Christmas Party-Reminder!!!

We are pleased to announce that the Christmas Party is booked for Friday 9th December! Go on, write it in your diaries now.  This year it’ll take place at the Sun Hotel, Warkworth. The club are being generous as ever by subsidising a decent chunk of the night. Therefore it’ll only cost Harriers and partners £15 per person for a 3 course meal and disco! Wowzers!

You can go ahead and book your seats and meals here……


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Brampton to Carlisle Club Trip-Reminder!!!

The penultimate Grand Prix event of the 2016 season will be the ever popular Brampton to Carlisle 10 Mile Road Race. For the last umpteen years we have laid on a massively subsidised coach to take Harriers to the event and this year we are doing it again! The race is on Sunday 20th November and starts at 11.30am at Brampton, finishing 10 fast and very flat miles later in Carlisle.

We have booked a 29 seat coach which will depart Willowburn Leisure Centre, Alnwick at 8.30am and go via Felton. This will allow for a stop en route, if needed, and will give plenty of time for number collection and warmups! It will leave the Sands Centre, Carlisle at 15.00 hours.

Race entry and travel is an unbelievable £19.99! However this is on a first come first served basis, there are no refunds and all entries must be made at this link You will also need to fill in an entry form and place it in the envelope on the noticeboard at Willowburn. The deadline is Wednesday 3rd November.


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Druridge Bay Parkrun/Newcastle Parkrun/Braunstone Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Durham Parkrun/Temple Park 5k/Castles Marathon and Half Marathon

Well done to Ella BROWN who, for the 3rd time in its history, was the first female finisher at the Druridge Bay Parkrun on Saturday 22nd October. Her time of 18.46 was also a course personal best, was a new female 40 course record and saw her finish 3rd overall! Mark DOUGLAS also ran a course best to finish 7th overall in a brilliant 19.24, whilst Rachelle FALLOON was 2nd female home and also set a new course best of 20.26!



3-Ella BROWN 18.46 (83.84%)

7-Mark DOUGLAS 19.24 (67.61%)

13-Rachelle FALLOON 20.26 (72.43%)

49-Andy SQUIRES 24.52

61-Conrad STEWART 26.22

99-Hylton TROTTER 29.38

107-Jayne McKENNA 30.08

114-Melanie BUCHANAN 31.31

142-Lorna STEPHENSON 36.44


However the fastest time of the day at the 5k distance came courtesy of Ben KELLY at the Newcastle Parkrun. Of the 699 finishers Ben was a brilliant 6th home, in 17.26. Slightly further back Jim LILLICO was the winner of the male 55 category, whilst daughter Annabel had her first race for quite some time and ran well. Results:

6-Ben KELLY 17.26

104-Jim LILLICO 20.47

176-Annabel LILLICO 22.16

416-Karen KELLY 27.31


Elsewhere Carole PAGE was the winner of the female 55 category at the Braunstone Parkrun, Leicester thanks to her 22.06. Kirtsy STEED was 357th at Durham in 50.02, whilst at Workington Richard EASTOE was 57th in 25.43 and Gay EASTOE was 65th in 26.23.

Down at South Shields that morning one of the success stories of the year, Dominic HARRIS, knocked another chunk off his 5k personal best in the Temple Park 5k. Dom finished 29th in an excellent 18.08, to round of a very successful morning for Harriers in 5k action!

The following day Harriers took part in slightly longer events, the Castles Marathon and Half Marathon at Bamburgh. In the marathon just the one Harrier competed, Karen KELLY. In her first marathon Karen ran very well to finish 28th overall in 3.51.15 and 1st in the female 45 category! We also had a category winner in the half marathon thanks to Gay EASTOE winning the female 60 category. The race also saw a number of Harriers take part in their first 13.1 mile race; well done to them! Results:

Castles Marathon:

28-Karen KELLY 3.51.15

Castles Half Marathon:

131-Lisa BASTON 1.48.19

163-Richard EASTOE 1.53.26

194-Gay EASTOE 1.57.46

196-Derek GUTHRIE 1.57.57

207-Christine McALLISTER 2.00.22

211-Mairi CAMPBELL 2.01.28

301-Eileen GUTHRIE 2.25.23

315-Gaynor AYRE 3.02.13

316-Christine SMITH 3.02.13

317-Rachel BOWYER 3.02.14

318-Jane HARDY 3.02.14


Photos are of Ella BROWN and Mark DOUGLAS at Druridge Bay, Ben KELLY at Newcastle and Derek/Eileen GUTHRIE at Bamburgh.

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Grand Prix Standings After Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race

There was just the one significant change in the top 12 standings in the 2016 Grand Prix standings after Sundays Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race. Angie EMBLETON, arguably in the form of her life, has shot up to 11th place and is in a decent position to win one of the coveted trophies! That was the only change in the standings which sees Tim FALCONER and Paul GODDEN at the top of the pile, though glancing nervously over their shoulders at the looming presence of Phil HEMSLEY!


All the latest standings are here:

2016 Grand Prix Standings After Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race

There are now just the 2 events left this year, as well as the opportunity to improve your Druridge Bay Parkrun time.

Sunday 20th November-Brampton To Carlisle 10 Mile Road Race. See the separate post regarding this massively subsidised club trip.

Sunday 27th November-Run Northumberland BIG 10. Online entries are being taken here

Many thanks as always to John ROSS for working out all the scores!

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TCS Amsterdam Half Marathon/Loch Rannoch Half Marathon/Aviemore Half Marathon and 10k/Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race/Cambridge Parkrun/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Harrogate Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Nonsuch Parkrun/South Shields Parkrun/Portobello Parkrun

5 Harriers took part in the TCS Amsterdam Half Marathon on Sunday 16th October, where the star once again was Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS. On a warm autumnal day in the Dutch capital Jo was the second female to cross the line, which is an amazing feat in a big city race, in a splendid 1.22.51. She was the 102nd finisher in a field of nearly 15,000. Husband Stuart MORRIS was next, followed by Mark DOCTOR, both of whom were very satisfied with their times. Samantha EMBLETON, not long after rejoining the club, was next followed by Melanie BUCHANAN.



102-Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS 1.22.51

950-Stuart MORRIS 1.36.49

1281-Mark DOCTOR 1.39.15

1727-Samantha EMBLETON 1.42.07

13706-Melanie BUCHANAN 2.32.05


Also that day Richard and Gay EASTOE were in half marathon action at the Loch Rannoch Half Marathon near Pitlochry. The couple ran together and finished 56th and 57th in 2.06.20, with Gay picking up the female 60 category prize.

2 Harriers made the trip up to the scene of last years massively subsidised club trip, Aviemore, to take part in the half marathon and 10k. Stuart BRUCE finished the popular half marathon in 2.23.20 to finish 1093rd, whilst Jayne McKENNA was 409th in the 10k. Unfortunately an issue with a marshal meant that the 10k was actually only an 8k, which Jayne finished in 47.04.

6 Harriers travelled down to Gibside to take part in the Blackhill Bounders organised Fruit Bowl Trail Race, a scenic 6 mile run around the stunning grounds of the National Trust property. Angie EMBLETON was our first runner to finish in 55.31, whilst Mel STEER and Denise DRUMMOND finished within seconds of each other. Kim BRONZE was just ahead of Ruary SLATER, with Mairi CAMPBELL completing the field. Grand Prix standings will be updated soon.



108-Angie EMBLETON 55.31

180-Denise DRUMMOND 1.00.05 (ahead of Mel on chip timing)

182-Mel STEER 59.56

270-Kim BRONZE 1.06.14

286-Ruary SLATER 1.06.56

307-Mairi CAMPBELL 1.08.20


The previous day there were loads of Harriers taking part in parkruns all over the country. Rachelle FALLOON ran well again at Cambridge where she was the second female finisher, whilst at Druridge Bay Peter GREY was winner of the male 55 category, Carole PAGE was second female home and Diana WEIGHTMAN was third in a course personal best!




40-Rachelle FALLOON 20.32

Druridge Bay:

9-Peter GREY 20.18 (78.33%)

14-Graham CROW 21.07 (62.83%)

15-Jim LILLICO 21.15 (74.20%)

19-Neil HAMILTON 21.51

31-Carole PAGE 23.10

34-Diana WEIGHTMAN 23.25 (74.38%)

40-Justine NORMAN 23.59 (66.23%)

41-Phil HALL 24.00 (57.71%)

85-Laura McLEAN Sr 28.06 (62.75%)

101-Jocelyn BOLAM 28.49 (60.44%)



42-David HINDMARSH 21.24


122-Zoe ROBSON 24.40


46-Gay EASTOE 26.21

47-Richard EASTOE 26.22

South Shields:

130-Lorna STEPHENSON 36.47


338-Kirsty STEED 38.45


152-Jayne McKENNA 33.34

Photos are of Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS and Melanie BUCHANAN in Amsterdam, Denise DRUMMOND and Ruary SLATER at Gibside and several runners, including Jocelyn BOLAM, at Druridge Bay.

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Race of the Year Awards 2017

This year Alnwick Harriers are incredibly proud to nominate The Northumberland Coastal Run for the “Race of the Year Awards”.

This award has been set up to identify and recognize the best running every year. From the running publics nominations and votes they can create the definitive list for all runners to consult for their every need.

The Northumberland coastline boasts some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in the UK and is renown for its beautiful sandy beaches, rolling dunes and historic landscape.

Every year over a thousand runners participate in this event.  It’s a tough 14 miles from Beadnell to Alnmouth, covering a variety of terrains which challenges even the hardiest of runners.


In my opinion this is one of the most awesome events of the year and I personally feel proud to take part in this run, and I am sure many of you will feel the same way. The dedication and organization behind this event is inspiring and something as a club we should feel incredibly proud of and want to shout about.  This is our chance…….

So please can I ask everyone for your support to help make The Northumberland Coastal Run the “Race of the Year”.

Please register your vote by clicking on the blue link below. Ask family, friends and work colleagues to do the same. This will really make a difference to help us to get through to the next stage of voting. You’ll need to register with the website though this takes seconds. The Northumberland Coastal Run is found under RUNNING EVENTS and then HALF MARATHON.


Please do get in touch with me if you have any ideas or suggestions to encourage more voters, and if you could volunteer some time to help that would be very much appreciated!


Sarah Cross (

It is very simple, you just register your name and email address and then click on a link to select the event and click to vote.  Just 2 minutes, that’s all it takes….


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Alnwick Harriers AGM

Alnwick Harriers held their Annual General Meeting at Alnwick Rugby Club on Wednesday 12th October. The meeting was well attended and was opened by Chairwoman Tracey SAMPLE. Tracey started by remembering two much loved club members who’ve passed away this year, Anne ALLAN and Dave CHARLTON, before rounding up the achievements by the club and by some of our athletes over the course of the last 12 months. Outgoing Treasurer Stuart MORRIS then informed the assembled Harriers what a good financial position the club is in, whilst David HINDMARSH outlined a couple of proposed changes to the Club Constitution which were passed without incident. Mike TELFER then did the Junior report which showed what a great year our younger athletes have had!

It was then time to say goodbye to a number of committee members who have decided to step down. Sue BOLAM has been a long time committee member, has carried out a whole host of roles within the club and will be a massive miss. Mary PLUMLEY has done a superb job organising the Les Allcorn 10k for a number of years and has also helped revamp the club kit this year. Lisa WILLIAMS has overseen a massive growth in the club in terms of members in her role as Membership Secretary, whilst Stuart MORRIS has had hold of the clubs purse strings for a couple of years and has done a superb job. Sarah SYERS has just completed her second stint on the committee and has organised the 2016 Xmas Party, whilst Maureen BARTRUM organised the very popular Yoga For Harriers this year. Many thanks to you all for all your help!!! However we are pleased to announce that Jocelyn BOLAM, Tim FALCONER, Laura McLEAN Snr and Laura STUBBINGS have stepped forward to join the committee! Also Sarah CROSS has stepped forward to perform the vacant Secretary role and Shelley COATES is the new Membership Secretary. Good luck!

The AGM was then closed and the Harriers gorged themselves silly on the free buffet. Alas the Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were supposed to be presented however have not arrived as yet. They will be given out at one of the Christmas social events, though more details will follow…..

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NEHL Druridge Bay

Blyth RC hosted the 2nd of the 6 North East Harrier League cross country fixtures on Sunday 9th October at Druridge Bay. Last years mudfest and freezing conditions were nowhere to be seen as this years races took place in warm conditions on a very dry course. Many thanks to Blyth RC for such a well organised event, and to the North East Harrier League committee.

Following on from their great showing at last weeks Wrekenton fixture the Senior Men were the standout performers on the day. Some excellent individual performances meant that the team finished a brilliant 2nd on the day, agonisingly just 1 point behind Sunderland Strollers. However the league table after 2 events reads well as it shows our Senior Men top of the pile in Division 2, with a narrow lead over Wallsend Harriers and Birtley AC. Our Senior Women fared much better than last weeks race as they finished 5th of the 10 teams in Division 2 on the day. They currently sit 7th of the 10 teams in Division 1. Latest league standings are here


For the Senior Men there was a top class performance from Dan TURNBULL on his Harrier League debut for the club. Of 584 finishers Dan was an amazing 3rd finisher from the Slow Pack. A couple of minutes further back and 2nd counter for us was Phil HEMSLEY, whilst Shaun LAND and Dominic HARRIS were next. All 4 of them will take their places in the Medium Pack for the remainder of the season. 5th counter was Medium Pack runner Graham SIMPSON and final counter, again on his Harrier League debut, was Phil HALL. They all contributed to a great team performance and were backed up by another 20 Harriers, with notable runs coming from Geoff CAMPBELL, Fast Pack runner Steve CARRAGHER, Rob MURRAY JOHN and Paul GODDEN.


The Senior Women saw some top class performances as well with Ella BROWN, just a day after coming 3rd in the Alwinton Show Fell Race, finishing 10th from the Fast Pack thanks to running the 4th fastest time of the day in the race. Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS, a couple of weeks after her superb marathon performance in Berlin, was 19th. Sam EMBLETON has recently rejoined the club, dug out her Harriers vest and finished 3rd counter from the Slow Pack. 4th and final counter was Angie EMBLETON, a runner who has come on in leaps and bounds this year. Rachelle FALLOON once again made the long trip from Cambridge to take part and powered past a good proportion of the field from the Medium Pack to finish 52nd, whilst another Harrier who was having her first cross country race for a few years, Lisa ATHEY, also performed well to finish just inside the top 100. Another notable run came from Mel STEER, whilst there were Harrier League debuts for Lynne BANNISTER, Frances WILDE, Angie DOUGHTY and Helen MOOR.


Meanwhile nearly 50 Alnwick Juniors turned out for the cross country races! The Under 11s as ever had the biggest turn out of new faces with Evie GODDEN leading home the 11 girls. In the boys race Max MURRAY JOHN ran an excellent race to finish in 4th place overall. For a large proportion of the runners in this age category it was their first race and they all coped admirably.

The under 13 girls finished the team competition in 4th place. Millie BREESE ran her best race ever finishing in 2nd place, whilst Ailsa BATLEY and Maddie HALL were the second and third counters which contributed to this good result. The first counter for the boys was James CARRAGHER followed by Ryan HARRISON FRATER and Jude HALL. The boys managed a solid 12th place overall.

The under 15 boys also managed an excellent 4th place with Ollie TELFER running the fastest Alnwick 3k time of the day to complete the course in 13.13. He was backed up by Ben MURRAY JOHN and new Harrier James GILHOME. All the boys just missed promotion to the Fast Pack so they’ll be expecting a good result at the next fixture.

Callie HENDERSON at last had a team mate in the Under 15 girls race in Kate BUDDLE who ran well from the Slow Pack to finish 20th overall. Callie herself managed an excellent 12th from the Fast Pack running the 3rd fastest time of the day in her race.

The Under 17 boys had a full team and finished 5th overall with Ben KELLY first home from the Fast Pack. Ryan HARRISON FRATER was next and Robert STEPHENSON was third counter. Rebecca REED and Sophie ENSER represented us in the Under 17/20 ladies race. Rebecca finished a good 11th from the Medium Pack and Sophie managed a good 25th out of nearly 50 competitors.

Across the age groups the athletes ran well with lots of enthusiasm. There were some great team results and hopefully they all enjoyed their day.



Senior Men:

3-Dan TURNBULL 35.57 (S)

16-Phil HEMSLEY 37.54 (S)

47-Shaun LAND 39.05 (S)

48-Dominic HARRIS 39.08 (S)

84-Graham SIMPSON 39.58 (M)

96-Phil HALL 40.15 (S)

125-Geoff CAMPBELL 40.46 (S)

145-Steve CARRAGHER 41.03 (F)

220-Rob MURRAY JOHN 41.58 (S)

223-Dean STACKHOUSE 41.58 (S)

233-Adam FLETCHER 42.11 (M)

255-Jon DUFFY 42.29 (S)

258-Paul GODDEN 42.29 (S)

275-Mike TELFER 42.52 (S)

276-Ian SIMON 42.52 (M)

295-Mark DOUGLAS 43.11 (S)

313-Jim LILLICO 43.30 (S)

347-Stuart MORRIS 44.31 (S)

366-Tim FALCONER 45.00 (S)

392-Mark DOCTOR 45.41 (S)

435-Steve STUDLEY 46.58 (S)

457-David HINDMARSH 47.43 (S)

472-Dave BARTRUM 48.09 (S)

538-Andy STEPHENSON 52.10 (S)

566-Paul DELLBRIDGE 56.08 (S)

583-Mark HUME 71.59 (S)


Senior Women:

10-Ella BROWN 28.46 (F)


41-Sam EMBLETON 30.15 (S)

48-Angie EMBLETON 30.26 (S)

52-Rachelle FALLOON 30.34 (M)

95-Lisa ATHEY 31.30 (S)

108-Diana WEIGHTMAN 31.43 (S)

130-Mel STEER 32.08 (S)

189-Tracey SAMPLE 33.19 (S)

210-Denise DRUMMOND 33.49 (S)

228-Justine NORMAN 34.18 (S)

234-Lynne BANNISTER 34.29 (S)

239-Frances WILDE 34.32 (S)

258-Rachel McCOY 35.03 (S)

287-Mary PLUMLEY 35.58 (S)

309-Mairi CAMPBELL 36.40 (S)

371-Angie DOUGHTY 41.50 (S)

372-Eileen GUTHRIE 41.51 (S)

373-Helen MOOR 41.54 (S)


Boys Under 11s:

4-Max MURRAY JOHN 5.34

44-Cooper WILDE 6.41

45-Harris HALL 6.41

56-Ruaridh BATLEY 6.50

57-Ben STUDLEY 7.00

72-Alex KNIGHT 7.11

73-Alfie TEMPLE 7.11

91-Thomas GLADSTONE 9.16

Girls Under 11s:

29-Evie GODDEN 6.57

37-Sophie BURN 7.10

38-Chloe GIVENS 7.10

39-Tess HINDMARSH 7.11

40-Molly JOHNSTON 7.11

42-Katie KNIGHT 7.16

52-Amy KNIGHT 7.29

60-Olivia TEMPLE 7.40

61-Tilly HALL 7.43

67-Katie Lou FRIEND 7.53

70-Eleanor HEELEY 7.56

80-Abigail MAVRO 8.21

Boys Under 13s:

39-James CARRAGHER 15.17 (S)

44-Ryan HARRISON-FRATER 15.23 (S)

49-Jude HALL 15.27 (S)

56-Joe HEMSLEY 15.37 (S)

62-Joseph GODDEN 15.47 (F)

66-Jamie GRAVETT 15.59 (S)

75-Luke STUDLEY 16.54 (S)

76-Thomas DAVISON 17.18 (S)

77-Euan FRIEND 17.56 (S)

80-Finlay TELFER 18.47 (S)

Girls Under 13s:

2-Millie BREESE 14.14 (S)

23-Ailsa BATLEY 15.46 (S)

31-Maddy HALL 16.05 (S)

56-Ellie HENDERSON 17.40 (F)

64-Antje HALL 18.25 (S)

65-Milli ELLABY 18.30 (S)

Boys Under 15s:

13-Ollie TELFER 13.13 (S)

15-Ben MURRAY JOHN 13.21 (S)

21-James GILHOLME 13.35 (S)

34-Max BREESE 13.59 (S)

38-Alex THRELFALL 14.15 (S)

44-Josh McMEEKING 14.51 (S)

56-Jack HALL 16.06 (S)

58-Luke McMEEKING 16.15 (S)

Girls Under 15s:

12-Callie HENDERSON 15.04 (F)

20 Kate BUDDLE 15.38 (S)

Boys Under 17s:

23-Ben KELLY 20.45 (F)

32-Daniel HARRISON-FRATER 22.09 (S)

38-Robert STEPHENSON 26.03 (S)

Girls Under 17/20s:

11-Rebecca REED 21.00 (M)

25-Sophie ENSER 22.05 (S)

Results from a brilliant day at the North East Harrier League cross country fixture at Druridge Bay are here Harrier League Grand Prix standings after 2 events look good for a number of Harriers, especially Ella BROWN who is still top of the female veterans pile

It may be a bit of a trek but fingers crossed we’ll get a decent number of Harriers out for the 3rd cross country fixture which is at Thornley Hall Farm, near Peterlee on Saturday 26th November. We’re looking into the possibility of hiring a coach so keep your eyes peeled on the website for more……


Above photos are of the Senior Mens team, Dan TURNBULL, Angie EMBLETON, Girls Under 11s, Shaun LAND, Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS/Ella BROWN and the Senior Womens team.

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Cambridge Parkrun/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Durham Parkrun/Matfen 10k

Harriers took part in 4 parkruns on the morning of Saturday 8th October, with the quickest time being achieved by Rachelle FALLOON at Cambridge. Rachelle was 3rd female finisher in a splendid 20.34, slightly quicker than her last effort there a few weeks back. Further north Kirsty STEED finished 425th at Durham in 40.02, whilst Richard EASTOE was 29th in 23.43 at Workington and wife Gay was 50th in 26.07.


At the local event at Druridge Bay Allan FOGGON was first Harrier home in 10th place. Neil HAMILTON scored a pb to finish 12th, as did Hylton TROTTER further back. For the ladies Carole PAGE was 2nd female finisher, whilst Mel STEER ran a course best.



10 -Allan FOGGON 21.03 (61.28%)

12-Neil HAMILTON 21.31

21-Carole PAGE 22.39

28-Mel STEER 23.38 (69.74%)

77-John ROSS 28.30

78-Hylton TROTTER 28.35

91-Stuart BRUCE 29.49 (49.47%)

110-Melanie BUCHANAN 31.33

128-Ian McALLISTER 37.07 (36.78%)


The following day Phil LEE took part in the latest Run Northumberland event, the Matfen 10k. Phil finished 137th in 57.05.

Above photos are of Allan FOGGON and Ian McALLISTER at Druridge Bay.

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NEHL Wrekenton

The highlight of the running calendar for many a Harrier kicked off on Saturday 1st October when the first of the 2016/17 North East Harrier League cross country fixtures took place at Wrekenton. For the Senior teams the men started life back in Division 2 after their promotion last season, whilst the women continued in Division 1 after their great showing last year. Under the leadership of Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS and Dominic HARRIS a decent number of Harriers had signed up prior to this season curtain opener, and on the day a good number of Harriers, particularly the men, rocked up at mud free Wrekenton! For the Seniors the standout individual performance was by new Harrier Rachelle FALLOON who had travelled all the way up from Cambridge to wear the coveted Alnwick vest for the first time. Running from the Slow Pack she finished 9th overall and now takes her place in the Medium Pack for the remainder of the season. For the Senior Men there was a brilliant turnout and a great team effort. There were also some brilliant performances from our Juniors who turned up in good numbers as well. In particular Lauren BROWN stood out once again, winning the Girls Under 13s race in her first appearance in that age group. Lauren dominated the Girls Under 11s fixtures last season, so to step up an age group and win by 20 seconds in her first race is a great achievement.


The team performance of the day was undoubtedly from our Senior Men. 20 men turned out for this fixture and raced brilliantly, meaning we finished 3rd of the 11 Division 2 teams overall on the day! What was more pleasing was that none of our contingent were promoted meaning all start in the same packs at next weeks 2nd fixture at Druridge Bay! First Harrier home was Adam FLETCHER, though after a mix-up with which pack he was running from sadly he was disqualified. Therefore first counter was Medium Pack runner Graham SIMPSON. After spending last year in the Fast Pack Graham was pleased to be back down a pack and finished 65th overall, just outside the promotion positions. He was followed soon afterwards by Phil HEMSLEY in 78th. Two Harrier League debutants were seconds behind Phil and showed excellent promise, in the shape of Shaun LAND and Jordan ROGERSON. Team captain Dominic HARRIS was our 5th counter, whilst Ian SIMON was 6th from the Medium Pack. Slightly further down there were also good runs by other Harriers including Geoff CAMPBELL, Fast Pack runner Steve CARRAGHER, Jon DUFFY and Paul GODDEN to name but a few.

Full mens results are here


For the Senior Women sadly there were a number of last minute pull-outs and availability issues. Despite Rachelles fine performance we finished a disappointing 9th of the 10 teams in the top flight. Ella BROWN ran well from the Fast Pack to finish 21st overall. Early days yet but Ella is currently top of the Harrier League Veteran Women standings! Karen KELLY was 3rd counter from the Medium Pack and Tracey SAMPLE was 4th. Tracey has been struggling with injury of late so to finish as high up as she did was a great performance. Jocelyn BOLAM and Emma MURRAY were our other finishers. No doubt with the Blyth RC organised Druridge Bay event practically being a home fixture next week we’ll shoot up the table! Full Senior Womens results are here

The Alnwick Harrier Juniors made an excellent overall start to the cross country season. The Under 13 girls were the most successful team of the day;  Maddy HALL, Ellie HENDERSON and Lauren BROWN ran brilliantly to finish third overall. Lauren in her first competition as an U13 ran a confident race and pushed hard from the start winning the 3k race from the Slow Pack in an excellent time of 12.05. Ellie had an equally impressive run improving hugely since last year, running a good time of 12.48. Maddy was the teams third counter and finised with a great smile in 14.37.

The U13 boys were out in force and led home by Joseph GODDEN who finished 14th in a good time of 12.33. Next was Ryan HARRISON-FRATER followed closely by third counter Gus OWEN. James CARRAGHER, Joe HEMSLEY, Thomas DAVISON and Luke STUDLEY backed up first three runners to secure a solid 9th placed position. The boys showed excellent promise for the remainder of the season.

Ollie TELFER and Alex THREFALL had a close race in the U15 category, but in the end Ollie finished 24th in 12.09, just 8 seconds and 4 places ahead of Alex. Fastest on the day was Harry BROWN running from the Fast Pack, finishing 52nd but managing to break the 12 minute barrier to finish in 11.42. Collectively the boys managed a good 7th overall place which will surely be improved on as the season progresses.

Callie HENDERSON was once again the clubs lone Under 15 girl but had a good race from the Fast Pack finishing 17th in 11.40. Callie was 5th fastest overall and the fastest Alnwick athlete of the day over the 3km course!

In the Under 17 mens race Ben KELLY, running from the Fast Pack, was 6th fastest overall finishing in 19th position with a good time of 21.27. Daniel HARRISON-FRATER finished his first race as an Under 17 in 34th position 26.21. Finally in the Under 11s race Evie GODDEN managed an excellent 23rd place in a strong field of nearly 70 girls.

The second fixture of the season is next Sunday at Druridge Bay where the Club hopes to build on its success. Full results are here and current league standings are here



Girls Under 11s:

23-Evie GODDEN 8.21

Boys Under 13s:

14-Joseph GODDEN 12.33 (S)

37-Ryan HARRISON-FRATER 13.24 (S)

39-Angus OWEN 13.26 (S)

56-James CARRAGHER 14.04 (S)

59-Joe HEMSLEY 14.17 (S)

66-Thomas DAVISON 14.28 (S)

72-Luke STUDLEY 15.07 (S)

Girls Under 13s:

1-Lauren BROWN 12.05 (S)

4-Ellie HENDERSON 12.48 (S)

41-Maddy HALL 14.37 (S)

Boys Under 15s:

24-Ollie TELFER 12.09 (S)

28-Alex THRELFALL 12.17 (S)

52-Harrison BROWN 13.22 (F)

Girls Under 15s:

17-Callie HENDERSON 13.20 (F)

Boys Under 17s:

19-Ben KELLY 24.07 (F)

34-Daniel HARRISON-FRATER 26.21 (S)

Senior Women:

9-Rachelle FALLOON 27.15 (S)

21-Ella BROWN 27.57 (F)

109-Karen KELLY 30.12 (M)

180-Tracey SAMPLE 31.48 (S)

282-Jocelyn BOLAM 35.45 (S)

288-Emma MURRAY 36.00 (S)


Senior Men:

65-Graham SIMPSON 37.22 (M)

78-Phil HEMSLEY 37.36 (S)

80-Shaun LAND 37.39 (S)

81-Jordan ROGERSON 37.40 (S)

97-Dominic HARRIS 38.00 (S)

130-Ian SIMON 38.35 (M)

157-Geoff CAMPBELL 39.04 (S)

159-Adam SPILLER 39.07 (S)

200-Steve CARRAGHER 39.42 (F)

216-Jon DUFFY 40.00 (S)

257-Paul GODDEN 40.42 (S)

329-Tim FALCONER 42.55 (S)

340-Graham CROW 43.09 (S)

428-Steve STUDLEY 45.54 (S)

463-Andy STEPHENSON 47.43 (S)

504-Ruary SLATER 51.38 (S)

519-Paul DELLBRIDGE 56.23 (S)

526-Stuart BRUCE 58.48 (S)

532-Mark HUME 1.06.30 (S)


More details regarding next Sundays 2nd race at Druridge Bay will be on the website soon. Photos are of Rachelle FALLOON, Ian SIMON, the Junior Harriers, Tracey SAMPLE and Geoff CAMPBELL.

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