Helvellyn Trail Race/Ullswater Trail Race

A number of Harriers headed across to the Lake District on Saturday morning to take part in the “Dirty Double” organised by Lakeland Trails. This comprised of a 15k race on the Saturday afternoon in the shadow of Helvellyn and a 14k along the banks and hills above Ullswater the following afternoon. Many thanks to David HINDMARSH for organising what was a fantastic trip for all those who attended and also to the club for their generous subsidy!


After a bright and early start on Saturday morning 11 Harriers took part in the first of the races which started and finished at Glenridding. After a hard and seemingly never ending drag uphill past the Helvellyn Youth Hostel, the race hit some fast and muddy downhill stretches before ending with a nice flat section meaning there was something for everyone! First Harrier home for us was Dominic HARRIS in 1.09.27 showing that not only is he a decent road runner, but also has loads of potential on the hills. He finished just over a minute ahead of Adam SPILLER, who in turn was clear of our 3rd finisher Dean STACKHOUSE. A couple of minutes further back was Mark DOCTOR and he was just over 2 minutes clear of our first female finisher, Alice TETLEY-PAUL. David HINDMARSH was next followed by Dave BARTRUM, Lisa BASTON, Conrad STEWART, Maureen BARTRUM and Carol DAVISON.



43-Dominic HARRIS 1.09.27

47-Adam SPILLER 1.10.46

100-Dean STACKHOUSE 1.17.15

122-Mark DOCTOR 1.19.28

137-Alice TETLEY-PAUL 1.21.35

151-David HINDMARSH 1.22.37

193-Dave BARTRUM 1.27.49

195-Lisa BASTON 1.27.55

227-Conrad STEWART 1.32.39

???-Maureen BARTRUM 1.37 ish (not in the results but she definitely did it!)

304-Carol DAVISON 1.51.17


The Harriers then travelled back to Keswick for a shower, food and, for some, lots and lots and lots of alcohol. The following day, after not much sleep, the Harriers went back to Glenridding for the Ullswater leg of the weekend. Those feeling queasy were relieved to hear that the boat taking runners across the lake to the race start had been cancelled due to choppy waters. Therefore the emergency 13k race route was utilised. This race had lots of very runnable flat sections, a long steep climb and less in the way of muddy downhills compared to the day before. We were joined on the day by Adam FLETCHER, Ruth DOCTOR, Katie BLACKBURN and Mary PLUMLEY who’d travelled over for this race, though one Harrier was unable to race due to levels of intoxication.

First home was experienced fell runner Adam FLETCHER who was an excellent 7th of nearly 400 runners in 58.43 and was winner of the male 50 category. Adam SPILLER raced well once again to finish 25th, whilst Dean STACKHOUSE, David HINDMARSH, Mark DOCTOR and Alice TETLEY-PAUL were within 5 minutes of each other. Katie BLACKBURN had a good run to finish 2nd of the female Harriers and Lisa BASTON did well to make the start after picking up a slight injury the day before. Results:

7-Adam FLETCHER 58.43

25-Adam SPILLER 1.06.12

61-Dean STACKHOUSE 1.12.43

66-David HINDMARSH 1.14.29

80-Mark DOCTOR 1.15.53

94-Alice TETLEY-PAUL 1.17.45

149-Dave BARTRUM 1.24.23

162-Katie BLACKBURN 1.25.35

207-Ruth DOCTOR 1.30.29

220-Conrad STEWART 1.31.30

243-Maureen BARTRUM 1.34.05

270-Mary PLUMLEY 1.36.56

317-Lisa BASTON 1.43.00

341-Carol DAVISON 1.49.18

Photos above are of the Harriers before the Helvellyn Trail Race, Adam SPILLER and Carole DAVISON during. Photos of the Ullswater Trail Race to follow.

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Minors Cross Country Championships/Alwinton Show Fell Race

Over 250 Under 11 athletes from clubs and schools across the north east gathered at Bedewell Park, Jarrow for the Minors Cross Country Championship on Saturday 14th October. The childrens categories were split into year groups where a minimum of three boys and girls were required to form a team from school year groups 4, 5 and 6.

Alnwick Harriers made excellent representation filling a team in every age group. The races varied in length from 1km to 2.5km over a muddy, hilly course. The teams finished highly in most categories with top three places and there were also some good individual performances with several top ten finishes.

Minors Team pic

Several of the older Alnwick juniors competed at Alwinton Show also on Saturday, taking on the hilly 3 mile course. Max MURRAY JOHN (U13) and Lauren BROWN (U13) were first home for Alnwick in 6th and 8th overall place. These were excellent results in a combined race containing runners up to the age of 16. All the athletes coped well with the tough course that most Seniors find hard going!

SamFB_IMG_1508090961327Photos show the Minors Cross Country team, Sam THRELFALL in action at Alwinton and the Junior Harriers before the race started.

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Manchester Half Marathon/Loch Rannoch Marathon/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Newbiggin By The Sea Parkrun

On Sunday 15th October 5 Harriers headed across to take part in the Manchester Half Marathon. All 5 performed well, with Richard JOHNSON and Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS running the fastest times by Harriers over that distance this year. Richard was our 1st finisher in 83rd place overall and clocked a personal best of 1.18.25 in the process! Jo was an excellent 4th female finisher in a decent field and finished in 1.22.38. John CUTHBERT was next in a very good 1.31.31, followed by Stuart MORRIS in a morale boosting 1.40.45. Last but by no means least Laura McLEAN Jr knocked well over 3 minutes off her previous best at the distance to finish in a splendid 1.51.15.

Also that day Gay and Richard EASTOE were north of the border to take part in the Loch Rannoch Marathon. Richard was 110th finisher and 3rd in the male 60 category in 4.22.40, whilst Gay was 2nd female 60 in 4.38.00.


The day before 8 Harriers took part in the Druridge Bay Parkrun where there was yet more success for Carole PAGE. She was 14th overall and 1st female home in 21.03. This time matched her own course WAVA score of 88.36%! Paul WILKIE was next home for us in 25th, ahead of the female 45 category winner Mel STEER. Results:

14-Carole PAGE 21.03 (88.36%)

25-Paul WILKIE 22.57

35-Mel STEER 23.45

56-John ROSS 26.36 (60.28%)

96-Nell GAIR 31.14

97-Jayne McKENNA 31.15

133-Mark HUME 34.20

137-Christine MAVROMICHAELIS 34.32


Junior Harrier Alex KNIGHT was in action at the inaugural Newbiggin By The Sea Parkrun where he finished 140th in 31.20, whilst lots of his Junior colleagues, as well as some Seniors, took part in the Alwinton Show Fell Race. No results have been located as yet but in the meantime here’s a team photo!

Photos are of the EASTOEs at Loch Rannoch and John ROSS at Druridge Bay.

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Brass Monkey Half Marathon 2018

The Alnwick Harrier Grand Prix Steering Committee (there isn’t really such a committee, its basically John ROSS) are working towards finalising the 2018 fixtures. However the Steering Committee (again, just John) would like to bring to your attention that the fast, flat and extremely popular Brass Monkey Half Marathon in York will be on the list of races. Its on Sunday 14th January at 10am, though entries open next Saturday at 6am! All the details are at this link https://www.yorkknavesmireharriers.co.uk/brass-monkey.

It will sell out extremely quickly so you have to be on the ball with this one. Knavesmire Harriers suggest creating an account with Resultsbase beforehand and getting in the queue at 5.45am. Yes that’s 5.45am! Its worth it however as this is a great race.

More fixtures will be announced in the coming weeks.


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NEHL Druridge Bay

On Sunday 8th October Blyth Running Club hosted the 2nd of the 2017/18 North East Harrier League cross country fixtures at Druridge Bay. Following on from our decent start to the season at Wrekenton the week before a huge number of Harriers, both Junior and Senior, helped to bag some excellent personal and team performance for the club. For the Seniors the mens team put in an outstanding performance to comfortably finish top of the 11 Division 2 teams on the day. As a result the men are 2nd overall in Division 2, just behind Gosforth Harriers. The Senior Women also fared well to finish 5th of the 10 teams in Division 1, which sees them 4th in the division after two rounds.

Dan TURNBULL, from the Medium Pack, had a storming run to finish 18th of well over 500 runners and is now promoted to the Fast Pack. Adam FLETCHER ran well from the Slow Pack to finish next for us and is promoted to the Medium Pack, whilst Steve CARRAGHER is now back in the Fast Pack after a brilliant 35th placed finish. Ian SIMON was our 4th counter, whilst fellow Slow Pack runners Graham SYERS and James WILLOUGHBY ran really well to finish as our final counters. There were great runs from a huge number of Harriers including Peter GREY, Jon ARCHER, Steve COWELL and Jim LILLICO to name but a few. Several made their Harrier League bows for us including Andrew WILDE, Paul WILKIE and Kevin McGEE. The whole team acquitted themselves well and can be proud of their performances!


Senior Men:

18-Dan TURNBULL 38.50 (M)

31-Adam FLETCHER 39.29 (S)

35-Steve CARRAGHER 39.50 (M)

55-Ian SIMON 40.29 (S)

72-Graham SYERS 40.49 (S)

75-James WILLOUGHBY 40.53 (S)

166-Peter GREY 42.24 (S)

169-Dominic HARRIS 42.28 (M)

203-Phil HEMSLEY 43.08 (M)

218-Jon ARCHER 43.23 (S)

236-Adam SPILLER 43.43 (S)

249-Stefan TOWNSLEY 43.57 (S)

250-Steve COWELL 43.58 (S)

259-Jim LILLICO 44.18 (S)

269-Mike TELFER 44.29 (S)

287-John CUTHBERT 44.53 (S)

301-Shaun LAND 45.13 (M)

306-Neil HAMILTON 45.25 (S)

326-Ian HORSLEY 45.52 (S)

345-Stuart MORRIS 46.29 (S)

359-Steve STUDLEY 46.44 (S)

381-Andrew WILDE 47.13 (S)

412-Kevin McGEE 48.22 (S)

430-Pail WILKIE 49.03 (S)

444-Peter McEWAN 49.31 (S)

461-Chris HALL 50.31 (S)

533-Paul DELLBRIDGE 58.02 (S)


The Senior Women were led home once again by Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS who finished 11th, just 24 hours after bolting up in the ladies race at the Druridge Bay Parkrun. She was backed up by Lisa BASTON and Alice TETLEY-PAUL who had a good battle throughout to finish 34th and 37th respectively. Lisa is now in the Medium Pack, whilst Alice only just missed out! 4th and final counter was club Chairwoman Tracey SAMPLE who put in a class run to finish 73rd overall. Improving Mel STEER was next and Karen KELLY battled well from the Fast Pack to finish as our 6th runner, just ahead of Frances WILDE. Bev BLYTHE had an impressive run on her Harrier League debut and it was great to see Louisa STEWART back in a Harriers vest after a few years away!


Senior Women:


34-Lisa BASTON 31.02 (S)

37-Alice TETLEY-PAUL 31.05 (S)

73-Tracey SAMPLE 32.00 (S)

78-Mel STEER 32.11 (S)

132-Karen KELLY 33.54 (F)

133-Frances WILDE 33.54 (S)

163-Sarah CROSS 34.49 (S)

172-Justine NORMAN 35.08 (S)

179-Bev BLYTHE 35.22 (S)

194-Alison WRIGHT 35.53 (S)

198-Ruth DOCTOR 36.02 (S)

233-Mary PLUMLEY 37.34 (S)

235-Louisa STEWART 37.36 (S)

329-Tammy HALL 43.26 (S)

355-Karen LEADBITTER 57.53 (S)


Alnwick Harriers Juniors were out in force with over 40 runners aged 9 to 16 represented the club.

The Under 11s raced first with several new club members experiencing their first big race. However they weren’t put off and the 14 girls and 5 boys produced some excellent results. New Harrier Lilia PURVIS was first home for Alnwick in 16th place overall followed by a rapidly improving Molly JOHNSTON and then Evie GODDEN who put in another excellent effort to finish 26th out of a strong field of 77 runners.

Duridge group

The Under 11 boys were lead home by Harris HALL in 18th place who finished just ahead of Jack PRICE, Alfie TEMPLE, Alex KNIGHT and Thomas GLADSTONE. All the boys coped well and demonstrated some excellent team spirit.

The Under 13 girls put out a strong team and were looking to build on their good result last week at Wrekenton. Running from the fast pack Lauren BROWN had an excellent run and was once again the fastest on the day finishing in 7th overall place. Millie BREESE was not far behind having had an excellent race and Ellie PRICE was the third counter of a strong team. The girls were the fastest team on the day an excellent well deserved result that now places them 2nd in the league!

The Under 13 boys were lead home by Finlay WILDE in a great 10th place. Finlay gains himself promotion to the Fast Pack for the next fixture. Max MURRAY JOHN from the Fast Pack was next home and finished in an excellent time of 12 minutes 25 for the 3k course (fastest overall Alnwick runner on the day!). Luke STUDLEY was third counter followed by Billy CLAYTON, and the team managed a decent 7th place overall.

The Under 15 girls had an enthusiastic team this week with Kate BUDDLE first home for Alnwick. Maddy HALL was next followed by Anna Grace HARVEY and Antje HALL.

The Under 15 boys once again fielded a strong team who managed an overall 5th team place. This result was good enough to secure fourth overall place after the 2 fixtures which is encouraging as they still have strong base of competitive slow pack runners. First counter was Barnabas HARVEY followed by Joseph GODDEN, who had a good run, with Max BREESE completed the trio of scoring team runners.

U15 Boys

The Under 17 boys were last of the Juniors to run. Daniel HARRISON-FRATER and Harry BROWN ran well both showing promise for the rest of the season.

The teams once again performed well and with only two fixtures completed Alnwick are already showing potential of securing good high places in the league this year.

Girls Under 11s:

16-Lilia PURVIS 6.32

24-Molly JOHNSTON 6.44

26-Evie GODDEN 6.48

33-Megan BROWN 6.54

36-Chloe GIVENS 7.01

43-Tess HINDMARSH 7.12

48-Amie SAUNDERS 7.20

52-Eleanor HEELEY 7.31

56-Kate BURN 7.39

58-Ava FINDLAY 7.45

61-Tilly HALL 7.50

64-Xara PURVIS 7.58

65-Lucy COLLIS 7.58

70-Rebecca HEELEY 8.07

72-Evie McALLISTER 8.14

75-Leila THOMPSON 8.42


Boys Under 11s:

18-Harris HALL 6.28

42-Alfie TEMPLE 7.04

44-Alex KNIGHT 7.06

57-Thomas GLADSTONE 9.46

Girls Under 13s:

7-Lauren BROWN 14.46 (F)

12-Millie BREESE 15.07 (F)

20-Ellie PRICE 15.28 (S)

34-Hannah JOHNSTON 15.56 (F)

43-Beth CARRAGHER 16.14 (S)

71-Abbie DAVIES 18.23 (S)

76-Katie Lou FRIEND 18.58 (S)

Boys Under 13s:

10-Finlay WILDE 13.45 (S)

15-Max MURRAY JOHN 14.05 (F)

48-Luke STUDLEY 15.49 (S)

54-Billy CLAYTON 17.01 (S)

Girls Under 15s:

38-Kate BUDDLE 16.23 (S)

44-Maddy HALL 17.24 (S)

51-Anna Grace HARVEY 18.56 (S)

54-Antje HALL 22.13 (S)

Boys Under 15s:

13-Barnabus HARVEY 13.14 (S)

16-Joseph GODDEN 13.23 (S)

25-Max BREESE 13.51 (S)

32-Ben MURRAY JOHN 14.07 (F)

41-Ollie TELFER 14.35 (F)

44-James CARRAGHER 14.50 (S)

45-Jude HALL 14.53 (S)

50-Ryan HARRISON-FRATER 15.37 (S)

54-Thomas DAVISON 16.31 (S)

56-Joe HEMSLEY 16.49 (S)

Boys Under 17s:

5-Harry BROWN 20.15 (S)

7-Daniel HARRISON-FRATER 20.40 (S)


Photos are of Dan TURNBULL, Jim LILLICO, Tracey SAMPLE, Alice TETLEY-PAUL/Lisa BASTON, Under 11 Girls, Under 15 Boys, Rebecca HEELEY and the Senior Women.

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Druridge Bay Parkrun/Folkestone Parkrun/Kielder 10k/Grantchester 10k/Kielder Marathon and Half Marathon/Yorkshire Marathon/Sandstone Way 120 Mile

A busy old weekend for the club started off in fine style on Saturday 7th October when Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS blasted round the Druridge Bay Parkrun in an impressive 18.59. Jo was comfortably the 1st female finisher and was 4th overall finisher of the 181 competitors. Her time was the 2nd fastest time by a female at the event in 2017. 2nd home for us and 2nd female finisher was Carole PAGE in 21.18, whilst Mel STEER was next in 23.24. For the men John ROSS had a fine run and was our 1st male finisher. Results:

4-Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS 18.59 (79.72%)

12-Carole PAGE 21.18 (87.32%)

27-Mel STEER 23.24 (70.80%)

58-John ROSS 26.06 (61.43%)

73-Laura McLEAN 27.54

85-Alex KNIGHT 28.31

104-Christine HARDY 30.40

109-Eileen GUTHRIE 31.20 (55.59%)


At the other end of the country Tim FALCONER was the winner of the male 50 category at the Folkestone Parkrun. Tim was 12th overall in 21.15.

Later in the day 2 Harriers were in action at the Kielder 10k. Diana WEIGHTMAN was 121st finisher and was 2nd in her age category in 49.39, whilst Keith SHOTTON was round in 56.09.

The following day there was yet more success for our ladies when Rachelle FALLOON was the 1st female finisher at the Grantchester 10k in Cambridgeshire! Rachelle was 6th overall finisher of the 220 runners in 39.59.


The following day Jon DUFFY and Laura McLEAN Jr were both in action at Kielder, with Jon in the marathon and Laura in the half marathon. Jon had a great run and finished 78th in a very good 3.40.01, whilst Laura was home in the 13.1 mile race in 2.03.11.


Also in marathon action on Sunday was Nell GAIR at the PlusNet Yorkshire Marathon. Nell was round in 6.05.18 and celebrated with a pint afterwards!


Finally for the weekend our amazing ultra runner Andy STEPHENSON took part in the Sandstone Way 120 Mile Race. Yes 120 miles!!! Starting in Berwick on Saturday morning, the race ended in Hexham the following evening. Andy finished this mammoth race in 35 hours 6 minutes and 50 seconds, winning the male 50 category in the process. Brilliant work Andy!

Photos are of Mel STEER at Druridge Bay, Rachelle FALLOON with her winners trophy, Jon DUFFY at Kielder and Nell GAIR after the Yorkshire Marathon.

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Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards!

Harriers! Now is time to compile your lists of races to claim one of our Gold, Silver or Bronze awards. At the AGM on Wednesday 18th October Harriers will be given the relevant medal depending on the number of races completed. The races can be anything from 5ks to ultra races and parkruns to fell races, as long as the race was entered as an Alnwick Harrier and as long as a Harriers vest was worn. The qualifying races are between 30th September 2016 and 1st October 2017.

Please can you send your list of races to Mark DOCTOR at dockie1974@hotmail.co.uk before Sunday 15th October.

The awards are:

Bronze-awarded for 8-11 races.

Silver-awarded for 12-19 races.

Gold-awarded for 20+ races.

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The Alnwick Harriers AGM will take place on Wednesday 18th October, starting at 8pm at Alnwick Rugby Club.

All members are welcome and are encouraged to attend the AGM, where a free buffet will be laid on afterwards. Training will start at 6.30pm to ensure all sessions are completed before the AGM.

If any members have any items to add to the agenda please could you inform club Secretary Sarah CROSS or Chairwoman Tracey SAMPLE at least one week before the meeting. Any agenda items submitted after this date cannot be considered at the AGM.

If anyone wants to be on the committee there will be a nomination sheet on the noticeboard at Willowburn, or see any committee member.

At the end of the meeting we will vote on any potential life members. If you have any nominations please inform the Secretary or Chairwoman.

Will we also be giving out the Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for which there will be a separate post soon.

It would be great to see as many Harriers as possible at the AGM. It is the best way of knowing and having a say in how your club is run!

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Brampton To Carlisle 10 Miler Club Trip

Bookings are now being taken for the last of our 2017 Grand Prix races, the fast and flat Brampton to Carlisle 10 Mile Road Race. The event takes place on Sunday 19th November and as always the club offer reduced entry fees and massively subsidised travel. In fact race entry and transport in a luxury coach is a measly £20 for Harriers!!

Many thanks to John CUTHBERT for setting up the following link where you can book a place on the bus https://www.sportsentrysolutions.com/product_page.php?recordID=200584.

As well as booking a seat on the bus you MUST fill in and sign an entry form which can be found at this link http://www.ukresults.net/forms/171119brampton.pdf. In the past we’ve asked folk to place a completed entry form in an envelope at Willowburn, however some Harriers aren’t happy (understandably) with leaving personal details lying around at Willowburn so please can you sign, scan and email a copy to dockie1974@hotmail.co.uk or send it/post it to Mark DOCTOR, 25 Tyelaw Meadows, Shilbottle, NE66 2JJ. The deadline is Saturday 4th November.

Dave BARTRUM-Brampton 2012

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Sheffield Hallam Parkrun/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Haigh Woodland Parkrun/Sunderland Parkrun/Border Trail Race/Great Scottish Run

On Saturday 30th September, whilst the hardcore Harriers were preparing for the cross country, a number of others were taking part in parkruns. Quickest Harrier by a long way over the 5k distance was Isaac MOSS down at the Sheffield Hallam Parkrun. He clocked an impressive 16.56 to finish 2nd. At the Haigh Woodland Parkrun near Wigan Jon ARCHER was round in 19.49 to finish 6th, meanwhile Gay and Richard EASTOE were at the Sunderland Parkrun where Gay finished in 28.43 and Richard in 30.20.

At the local event at Druridge Bay Mark DOUGLAS was the first Harrier home in 10th place in 19.55. Just over a minute behind was Ian HORSLEY in 15th with Neil HAMILTON 2 places further back. For the ladies Carole PAGE was 2nd finisher in 21.43, whilst slightly further back Christine HARDY ran a course pb and Jayne McKENNA completed her 100th parkrun!! Results:

10-Mark DOUGLAS 19.55 (66.19%)

15-Ian HORSLEY 20.56

17-Neil HAMILTON 21.01 (64.95%)

22-Steve COWELL 21.20

26-Carole PAGE 21.43 (84.50%)

62-Robert STEPHENSON 26.01 (52.66%)

83-John ROSS 27.40

86-Christine HARDY 27.56

113-Jayne McKENNA 29.50

117-Eleanor HEELEY 30.28

160-Alive TETLEY-PAUL 35.12

164-Lorna STEPHENSON 35.23 (46.26%)


The following day 3 Harriers tackled the 12 mile Border Trail Race, the route of which followed part of St Cuthberts Way from Fenwick to Wooler. 2 of our number, Adam FLETCHER and Alice TETLEY-PAUL, had been in Harrier League action under 24 hours before and in fact Alice had also taken in the Druridge Bay Parkrun the day before! So Adams 3rd placed finish in 1.35.04, a minute behind the winner, was a brilliant performance. Alice was back in 16th place in 2.03.55 and Mel STEER was 19th in 2.09.57.

Finally for the weekend John ROSS was in half marathon action once again, this time in the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow. John completed the course in 2.06.15.

Above photo is of Carole PAGE.

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