

Gold for 20+ races

Silver for 12-19 races

Bronze for 8-11 races

Send them to Mark DOCTOR at

More details regarding the evening will follow soon, however the club will be needing a handful of new committee members!

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Grand Prix Standings After Haltwhistle Half Marathon

There were a couple of significant moves on the Grand Prix leaderboard after the latest event, the Haltwhistle Half Marathon. Tim FALCONER still leads with Paul GODDEN second, though the big mover was Phil HEMSLEY. Phils magnificent time in the race sees him shoot up to 3rd, not far behind Tim and Paul, having taken part in 1 less counting event. Ex winner David HINDMARSH is now 4th, demoting Dom HARRIS and Dean STACKHOUSE to 5th and 6th. Another big mover is John ROSS who now lies 7th, ahead of Diana WEIGHTMAN and Richard JOHNSON. The other 3 trophy winning slots are currently taken by Andy SQUIRES, Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS and Andy STEPHENSON.

2016 Grand Prix Standings After Haltwhistle Half Marathon

There are now 3 events remaining, as well as the opportunity to improve on your times at the Druridge Bay Parkrun. Talking of which the final counting parkrun will be Saturday 27th November as this will give us time to sort the trophies in time for the presentation at the Xmas Party!

Here are the remaining events:

Sunday 16th October-Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race. Details for this splendid and “not flat” trail race can be found here

Sunday 20th November-Brampton To Carlisle 10 Mile Road Race. See the separate post regarding this massively subsidised club trip.

Sunday 27th November-Run Northumberland BIG 10. Online entries are being taken here

Many thanks as always to John ROSS for working out all the scores!

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Berlin Marathon/Loch Ness Marathon/Haltwhistle Half Marathon/Great Bristol Half Marathon/Penshaw Half Marathon/Dumfries Half Marathon/SCA Prudhoe Miners 10k/Newcastle Parkrun/Cambridge Parkrun/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Durham Parkrun/Whitley Bay Parkrun/Rising Sun Parkrun

Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS took part in the Berlin Marathon on Sunday 25th September and in doing so smashed her own female marathon club record! The previous record was set by her at Chicago back in the autumn of 2014 when she ran 2.55.51, however in the heat of Berlin she sliced 6 minutes off her previous best to clock 2.49.45. Jo was 19th female overall and was 1st British female finisher. A superb performance Jo!


North of the border there were another 3 Harriers in marathon action at Loch Ness. Dave BARTRUM finished in a fraction over 4 hours, whilst wife Maureen and Shelley COATES also took part. Results:

864-Dave BARTRUM 4.00.59

1209-Maureen BARTRUM 4.22.03

1598-Shelley COATES 4.41.17

7 Harriers took part in the latest of the 2016 Grand Prix events, the Haltwhistle Half Marathon. On a generally flat course Phil HEMSLEY ran the fastest half marathon of the year by a male Harrier, finishing the 13.1 miles in 1.21.37. This was enough to see him finish 5th overall and win the male 50 category. Tim FALCONER also ran well to finish in 20th place, with Paul GODDEN about 3 minutes behind Tim. A special mention should go to Sarah CROSS and Adam SPILLER who arrived late but still finished in under 2 hours! Results:

5-Phil HEMSLEY 1.21.37

20-Tim FALCONER 1.32.08

26-Paul GODDEN 1.35.24

72-David HINDMARSH 1.48.43

102-Sarah CROSS 1.57.35

103-Adam SPILLER 1.57.35

127-John ROSS 2.06.60


Four Harriers were in half marathon action that day as well. Katie BLACKBURN was in the south west at the Great Bristol Half Marathon where she finished in 2.10.15, whilst Ian McALLISTER took part in the Trail Outlaws organised Penshaw Half Marathon near Sunderland finishing in 2.30.14. Just north of the border Gay and Richard EASTOE were in action in the Dumfries Half Marathon. Richard finished 115th in 1.58.26 and Gay was 122nd in 2.00.53.


Last but by no means least for the day Peter GREY was representing the club at the SCA Prudhoe Miners 10k. Peter put in his usual excellent performance to easily scoop the male 55 category victory. He finished 11th of over 150 runners in 40.48.

The day before the club was represented at 7 different parkruns. The fastest 5k was achieved by Jordan ROGERSON at the Newcastle Parkrun where he finished an excellent 4th of 553 runners in 18.29. The fastest 5k by our ladies was by a brand new member in Rachelle FALLOON at the Cambridge Parkrun. Rachelle is an ex Blyth RC member who studies in Cambridge. She has suffered from injury issues of late though this didn’t stop her finishing 3rd female in 20.49! At Workington Gay EASTOE was 1st in the female 60 category, though husband Richard missed out on winning his! Elsewhere Phil LEE was in action at Whitley Bay, Kirtsy STEED at Durham and Stuart BRUCE at the Rising Sun Parkrun.

At Druridge Bay Allan FOGGON was 4th finisher in a course best of 20.27, whilst Neil HAMILTON was 15th in 22.14. Justine NORMAN performed well once again to finish 3rd female, whilst Laura McLEAN Sr was 1st in the female 50 age group!



4-Allan FOGGON 20.27 (63.08%)

15-Neil HAMILTON 22.14

25-Justine NORMAN 23.43 (66.97%)

28-Mel STEER 24.25 (67.03%)

60-John ROSS 27.38 (57.54%)

63-Laura McLEAN Sr 27.43 (63.62%)

97-Melanie BUCHANAN 31.04

122-Jayne McKENNA 33.35

139-Lorna STEPHENSON 39.59



4-Jordan ROGERSON 18.29


63-Rachelle FALLOON 20.49

Whitley Bay:

188-Phil LEE 28.04


349-Kirsty STEED 51.57


45-Richard EASTOE 24.56

56-Gay EASTOE 26.45

Rising Sun:

127-Stuart BRUCE 28.40

Photos are of Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS in Berlin, Adam SPILLER and Sarah CROSS after Haltwhistle, Ian McALLISTER with his medal and Allan FOGGON/Laura McLEAN at Druridge Bay.

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David Charlton

Many of you will already be aware of the recent passing of David CHARLTON. David sadly died last week after a short illness. He had only been a member of the club for about a year but was an extremely popular member of Tracey’s Wednesday group, and will be missed by all who knew him and ran with him. David took over the role of Club Secretary at last years AGM, but had to stand down due to ill health early this year.

His family state that the funeral will be held on Wednesday 28th September. The service will be at St Bartholomews Church, Cresswell at 11.45am, followed by Blyth Crematorium. Finally it’ll be to Morpeth Golf Club where everyone can share their memories of David! David had asked that normal clothes are worn rather than all black. He also would like anyone from the army to wear their regimental ties if possible. Family flowers only, however there will be a collection box for the Palliative Care Ward at the Wansbeck Hospital at the Golf Club if anyone would like to make a small donation.

David’s wife Christine and daughter Bethany would like to thank everyone for their kind words and cards.


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Gateshead Parkrun/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Ellesmere Port Parkrun/Lancaster Castle 10k/Simonside Fell Race

The fastest parkrun of the weekend by a Harrier was posted by Jordan ROGERSON who finished 7th at Gateshead on Saturday 17th September, taking 19.19 to complete the 5k.

The usual decent number of club members took part in the Druridge Bay Parkrun that morning. Mark DOUGLAS is getting back to form, clocking 19.51 to finish 5th of the 161 runners. Stuart MORRIS was not far behind in a course best, whilst Neil HAMILTON was just outside his pb. Justine NORMAN was our 1st female finisher and was winner of the female 45 category.



5-Mark DOUGLAS 19.51 (66.08%)

10-Stuart MORRIS 20.28 (67.67%)

23-Neil HAMILTON 22.08

30-Robert STEPHENSON 23.26 (59.39%)

39-Justine NORMAN 24.02 (66.09%)

73-Tracey SAMPLE 26.23 (60.77%)

90-Stuart BRUCE 28.24

124-Melanie BUCHANAN 31.26

129-Nell GAIR 32.16

156-Jayne McKENNA 38.26


Finally for the parkruns Richard and Gay EASTOE took part in the Ellesmere Port Parkrun on Merseyside. They ran together and both finished in 27.53. The couple ran together the following day as well, taking part in the Lancaster Castle 10k! They both crossed the line together in 57.03.

3 Harriers took part in the Simonside Fell Race, part of the Thropton Show, that morning. Adam FLETCHER put in his usual great performance and won the male 50 category. Geoff CAMPBELL, training like a beast for the upcoming Harrier League season, also took part as did Jim LILLICO. Results:

14-Adam FLETCHER 56.15

28-Geoff CAMPBELL 59.29

73-Jim LILLICO 1.12.06


Photos are of Mark DOUGLAS and Justine NORMAN at Druridge Bay, and Jim LILLICO at Simonside.

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Brampton to Carlisle Club Trip-Reminder!!

The penultimate Grand Prix event of the 2016 season will be the ever popular Brampton to Carlisle 10 Mile Road Race. For the last umpteen years we have laid on a massively subsidised coach to take Harriers to the event and this year we are doing it again! The race is on Sunday 20th November and starts at 11.30am at Brampton, finishing 10 fast and very flat miles later in Carlisle.

We have booked a 29 seat coach which will depart Willowburn Leisure Centre, Alnwick at 8.30am and go via Felton. This will allow for a stop en route, if needed, and will give plenty of time for number collection and warmups! It will leave the Sands Centre, Carlisle at 15.00 hours.

Race entry and travel is an unbelievable £19.99! However this is on a first come first served basis, there are no refunds and all entries must be made at this link You will also need to fill in an entry form and place it in the envelope on the noticeboard at Willowburn. The deadline is Wednesday 3rd November.


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2016/17 Start Fitness North East Harrier League

Well folks, summer is nearly over and the Great North Run is out of the way which can mean only one thing. The cross country season is nearly here!!


The 6 North East Harrier League fixtures have been announced and are listed here:

Saturday 1st October-Wrekenton

Sunday 9th October-Druridge Bay

Saturday 26th November-Thornley Hall Farm, nr Peterlee

Saturday 7th January-Herrington Park, nr Sunderland

Saturday 4th March-Alnwick

Saturday 1st April-Thornley Hall Farm, nr Peterlee (again)

There’s also these races if you’re really keen:

Saturday 19th November Sherman Cup/Davison Shield-Temple Park, South Shields

Saturday 10th December North Eastern Cross Country Champs-Aykley Heads, Durham

Saturday 28th January Northern Cross Country Championships-Knowsley, nr Liverpool


By now you have probably been contacted by the Team Captains. You may have realised that the new Mens Captain is Dominic HARRIS, whilst Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS continues as Ladies Captain. Many thanks to Micky AISTON for guiding the Senior Mens team to promotion from Division 3 last year. He’s not been sacked, just stepped aside. If you haven’t been contacted by the captains yet or have any lingering doubts regarding whether or not you should take part in the cross countries please don’t hesitate! Contact the captains asap. You can email them at and

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