Harriers Trip to Amsterdam!!

We are looking at the feasibility of running a club trip to this years Amsterdam Marathon/Half Marathon/8K to be run on Sunday 16th October 2016.

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Race entry and travel would be an individuals responsibility (with some suggested options) and hotel accommodation would be co-ordinated and booked by the club to allow for twinning and sharing of rooms where requested.

Return airfares or ferry crossings are currently available for around £115/50 return respectively. There would be options available for individuals for staying either the one night (Saturday) or staying two nights (Sat & Sun). Apparently, for those that are culturally stimulated, the city of Amsterdam has a variety of night time options for entertainment.

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Note that those wishing to run the Half Marathon would not be able to return by boat on the Sunday as the Half Marathon is run in the afternoon and there is not sufficient time to get to the port post-race.

Race entry is currently:

Marathon (9.30am start) – 70 Euros

Half Marathon (1.20pm Start) – 27.50 Euros

8k (10.10am Start) – 15 Euros

We would arrange accommodation that would also benefit from a club subsidy in a 3 or 4 star hotel within walking distance of the start.

Hotel cost approx. £50-60 per person per night in a shared twin room

If you are interested in participating please add your name to the list at Willowburn or reply to this post on Facebook by February 17th.

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Travel Options:

Flying (currently approx £115-135 per person)

Flights from Newcastle to Amsterdam Saturday 15th October 9.30am

Return Flight Sunday Night 22.05pm (Return journey currently £135 with KLM)

Return Flight Monday (Numerous flights available including one at 8.35am that gets in at 8.45am) currently approx. £115 return

Alternative Boat (approx. £50 per person in 4 berth cabin)

Friday Night 14th Oct 5pm from North Shields

Returning Sunday night at 5.30pm (Note Half Marathon runners or 5 hour plus marathoners would struggle to make this ferry) or Monday at 5.30pm – 4 berth cabins available for less than £200

If you are interested please indicate whether you would prefer the plane or boat option and whether you would wish one or two night’s accommodation.

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North East Junior Track and Field Championships

The North East Track and Field Indoor Championships were held at Gateshead this weekend, with three Alnwick Juniors competed on the first day in the field events.

The day got off to a good start with Lauren BROWN and Finlay TELFER both doing well to finish as runners up in their high jump competitions. In his first triple jump event Ollie TELFER competed well and narrowly missed a new club record by 1cm! He was also denied a medal after tying for third place with a jump of 8.95m because his second best jump was shorter than his rivals. However he was happy enough with fourth place and vowed to do better next time!

Lauren improved her personal best by a massive 30cm in the long jump to win the girls event and set a new club record of 3.52m. Lauren had a successful day also establishing new club records in the Shot Put and high jump.

The three athletes produced some great performances, enjoyed competing in the warm indoor environment and had a great day out!

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Beeston Parkrun/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/South Shields Parkrun/Durham Parkrun/Northern Cross Country Championships

Alnwick Harriers had runners in 5 different parkruns on Saturday 30th January, with the quickest time coming down at the Beeston Parkrun in Nottingham, courtesy of Dan LENG. Dan ran the fastest 5k by a Harrier so far this year by clocking 18.40 to finish 5th.

Closer to home there were a large number of excellent performances at the Druridge Bay Parkrun. Jordan ROGERSON ran well once again to finish 3rd in a course pb of 19.33, whilst there were age category wins for David HENDERSON (male 55), David BARNES (male 45), Peter EMBLETON (male 60) and David COOPER (male 65). Also well done to Justine NORMAN who was 1st female finisher for the 3rd time! Results:

3-Jordan ROGERSON 19.33

14-David HENDERSON 22.10 (71.73%)

19-David BARNES 22.55

21-Peter EMBLETON 23.12 (71.62%)

28-Justine NORMAN 24.16 (64.84%)

47-Maddy HALL 26.34

49-David COOPER 26.48 (63.74%)

57-Tim SHEPHERD 28.26 (48.36%)

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There was also age category success for Richard EASTOE at Workington that morning, where he won the male 60 category in 22.23 by finishing 25th. Wife Gay was 68th in 26.12. Lorna STEPHENSON was in action at South Shields where she finished 143rd in 34.24 and Kirsty STEED was 319th at Durham in 41.16.

Later on that day Micky AISTON was the clubs sole representative in the Northern Cross Country Championships at Witton Park, Blackburn. On a very muddy course Micky was 596th in 1.12.53.

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Memberships Subscriptions Due!

Here’s an important message from the Membership Secretary Lisa WILLIAMS!

“Dear Alnwick Harriers Senior Members,

190 of you renewed or signed up to our club in 2015! Thank you for doing so and we (your committee) hope you feel that it was good value for money.

2016 subs are now due and I’m sure you will be pleased to know that, despite a £1 per athlete increase in fees from UK Athletics, the subs will remain the same. £24 full, £17 OAP, £12 2nd claim, free for Honorary Life Members.

The online page will go live on Monday 1st February and we would appreciate all members renewing within 14 days. Keeping up your membership will mean that
*you will be insured to train at group sessions.
*you will be eligible to receive subsidised club trips and transport.
*you will be eligible to take part in Grand Prix competition.
*you will be registered with UKA and be able to represent your club at races including our very own cross country.

If for any reason you are not renewing please email lwilliamsecdl@yahoo.co.uk so that we can keep our records up to date.

The following link will take you directly to the online page.

https://www.sportsentrysolutions.co.uk/new_member_page.php?recordID=892

If you have any problems please contact me via email with the subject heading Alnwick Harriers Membership.

Thanks,

Lisa”

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Royal Signals Road Relay Championships 2016

Harriers! Another team race has cropped up though entries close in about a week. Its the Royal Signals Road Relay Championships at Hetton Lyons Park, near Hetton le Hole and it takes place on Saturday 20th February. To enter we need the following teams:

Senior Women-4

Veteran Women (over 35)-4

Veteran Men (over 50)-4

Senior Men-6

Veteran Men (over 40)-6

The races start at 12.oo (Senior Women, Veteran Women and over 50 Men) and 13.15 (Senior and over 40 Men), with each runner running 2 laps totalling 2.22 miles in total. As always the club will pay, though entries close on Monday 8th February. If you could add your name to the list at Willowburn by Saturday 6th February that would be superb!

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Upcoming Grand Prix Races

A number of the 2016 Grand Prix fixtures are already taking entries, whilst a couple of the very popular events which sell out in double quick time are opening for entries soon. Upcoming races include:

Saturday 13th February-NEHL Town Moor Cross Country (rescheduled). Team captains Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS and Micky AISTON will be sending out emails shortly.

Sunday 3rd April-Blyth Valley 10k. More details including online entry details are here http://www.blythrunningclub.org.uk/bv10_main.html. Copies of the entry form are on the noticeboard at Willowburn.

Sunday 3rd April-Run Northumberland Half Marathon. Unfortunately this is the same day as the Blyth Valley 10k. It starts 15 minutes before Blyth so sadly running both won’t be an option! More details are here http://run-nation.org/run-northumberland-half-marathon/.

Sunday 17th April-Druridge Bay Half Marathon. More details for this excellent race, including online entry details are here http://www.northeastmarathonclub.co.uk/druridge-bay.php. Again entry forms are on the board at Willowburn.

Sunday 1st May-Sunderland City Half Marathon. More information re this iconic race are here http://www.sunderlandcity10k.com/sunderland-city-half-marathon/. Entries are open now!

Thursday 9th June-Blaydon Race. More details are here http://www.blaydon-race.com/entry-for-2016/. Entries open at 7pm on Wednesday 3rd February for club runners. As per the information you MUST have details of your UKA number when you enter the race as an affiliated runner. All those entered as club runners will be checked against membership lists by the organisers and anyone down as a club runner who isn’t a club runner will be removed from the race!

Tuesday 5th July-Bridges of the Tyne 5 Mile Road Race. Online entries will open on Saturday 27th February. More info to follow here http://www.tynebridgeharriers.com/category/bridges-of-the-tyne-5-mile-road-race/. There are only 400 places and the race sells out in about 12 hours!

Details for the other races will be announced when more info is known.

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Gateshead Indoor Series

The Gateshead Indoor Athletic Series continued last Thursday with its 3rd round being well attended. Four Junior Harriers competed in the 60m sprint, hurdles, high jump and shot put.

The Alnwick athletes attending have all just moved up age categories so individual victories were unlikely but there was plenty of opportunity to work on personal best performances in the perfect indoor environment.

In the high jump both Finlay TELFER and Millie BREESE managed personal best performances jumping 1.10m and 1.05m. In the 60m hurdles all the athletes ran well and nobody fell over!

Ollie TELFER managed a personal best throw of 6.08m in the shot put and Millie BREESE managed a personal best time of 10.12s in the 60m sprint. Max BREESE jumped the highest of the Alnwick athletes and finished second in the high jump competition.

It was an excellent evening of athletics and the juniors had a great time. The competition was good practise for the forthcoming North East Indoor Championships which are to be held this weekend. The athletes hope to continue their success and will no doubt try their hardest to improve on their performances.

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Druridge Bay Parkrun/Victoria Parkrun/Workington Pakrun/Durham Parkrun

On a perfect morning for running a decent number of Harriers took part in the Druridge Bay Parkrun on Saturday 23rd January. First Harrier to finish, on his parkrun debut, was Jordan ROGERSON. Jordan finished 6th in 19.35, just under a minute ahead of Jim LILLICO who was 10th. Jim was first in the male 55 category, whilst further down the field Mark HUME was 1st in the male 70 category. For the women Mel STEER ran well again to finish 2nd female, whilst Justine NORMAN was 3rd. Also well done to Mairi CAMPBELL who was 1st in the female 50 age group.

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Results:

6-Jordan ROGERSON 19.35

10-Jim LILLICO 20.26

35-Mel STEER 24.03 (67.36%)

41-Andy SQUIRES 24.32

43-Justine NORMAN 24.43 (63.65%)

48-Rachel McCOY 25.40 (57.66%)

60-Thomas DAVISON 26.37

64-Mairi CAMPBELL 26.55 (62.29%)

70-Maddy HALL 27.34

75-Stuart BRUCE 28.02 (52.20%)

82-David CHARLTON 28.46 (52.55%)

108-Mark HUME 32.54 (54.26%)

110-Lorna STEPHENSON 33.09 (48.37%)

119-Jayne McKENNA 34.17

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Also that morning Dave HINDMARSH was in action at the Victoria Parkrun in Glasgow where he finished 44th in 20.45. Over at Workington Richard EASTOE ran very well to finish 22nd in 21.53, whilst wife Gay was 53rd in 25.44 to win the female 60 category. Down at Durham Kirsty STEED, training for the London Marathon, was 345th in 42.51.

Photos of Mel STEER and David CHARLTON courtesy of Tim SHEPHERD.

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Northumberland Coastal Run-Entries Closed

Entries for our superb and very reasonably priced Northumberland Coastal Run, sponsored by Eclipse Translations, have now closed. All 1260 places were taken in about 18 hours. For a list of the successful runners click here https://resultsbase.net/ViewEvent.aspx?Id=3211 .

This years event starts at 10.30am on Sunday 24th July. More information will appear nearer the date!

Might as well get this information in early as its amazing how many people ask us but THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS AND NO DEFERRALS. So don’t ask…..

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Brass Monkey Half Marathon/Carlisle Resolution 10k/Durham Cathedral Cross Country Relays/Workington Parkrun/South Shields Parkrun/Durham Parkrun

Well done to Dominc HARRIS who knocked yet more time off his half marathon personal best at the fast, flat and very popular Brass Monkey Half Marathon on Sunday 17th January. Doms previous best had come at the Aviemore Half Marathon in October, though he’s continued to train hard throughout the winter and knocked just under a minute off to clock 1.27.52. He finished a good 223rd of over 1500 runners. Great work Dom!

Over in Cumbria Gay EASTOE was the winner of the female 60 category at the Carlisle Resolution 10k, finishing 152nd in 55.56. Husband Richard was 1 place and 1 second ahead.

Also that day 5 male Harriers took part in the Durham Cathedral Cross Country Relays. Times are yet to be posted for the Veteran category as yet, though they’ll be posted here asap. 3 Veteran Women also travelled to the course but sadly didn’t make it in time!

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The day before Druridge Bay was cancelled due to an icy course, however there were some good performances at other parkruns. Over at Workington both Richard and Gay EASTOE won their age categories, whilst Robert STEPHENSON ran a course pb at South Shields and Kirsty STEED ran at Durham. Results:

Workington:

19-Richard EASTOE 23.18

37-Gay EASTOE 25.40

South Shields:

72-Robert STEPHENSON 23.29

Durham:

334-Kirsty STEED 39.44

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