Christmas Party-More Info!!

We are pleased to announce that the 2014 Alnwick Harriers Christmas party sees a return to The Plough! The date of this years party is Friday 5th December, starting at 7pm. A 3 course dinner will be served from 7.30pm, with a disco afterwards. All for an amazing £15 per head (subsidy alert). Crikey!!! The DJ will pull the plug at midnight but the bar will remain open till 1am. Details of the food choices are here Christmas Fayre Menu 2014

There are only 50 spaces available so please please add your names to the list at Willowburn asap, by 1st November at the latest. Also please can you bring your £15 along to training and hand it onto a committee member in an envelope with your name(s) on. If you cannot get along to Willowburn in the next couple of weeks please email to get your names added.

Our other Christmas events are:

Wednesday 17th December-Christmas Parlauf. More details will be out soon including the post event buffet location.

Sunday 21st December-Christmas Handicap. Again more details will be released soon, but please note that our end of year awards and Grand prix prizes will be given out here rather than at the Christmas party.

Ho ho ho!!

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North East Counties Cross Country Championships-Reminder!

In recent years Alnwick Harriers have been one of the only clubs in the north east not to send any runners to the North East Cross Country Championships! Shocking, I know. This year we aim to put that right by entering as many Harriers as possible into the event, both Junior and Senior. The fixture takes place on Saturday 13th December 2014 at Newcastle Town Moor, and is hosted by Tyne Bridge Harriers. As an incentive the club have very generously offered to pay the entry fees for all those taking part!

There is a poster on the noticeboard at Willowburn for all those interested to add their names to, with the deadline being Wednesday 12th November. Please note that we must have your UKA number to enter you into the race: no UKA number supplied=no entry. Also please don’t be scared off by the term “Championship”! As with the Harrier League this race is for all club runners no matter how fast or slow they are. Click on the link below for more info.

NECAA Cross Country Championships 2014

Please note that club vests must be worn or the organisers may disqualify runners. Finally if the club enters you into this race and you do not take part for whatever reason we request that you reimburse the club the race entry fee (£4 Juniors/£5 Seniors).

Cross Country Action!

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London Marathon Ballot

It looks like we’ll be once again getting 3 club entries into next April’s London Marathon. There’s a poster on the noticeboard at Willowburn to add your name to if you want one of these sought after places. As always preference will be given to those who were initially rejected in the general ballot, as long as you can produce your rejection letter to a committee member. If there’s any spaces left any Harrier who wants one will go into the ballot.

The draw will be made at one of our Christmas events, possibly the Christmas Party which will enable those lucky ones to set about their training and the unlucky ones to find an alternative marathon!

If you cannot get along to Willowburn, as usual contact Mark at and your name will be added to the list.

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Club Mile Challenge!

Top coach and thoroughly nice chap Graham SYERS is planning one of his excellent and well attended track sessions at the King Edward VI High School track in Morpeth on Wednesday 19th November. Those who have attended one of his sessions before will know that they are excellent, and its surprisingly enjoyable to run on a running track!

This session will be the Club Mile Challenge, will run between 7.15 and 8.15pm and it is open to all Harriers of all levels.

There will soon be a poster on the noticeboard at Willowburn, though as always if you want to take part but can’t get there contact Mark at and he’ll add your name. When you add your name to the list please can you write on there your recent race times over any distance. Using this data Graham will calculate what your predicted time for a mile should be and he’ll put runners into heats of similar pace. The runner who performs the best on the night in comparison to their predicted time will be the Club Mile Challenge champion!

It would be great to get as many Harriers as possible from all the different groups along to this event.

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Hi-Viz Tops!

Geoff CAMPBELL is now selling a stylish hi-viz top for use by Harriers at the Wednesday night training sessions. The cost is a very, very reasonable £6! Please can all those who want one bring along £6 (correct money please) or a cheque payable to Alnwick Harriers whilst stocks last. Also can those who took one away with them at the last training session on the proviso that they cough up asap, please pass on their money to Geoff or any committee member.

Please note that now its dark on a Wednesday night session all Harriers need to wear some sort of reflective, hi-viz top. By all means you can supply your own but these new hi-viz tops are the height of fashion, and have ALNWICK HARRIERS printed on them. If you don’t wear a hi-viz, reflective top your coach may ask you to leave the session.

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Liversedge Half Marathon-Club Trip!!!!

Good news folks! Its been agreed once again to organise a massively subsidised club trip to the Liversedge Half Marathon in February! The race, which has been a very successful one for club with age category and team prize wins in recent years, takes place on Sunday 15th February 2015 and takes in the best of what West Yorkshire has to offer such as Cleckheaton, Brighouse and Hartshead Moor. It starts at 11am and a coach will leave bright and early to take those who sign up to the race.

Entry forms are on the noticeboard, as well as an envelope to pop them into once completed. The race sells out every year, and its easy to see why! So the deadline is Wednesday 3rd December. Costs and travel times will appear nearer the time. Finally the race will once again be part of the 2015 Grand Prix!!!

Graham SYERS-Liversedge Half Marathon 2014

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Brampton to Carlisle 10 Miler-Club Trip!!!

Entries are still being taken for the final Grand Prix event of 2014, the fast and flat Brampton to Carlisle 10 Mile Road Race on Sunday 16th November. The race starts at 11.30am, so the massively subsidised coach will leave Willowburn at 8.45am and go via Felton, getting into Brampton in plenty of time for a warm up. On the way back it will leave the Sands Centre, Carlisle at 14.30pm (later if required) and drop off at Felton and Willowburn.

As long as we enter a club block booking of 10 or more runners we’ll receive a 10% discount off the cost of each runner. So rather than enter yourself please fill out an entry form (loads on the noticeboard at Willowburn) and pop it into the envelope on the noticeboard (entry forms will be taken away and stored in a safe place!). Prices are to be announced at a later date when we know which size coach is required, but it’ll be cheap as always.

The deadline for requesting an entry via the club is Wednesday 5th November.

Mark MILLER-Brampton to Carlisle 2014

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Druridge Bay Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Gibside Fruitbowl Trail Race

7 Harriers lined up for the Druridge Bay Parkrun on Saturday 18th October and for the 2nd time in the 11 events Rosie MURTON turned in an impressive performance to finish as 1st female. Over half of the first female finishers so far have been Alnwick Harriers! However 1st Harrier to finish was Adam FLETCHER who battled it out for the whole of the 2 laps of Ladyburn Lake, only to be pipped in a close race by Blyth RC’s Lee CUTHBERTSON. Adam’s time of 18.01 gave him the highest WAVA score of the day. Amongst the other finishers Karl BAXTER notched a massive pb on his return from injury!

Meanwhile over in Cumbria Richard EASTOE was 1st male 60 at the Workington Parkrun, whilst wife Gay also ran well once again. Results:

Druridge Bay:

2-Adam FLETCHER 18.01 (81.22%)

15-Rosie MURTON 20.59 (72.92%)

19-Andy SQUIRES 21.23 (69.52%)

23-Graham SKIRROW 22.06 (67.27%)

39-Tina MURTON 24.23 (67.94%)

78-Karl BAXTER 29.33 (48.73%)

86-Mark HUME 30.24 (57.35%)


16-Richard EASTOE 22.20 (71.79%)

28-Gay EASTOE 24.43 (77.41%)

The following morning 13 Harriers were up bright and early to travel down the A1 to take part in the Blackhill Bounders organised Gibside Trail Race. The course has been altered slightly in recent years and now comes in at an extended 6.75 miles. That means more hills for your money! First Harrier home was Adam SPILLER in 42nd of 437 runners, followed by Micky AISTON and Mark DOCTOR. For the women 1st across the line was Charlotte BASTON. Just over 90 seconds back was Tracey SAMPLE who was in her element in this relentlessly undulating race, followed by Samantha FENDER. The race was also notable for one of the fastest sprint finishers ever seen, by Carol DAVISON!

Carol DAVISON-Gibside Trail Race

This was the last time Charlotte BASTON and dad Phil will be seen in an Alnwick vest as the pair have now joined Elswick Harriers. They have represented the club in well over 100 races since joining and will be greatly missed. Good luck with at your club!

Phil BASTON-Gibside Trail Race


42-Adam SPILLER 49.18

84-Micky AISTON 52.58

124-Mark DOCTOR 55.10

153-Charlotte BASTON 56.47

182-Tracey SAMPLE 58.23

198-Andrew SHELL 59.01

215-Phil BASTON 59.47

257-Samantha FENDER 1.02.18

281-Dave COATES 1.03.34

312-Morag DONOGHUE 1.05.05

322-Rachel McCOY 1.06.10

360-Carol DAVISON 1.09.56

395-Ron McCORMACK 1.15.11

Charlotte BASTON-Gibside Trail Race 2014Loads more photos of Harriers in action at the Gibside Trail Race are on our Flickr site, courtesy of Hippie Nixon Photography.

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Alnwick Harriers AGM/Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards!

Wednesday 15th October saw Alnwick Harriers host their Annual General Meeting, this year at the Alnwick Rugby Club. As is always the case when a few buffet is on offer the meeting was well attended. The meeting was kicked off by our Chairwoman Sue BOLAM, and was followed by Jim LILLICO’s famous round up of the year where he clocked a pb of 39 minutes 44 seconds! Outgoing Treasurer Stuart CARTER was next with the financial stuff followed by the Junior report courtesy of Brenda MALLEN.

Stepping down from the committee this time are Emma GIVENS and our Life Member and Membership Secretary Anne ALLAN. Many thanks to both for all their work over the years. Cris ATWELL is back for another stint as Treasurer, with Stu CARTER becoming but a humble Committee Member. Lisa WILLIAMS is the new Membership Secretary, and its welcome aboard to the committee to Audrey STEWART, Tim SHEPHERD and Vee POLLOCK.

Once the official bits and pieces were done, and before the food was devoured it was time for the Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. The lucky recipients were presented with a medal and a snog from Tracey SAMPLE, to recognise those Harriers who’ve taken part in a large number of races since last years AGM. All races in a Harriers vest count, ranging from 5k to marathons and including parkruns, fell races, relays and cross countries. Well done to all the winners, but a special well done must go to our loyal Cumbrian based members Gay and Richard EASTOE. The inspirational couple have taken part in over 60 races this year, a quite brilliant achievement!

Award Winners:

PLATINUM (Ridiculous number of races)


Richard EASTOE

GOLD (More than 20 races)



Shelley COATES



Sarah GRAY


Phil LEE



SILVER (12 to 19 races)







BRONZE (8 to 11 races)



Well done to everyone!!!

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Mini Athletics Series-Gateshead College

On Sunday 12th October 5 Alnwick Harrier Juniors attended the first of the events in the winter ‘mini athletic series’ at the Academy for Sport, Gateshead College. This indoor event attracted children from schools and clubs across the region and they were able to participate in sprints, hurdles, long and high jump and shot put. The competition was run very informally and was an excellent opportunity for new athletes to experience events they might not have tried before. The officials and coaches were able to offer excellent advice and encouragement and everyone enjoyed their day.

The Alnwick athletes did very well winning medals in most of the categories. Talia THOMPSON (9) competed in her first shot put competition, performed brilliantly and won the silver medal!


In conjunction with the College, Gateshead Harriers will be running the next event on 22nd February. It’s a great opportunity to get some excellent experience and training over the winter in a pleasant, warm environment!

Mini athletics indoor 2014

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