Beamish Hall 10k Trail Race. 11 Oct 2020 Three Alnwick Harriers travelled to the stunning grounds of the outstanding Beamish Hall Hotel in Durham to take part in this testing 10k trail race organised by Wild Deer events. A staggered start was in place in order to keep to the current social distance guidelines. A bright and sunny autumn morning, varied terrain and scenic woodland awaited the 240 runners taking part. First back for the club, in 48th place was Jo Powell in a time of 52.08 Next through the finish and well inside the top half, was Karen Leeson in a time of 1.00:24 New club member Georgina Tetley- Paul came home in 1.19:52 and commented that the approximate 580 feet of climb spread over the course made the beautiful Kielder 10k feel like a pancake ! Results: 48 Jo Powell (52.08) 108 Karen Leeson (1.00:24) 214 Georgina Tetley-Paul (1.19:52)
It was another busy weekend of athletics for Alnwick athletes with competitions in Darlington and Morpeth.
Talia & Leila Thompson travelled to Darlington on Saturday both competing in the shot put and winning their categories. Leila managing a personal best throw of 9.88m to rank her 2nd in the UK!
On Sunday 5 Harriers competed at Morpeth. On the track Ollie Telfer & Lillia Purvis ran the 800m. Lilia managed a pb of 2 min 40s and Ollie (U20) had an excellent race winning the 800m overall across both senior and junior categories. Ollie ran an excellent time of 1 min 59s.
In the field events Leila Thompson (U13) won her age group & managed a new discus PB of 25.01, & Taila (U13) in her first discus competition threw well. Talia went on to win the shot put & Lillia Purvis managed another good set of throws in the U15 category.
In the javelin Antje Hall (U17) threw an excellent personal best of 28.65m to win her event and Leila had another good competition to win the U13 category.
Despite the soggy August afternoon, two female Alnwick Harriers enjoyed a challenging but fun 10k trail in the grounds of the outstanding 1000 acre Slaley Hall estate near Hexham. Jo Clemmit and Jo Powell laced up their trail shoes eager to take part in this socially distanced trail race organised by Wild Deer events. The race was allowed to go ahead due to a staggered start pen system being in place. The rain came down heavy on this undulating course which included some extremely wet trails and forest tracks on the edge of this championship golf course. Jo Clemmit finished very comfortably inside the top half of the 139 finishers in 54 th place despite having to stop and wait for someone to tell her the way ! Jo Powell delighted to be taking part in an event as lockdown eases, finished third female in 24 th place. As the rain eased and the sun made an appearance, runners were rewarded with tea or coffee and a hot sandwich on the hotel terrace overlooking the finish. Big smiles on many happy faces showed that these socially distanced runs can go some way to getting us taking part and having fun in organised events again. Results: Jo Powell (24th) 49.54 Jo Clemmit (54 th) 57.51
Alnwick Harriers plan to resume group training sessions on Wednesday 27th August. Members are asked to meet OUTSIDE Willowburn Leisure Centre at 7.00pm. Note that toilet facilities and changing facilities will not be available.
Alnwick Harriers do have a policy in place for training during Covid-19 restrictions and this is below.
Congratulations to everyone who joined the team for this final virtual event. Alnwick Harriers placed 11th out of 22 teams and clocked up an excellent 177 miles and almost 30,000 feet in elevation. There were some really great individual performances: Mike Telfer ran more than a marathon and climbed over 12,000 feet, a fabulous effort. Sue Skirrow ran over 10 miles, her furthest run for some time, and Flo Fentiman was our youngest competitor at 5 years old, running a mile in just over 10 minutes.
Thanks to everyone who has taken part in these events over the last few lockdown months. Special thanks to Sue Skirrow and Diana Weightman for their support in organising. Looking forward to running with everyone for real very soon.
As the weekend arrives for what would have been our 41st event I would like to recognize the date and what would have been if we did not have this dreadful virus impacting all we do. I am particularly disappointed in having booked the weather for Sunday …..15 degrees, sunny with possible cloud later (to keep you all cool) and a light breeze and we are not able to take advantage of it. ☀️🏃♀️💕I will just have to book the same for next year and hope that we get the booking accepted!!
Thank you to everyone 👏🏻who has supported our club by holding onto your slots for next year’s event. The tide decides the suitability of dates, so we are waiting till the Autumn to ensure we have accurate readings for us to go ahead. If we plan too early we could end up paddling round the course.
I have copied photos of last year’s event to remind you what a great time we had and hopefully encourage you all to join us next year.
I will keep you posted as to the actual date for 2021.
Thank you to everyone who participated in yesterday’s pentathlon. Huge efforts from all runners and it paid off! Alnwick Harriers came 17th out of 43 teams from across the North-East. Massive well done to OLLIE TELFER and MILLIE BREESE who both won their 800m races and were so fast that I had to send in evidence to prove how speedy they are! It’s great to see junior harriers competing and thanks again to all runners.
Next week is a re-run of the Full Tilt – how far can you run in 30 minutes? Furthest combined distance wins. There are 10 places in total so drop me an email if you’d like to participate.
Thank you to everyone who took part in the virtual Weetslade relays. Even though we didn’t have the hill to contend with it was still a tough 4K solo run! 186 teams took part and our first team home came in at 70th. Well done everyone 😀🏃♀️.
70 Diana, Jo, Stu 53.12 118 Angie, Jen, Tracey 59.01 143 Tania, Rachel, Fiona 1.04.00 145 Mary, Paul, Ruth 1.04.34
A huge effort from runners across the North-East this weekend saw a combined 16,064 miles run in 24 hours!! 337 miles came from Alnwick Harriers, placing us 25th out of 41 teams. Well done MIKE TELFER, who topped the distance with 30.1 miles, and also JO CLEMMIT, with 26.63 miles. Special mention to the junior harriers who took part, great to have the younger runners involved.
The challenge next Saturday is a PENTATHLON. Smaller team this week of 5 men and 5 women needed. Each of the following distances must be completed by 1 man and 1 woman: 800m, 1500m, 5000m, 10,000m, 1000ft climb. The first 4 need to be as flat as possible, no steps allowed in the elevation challenge. Fastest time overall wins. If you’d like to participate please get in touch – volunteers for elevation appreciated because I can’t do that one with 4 kids in tow!
Well done everyone this week – thank you for all your hard work for the team.
week’s virtual challenge was a tough one: run the total height of Ben
Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell, a whopping 11,135 feet. Team members agreed
that this was a brutal event. MIKE, OLLIE and FINLAY TELFER chased the
clouds in the Cheviots, along with MARY PLUMLEY, RUTH DOCTOR and MARK
TYLER, who struggled to find the top due to heavy fog! CARO FENTIMAN ran
to the top of Crawleyside in Weardale, a steep and unforgiving climb
not improved by the poor visibility, although the sun came out once she
had run down again. TRACEY SAMPLE steamed up the bank in Warkworth 18
times, KIM BRONZE found a big hill in Sheffield, IAN STEPHENSON and JO
CLEMMIT tackled Simonside and JENNIFER KNIGHT and LINDA PATTERSON ran up
towards Alnwick Moor. Alnwick Harriers came 12th out of 37 teams,
achieving 11,698 feet in 5 hours and 41 minutes – another fabulous
result for the club.
week is a big one and we need to fill all 24 team places: we have 24
hours to run as far as we can. You can do as many runs as you want and
the bar is set high – can any team cover more than 500 miles?? If you
fancy a big run between 5pm Friday 19th June and 5pm Saturday 20th June
please join the Alnwick Harriers team!