NEHL Druridge Bay

This Saturday sees our pals Blyth RC host the 3rd of the 6 North East Harrier League cross country fixtures at Druridge Bay Country Park. With the fixture being so close to home we hope to see a huge number of Harriers there and hopefully our Senior teams will push even further up their respective divisions. Race times are listed here:

12.15 Boys & Girls
12.25 Under 13 Boys
12.35 Under 13 Girls
12.45 Under 15 Boys
12.55 Under 15 Girls
13.05 Under 17 & Under 20 Women
13.10 Senior & Veteran Women
13.50 Under 17 Men
14.15 Senior & Veteran Men

We have been informed that the course is nowhere near as tough as last weekends Durham mudfest, with some sections along track and only slight inclines rather than hills. Something the organisers were keen to impress is that parking is pretty limited so carshare if possible. There will also be a small charge to park in the Country Park (£2). See you on Saturday!


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Christmas Party-Reminder!

This year the Christmas party is on Friday 11th December from 7.30pm at Alnwick Rugby Club (we like to alternate each year with formal/casual parties so there’s something for everyone). So this year is an extravaganza of drinking, dancing and buffet eating on a reasonable budget….what’s not to like? For the ones not competing at the Northerns the next day its a real chance to let your hair down, although on reflection, this might not be possible for some of our members….

Most importantly this party is a very special night, featuring the Grand Prix awards – which has been a fantastic, hard fought competition this year. There will be speeches and trophies from our famous Bus Conductor, the Grand Prix organiser himself, Mr ROSS. And as if all that excitement wasn’t enough, we’ll also be presenting the annual awards for Harriers most deserving athletes. It could be you!

Because we want as many people as possible to attend, the price is a paltry, unbelievable £5 per ticket! Yes, we know, amazing!! You can bring your nearest and dearest, your best buddies, or even just some people who might possibly be at a loose end – but please try and come. It’s a great chance to catch up, see each other dressed in normal clothing, lay down challenges for the year ahead and have bets on the winner of the Christmas handicap the following week – or even just to take the opportunity to wear your best Christmas jumper.

Tickets (with correct money provided in clearly labelled envelopes) can be purchased from Sue BOLAM or Gareth BREESE at Wednesday training evenings from 6.30-7.00. If you cannot attend training, just message them or let another Committee member know so a ticket can be arranged. Please try to come.

Please buy your tickets early so we can confirm catering numbers ASAP. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

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NEHL Durham

A superb number of Harriers travelled all the way down to Durham on Saturday 21st November to take part in the 2nd of the 6 race North East Harrier League cross country series. Held in cold and muddy conditions, on what many describe as the hardest of the cross country courses, all our runners acquitted themselves well and there were some superb team and individual results.

The 1st race of the day saw the club get off to a flyer as Lauren BROWN was victorious in the Girls Under 11’s race, whilst there was also another good run by Mille BREESE. Max MURRAY-JOHN finished a brilliant 15th in the Boys Under 11’s, whilst his brother Ben was 14th in the Under 13’s Boys event. Callie HENDERSON was 7th from the Fast Pack in the Girls Under 15’s and ran the 2nd quickest time in the race. Callie currently sits top of the Girls Under 15’s Grand Prix standings after the first 2 races. In this race there was also another pleasing performance by the improving Sophie ENSER, whilst in the Under 17/20 Womens race it was good to see Rosie MURTON back after a spell out injured. Well done to all the Juniors!


For the Seniors the women continue to impress in Division 1. On the day they finished 6th of the 10 teams, but due to their great start at the Tanfield event in September, currently sit 4th in the Division just behind 3 of the giants of north east running Durham City Harriers, North Shields Poly and Tyne Bridge Harriers. Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS was 1st counter by finishing 14th from the Fast Pack, a great achievement in what was a top class field. In the Veteran Womens Grand Prix Jo is 2nd behind Jo ZAKRZEWSKI who represented Scotland at last years Commonwealth Games. Ella BROWN, just as she was at Tanfield, was our 2nd counter by finishing 28th also from the Fast Pack. Diana WEIGHTMAN, who finished out of the counting places at Tanfield, was 3rd today after having a very good run by finishing 70th, whilst Pauline AITCHISON was 4th and final counter. Medium Pack runner Karen KELLY was just seconds behind, whilst fellow Medium Packer Tracey SAMPLE also ran well. Well done to Harrier League debutante Lorna STEPHENSON for taking part in this tough, tough event!


Last year the Senior Men were barely able to field a team for the Durham event, finished bottom in Division 2 on the day and this event was a major reason for their subsequent relegation. However today a brilliant 18 turned out to race, though 2 didn’t complete the gruelling course. Despite cycling all the way to Durham Ian SIMON was 1st counter for us just outside the top 100 from the Slow Pack. He finished just ahead of new Medium Pack runner Steve CARRAGHER, whilst there was another eye catching performance from Dominic HARRIS who was just pipped by Steve and had to settle for 3rd counter status. Next to finish were Adam SPILLER, Medium Pack runner Phil HEMSLEY and Fast Pack runner Graham SIMPSON. Graham, with his Fast Pack penalty was the quickest Harrier on the day. Just behind Graham were Harrier League debut man Dean STACKHOUSE, Fast Pack man Adam FLETCHER and another debutant, Paul GODDEN. The great team effort saw us finish 2nd of the 15 complete teams on the day in Division 3, once again behind Saltwell Harriers. In the overall standings Saltwell Harriers are top of the pile whilst we are just behind in 2nd.


Girls Under 11’s:

1-Lauren BROWN 5.04

26-Millie BREESE 6.20

43-Evie GODDEN 6.45

64-Abbie DAVIES 7.23


Boys Under 11’s:

15-Max MURRAY JOHN 5.40

74-Finlay TELFER 7.13

Girls Under 13’s:

57-Maddy HALL 19.52 (S)

Boys Under 13’s:

14-Ben MURRAY JOHN 14.49 (S)

34-Harvey WORT 15.35 (S)

38-Max BREESE 15.44 (S)

49-Joseph GODDEN 16.19 (S)

52-Ryan HARRISON-FRATER 16.23 (S)

56-Ollie TELFER 16.39 (F)

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7-Callie HENDERSON 15.56 (F)

15-Sophie ENSER 16.25 (S)

52-Emily DAVIES 19.45 (S)

Boys Under 15’s:

16-Harrison BROWN 14.19 (S)

30-Daniel HARRISON-FRATER 14.46 (S)

Women Under 17/20:

9-Rosie MURTON 26.37 (F)

Boys Under 17’s:

15-Ben KELLY 29.28 (F)

Senior Women:


28-Ella BROWN 32.52 (F)

70-Diana WEIGHTMAN 34.12 (S)

87-Pauline AITCHISON 34.32 (S)

90-Karen KELLY 34.37 (M)

101-Lesley MILLER 34.52 (S)

164-Tracey SAMPLE 36.14 (M)

232-Justine NORMAN 38.21 (S)

243-Ruth DOCTOR 38.52 (S)

376-Jocelyn BOLAM 47.16 (S)

394-Lorna STEPHENSON 52.05 (S)


Senior Men:

102-Ian SIMON 44.52 (S)

108-Steve CARRAGHER 45.00 (M)

113-Dominic HARRIS 45.10 (S)

151-Adam SPILLER 45.53 (S)

166-Phil HEMSLEY 46.14 (M)

204-Graham SIMPSON 47.02 (F)

239-Dean STACKHOUSE 47.38 (S)

256-Adam FLETCHER 47.57 (F)

330-Paul GODDEN 50.12 (S)

340-Micky AISTON 50.32 (S)

365-Dave HINDMARSH 51.26 (S)

421-Nick ARMSTRONG 53.17 (S)

435-Steve STUDLEY 53.52 (S)

484-Andy STEPHENSON 56.16 (S)

581-Dave CHARLTON 1.08.24 (S)

592-Mark HUME 1.19.35 (S)


All the results from Aykley Heads as well as team standings and Grand Prix standings are here Many thanks to the team captains for persuading our runners to take part! The next race in the series is just next Saturday, close to home at Druridge Bay. Hopefully the close proximity to Alnwick will mean that even more Harriers turn out and help to push our teams further up the table!

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South Shields Parkrun/Wilmslow Parkrun/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Penrith Parkrun

On a freezing morning all over the country a number of Harriers took part in 4 different parkruns. Quickest of the Harriers in the weekly 5k event was Richard JOHNSON, completing the South Shields Parkrun in 19.25. Despite the strong headwind for large parts of the event Steve STUDLEY also ran a personal best of 23.22. Elsewhere a dozen Harriers took part at Druridge Bay, Gay and Richard EASTOE ran at Penrith, whilst Andy SQUIRES competed at the Wilmslow Parkrun in Cheshire. Results:

South Shields:

4-Richard JOHNSON 19.25

21-Steve STUDLEY 23.22


27-Andy SQUIRES 22.38

Druridge Bay:

36-John ROSS 27.12

53-Ed WHELDON 30.49

56-Jayne McKENNA 31.15

57-Pam WHELDON 31.36

59-Stuart BRUCE 32.04

66-William FORTUNE 34.01


49-Gay EASTOE 30.03

50-Richard EASTOE 30.07


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Indoor Winter Athletics Series

The indoor winter athletics series started on Thursday 19th November at Gateshead College. 4 Junior Harriers attended this popular event and competed in a variety of disciplines.

This was the 1st opportunity for Millie BREESE and Finlay TELFER to compete at Under 13 level, thus they were able to try a whole range of new events. They both rose to the challenge of the 60m hurdles, Finlay winning the boys race and Millie coming 3rd of the girls just missing out on a club record by two one hundredths of a second!

Ollie TELFER and Max BREESE who are now “veteran hurdlers” moved up to the Under 15 category and had to face even higher hurdles. Unfortunately Max had a spectacular crash at the third hurdle and reminded everyone why this event is so feared. Fortunately he wasn’t seriously hurt as he managed to run into McDonalds at the end of the evening! Ollie finished the race in 2nd in a time of 11.83 seconds.

Millie started her High Jump competition well by clearing the entry height of 1 metre. However, unfortunately whilst she was away competing in the 60 metre sprint the bar continued to rise. As this is an open competition involving all age groups the rules state that if you temporarily leave the competition you can only re-join at the current height. Millie returned and the height was 1 metre 30, a height close to her own. Although she made a determined effort she was never going to clear it!

Finlay TELFER threw close to 5 metres in the Shot Putt to finish 4th, whilst Max finished 3rd as well as 4th in the Long Jump.

The 4 Juniors had an excellent evening of athletics and enjoyed the opportunity to compete in a warm, dry environment. The next event in the series is 10th December.

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Grand Prix Standings After Brampton

There is just one event to go in the scintillating 2015 Harriers Grand Prix, the Norman Woodcock Memorial 5 Mile Race in December. After Sundays Brampton to Carlisle race Lesley MILLER has extended her lead even further over her rivals, with yet another 80%+ WAVA performance. Up into 2nd place from 5th is previous Grand Prix winner Dave HINDMARSH, whilst Andy SQUIRES drops down a place to 3rd and Gary COWELL drops to 4th. Then comes a whole cluster of Harriers with Mark DOCTOR shooting up to 5th from 8th thanks to his long awaited Druridge Bay Parkrun debut on Saturday. Mark is just 0.04% ahead of another climber, Dave BARTRUM who is now 6th. Dominic HARRIS is down to 7th, just ahead of Pauline AITCHISON, John ROSS and Maureen BARTRUM. Graham CROW, though needs to take part in the last event to secure one of the 12 prizes. Tim SHEPHERD is clinging on to 12th place, though Shelley COATES is closing ominously and no doubt has her heart set on a trophy!

Latest Grand Prix standings thanks to John ROSS are here:

Alnwick Harriers Grand Prix Champions League 2015 after Brampton

The last event is the Norman Woodcock Memorial 5 Mile Road Race on Saturday 5th December. More information including details of a change of venue are here

Look out for details of next years Grand Prix races soon……..


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British and Irish Masters Cross Country/Brampton to Carlisle 10 Mile Road Race/Borders Cross Country League/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Riverside Parkrun/Workington Parkrun

On a brilliant weekend for Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS she had the honour of representing England at the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International in Dublin on Saturday 14th November! Jo, running in the female 35 race, was a brilliant 7th of the 20 runners in 22.55, and was 3rd counter!


The following day she was one of a number of Harriers taking part in the penultimate Grand Prix race of 2015, the ever popular fast and flat Brampton to Carlisle 10 Mile Road Race. In the run up to the race severe weather warnings had been issued due to predicted monsoon like conditions in Cumbria, though these did not materialise thankfully. Despite a keen wind at times Jo was the 1st of the 24 Harriers to finish and was 59th overall. Jo was 4th female finisher in 1.02.46 which is comfortably the fastest 10 mile time by a Harriers this year. As in previous years Jo now has the fastest female times by a Harrier in 5k, 10k, 10 mile, half and full marathon distances this year. In the last 3 distances she is also faster than any male Harrier this year! There were also a number of excellent runs by other ladies in the race with lots of 10 mile pbs being achieved. 2nd Harrier to complete was Lesley MILLER who was 3rd in the female 55 category, 2 minutes clear of Pauline AITCHISON. As has been the case so many times this year Gay EASTOE was a prize winner, taking home the 2nd place award in the female 60 age group!

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For the men Gary HALL ran the fastest 10 mile time of the year by a Harrier when he clocked 1.06.54. Richard JOHNSON was next to finish, and though disappointed with his time still achieved a 10 mile personal best. Jock BOLAM ran a decent race to finish 3rd male Harrier, ahead of Dave HINDMARSH and Tin FALCONER. Further down the list it was good to see Ian HORSLEY and Finbarr MURPHY donning Harriers vests for the 1st time! Thanks to the committee for arranging the coach and the block booking. Grand Prix standings to follow………Results:


113-Gary HALL 1.06.54

124-Richard JOHNSON 1.07.54

184-Jock BOLAM 1.12.09

199-Dave HINDMARSH 1.13.25

210-Tim FALCONER 1.14.13

230-Paul GODDEN 1.15.39

266-Andy SQUIRES 1.17.12

273-Dave BARTRUM 1.17.22

277-Ian HORSLEY 1.17.31

280-Graham CROW 1.17.38

281-Lesley MILLER 1.17.39

314-Pauline AITCHISON 1.19.37

324-Lisa BASTON 1.20.07

329-Steve STUDLEY 1.20.57

331-Denise DRUMMOND 1.21.07

339-Maureen BARTRUM 1.21.41

376-Ruth DOCTOR 1.24.17

401-Sue BOLAM 1.27.04

433-Gay EASTOE 1.30.30

434-Richard EASTOE 1.30.31

440-Shelley COATES 1.30.49

505-Finbarr MURPHY 1.38.52

554-Mark HUME 1.58.30

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Also that day Adam FLETCHER was representing us in the Borders Cross Country League at Dunbar. Adam finished an excellent 20th overall and was 2nd in the male 50 category, in 28.20.

The day before there were some good performances by Harriers at 3 different parkruns. At Druridge Bay Ben KELLY ran a pb of 18.02 to finish 2nd, whilst his mum Karen was 2nd female finisher! There was also a debut at the course for Mark DOCTOR, whilst course pbs were achieved by Sophie ENSER, Ed WHELDON and Lorna STEPHENSON. Pam WHELDON was 1st in the female 60 category, whilst William FORTUNE was 1st male 70.



2-Ben KELLY 18.02 (77.17%)

11-Mark DOCTOR 21.23 (64.30%)

15-Karen KELLY 21.58 (72.99%)

27-Sophie ENSER 23.49 (65.08%)

28-Cris ATWELL 23.56 (64.21%)

36-Robert STEPHENSON 25.11 (56.32%)

39-Ken HODSON 25.43

50-Justine NORMAN 27.37

52-Pam WHELDON 27.52

55-Cameron SYERS 27.56

64-Thomas DAVISON 28.40

76-Ed WHELDON 29.47

92-Jayne McKENNA 32.06

95-William FORTUNE 32.39

101-Lorna STEPHENSON 33.24 (48.00%)


Also that morning there was a brilliant performance by Dominic HARRIS at the Riverside Parkrun at Chester le Street. Dom is improving with every run and on this occasion dipped under 19 minutes to clock 18.55 and finish in 8th place! Over in west Cumbria both Richard and Gay EASTOE were age 60 category winners at Workington. Richard finished 22nd in 24.18, whilst Gay was 28th in 25.40.

Thanks to Craig HARMON for the shots of Ben and Karen KELLY at Druridge Bay.

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North East Cross Country Championships

18 Harriers have been entered into the Senior races at the North East Cross Country Championships in Sedgefield on Saturday 12th December. This is a far cry from previous years when Diana WEIGHTMAN seemed to be the only Senior taking part! The club have paid for entries and team captains will be in touch to sort car sharing (though some arrangements are being made on Facebook). The Seniors entered are:

Men                                                                  Woman

Micky AISTON                                                   Ella BROWN

Nick ARMSTRONG                                          Denise DRUMMOND

David CHARLTON                                           Sheona DUFFY

Paul DELLBRIDGE                                          Karen KELLY

Mark DOUGLAS                                               Tracey SAMPLE

Paul GODDEN                                                  Diana WEIGHTMAN







Numbers will be collected and given out on the day. Good luck, and enjoy!!


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Town Moor Memorial 10k and Junior Races/Helvellyn and Ullswater Dirty Double/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Cottesloe Parkrun/Inverness Parkrun/Gibside Parkrun/Pollok Parkrun/Keswick Parkrun/Ormskirk Parkrun

On a very wet and blustery morning on the Town Moor, 6 Harriers took part in the Heaton Harriers organised Town Moor Memorial 10k on Sunday 8th November. First of the sextet was Ella BROWN who ran a brilliant 38.07, her fastest 10k of 2015, eclipsing her previous best at the Les Allcorn 10k on May. The time was enough to see her finish 5th female and take home female 40 prize! Another prize winner was Peter GREY, as he ran 38.56 to win the male 55 category. There were also good runs by the other 4 male Harriers particularly by Dominic HARRIS who smashed his 10k pb to dip under 40 minutes for the first time.



64-Ella BROWN 38.07

77-Peter GREY 38.56

100-Gary HALL 39.40

103-Dominic HARRIS 39.53

197-Nick ARMSTRONG 43.08

345-Andy STEPHENSON 48.35


Also that morning 4 Harriers took part in the Junior races on the Town Moor. Once again there was a brilliant run by Lauren BROWN in the Under 11’s race, where she finished1st girl and 2nd overall in 3.37. Finlay TELFER also competed in that race, finishing 29th in 4.34. In the Under 13’s event Ollie TELFER finished 10th in 11.23, whilst Gus OWEN finished 34th in 13.53.


The previous day a huge number of Harriers took part in 7 different parkruns from as near as Druridge Bay to as far away as Western Australia! Amongst these performances there were age category wins for Steve COWELL (male 50) and Rosie HARRIS (female 50) at Druridge Bay, whilst Gay EASTOE was successful in the female 60 category at Inverness. There were also 2 2nd placed finishers for female Harriers, Karen KELLY at Druridge Bay and Rachel McCOY at the Cottesloe Parkrun in Perth, Australia! Well done to everyone for flying the Alnwick flag far and wide.



Druridge Bay:

9-Nick ARMSTRONG 21.15 (68.31%)

11-Graham CROW 21.22 (61.70%)

12-Steve COWELL 21.26 (68.82%)

20-Karen KELLY 22.08 (72.44%)

21-Dave HENDERSON 22.17

25-Andy SQUIRES 22.23

39-David BARNES 24.01

51-Claire MILLER-GROSSETT 26.15

63-Jessica DUFFY 28.26 (54.51%)

66-Thomas DAVISON 28.36

67-Sheona DUFFY 29.01 (54.22%)

71-Rosie HARRIS 29.23 (58.48%)


Cottesloe Parkrun:

17-Rachel McCOY 24.55



95-Gay EASTOE 27.55

96-Richard EASTOE 27.56

Gibside Parkrun:

12-Micky AISTON 22.52

Pollock Parkrun:

145-John ROSS 26.41

Keswick Parkrun:

47-Mike HENRY 25.21

Ormskirk Parkrun:

88-Jayne McKENNA 32.10

Finally for the weekend 5 Harriers took part in the Helvellyn 15k Trail Challenge on Saturday, part of the Dirty Double, the final 2 races of the Lakeland Trail Race 2015 series. Massive congratulations to the 5 hardy Harriers who have racked up some miles this year travelling to and from the Lakes to take part in the series! They, as well as Adam FLETCHER and Lorna STEPHENSON, also took part in the Ullswater races the following day. Most of the times appear to be missing for the Sunday races, however Adam finished an excellent 3rd in a race reduced to 9k due to dreadful weather conditions and issues with the ferry across the lake! The results we have are:

Helvellyn 15k Trail Challenge:

80-Dave BARTRUM 1.23.16

141-Maureen BARTRUM 1.30.55

230-Morag DONOGHUE 1.39.14

267-Carol DAVISON 1.44.00

383-Ron McCORMACK 2.00.16

Ullswater 9k Race:

3-Adam FLETCHER 39.36

181-Maureen BARTRUM 59.24


Thanks to Richard JOHNSON for the photos of Ella BROWN and Peter GREY at the Town Moor, and Gemma MILLER-GROSSETT for the photos of ARMSTRONG/CROW/COWELL and Rosie HARRIS at Druridge Bay. Many thanks to Lakeland Trails for the photo of Dave BARTRUM. Also pictured is Rachel McCOY down under.

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Christmas Events!!

At the latest committee meeting the dates for the various Harriers Christmas events have been sorted. They are as follows:

Wednesday 9th December-Xmas Parlauf

Friday 11th December-Xmas Party (see separate post for more info)

Sunday 20th December-Xmas Handicap

More details about all these events will be announced soon.

After the Xmas Parlauf the draw will be made for the London Marathon ballot. The organisers have announced that thanks to the increasing number of pesky good for age runners, like Pauline AITCHISON and Sarah SYERS, we are only entitled to 2 numbers for 2016. As always preference will be given to those who’ve been rejected via the General Ballot recently, though in the unlikely event of them not being taken by rejects they’ll be available to anyone who wants one. There’s a poster on the noticeboard at Willowburn for those who would like a place to add their names to. Can those who add their names email their rejection emails to

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