Grand Prix Standings After Druridge Bay Half Marathon

After 4 counting events in the 2015 Grand Prix series Lesley MILLER has an enormous lead after Sundays Druridge Bay Half Marathon. Lesley’s splendid age category winning performance gave her easily the best WAVA score of the day by a Harrier, a top class 82.92%. Lesley’s performances have been consistently good this year and the league table shows her miles ahead of Micky AISTON who lies in 2nd at present after his pb on Sunday. Another half marathon pb’er is 3rd placed Graham CROW, whilst 4th place belongs to John ROSS. Next up are two runners who also run WAVA scores well into the 80’s, Phil HEMSLEY and Adam FLETCHER. Gary COWELL is in 7th, Andy SQUIRES 8th and Mark DOCTOR 9th. It feels like Dominic HARRIS has only been in the club for 2 minutes but already he’s in one of the Grand Prix trophy slots, currently lying 10th. Ruth DOCTOR and Stuart MORRIS take the final 2 trophy berths at present. There’s still plenty to play for with the likes of Maureen BARTRUM, Jim LILLICO and Tim SHEPHERD just outside the top 12.

2015 Alnwick Harriers Grand Prix After Druridge Bay Half Marathon

After a busy couple of weeks for the Grand Prix statto John ROSS the next race is just over a month away, the Druridge Bay 10k. Entries are still being taken and forms can be found on the noticeboard at Willowburn.

Looking further ahead entries are open for the Bamburgh 10k in June (, Tynedale 10 Mile Jelly Road Race in August ( and Gibside Fruitbowl Trail Race in October ( Get entering now!


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Weekend Junior Roundup!

It was a busy weekend for the Junior Harriers; the first North Of Tyne Athletic Network Grand Prix (under 12’s) took place at Whitley Bay on Saturday and the first Gateshead Grand Prix was on Sunday. The ‘Open Meeting’ for all age groups followed the under 12’s event on the Sunday afternoon!

Five athletes took part in Saturday’s event at the Churchill Fields track. Cameron CULLEN (9) represented Alnwick in his first competition and did well to finish second in the 75m sprint. All the events were new to Cameron and he impressed everyone with how he grew in confidence throughout the morning.

Finlay TELFER and Gregor BATLEY (10) were closely matched in speed and strength as well as raw enthusiasm! They were 2nd and 3rd in the long jump, 2nd and 1st in the howler throw, 2nd and 3rd in the 600m and 4th and 2nd in the 75m sprint. Well done boys!

Ailsa BATLEY was the only Year 6 representative but competed well in the largest field of athletes and did well to finish second in the howler throw.

Lauren BROWN performed excellently in the Y5 girls event winning the 600m and the long jump with a new U11 club record of 3.29m. Lauren improved on her own club record to finish third in the 75m sprint in 11.9’s, these excellent results scored her the highest overall points in both the boys and girls categories.

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On Sunday Lauren travelled to Gateshead to compete in the first of their four Grand Prix meetings. On a much colder, windy morning Lauren was still keen to participate and managed some more excellent results. Personal best performances in the Long Jump and Howler throw earned her bronze and silver medals, she gained another bronze in the 75m sprint but saved her best performance to last! Amongst a fast large field of competitors in the 600m Lauren maintained second place for the first 500m of the race, coming off the last bend Lauren had an impossible 25m gap to close on the first place athlete. However, she tried and with staggering acceleration almost won the race missing out on the gold medal by half a second. Lauren’s time of 1minute 59s broke her own club record (again!).

Later in the day Oliver TELFER was the only athlete to represent Alnwick in the open competition. Ollie (U13) achieved three personal best ‘outdoor’ performances in unfavourably cold conditions, his long jump of 3.89m earned him a silver medal and he won the Shot Putt with a throw of 6.37m. However, he showed his biggest improvement in hurdling and won the silver medal in the 75m race in 15.86s. This time gives him his first UK hurdling ranking and places him second fastest within the north east of England!

It was a great weekend of track and field athletics which rewarded the participants for all their hard training put in over the winter months, an excellent start to the season!

Lauren and ollie Gateshead

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Druridge Bay Half Marathon/Hawkshead 17k Trail Challenge/Druridge Bay Parkrun/South Shields Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Greenock Parkrun/Newcastle Parkrun/Tees Barrage Parkrun

9 Harriers took part in the Druridge Bay Half Marathon on Sunday 19th April, one of the clubs 2015 Grand Prix races. This was a well organised, low key race put on by the North East Marathon Club. It was held alongside a marathon, however our contingent were more than happy to finish after 13.1 miles! The course is a two lap route, which takes in part of the parkrun course, the beach, roads and shingle tracks. As ever John ROSS will crunching the numbers and will come up with the latest standings asap! 1382426_10202753921367812_2395400187074035695_n Conditions were on the whole pretty good for the race, with a favourable wind for the mile long beach section, which led to some excellent times including a number of personal bests. A Coe/Ovett duel is developing between Gary COWELL and Micky AISTON. Last week Gary outsprinted Micky at the end of the Blyth Valley 10k to beat him by 1 second, and history repeated itself in this race with Gary outsprinting Micky to beat him by 1 second! For both there were huge personal bests, with both runners finishing in the top 10 at just over 1 hour 31. 3rd Harrier home was Mark DOCTOR, not far outside his best, after he caught and passed 4th Harrier Graham CROW in the last mile. Graham was very happy with a half marathon pb. Not far behind was Dominic HARRIS who had a brilliant half marathon debut to finish in a splendid 1.38.12. Then came the only female Harrier in the race, Lesley MILLER. Its been a great season so far for Lesley with prizes galore. Today was no different as she took the female 55 category prize. Chris GRAHAM was next, followed by John ROSS. Last of the Harriers to finish in the 76 runner field was Tim SHEPHERD. Tim was quire rightly overjoyed after slicing almost 10 minutes off his pb! Well done to everyone for their efforts today. 11148504_10152771520960978_6013353900678394588_n Results:

7-Gary COWELL 1.31.07

8-Micky AISTON 1.31.08

15-Mark DOCTOR 1.35.50

16-Graham CROW 1.36.41

18-Dominic HARRIS 1.38.12

26-Lesley MILLER 1.41.43

27-Chris GRAHAM 1.41.54

45-John ROSS 1.53.07

65-Tim SHEPHERD 2.12.27 18813_10152771520890978_3583788195177402434_n The day before 7 Harriers ventured across to the Lake District to take part in the latest of the excellent Lakeland Trails series at Hawkshead. All 7 took part in the 17k Challenge, which includes the Coffin Trail section remembered so fondly by the Harriers who took part in the 2013 club trip to the race! Dave BARTRUM was the only male to take part, finishing just inside the top 100 in 1.40.58. In-form Ruth DOCTOR was 1st of the 6 female Harriers just under 3 minutes further back and almost 7 minutes quicker than 2 years ago. Maureen BARTRUM was next, Morag DONOGHUE ran well and was comfortably under 2 hours, whilst Mary PLUMLEY, Carol DAVISON and Helen BURN were all just over 2 hours. Well done to our runners in this tough race!

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95-Dave BARTRUM 1.40.58

116-Ruth DOCTOR 1.43.34

131-Maureen BARTRUM 1.44.33

206-Morag DONOGHUE 1.52.34

312-Mary PLUMLEY 2.01.40

348-Carol DAVISON 2.06.30

368-Helen BURN 2.09.07


The day before there were numerous Harriers in parkrun action all over the place! The fastest on the day and the fastest 5k by a Harrier so far this year, was courtesy of Steve CARRAGHER’s 17.34 at Druridge Bay. Steve has been injured recently, so it was great to see him back running for us. Also at Druridge Bay Dean STACKHOUSE and Derek GUTHRIE ran 5k pb’s, whilst Mark HUME once again won the male 70 category. Away from the local event Peter GREY was 1st in the male 55 category at South Shields and Gay EASTOE was 1st female 60 at Workington.



Druridge Bay:

2-Steve CARRAGHER 17.34 (78.27%)

14-Dean STACKHOUSE 19.54 (64.91%)

46-Derek GUTHRIE 24.43 (59.20%)

56-Kim BRONZE 25.53 (58.40%)

67-John ROSS 26.47

92-Sarah GRAY 29.04

98-Eileen GUTHRIE 30.04 (56.43%)

106-Mark HUME 31.58 (55.16%)


South Shields:

7-Peter GREY 19.34


14-Richard EASTOE 21.29

31-Gay EASTOE 24.30


44-Mike HENRY 26.18


404-Jayne HATELY 27.31

405-Nikki TURNBULL 27.31

Tees Barrage:

201-Kirsty STEED 52.12

Photos of Dominic HARRIS and Gary COWELL/Micky AISTON at Druridge Bay courtesy of George ROUTLEDGE, the Harriers at Hawkshead thanks to Rachel OXLEY, Helen BURN at Hawkshead courtesy of Lakeland Trails, whilst Steve CARRAGHER and Dean STACKHOUSE are thanks to Ralph BROWN. More on our Flickr page!

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Alnwick and District Sports Council Awards!!

Alnwick’s Playhouse once again hosted the Alnwick and District Sports Council Awards on Wednesday 15th April. Just as last year there was plenty of success for Alnwick Harriers! A number of Harriers were nominated in various categories, and we had 3 very worthy winners. Brenda MALLEN won Volunteer of the Year, Tracey SAMPLE was Coach of the Year and Gay EASTOE was the winner of the Senior Achievement Award. Well done to all 3, you all deserve it!


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Blaydon Race Bus Info-Reminder

Alnwick Harriers have leapt into the “modern age” by moving to online booking for the bus to Blaydon! If you follow the link below online booking is very straightforward. It’s hosted by Sports Entry Solutions who currently manage our online membership system. Tickets are offered as the excellent price of £5 for a return and £2.50 for a single for members, and £10 return and £5 single for non members. There are currently 29 places, but should there be an early demand we can increase the size of bus. Please note there will be no refunds on unused places.

The move to online booking has two key advantages. Firstly it is more convenient to all, particularly the committee who often have a sweaty grubby fiver passed to them in a hurry at the end of a Wednesday night and who then have to get the money and the name of the person whose paid to the right people in club. Secondly we are moving to a “no refunds” policy.  Several “Harriers” coaches have recently had significantly fewer people on them than signed up. The empty spaces that are not paid have been covered by the club. In the interests of fairness it was felt that if an individual books a place on the bus, they should pay for it whether they use it or not. (As is the case with most races, plane tickets, railway ticket, theatre tickets, etc.). The all important link is here:

Many thanks to Tim SHEPHERD for leading the revolution by sorting all this out. Its the way forward comrades!


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The Gordon Smith Memorial Relays

The next of the Spring Relays is the Wallsend Harriers organised Gordon Smith Memorial Relays on Wednesday 13th May. As with all the team events the club are hoping to enter as many teams as possible into this event, one where we were strongly represented last year.

There is a poster at Willowburn for all those interested to add their names to, with our deadline being Wednesday 6th May.

There are separate mens and womens categories, though all teams start together in a combined start at 7.30pm. Teams will consist of 3 runners, each running a fast and flat 2 mile leg. The minimum age is 16, though each team must have a Veteran (35 for women and 40 for men).

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Les Allcorn 10k Marshal Request!

Calling all club members, friends and family! Please could you consider marshaling for the Les Allcorn 10k and Junior race on Tuesday 5th May. We require help to stage our annual club event held in Hulne Park. This is a friendly race with beautiful scenery and we need members to be course marshals, as well as a range of other roles. No experience is necessary and we really need your support. Please add your name to the list on the club noticeboard at Willowburn asap or message Mary Plumley or Sue Bolam for more information at or Its so easy even Geoff CAMPBELL can do it. Thanks!

Geoff CAMPBELL and his hooter!

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Alnwick Harriers Exhibition


In the summer of 2015, to mark the year of the 35th Coastal Run and the 25th running of the Les Allcorn 10k, Alnwick Harriers are hoping to hold an exhibition to celebrate the club, its history and achievements. We are currently looking for memorabilia, photographs and any interesting anecdotes members past and present might wish to contribute to be displayed. If you have anything, could you either give it to a committee member or email details of exactly what you’ve got to by 5th May 2015. If giving items for display, please attach your name and contact details so we know who has given what. If you’d like to help with putting the exhibition together please drop an email to

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Anne Marie Readshaw Memorial Track and Field Meeting

The ‘summer’ track and field season has started and a dozen enthusiastic Junior Harriers travelled to Shildon for the first outdoor athletics meeting of the season on Sunday 12th April.

It was horrendous! Fortunately as the weather was so bad the Juniors did see the funny side. It was generally accepted by the officials present that no worse conditions have been encountered in living memory. To add some variety to the day the rain did occasionally change from ‘heavy’ to ‘torrential’ then back again!

Our athletes battled through it and they all now can say they were at Shildon in 2015! They won a fair collection of medals between them and established a couple of new club records. However, the day will not be remembered for individual performances but for overwhelming resilience, good spirit, team work and friendly camaraderie.

Thank you to the athletes, parents and coaches who turned out and represented the club so well.


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Blyth Valley 10k/Paris Marathon/Cheviot Horseshoe/Lancaster 3 Bridges 10k/Workington Parkrun/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Loughrigg Fell Race

20 Harriers took part in the latest of the clubs 2015 Grand Prix events, the Blyth Valley 10k on Sunday 12th April. There were some excellent performances and a couple of age category prizes, in a race where it was easier to count those who didn’t run 10k pb’s than those who did! The personal best performances were made more impressive given that the 1st 3 miles were into a headwind, though the 3 miles back into Blyth with the wind at our backs must have given a number of our contingent a quicker second half. Many thanks to our pals at Blyth Running Club for this well organised and well marshalled event, and to John ROSS who will be working out all the WAVA scores to update the Grand Prix standings!

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1st Harrier to complete the race and the first of the personal bests was Wayne GAIR. Wayne crossed the line in a splendid 38.15, to finish 86th of the 558 finishers. Next to complete, not in a pb time though happy with his performance nonetheless, was Graham SYERS. Graham just pipped Gary HALL in one of a number of battles between Harriers throughout the race, though the consolation for Gary was a pb. Richard JOHNSON was 4th Harrier to complete and was over the moon with his first ever sub 40 10k. Other 10k pb’s came courtesy of Gary COWELL, Micky AISTON, Graham CROW, Dean STACKHOUSE, Mark DOCTOR, Dominic HARRIS and Tim SHEPHERD, with the latter knocking off about 4 minutes from his previous best! Also well done to John ROSS who bettered last years time by about 7 minutes!

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1st female Harrier to complete, and one of our prize winners on the day, was Jackie PROUSE. Jackie’s 45.38 was enough to secure the 3rd female 45 gong, with the other winner being Lesley MILLER who took 2nd in the female 55 category! Maureen BARTRUM was next home, knocking a massive chunk off her 10k pb which was set at North Tyneside last week. Just over a minute behind her was Ruth DOCTOR who has now run 5k, 10k and half marathon pb’s in 2015.

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86-Wayne GAIR 38.15

124-Graham SYERS 39.41

127-Gary HALL 39.44

134-Richard JOHNSON 39.58

151-Stuart MORRIS 40.39

166-Gary COWELL 41.12

167-Micky AISTON 41.13

183-Graham CROW 41.37

187-Dean STACKHOUSE 41.46

196-Mark DOCTOR 42.07

207-Dominic HARRIS 42.41

298-Jackie PROUSE 45.38

303-Lesley MILLER 45.49

354-Maureen BARTRUM 48.00

381-Ruth DOCTOR 49.17

385-John ROSS 49.32

496-Peter LINDLEY 57.13

503-Mel WHEWELL 57.31

504-Tim SHEPHERD 57.32

538-Mark HUME 1.03.15

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As many from the club were enjoying the delights of Blyth Dave HINDMARSH was across the Channel taking part in the Paris Marathon. Dave’s training has gone extremely well this year and that showed in his fantastic time of 3.26.59! Well done Dave!!


Nearer to home Adam FLETCHER was the sole Harrier taking part in the inaugural 9.5 mile Cheviot Horseshoe race. In windy and snowy conditions Adam performed extremely well to finish 4th of the 83 finishers in 1.38.31. In the process Adam finished ahead of some top quality north east fell runners!

Also that day the EASTOE’s took part in the Lancaster 3 Bridges 10k. The pair ran together and performed well, completing in 53.41. Richard was 153rd of the 282 finishers and Gay was 1 place further back.

The day before Gay was 3rd female finisher at the Workington Parkrun, winning the female 60 category in the process. Another age category winner was Mark HUME at Druridge Bay where he was 1st male 70 to finish. Results:


11-Richard EASTOE 22.58

22-Gay EASTOE 24.55

Druridge Bay:

33-Claire MILLER-GROSSETT 26.08

55-Mark HUME 31.02

69-William FORTUNE 33.45

Back on Wednesday 8th April Mark DOCTOR was in action in the Loughrigg Fell Race at Ambleside. This is a 4 mile race with 2 miles of hard climbing to the top of Loughrigg Fell and 2 miles of fast descent finishing at Rothay Park. Mark celebrated his 2nd pb of the week, knocking off nearly a minute from his best time here in 2012, clocking 39.10 to finish 122nd of the 189 finishers.


Above photos of Wayne GAIR, Tim SHEPHERD, Maureen BARTRUM and Mel WHEWELL courtesy of Dynamic Personal Fitness. Dave HINDMARSH courtesy of Mike DUFFIN and Mark DOCTOR courtesy of Rachel HEELEY. Loads more photos from Blyth are on our Flickr site.

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