Northumberland Coastal Run

Many congratulations to just under 1000 runners for completing the 2016 Eclipse Translations Northumberland Coastal Run on Sunday 24th July. On this occasion the weather was kind to us being overcast, not too warm and most importantly without the usual strong headwinds! We’d like to thank the many companies and organisations who have helped with another very successful staging of this event. Apologies if we’ve missed anyone but thanks to Start Fitness, Northumbria Water, National Trust, Beadnell Boatclub, Alnmouth Football Club, Alnmouth Village Golf Club, the Red Lion PH in Alnmouth, Rothbury Motors, Motorcare Ford Alnwick and Hipsburn First School amongst others! We’d also like to extend a massive massive thank you to HM Coastguard, The RNLI,  Rapid Reaction First Aid and the Great North Air Ambulance. A runner collapsed towards the end of the race and was dealt with by a group of fellow runners until the emergency services took the casualty away. We are pleased to say that the man is doing well in hospital and should be released in a day or so. Without the help of this group of runners the situation could have been a lot lot worse. We thank you! Last of all we’d like to thank our brilliant main sponsor Eclipse Translations who have supported the event for over 5 years now!


There have been some fantastic comments on Facebook, Twitter, email and in person on the day by many of the competitors. One of the things commented on and praised just as much as the stunning scenery was the superb support of the marshals. Once again you’ve done the club proud with your vocal support and your urges to tiring runners! Without you the race would not be possible. Finally many thanks to the committee members of Alnwick Harriers for organising the event, particularly to Tracey SAMPLE and Sue BOLAM who are the two stand out members!


Here are the full results

Now to the race itself! Many congratulations to the 2016 winners Carl AVERY of Morpeth Harriers and Alnwick Harriers legend Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS!! Both of these athletes won the event for the 2nd time, with Carl producing back to back wins and Jo winning again after her 2013 success. Carl won in a brilliant 1.13.34, the fastest time in the race since 2008, and was almost 4 minutes clear of his nearest rival. Jo posted an excellent 1.27.17 to finish just ahead of 2 rivals after an excellent battle throughout. The numerous age category winners will be posted here tomorrow. The team prizes went to the Tyne Bridge Harriers trio of Mark FENWICK, Terry SCOTT and Paul O’MARA, whilst North Shields Poly won the female prize thanks to Jacqueline PENN, Michelle THOMPSON and Suzanne THEW.


The overall first Harrier to finish, just over a minute ahead of Jo, was new recruit Dan TURNBULL. In his first race for us he showed what a class act he is by clocking 1.26.05. Adam FLETCHER was our 2nd male finisher ahead of the amazing Dominic HARRIS! Doms progress this year has been astounding and shows no sign of stopping. For the ladies behind Jo were Karen KELLY and Laura STUBBINGS, both of whom had good races. In terms of pb performances by Harriers there are simply to many to mention here, but everyone ran really well!


Harriers results:

22-Dan TURNBULL 1.26.05


59-Adam FLETCHER 1.32.32

86-Dominic HARRIS 1.35.48

107-Gary HALL 1.37.38

164-Adam SPILLER 1.42.09

199-Paul GODDEN 1.44.41

228-Mark DOUGLAS 1.47.04

249-Stuart MORRIS 1.48.04

259-Karen KELLY 1.48.31

289-Stephen COWELL 1.49.49

339-Laura STUBBINGS 1.51.56

343-Rob ENSER 1.52.05

371-Ian HORSLEY 1.53.30

401-Sarah GRAY 1.54.46

425-Lisa BASTON 1.55.46

428-Richard JOHNSON 1.55.51

440-Mel STEER 1.56.29

455-Micky AISTON 1.57.29

466-Steve STUDLEY 1.57.58

496-John ROBSON 2.00.10

503-Sarah CROSS 2.00.50

621-Ian McALLISTER 2.07.07

669-Ruth DOCTOR 2.09.49

682-Andy STEPHENSON 2.10.42

722-Sally ARMSTRONG 2.14.04

723-Mairi CAMPBELL 2.14.05

744-Richard EASTOE 2.15.52

745-Gay EASTOE 2.15.52

765-Kim BRONZE 2.17.16

778-John ROSS 2.18.22

944-Melanie BUCHANAN 2.44.38


The date for the 2017 Northumberland Coastal Run will be announced asap. Photos of Carl AVERY, Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS, Dan TURNBULL, Laura STUBBINGS and Andy STEPHENSON are courtesy of Emma SHELL and Dave KITCHING.


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Wallington 10k/Durham City 10k/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Gateshead Parkrun/Workington Parkrun

On a hot and humid night 3 Harriers travelled over to take part in the Run Northumberland Wallington 10k on Wednesday 20th July. The course is a toughie, regarded as one of the hardest in the county, therefore times were down for most runners compared to their normal 10k efforts. However of our 3 Gary COWELL was the star of the show. Having his first race since May Gary won the male 40 category, finishing 19th of 159 finishers. Mark DOCTOR and Paul ROBINSON both struggled round slightly further back! Results:

19-Gary COWELL 44.34

27-Mark DOCTOR 46.31

54-Paul ROBINSON 51.50

Also that night and on another tough course another 3 members took part in the Durham City 10k. Results:

694-John ROSS 1.00.44

899-Stuart BRUCE 1.05.59

1233-Kirsty STEED 1.27.15

On Saturday 23rd July, on the eve of the Northumberland Coastal Run, a good number of Harriers took part in the Druridge Bay Parkrun where there was yet another win for Carole PAGE! This is the 3rd time in July that Carole has been 1st female home at the event. She was just ahead of fellow Harrier, 2nd placed Angie EMBLETON. Also of note Jayne McKENNA ran a course pb! Results:

19-Carole PAGE 21.43 (83.35%)

23-Angie EMBLETON 22.07 (70.08%)

26-Dominic HARRIS 22.29

42-Mel STEER 24.17

50-Kim BRONZE 25.18 (60.21%)

61-Mairi CAMPBELL 26.34 (58.34%)

62-Catherine JACKSON 26.36

64-Mary PLUMLEY 26.46 (58.34%)

88-Stuart BRUCE 28.10

98-Jayne McKENNA 28.59

108-Pam WHELDON 29.21

121-Ed WHELDON 30.16

141-Nell GAIR 33.43


Elsewhere Ross ANDERSON once again ran well at the Gateshead Parkrun where he clocked 18.45 to finish an excellent 3rd. Richard and Gay EASTOE raced at Workington with Richard finishing 41st in 24.18 and Gay 51st in 25.56.

Photo of Carole PAGE at Druridge Bay courtesy of Justine NORMAN.

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Blyth/Wooler Social Night-Final Reminder!!

We are pleased to announce the date for our very popular Blyth RC/Wooler RC social night! It takes place on Wednesday 27th July and will be the excellent “Blind Handicap” event at Hulne Park, Alnwick. The course is a 4.7 mile route where you have to predict your time in advance. You’ll be paired up with runners from the other clubs of a similar standard and will hope to get as near to possible to your predicted time. However no watches are allowed!

Meet at Willowburn at 6.45pm to jog to Hulne Park, or alternatively head straight for the event starting line at Ratten Row where there is plenty of parking. After the event there will be prize giving at the Hogs Head, Alnwick including Adam SPILLERs famous and coveted wooden spoons!! There will also be plenty of sandwiches and chips for the runners. Please wear your club vests!

The coveted 2013 Wooden Spoons

There will be a poster on the noticeboard at Willowburn very soon to add your names to and to write down your predicted time. All Harriers from all groups are welcome and are encouraged to join in the fun!!


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Great North Run Travel Arrangements

We always like to sort things well in advance so we have done it again. The Great North Run coach is booked and seats are now for sale. The coach will leave Willowburn Leisure Centre, Alnwick at 07.30 hours on Sunday 11th September and go via Felton to the Town Moor. On the way back make sure you’re back on the coach by 15.00 hours. The coach will be parked on Sea Road, South Shields which is adjacent to the finish area.

Seats are available for the following prices:

Harriers Return £5

Non Harriers Return £10

Harriers Single (either way) £2.50

Non Harriers Single (either way) £5

All the details are at this link There are 49 seats available and bookings will close on Sunday 21st August!

Great North Run Photo

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North East Youth Development League-Fixture 4

The final North East Youth Development League athletics match took place on Sunday 17th July at Churchill Playing Fields, Whitley Bay. With good representation this season the Alnwick Harriers & Blyth RC combined team have performed well and were looking to defend their excellent 3rd place position in the league.

The throwers did particularly well once again with the BATLEY family excelling in the Javelin. Gregor BATLEY (U13) threw a personal best of 23.38m and a new club record to finish in second place. The under 13 girls had a great competition with an excellent final throw of 20.32m by Ailsa BATLEY to win and regain her club record from Antje HALL. The girls are currently ranked second and third in the north east of England. The teams only shot putter of the day was Finlay TELFER who threw 5.36m.

In the 1500m Ollie TELFER and Alex THRELFALL ran brilliantly to finish in 1st and 2nd in the under 15 boys race. In the girls race Callie HENDERSON ran well to finish in 3rd place, and there were also some good times by Joseph GODDEN and Daniel FRATER-HARRISON. In the 800m Ryan HARRISON-FRATER ran well and finished in 6th place overall.

There was some excellent long jumping by the team. Ailsa BATLEY managed 3.65m, Joseph GODDEN an excellent 3.67m and Daniel FRATER-HARRISON 4.25m.

It was a very close competition for 2nd and 3rd place in the match. Tynedale finally finished on 481 points which was just 18 ahead of the Alnwick/Blyth team. This narrow victory was just enough to score the extra points required for Tynedale to finish ahead of Gateshead and win the overall divisional championship. The Alnwick/Blyth team finished in an excellent 3rd place ahead of Wallsend/Gosforth, Jarrow & Hebburn/South Shields. This is an excellent result which was a result of the consistent performances of the athletes and the excellent support by their parents.


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Sunderland 5k/Beacon Hill Fell Race/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Gateshead Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Durham Parkrun/Saint Cuthberts Way 100km/Kelso Crawlers 10k/Great Newham London 10k/LGBT 5k

Steve CARRAGHER further improved the fastest 5k of the year by a Harrier at the Sunderland 5k on Wednesday 13th July, thanks to a blistering 16.41! Also taking part were Dominic HARRIS and Mark HUME. Well done to Dom who knocked a few more seconds off his 5k best to finish in 18.20, whilst Mark, from the male 70 category, was round in 31.51. Well done folks!

Also that night 5 Harriers lined up in Lordenshaws car park for the start of the Beacon Hill Fell Race, a 6.25 mile event which takes in the top of Simonside. Alas only 3 finished with both Richard JOHNSON and Michael CAIRNS injuring themselves in the early stages. Adam FLETCHER performed very well in this tough race to finish 8th of the 79 finishers and win the male 50 category! Mark DOCTOR finished next, followed soon afterwards by Steve STUDLEY. Results:

8-Adam FLETCHER 56.58

53-Mark DOCTOR 1.13.18

56-Steve STUDLEY 1.14.38

On Saturday 16th July Druridge Bay Parkrun celebrated its 100th event! There was the usual excellent run from Carole PAGE, though she was unable to make it a fourth straight win in the race. She did, however, improve on her time from last week to finish in 21.31 and was 3rd female finisher. Next Harrier home was Sarah GRAY, followed by Samantha FENDER. Results:

26-Carole PAGE 21.31

34-Sarah GRAY 22.34 (65.66%)

69-Kim BRONZE 25.45 (59.16%)

78-Samantha FENDER 26.28

96-John ROSS 27.47 (57.23%)

130-Jayne McKENNA 30.27

143-Mark HUME 32.05

157-Nell GAIR 33.30

The fastest time of the day by a Harrier came courtesy of Ross ANDERSON at Gateshead. Ross finished 5th overall in 18.52. At Workington both Richard and Gay EASTOE were victorious in their aged 60 categories. Richard finished 29th in 22.26 and Gay came 45th in 25.33. Finally Kirsty STEED took part in the Durham Parkrun finishing 282nd in 48.26.

At the opposite end of the running spectrum from 5ks many, many congratulations to Harriers Ian McALLISTER and Shelley COATES for completing the Saint Cuthberts Way 100k race that day. The race starts at Holy Island and ends at Melrose in the Scottish Borders. Ian finished this mammoth race in 43rd place in 18.51.35, whilst Shelley was 50th in 19.36.39!

13615261_10154339209415948_9123765199869502149_nThe following day Peter GREY made the journey north of the border to take part in the Kelso Crawlers 10k. Peter performed very well to finish 15th overall in 40.43, thus winning the male 50 category!

Also that day Diana WEIGHTMAN took part in the Great Newham London 10k. Running with daughter Kimberley, Diana clocked 50.22 on a very warm day!

Finally on Friday Stuart BRUCE was the sole Harrier taking part in the LGBT 5k on Newcastle Town Moor. Stu finished 269th of well over 500 runners in 28.27.

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Hexham Racecourse Relay

Just when we all thought that the relay season was over we have news of another one! Rejoice! The Hexham Racecourse Relay takes place on Saturday 3rd September with a 9.30am start time. The event is different to the spring events which were all over 2 or so miles, with this one being slightly longer. Teams of 6 runners are needed with each member running 4.2 miles around the ambulance track inside the racecourse, apart from the first runner in each leg who runs a little bit further so that the entire team runs a marathon in total. There are no rules regarding the make up of the team in terms of sex or age category, apart from the minimum age being 17. There is a poster on the noticeboard at Willowburn for those interested to add their names to. The closing date to add your names is 24th August and as always the club are paying the entry fee. If you cannot get along please email Mark at and he’ll add your names.hexham-racecourse_2078110a

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Updated Club Kit!

Thanks to popular demand Alnwick Harriers has relaunched the clubs “must have” apparel! Taking feedback from club members, style setters and fashionistas ie John ROSS and Kim BRONZE the kit has been updated and improved.

This includes:

-The club vests are seamless where the stripes are, meaning no more bloody nipples in the weekend results roundup!

-The return of the club t-shirt. This is an alternative to the vest and is aimed at encouraging the southerners in the club to race during the winter. Take note Rob ENSER.

-A club running jacket which is both wind and water resistant! This will make standing on a cross country course in January feel like being on a beach in the Bahamas. This red jacket also compliments strawberry blonds.

-All items are now designed and manufactured in both mens and womens fits!

To buy this kit please visit the Club kit section of the website. Much of it can now be ordered online and delivered straight to your door!

Many, many thanks to Mary PLUMLEY and Tim SHEPHERD for their work with this!


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Gosforth Harriers Summer Relays

We love a relay here at Alnwick Harriers so are truly overjoyed that there is another one taking place this summer! Gosforth Harriers have just announced the inaugural Gosforth Harriers Summer Relays which takes place on Sunday 14th August at Newcastle Great Park. Teams will be split into 3’s with each runner completing a 2 mile loop mainly on tarmac. Each club is limited to 6 teams, therefore just like at Weetslade recently we have a maximum of 18 runners. The teams, all of which set off in a combined 10.30am start, will be split as follows:

Senior Men (16-39)

Senior Women (16-34)

Veteran Men (40+)

Veteran Women (35+)

As always the club will pay and car sharing will be sorted nearer the time. The deadline for us is Wednesday 3rd August, so please add your names to the poster at Willowburn asap. Alternatively email Mark DOCTOR at and he’ll add your name.

All profits from the race will go towards the “Pop Up Gym” project. This aims to provide mobile gyms with specialised equipment for people with spinal injuries. Tis was set up by Gosforth Harrier Drew GRAHAM who suffered a serious spinal injury back in 2014. I’m sure you’ll al agree that this is a very worthy cause! More info is here


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North of Tyne Athletic Network Meeting 4

The final athletics match in the North Of Tyne Athletic Network Grand Prix took place on Sunday 9th July at Churchill Playing Fields, Whitley Bay. There were excellent performances on the day and some great rewards for those who had regularly competed this season.

Alfie TEMPLE ran the best sprint of the day winning the year 4 boys 75m race in 12.7s. Also on the track Erin BELISLE (Y5) ran well in the 600m to complete the race in 2min 19s and finish in third place.

Alex KNIGHT entered his first event for the Alnwick team and finished strongly in all his events, a great achievement having only had two practice sessions before the day! Evie GODDEN also performed consistently across all the events to complete a good season.

In the overall Grand Prix the athletes scores are added together from all the events and medals are awarded to the highest scorers. Olivia TEMPLE and Talia THOMPSON performed brilliantly and managed to achieve bronze medals in the girls year 5 and 6 age categories, whilst Gregor BATLEY managed an excellent silver medal in the boys year six competition.

Billy CLAYTON and Lauren BROWN have had excellent seasons with both athletes setting new personal bests and breaking club records. Billy (Y5) won the boys Grand Prix and Lauren (Y6) the girls. Furthermore they both won the overall competition for the highest scores achieved across all the age groups. Their achievements are well deserved and a reward for their consistent effort, perseverance and enthusiasm over the last three years!

All the junior athletes who have competed this season have done so with enthusiasm and have displayed excellent team spirit. They have represented the Club in an admirable way and have been a pleasure to support.


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