Windy Gyle Fell Race/Druridge Bay Parkrun/South Shields Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Durham Parkrun/UK Corporate Games 5k

Back on Sunday 21st June 2 Harriers took part in the Windy Gyle Fell Race, organised by Northumberland Fell Runners. Once again Adam FLETCHER put in a superb performance to finish 3rd of the 66 participants, winning the male 50 prize in the process. Andy SQUIRES also ran well in near perfect conditions to finish 23rd in this race of approximately 9 miles, with 1800 feet of ascent. Results:

3-Adam FLETCHER 1.07.23

23-Andy SQUIRES 1.17.39

11430110_763638740423644_3235425276704486312_nA decent number of Harriers took part in the Druridge Bay Parkrun on Saturday 27th June, with Dan LENG running the quickest 5k by a Harrier on the day. His 18.38 was enough to take 2nd place. Gary COWELL was 1st in the male 40 category, Ian ATHERTON was 1st male 60 and Pam WHELDON 1st female 60. There was also a course pb for Tim FALCONER, whilst Emma FAIRBAIRN made her debut in a Harriers vest!

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Results:

2-Dan LENG 18.38 (71.56%)

10-Gary COWELL 20.48 (67.15%)

17-Tim FALCONER 21.24

30-Andy STEPHENSON 23.09 (63.71%)

44-Ian ATHERTON 24.41 (65.66%)

76-Pam WHELDON 27.45

91-Eileen GUTHRIE 29.55 (56.71%)

94-Jackie PROUSE 30.06

102-Emma FAIRBAIRN 31.03 (47.61%)

104-Jocelyn BOLAM 31.08 (55.19%)

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In other parkruns that morning Dominic HARRIS continued his dramatic improvement by knocking a huge chunk off his 5k personal best, clocking 19.30 at South Shields. Dominic will no doubt have one eye on a sub 19 minute 5k! Elsewhere Richard and Gay EASTOE were age category winners at Workington. Results:

South Shields:

11-Dominic HARRIS 19.30

Workington:

29-Richard EASTOE 23.18

37-Gay EASTOE 24.59

Durham:

366-Kirsty STEED 57.53

Jim LILLICO took part in the UK Corporate Games 5K, representing Sodexo Justice Services, at the Trentham Gardens Estate in Stoke-on-Trent at the weekend. Jim entered an undulating 5k, with a challenging hill towards the finish, and completed the distance in 19.58. This was enough to secure a 2nd place Silver Medal award and a place on the podium in his race category. Jim was 11th overall! The event was represented by over 100 participant Corporate Organizations throughout the UK with an overall winner’s entry place in the World Corporate Games to be held in Mexico later in the year.

Photo of Adam FLETCHER courtesy of Vicki DERITIS, Den LENG thanks to Vee POLLOCK and Emma FAIRBAIRN taken by Brian SHIEL.

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Northumberland Coastal Run Transfers-Reminder!

Not long now till the Northumberland Coastal Run on Sunday 19th July! The race sold out within hours when places were put up for sale in January, with all the spots being taken in record time. However we understand that since signing up some will have been injured, booked holidays or lost your running mojo! So we are giving those who can no longer take part the opportunity to transfer their places, free of charge, to another person. All you need to do is log onto the Results Base website at https://www.resultsbase.net/home.aspx using your email address and password. Then click on “MY ORDERS” to bring up the Northumberland Coastal Run details. On the right hand side of the next page you’ll have the opportunity to “CHANGE OWNER”. Enter the details of the new runner and that’s its!

Please note that this is only available till 10 days before the race. Transfers will therefore close on Wednesday 8th July. If you have any problems or queries contact Mark DOCTOR at dockie1974@hotmail.co.uk.

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Weetslade Relays

15 Harriers took part in the Claremont Road Runners organised Weetslade Relays on Wednesday 24th June, the last of the Spring and Summer Relays targeted by the club. On a fine evening all our runners did very well, performing admirably on what is the hardest of the local relay events due to “the hill”! Fastest Harrier to complete the 2.5 mile course was Richard JOHNSON in 15.01. Fellow youngsters Dean STACKHOUSE and Dominic HARRIS also ran well to post the next quickest times. For the ladies Angie EMBLETON ran very well once again to post 17.33, with Diana WEIGHTMAN not far behind. On the night 97 teams took part, with our A team finishing 31st overall, the best of our 5 teams. Well done to everyone who has taken part in the 3 Relay events this year and represented the club so well! Results:

31-“A Team” Richard JOHNSON 15.01, Diana WEIGHTMAN 17.51 and Gary HALL 15.40. Overall 48.32.

38-“B Team” Dean STACKHOUSE 15.47, Terry FOUNTAIN 16.22 and Angie EMBLETON 17.33. Overall 49.42.

62-“C Team”. Gary COWELL 16.43, Pauline AITCHISON 18.42 and Denise DRUMMOND 18.50. Overall 54.15.

81-“D Team”. Dominic HARRIS 16.13, Jocelyn BOLAM 21.54 and Sue BOLAM 19.32. Overall 57.44.

89-“E Team”. Andy STEPHENSON 18.14, Shelley COATES 21.56 and Justine NORMAN 19.02. Overall 59.12.

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Blyth/Wooler Social

Wednesday 22nd July is the date for our very popular Social night where we invite our great pals from Wooler RC and Blyth RC over to Alnwick for a night of running, socialising and classic banter!

-Meet at Willowburn Leisure Centre, Alnwick at just before 6.45pm ready to jog to Hulne Park for a 7pm start. Alternatively head straight to Hulne Park by car.

-The event will once again take the form of a 4.75ish mile run through Hulne Park, where all those taking part have to predict their time over this distance. Remember no watches. You will be frisked and internal examinations are available upon request.

-You are free to run at anything from a jog to a full on lung busting vomit inducing sprint. But the emphasis is on “social” rather than competitive.

-The plan, depending on numbers, is to make teams of 3 with each team comprising of an Alnwick, Blyth and Wooler runner.

-Numerous prizes are on offer including Adam SPILLER’s amaaaaaazing wooden spoons for the “losers”!

-Remember folks that club vests are to be worn by everyone taking part. If you’ve outgrown or lost your Harriers vest contact Mary PLUMLEY at alnwickharrierskit@gmail.com to order a new one.

-Afterwards we will be heading to The Oaks in Alnwick for a post run buffet and prize-giving!

-Can Alnwick Harriers please add their names to the list at Willowburn and their predicted time over the 4.75 mile route.

Any issues contact Adam SPILLER on 07941171151 or any Harriers committee member. See you there for what is always a cracking night!

Wooden Spoon 2014 Winners!

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Hawkshead 10k/SSAFA Saunter 10k/Workington Parkrun/Newburn River Run/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Newbury Parkrun/Durham Parkrun

Its been a brilliant few days for our Cumbrian based runner Gay EASTOE as she scooped age category honours at not one, not two, but three races! Alnwick and District Sports Council award winner Gay won the female 60 category at the Hawkshead 10k, SSAFA Saunter 10k and at the Workington Parkrun. At Hawkshead on Wednesday 17th June Gay and husband Richard ran together and completed the undulating 10k in 56.47 to finish 160th and 161st. On Saturday she was 1st female 60 across the line at Workington in 25.04, 1 second ahead of Richard. Finally on Sunday she finished the SSAFA Saunter 10k near Cartmel in 54.26, again 1 second ahead of Richard, in 54.26. Superb work!

Also last Wednesday, much closer to home, 4 Harriers took part in the Elswick Harriers organised Newburn River Run, a 6.5 mile race along the banks of the Tyne from Newburn to Wylam and back. In form Andy SQUIRES knocked 1 second off his time from last year, whilst Dave BARTRUM was well over 2 minutes faster than his 2013 effort! Results:

82-Andy SQUIRES 45.36

133-Dave BARTRUM 49.00

187-Dave COATES 53.09

313-Mark HUME 1.08.36

As well as Gay’s efforts at Workington on Saturday other Harriers took part in parkruns elsewhere. Closer to home club Secretary Jim LILLICO is returning to form posting a fine 19.49 at Druridge Bay. He was 4th overall in a course personal best. Kirsty STEED took part at Durham, whilst Eileen and Derek GUTHRIE were in action at Newbury.

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Results:

Druridge Bay:

4-Jim LILLICO 19.49 (78.89%)

25-Andy STEPHENSON 22.35 (65.31%)

43-Claire MILLER-GROSSETT 24.25

102-Jayne HATELY 32.06

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Durham:

383-Kirtsy STEED 54.24

Newbury:

138-Derek GUTHRIE 25.24

298-Eileen GUTHRIE 31.35

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Photos of Jim LILLICO and Andy STEPHENSON at Druridge Bay courtesy of Angela JOHNSON, Derek GUTHRIE thanks to Newbury Parkrun.

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Northumberland Coastal Run-Marshal Request!

A message from Alnwick Harriers Chairwoman Sue BOLAM regarding the upcoming Northumberland Coastal Run:

“Volunteers are needed for the Northumberland Coastal Run on Sunday 19th July! This run brings important income to our club and helps support many of our club events. Please get involved if you can. We need help with a range of things like registration on Saturday, course set up, course marshalling on Sunday, tidying up afterwards and so on. Your friends and family are very welcome. No experience necessary, all sorts of jobs available. If you’re running, we’d be very grateful if you could help with pre-race registration.
Please sign up on the sheet on the noticeboard at Willowburn or email me at sue-bolam1@hotmail.co.uk.
Many thanks.
Sue”

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Grand Prix Standings After Bamburgh 10k

6 counting events into the 2015 Alnwick Harriers Grand Prix and Lesley MILLER has extended her lead over her rivals at the top of the standings. Lesley scored the highest WAVA score of the Harriers in action at Bamburgh, notching 84.87% to take her lead to well over 50 points. She is going to take some catching now! After his excellent performance on Sunday Andy SQUIRES sits 2nd , ahead of 2014 champ Phil HEMSLEY. Graham CROW and John ROSS are in 4th and 5th, with a gap to Gary COWELL. Other Harriers in the trophy positions at present are Micky AISTON, Mark DOCTOR, Dominic HARRIS, Stuart MORRIS and Maureen BARTRUM. Peter GREY, after his great performance at Bamburgh, sits in the 12th and final trophy winning spot at present. But there’s still a long way to go and previous Grand Prix winners Dave HINDMARSH and Jim LILLICO are not far away, neither are Diana WEIGHTMAN and Tracey SAMPLE!

Latest standings courtesy of John ROSS are here Alnwick Harriers Grand Prix 2015 After Bamburgh 10k

The next Grand Prix race is the Bridge of the Tyne 5 Mile Race in July though this is full. The Beacon Hill Fell Race 2 days after on Thursday 9th July is entry on the night with more details nearer the time. The Morpeth 10k is now taking entries here http://morpethharriers.weebly.com/2015-morpeth-10k-road-race.html . Another race taking entries is the Tynedale Harriers Jelly Tea Race which is at a new venue this year. Details here http://www.tynedaleharriers.com/tynedale-10-mile-jelly-tea-race/.

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Gateshead Young Athletes Meeting

It was the second Young Athletes Meeting at Gateshead Stadium on Sunday 14 June. Lauren BROWN was Alnwick’s only athlete participating but she performed well and improved on her success of the last meeting back in April. Lauren started well throwing the Howler 25.80m to establish a new club record and to win the silver medal. In the standing Long Jump she managed a personal best of 1.84cm and equalled her personal best time of 1:59 in the 600m to gain a silver medal in both events.

Lauren has continued to improve in both her track and field events. Her consistent approach and enthusiasm in training have contributed to her success and significant development.

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Bamburgh 10k/Fell Foot Parkrun/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Workington Parkrun

A excellent number of Harriers took part in the latest of the 2015 Grand Prix races on Sunday 14th June, the Run Northumberland organised Bamburgh 10k. There were some excellent performances with numerous pb’s and a plethora of age category wins! The course is fairly flat with a very fast downhill start, meaning some very fast first miles. Conditions were generally good, though a headwind slowed the runners somewhat in the last 2 miles. 1st across the line was Harriers legend Peter GREY, in 39.25. Peter has not raced much beyond 5k and will no doubt be ecstatic with this performance, which was good enough to scoop male 55 hon0urs.

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Next to finish, in one of a number of personal best 10k times, was new member Allan SMITH. Allan took part in his first race in Alnwick colours at the Edinburgh Marathon 2 weeks ago and was presumably not feeling any effects, clocking 40.18. Dean STACKHOUSE was next home also in a pb of 41.09, just beating off Jim LILLICO who returned to form with a decent performance. Andy SQUIRES ran his fastest 10k for a number of years to just hold off Dave HINDMARSH and Dominic HARRIS, though the latter ran a huge 10k pb! Also for the men Paul GODDEN and Dave BARTRUM ran pb’s, whilst Mark HUME was also an age category winner in the male 70 category!

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For the women there was double age category success courtesy of Lesley MILLER and Diana WEIGHTMAN! Lesley was our 1st female to finish, winning the female 55 category in an excellent 44.46. Diana was just a few seconds behind, with her 44.52 winning the female 50 category! Lisa BASTON was 3rd female Harrier to finish, clocking a pb in the process. Results:

27-Peter GREY 39.25

33-Allan SMITH 40.18

41-Dean STACKHOUSE 41.09

42-Jim LILLICO 41.12

46-Andy SQUIRES 41.32

48-Dave HINDMARSH 41.40

50-Dominic HARRIS 41.46

69-Mark DOUGLAS 43.07

73-Mark DOCTOR 43.29

79-Paul GODDEN 43.52

87-Graham CROW 43.57

97-Lesley MILLER 44.46

99-Diana WEIGHTMAN 44.52

134-Lisa BASTON 46.46

143-Dave BARTRUM 47.04

163-Pauline AITCHISON 47.57

174-Maureen BARTRUM 48.25

196-Sarah CROSS 49.33

244-Kim BRONZE 53.16

262-Shelley COATES 54.11

342-Paul DELLBRIDGE 59.02

388-Mark HUME 1.03.26

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Latest Grand Prix standings courtesy of John ROSS will appear in the next few days.

The day before there was Harriers success at the Fell Foot Parkrun in Cumbria, courtesy of Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS. Jo was 1st female to finish this undulating, multi surface 5k near Windermere in 19.05. Husband Stuart MORRIS also took part and was 13th finisher in 20.27. Closer to home Gary COWELL was 1st Harrier to finish the Druridge Bay Parkrun in 20.14, a seasons best. Angie EMBLETON, in her first ever parkrun, was an excellent 3rd female finisher in 22.41. There was age category success once again for Mark HUME in the male 70 group, whilst there were Harriers debuts for Philip and Sarah MOREY. There was also age category success over at Workington for Gay EASTOE as seems to be the case every week! Results:

Fell Foot:

9-Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS 19.05

13-Stuart MORRIS 20.27

Druridge Bay:

10-Gary COWELL 20.14 (69.03%)

40-Angie EMBLETON 22.41 (67.82%)

51-Claire MILLER-GROSSETT 24.42

55-Philip MOREY 25.02

83-Lynne BUDDLE 28.40

87-Cameron SYERS 29.08

94-Sarah SYERS 29.46

109-Mark HUME 31.39 (55.71%)

112-Sarah MOREY 31.53

123-Lorna STEPHENSON 34.51

Workington:

34-Gay EASTOE 25.15

35-Richard EASTOE 25.16

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Photos of Peter GREY and Mark DOUGLAS courtesy of Run Northumberland, whilst Angie EMBLETON is thanks to Zoe O’NEILL.

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Aviemore 10k & Half Marathon Club Trip

A message from the organisers of the Autumn club trip to Aviemore, Lisa WILLIAMS and Sue BOLAM:

“Hi Fellow club trippers!

Thank you all for your payment for the club trip to Aviemore. All cash/cheques have been given to the club treasurer and the bus and hotel rooms are booked. I trust that you have all entered either the 10k or half marathon already and are looking forward to it.

The bus journey will take over 4 hours (217 miles) and will involve a stop off on the way. We have the option of making the journey more enjoyable by visiting somewhere on route. Perth is a just past halfway or we could stop off at Blair Atholl for a couple of hours and take a stroll to the falls of Brurar http://www.blairatholl.org.uk/things-to-see-do/walkingetc/walkcycle/192-Falls-of-Bruar or simply have a toilet stop and head straight to Aviemore. If anyone has any suggestions re stop off location please let me know. It’s your club trip and so we’d like people to let us know your thoughts.

Race registration opens on the Saturday afternoon and is conveniently located in the hotel. http://www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/our-hotels/macdonald-aviemore-resort/strathspey-hotel/ There are leisure facilities we can use and there are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants in Aviemore.

We have made enquiries with an Italian restaurant (La Taverna) http://www.highrange.co.uk/taverna and they will take a group of our size. They offer a buffet with salads, pastas, pizzas etc or they have their normal menu on offer. Is this a good idea or do people want to do their own thing? Feedback would be appreciated so that if people are interested we can book the venue.

After the race we will have some time for food, drink etc before setting off on the return journey.

There are 18 weeks left before the trip so enjoy your summer running and good luck with your training. We will update you with travel arrangements nearer the time.

In the meantime if anyone has any questions, comments or suggestions please don’t hesitate to contact myself or Sue Bolam.

Many thanks,

Lisa & Sue”

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