Christmas Parlauf

Many thanks to Mike HENRY, John COCKBURN, Wendy APPLEBY and the rest of the Harriers who helped organise the hugely successful annual Christmas Parlauf on Wednesday 17th December. Also to Sue BOLAM for sorting the delicious post run food at the Hogs Head, Alnwick!

The event as always took place on the Willowburn Trading Estate and comprised of lots of teams of 3, all having to complete 2 laps each in a kind of relay format. In past years the event has been a tight affair with several trio’s vying for contention right up until the final straight. Not this year though! Well done to the threesome of Micky AISTON, Denise DRUMMOND and Richard JOHNSON who finished miles ahead of their nearest rivals in a shade under 15 minutes. Second place went to Eddie LONGSTAFF, Derek GUTHRIE and for the 2nd year running Lisa BASTON, whilst 3rd placed prizes were won by Ross WILSON, Conrad STEWART and new Harrier Jocelyn BOLAM. Well done to all!


However the big winners of the night were the winners of Adam SPILLER’s famous wooden spoons, presented to the team which finished the Parlauf last. Adam is probably sick to death of painted wooden spoons having made them for a number of years, so it was very amusing to see that Adam was part of the losing trio, thus gets to keep one of his creations! The other 2 to win the spoons were Tracey SAMPLE and Mark HUME. Full results and times will follow asap…..


The other big presentation of the nights was the London Marathon ballot draw. Alnwick Harriers get 3 places in the race and 4 members were in with a shout having previously been rejected via the general ballot. The 3 lucky winners were Lisa BASTON, Mairi CAMPBELL and Shelley COATES! Well done, good luck with the training!


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Bobble Hats!!!

After a slight delay we are pleased to announce that we are now taking orders for the Harriers bobble hats. Some of you had a sneak preview of them at the AGM not too long ago, and understandably were blown away by them! They retail at £10 and are available through Jim LILLICO. If you would like one of the one size fits all hats please email Jim at

Sadly they will not be ready in time for Christmas but will be ready early in the New Year, hopefully in time for the Harrier League fixture at Jarrow at the end of January.

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North East Cross Country Championships/Pontefract Parkrun/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Whitley Bay Parkrun/Hackworth Parkrun/Keswick Parkrun

A decent number of Harriers descended on Newcastle Town Moor on Saturday 13th December for the 109th staging of the North East Counties Cross Country Championships. In a continuation of the Harrier League performances the Senior Womens team were the best performers on the day, though there were some excellent individual Junior performances too. Once again the Senior Mens team were the big disappointment.

First up a number of the Juniors who have performed well so far this winter did it again, most notably Callie HENDERSON, Rosie MURTON and Suzie BARWISE-MUNRO. Callie was a very good 6th in the Girls Under 13’s race, whilst Rosie was also 6th in the Girls 15-16 year old race. Top Junior once again though was Suzie who finished a brilliant 2nd in the 17-19 year olds race! Well done to all the Juniors who turned out in the cold conditions.

This was the first time in many a year that the Seniors have put teams out for this event, and it was a happy return for the Senior Womens team who were a splendid 6th of the 23 teams. Of nearly 180 runners Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS was first Harrier to finish the 8k course in 7th overall. Next along, fresh from her marathon exploits a fortnight ago, was Ella BROWN. Ella was 22nd to finish, with Diana WEIGHTMAN the 3rd counter in 57th place. Well done to the non counters Tracey SAMPLE, Alex REED, Ruth DOCTOR and Eileen GUTHRIE!


These are dark days for the mens team! 6 men were needed to complete a team and we just about managed 6. Many thanks to the regular faces for turning out once again namely Steve PATTERSON, Micky AISTON, Andy SQUIRES and Dave HINDMARSH. First to finish, a long way clear of his club mates, was Steve in 89th place. Next to finish the 12k course was Micky, who finished just over 30 seconds clear of Mark DOCTOR. Andy was not far behind Mark, with Dave 5th to complete. John ROSS, not seen in cross country action of late, was the 6th and final counter. It was great to see John with his spikes back on again, particularly as he took part in the first ever staging of this fixture back in 1905. Alas the mens team finished in 26th place. Of 26 teams.



Boys Under 13’s:

48-Harrison BROWN 14.39

59-Max BREESE 16.06

60-Josh McMEEKING 16.08

63-Jamie KELLY 17.28

64-Kristian ATKINSON 17.42

65-Luke McMEEKING 18.11

Girls Under 13’s:

6-Callie HENDERSON 13.22

Boys Under 15’s:

25-Ben KELLY 16.05

44-Alfie MURTON 17.12

55-Daniel FLETCHER 18.34

61-Darren MATTHEWS 20.22

Girls Under 15’s:

35-Eve BUDDLE 19.08

46-Amy THORNE 20.52

48-Jessica DUFFY 21.41

Girls 15-16’s:

6-Rosie MURTON 23.10

Girls 17-19’s:

2-Suzie BARWISE-MUNRO 21.58

Boys Under 17’s:

19-Adam SHAFIQ 21.06

34-Edris RAMEZANPOUR 25.57

35-Craig MATTHEWS 26.49

Senior Women:


22-Ella BROWN 34.16

57-Diana WEIGHTMAN 38.34

65-Tracey SAMPLE 39.11

113-Alex REED 42.23

114-Ruth DOCTOR 42.28

177-Eileen GUTHRIE 53.54


Senior Men:

89-Steve PATTERSON 47.52

218-Micky AISTON 55.03

230-Mark DOCTOR 55.37

239-Andy SQUIRES 56.03

328-Dave HINDMARSH 62.14

348-John ROSS 68.33


There were a fair few Harriers in Parkrun action that morning all over the country, with a lot of decent times and high finishing positions. Best run of the day came at the Pontefract Parkrun where Adam FLETCHER clocked an impressive 18.15 to finish 2nd. Also in 2nd place was Mark DOUGLAS at Druridge Bay, not far in front of 4th placed Graham CROW. Dave HINDMARSH warmed up for the cross country by finishing 3rd at the Hackworth Parkrun at Shildon, whilst Richard JOHNSON was 9th finisher at a very slippy Whitley Bay. Finally Gay EASTOE was winner of the female 60 category at Keswick.




2-Adam FLETCHER 18.15 (80.18%)

Druridge Bay:

2-Mark DOUGLAS 20.19 (64.23%)

4-Graham CROW 20.37 (63.62%)

35-Karl BAXTER 27.12 (52.94%)


3-Dave HINDMARSH 21.06 (71.64%)

Whitley Bay:

9-Richard JOHNSON 20.08 (64.07%)


45-Gay EASTOE 28.11 (68.84%)

46-Richard EASTOE 28.12 (56.86%)


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Junior Harriers Christmas Events!

Here are the details of the remaining Junior Harrier event this Christmas:

Christmas Handicap –  This is on Sunday 21st December.  Meet at Alnmouth Beach car park at 9.45am for a 10am start.

Best Wishes from all the coaches and helpers.


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Alnwick Tri Social Coastal!

Message from Tracey SAMPLE on behalf of Alnwick Tri Club:

“Alnwick Tri Club Social Coastal Run 2014 will be held on Sunday 28th December.
The event is a 14 mile multi terrain run from Beadnell to Alnmouth. The day starts with runners catching the bus at 9am from outside the Hindmarsh Hall in Alnmouth. The bus will then take runners up to Beadnell for a start time of approximately 10am. Runners then head down the coast to Alnmouth. Along the way there will be a refreshment stop at the half way point in Craster. When your run is complete soup, sandwiches and a cuppa will be available at the Hindmarsh Hall.

An entry sheet will be going up on the Harriers notice board in the Willowburn Sports Centre, Alnwick.

The event is free to Alnwick Harriers and Alnwick Tri Club members. If you have friends who fancy a run it’s £5 per head. If you can’t run but would like to help with the rest stop or the soup and sarnies at the finish please contact Sue or Jock Bolam.”


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Christmas Handicap-More Info!!

A message from your Chairwoman Sue BOLAM:

“The Senior Christmas Handicap will be held at Alnmouth this year to coincide with the Junior Handicap, so Harriers with children running can support them first, before being just as enthusiastically supported by them (reminder – adults in tears are fine – but not your children!). The senior event kicks off on the 21st December at 11.00am at the Boathouse, Alnmouth, with slower runners starting first. It comprises of a 4 mile run along the beach to Seaton Point, tracking onto the road to take you back past Foxton golf club and into Alnmouth; dropping back onto the beach by the golf club for the last few hundred yards on the sand – perfect for those sprint finishes/slow jogs (delete as applicable).

As always, we have a male and female trophy that is hotly contested and we’re really keen to get a good attendance, hence the venue change. Last year at Warkworth was very popular – please try and make this the biggest Handicap yet. Afterwards there will be soup and sandwiches at Alnmouth Club, where the famous end of year and Grand Prix trophies will also be awarded. It’s a perfect way to unwind after all the Xmas shopping you’ve been doing. Please add your name to the list on the notice board at Willowburn, or if you cannot get there, ask a Committee member to do it for you. Please supply an accurate time that you have run a 10K race (or similar) so we (Tracey!) can work out your handicap. You are welcome to bring a guest too, although they will not be eligible for the Alnwick trophies. If this is the case, please make it clear on the sign up sheet.

Finally – we’re looking for a very small number of marshals to help with this event, so if you cannot run and can spare an hour of your time – please let Sue Bolam know. Many thanks.”

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Druridge Bay Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Norman Woodcock 5 Mile/Blyth Sands Race/Ulverston Christmas Pudding 10k

5 Harriers took part in the Druridge Bay Parkrun on Saturday 6th December, including one of the Run Directors at the event Jackie PROUSE who was 1st female to finish! Amongst the others taking part Karl BAXTER once again knocked a huge chunk off his 5k pb, this time clocking 26.20. Meanwhile over at the Workington Parkrun Gay EASTOE won the female 60 category. Results:

Druridge Bay:

11-Jackie PROUSE 21.25 (74.16%)

12-Conrad STEWART 21.45 (64.67%)

26-Mike HENRY 23.52 (69.62%)

40-Ken HODSON 25.11 (53.01%)

47-Karl BAXTER 26.20 (54.68%)


18-Richard EASTOE 23.19 (68.76%)

22-Gay EASTOE 24.46 (78.33%)


Later on that day 2 Harriers took part in the Elswick Harriers organised Norman Woodcock Memorial Race at Newcastle Racecourse. Peter GREY made his first appearance in a race further than 5k for ages and performed well, finishing 3rd in the male 50 category. Dave COATES also took part. Results:

66-Peter GREY 31.25

124-Dave COATES 37.55


The following day 2 Harriers took part in the Blyth Sands 5 Mile Handicap Race, including birthday Mark HUME who was celebrating his 70th birthday!!! Results:

77-Dave BARTRUM 42.26 (handicap time 39.46)

142-Mark HUME 1.01.43 (handicap time 50.43)


Finally for the weekend Gay and Richard EASTOE were taking part in the Ulverston Christmas Pudding 10k in Cumbria. For the second year running Gay won the female 60 category, this time clocking 52.50 to finish 187th of well over 300 runners. This finishing time was almost a minute quicker than in 2013! Husband Richard also took part and finished 141st in 49.38. Well done to both!


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Beginners Running Group!!!

A very exciting development is taking place in Alnwick for beginners and would be runners!

Jane HARDY of Alnwick Harriers and Graham KEEFE of Active Northumberland, both of whom are qualified UK Athletics Level 2 Endurance Running Coaches, are joining forces to offer quality training sessions for beginners in Alnwick.

If you have ever thought about taking up running and have never quite got round to it, or if you have tried running and given up for whatever reason then why not come along and join us. We can offer gentle beginners sessions to gradually build you into confident runners. With Christmas around the corner and New Years resolutions on the horizon, there’s no time better than the present to come along and give it a try!

Running is a great way to get fit, keep fit, help control weight and generally improve your well-being. Graham has a running session on a Monday at 5.30pm, whilst Jane has a session on Wednesday at 6.45pm. Both take place at Willowburn Leisure Centre in Alnwick.

For more information contact Graham on 01665511495 or at You can also find out more information on Facebook by following Get Active Northumberland.


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Grand Prix 2015!

The 2014 Grand Prix season is only just over but the good news is that you can all start planning for your 2015 campaign! After listening to members we have decided to tinker once again with the format, a move which will hopefully improve the 2015 Grand Prix competition. Here are the key points:

-The 2015 season will kick off on Saturday 3rd January and will run until the final event of the year which will be the Norman Woodcock Memorial Race in early December.

-The series is split into 7 blocks of races. To gain one of the top prizes you’ll need to take part in 1 race in each block.

-If fewer than 12 Harriers take part in a race in each of the 7 blocks, then the highest placed Harriers who’ve taken part in races in 6 of the blocks will win prizes.

-The best 8 WAVA scores will count towards your final points total.

-Points will once again be worked out using the WAVA scoring system (more details on the GRAND PRIX section of the website).

-John ROSS’ decision is final!

The blocks are:

1. Any Druridge Bay Parkrun between 03/01/15 and 05/12/15. No other Parkrun’s will count in 2015.

2. 5 Mile Races. You have the choice of the Bridges of the Tyne 5 Mile Race in July or the Norman Woodcock Memorial Race in December. You can take part in both but your best WAVA score will count.

3. 10k Races. You have the choice of the Blyth Valley 10k in April, the Druridge Bay 10k in May, the Bamburgh 10k in June or the Morpeth 10k in August. You have to take part in 2 of these to count, though feel free to take part in more!

4. 10 Mile Races. Like the 5 mile races you have the choice of 2, the Jelly Tea 10 Miler in September or the Brampton to Carlisle 10 Mile Road Race in November. Your best WAVA score of the 2 will count.

5. Half Marathons. You have to take part in 1 of 3 half marathons. The choices are the Liversedge Half Marathon in February, the Druridge Bay Half Marathon in April or the Great North Run in September. Your best score of these 3 will count.

6. Off Road Races. Again you have to take part in 1 of these 2 races; the Jarrow North East Harrier League cross country fixture in January or the Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race in October.

7. Fell Races. Finally you must either take part in the Beacon Hill Fell Race in July or the Glendale Show Fell Race in August.

So in a nutshell there are 15 races to choose from, though you must take part in 1 from each section (1 5 Mile, 2 10k’s, 1 10 Miler, 1 Half, 1 off road and 1 fell). You must also take part in a Druridge Bay Parkrun. The rules are slightly more complicated next season, probably the most complicated its been. But we feel that its an improvement on what has gone before. It means Harriers have to try out different race distances over different terrains, but the winner will truly be the champ! If anyone has any queries contact John ROSS at and he’ll be able to answer any question you throw at him.

More details regarding the dates of the events will appear on the GRAND PRIX section soon.

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NEHL Wallington Hall/Florence Marathon/Run Northumberland Big 10/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Inverness Parkrun

Saturday 29th November saw the 3rd fixture in the 2014/15 North East Harrier League cross country season being held at Wallington Hall. Well done and many thanks to Morpeth Harriers for organising another splendid event. The headline grabbers this week were once again the Senior Womens team, in particular Sarah GRAY. For the Juniors there were a number of stand-out performers including Harriers debutant Joe EGGLESTON, Callie HENDERSON and Suzie BARWISE-MUNRO. All the latest standings are here

As a result of some superb individual performances from the Senior Women they finished top of Division 2 on the day, narrowly beating Wallsend Harriers and hosts Morpeth Harriers. This fantastic achievement now sees the Senior Women sitting in 2nd overall place after the 3 fixtures, just behind Morpeth. With the top 2 teams being promoted to Division 1 we hope to keep this fantastic momentum going! Star of the show was Sarah GRAY who finished a brilliant 4th of the 292 runners. Sarah made her seasonal cross country debut here and will now race from the Medium Pack for the remainder of the season as a result of this great performance. 2nd counter was once again team captain Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS. Jo was a splendid 12th overall, a great run from the Fast Pack. 3rd Harrier to complete in her first cross country since her school days was Laura STUBBINGS. Laura was 40th, just under half a minute clear of 4th counter Lesley MILLER. Well done to the other 4 Harriers who completed, including Harriers debutante Kate BRADSHAW!

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Once again the Senior Men were short of a large number of last seasons regular runners, fielding only 7 again. However thanks to some superb runs we spared ourselves the shame of finishing bottom for the 2nd week running, this time finishing 9th of the 11 teams in Division 2! We are still in 9th place overall, and hopefully when the Harrier League resumes in January we’ll have a bigger contingent ready to run. Ross WILSON was 1st counter for the men finishing a very good 16th of the 508 runners. As a result Ross has been promoted to the Medium Pack. There’s another promotion for Adam FLETCHER who finished a great 39th from the Medium pack, meaning he’ll be with the Fast Pack boys! Steve PATTERSON was 107th from the Mediums, whilst the other 3 counters were Micky AISTON, Richard AGAN and Andy SQUIRES.


For the Juniors the fixture got off to a decent start with Lauren BROWN, Ellie HENDERSON and Millie BREESE all finishing well up there in the Girls Under 11’s race, whilst there was also a good run by Joseph GODDEN in the Boys Under 11’s. For the Under 13 Girls Callie HENDERSON was 9th overall, however her run from the Fast Pack was the 2nd fastest on the day. For the Boys Under 13’s there was a brilliant 2nd place finish for Joe EGGLESTON, whilst Ollie TELFER was not far behind in 6th. Thanks to Harry BROWN’s 25th place the Boys Under 13’s finished 2nd on the day, the best team performers in the Junior ranks. Also of note Suzie BARWISE-MUNRO finished 2nd in the Under 17/20 female race, though again her Fast Pack status meant that her time was actually the quickest of the race! Rosie MURTON also ran well to finish 7th overall, and is now 2nd in the Under 17/20 Grand Prix standings after 3 events.


Senior Women:

4-Sarah GRAY 30.52 (S)


40-Laura STUBBINGS 34.05 (S)

54-Lesley MILLER 34.32 (S)

158-Alex REED 36.54 (S)

209-Shelley COATES 39.06 (S)

279-Eileen GUTHRIE 47.57 (S)

284-Kate BRADSHAW 49.03 (S)


Senior Men:

16-Ross WILSON 41.41 (S)

39-Adam FLETCHER 43.03 (M)

107-Steve PATTERSON 44.28 (M)

260-Micky AISTON 48.03 (S)

298-Richard AGAN 49.19 (S)

332-Andy SQUIRES 50.28 (S)

421-Dave HINDMARSH 53.36 (S)


Girls Under 17/20’s:

2-Suzie BARWISE-MUNRO 21.28 (F)

7-Rosie MURTON 22.13 (F)

Boys Under 17’s:

12-Adam SHAFIQ 28.16 (F)


Girls Under 15’s:

35-Rebecca REED 17.08 (S)

45-Emily DAVIES 18.59 (S)

48-Layla SHAFIQ 19.33 (S)

Boys Under 15’s:

14-Alfie MURTON 13.47 (S)

Girls Under 13’s:

9-Callie HENDERSON 15.51 (F)

Boys Under 13’s:

2-Joe EGGLESTON 14.03 (S)

6-Ollie TELFER 14.41 (S)

25-Harrison BROWN 15.47 (S)

33-Max BREESE 16.12 (S)

48-Josh McMEEKING 17.18 (S)

50-Luke McMEEKING 18.34

Girls Under 11’s:

6-Lauren BROWN 7.04

8-Ellie HENDERSON 7.07

17-Millie BREESE 7.41

Boys Under 11’s:

23-Joseph GODDEN 7.21

52-Jack PLUMLEY 8.28

62-George PLUMLEY 9.46

Morpeth xc u11&13


The next North East Harrier League cross country fixture will be at Bedewell Park, Jarrow on Saturday 17th January. More details will be announced in a day or so, but this race will be in the 2015 Grand Prix! Photos of Richard AGAN, Kate BRADSHAW, Dave HINDMARSH, Adam SHAFIQ and Eileen GUTHRIE courtesy of Hippie NIXON.


On Sunday 30th November Ella BROWN was flying the Harrier flag in Italy, taking part in the Florence Marathon. Ella is running superbly at present, though has had her fair share of injuries in the build up to this race. This makes her time of 3.11.25 all the more amazing! Her time makes her easily the 2nd fastest female Harrier over the marathon distance behind Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS. A superb performance by Ella!

Also that day and much closer to home 4 Harriers took part in the Run Northumberland Big 10 at Kirkley Hall. Richard JOHNSON and Gary COWELL both improved on their recent 10 mile times at Brampton; Richard by over 5 minutes and Gary by over 3 minutes. Lisa BASTON, who has been performing very well in Wednesday night training sessions also took part, as did John ROSS in his 2nd race in 2 days! Results:

30-Richard JOHNSON 1.09.16

32-Gary COWELL 1.09.27

95-Lisa BASTON 1.17.20

150-John ROSS 1.24.30

The day before a number of Harriers were in action at the Druridge Bay Parkrun. Highlight was 1st Harrier home and still the holder of the male 70 course record John FAIRBAIRN! Also Claire MILLER-GROSSETT was 3rd female finisher. Meanwhile Gay and Richard EASTOE made the long long journey north to take part in the Inverness Parkrun! Results:

Druridge Bay:

22-John FAIRBAIRN 23.52 (73.88%)

27-Graham CROW 24.27 (53.65%)

29-John ROSS 24.32 (63.72%)

30-Claire MILLER-GROSSETT 24.40 (60.00%)

43-Mike HENRY 27.05 (61.35%)

53-Karl BAXTER 28.13 (51.03%)

65-Mark HUME 31.09 (55.97%)


55-Gay EASTOE 26.39 (72.80%)

56-Richard EASTOE 26.40 (60.13%)

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