NEHL Wallington Hall

After the mixed bag of results at the Durham North East Harrier League fixture on Saturday, the 3rd of the 6 races in the 2014-15 season is upon us already. The Wallington Hall fixture, hosted by Morpeth Harriers, is this Saturday. Same rules and start times apply as with the previous 2 races. Don’t forget your race number, those not run a race yet will be given them on Saturday, race from the correct packs, etc. The team captains have sent out emails trying to rustle up decent number; please reply if you can attend. Race times are:

12.15 Under 11 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

Those who did last years race at Wallington Hall will remember that the route is another tough but beautiful one. There was also a slight parking issue, so please leave in plenty of time! More details are at See you on Saturday.


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Final Grand Prix Standings!

An amazing 122 members of Alnwick Harriers were included in the final 2014 Grand Prix standings, a quite brilliant number! Throughout the year Harriers have battled it out on roads, fells, trails and cross country courses to gain points to be in with a chance of winning one of the 12 Grand Prix trophies, which will be presented at the Christmas Handicap on Sunday 21st December. The 2015 Grand Prix fixtures will be announced soon, and next year there’ll also be a slightly different format meaning you’ll have to take part in different races on different terrains to stand a chance of winning. More details soon….In the meantime here are the final standings:

Final 2014 Alnwick Harriers Grand Prix Standings

For a number of weeks now Phil HEMSLEY has had the 2014 Grand Prix wrapped up. Thanks to his astoundingly high WAVA scores, such as his 87.30% score at Blaydon, Phil was a very deserved winner and in the end won by a huge margin!

15195021553_5573e8bab9_o2nd place went to 2012 winner and Club Secretary Jim LILLICO. Jim was just ahead of the first female in the top 12 Diana WEIGHTMAN and last years glorious victor Dave HINDMARSH. Despite a year plagued by illness and injury Mike HENRY finished in the medals once again in 5th place, just ahead of the fast improving Sarah GRAY.

14820000930_a8bdaa4cd6_oThere was a tight battle for the final 6 places, with just a few percentage points separating them. 7th place went to Micky AISTON, who has performed very well throughout the year getting better and better with each race he enters. The 3rd of 5 women in the top 12, Maureen BARTRUM, was 8th and the now former Harrier Phil BASTON 9th. Training partners Shelley COATES and Alex REED were 10th and 11th, separated by only 0.07%! The final trophy goes to the always pointing skyward Kim BRONZE.

Kim BRONZE-Druridge Bay 10k 2013Bad luck to those Harriers who just missed out on a top 12 place. Tracey SAMPLE battled well and took part in races she’d possibly never dreamt of doing such as a fell race. John ROSS may have won a prize had he not got lost at Howick, and Stu MORRIS would probably have run well enough at Brampton to win a prize had he not been beaten up by a baby cow recently.

Many, many thanks to John ROSS who has collated the results throughout the course of the year. This is certainly no easy job given the number of Harriers now taking part in parkrun’s throughout the country every Saturday. Then good news for John is that he’s got the job again next year!

Alex REED NEHL Jarrow 2013

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Great Ethiopia Run

Whilst a number of Harriers were still picking Durham mud from underneath their toenails intrepid Harrier Mark DOUGLAS was taking part in the Great Ethiopia Run on Sunday 23rd November! Mark, who fancies himself as a bit of a journo, will be doing a piece for the website which will appear within a few days. In the meantime here’s a couple of photos of Mark meeting the legend Haile GEBRSELASSIE and on race day! Looks like an amazing experience one which no doubt the club will subsidise next year???

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NEHL Durham/Newcastle Parkrun/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Riverside Parkrun/Workington Parkrun

The 2nd of the 6 North East Harrier League cross country fixtures took place on Saturday 22nd November at Aykley Heads, Durham.  The event was well organised by Elvet Striders, Durham City Harriers and Derwentside AC, and they supplied us with a brilliant though very tough and extremely muddy course! Well done to the Harriers who made the long trip down to Durham.

Overall it was a day to remember for our female runners and one to forget for the males, particularly the Senior Men. The day got off to a cracker with a victory for Alnwick Harriers in the Girls Under 11’s race, courtesy of Lauren BROWN pipping her nearest rival by 1 second. Great work Lauren!! In the Girls Under 17/20 race Suzie BARWISE-MUNRO finished 6th overall, though her time was actually the 2nd fastest in the race, running from the Fast Pack. Last but not least our Senior Women were a brilliant 2nd of the 36 teams in Division 2 on the day! However for the males the big disappointment was the Senior Men who were only able to field 7 runners. As a result they finished bottom of the 11 teams in Division 2 on the day.

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After 2 events our Senior Womens team are 4th of the 37 teams in Division 2. First to finish at Durham was Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS who finished a very good 13th of the 354 runners from the Fast Pack. Another Fast Pack runner, Ella BROWN, also performed well proving that she definitely belongs in that pack by finishing 31st. Tracey SAMPLE is just getting better and better, and showed amazing determination and strength to overtake a number of runners in the final few metres to finish 35th. Alas this mad sprint means that Tracey is now in the Medium Pack for the rest of season, though no doubt she’ll acquit herself well there. The final counter was Lesley MILLER who was under a minute behind Tracey. The other runners were Medium Pack runner Diana WEIGHTMAN, the improving Ruth DOCTOR and Harrier League debutante Laura RICE. Well done to Laura, we hope to see you pulling on your spikes at more cross countries throughout the season!


And now for the men. Adam FLETCHER must be praised for making the very long trip to Durham from Belford to pull on the Harriers vest. He also performed well finishing 86th from the Medium Pack. Not far behind him was captain Ian SIMON. For the first ever time Micky AISTON, no doubt spurred on by the Alnwick Harriers Female Voice Choir’s rendition of “Oh Micky you’re so fine, you’re so fine you blow my mind”, was a Harrier League counter for Alnwick, finishing 3rd for us. Many in the club have said it would be a dark day for Alnwick Harriers if Mark DOCTOR was ever a counter. Well its happened. Mark was 4th home for us, finishing just under a minute ahead of Andy SQUIRES. Well done to Andy just for taking part as he’s not been running much recently. The final counter must be praised too as he was badly assaulted by a calf he was attempting to castrate recently, Stu MORRIS. Just making the start line was a great effort after this incident. Last but not least Tim “Disco Legs” SHEPHERD took part and battled on through the mud. After 2 events the Mens team are 9th of the 11 teams in Division 2. Fingers crossed we’ll have a decent number at Wallington Hall next week and we’ll climb up the table away from the relegation positions.



Girls Under 11’s:

1-Lauren BROWN 5.15

12-Ellie HENDERSON 5.42

26-Millie BREESE 6.17

70-Abbie DAVIES 7.54

Boys Under 11’s:

26-Owen DOUGLAS 5.49

68-Finlay TELFER 7.09

Girls Under 13’s:

15-Callie HENDERSON 16.05 (F)

65-Isabelle FORSYTH 20.56 (S)

Boys Under 13’s:

25-Ollie TELFER 15.39 (S)

31-Harrison BROWN 15.51 (S)

35-Max BREESE 16.09 (S)

42-Benji GILLINGHAM 16.34 (S)

Girls Under 15’s:

41-Layla SHAFIQ 19.00 (S)

44-Emily DAVIES 19.38 (S)

47-Jessica DUFFY 20.24 (S)

49-Grace FORSYTH 21.34 (S)

Boys Under 15’s:

38-Alfie MURTON 15.21 (S)

52-Jack DOUGLAS 17.15 (S)

Girls Under 17/20’s:

6-Suzie BARWISE-MUNRO 24.06 (F)

18-Rosie MURTON 26.02 (F)

Boys Under 17’s:

14-Adam SHAFIQ 30.11 (F)

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Senior Women:


31-Ella BROWN 33.14 (F)

35-Tracey SAMPLE 33.20 (S)

64-Lesley MILLER 34.01 (S)

144-Diana WEIGHTMAN 35.58 (M)

216-Ruth DOCTOR 38.03 (S)

345-Laura RICE 50.22 (S)

Senior Men:

86-Adam FLETCHER 43.13 (M)

111-Ian SIMON 43.43 (S)

248-Micky AISTON 47.22 (S)

323-Mark DOCTOR 49.37 (S)

350-Andy SQUIRES 50.24 (S)

453-Stuart MORRIS 54.10 (S)

552-Tim SHEPHERD 1.14.22 (S)


Full results and league tables are at More details regarding next weeks fixture at Wallington Hall will be posted soon. Hope to see a good number of you there! Above photos are courtesy of George ROUTLEDGE and Lee Hippie NIXON, more on our Flickr site.


Elsewhere that day a number of Harriers were in Parkrun action. Fastest Harrier once again was Ross WILSON who’s 17.50 at the Newcastle Parkrun saw him finish 8th. At Druridge Bay Peter GREY was 1st of 5 Harriers to finish, winning the male 55 category in the process. Richard JOHNSON made his Parkrun debut finishing 9th, whilst John FAIRBAIRN smashed his own male 70 course record, Karl BAXTER knocked another 40 plus seconds off his pb and Junior Harrier Sophie ENSER also ran a pb. Micky AISTON warmed up for the cross country with a decent performance at Riverside, Chester le Street, whilst Gay EASTOE was 1st female 60 finisher at Workington. Results:


8-Ross WILSON 17.50 (73.93%)

Druridge Bay:

7-Peter GREY 19.30 (80.17%)

9-Richard JOHNSON 20.16 (63.65%)

29-John FAIRBAIRN 23.56 (73.68%)

45-Karl BAXTER 27.05 (53.17%)

62-Sophie ENSER 29.38 (53.04%)


15-Micky AISTON 20.46 (67.26%)


22-Richard EASTOE 23.46 (67.46%)

26-Gay EASTOE 24.33 (79.02%)


Photo of Richard JOHNSON at Druridge Bay courtesy of Rob ENSER.

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Christmas Parlauf/Christmas Handicap

Full details are now available for two of our fun and exciting Christmas events, the Parlauff and the Handicap. There are posters on the noticeboard at Willowburn to add your names to if you want to take part. Details are as follows:

Wednesday 17th December-Christmas Parlauff

Meet at 6.40pm sharp at Willowburn where you will be put into teams of 3 by Mike HENRY and John COCKBURN. Each member of each team will run 2 laps of the trading estate in a kind of relay format. Full rules will be explained on the night. The cost is £1 per runner to be paid on the night. There will be a post event buffet at The Hogs Head, Alnwick where prizes will be awarded to the 1st 3 teams and Adam SPILLER’s famous and sought after wooden spoons will be awarded to losers!

The London Marathon ballot draw will also be made after the Parlauff!

Sunday 21st December-Christmas Handicap

This year the event will be held at Alnmouth, instead of Warkworth as was the case last year. The actual route is yet to be finalised but no doubt it will be picturesque and about 6 miles! The event kicks off at 11am so arrive in plenty of time to register and get given your handicap! Can those who want to take part please add your names to the poster at Willowburn as soon as possible so Tracey SAMPLE can sort out handicaps. To make things easier please can you write down your best 10k time of the year (approximate time if you’ve not run one in 2014). After the running is done soup and sandwiches will be dished out at Alnmouth Ex-Servicemans Club on Northumberland Street. There are also trophies for the victorious male and female!

End of year awards such as the Athlete of the Year and Most Improved will be given out after the event, as will all the Grand Prix trophies!

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Christmas Party-Final Details!

We are taking no more names for the 2014 Alnwick Harriers Christmas Party at The Plough as its full!

The date of this years party is Friday 5th December, starting at 7pm. A 3 course dinner will be served from 7.30pm, with a disco afterwards. All for an amazing £15 per head (subsidy alert). Crikey!!! The DJ will pull the plug at midnight but the bar will remain open till 1am. Details of the food choices are here Christmas Fayre Menu 2014. Please can you add you meal choices as soon as possible to the poster at Willowburn.

Also please can you bring your £15 along to training and hand it onto a committee member in an envelope with your name(s) on. If you cannot get along to Willowburn in the next couple of weeks please email to confirm your meals.

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Club Mile Challenge

Many thanks to top coach Graham SYERS for organising the Club Mile Challenge at Morpeth’s King Edward School track on Wednesday 19th November. A hardy band of Juniors and Seniors took part in this event which comprised of 3 heats, whereby each runner was given a predicted time to complete a mile based on recent race results. The winner was the runner who improved on their predicted time by the biggest margin.

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The first heat had 3 Juniors taking part, Lauren BROWN, Harry BROWN and Ollie TELFER. This was most notable for a pre race spat between Ollie and father Mike who was taking part in one of the later heats. Youngster Ollie was, quite rightly, aggrieved at having a predicted mile time only 10 seconds slower than speedster Mike. However all 3 performed very well and finished strongly.

Heat 2 had Lesley MILLER, Ruth DOCTOR, Kim BRONZE, Alex REED, Shelley COATES and Mike HENRY taking part. Again all 6 ran well, though the heat was witness to one of the best finishes ever seen at a track (probably). Kim BRONZE was fully 20 metres behind Lesley and Mike with 150 metres to go, but reminiscent of his younger days in Portugal he sprinted like the Iberian wolves which were once so common in his homeland, overtaking Mike and almost catching Lesley.

On the start line for heat 3 were Dave HINDMARSH, Micky AISTON, Sarah GRAY, Mike TELFER, Gary COWELL and Graham SYERS. During this heat there was a great battle between Mike and Graham, with both clocking the same mile time and finishing together after the judges were unable to separate them.

After the numbers were crunched at the end of the heats the winner, thanks to his amazing finish, was Kim BRONZE! He was the biggest improver on his predicted time, followed closely by Lesley MILLER and Mike TELFER. Well done to everyone for taking part. Full results are below:

Heat 1                                Predicted Time     Actual Time     Difference

Harry BROWN (U 13)            6.34                       6.52                   +20

Lauren BROWN (U 11)          6.19                        6.42                   +23

Ollie TELFER (U11)               5.54                        6.05                   +9

Heat 2                                Predicted Time     Actual Time     Difference

Kim BRONZE                         7.05                        6.38                    -27

Shelley COATES                    7.15                         7.28                    +13

Ruth DOCTOR                      7.17                          7.09                    -8

Mike HENRY                        6.50                         6.42                    -8

Lesley MILLER                    7.00                         6.37                    -23

Alex REED                            6.48                         6.53                    +5

Heat 3                               Predicted Time     Actual Time     Difference

Micky AISTON                    5.59                          5.56                    -3

Gary COWELL                    5.52                          6.03                    +11

Sarah GRAY                        5.59                          5.47                     -12

Dave HINDMARSH          6.09                         6.02                     -7

Graham SYERS                  5.32                          5.29                      -3

Mike TELFER                     5.44                          5.29                      -15

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Junior Harriers Christmas Events!

Here are the details of the various Junior Harrier events this Christmas:

Christmas Parlauff – This will be held on Tuesday 9th December. Meet at Sports Hall at 5.45pm and we will be running the event at the Alnwick Gardens Car Park. Pick up will be back at the Sports Hall at about 7.30pm. Parents are welcome to come and spectate.

Christmas Party/Presentation – This will take place on Tuesday 16th December at Alnwick Rugby Club between 6.30pm and 9.00pm. Please bring a contribution of either sweet or savoury food for the buffet. You will be able to purchase drinks from the bar.

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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Brampton To Carlisle 10 Mile Road Race/Leeds Abbey Dash/Greenock Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Harrogate Parkrun/Druridge Bay Parkrun

The final Grand Prix fixture of 2014 was the old favourite, the fast and flat Brampton to Carlisle 10 Mile Road Race on Sunday 16th November. Held in perfect running conditions there were some excellent times, as well as the usual stack of prizes which always seem to come our way on club trips! Many thanks to the club for laying on the subsidised trip, and to Jim LILLICO for his super quiz.


First Harrier to cross the line in Carlisle in a brilliant 58.57 was recent Howick Trail Race winner Phil HEMSLEY, a time which was good enough for him to win the male 50 category. This is a great achievement given the popularity and high calibre runner this race attracts. Next home and 2nd female overall was Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS in 1.02.15. After recently smashing her own club marathon record Jo has done it again here, knocking off well over a minute and a half from her own club 10 mile record set at the same race 2 years ago! Third home was Mark MILLER, a few minutes clear of a good run by Rob ENSER. Next along in a superb 1.08.45 was Sarah GRAY. Sarah has smashed her 5k, 10k and half marathon records this year, and has now run a brilliant 10 mile time!


Amongst the other highlights Jock BOLAM made his 2nd appearance in a Harriers vest this millennia, Micky AISTON knocked over 11 minutes from his time in last years race, Richard JOHNSON made his Harriers debut, Gay EASTOE won the female 60 category and there were numerous 10 mile pb’s from Dave BARTRUM and Shelley COATES to name just 2. A great day was topped off by the trio of Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS, Sarah GRAY and Diana WEIGHTMAN finishing as 3rd female team, whilst Jo, Diana and Alex REED were 3rd female veteran prize winners! With our successes at Jedburgh, Liversedge, Dirty Double and now here perhaps we should have more club trips? Final Grand Prix standings courtesy of John ROSS will be out soon.



43-Phil HEMSLEY 58.57


138-Mark MILLER 1.04.55

209-Rob ENSER 1.08.37

214-Sarah GRAY 1.08.45

216-Jim LILLICO 1.08.54

241-Dave HINDMARSH 1.09.55

262-Jock BOLAM 1.10.52

289-Micky AISTON 1.12.17

291-Gary COWELL 1.12.42

299-Mark COCKBURN 1.12.55

324-Richard JOHNSON 1.14.40

326-Diana WEIGHTMAN 1.14.45

337-Richard EASTOE 1.15.24

341-Graham SKIRROW 1.15.34

342-Dave BARTRUM 1.15.38

403-Alex REED 1.18.59

409-Denise DRUMMOND 1.19.20

410-Sue BOLAM 1.19.21

451-John ROSS 1.21.14

461-Maureen BARTRUM 1.21.37

474-Kim BRONZE 1.22.28

478-Gay EASTOE 1.22.46

504-Shelley COATES 1.24.50

580-Carol DAVISON 1.33.19

610-Paul DELLBRIDGE 1.38.29

634-Tim SHEPHERD 1.44.07


Elsewhere that day 3 Harriers took part in the Leeds Abbey Dash, one of the fastest 10k races in the north. All 3 performed very well posting fast times, including yet another 10k pb for Mark DOUGLAS! Results:

489-Dan LENG 37.03

625-Steve PATTERSON 38.15

1344-Mark DOUGLAS 41.51

The day before a number of Harriers took part in 4 Parkrun’s up and down the country. Quickest of the lot was Mike HENRY who won the male 60 category at Greenock. Gay and Richard EASTOE warmed up for Brampton by winning the 60 categories at Workington, whilst Phil LEE was in action at Harrogate and a trio of Harriers were closer to home at Druridge Bay. Results:


17-Mike HENRY 22.39 (73.36%)


21-Richard EASTOE 24.09 (66.39%)

24-Gay EASTOE 24.35 (78.92%)


71-Phil LEE 24.19 (63.19%)

Druridge Bay:

30-Dave BARTRUM 23.27 (61.41%)

39-Dave HINDMARSH 25.13 (59.95%)

68-Karl BAXTER 29.34 (48.70%)

Photos of Brampton courtesy of George ROUTLEDGE and Druridge Bay courtesy of Tim SHEPHERD. Loads more from Brampton on our Flickr site.

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North East Cross Country Championships

For the first time in many a year Alnwick Harriers have entered teams into the North East Cross Country Championships! 8 women and 7 men will be taking part, and no doubt a number of Juniors will be entered by the Junior section. The fixture takes place on Saturday 13th December 2014 at Newcastle Town Moor, and is hosted by Tyne Bridge Harriers. The club have very generously paid the entry fees for all those taking part! The Seniors taking part are as follows:

WOMEN                                          MEN

Rachel BOWYER                               Micky AISTON

Ella BROWN                                      Paul DELLBRIDGE

Ruth DOCTOR                                  Mark DOCTOR


Eileen GUTHRIE                              Steve PATTERSON

Alex REED                                         John ROSS

Tracey SAMPLE                               Andy SQUIRES


Please note that club vests must be worn or the organisers may disqualify runners. Click on the link below for more info, including race start times.

NECAA Cross Country Championships 2014

Cross Country Action!

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