North East Youth Development League-Fixture 2

The second North East Youth Development League athletics match took place at Churchill Playing Fields, Whitley Bay on Sunday 21st May. The 20 Junior Alnwick athletes formed an excellent team once again with their counterparts from Blyth Running Club.

The team finished third of six clubs at the last meeting and hoped to close the gap on Gateshead Harriers and North Shields Poly on this outing.

Once again throwing produced the team’s best individual results. In the Javelin there were victories for Gregor BATLEY (U13) and Antje HALL (U15). Both athletes managed personal best throws with Gregor extending his own club record to 25.24m and Antje’s setting a new record of 20.90m. There were also other good Javelin throws by Max BREESE (U15) and Ailsa BATLEY who managed second in her category. In the shot put Thomas DAVISON made his debut for the club at U15 and in the same category Ollie TELFER ( U15) managed a personal best throw of 7.86m to finish fourth. Talia THOMPSON won the under 13 girls competition with an excellent personal best of  6.48m which currently ranks her 7th in the North East of England.

On the track there were good performances from James GILHOLME, Joseph GODDEN and Sam THRELFALL in the 1500m. In the 800m Alex THRELFALL, Max BREESE and Ryan HARRISON FRATER all competed at U15 with Alex first home for the team in 2min31s. In the girls middle distance races Millie BREESE and Lauren BROWN represented the team well. Lauren had a cautious first lap but produced an excellent final 200m to finish the race in second place with a new club record of 2 minutes 37.

The sprinters also had some excellent results. Billy CLAYTON (U13) in his first competition managed second in the 100m and third in the 200m. In the 75m hurdles Billy again finished in 2nd place with team mate Euan FRIEND just behind him in third place. In U15 boys 200m Thomas DAVISON was first home for Alnwick with Ryan HARRISON-FRATER not far behind.

The girls did equally well in their sprint races. Hannah JOHNSTON in her first competition managed an excellent first place in the 100m with Talia THOMPSON and Katie Lou FRIEND also running well. Hannah had another good race in the 200m where she came third with a good first race time of 31.9s.

In the long jump Euan FRIEND again took first place in the U13 boy category with a good jump of 3.69m. The U15 boys did well with Alex THRELFALL jumping 4.15m and Joseph GODDEN 4.03m

Hannah JOHNSTON (U13) secured a second place in the long jump with a big leap that ended in a head first dive into the sand pit! Fortunately she was ok to continue but couldn’t quite beat the excellent 3.56m she set in the first round. In the same category but being a year younger Katie Lou FRIEND did well to jump a personal best of 3.0m. Antje HALL came close to her personal best in her competition jumping 3.95m.

Earlier in the day the U15 boys had competed well in the high jump with Ollie TELFER, Alex TRELFALL and Max BREESE finishing 2nd, 3rd and 4th place. Ollie managed a jump of 1.40m to finish as runner up to Blyth team mate Jamie KYLE who jumped an excellent 1.50m

Throughout the mornings competition the Alnwick/Blyth team scored well but could only manage to maintain third place behind Gateshead Harriers and North Shields Poly. Going into the final events of the day North Shields had a commanding 150 points lead but Gateshead were only 24 points ahead.

The Under 13 girl’s high jump was the last event of the day but unfortunately ran at the same time as the 4x100m relay. Unable to compete in both events the girls couldn’t supply enough runners for the relay and had to sacrifice the valuable points at such a crucial time. The Under 13 boys however, did win their race following excellent legs by Billy CLAYTON and Euan FRIEND. There were also good performances by the U15’s but the team was unable to field enough athletes for the U17 races.

It looked unlikely that the team would manage to close the margin that Gateshead had opened on them but an excellent performance by the under 13 girls in the high jump saved the day. Lauren BROWN, Amelia FAIRHURST (Blyth) and Millie BREESE managed to take the top three places with Lauren winning with a personal best jump of 1m 26cm.

The success of the team on the day was undoubtedly attributable to a willingness by all the athletes to participate in events that weren’t necessarily familiar to them in order to maximise the points the team could score. Their attitude and sportsmanship was commendable!

The final score on the day was:

North Shields 720

Blyth/Alnwick 538

Gateshead 537

Wallsend/Gosforth 417

Jarrow & Hebburn 234

South Shields 130


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Temple Park 5k/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Hackney Marshes Parkrun/Rising Sun Parkrun/Nonsuch Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Stirling Marathon/Border Trail Race/Eaglesfield 5k

The weekend got off to a really good start for Dominic HARRIS at the Temple Park 5k at South Shields on Friday 19th May. On this renowned fast course Dom smashed his previous 5k pb to finish 24th of just over 100 runners in a brilliant 17.47. Dom won the Most Improved Male Award last year and is still improving!

The following morning Harriers were in action again at various parkruns. The highlight was Carole PAGE finishing 1st female for the 28th time at Druridge Bay. Carole was just outside her course best completing in 21.17, whilst Alice TETLEY-PAUL was 3rd female home. Elsewhere Tim FALCONER was agonisingly just over 20 minutes at Hackney Marshes, David HINDMARSH ran well at the Rising Sun Parkrun at Wallsend, Zoe ROBSON was at the Nonsuch Parkrun in Surrey and Richard EASTOE was at his local Workington Parkrun.



Druridge Bay:

10-Richard JOHNSON 19.34

23-Carole PAGE 21.17

34-Alice TETLEY-PAUL 22.12

37-Paul ROBINSON 22.33

67-Cris ATWELL 24.24 (63.52%)

73-Ruth DOCTOR 24.46 (63.06%)

Hackney Marshes:

38-Tim FALCONER 20.01

Rising Sun:

23-David HINDMARSH 20.53


44-Richard EASTOE 25.57


282-Zoe ROBSON 26.33

The following day Mel STEER and Mairi CAMPBELL ventured north of the border to tackle the Stirling Marathon. Both ran well with Mel running the fastest marathon by a female Harrier so far this year, 4.05.17, whilst Mairi came home in 4.36.49.

Also that day 3 Harriers were in action in the tough Border Trail Race, a new event set up by Woolers Glen McWILLIAMS. Pauline AITCHISON and Alison WRIGHT ran together and finished in 4 hours 8 minutes, whilst Alice TETLEY-PAUL was round in 5 hours 5 minutes.

Finally back on Wednesday 17th May Gay and Richard EASTOE took part in the Eaglesfield 5k near Cockermouth. The pair ran together with Gay coming home in 59th place in 29.07 and Richard one second further back in 60th.

Above photo is of Cris ATWELL at Druridge Bay.

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Blaydon Race Bus Details-Reminder!!!

Harriers the Blaydon Race bus is booked and its a ridiculously cheap £5 return for Harriers!! Wow!! All the details are here including prices for non Harriers and the option of one way travel.

We have booked a 29 seat coach, though we can book a larger one if necessary. The deadline for booking a seat is Wednesday 31st May.

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North East Counties Track and Field Championships

Three Alnwick athletes competed over the weekend at the annual North Eastern Counties Track and Field Championship at Gateshead Stadium. On the Saturday Ollie and Finlay TELFER both competed in the High Jump competition. Ollie, competing as an Under 15, managed a good jump of 1.40m in windy conditions to finish in 5th place and Finlay in the Under 13’s had an excellent day and did well to take the silver medal in his competition. Ollie also competed in the Discus winning the bronze medal against some tough competition.

On the Sunday Peter SKIRROW, an Under 20, won the Long Jump with a jump of 6.55m. It was an excellent weekend of athletics with some excellent performances where several Championship records were broken.


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Hatfield Forest Parkrun/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Keswick Parkrun/Fairfield Horseshoe Fell Race/Tynedale Half Marathon/Leeds Half Marathon/Pier to Pier Race

A busy weekend for the club got off to a flyer with a race win for Rachelle FALLOON down at the Hatfield Forest Parkrun, near Bishops Stortford. Rachelle was comfortably 1st female finisher and was 4th overall in an excellent 19.31.

Closer to home there were some great results by Harriers at the Druridge Bay Parkrun. Phil HALL was winner of the male 40 category and was 1st home for us in 8th place, thanks to his 18.54. Peter GREY was 1st in the male 55 category and was home in 14th place. Neil HAMILTON continues to improve after injury, whilst both John CUTHBERT and Paul ROBINSON notched personal bests yet again. For the ladies 1st to complete for us was Carole PAGE who was 3rd female overall. Finally well done to John ROSS, one of the Run Directors at the event, who took part in his 50th parkrun! Results:

8-Phil HALL 18.54 (73.90%)

14-Peter GREY 19.43 (80.64%)

22-Neil HAMILTON 21.19 (64.03%)

23-John CUTHBERT 21.31 (60.11%)

26-Carole PAGE 21.57 (83.60%)

27-Paul ROBINSON 22.04 (58.46%)

78-Chris FRIEND 25.40 (55.56%)

86-Laura McLEAN Jr 26.04 (56.84%)

111-Ruth DOCTOR 27.59

115-John ROSS 28.31

126-Eleanor HEELEY 29.36

165-Nell GAIR 32.36

192-Lorna STEPHENSON 36.21


Also that morning Richard EASTOE completed the Workington Parkrun in 26.61, whilst up at Keswick Christine HARDY and Jayne McKENNA took part and finished in 29.45 and 31.50.

Also on Saturday Mark DOCTOR headed over to the Lake District to take part in one of the classic Lakes fell races, the Fairfield Horseshoe. This is a 9 mile race which takes in almost exactly 3000 feet of ascent. By his own admission Mark had a bit of a nightmare, finishing well down the field in exactly 2 hours 30. He accidentally packed wife Ruths figure hugging Harriers vest, then slipped on wet rocks coming off Fairfield causing bumps, scrapes and a general loss of confidence, then finally took a wrong turn towards the end which added 10 minutes onto his time, and a further mile of running. Not the best of days then.

The following day Gay and Richard EASTOE were in action in the Run Northumberland organised Tynedale Half Marathon. Gay followed up her age category success in the Whitehaven Harbourside 5k a few days before with another win here, scooping the female 60 prize in 2.09.41. Husband Richard was 2 seconds ahead and 2 places further forward in 111th. Also that day John ROSS took part in the Leeds Half Marathon that day where he completed the 13.1 miles in 2.14.27.


Finally 6 Harriers took part in the 7.5 mile multi terrain Pier to Pier Race, an excellent race from South Shields to Sunderland. David BARTRUM impressed once again finishing in 51.39, with wife Maureen just over 10 minutes further back. Results:

141-Dave BARTRUM 51.39

466-Maureen BARTRUM 1.01.41

606-Morag DONOGHUE 1.05.03

700-Carol DAVISON 1.07.35

846-Jayne McKENNA 1.11.54

1110-Ron McCORMACK 1.25.07

Photos are of John CUTHBERT at Druridge Bay and John ROSS with his medal in Leeds.

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Weetslade Relay

The last of the 3 spring relay events takes place on Wednesday 21st June thanks to Claremont Road Runners, the superb Weetslade Relay. This event is different to the previous two in 2 major ways. Firstly the teams have to be mixed male/female and secondly its not fast and flat! This one is multi terrain and there’s a hill in it!

Each runner will have to run a 2.5 mile lap and each team of 3 will include a veteran and a female (though this can be the same person). Each club can only have a maximum of 6 teams, so we have booked the maximum possible. Therefore only 18 Harriers can take part. Note that the minimum age is 18 for this event. The event starts at 7.30pm and more info can be found here If you’d like a place please email Mark DOCTOR at asap!

Weetslade Relays E Team-Denise DRUMMOND, Ruth DOCTOR and Mark DOCTOR

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Gordon Smith Memorial Relays/Whitehaven Harbourside 5k

On Wednesday 10th May Alnwick Harriers sent down 4 teams to take part in the annual Gordon Smith Memorial Relays, which was as always superbly well organised by Wallsend Harriers.

On a very fast and flat 2 mile loop David MILNE followed up his superb 2nd place in the recent Les Allcorn 10k by running comfortably the fastest time by our runners on the night, an excellent 10.22. He brought home the first of our 2 mens teams to finish after Conrad STEWART and then in-form Dominic HARRIS had set him up for a decent team performance. They finished 35th of the 153 complete teams, with the second mens team coming home in 47th just over a minute behind. Dean STACKHOUSE went first for them and was followed by Mark DOCTOR who knocked a whole second off last years time in the same race. Shaun LAND, just a few weeks out from his marathon debut at Edinburgh, ran our 2nd fastest leg on the night to bring the team home.

For the female Harriers Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS was our fastest by some margin running a 12 minute leg to bring home our first ladies team in 88th place. Diana WEIGHTMAN and Pauline AITCHISON had both run well in the first two legs. Back in 121st place were our second ladies team with Katie BLACKBURN, Ruth DOCTOR and Alison WRIGHT all running well. Results:

35-Mens “A” Team-Conrad STEWART 14.05, Dominic HARRIS 11.16 and David MILNE 10.22. Overall 35.43.

47-Mens “B” Team-Dean STACKHOUSE 12.38, Mark DOCTOR 12.59 and Shaun LAND 11.09. Overall 36.46

88-Ladies “A” Team-Diana WEIGHTMAN 14.13, Pauline AITCHISON 14.53 and Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS 12.00. Overall 41.06.

121-Ladies “B” Team-Katie BLACKBURN 15.12, Ruth DOCTOR 15.23 and Alison WRIGHT 15.50. Overall 46.25.


Many thanks to the Harriers for turning out, in particular Conrad, Alison and Ruth who all stepped up at short notice after colleagues pulled out.

Also that night there was age category success for Gay EASTOE at the Whitehaven Harbourside 5k where she scooped the female 60 prize thanks to her 31.22. Husband Richard crossed the line in the same time, one place back in 117th.


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Grand Prix Standings After Sunderland City Half Marathon

The latest Grand Prix standings after the Sunderland City Half Marathon have been released. Many thanks to John ROSS as always for his great work. The top 3 remain the same with Dominic HARRIS leading David HINDMARSH and Karen KELLY. After her decent performance in the London Marathon Ruth DOCTOR is up to 4th, demoting Conrad STEWART a place. After her half marathon pb in Sunderland Emma SHELL is now in 6th, with the other big mover being Laura McLEAN Jr in 8th.

Alnwick Harriers Grand Prix 2017 After Sunderland City Half Marathon

There’s still plenty of time to go with some upcoming Grand Prix races below:

Wednesday 24th May-George Ogle Memorial Race. This is a cracker of a race with a bit of everything; road, trail, grass, a hilly bit and a disused railway. More details and entries are here

Sunday 28th May-Druridge Bay 10k. Sold out!!!

Friday 9th June-Blaydon Race. Sold out!!! Details of the ridiculously massively subsidised club coach are in a separate post.

Sunday 13th August-Darlington 10k. This is a fast and very flat race which is a replacement for the Clive Cookson 10k which clashes with the George Ogle Memorial Race in May. Entries go live on Friday 24th February with the first 300 places having a huge 30% discount! You will be able to enter here

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October-Helvellyn and Ullswater Trail Races. The club trip entries are now closed. More details will follow for all those who’ve signed up.

Sunday 28th October-Jedburgh 10k and Half Marathon. There will be a very cheap coach laid on for these races. More details will be announced asap.

18341765_10154565087670382_7119370699187690931_nPhoto is of 6th placed Emma SHELL!

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Sunderland 10k and Half Marathon/Hardmoors 110/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Darlington South Park Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Rising Sun Parkrun/Watford Track Meeting

Sunday 7th May saw just the 3 Harriers take part in the latest of the 2017 Grand Prix events, the Sunderland Half Marathon. All 3 however performed very well with Paul GODDEN coming home in 166th place in a very good 1.35.51. Next home was Paul ROBINSON in a distance pb of 1.45.51, followed by Emma SHELL who also ran a 13.1 mile best of 1.53.30! In the 10k race John CUTHBERT was 157th in 44.30 and Laura McLEAN Jr was home in 552nd in 53.08.


Later on that day Andy STEPHENSON crossed the line at the Hardmoors 110 mile Ultra race! Andy started the previous morning and finished in 35.03.39. Commencing in Filey, competitors had a time limit of 36 hours to complete the 110 mile single stage trail race, following the stunning Cleveland Heritage coastline visiting the seaside resort of Scarborough, the old smuggling town of Robin Hood’s Bay, Dracula’s Whitby, Staithes, Runswick Bay and Saltburn, before passing through the beautiful Cleveland Hills and the North York Moors  before finishing in the market town of Helmsley. Great work Andy, you’re amazing!!


The previous day 11 Harriers were in action on the 5k Druridge Bay Parkrun. First across the line for us just a few days after his decent showing at the Les Allcorn 10k was Jordan ROGERSON. He was 5th in 18.47. Tim FALCONER was 15th finisher and was 1 second outside his personal best of 20.25. Carole PAGE was next and was 2nd female finisher, whilst 3rd female home in a course best was Alice TETLEY-PAUL. It was great to see Jackie PROUSE back at the event which she helped get off the ground, whilst Junior Harrier Eleanor HEELEY knocked a decent chunk off her previous best. Results:

5-Jordan ROGERSON 18.47

15-Tim FALCONER 20.26 (73.98%)

21-Carole PAGE 21.48

22-Alice TETLEY-PAUL 21.55 (67.53%)

79-Jackie PROUSE 26.10

84-Laura McLEAN Jr 26.33 (55.81%)

92-Eleanor HEELEY 27.14

94-Paul ROBINSON 27.16

143-Christine HARDY 30.11

166-Stuart BRUCE 32.09

181-Alex KNIGHT 33.01


Also that day Graham CROW finished 43rd at the Darlington South Park Parkrun in 21.29, Richard EASTOE was 31st at Workington in 24.04 and Jayne McKENNA was 270th at the Rising Sun Parkrun in 32.46.

Finally congratulations to Rachelle FALLOON who was back on the track at the Watford Open Track Meeting in Hertfordshire last Wednesday. Just a day after her impressive 2nd place and personal best at the Les Allcorn 10k Rachelle bolted home in the 1500 metres. She was 10 seconds clear of her nearest rival in 5.18.94 and beat 15 rivals. Top work Rachelle!

Photos are of Paul ROBINSON, Andy STEPHENSON and Laura McLEAN.

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Les Allcorn 10k and Junior Fun Run

Many many thanks to all the marshals for turning out to help make the 2017 Les Allcorn 10k and Junior Fun Run on Tuesday 2nd May a great success. Particular thanks goes to the new Race Organiser Gareth BREESE who did a great job! Once again we were blessed with decent weather including hardly any wind, which helped a decent number of the field achieve pbs on what is a pretty tough 10k course. 140 Seniors and 81 Juniors took part in the events, the results of which can be found here.

2017 Les Allcorn 10k Results

2017 Les Allcorn Junior Race Results

Senior Start

In what was a record time on the new course and possibly the quickest time in the history of the Les Allcorn 10k the winner of this years race was Saltwell Harriers Eritrean born runner Abraham TEWELDE, coming home well clear of the field in a brilliant 32.08. 2nd to finish and 1st for Alnwick Harriers was David MILNE. David has impressed hugely since joining us back in the autumn with his brilliant cross country performances, and followed this up with a 34.18 which is the fastest time by a Harrier over this distance for 2 years. 3rd to finish was Morpeth Harrier Mark SNOWBALL just a few seconds behind David. Thanks to some excellent performances by other Harriers we took home the mens team prize, with Dan LENG finishing 5th and Steve CARRAGHER 6th overall. Steve won the male 45 category, whilst Glen McWILLIAMS of Northumberland Fell Runners was 1st male 50 and John JAMES of Heaton Harriers winning the male 60 age group for the 2nd year running. Meanwhile for the ladies previous winner Jane HODGSON prevailed once again coming home in 38.02. There was a massive personal best for Alnwick Harrier Rachelle FALLOON who was 2nd female finisher in an excellent 39.25, almost 3 minutes faster that the time which was good enough to win the 2016 race! Third female was Helen KING of Morpeth Harriers, and thanks to Jane BRIGGS they won the female team prize. Category winners were unattached runner Fiona SIM in the 35 category, and Alnwicks Karen KELLY and Carole PAGE in the 45 and 55 categories.

Junior Start

As well as our victorious mens team Ben KELLY and Allan FOGGON put in great runs to finish in the top 10, with Jordan ROGERSON in 11th. James WILLOUGHBY was rightly pleased with his first sub 40 minute 10k and Sam CHRISP made his debut for us finishing in 20th. Further back there was an eye catching performance from John CUTHBERT who must be an early contender for the Most Improved Male award in the autumn. John has been knocking huge amounts off his previous bests this year and his 42.53 was a whole 6 minutes faster than the Les Allcorn 10 last year! Amongst others to notch personal bests were Dave BARTRUM and another recent improver in Paul ROBINSON. Next female Harriers behind Rachelle were Karen KELLY in 7th and Carole PAGE in 9th, with Lisa BASTON in 13th and Alice TETLEY-PAUL in 14th.


25 Harriers took part and here are their times:

2-David MILNE 34.14

5-Dan LENG 35.51

6-Steve CARRAGHER 36.29

7-Ben KELLY 36.52

10-Allan FOGGON 38.54

11-Jordan ROGERSON 39.00

13-Rachelle FALLOON 39.25

17-James WILLOUGHBY 39.57

20-Sam CHRISP 40.43

25-Gareth PEARSON 42.09

27-Adam SPILLER 42.22

30-John CUTHBERT 42.53

40-Karen KELLY 44.22

43-Carole PAGE 44.40

45-Paul ROBINSON 44.54

47-Dave BARTRUM 45.01

50-David HENDERSON 45.12

57-Steve STUDLEY 45.45

60-Lisa BASTON 46.30

62-Alice TETLEY-PAUL 46.58

82-Conrad STEWART 50.10

92-Kim BRONZE 51.48

95-Ian ATHERTON 51.55

139-Anthony SHUTT 1.11.07

140-Mark HUME 1.13.22


In the Junior race under 15 Morpeth Harrier Daniel DIXON was 1st across the line, winning comfortably in 10.57. This win was all the more impressive as just 24 hours before Dan had won the Ashington Tri. Alnwicks Owen WILLCOX and Daniel HARRISON-FRATER were 2nd and 3rd. Meanwhile 1st female home was Alnwicks top class Junior Lauren BROWN, winning the race for the 2nd year from the under 13 category. Club comrades Millie BREESE and Eve BUDDLE were next home. There were loads of excellent performances from Harriers with age category wins coming thanks to the likes of Max MURRAY JOHN, Evie GODDEN and Ruaridh BATLEY.



Many thanks to Lee Hippie NIXON for the excellent photos!

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