Order Your Harriers T-Shirt Now!!!!

An order will shortly be placed for a batch of the much sought after Alnwick Harriers t-shirt as modelled by Dave and Maureen BARTRUM below! If you would like one either:

Sign up on the list on the Harriers noticeboard at Willowburn or email alnwickharrierskit@gmail.com with your name and required size (chest size 30-44). The style is unisex and quite loose fitting, so size down if you want a more fitted t-shirt.

Order Deadline Thursday 2nd October! T-shirts cost £18.

Maureen and Dave BARTRUM-Derwentwater Trail Challenge 2014

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Druridge Bay Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Simonside Show Fell Race/RAF Spadeadam Half Marathon/SCA Prudhoe Miners 10k

For the second time in its short history Harrier Sarah GRAY was the first female to finish the Druridge Bay Parkrun on Saturday 20th September. Following on from her success at the event in mid August, in-form Sarah smashed her previous 5k best by clocking an impressive 20.26, a long way clear of the 2nd female. Her time was also the quickest 5k by a female Harrier this year so far. Its been a good few weeks for Sarah who also notched a 10k pb recently and tasted fell race and sprint race glory at last weeks Ingram Show!

Sarah GRAY-1st finisher at Druridge Bay parkrun!First Harrier to cross the line on his Harriers debut was Ross WILSON. Ross joined the club in the early summer but was almost immediately injured, hence his belated Harriers bow. Ross had a good battle with Peter GREY and just beat the now 57 year old Peter! However Peter’s time of 19.08 is a new age category record at Druridge Bay, and his WAVA score of 81.71% was the 2nd best of the 90 runners. Next home was Druridge Bay regular Mark MILLER, followed by Sarah, then Ken HODSON. Ken’s time of 23.06 was a 41 second course pb. Also taking part were Stuart BRUCE, Karl BAXTER and Alex REED with dog Jess!

Ross WILSON-Druridge Bay


3-Ross WILSON 18.56 (69.28%)

4-Peter GREY 19.08 (81.71%)

5-Mark MILLER 19.22 (68.50%)

7-Sarah GRAY 20.26 (72.43%)

26-Ken HODSON 23.06 (57.43%)

47-Stuart BRUCE 26.22 (55.06%)

71-Karl BAXTER 31.45 (45.35%)

78-Alex REED 34.15 (45.94%)

Ken HODSON-Druridge Bay

Over in Cumbria the EASTOE’s were age category winners once again at the Workington Parkrun! Richard came agonisingly close to setting a course pb, falling just 2 seconds short. Results:

16-Richard EASTOE 21.12 (75.63%)

35-Gay EASTOE 25.24 (75.33%)

Later that day 5 Harriers were in action in the Thropton Show (Simonside) Fell Race. First Harrier to cross the line in this 6.5 mile race was Andy SQUIRES, finishing just ahead of convert to the hills Micky AISTON. Jim LILLICO was next followed by the always posing Kim BRONZE. Harrier Mike TELFER was also taking part though in a Northumberland Fell Runners vest. Mike had a trainer malfunction, though as he wasn’t wearing a Harriers vest we have no sympathy for him; he brought it upon himself. Results:

21-Andy SQUIRES 58.39

34-Micky AISTON 1.03.36

36-Mike TELFER (NFR) 1.04.53

39-Jim LILLICO 1.05.33

60-Kim BRONZE 1.15.01

Micky AISTON-Simonside Fell Race 2014Finally for Saturday Dave COATES was in action for us at the RAF Spadeadam Half Marathon. This is an undulating race, mostly on forest tracks around the RAF site. A small field of 39 meant that all Dave had for company were the ZSU-23 anti aircraft guns, SS21 mobile missile launch systems and Mystere IVA jets which litter the site! Dave kept his focus and finished this toughie in 2.01.09.

10682191_304000079806572_5179652986418800523_oThe following day Gary COWELL and the EASTOE’s took part in the SCA Prudhoe Miners 10k. Again this is not the easiest of race, which meant that Gary’s time of 42.52 was a good one, seeing him home in 18th place. Richard EASTOE finished 96th in 53.35, whilst Gay was 109th in 56.15.

Photos courtesy of Wayne GAIR (Druridge Bay) and Dave LOWE (Simonside). More photos from the weekend are on the Flickr site which can be accessed on the right hand side of the homepage.

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Lakeland Trail Race Weekend-Further Update!

A further message from organiser Lisa WILLIAMS regarding the massively subsidised club trip to the Lakes in November:

“To All Alnwick Harrier Club Trippers!

Our club trip to the Lakeland Trail Races is a mere 6 weeks away. I hope the training is going to plan and you are looking forward to it. For more details regarding race day, course information, etc please use the following links:-

Helvellyn – Saturday


Ullswater – Sunday


Everything is booked including race entry, accommodation and transport. We expect the schedule to look something like this:-


Depart Willowburn 07.30 (possible pick-up in Felton-let me know if required)

Race registration     10.30-11.00

Challenge starts       12.00 (14 Harriers)

Race starts                13.00 (21 Harriers)

Prize giving               15.30

Depart to YHA         16.00-17:00

Meet for drinks        19.00 (optional & venue TBA)


Breakfast                   07.00

Check-out                  08.00

Bus departs               08.15 (approx 1/2 hour journey to race start)

Race registration     08.45-09.00 (It may be possible to register on Saturday afternoon?

Challenge sailing     10.00 (23 Harriers half hour boat ride to start)

Race sailing              11.00 (14 Harriers half hour boat ride to start)

Prize giving               14.30

Depart for home      15.00-16.00

Room allocation at http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/keswick

I will do my best to group friends together but please let me know if you have any preferences and I will try to accommodate your wishes. We now have 17 males and 18 females to fit into 11 rooms.

Saturday night dinner (not included in the price)

Unfortunately i have not been able to secure a group booking and suggest that people make their own arrangements. There are many pubs and restaurants to choose from in Keswick with most just a short walk from the YHA. Some of which are:



*A few of us have booked a table at Casa Bella. The food is fab and the atmosphere is great! Plus the Italian Ice cream is to die for *:) happy.


It will be November and most likely cold, so my advice is to layer up. Make sure you take something to keep you warm immediately after the race and for the half hour boat crossing on the Sunday morning. Trail shoes are advisable. This will be my first Trail Race so if anyone has any advice they’d like to pass on let me know. The following link may be useful:


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me or speak to myself or Sue BOLAM at Harriers. I will be in touch nearer the date to confirm timings. Good luck with your race prep. I look forward to seeing you all on 1st November!

Many thanks,

Lisa W”

Bruce CROMBIE-Hawkshead Trail Race 2013


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AGM/Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards

The date for the 2014 Alnwick Harriers Annual General Meeting has been announced as Wednesday 15th October. It kicks off at 8pm and this year will be at the Alnwick Rugby Club. The bar will be open and there’s a free buffet! If anyone has any items they wish to discuss please could you email Jim LILLICO at jiml.alnwickharriers@hotmail.co.uk by Wednesday 1st October with the details.

After the business has been concluded the coveted Gold, Silver and Bronze awards will be presented. To apply for these please can you email Jim or give to any committee member the list of races which you’ve taken part in between 1st October 2013 and 30th September 2014. Any official race run in a Harriers vest applies including parkruns, cross countries, road races, etc. Awards are as follows:

Bronze 8 races

Silver 12 races

Gold 20 races

Finally we’re always looking for new committee members! If you’re interested please add your name to the list at Willowburn or speak with any committee member for more details.

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North East Pentathlon Championships

Ollie TELFER (11) competed for Alnwick Harriers in his first Pentathlon at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow on Saturday 13th September where a fantastic sunny day helped him achieve several personal best performances and created an exciting close competition.

The day started well with a good performance in the event with which he has least experience, the 75m hurdles. Ollie managed 5th place and ran a personal best time of 17.00s. Next event of the five was the long jump where another personal best of 3.74m gained him third place. Ollie’s high jump ‘went a bit wrong’ and joint fourth place still left him in overall fifth place in the competition. However, a reasonable third place shot putt of 5.55m got him up to overall fourth place before the final event.

Going into the last event only 75 points separated the five competitors placed from second to sixth place. Everything was to play for in the 800m and all the athletes knew with a good performance they could secure a medal. The pace was ‘furious’ for the first lap but Ollie paced himself well and let the others surge ahead. With 300m to go he maintained his pace and moved from sixth up to fourth position, a final surge down the home straight allowed him to out sprint another athlete to come home third in a massive personal best time of 2 minutes 44s!

Unfortunately Ollie’s superb final performance wasn’t quite fast enough to secure him the overall bronze medal; he missed it by the narrow margin of 8 points with a final score of 877. However, he had a great day and is already planning how he’s going to score more points next year!

Ollie TELFER-Hurdles

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Druridge Bay Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Ingram Show/Sunderland Harriers Cross Country Race/Coxhoe Trail Race/Cumberland Ale 10/Ulverston Charter 5k

Nine Harriers took part in the 6th Druridge Bay parkrun on Saturday 13th September. The event saw a number of parkrun debut’s, PB’s and age category wins. In his first ever parkrun, Geoff CAMPBELL picked a good day to go for what he called a “gentle jog”. Geoff was overall winner, in a superb 18.58 and a clear minute in front of the second finisher. Graham CROW also put in a good performance finishing 3rd overall and knocking 20 seconds off his last attempt to finish in 20.02. Third Harrier home was Jim LILLICO who was 4th overall and winner of the male 55 category in 20.25.


Next home and making their Druridge Bay debut’s were parkrun faithful, Phil and Charlotte BASTON. Charlotte was 3rd female overall and 1st junior to cross the line. Making his Harriers debut Ken HODSON was next home in a respectable 27th place. Kim BRONZE continued to impress with his versatile running styles whilst new member Karl BAXTER continued to chip away at his pb, dipping under 31 minutes for the first time in 10 parkrun performances. David HINDMARSH was the final Harrier to cross the line, accompanying daughters Joely and Tess to make it a family parkrun outing!

Jim LILLICO-Druridge Bay parkrun

Meanwhile, over at Workington parkrun, Gay EASTOE won the female 60 category and husband Richard was 2nd in the male category.


Druridge Bay:

1-Geoff CAMPBELL 18.58 (74.17%)

3-Graham CROW 20.02 (65.47%)

4-Jim LILLICO 20.25 (75.92%)

17-Phil BASTON 22.38 (63.11%)

20-Charlotte BASTON 22.50 (67.01%)

27-Ken HODSON 23.47 (55.78%)

29-Kim BRONZE 24.26 (61.32%)

67-Karl BAXTER 30.53 (46.63%)

83-Dave HINDMARSH 46.14 (32.41%)


34-Richard EASTOE 24.44 (64.82%)

38-Gay EASTOE 25.17 (75.68%)

Later that afternoon 3 Harriers made an appearance at the Ingram Show held in Breamish Valley. Sarah GRAY won the ladies 100 metre sprint and was 1st lady overall in the famous Ingram Hill race, knocking 40 seconds off her time from last year! Also in the hlll race was Daniel LENG, who continued his excellent run of form by finishing 2nd overall, whilst Kim BRONZE did well to complete his second race of the day, fresh from his participation at Druridge Bay parkrun that morning!

Sarah GRAY-Ingram Show Fell Race

Finally for Saturday Diana WEIGHTMAN was the sole Harrier to take part in the Sunderland Harriers Open Cross Country Races at Farringdon. This venue was formerly part of the Harrier League series, however due to the tight course, increase in participants and parking issues had to be dropped. The club now put on a series of races on the day which is separate from the Harrier League and is at the start of the cross country season, meaning no mud! Diana performed extremely well finishing the 1.8 mile race 25th of the 79 ladies in 12.42.

On Sunday 14th September John ROSS took part in the Coxhoe 10k Trail Race. John put in a solid performance to clock 53.47 in this undulating run over old railway lines and quarry paths between Coxhoe and Kelloe in County Durham.

john ross

Also that day Gay and Richard EASTOE took part in the Derwent AC organised Cumberland Ale 10. They finished in 68th and 69th in 1.33.51 (Gay) and 1.33.53 (Richard).

Gay EASTOE-Cumberland Ale 10

Back on Wednesday 10th September the prolific EASTOE’s were at it again in the Ulverston Charter 5k! They ran together finishing in 126th and 127th in 27.37, with Gay just finishing before Richard. This time was almost a minute quicker than their times in the race in 2012 and 2013. Three races in a week for them!

Photographs courtesy of Wayne GAIR and Rob FEDRICK (Druridge Bay parkrun), Bob GUNSON (Cumberland Ale 10) and Active Life (Coxhoe).

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Great North Run

On a warm day on Tyneside there were some superb results and loads of pb’s in the Great North Run on Sunday 7th September. First Harrier to finish in an amazing 1.18.11 on his half marathon debut was 17 year old Junior Harrier Dan LENG. Dan, who was running for the Teenage Cancer Trust, was 1st in the male under 20 category. A truly outstanding result, what a great future he has. Next home and with a few more years under his belt was big Phil HEMSLEY in 1.21.23, making him 4th in the male 50 category. Next to finish was the legend Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS. Jo has been battling with injury this year but this did not stop her finishing 18th female from the Elite pack. This all bodes well for her crack at the Chicago Marathon later this year. Next to South Shields was another injury plagued Harrier, Ella BROWN. Ella is also preparing for an autumn marathon and finished this is a brilliant 1.27.40. Amongst the Harrier who notched pb’s were the fast improving Stuart MORRIS who knocked almost 8 minutes off his previous best, Micky AISTON who improved by 9 minutes, Rachel BOWYER by 6 minutes, Shelley COATES by 6 minutes, Tim SHEPHERD by 11 minutes and so on and so on. Well done to everyone! Results:

105-Daniel LENG 1.18.11

187-Phil HEMSLEY 1.21.23

???-Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS 1.22.41

488-Ella BROWN 1.27.40

795-Steve PATTERSON 1.30.22

861-Stuart MORRIS 1.30.54

893-Adam SPILLER 1.31.13

2393-Micky AISTON 1.39.06

3060-Gary COWELL 1.41.25

3412-Mark DOUGLAS 1.42.36

4259-Lisa BASTON 1.45.05

4600-Alex REED 1.45.59

4751-Dave HINDMARSH 1.46.19

4943-Sarah CROSS 1.46.48

5369-Phil LEE 1.47.51

5888-Andrew SHELL 1.49.06

5889-Kim REDPATH 1.49.06

9401-Shelley COATES 1.56.06

11483-John ROSS 1.59.25

12434-Lyn FRATER 2.00.55

13992-Gail CUTHBERT 2.03.38

14014-Mairi CAMPBELL 2.03.39

14164-Suzie BARWISE-MUNRO 2.03.57

15673-Rachel McCOY 2.06.37

18225-Lee BOWYER 2.11.14

23244-Jayne HATELY 2.20.23

24267-Tim SHEPHERD 2.22.08

24457-Mike MAKIN 2.22.32

29657-Christopher WATSON 2.33.02

29998-Rachel BOWYER 2.33.48

30876-Christine MAVROMICHAELIS 2.35.48

31511-Gaynor AYRE 2.37.22

If there’s anyone else who ran who I’ve left off this list let us know!

Phil HEMSLEY-Great North Run 2014Photo courtesy of Hippie NIXON.

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South Shields Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Derwentwater Trail Races/Highland Pertshire Marathon/Achenseelauf

Saturday 6th September was a busy morning in the world of parkrun with numerous Harriers taking part in various events. Peter GREY was top man for his superb performance at South Shields, where he bolted up in 4th place. Peter ran the fastest time of the day by a Harrier clocking 18.54 which was also easily the highest WAVA score of the day by our runners. Another big WAVA score came courtesy of Gay EASTOE at Workington. Gay’s time of 25.05 saw her win the female 60 category, whilst husband Richard was 1st in the male 60 age group.

Peter GREY at South Shields Parkrun September 2014Nearer to home 12 Harriers were in action in the Druridge Bay parkrun. First home for us in 3rd place was Junior Harrier Isaac MOSS, who finished just ahead of 5th placed Mark MILLER. There were a number of Harriers making their parkrun debuts including Mark HUME who was 1st in the male 65 category. Chris FRIEND was making his debut in a Harrier vest and was narrowly beaten by Kim BRONZE in a great battle.

Mark MILLER-Druridge Bay Parkrun

For the women there were 2 Harriers battling it out around Ladyburn Lake. Tracey SAMPLE ran a course pb of 22.45 to finish a very good 2nd lady, whilst last weeks victress Claire MILLER-GROSSETT was 3rd female to finish.


South Shields:

4-Peter GREY 18.54 (82.0%)


19-Richard EASTOE 23.29 (68.28%)

24-Gay EASTOE 25.05 (76.28%)

Druridge Bay:

3-Isaac MOSS 18.56 (71.30%)

5-Mark MILLER 19.07 (69.40%)

9-Terry FOUNTAIN 20.22 (70.70%)

14-Andy SQUIRES 21.52 (67.99%)

18-Graham SKIRROW 22.15 (66.82%)

20-John CALLAGHAN 22.44 (67.01%)

21-Tracey SAMPLE 22.45 (69.16%)

25-Dave HINDMARSH 23.17 (64.35%)

30-Claire MILLER-GROSSETT 23.53 (61.97%)

34-Kim BRONZE 24.35 (60.95%)

35-Chris FRIEND 24.36 (57.18%)

59-Mark HUME 31.07 (56.03%)

John CALLAGHAN-Druridge Bay Parkrun

Chris FRIEND-Druridge Bay Parkrun

There were also great performances at Druridge Bay by Steven CARRAGHER and Karl BAXTER, two brand new members who joined after the parkrun was done and dusted. Steve was first finisher in a very impressive 17.26, whilst Karl ran a 5k pb of 31.36. Karl has taken part in all 5 Druridge Bay parkrun’s and has impressed many with his permanent smile and great enthusiasm! Welcome to the club both of you!

Later that day 3 Harriers were taking part in the latest in the Lakeland Trail Race series, the Derwentwater Trail Race at Keswick. A regular to these events, Dave COATES, was taking part in the 15k race where he finished 148th in 1.33.30. Meanwhile Dave and Maureen BARTRUM took part in the 15k challenge. The pair ran together till the last few yards when Dave outsprinted wife Maureen to finish 1 second ahead in 1.43.28 to take 244th place. Who said chivalry is dead?

Maureen and Dave BARTRUM-Derwentwater Trail Challenge 2014

Cris ATWELL put in an excellent performance at the Highland Perthshire Marathon at Aberfeldy that day. Running one of his fastest marathons for some time Cris was across the line in an excellent 3.40.02 to finish 54th.

Finally the following day globe trotter Rob ENSER took part in the Achenseelauf, billed as a panoramic and hard trail race in Austria. Rob finished the half marathon 231st of 930 finishers in 2.02.31. Gut gemacht Rob!

Photos of Mark MILLER, John CALLAGHAN and Chris FRIEND at Druridge Bay courtesy of Jackie PROUSE.

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North East Harrier League 2014/15-Reminder!!!

Not long now till the start of the 2014/15 North East Harrier League cross country season!


At the recent AGM the 6 Harrier League fixtures were provisionally announced as:

1. 11/10/14-East Cramlington Nature Reserve (Blyth RC)

2. 22/11/14-Aykley Heads, Durham (Elvet/Durham/Derwentside)

3. 29/11/14-Wallington Hall (Morpeth Harriers)

4. 17/01/15-Bedewell Park (Jarrow & Hebburn AC)

5. 28/02/15-Alnwick Gardens (Alnwick Harriers)

6. 14/03/15-Wrekenton (Saltwell Harriers)

In addition to this other events we hope to target are:

7. 13/12/14-North Eastern Championships (Newcastle Town Moor)

8. 24/01/15-Northern Championships (Pontefract)

9. 21/02/15-National Championships (Parliament Hill, London)

We hope that as may Harriers as possible will take part in these events, more details for which will appear nearer the time.

Junior Action-NEHL

At the AGM several things were discussed and it was agreed that the flat rate for entering clubs in the Harrier League will be scrapped and a £1 per runner fee will be introduced. The club are very generously offering to pay for each Harrier who wants to take part in the cross country races! However if you want a number please let us know as we’ll only obtain numbers for Harriers who definitely want to take part. There is a poster on the noticeboard at Willowburn and a list to add your names to. Alternatively email Mark DOCTOR at dockie1974@hotmail.co.uk and he’ll add your name. If you’ve never taken part in a cross country race before and are unsure what you’re letting yourselves in for contact Team Captains Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS (johanna.gascoigne-owens@newcastle.ac.uk) or Bruce CROMBIE (brucecrombie@btinternet.com), and they’ll put your minds at rest! Below is a list of those who’ve signed up so far.

Mens Harrier League List 2014

Womens Harrier League List 2014


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Druridge Bay Parkrun/Carlisle Parkrun/Harrogate Parkrun/Tynedale 10 Mile Jelly Race/Watergate 5k

8 Harriers took part in the 4th Druridge Bay Parkrun on Saturday 30th August, with the highlight being success for Claire MILLER-GROSSETT as she won the ladies race! Claire actually struggled in the blustery conditions with her finishing time of 24.14 being well down on her recent performances, which have seen her finish as 3rd female on two occasions. However her run was good enough to see her follow up Sarah GRAY’s victory two weeks ago in the same event. Well done Claire!

For the men first finisher was Eddie LONGSTAFF in 3rd place. Again Eddie was not particularly over the moon with his time of 19.04, but it was a decent run nonetheless. There were no such wind issues for Mark DOUGLAS who knocked a massive 42 seconds off his previous best Parkrun time, finishing the 5k agonisingly just over 20 minutes. Also at Druridge Bay John ROSS was 1st in the male 55 category, Dave COATES made his Parkrun debut and Richard AGAN clocked a poor time, due to getting lost on the way!


Mark DOUGLAS-4th Druridge Bay ParkrunResults:

3-Eddie LONGSTAFF 19.04 (67.66%)

9-Mark DOUGLAS 20.02 (64.89%)

25-Conrad STEWART 22.34 (61.89%)

27-Dave COATES 22.38 (66.79%)

31-Kim BRONZE 23.43 (63.18%)

32-Richard AGAN 24.08 (53.45%)

33-Claire MILLER-GROSSETT 24.14 (61.07%)

38-John ROSS 25.30 (61.31%)

Kim BRONZE-4th Druridge Bay ParkrunAlso that morning Gay and Richard EASTOE travelled to the north of Cumbria to take part in the Carlisle Parkrun, as their usual Workington Parkrun wasn’t taking place that morning. Richard was 1st in the male 60 category, though Gay was beaten to female 60 success! Finally Phil LEE was at the Harrogate Parkrun where he finished 91st of the 308 runners. Results:


67-Gay EASTOE 26.52 (71.22%)

68-Richard EASTOE 26.52 (59.68%)


91-Phil LEE 24.04 (63.85%)

The following morning 3 Harriers travelled to take part in the Tynedale Harriers organised 10 mile Jelly Tea Race. Of the 3 Gary COWELL was first across the line. Since joining the club just over a week ago Gary has pulled on the club vest 3 times, performing well on each occasion. Good work Gary! Charlie GILLON and John ROSS also took part. Results:

127-Gary COWELL 1.13.51

200-Charlie GILLON 1.20.19

295-John ROSS 1.28.43

Gary COWELL-Tynedale Harriers 10 Mile Jelly RaceFinally back on Thursday 28th August Mark HUME raced in the Low Fell RC organised Watergate 5k. Mark has been blighted with injuries of late so well done just for making the start line! He finished the undulating 5k in 31.47.

Photos courtesy of Jackie PROUSE (Druridge Bay) and Dave KITCHING (Tynedale Jelly Race).

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