Druridge Bay Parkrun/Beeston Parkrun/Newcastle Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Durham Parkrun/Pier To Pier

There was a double for Alnwick Harriers at the Druridge Bay Parkrun on Saturday 21st May, thanks to Richard JOHNSON and Laura STUBBINGS! Richard was 1st across the line, well clear of the field, in a parkrun best time of 18.25. Laura completed the double by finishing in 22.14 for her 1st race victory! Also of note in-form Tim FALCONER ran yet another personal best time, Howard TAYLOR made his debut for us, John CUTHBERT ran a pb, Alex REED was 3rd female finisher and Pam WHELDON was 1st in the female 60 category.

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Results:

1-Richard JOHNSON 18.25 (70.05%)

12-Tim FALCONER 20.53 (72.39%)

19-Howard TAYLOR 21.48

23-Laura STUBBINGS 22.14 (67.24%)

25-John CUTHBERT 22.20 (57.84%)

26-Dominic HARRIS 22.21

31-Andy SQUIRES 22.46

32-Graham SKIRROW 22.54 (66.01%)

40-Alex REED 23.24 (67.88%)

41-Dave HINDMARSH 23.25

52-Kim BRONZE 25.17 (60.25%)

53-Maddy HALL 25.23 (64.15%)

60-Steve STUDLEY 26.02

84-Pam WHELDON 29.05

98-Ed WHELDON 32.11

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Down in the Midlands there was another race win for the club, when Dan LENG narrowly won the Beeston Parkrun! Dan clocked a 5k pb to finish 1st in an impressive 17.32. Nearer to home it was great to see Rob ENSER back in a Harriers vest at Newcastle, whilst at Workington Richard EASTOE was 1st in the male 60 category.

Results:

Beeston:

1-Dan LENG 17.32

Newcastle:

97-Rob ENSER 21.57

205-Sophie ENSER 24.07

Workington:

25-Richard EASTOE 22.09

54-Gay EASTOE 25.57

Durham:

357-Kirsty STEED 38.10

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The following day 2 Harriers were taking part in the scenic 7.5 mile Pier To Pier race between South Shields and Sunderland.

716-John ROSS 1.07.09

908-Ron McCORMACK 1.13.36

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Photos are of Laura STUBBINGS and Graham SKIRROW at Druridge Bay, Rob ENSER at Newcastle and John ROSS at the Pier to Pier.

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Clive Cookson 10k

13 Harriers completed the latest of the 2016 Alnwick Harriers Grand Prix races on Wednesday 18th May, the Clive Cookson 10k which was hosted by North Shields Poly AC. The course is a 2 lap loop, mainly on roads though with some gravelly bridle-paths thrown in. The 1st and 4th miles are a steady drag uphill; the 1st mile you don’t notice this incline due to being fresh and the number of runners, but the 4th mile you certainly do!

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There were some great pb performances by our runners, including 1st Harrier to finish, Dominic HARRIS. Dom shaved a few more seconds off his previous 10k best, bettering his Blyth 10k time last month by 6 seconds! Terry FOUNTAIN was next home in a fraction over 39 minutes, whilst Tim FALCONER impressed once again and knocked 2 seconds off his pb! For the ladies there was a great battle throughout between Lisa WILLIAMS and Angie EMBLETON, with Lisa finishing 4 seconds ahead. Justine NORMAN also ran well, whilst Laura McLEAN (Jr) achieved a 10k pb!

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Results:

55-Dominic HARRIS 38.05

76-Terry FOUNTAIN 39.01

139-Tim FALCONER 41.57

190-Mark DOCTOR 44.05

235-Andy SQUIRES 46.29

241-Lisa WILLIAMS 46.46

242-Angie EMBLETON 46.50

255-John CUTHBERT 47.29

262-Paul ROBINSON 48.07

266-Justine NORMAN 48.09

280-Denise DRUMMOND 49.04

310-Laura McLEAN 51.12

375-Ruary SLATER 57.06

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Photos of Andy SQUIRES/Tim FALCONER, Justine NORMAN/Lisa WILLIAMS and John CUTHBERT are courtesy of Terry BROWN (NS Poly). Latest Grand Prix standings, courtesy of John ROSS, will be out soon!

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NECAA Track and Field Championships

Sunday 15th May saw the hosting of the NECAA Track and Field Championship at Gateshead Stadium. It’s the regions biggest such event of the year taking place on Saturday and Sunday involving athletes of all ages.

Ollie TELFER was the first of the Alnwick athletes to compete on Sunday running the 800m in a very strong field of athletes. Ollie who is in his first year of the U15 finished 11th with a personal best time of 2 minutes 31s.

The Championship allows younger athletes, should they wish, to move up an age group to test themselves and try new events. This opportunity enabled Finlay TELFER to take on his brother Ollie in the U15 boys hammer throw. Not having a throwing enclosure in Alnwick meant the two athletes were restricted to practising in big empty fields! However, their improvisation paid off and both won medals, Ollie taking the gold with a throw of 14.94m and Finlay the runner up with 8.46m.

Peter SKIRROW couldn’t match his recent excellent form in the long jump but still managed to win the U20 mens category with a jump of 6.07m. Peter performed better in the mens Javelin competition taking silver medal position with an excellent throw of 34.32m.

Finally Finlay TELFER achieved his second throwing medal of the day in the U13 boys shot put, he finished third with a personal best throw of 5.29m.

The North East Athletic association hosted an excellent event which attracted a record number of athletes. It was well supported and the volunteers and officials who ran the two day Championship did a fantastic job.

NECCA Champs Fin Telfer

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Weetslade Relays!

The last of the 3 relays events targeted by the club is the excellent Weetslade Relay at Lockey Park, Wideopen on the evening of Wednesday 22nd June. This event is slightly different to the 2 previous relays which were both fast and flat. This has a bit of a hill in it!

We have paid for the maximum number of teams which is 6. So we have 18 spaces available for Harriers! We’ll be split into teams of 3, with each member running 2.5 miles. Each team must have a female and a veteran, though this can be the same person. Minimum age is 18 and there are changing facilities at Wideopen Fotball Club.

As always there is a poster on the noticeboard at Willowburn for you to add your names to. If you can’t get there but would like a place email Mark DOCTOR at dockie1974@hotmail.co.uk and he’ll add your name.

Weetslade Relays E Team-Denise DRUMMOND, Ruth DOCTOR and Mark DOCTOR

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Sheffield Hallam Parkrun/Newcastle Parkrun/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Durham Parkrun/Tynedale Half Marathon/Moorclose 10k

The fastest time of the year by a Harrier in a 5k was achieved by Isaac MOSS at the Sheffield Hallam Parkrun on Saturday 14th May, a superb 17.03. This time knocked 10 seconds off Phil HEMSLEYs 5k time set at the Terry O’Gara 5k recently, and saw Isaac finish 4th overall. A sub 17 beckons!

Elsewhere Sarah GRAY ran at Newcastle and posted a decent time, whilst both Richard and Gay EASTOE won their age categories at Workington. At our local Druridge Bay Parkrun 6 Harriers were in action with the first of our finishers being Junior star Callie HENDERSON, whilst new members Paul ROBINSON and Ian McALLISTER ran course pb times.

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Results:

Sheffield Hallam:

4-Isaac MOSS 17.03

Newcastle Parkrun:

161-Sarah GRAY 22.51

Workington Parkrun:

37-Richard EASTOE 24.15

46-Gay EASTOE 25.19

Durham Parkrun:

377-Kirsty STEED 40.47

Druridge Bay Parkrun:

52-Callie HENDERSON 23.28 (68.04%)

57-Alex REED 24.04 (66.00%)

59-Paul ROBINSON 24.18 (53.09%)

69-Jackie PROUSE 25.10

92-Gail CUTHBERT 26.54

151-Ian McALLISTER 31.33 (43.26%)

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The following day there was more success for Gay EASTOE at the Run Northumberland organised Tynedale Half Marathon as she scooped the female 60 prize! On a tough course 3 Harriers completed with Ian McALLISTER finishing ahead of Gay and husband Richard.

130-Ian McALLISTER 2.02.55

134-Gay EASTOE 2.04.13

135-Richard EASTOE 2.04.13

Back on Tuesday 10th May the EASTOEs were racing once again, this time in the Moorclose 10k at Workington. They ran together with Gay finishing in 57.28 and Richard in 57.29.

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Photos are of Callie HENDERSON and Paul ROBINSON at Druridge Bay, and the EASTOEs at the Moorclose 10k.

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Gordon Smith Memorial Relays

There was a brilliant turnout of Harriers at the Wallsend Harriers organised Gordon Smith Memorial Relays on Wednesday 11th May. On a brand new and much flatter course than previously 27 members donned the club vests to form teams of 3, battling out with other clubs from throughout the north east. There were some top class performances, with the Womens A team finishing 7th of the ladies teams, whilst the Mens A team were 13th of 137 teams overall.

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The fastest Harriers on the night were Phil HEMSLEY and Peter MORALEE who both clocked 10.58 for their 2.2 mile legs, whilst for the ladies Ella BROWN ran 11.46 and Kim REDPATH 13.29. At present there is a mistake in the results, as it shows Michael CAIRNS running one of the fastest legs overall on the night. Michael is quick but not that quick! However a special mention should go to Michael. En route he had a blow out on the A1 and it was only a tyre change which Lewis Hamilton would have been happy with which enabled him to get the start in time!

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Well done to all the Harriers for taking part in this event. It was great to see a whole load of Harriers taking part in and enjoying their first ever relay. The new course seemed to go down well and lots of Harriers are interested in doing the next relay event, the Weetslade Relays,  at Lockey Park, Wideopen in June. More details will be on the website soon! Results:

13-Mens “A” Team-Richard JOHNSON 11.12, Dominic HARRIS 11.23 and Phil HEMSLEY 10.58. Overall 33.33.

21-Mens “B” Team-Terry FOUNTAIN 11.40, Dean STACKHOUSE 11.39 and Peter MORALEE 10.58. Overall 34.17.

38-Mens “C” Team-Graham CROW 12.29, Michael CAIRNS 10.18 (?) and Tim FALCONER 13.53 (?). Overall 36.40.

50-Mens “D” Team-Jon DUFFY 12.49, Mark DOCTOR 13.00 and Gary COWELL 12.57. Overall 38.46.

54-Ladies “A” Team-Diana WEIGHTMAN 13.45, Kim REDPATH 13.29 and Ella BROWN 11.46. Overall 39.00.

90-Ladies “B” Team-Tracey SAMPLE 14.10, Justine NORMAN 14.16 and Denise DRUMMOND 14.36. Overall 43.02.

97-Mens “E” Team-Steve STUDLEY 14.23, Peter LINDLEY 14.28 and Andy STEHENSON 15.01. Overall 43.52.

116-Ladies “C” Team-Ruth DOCTOR 15.29, Jocelyn BOLAM 17.17 and Angie EMBLETON 13.41. Overall 46.27.

121-Ladies “D” Team-Rachel McCOY 15.29, Helen DICKINSON 16.02 and Sue BOLAM 16.17. Overall 47.28.

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Photos are of Angie EMBLETON, Phil HEMSLEY and Terry FOUNTAIN.

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North of Tyne Athletics Network Meeting/Northern Track and Field League

A beautiful sunny day gave the Alnwick Junior athletes an excellent opportunity to perform their best at the Churchill Playing Fields, Whitley Bay on Sunday 8th May. The Under 12’s turned out in force and produced some excellent results.

In the middle distance races there were some confident performances, with several of the athletes adopting a more ‘aggressive’ start to their races which produced some positive results. Olivia TEMPLE and Erin BELISLE (Y5) both ran well and finished third and fourth in their 600m race with the same time of 2.21. In the boys year 5 race Billy CLAYTON set off hard, maintained his pace and managed to complete the race in second position with a personal best time of 2.09. The year 4 races were equally competitive with Evie GODDEN and Alfie TEMPLE doing well. Lauren BROWN (Y6) ran a brave race pushing hard right from the start, pacing herself superbly and finishing the last 200m with ‘awe inspiring’ speed. Lauren won the 800m race in a personal best time of 2.37 and set a new club record by over 6 seconds!

The BATLEY brothers lead the charge in the howler throw. Ruaridh won the Y3 boys competition with a throw of over 28m and Gregor managed to break the 35m barrier with his throw winning the Y6 category. There were other excellent performances from Lauren BROWN who won her competition (CR of 28.76) and Talia THOMPSON was runner up with 20.11m. Finlay TELFER was runner up to Gregor and managed a personal best throw of 27.17m.

Erin BELISLE had another excellent result in the 75m sprint finishing in third place. Both Lauren and Billy won their races setting new club record times of 15.2s (100m) and 11.8s for 75m. Euan FRIEND running in his first race this season came third.

Leila THOMPSON (Y3) competed well in the long jump, smiled lots and was certainly the most enthusiastic athlete of the day!

It was a record turn out on Sunday of over 80 athletes for this well organised NOTAN event. The juniors had a superb time, achieved several club records and numerous personal best performances.

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Slightly further afield in York Peter SKIRROW (U20) was competing for the Alnwick/Blyth team in the Northern Track and Field League. After a ‘difficult’ start in the long jump Peter recovered and went on to win the men’s high jump competition with an impressive personal best jump of 1.88m. Almost immediately afterwards Peter ran a personal best time in the 400m of 53.5s.

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Druridge Bay Parkrun/Penrith Parkrun/Hockley Woods Parkrun/Newbury Parkrun

There was a good turnout of Harriers at the Druridge Bay Parkrun on Saturday 7th May, with the winner being our own Peter MORALEE! Peter clocked 19.04 to gain his first win at the event. Dean STACKHOUSE improved on his course best time to finish 4th in 19.24, whilst Shaun LAND was 8th. Dave HINDMARSH, fresh from his marathon exploits, also ran a course pb to finish 10th, as did Jon DUFFY to finish 15th. Slightly further down Mike HENRY was winner of the male 65 age group. For the ladies Jackie PROUSE was 2nd finisher, whilst Emma SHELL ran a pb and Pam WHELSON was 1st female 60 finisher.

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Results:

1-Peter MORALEE 19.04

4-Dean STACKHOUSE 19.24 (66.67%)

8-Shaun LAND 20.02 (64.39%)

10-David HINDMARSH 20.12 (75.41%)

15-Jon DUFFY 20.37 (69.85%)

16-Ollie TELFER 20.48 (71.47%)

19-Mike TELFER 21.05

46-Jackie PROUSE 24.02

48-Alex REED 24.05 (65.95%)

51-Emma SHELL 24.13 (61.11%)

61-Mike HENRY 25.30

73-Jack DOUGLAS 26.22

96-Thomas DAVISON 28.08

100-Stuart BRUCE 28.36 (51.57%)

113-Pam WHELDON 29.37

134-Ed WHELDON 30.58

146-Jayne McKENNA 32.43

149-Mark HUME 33.02

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In other events that morning Eileen GUTHRIE ran at the Newbury Parkrun, Ian McALLISTER at the Hockley Woods Parkrun in Essex and Gay and Richard EASTOE at Penrith. Results

Penrith:

73-Gay EASTOE 27.40

74-Richard EASTOE 27.41

Hockley Woods:

98-Ian McALLISTER 30.00

Newbury:

341-Eileen GUTHRIE 31.01

Photos of Dean STACKHOUSE and Emma SHELL are by Angela JOHNSON.

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Grand Prix Standings After Sunderland City Half Marathon

Another week, another Grand Prix update! Many thanks to John ROSS for his efforts once again. Here are the latest standings Grand Prix Standings After Sunderland Half.

At the top of the standings we have a new leader, Tim FALCONER. Tim ran really well at Sunderland and has shot to the top, just ahead of second placed Dominic HARRIS. Both have taken part in 4 counting events, more than their rivals. 3rd place at present is Diana WEIGHTMAN, whilst Dave HINDMARSH, Andy SQUIRES and Andy STEPHENSON are next. Phil HEMSLEY is 7th, whilst other Harriers in the top 12 trophy winning slots are Karen KELLY, Adam SPILLER, Paul GODDEN, Alex REED and Dean STACKHOUSE. There’s a long way to go still with more Grand Prix races coming this month!

Wednesday 18th May-Clive Cookson 10k. More info is here for this excellent race http://www.nspoly.co.uk/results-events/clive-cookson/!

Wednesday 25th May-George Ogle Memorial Race. A brilliant race with a mix of everything including road, trail, grass, hills (up and down) and flat! https://derwentvalleyrunningclub.co.uk/georgeogle/

Sunday 29th May-Druridge Bay 10k. Local and very friendly 10k, with a load of local charities benefitting from the race! http://db10k.jimdo.com/2016-1/

Thursday 9th June-Blaydon Race. Sold out!

Tuesday 5th July-Bridges of the Tyne 5 Mile Road Race. Sold out!

Sunday 25th September-Haltwhistle Half Marathon. More details here http://www.born4running.co.uk/haltwhistle/

Sunday 16th October-Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race. Details for this splendid and “not flat” trail race can be found here http://www.blackhillbounders.com/index.php/gibside-fruit-bowl-trail-race/.

Tim and Paul

Photo of Tim FALCONER and Paul GODDEN courtesy of awoladventure.com.

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North East Youth Development League

The first athletics meeting in the North East Youth Development League took place at the Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham on Sunday 1st May. An 18 strong Alnwick group combined with juniors from Blyth Running Club to form an excellent team made up from athletes aged 10 to 16. The Juniors took on clubs from Tynedale, Gateshead, Wallsend, South Shields and Jarrow & Hebburn. It was a cold and windy, but dry day so conditions were better than at other recent competitions.

The team started well with 9 athletes taking part in the various sprint hurdle races. Hurdles, a tough and ‘frightening’ event, often scares away most of the sprinters but the Alnwick athletes having focused heavily on this recently performed well and scored lots of early round points. Only one athlete fell but hurdles veteran Ollie TELFER picked himself up quickly and finished the race along side team mate Harry BROWN. After such a great start Alnwick & Blyth took the lead in the overall competition!

For many of the athletes competing it was their first experience of a track and field competition. The team spirit was fantastic and they all embraced the idea of trying new events. The U15 boys had their first opportunity to participate in the hammer throw, learning how to compete in a throwing cage, and making the most of the basic skills they’d picked up ‘indoors’ at Alnwick. In the other throwing events we were well represented in the U13 category. New Javelin throwers Ryan FRATER-HARRISON and Jude HALL did well and our more experienced throwers Ailsa and Gregor BATLEY had excellent performances. Ailsa won her event with a throw of 16.33m which broke her own club record by 1cm. Max BREESE competed the U15 competition managing a good throw of 22.33m to finish in third place. In the Shot Put Talia THOMPSON and Finlay TELFER put in good performances, whilst Joseph GODDEN who thought he was competing in the long jump turned his hand well to this new event!

The middle distance events are often the toughest for the new athletes to cope with. Racing 800 or 1500m on a track with a large crowd cheering you on can be quite nerve wracking. The runners feel the pressure to race hard from the start but those who hold back a little benefit at the end of the race. Callie (U15) and Ellie HENDERSON (U13) represented the team well, with Callie finishing 3rd in her 1500m race. Both girls ran good races and are sure to achieve even greater success in the future. Joseph GODDEN (U13), Ben MURRAY-JOHN (U15), Ryan(U13) and Daniel FRATER-HARRISON(U17) all ran in the boys races, tried hard showing great determination and added more valuable points to the team score. Lauren BROWN, having forgotten her running spikes, managed another convincing win in the 800m whilst wearing a borrowed pair of shoes that were two sizes too big for her!

The team had lots of sprinters today covering the whole range of distances. Antje HALL won her heat in the 100m after also having a successful hurdles race. Alex THRELFALL (U15) took on the 300m, a tough sprinting race where he finished in second place with a time of 50.7s.

Finally in the jumping events Millie BREESE (U13) bounced back from a recent hurdling injury to compete well in the high jump.

The day is  always concluded with the 4x100m race. Quite often the club struggles to assemble one full team but on this occasion we fielded two U13 girls teams, 2 U13 boys, 1 U15 boys, 1 U15 girls and an U17 boys team! This excellent performance finally secured the Alnwick/Blyth team second place overall. They finished behind Tynedale but ahead of Gateshead Harriers who came third.

The athletes, their parents and the coaches all had a great day and hopefully we’ll have a similar turn out at the next meeting!

NEYDL 2016

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