Glendale Show Fell Race/Blyth Links 10k

Just a day after the hell of the Tynedale Jelly Tea 10 Mile Race came the next of the 2015 Grand Prix races, the Glendale Show Fell Race at Wooler on Bank Holiday Monday. A small but select field tackled the 5 mile out and back route, no doubt hoping to improve on their WAVA scores from Beacon Hill a couple of months back. 5 Harriers tackled the route with Graham SIMPSON finishing a splendid 3rd not far behind the leading pair. Slightly further back Dave HINDMARSH beat Graham CROW, who in turn outsprinted Gary COWELL who no doubt still had the tough 10 miles in his legs from the day before. Final Harrier and our sole female to take part was Pauline AITCHISON. For the 2nd day running Pauline left a race with a prize, finishing 2nd lady. Well done to all, Grand Prix standings will be out asap. Results:

3-Graham SIMPSON 34.46

11-Dave HINDMARSH 42.38

13-Graham CROW 44.00

14-Gary COWELL 44.15

17-Pauline AITCHISON 46.10

The following day, Tuesday 1st September, members of Alnwick Harriers were invited to the annual Blyth Links 10k. This mostly flat 10k starts at South Beach and heads along the links towards Seaton Sluice and back, and is well known for fast times despite it being slightly longer than 10k. In-form Steve CARRAGHER was 1st Harrier home in 6th place. Steve has run the fastest 5k by a Harrier this year and his 36.33 is also the fastest 10k so far this year! Another inform Harrier is Dominic HARRIS who, paced by Richard JOHNSON, knocked chunks off his 10k pb by clocking 41.07. Angie EMBLETON was next home and was 1st female Harrier, followed by Steven STUDLEY having his 1st race in a Harriers vest. Slightly further back it was great to see Dave COOPER making his first appearance in a Harriers vest for some time.



6-Steve CARRAGHER 36.33

39-Richard JOHNSON 41.06

40-Dominic HARRIS 41.07

115-Angie EMBLETON 47.07

128-Steven STUDLEY 48.18

135-Dave BARTRUM 48.53

139-Denise DRUMMOND 49.01

153-Andy SQUIRES 50.02

165-Ian ATHERTON 51.18

166-Sue BOLAM 51.20

180-John ROSS 52.52

181-Dave COOPER 53.00

278-Mark HUME 1.10.09


Many thanks to David JOHNSON for the photos of Steve CARRAGHER and Richard JOHNSON/Dominic HARRIS. More on our Flickr page.

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Tartan Games

On Sunday 30th August a record number of competitors turned out at Gateshead Stadium and were treated to great weather for the annual Tartan Games. Alnwick had four athletes competing in a range of events and age categories.

The U13 boys were first to compete. Finlay TELFER was able to step up an age category to give him the opportunity to challenge his brother Ollie. Both boys jumped well with Finlay managing 3.16m to finish 12th out of the 16 athletes and brother Ollie jumped 3.79m to finish 5th.

Peter SKIRROW (U20) contested both the long and triple jump events. Peter who is relatively new to triple jumping managed a personal best of 12.22m to win his competition and in the long jump he was runner up with 5.76m!

On the track Lauren BROWN won her heat in the U11’s 60m in 9.66s to finish 4th overall. Ollie TELFER narrowly missed out on 1st place in the 75m hurdles, a photo finish was required to separate the 1st and 2nd placed runners by just 100th of a second!

There were strong fields of runners in the middle distance races. Ollie managed a 7 second personal best run in the 800m and finished 6th in 2min 35s. Lauren BROWN ran well and finished strongly but could only manage 4th place today.

The 4 athletes competed well and enjoyed a well organised day.

Tartan games picture

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Druridge Bay Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Portobello Parkrun/Skipton Parkrun/Tynedale Jelly 10 Mile/Carlisle City 10k

Many congratulations to Harriers legend Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS for smashing the female course record at the Druridge Bay Parkrun on Saturday 29th August. The previous record had stood since the 1st event back in early August 2014, but Jo comfortably beat that time by clocking 18.22 to finish 2nd overall. It was a great morning for the club as the 1st finisher was also a Harrier, Ian SIMON! Ian finished just 4 seconds ahead of Jo and won the race despite having swum in Ladyburn Lake already that morning!


Our women dominated the race by filling 4 of the top 5 places. Jackie PROUSE was 3rd female, Tracey SAMPLE was 4th and a very happy Rachel McCOY was next in a 5k pb. It was also great to see Alex REED back in club colours after a spell out. Another happy Harrier was our 2nd male finisher Tim SHEPHERD as he also clocked a pb, as was Ed WHELDON who also knocked a few seconds off his previous best. Further back Mark HUME won the male 70 category!



1-Ian SIMON 18.18

2-Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS 18.22 (81.67%)

20-Jackie PROUSE 22.17

24-Tracey SAMPLE 22.49

30-Rachel McCOY 23.30 (62.98%)

44-Alex REED 25.44 (61.72%)

45-Samantha FENDER 25.48

60-Pam WHELDON 27.09

64-Tim SHEPHERD 27.29 (50.03%)

86-Ed WHELDON 30.20

98-Jayne McKENNA 31.56

113-Mark HUME 33.12 (53.11%)

114-William FORTUNE 33.43


Elsewhere that morning there was an excellent run by Richard EASTOE at the Workington Parkrun. Richard just missed out on a pb by clocking 21.20 to win the male 60 category. Wife Gay also won her age category. Dave HINDMARSH continued his tour of Parkruns by rocking up at the Portobello Parkrun in Edinburgh. Dave, winner of his age group last week at Little Stoke near Bristol, was 27th in 20.56. Finally Lorna STEPHENSON took part in the Skipton Parkrun.



15-Richard EASTOE 21.20

33-Gay EASTOE 25.35


27-Dave HINDMARSH 20.56


157-Lorna STEPHENSON 34.45

The following day saw the latest of the 2015 Grand Prix races take place, the Tynedale Harriers Jelly Tea 10 Mile Race. For Some of the 9 Harriers who made the trip to Hexham this was one of the most soul destroying and demoralising race experiences ever! As always it was well organised and well marshalled, but the route was incredibly tough, with most Harriers stating it was the hardest road race they’ve ever done. The race started and finished high up at Hexham Racecourse and consisted of downhills which were too fast to race comfortably and incredibly long and steep uphills. It was tougher than many fell races and even harder than the Liversedge Half Marathon!! In fact only 6 runners (none of ours) finished in under an hour. However there was some good news as both Lesley MILLER and Pauline AITCHISON won prizes by finishing 2nd in their age categories. Also well done to Richard JOHNSON who arrived early to add 7 miles onto the start of the race, which he used as a marathon training run. The sadist. Results (chip timing):

96-Dominic HARRIS 1.16.16

107-Richard JOHNSON 1.16.51

119-Gary COWELL 1.18.25

178-Andy SQUIRES 1.23.59

190-Mark DOCTOR 1.25.02

198-Lesley MILLER 1.25.44

200-Pauline AITCHISON 1.25.24

354-John ROSS 1.42.04

400-Tim SHEPHERD 1.49.42


The latest Grand Prix standings will be out soon, though the WAVA scores from this race won’t make pretty reading!


Finally, also on Sunday, Gay and Richard EASTOE took part in the Carlisle City 10k.  The husband and wife team ran together and both clocked 53.43, with Gay finishing 95th and Richard 96th.

Thanks to Dave RUNCIMAN for the photos of Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS, Alex REED and Tim SHEPHERD at Druridge Bay, and to Dave KITCHING for Richard JOHNSON and Lesley/Pauline at Hexham.

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Great North Run Bus Is Full!!

The massively subsidised coach to the Great North Run on Sunday 13th September is now full!!

The coach will leave Willowburn at 8am and go via Felton and the Holiday Inn at Seaton Burn, arriving at the Town Moor in plenty of time to find the baggage buses, queue for the toilets and get warmed up by Mr Motivator. It will then leave South Shields seafront at 15.30. Enjoy the day!

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Wooler Social-The Return!

All club members are warmly invited to a social evening with Wooler Running Club on Tuesday 15th September. The run takes the form of a hilly but very scenic 6mile run/jog in Chillingham Park. Shoes with grip, ideally trail running shoes, are useful but are not a necessity. But midge repellent is advised. Afterwards we are invited for a buffet at the Percy Arms Hotel in Chatton.

Meet at Willowburn at 6.15pm if you would like to car share or meet at the church at Chillingham Castle at 6.45pm

**** Please wear your club vest!****

Directions Follow the road from Alnwick to Eglingham and then continue for a further 5 miles following the Northumberland Estates wall. At the end of the wall turn right and head downhill and through a ford. The chuch is a few hundred metres further on.

For catering purposes please either add your name to the list at Willowburn or text Adam SPILLER on 07941171151 .

We were warmly welcomed last year and enjoyed a fantastic run in very scenic surroundings,  followed by good food and drink at the Percy. Highly recommended!!!

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Warkworth Show “Fun” Run

A report by Mike TELFER:

“The biggest and most fiercely contested event in the TELFER family racing calendar was once again held at Warkworth Show on Saturday 22nd August. The annual 2.5km event starts within the castle, goes out across the drawbridge then through the fields to Watershaugh Road before doubling back along the river past the Hermitage. The competitors climb the steep path up from the river then race around the moat finishing under the drawbridge where the crowd gather to cheer them in.

Alnwick Harriers were well represented by 10 club members of all ages. Steve CARRAGHER lead the charge and won the race in an excellent time of 7 minutes 47 seconds. Even more impressive was that Steve had already raced and won the parkrun at Druridge Bay earlier in the day!!

However, slightly behind Steve the real battle was taking place. Having announced to the crowd on the start line that there was no way Ollie TELFER or any other of the juniors present would beat him, Mike TELFER had set the challenge!

After the first 200 metre sprint out of the castle Mike was beginning to regret his confident prerace rhetoric as 4 of the Juniors (with an average age of 11) were still ahead of him! Fortunately they slowed slightly on the climb up to Watershaugh Road and Mike edged ahead. However, running back along the riverside they could be heard (Ollie in particular) taunting Mike and they thought they were in with a chance of beating him. Being determined to savour victory over his children and the others for probably the last time since the battle began seven years ago, Mike kept going and on the finish line just edged out Harry BROWN followed by Ollie TELFER!

Lauren BROWN (10) finished just behind the boys completing the 2.5km course in 9 minutes 15s winning the U16 girls category and placing her 6th overall!

Most of the 70 competitors aren’t quite as competitive as the Telfer family and the fun run was once again a huge success and greatly enjoyed by seventy people of all ages that entered. The event was excellently organised and the marshals once again did a fine job guiding the runners around the beautiful course.”


1-Steve CARRAGHER 7.40

3-Mike TELFER 8.50

4-Harry BROWN 8.51

5-Ollie TELFER 9.02

7-Lauren BROWN 9.16

9-Robert STEPHENSON 9.32

13-James TAYLOR 10.20

17-Hannah TAYLOR 10.48

32-Finlay TELFER 12.32

38-Iona MORRISON 16.50

Warkworth Show 2015

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North East Harrier League 2015/16-Reminder!!

Whilst many of you Harriers are jetting off on your summer holidays, some at Harriers hq are longing for the cold, wet, muddy and windy days of the 2015/16 North East Harrier League season! With that in mind we are already planning our assaults on our respective divisions. For the Senior Women the aim is to stay in the top league, whilst for the Senior Men we desperately hope to pull ourselves out of the bottom division. To give ourselves a kick start we were aiming to appoint two of the most inspirational and highly regarded members of the club to oversee our seasons. With them not available we’ve gone for the legend Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS once again, and an ever present in last season relegation team Micky AISTON!


A poster is up on the noticeboard at Willowburn for all those interested to add their names to. Alternatively you can email the Senior club captains at or Once again your generous club are paying the now increased entry fees.

The 6 North East Harrier League fixtures are:

26th September-TANFIELD

21st November-AYKLEY HEADS, Durham

28th November-DRURIDGE BAY

9th or 10th January-TOWN MOOR

5th March-ALNWICK

19th March-WREKENTON

Bring on the mud!!


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Reykjavik Half Marathon/Le Belier 27km Trail Race/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Little Stoke Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Whitley Bay Parkrun/Durham Parkrun/Kawana Parkrun

3 Harriers took part in races in foreign parts this weekend with the pick of them being Ella BROWN in the Reykjavik Half Marathon in Iceland on Saturday 22nd August. Ella finished in an excellent 1.25.02 to smash her previous best over the 13.1 mile distance set in last years Great North Run. Furthermore Ella was a brilliant 2nd female finisher in this excellent field; a top class performance.

Also that morning Graham SYERS was in action in Le Belier 27km Trail Race at La Clusaz in the French Alps. Spurred on by cheese and salami at the water stations Graham finished 222nd of over 800 runners in 2.56.09. By all accounts this was a hell of a lot tougher that trail races over here! Well done Graham.

Closer to home there was parkrun success for Steve CARRAGHER at Druridge Bay, when he bolted up in 17.34 to post his 4th success at the event. For much of the first lap Steve was in a battle with Dan LENG, though Steve puled away on the 2nd lap of Ladyburn Lake. Dan, however, ran a course pb of 18.21 and should be very happy with his mornings work. Further back Terry FOUNTAIN ran a course pb to dip under 20 minutes, whilst Nick ARMSTRONG and Dave CHARLTON made their Harriers debuts.


Well done to Jackie PROUSE who was 2nd female finisher at the event, having led for much of the 5k. Also well done to Tracey SAMPLE who’d been swimming in the lake beforehand and to Pam WHELDON who ran a course personal best. Results:

1-Steve CARRAGHER 17.34 (78.84%)

2-Dan LENG 18.21 (72.66%)

10-Terry FOUNTAIN 19.58 (72.70%)

16-Nick ARMSTRONG 20.57 (69.29%)

30-Jackie PROUSE 22.19

39-Tracey SAMPLE 23.02

42-Owen DOUGLAS 23.19

53-Rachel McCOY 24.54 (59.44%)

60-Derek GUTHRIE 25.58 (56.80%)

72-Pam WHELDON 26.41

90-Dave CHARLTON 28.21

106-Eileen GUTHRIE 30.20 (55.93%)

113-Mark HUME 32.01 (55.08%)

121-William FORTUNE 33.11

128-Lorna STEPHENSON 35.35 (45.06%)


Away from Druridge Bay there were Harriers in action at other Parkruns. Down at the Little Stoke Parkrun near Bristol Dave HINDMARSH finished 20th of 225 runners to win the male 50 category, Steve STUDLEY made his Harriers debut at Whitley Bay, Kirsty STEED ran at Durham and the EASTOE’s competed at Workington where Gay won the female 60 age group. Finally Chris FRIEND was the 3rd of the globetrotting Harriers as he took part in the Kawana Parkrun in Queensland, Australia! Results:

Little Stoke Parkrun:

20-Dave HINDMARSH 20.26


24-Richard EASTOE 22.37

35-Gay EASTOE 25.41

Whitley Bay:

112-Steve STUDLEY 23.45


292-Kirsty STEED 44.23

Kawana, Queensland:

73-Chris FRIEND 34.15

Photos of Steve CARRAGHER and Nick ARMSTRONG courtesy of Jo WILKES.

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Brampton to Carlisle Club Trip Details

One of our 2015 Grand Prix races is the ever popular Brampton to Carlisle 10 Mile Road Race which takes place on Sunday 15th November. As always we have arranged a hugely subsidised coach to take us to the race, details of which can be found at this link:

That’s right you are not seeing things, £20 for the coach and race entry, wow!! The deadline for paying for the coach and race is 4th October. Note that you will still have to fill out an entry form and place it in the envelope on the noticeboard at Willowburn.

The coach will leave from Willowburn and go via Felton, though an additional collection point of Belford is available if required. Departure times will be announced nearer the time.

Harriers and a few Wooler at Brampton

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Druridge Bay Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Whitley Bay Parkrun/Durham Parkrun/Gateshead Trail 10k/Exhibition Park 5k/Northumberland Coast Half Marathon

There was success for one of the years in-form Harriers, Lesley MILLER, at the Druridge Bay Parkrun on Saturday 15th August. Lesley, running from the female 55 category, was 1st female finisher in a splendid 22.04, 1 second outside her course pb. She has recently celebrated her birthday and another year older means an improvement on her WAVA score, thus she has extended her lead at the top of the 2015 Grand Prix standings even further! Lesley has the 4th best WAVA score in the events history and is closing in on winning the Robert Brown Shield, the trophy presented to the Harrier with the best WAVA score at Druridge Bay. In what was a good day for our females Jenny BOLAM was 2nd finisher in 23.58, whilst Rachel McCOY was 4th in a course pb of 24.37. New member Rosie HARRIS was 1st in the female 5o category, also in a course pb.


1st Harrier across the line, however, was James BOLAM in 3rd place clocking 18.48. Eddie LONGSTAFF was next just dipping under 20 minutes to finish 9th, whilst further back Mark HUME was the winner of the male 70 category.



3-James BOLAM 18.48

9-Eddie LONGSTAFF 19.58 (64.69%)

27-Lesley MILLER 22.04 (84.29%)

47-Jenny BOLAM 23.58 (64.67%)

55-Rachel McCOY 24.37 (60.12%)

66-John ROSS 25.12 (62.57%)

96-Rosie HARRIS 29.42

107-Emma FAIRBAIRN 31.08

109-Mark HUME 31.48 (55.45%)

120-William FORTUNE 33.00

133-Christine SMITH 36.13 (44.73%)


Over at Workington Gay EASTOE was an age category winner once again, whilst down at Whitley Bay Stuart EABORN improved on last weeks time by almost a minute.


24-Richard EASTOE 23.06

31-Gay EASTOE 25.22

Whitley Bay:

120-Stuart EABORN 24.48


289-Kirsty STEAD 44.59

Later on that day Dave COATES took part in the Gateshead Trail 10k and finished a good 338th of just over 1000 runners, in 50.38.

The following day one of a number of our improving runners, Dominic HARRIS, was in action in the Tyne Bridge Harriers organised Exhibition Park 5k on the Town Moor. Dominic knocked 4 seconds off his previous 5k best which was set at the South Shields Parkrun in late June, to finish 56th in this high class field in 19.26.

Finally another of our younger improvers, Richard JOHNSON, took part in the Northumberland Coast Half Marathon as part of a 20 mile training run. The course starts on Alnmouth beach before heading along the coastal paths to Craster, before the runners turn around and run back. Despite his 7 mile warm up Richard was a very good 9th of the 45 finishers in 1.43.50, and remains firmly on course for a good time at the Kielder Marathon in the autumn! Also taking part in the race was John ROSS, his 166th half marathon! John finished in 34th place posting 2.21.28.

Photos of Lesley MILLER, Eddie LONGSTAFF and Christine SMITH at Druridge Bay courtesy of Jackie PROUSE.

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