North Eastern Cross Country Championships/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Whitley Bay Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Lanzarote Half Marathon/Spital Cross Country/Simonside Cairns Fell Race

The North East Counties Athletics Association cross country running championship was held at Redcar Racecourse on Saturday 9th December, where over a thousand runners from 40 clubs met for the regions biggest annual championship race.

Alnwick Harrier Juniors fielded two full teams, both in the Under 13 age group. The Under 13 girls have had a successful season to date competing well in the Harrier League and schools competitions. However this championship attracts additional teams and the competition was very strong. The flat course also caused some concern amongst the Alnwick athletes who rarely have the opportunity to race or train in areas without hills! The girls race got off to an exceptionally quick start and even before the first corner the runners were stretched out over 100m. However the quick pace didn’t relax and the leading group pulled away from the main pack. Alnwicks Lauren BROWN then took the lead, ran hard and opened a 15 second lead over the other front runners. Lauren confidently maintained this lead to go on and win the race! Millie BREESE, aware of how closely matched the front runners were, kept the pressure on and with a strong finish secured an excellent 6th place. However, team victory relies on the best combined performance of the first three runners from a club. Hannah JOHNSTON and Sam POTTS had the task to produce the best third counting place and did very well. Hannah ran strongly and finished in 16th place giving the team an overall score of 23. Runners up were Middlesbrough Mandale with 32 points and just behind them in 3rd place were Chester le Street AC.

It was a very successful day for the girls who have trained hard and have developed a strong team spirit that has ultimately contributed to their victory. An exceptional performance girls!

The Under 11’s ran a non-championship race before the main competition where Ava FINDLAY was the clubs sole representative, however she ran well experiencing her first major competition. The Under 13 boys raced next on the very fast flat course. Max MURRAY JOHN finished first for Alnwick in 13th place in an excellent time of 11.38 for the approximately 3km long course. Next home was Finlay WILDE in 31st place followed by Finlay TELFER in 75th place. The boys enjoyed their day and finished a solid 13th place.

For the Seniors there was not a brilliant turnout with a number of Harriers pulling out pre-race for various reasons. For the men Jason DAWSON was our sole runner finishing the 12k course in 49.19 to finish 158th. Meanwhile for the ladies Diana WEIGHTMAN put in her usual strong run to finish 67th over the 8k course in 37.56. She was followed home by Sue BOLAM in 44.53 and Louisa STEWART in 47.51.

Earlier that morning there was a glorious victory for Dominic HARRIS at the Druridge Bay Parkrun. Dom has been close to a victory on a few occasions and finished 2nd at the event recently, but was finally able to taste success thanks to a very good 18.28. He was just over a minute clear of the 2nd placed male, fellow Harrier Jon ARCHER. Jim LILLICO was our 3rd athlete to finish in 21.09. Also for the men Neil HAMILTON was winner of the aged 40 category, Ian ATHERTON won the male 60 age group and there were pbs for Chris FRIEND and Harris HALL. Meanwhile Carole PAGE was the winner of the ladies race yet again, this time finishing in 21.49 to finish 15th overall. She was just over a minute ahead of the 2nd runner, again a Harrier in Lisa WILLIAMS. Also for us Denise DRUMMOND was 1st female 50, Ruth DOCTOR 1st female 40 and there was another pb for Nell GAIR. All in all a good day!

Results:

1-Dominic HARRIS 18.28

2-Jon ARCHER 19.34

8-Jim LILLICO 21.09

11-Neil HAMILTON 21.24

13-Ian HORSLEY 21.33

15-Carole PAGE 21.49

23-Chris FRIEND 23.01

24-Lisa WILLIAMS 23.04

26-Harris HALL 23.09

30-Denise DRUMMOND 23.23

44-Ruth DOCTOR 25.05

54-Ian ATHERTON 26.44

65-Euan FRIEND 27.36

63-Harry ELLABY 27.36

69-Nell GAIR 28.47

78-Jayne McKENNA 30.08

In other parkruns that morning Linda PATTERSON was 87th at Whitley Bay in 27.47, whilst over at Workington Richard EASTOE was 101st in 32.52.

Over in much warmer climes John ROSS was taking part in the latest of his half marathons, this time in Lanzarote! John was 575th in 2.20.00.

Graham SIMPSON took part in the 3rd of the Borders Cross Country race series, this time hosted by Tweed Striders at Spital. Graham improved on his 13th place at Dunbar to finish 10th overall. In the overall Grand Prix standings Graham is 8th overall.

Finally for the weekend 4 Harriers were in action in the Northumberland Fell Runners organised Simonside Cairns Fell Race on Sunday. Held in very cold and icy conditions a fair proportion of the field took at least one tumble during this tough 11 miler. In a very good 6th of the 78 finishers, despite a couple of falls, was Ross WILSON. In 10th place and winner of the male 50 category was Adam FLETCHER, whilst Steve STUDLEY ran very well to finish 37th and Mark DOCTOR was 48th

Photos are of Lauren with her individual trophy, the Under 13 Girls with the team trophy, the Boys Under 13 team, Jason DAWSON at Redcar, Dominic HARRIS and Ruth DOCTOR at Druridge Bay, and 3 of the 4 Harriers before the Simonside Cairns Fell Race.

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Xmas Events!!!

Sunday 17th December-XMAS HANDICAP. Many thanks to Steve STUDLEY for organising this event. This year it’ll take place at Alnmouth Beach, starting at 11am. Please meet by the boatshed next to the golf course/beach. There’s a poster at Willowburn for everyone to add their names to. You’ll also need to submit a recent 10k/approximate 10k time to get a handicap. Afterwards there’s food provided at Alnmouth Links Golf Club where there’ll also be a presentation of the trophies! If you can’t get along to Willowburn please email Mark DOCTOR at dockie1974@hotmail.co.uk and he’ll add your names/times.

Wednesday 20th December-XMAS PARLAUF. This will be held on the Willowburn Industrial Estate and has been organised by Mike HENRY. All abilities are welcome and encouraged to take part. We ask for a donation from each participant of £2 which will go to Children In Need. All runners will be put into teams of 3 for a relay format and the teams will be organised based of recent/approximate 5k times. Please add your names to the noticeboard at Willowburn with your time asap. If you can’t make Willowburn in the next month please email Mark DOCTOR at dockie1974@hotmail.co.uk and he’ll add your name to the list. The event starts at 7pm, though please arrive at 6.45pm so you can be put into teams.

After the event there’ll be a buffet at Alnwick Rugby Club as well as the presentation of the Parlauf wooden spoons, Grand Prix trophies and the end of season awards!!

Saturday 30th December-ALNWICK TRI SOCIAL COASTAL. This year Alnwick Tri are hosting their annual run from Beadnell to Alnmouth on the Saturday 30th December.
The run is free to Alnwick Tri and Alnwick Harriers members but will cost £5 for non members to enter. The generous prize for running is a hearty cup of soup when you reach Alnmouth. Jelly Babies may even be on offer at scenic spots along the way.
Tides are not perfect on the day so be prepared for wet feet and some running along the paths as well as beaches. The route is approximately 14 miles.
Coach leaves Alnmouth at 9am sharp. Parking is difficult in Alnmouth so get there early as you may need to park at the beach car park. Registration is at 8.30am in the Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth. The run starts at 10am from the beach at Beadnell and finishes on the beach at Alnmouth. If you’d like to take part please email Steve CARRAGHER at stevecarragher@hotmail.com.

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Blyth Sands Race/Savannah Bridge Run/Hexhamshire Hobble/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Herne Hill Parkrun/Sheffield Hallam Parkrun/Workington Parkrun

On Sunday 3rd December 2 Harriers took part in the Blyth Running Club organised Blyth Sands Race, a lovely 5 mile race along the beach. This race is a handicap race whereby the older you are the bigger headstart you get over the younger participants. Peter GREY took full advantage of his male 60 handicap of 7 minutes to finish a brilliant 3rd overall with an actual time of 34.03. Further back was Mark HUME in a time of 1.03.51.

Meanwhile 2 Harriers took part in yet another races in the USA. In the 5k Savannah Bridge Run in Georgia Una McCAIG and Carol WALL raced together with both performing very well. Una was the winner of the female 70 category in 33.34, whilst Carol was 3rd in the female 65 age group 1 second further back!

Finally for Sunday Mark DOCTOR was the sole Harrier in action in the Allen Valley Striders Hexhamshire Hobble at Allendale. Mark finished the 10.5 mile fell race in 76th of the 150 runners in a time of 1.39.53.

The previous day 20 Harriers were in action at the Druridge Bay Parkrun. 1st to complete the 5k for us in a course best was Dominic HARRIS in a splendid 18.11, beaten only by north east running legend Ian HARDING. Next home for us in 7th was Phil HALL followed by the winner of the male 55 category Jim LILLICO. There was a 1, 2, 3 for our females with Junior Harrier Millie BREESE winning again. She was almost a minute clear of 2nd placed Carole PAGE, whilst 3rd home was Alice TETLEY-PAUL. Also of note Max BREESE and Alison HUTCHINGS gained course bests, and it was great to see David HENDERSON back in a Harriers vest. Results:

2-Dominic HARRIS 18.11

7-Phil HALL 19.54

11-Jim LILLICO 20.37

14-Millie BREESE 20.56

15-Max BREESE 21.02

18-Neil HAMILTON 21.06

25-Carole PAGE 21.45

26-Alice TETLEY-PAUL 21.51

46-Harris HALL 23.58

51-Justine NORMAN 24.25

57-David HENDERSON 24.52

70-Laura McLEAN Jr 25.49

77-Alex KNIGHT 26.41

80-Mairi CAMPBELL 26.47

87-Linda PATTERSON 27.09

91-Eleanor HEELEY 27.37

111-Nell GAIR 29.37

122-Alison HUTCHINGS 31.13

134-Rosie HARRIS 34.02

140-Jayne McKENNA 36.38

Also that day Diana WEIGHTMAN was in action at the Herne Hill Parkrun, South London where she finished 145th in 25.55. At the Sheffield Hallam Parkrun Kim BRONZE was 237th in 26.45 and at Workington Richard EASTOE was 77th in 31.24, whilst Gay EASTOE was the Tail Runner.

Above photos are of Peter GREY at Blyth, Una and Carol in Savannah, Georgia, Mark DOCTOR at Allendale and Mairi CAMPBELL at Druridge Bay.

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Norman Woodcock Memorial Relay/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Nonsuch Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Run Northumberland BIG 10/Dunbar Cross Country

On Saturday 25th November North Shields Poly hosted the Norman Woodcock Memorial Relay at Newcastle Racecourse. In a change to the old 5 mile race format this was the first year that the event was held as a relay, and by all accounts it was a great success. 6 Harriers formed 2 team and all performed very well over their 1.66 mile leg, with the teams finishing 18th and 42nd of the 75 complete teams. Results:

18-Jason DAWSON (10.15), Alice TETLEY-PAUL (10.59) and Shaun LAND (9.44)=30.58

42-Diana WEIGHTMAN (11.49), Beverley BLYTHE (12.24) and John CUTHBERT (10.04)=34.17

Earlier that day a good number of Harriers took part in the Druridge Bay Parkrun, where it was the final chance to improve their 2017 Grand Prix scores. 1st Harrier, just 1 second outside his course pb, was Dominic HARRIS. Dom finished 4th overall in 18.26, an excellent time considering the cold and slippy conditions. Tim FALCONER and David HINDMARSH went into this race tied for 2nd in the Grand Prix standings, so it was very fitting that the pair battled throughout the 5k and finished within a whisker of each other. Tim was 13th, just 2 seconds ahead of David in 14th. They won the male 50 and 55th categories respectively. Also of note it was great to see Steve STUDLEY score a course pb, whilst Carole PAGE was 3rd female finisher, Nell GAIR ran another pb, whilst younsters Rebecca HEELEY ran a pb and Louise SYERS completed her first parkrun! Results:

4-Dominic HARRIS 18.26 (70.52%)

13-Tim FALCONER 21.01 (72.48%)

14-David HINDMARSH 21.03 (73.63%)

24-Steve STUDLEY 22.09 (62.08%)

26-Neil HAMILTON 22.38

28-Carole PAGE 22.55

41-Chris CALVERT 24.09

47-Andy SQUIRES 24.44

57-Mel STEER 25.27

82-Laura McLEAN Jr 27.07

101-Alex KNIGHT 28.32

106-Linda PATTERSON 29.12

107-Nell GAIR 29.14

131-Jayne McKENNA 32.23

143-Rebecca HEELEY 33.42

144-Louise SYERS 33.47

159-Graham SYERS 40.49 (Tail Runner)

Elsewhere Zoe ROBSON finished 322nd in the Nonsuch Parkrun, Surrey in 27.56 and Richard EASTOE was 87th at Workington in 31.21, whilst wife Gay was Tail Runner.

The following day a number of Harriers took part in the Run Northumberland BIG 10. LISA BASTON ran well once again to finish 100th in 1.17.52, 2nd in the female 35 category. Mel STEER was 173rd in 1.25.03, followed 10 minutes later by Justine NORMAN in 1.35.01. Mairi CAMPBELL was back in 1.38.18, whilst Gay and Richard EASTOE ran together finishing in 1.40.56 with Gay finishing 2nd in the female 60 age group.

Finally for the weekend Graham SIMPSON was once again north of the border in the Borders Cross Country Series race at Dunbar. Graham was 13th of the 220 runners in 26.34.

Above photo of the 6 Harriers at Newcastle Racecourse!

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Grand Prix Standings After Brampton to Carlisle 10 Miler

The 2017 Grand Prix season is virtually over with all the main counting races having been completed. However there’s still time to improve your position in the rankings at the final counting Druridge Bay Parkrun this Saturday! Looking at the league table even an improvement of 0.01% could help………Alnwick Harriers Grand Prix 2017 after Brampton to Carlisle.

Thanks to her brilliant club record performance on Sunday the winner of the 2017 Alnwick Harriers Grand Prix is Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS!! She has an unassailable lead at the top of the rankings, well done Jo! However the battle for 2nd is still very much alive as amazingly Tim FALCONER and David HINDMARSH both have exactly the exact same score, 450.01! In the standings Tim is 2nd as F comes before H. Richard JOHNSON is down to 4th despite his very good run at Brampton, whilst John CUTHBERT is up in 5th. Conrad STEWART is down one place to 6th and James WILLOUGHBY is now into 7th from 14th. The other Harriers with one hand on end of season trophies are John ROSS, Karen KELLY, Dominic HARRIS, Laura McLEAN Jr and Shaun LAND. However a few places could be altered this Saturday at Druridge Bay!

Many thanks as always to John ROSS for sorting the standings. Plans are already under way to finalise the 2018 fixtures. Remember all the trophies will be given out at the Xmas Parlauf so make sure you’re there!

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NEHL Aykley Heads

On Saturday 18th November the 3rd of the 6 North East Harrier League cross country fixtures took place, down at Aykley Heads in Durham. As always the Harriers who made the 100 mile round trip to the event performed well and did the club proud. The highlights came from the Under 13 Girls team, the Senior Mens team and in particular David MILNE, and from Alice TETLEY-PAUL who is doing her best to stay in the Slow Pack!

The Under 11 girls fielded the biggest team for the Junior section with a good turnout of 7 athletes. Lillia PURVIS was first finisher for us followed by Evie GODDEN and Tess HINDMARSH. The other girls were closely bunched not far behind. Harris HALL was first Under 11 boy home for the club with team mate Ben STUDLEY next.

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The Under 13 girls have had a great start to the season and were looking to improve on their second place position in the league. New Harrier Sam POTTS certainly stepped up to the mark winning in her first race for the club, an excellent achievement! Lauren BROWN running with fantastic form from the Fast Pack was once again fastest runner on the day in second place, with Millie BREESE also from the fast pack in a superb 9th place. Beth CARRAGHER and Sophie BURN completed the team with the girls finishing in a convincing first place moving them up to top spot in the league after the first 3 fixtures! In the overall league Grand Prix standings Lauren is first of the 115 Under 13s who’ve taken part, whilst Millie is 4th.

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Max MURRAY JOHN and Luke STUDLEY represented the Under 13 boys. Max ran from the Fast Pack and placed highest running the 3.3k course in 13.47 to finish in a good 26th position. Max is 6th of the 116 Under 13s in the overall Grand Prix standings at present!

The Under 15 boys were lead home by Joseph GODDEN who had an excellent race finishing 11th overall placing him dangerously close to the promotion line! Next home running well was Max BREESE and the third team counter was Ben MURRAY JOHN from the Fast Pack. There were other good runs from Owen DOUGLAS, James CARRAGHER and Joe HEMSLEY. The team finished once again in a solid 5th position. Well done!

Finally, it was great to see the U17 girls back in action. Sophie ENSER and Eve BUDDLE ran well and are looking forward to next fixture!

Results:

Under 11s Girls:

19-Lilia PURVIS 5.41

30-Evie GODDEN 5.56

42-Tess HINDMARSH 6.21

48-Eleanor HEELEY 6.28

53-Rebecca HEELEY 6.36

54-Kate BURN 6.39

55-Xara PURVIS 6.39

Boys Under 11s:

29-Harris HALL 5.37

53-Ben STUDLEY 6.18

Girls Under 13s:

1-Sam POTTS 15.38 (S)

2-Lauren BROWN 15.42 (F)

9-Millie BREESE 16.25 (F)

59-Beth CARRAGHER 18.14 (S)

67-Sophie BURN 19.07 (S)

Boys Under 13s:

26-Max MURRAY JOHN 15.27 (F)

78-Luke STUDLEY 18.58 (S)

Boys Under 15s:

11-Joseph GODDEN 14.14 (S)

24-Max BREESE 14.48 (S)

36-Ben MURRAY JOHN 15.08 (F)

48-Owen DOUGLAS 16.07 (S)

52-James CARRAGHER 17.23 (S)

55-Joe HEMSLEY 18.32 (S)

Girls Under 17/20:

23-Sophie ENSER 26.23 (S)

26-Eve BUDDLE 27.06 (S)

For the Seniors the mens team had another good performance, finishing 5th of the 11 teams on the day. First home for us was David MILNE who scorched through the field from the Fast Pack to finish 31st overall. 2nd counter for us from the Slow Pack was Jason DAWSON who no doubt has one eye on promotion to the Medium Pack in the coming races. Ross WILSON and Adam FLETCHER, from the Medium Pack, finished within a few seconds. They in turn were just ahead of Fast Pack runner Steve CARRAGHER and Medium Pack team captain Dominic HARRIS who was the final counter. Their performances means that we are in 2nd place overall and are still in with an excellent chance of promotion to the top flight with half the season gone. Well done to the other Harriers who took part including Jon DUFFY, who was not far away from being a counter, and Chris CALVERT who made his Harrier League debut. Results:

31-David MILNE 41.05 (F)

103-Jason DAWSON 43.16 (S)

120-Ross WILSON 43.37 (M)

137-Adam FLETCHER 43.56 (M)

148-Steve CARRAGHER 44.09 (F)

151-Dominic HARRIS 44.12 (M)

210-Jon DUFFY 45.16 (S)

237-Shaun LAND 45.53 (M)

257-Adam SPILLER 46.02 (S)

280-Mike TELFER 46.31 (S)

312-Jim LILLICO 47.34 (S)

355-Steve STUDLEY 49.17 (S)

401-Kevin McGEE 51.11 (S)

484-Chris CALVERT 55.51 (S)

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The Senior Women didn’t have the best day at the office finishing 9th of the 10 teams on the day, a performance which sees them drop to 9th overall after the 3 fixtures. Alice TETLEY-PAUL, for the 2nd race running, somehow managed to finish just outside the promotion spots and remains in the Slow Pack thanks to her 36th place finish. Diana WEIGHTMAN was next home for us just under half a minute behind Alice, with new Medium Pack runner Lisa BASTON next. 4th and final counter for us was Emma McGEE, finishing as a counter for the first time. Just behind Emma there was a great battle between Alison WRIGHT, Bev BLYTHE and Laura McLEAN JR. In the league Grand Prix standings Alice is an amazing 9th of just over 200 Senior Women, whilst in the Veteran table Alison is our highest placed athlete in 52nd of over 500 runners! Results:

36-Alice TETLEY-PAUL 33.37 (S)

58-Diana WEIGHTMAN 34.04 (S)

131-Lisa BASTON 35.56 (M)

217-Emma McGEE 38.51 (S)

219-Justine NORMAN 38.55 (S)

221-Alison WRIGHT 39.06 (S)

222-Bev BLYTHE 39.09 (S)

223-Laura McLEAN Jr 39.10 (S)

281-Helen DICKINSON 41.43 (S)

307-Tania CONWAY 43.53 (S)

318-Sue SKIRROW 45.17 (S)

345-Sheona DUFFY 48.21 (S)

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Well done to everyone for taking part. The next fixture is at Herrington Park, near Sunderland on Saturday 6th January. Team captains will be in touch in plenty of time to gather the troops. Results from Saturday and latest team standings are here http://www.harrierleague.com/results/2017-18/.

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Brampton To Carlisle 10 Mile/Wooler Trail Marathon and Half Marathon/Town Moor Half Marathon/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Newbiggin By The Sea Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Glentress Winter Trail Races

Sunday 19th November saw the last of the 2017 Grand Prix races take place, the Brampton to Carlisle 10 Mile Road Race. Many thanks to John CUTHBERT, Mark DOCTOR and John ROSS for organising what was once again a superb club trip. Yes there some pleasing performances by Harriers in the race but the big winners of the day were Allan FOGGON and Jon ARCHER in the bus quiz, whilst Richard JOHNSON won the prize for finishing closest to his predicted time. Cheers to John ROSS for organising the quiz and sourcing mugs for the quiz winners!

There were a whole host of top class performances from our contingent with Dan TURNBULL knocking about 90 seconds off his time in the race last year to clock 56.28 to finish 29th overall. This was the fastest 10 miler by a Harrier since Dave KIRKLAND in 2013. Richard JOHNSON is in the form of his life and has had a decent spell without injuries, hence a brilliant 57.15 which was easily a pb at the distance. A day after a 5k pb James WILLOUGHBY was our 3rd athlete home in just over an hour. Also for the men Jon ARCHER dipped below 65 minutes, whilst Allan FOGGON, Jason DAWSON, John CUTHBERT and Tim FALCONER were easily under 70 minutes. Further back there were some good performances and it was great to see Mike HENRY back in a Harriers vest!

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However the highlight of the race for us came once again from Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS. Jo was 8th female finisher, winner of the female 35 age category and knocked 3 seconds off her own club record at the 10 mile distance! Alice TETLEY-PAUL and Gay EASTOE were the other ladies who took part. Results:

29-Dan TURNBULL 56.28

36-Richard JOHNSON 57.15

67-James WILLOUGHBY 1.00.41

90-Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS 1.02.12

114-Jon ARCHER 1.04.47

128-Allan FOGGON 1.05.49

130-Jason DAWSON 1.05.57

158-John CUTHBERT 1.07.52

166-Tim FALCONER 1.08.20

276-Graham SKIRROW 1.16.05

288-Conrad STEWART 1.16.59

296-Alice TETLEY-PAUL 1.17.28

370-Chris FRIEND 1.22.15

404-Mike HENRY 1.24.10

462-John ROSS 1.28.29

507-Gay EASTOE 1.33.06

508-Richard EASTOE 1.33.07

Also that day Andy STEPHENSON took part in the Wooler Trail Marathon, a 28.5 mile race with over 600 feet of ascent! Andy was 68th of the 225 finishers in 5.52 44. Meanwhile Mairi CAMPBELL took part in the tough half marathon and finished in 3.15.22.

In slightly less undulating surroundings Neil HAMILTON ran well at the multi lap Newcastle Town Moor Marathon where he clocked 1.42.01.

The day before there were the usual great performances by Harriers at the Druridge Bay Parkrun. As already mentioned James WILLOUGHBY is getting faster and faster, this time clocking 18.39 to finish 3rd overall. Carole PAGE was our next runner to finish and was 3rd female, ahead of Mel STEER who scorched round to a pb of 23.12. Also of note Junior Harrier Alex KNIGHT and Alison HUTCHINGS gained course bests.

3-James WILLOUGHBY 18.39 (69.71%)

28-Carole PAGE 22.31

36-Mel STEER 23.12 (71.36%)

38-Neil HAMILTON 23.21

66-Alex KNIGHT 26.38

104-Christine HARDY 29.32

119-Melanie SMITH 31.27

120-Nell GAIR 31.29

122-Alison HUTCHINGS 31.49

136-Alice TETLEY-PAUL 33.19

148-Lorna STEPHENSON 37.41

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Elsewhere Jackie PROUSE was 1st female finisher at the Newbiggin By The Sea Parkrun, the event which she is the Event Director of. Jackie was 16th overall finisher in 24.55, whilst over at Workington Richard EASTOE warmed up for Brampton by finishing 61st in the 5k in 29.39.

Last but by no means least Ian SIMON and Tracey SAMPLE headed north of the border to take part in the Glentress Winter Trail Races at the weekend. Ian took part in both the half marathon and the night time 10k. He finished 15th in the half marathon in 1.46.54, and was just pipped by Tracey in the 10k. Tracey clocked 59.41 to finish 65th of the 214 finishers and Ian was 2 seconds and 1 place further back.

Photos above are of Jon ARCHER at Brampton and James WILLOUGHBY at Druridge Bay. The report from the NEHL cross country event at Aykley Heads is to follow asap…..

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London Marathon Ballot Result!

On Wednesday evening before training club Chairwoman Tracey SAMPLE made the draw for the London Marathon club places. 7 names went into the hat but only 2 places were up for grabs. The lucky pair were……….Pauline AITCHISON and John CUTHBERT!

We’ll pass on the entry forms when we receive them. Better start training guys!

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Town Moor Memorial 10k/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Newbiggin By The Sea Parkrun/Hillsborough Parkrun/Darlington South Parkrun/Goathland Trail Marathon/Las Vegas Rock n Roll 5k and Half Marathon

4 Harriers took part in the Heaton Harriers organised Town Moor Memorial 10k on Sunday 12th November, with all performing very well. First home for us was Richard JOHNSON who ran very well to finish 23rd in an excellent 35.43. Next home was Steve PATTERSON in 38.14 to finish 47th, with Peter GREY home in 40.25 to finish 95th and 2nd in the male 60 category. Final Harrier was Phil LEE in 52.50 to come home in 397th.

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The day before a decent number of Harriers were in action in the Druridge Bay Parkrun. First to complete the 5k for us was Jon ARCHER in 19.36, just ahead of Jason DAWSON who finished one place behind Jon in 5th. Jason notched a course pb of 19.48 and was 1st in the male 45 category. David MILNE jogged round in 21.12, just ahead of Carole PAGE who was 1st female finisher at the event for just the 40th time! Harris HALL performed well to run a 5k pb of 23.48, a brilliant run by the Junior Harrier. Also of note Justine NORMAN won the female 45 category and Linda PATTERSON ran a course pb. Results:

4-Jon ARCHER 19.36

5-Jason DAWSON 19.48 (72.73%)

11-David MILNE 21.12

16-Carole PAGE 21.35

40-Harris HALL 23.48 (64.29%)

41-Phil HALL 23.49 (58.64%)

44-Justine NORMAN 24.17 (66.03%)

69-Linda PATTERSON 26.46

75-Alice TETLEY-PAUL 27.11

86-Alex KNIGHT 27.58

91-John ROSS 28.35

102-Christine HARDY 29.23

111-Jayne McKENNA 30.26

147-Mark HUME 34.28 (52.21%)

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Also in 5k action that morning were David HINDMARSH at Newbiggin where he finished 20th in 23.44, Kim BRONZE at Hillsborough, Sheffield where he was 245th in 28.13 and Nell GAIR at Darlington South Park where she was 222nd in 33.47.

Andy STEPHENSON was in long distance race action once again on Saturday, this time the Hardmoors Goathland Trail Marathon in North Yorkshire. No times are out as yet but Andy reckons he finished the toughie in about 5 hours 53. Here he is being presented with his Grand Slam t-shirt for completing the Hardmoors 30, 55, 60 and 110 mile races this year!

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Finally Laura McLEAN Jr was yet another to compete in races in the USA this weekend, following in the footsteps this year of Pauline AITCHISON, David HINDMARSH and Rachelle FALLOON. Laura took part in the Las Vegas Rock n Roll 5k on Saturday night where she finished in 28.21, whilst the following day she completed the half marathon in 2.06.58!

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Photos are of Steve PATTERSON on the Town Moor, Harris and Phil HALL at Druridge Bay, Andy STEPHENSON at Goathland and Laura McLEAN in Vegas!!

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Leeds Abbey Dash 10k/Cragside Cracker 10/Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race/Lauder Cross Country/Edinburgh 10k/Lancaster Half Marathon/Derwentwater 10/Gran Fondo Meditteraneo 14k/Revel Canyon Marathon/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Newbiggin By The Sea Parkrun/Hillsborough Parkrun/Workington Parkrun

On a very busy weekend for the club the best performance on Sunday 5th November came from David MILNE in the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k. Renowned for its lightning fast times David ran the fastest 10k by a Harrier since club legend David KIRKLAND in 2011, clocking 33.27. His finishing position of 166th shows what a class field was assembled. Isaac MOSS also ran a big 10k pb to finish in 34.22, whilst mens team captain Dominic HARRIS also knocked a chunk off his previous best to post a brilliant 37.06. Final Harrier home was Laura McLEAN Jr in 52.40. Great performances all round!

There were some excellent performances by Harriers at the Cragside Cracker 10 Mile Race in Rothbury. 1st home for us and in a brilliant 2nd place was Ian SIMON, completing the undulating route in 1.14.38. He held off Shaun LAND who was 3rd finisher in 1.16.38. Neil HAMILTON was 14th home in 1.29.04, Dave BARTRUM was 22nd in 1.31.19 and Tracey SAMPLE was 24th in 1.32.35. Tracey was cock-a-hoop to finish 3rd female and 1st in the female 45 age category! Traceys time is, until the Brampton To Carlisle 10 Miler in a couple of weeks time, the fastest 10 mile time by a female Harrier this year so far!

4 Harriers took part in the Blackhill Bounders organised Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race that day, a gorgeous but undulating race around the National Trust grounds. The race was extended to just over 7.25 miles due to issues with squirrels on part on the usual course, though the cool, sunny and calm conditions meant the course was kinder than the muddy races of previous years. First Harrier home was Mark DOCTOR in just over an hour, holding off an in-form Lisa BASTON. Carol DAVISON was next, followed by new Harrier Linda PATTERSON and Ron McCORMACK. Results:

142-Mark DOCTOR 1.01.10

148-Lisa BASTON 1.01.52

422-Carol DAVISON 1.20.34

429-Linda PATTERSON 1.21.10

515-Ron McCORMACK 1.39.12

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North of the border Graham SIMPSON took part in the Lauder leg of the Border Cross Country series. Graham ran well to finish 13th of the 269 runners in 28.38.

Also in Scotland Keith SHOTTON was in action in the Edinburgh 10k. Keith ran a 10k personal best of 48.45 to finish 729th in a huge field. Well done Keith!

Across the Pennines John ROSS took part in the Lancaster Half Marathon. John ticked off another half marathon in his 60th year, completing this one of 2.03.19.

In the Lake District Gay and Richard EASTOE took part in the Derwentwater 10 Miler, hosted by Keswick AC. Our Cumbria members ran together and both finished in 1.41.02. Slightly further back Jenni WILSON also took part finishing in 1.52.51.

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Over in Spain Jocelyn BOLAM competed in the Gran Fondo Mediterraneo 14k in Almeria. In warm conditions and in a tough race Jocelyn came 531st in 1.29.15.

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The previous day the performance of the day was undoubtedly from David HINDMARSH in the REVEL Canyon City Marathon near Los Angeles! David finished a superb 80th in 3.15.52. To top off this superb time David was the winner of the male 55 category!

Close to home the fastest 5k that morning was by Shaun LAND at the Newbiggin By The Sea Parkrun. Shaun was 5th in 20.05, ahead of 17th placed Neil HAMILTON in 22.21, Nell GAIR in 71st in 30.52 and Lorna STEPHENSON in 105th in 36.36.

At the Druridge Bay Parkrun there were some excellent pb performances and good runs by some of our Junior Harriers. 1st home for us in 10th place was youngster Finlay WILDE in 20.29. John CUTHBERT was 11th in a 5k pb of 20.34, just a few seconds ahead of 12 year old Millie BREESE. Millie was 2nd female home in a pb of 20.40! Also of note Lisa BASTON completed her first ever parkrun, Paul WILKIE ran a pb, as did Frances WILDE!

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Results:

10-Finlay WILDE 20.29 (72.58%)

11-John CUTHBERT 20.34 (62.88%)

12-Millie BREESE 20.40 (78.79%)

16-Andrew WILDE 21.03 (64.85%)

33-Lisa BASTON 22.21 (66.89%)

35-Paul WILKIE 22.26

44-Paul ROBINSON 23.05

48-Mel STEER 23.25 (70.75%)

56-Chris CALVERT 23.57

60-Frances WILDE 24.04 (63.57%)

86-John ROSS 26.07 (61.39%)

180-Jayne McKENNA 34.32

183-Alice TETLEY-PAUL 34.51

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Also that morning Kim BRONZE took part in his 50th parkrun at Hillsborough in Sheffield. He finished 151st in 28.29, whilst over at Workington Richard EASTOE was round in 28.45.

Photos are of Lisa BASTON at Gibside, Jocelyn BOLAM in Spain, Gay EASTOE in the Derwentwater 10, Harriers leading the way at Druridge Bay and Frances WILDE on her way to a course pb at Druridge Bay!

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