The Yorkshire Marathon took place on Sunday and Alnwick’s Tony Jackson joined 3000 runners to take part. Running a strong second half of the race, Tony finished in 3:45:26, a full 8 minutes quicker than his first marathon at Kielder. Well done Tony.
Also competing on Sunday, but north of the border along part of the Southern Upland Way, Alice Tetley-Paul ran the Devil’s Foot Half Marathon. The challenging off road trail route takes in a difficult climb up the Eildon Hills, before dropping down to finish at Melrose.
Dave Richardson almost slipped under the radar with his fantastic personal best performance at the Scottish 10K Road Championships held last month on the 19th September. The fast and flat out and back route started and finished just outside of Edinburgh at Musselburgh Racecourse.
Dave was lying a close third at the half way stage when he passed through the 5K mark in 16:16 and went on to finish fourth overall and second over 35 male in an outstanding time of 32:53 taking 33 seconds off his previous best set earlier this year. Well done Dave!
The Alnwick juniors had an excellent day at the Druridge Bay harrier league cross country. The U11s started the day with two exciting races. Alistair Johnston lead from the start in the boys race and had a commanding lead coming into the final corner. Unfortunately disaster struck, confusion over the course layout and Alastair went straight on thinking he’d finished. He lost too much time to recover the lead but team mate Andrew Batley raced well to clinch 2nd place. In the girls race Emilia Waugh had a great race to finish third with Alicia Purvis in 6th.
Alnwick fielded its first U17/U20 woman’s team for a few seasons but the girls produced an excellent 2nd team place. Ellie Price lead the girls home winning the race. Hannah Johnston was next in 6th and Ailsa Batley was 3rd counter in 31st. The boys managed 4th team place with Max Murray John finishing highest in a great 8th place supported by Gregor Batley and Euan Friend as 2nd and 3rd counters.
In the U15 race Jack Price and Liam McDonogh raced well to finish 4th and 6th and gained promotion to the fast pack. The girls managed a good sixth team place with Lilia Purvis, Molly Johnston and Chloe Givens as the counters. The U13s were last to race Erin Givens, Farren Henderson and Aimee McDonogh ran well to finish as eighth team.
A great day with plenty of good team and individual performances.
The second Harrier League meeting got off to a great start with good numbers for both senior teams. There were 6 ladies and 11 men running in total. The course was challenging at the beginning due to very uneven ground, but the ground evened out for the rest of the course.
Rosie Davison had a fantastic run and was the first Alnwick counter with a time of 30:45. The rest of the team also put out great performances as follows: Jo Powell, 31:07; Alice Tetley-Paul, 33:53; Karen Mather, 34:26; Frances Wilde, 35:00; Kate Johnston, 36:14; and Emma Givens, 36:39. Mike Henry, running with the ladies, came in with a respectable time of 34:10. The team came 5th on the day and are now in 11th place overall, in division 3.
For the men’s team Steve Patterson had a great run, finishing with a time of 39:05. The rest of the team weren’t far behind with times as follows: Rob Andrew, 39:56; Rudy McLeod who came all the way from Berwick to run for us, 40:20; Graham Simpson, 41:22; Dave Richardson, 41:39; Mike Telfer, 47:28; Andy Squires (captain), 49:04; Tim Broomfield, 49:38; Dave Hindmarsh, 54:16; and bringing up the rear Ian Stevenson with a time of 57:08. The team came 5th on the day and are now in 7th place overall in division 2.
Thanks to everyone who turned out today, let’s hope we have the same for the next race.
Three Alnwick Harriers made the long trip north in search of Nessie and to take on the Loch Ness marathon. A gentle tail wind pushed the runners along the undulating course from the south end of the loch to the finish in Inverness. Our only female runner was Tess Allan (F50) who posted a time of 5:30:23. Our male runners were Geoff Givens (M40), who came in at 3:59:47, and James Allan (M50) in 3:08:29. Well done to all the runners.
On Saturday four Alnwick ladies braved the torrential rain to take part in the 10K on a picturesque course around the Bull Crag peninsula.
Jo Powell was first home for Alnwick and also 1st in the FV45 age category. Karen was next followed by Jen and Linda. All had smiles on their faces, or was it grimacing in the horrendous conditions!!!
37 Jo Powell 45.44 158 Karen Leeson 56.07 222 Jen Knight 57.43 429 Linda Patterson 1.08.14
Sunday was marathon day and Chris Atwell took part in what is described as Britain’s most beautiful marathon. He tackled the course in 4.55.45 which is pretty impressive since it is just two weeks ago since his last marathon.
The cross country season got underway yesterday in very warm and sunny conditions, unusual for cross country. The course was very dry no mud to be seen!!
First race of the day was the U11 boys and girls and two harriers ran and first home for Alnwick in the boys race was Luca Wilson (27) 7:48 and in the girls Alicia Purvis (5) 7:01. Two more juniors ran in the U13 race and Louisa Syers came 22nd in a time of 12:55. Next up to run was Lilia Purvis who came in 14th in 11:13 in the U15’s. Well done to them all.
In the ladies race, we had two runners Jen Knight and Linda Patterson who both tackled the course brilliantly, but both said it was tough and very warm!! 260 Jen Knight 37:54, 371 Linda Patterson 45:54
Finally the men were underway and Alnwick had a team of 8, all running from the slow pack apart from Dave Richardson who was fast pack. First home for the club and new member was Rudy McLeod (13), who for certain will have moved up a pack!! He was followed by Steve Patterson (71) and Dave Richardson, running from the fast pack finished in 82nd place. Graham Syers, Paul Godden and Tony Jackson made the six counters. Tim Broomfield and Ian Stephenson completed the team of 8. Well done to you all great running!
13 Rudy McLeod 35:54; 71 Steve Patterson 39:09; 82 (fast pack) Dave Richardson 39:28 (actual time 34:28); 173 Graham Syers 41:47; 271 Paul Godden 44:32; 323 Tony Jackson 46:12; 397 Tim Broomfield 49:03; 470 Ian Stephenson 54:21
The next xc fixture is at Druridge Bay on Sunday 10th October so hopefully we will see a few more of you there. Team captains will be in contact to see who would like to run.