Druridge Bay Parkrun/St Albans Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Ormskirk Parkrun/Wallington 10k

Members of Alnwick Harriers represented the club at 4 different parkruns on the morning of Saturday 1st August, with the fastest time coming courtesy of Mark DOUGLAS at Druridge Bay. Mark clocked 19.49 to finish 8th of the 154 runners on a lovely morning down at Ladyburn Lake. Angie EMBLETON performed very well once again to finish 2nd female, whilst Philip MOREY made his Harriers debut, Pam WHELDON scored a course pb and Denise DRUMMOND made her debut at the course.



8-Mark DOUGLAS 19.49 (65.85%)

24-Angie EMBLETON 22.10 (69.40%)

31-Philip MOREY 22.45

45-Denise DRUMMOND 23.58 (69.96%)

48-Justine NORMAN 24.26 (64.39%)

67-Pam WHELDON 27.09

69-John ROSS 27.21

77-Maddy HALL 27.42

105-Ed WHELDON 31.35

107-Sarah MOREY 31.47

11825781_1101680536528111_1576860379697761229_nElsewhere the TELFER family took part in the St Albans Parkrun, where Ollie battled his way through the large numbers who run on this tight course to clock a 5k pb of 21.03. Further back young Finlay put dad Mike through his paces. Jayne McKENNA made her Harriers debut at the Ormskirk Parkrun in West Lancashire, whilst slightly further north neither Gay nor Richard EASTOE won their age categories at Workington!! Results:

St Albans:

62-Ollie TELFER 21.03

210-Finlay TELFER 30.29

211-Mike TELFER 30.29


26-Richard EASTOE 22.45

36-Gay EASTOE 25.02


92-Jayne McKENNA 30.11

On Wednesday 29th July 3 Harriers were in action in the latest Run Northumberland event, the Wallington 10k. This race starts in Cambo and includes some nice downhill stretches, followed by a long hard climb into Scots Gap before finishing in the grounds of Wallington Hall. In one of the eye catching performances of the year Richard JOHNSON knocked over 2 minutes off his 10k pb, finishing this tough course in a brilliant 37.48 to take 6th place of the 158 finishers. Further back both Mark DOCTOR and Pauline AITCHISON were well outside their 10k pb’s, though there was consolation for Pauline as she won the 1st female 45 prize! Results:

6-Richard JOHNSON 37.48

38-Mark DOCTOR 44.43

69-Pauline AITCHISON 48.35


Several Harriers also took part in Saturday’s Powburn Show Hill Race, whilst ultra specialist Shelley COATES took part in the Clennell Trail Marathon. Results have not been found as yet but will be posted here asap.


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Great North Run Travel Arrangements

Alnwick Harriers has once again arranged a massively subsidised coach to the Great North Run on Sunday 13th September. The coach will leave Willowburn at 8am and go via Felton, arriving at the Town Moor in plenty of time to find the baggage buses, queue for the toilets and get warmed up by Mr Motivator. It will then leave South Shields seafront at 15.30. So avoid ridiculous queues at the Metro and book today! Click on this link to book a seat on the luxury 48 seat coach:


Costs are very low once again; a mere £5 return for Harriers, £10 for non Harriers and there’s also the option of 1 way travel. We will close bookings on Sunday 30th August. Book early to avoid disappointment!!!

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North East Harrier League 2015/16

Whilst many of you Harriers are jetting off on your summer holidays, some at Harriers hq are longing for the cold, wet, muddy and windy days of the 2015/16 North East Harrier League season! With that in mind we are already planning our assaults on our respective divisions. For the Senior Women the aim is to stay in the top league, whilst for the Senior Men we desperately hope to pull ourselves out of the bottom division. To give ourselves a kick start we were aiming to appoint two of the most inspirational and highly regarded members of the club to oversee our seasons. With them not available we’ve gone for the legend Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS once again, and an ever present in last season relegation team Micky AISTON!


A poster is up on the noticeboard at Willowburn for all those interested to add their names to. Alternatively you can email the Senior club captains at johanna.gascoigne-owens@newcastle.ac.uk or mcaiston@hotmail.com. Once again your generous club are paying the now increased entry fees.

The 6 North East Harrier League fixtures are:

26th September-TANFIELD

21st November-AYKLEY HEADS, Durham

28th November-DRURIDGE BAY

9th or 10th January-TOWN MOOR

5th March-ALNWICK

19th March-WREKENTON

Bring on the mud!!


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Blyth/Wooler Social Night

A report from the organiser of our annual Blyth/Wooler social night, Mr Adam SPILLER:

“Alnwick Harriers were once again hosts to our friends from Wooler and Blyth for an evening of social running on Wednesday 22nd July. 19 teams took part in a blind handicap and ran a 4.7 mile hilly route (Alnwick and Blyth) or flat route (Wooler) in as close to their predicted time as possible, without the aid of a watch. Running conditions were good and no-one finished ‘sweating midges’!


Paul WHALLEY (Blyth), Dave HINDMARSH (Alnwick) and Richard JOHNSON (Alnwick) were the fastest team over the course finishing in only 34.01.

First prize however went to Nick JOHNSON (Wooler), Clare MASON (Blyth) and Claire MILLER-GROSSETT (Alnwick) who were 5 seconds faster than their predicted time.


Second prize went to Mal DERBYSHIRE (Blyth), Andy SQUIRES (Alnwick) and Gary COWELL (Alnwick). They were 5 seconds slower than their predicted time, technically equal first but someone had to get the big bar of chocolate, so it went to the team with more guest runners!

Third prize went to Gemma HARMON (Blyth), Lianne DAVIES (Blyth), Lesley FALKOUS (Blyth) and Lisa WILLIAMS (Alnwick), with Lisa generously forgoing her prize !

Wooden spoons went to the team with the most inaccurate estimate and were won by John OLIVER (Wooler), Andrea WILSON (Blyth) and Sarah MOREY (Alnwick). They were a whole 5 minutes slower than they predicted!

The food at The Oaks was good but the night a bit cold for sitting outdoors. Apologies to all who developed goose pimples, a balmy night will be booked for next year.

Finally, many thanks to all those who travelled from Wooler and Blyth to take part on a weekday night and to all the Alnwick Harriers who helped on the night. In particular, the marshals Stuart MORRIS, Dean STACKHOUSE and Phil and Anne LEE. Also to the timers Tracey SAMPLE, Sarah CROSS and Cris ATWELL and finally the ‘what do you want me to doers’  Sue BOLAM, Lisa WILLIAMS and Mary PLUMLEY!”


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Blyth Links 10k

As in previous years we have been invited by our good friends at Blyth Running Club to take part in the totally free Blyth Links 10k on Tuesday 1st September. It’ll be a busy few days with back to back Grand Prix races on the Sunday and Monday, although those Harriers not interested in the Grand Prix are sure to take advantage of this excellent evening!

Registration is in the Dave Stevens Building, Links Car Park, South Beach, Blyth, NE24 3PL. Please arrive in plenty of time for the 10k start further along the links at 7.15pm. Don’t forget your Harriers vest!

After the event there will be a free buffet at The Quay PH in Blyth town centre. More information is available by clicking here http://blythrunningclub.org.uk/links10_main.html

2014 Blyth Links 10k Start

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Druridge Bay Parkrun/Newcastle Parkrun/Folkestone Parkrun/Margate Parkrun/Netley Abbey Parkrun/Carlisle Parkrun/Workington Parkrun

A decent number of Harriers took part in 7 different parkruns on the morning of Saturday 25th July, with our members running as far afield as Kent and Cumbria. Closest to home 8 Harriers were in action at Druridge Bay, with the highlight being a course age category record being set by Lauren BROWN in the female 10 age group. There were also age category wins for Tracey SAMPLE and Mark HUME, whilst Lauren’s older brother Harry also ran well on his parkrun debut.


18-Harry BROWN 21.36 (67.13%)

20-Lauren BROWN 21.46 (78.41%)

40-David BARNES 23.34

41-Tracey SAMPLE 23.34 (67.40%)

70-Dave HINDMARSH 27.27

75-Pam WHELDON 27.41

104-Mark HUME 30.50 (57.19%)

112-Ed WHELDON 32.00


Elsewhere Andrew SHELL ran the fastest 5k by a Harrier this weekend at Newcastle, Tim FALCONER was 1st in the male 50 age group at Folkestone, Kirsty STEED was also in action in Kent at Margate, Graham CROW took part in another Hampshire parkrun at Netley Abbey, Angie EMBLETON was 3rd female finisher at Carlisle and Gay EASTOE was 1st in the female 60 age group at Workingon! Results:


31-Andrew SHELL 19.55


9-Tim FALCONER 20.53


31-Kirsty STEED 38.10

Netley Abbey:

25-Graham CROW 21.29


35-Angie EMBLETON 22.39


20-Richard EASTOE 23.11

30-Gay EASTOE 25.15

Photos of Lauren and Harry BROWN courtesy of Druridge Bay parkrun, Andrew SHELL thanks to Newcastle parkrun.


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Northumberland Coastal Run Feedback!

We hope that you enjoyed the Northumberland Coastal Run, our glorious coastal landscape and that, a week on, you’ve fully recovered. We’re eager to get feedback so that we can continue to improve the event and make it a ‘must do’ on everyone’s bucket list. So if you enjoyed the event, or didn’t, please let us know by rating us on the Runner’s World website.

To rate the event, you need to subscribe to the website. This is free (just ignore the section which asks for your subscription number if you don’t subscribe). Then go to ‘events': http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/events/. Search for Northumberland Coastal Run (change the month to past events) and rate us for 2015. Was the event one of your top races for 2015? Do you think we’re worthy of being one of the best races in Britain? Let us know.


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North East Youth Development League

Sunday 19th July saw the final round of the North East Youth Development League at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow. The combined team of Alnwick and Blyth were aiming to defend their third place position in the league.

Holidays and injuries unfortunately reduced the number of Alnwick athletes to 6 but they were well prepared and keen to score in as many events as they could.

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Ollie TELFER (U13) and Jess BARNABY (U17) both managed second place in the opening track events; the 75 and 80m hurdles. More success followed quickly with Max BREESE (U13) winning the high jump with a leap of 1.20m

On the track Ciara HEELEY represented the under fifteen girls well in the 800m and Ollie TELFER ran a personal best time of 5min 23s in the 1500m.

The throwing events produced Alnwicks best results. In the Shot Put Catherine BARNABY (U13) threw well and sister Jess was runner up in the U17 women’s competition. In the javelin Max BREESE was brilliant, throwing an excellent personal best of 21.85m to manage second place in his category. However, the performance of the day was by Ailsa BATLEY who won the girls competition with a throw of 16.32m ranking her fifth in the north east of England!

The combined team of Alnwick and Blyth finally finished in third place in the league behind North Shields Poly and Houghton beating Birtley AC, South Shields and Jarrow & Hebburn! An excellent result that was achieved by the dedication of a committed core of athletes, their parents and some excellent coaches! Well done everyone who took part it was a great summer season.

A few miles to east Lauren BROWN was competing at Gateshead Stadium in the ‘Minors’ League. In the howler throw Lauren threw an excellent 25.66m but the most competitive event was the 600m. Although Lauren managed to equal her own excellent club record time of 1 min 56s it was only enough to give her the bronze medal. There is however, one meeting still left in the series so there may be a chance for further improvement!

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Alnwick Harriers Exhibition At Bailiffgate Museum

Calling all Harriers – old and new! An exhibition of all things related to Alnwick Harriers will be taking place at Bailiffgate Museum 7th July to 23rd August. Thanks to a small number of key people loaning us material there’s a great history of our club and a number of objects on show.

The exhibition marks 35 years of the Northumberland Coastal Run – and it’s fantastic to see how the club has evolved! Please come!


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Northumberland Coastal Run


Well done to the 997 runners who finished the 2015 Northumberland Coastal Run on Sunday 19th July, a big increase on the number of finishers compared to recent years! Also well done to the superb marshals for turning out on the day to help, as well as helping out at registration on Saturday. We have received some brilliant comments about both the marshals and the all round organisation of the event, one which gets more and more popular each year. Particular thanks go to committee members Sue BOLAM, Tracey SAMPLE and the man in charge on the day Jim LILLICO. Finally thanks to the companies and organisations who have helped us out this year including Alnmouth Golf Club, Alnmouth Football Club, Motorcare of Alnwick, Hipsburn First School, Rothbury Motors, ResultsBase, the National Trust, Beadnell Boat Club and our main sponsor Eclipse Translations!

Full results of the 2015 Northumberland Coastal Run can be found here https://www.resultsbase.net/Results/IndividualResults.aspx?Id=2619

11717326_10101222961484418_626715965238254817_oMany congratulations to the winners of the race Carl AVERY and Emma HOLT, both of Morpeth Harriers! For Carl this was a great moment as he was demoted from first place last year due to a mix-up with his entry. This year however Carl finished well clear of his nearest rival posting a brilliant 1.15.42, the fastest time at the race since 2009.

11059964_10205826131705430_5891662713094588905_nIn the mens race 2nd place went to last years victor Kevin JEFFRESS of Sunderland Harriers, whilst Tyne Bridge Harrier Tom CHARLTON was 3rd. In a high class field previous winners Ian HARDING and Darren PURVIS were in the top 10. Age category winners were Alnwick Harrier Clive KENNEDY-BURN (40), Jason OLD of Elswick Harriers (45), Richard PATTINSON of Horsforth Harriers (50), Steve RABY also of Horsforth (55), David NIGHTINGALE of Gala Harriers (60), Harry MATTHEWS of Heaton Harriers (65) and Derek POOLE of Holme Pierrepoint (70). The Morpeth trio of Carl, Ian HARDING and Paul WATERSTON also won the team prize!


In the womens race Emma HOLT was almost 2 minutes clear of her nearest rival, previous winner Amy GREEN of Keighley and Craven AC, whilst 3rd place went to South Shields Harrier Georgia CAMPBELL. Age category prizes went to Elvet Strider Elaine BISSON (35), Louise ROGERS of Tyne Bridge Harriers (40), Andrea BANNER of Elswick Harriers (45), Christine HEATON of Holme Pierrepoint (50), Maggie LORAINE of Gateshead Harriers (55), Mary REES of Wallasey AC (60), Susan BAYLIS of Ponteland Runners (65) and Sandra POOLE also of Holme Pierrepoint (70)! Once again Morpeth took home the team prize thanks to Emma, Joanne CARRUTHERS and Jane BRIGGS.


Well done to the Alnwick Harriers who were 1st to complete the 14 mile multi terrain route from Beadnell to Alnmouth, thus winning the 1st male and female trophies, south coast based Harrier Clive KENNEDY-BURN and Karen KELLY!


Harriers Results:

16-Clive KENNEDY-BURN 1.24.53

44-Geoff CAMPBELL 1.30.28

60-Ross ANDERSON 1.32.34

68-Adam FLETCHER 1.33.26

74-Jordan ROGERSON 1.33.53

180-Gary COWELL 1.43.05

190-Dave HINDMARSH 1.43.43

227-Mark DOUGLAS 1.45.53

259-Karen KELLY 1.47.13

323-Lesley MILLER 1.50.12

341-Dave BARTRUM 1.51.21

346-Pauline AITCHISON 1.51.34

385-Rob ENSER 1.53.13

403-Lisa BASTON 1.54.10

442-Andy STEPHENSON 1.55.40

445-Maureen BARTRUM 1.55.46

536-Justine NORMAN 2.00.12

653-Peter LINDLEY 2.06.51

691-Gay EASTOE 2.09.04

692-Richard EASTOE 2.09.04

738-Shelley COATES 2.11.44

744-Claire MILLER-GROSSETT 2.12.27

745-Ruth DOCTOR 2.12.27

752-John ROSS 2.12.43

791-Mel WHEWELL 2.15.10

801-Morag DONOGHUE 2.16.11

805-Carol DAVISON 2.16.29

820-Phil LEE 2.17.23

967-Ron McCORMACK 2.45.32

991-Kirsty STEED 3.06.55


Next years date will be announced asap. More photos of the event will be on our Flickr site asap! Above photos by Dave KITCHING, Mark DOCTOR, Kim BRONZE, Gemma MILLER-GROSSETT and Mark DOUGLAS.

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