Hedgehope Winter Wipeout/Druridge Bay Parkrun/South Shields Parkrun/Nonsuch Parkrun/Newcastle Parkrun/Workington Parkrun

13 Harriers took part in the Hedgehope Winter Wipeout fell race on Sunday, 22nd January, a cracking 12.5 mile race with 2400 feet of ascent. The race started at Ingram and went to the top of Hedgehope via Cunyan Crags and Dunmoor Hill, before returning the same way. It was held in cold but wind free conditions, though a thin covering of snow made for some slippy bits right at the top. However the best bit was the waist deep river crossing at the very end of the race! Graham SIMPSON was 1st Harrier to finish in a brilliant 7th place of over 260 finishers. Ross WILSON had a battle throughout with ex Harrier Steve PATTERSON, which he won to finish 17th. It was great to see Ross back in club colours having his first race for us for nearly 2 years due to injury. Geoff CAMPBELL was 3rd of our male runners. For the ladies Pauline AITCHISON, despite a few falls, was our 1st finisher and was just over 10 minutes ahead of Mel STEER, with Maureen BARTRUM 5 minutes further back.

Graham SIMPSON Hedgehope


7-Graham SIMPSON 1.52.15

17-Ross WILSON 2.02.55

38-Geoff CAMPBELL 2.14.07

58-Mark DOCTOR 2.23.34

64-Steve STUDLEY 2.24.52

129-Pauline AITCHISON 2.51.31

157-Mel STEER 3.02.58

166-Dave BARTRUM 3.07.37

167-Maureen BARTRUM 3.07.42

211-Mairi CAMPBELL 3.22.45

216-Shelley COATES 3.28.05

231-Morag DONOGHUE 3.38.37

232-Carol DAVISON 3.38.39

Pauline AITCHISON Hedgehope

The day before David MILNE made his debut at the Druridge Bay Parkrun, finishing a brilliant 2nd in 16.49. This is the fastest time by a Harrier at the event and beats Steve CARRAGHERs effort from last July by 11 seconds! Carole PAGE was 1st lady finisher for an amazing 21st time, completing the 5k in 21.41. Dave BARTRUM was our 3rd runner to finish in a 5k pb, whilst Mel STEER was 2nd female Harrier home. Results:

2-David MILNE 16.49

18-Carole PAGE 21.41

23-Dave BARTRUM 21.50 (67.02%)

48-Mel STEER 25.09 (65.08%)

50-Kim BRONZE 25.19 (60.17%)

112-Mary PLUMLEY 29.50

126-David HINDMARSH 30.47

140-Nell GAIR 31.39

148-Jayne McKENNA 32.40

Elsewhere at the South Shields Parkrun Peter GREY was an impressive 2nd finisher in 20.06, easily winning the male 55 category. Down at the Nonsuch Parkrun in Surrey Zoe ROBSON notched a 5k pb of 23.23. John ROSS was 405th in a bumper field at Newcastle in 27.27 and Richard EASTOE was 76th at Workington in 28.44.

Peter GREY 210117

Photos are of Graham SIMPSON and Pauline AITCHISON at Hedgehope, and Peter GREY at South Shields.

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Northumberland Coastal Run 2017-Sold Out!!!

Entries for the 2017 Northumberland Coastal Run have now closed!! 1200 places were available for the annual 14 mile run from Beadnell to Alnmouth, and these were snapped up in a record time of just over 4 hours! The race is on Sunday 23rd July and will start at 10.30am. The entry list is here https://www.resultsbase.net/event/3755/participants.

Nearer the time if you need to transfer your place to another runner all the instructions are here https://resultsbase.net/ContentPage.aspx?Id=21. And no there is no waiting list!

Northumberland Coastal Run 2014-Start

Now we have your attention here’s a message from our secretary Sarah CROSS regarding the 2017 Running Awards!

“I am very pleased to announce that the Northumberland Coastal Run has been selected as one of the 12 races to go through to the “Race of the Year 2017”. Thank you to everyone who has voted so far to help make this happen!

It is now time for stage 2 of the voting process…

Please can I remind everyone that voting has now re-opened and we have until April 13th to post as many votes as possible. Please go directly to the following website http://therunningawards.com/#vote and register your vote. If you could encourage family, friends and colleagues to do the same that would be brilliant!


Sarah Cross (Alnwick Harriers Secretary)”

Running Awards 2017

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Northumberland Schools Fixture

On Tuesday 17th February Northumberland Schools Athletic Association hosted the County Championship at Temple Park, South Shields. Alnwick Harriers had good representation at all age groups and several junior Harriers qualified to represent the county in Cumbria next month at the Inter Counties Championship.

Lauren BROWN and Millie BREESE (Lindisfarne Middle School) did particularly well coming 1st and 2nd in the Minors race. Lauren is now county champion at both the 800m and cross country.

The event was well attended and the schools did an excellent job of supporting all the athletes!

Schools Champs 2017
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Grand Prix Standings After Brass Monkey Half Marathon

Many thanks to John ROSS for once again taking on the role of Grand Prix coordinator for the 2017 Grand Prix season! In the immediate aftermath of Sundays Brass Monkey Half Marathon John crunched the numbers and worked out the latest standings, which also includes the first 2 Druridge Bay parkruns of the season. The early scores are here:

Grand Prix Standings After Brass Monkey Half Marathon 2017

Carole PAGE heads the table thanks to her superb 83.16% WAVA score at the parkrun recently and is just ahead of David HINDMARSH who easily gained the highest WAVA score by our contingent at the Brass Monkey. David HENDERSON is in 3rd place, followed by Dominic HARRIS, Denise DRUMMOND and Mark DOCTOR. Remember that 12 trophies are on offer and “should” be given out at the Xmas Party!! There’s loads of races coming up in the series, more details of which can be found at the GRAND PRIX section of the website.


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Brass Monkey Half Marathon/Durham Cathedral Relays/Carlisle Resolution 10k/York Parkrun/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Riverside Parkrun/Workington Parkrun

9 Harriers travelled down to York on Sunday 15th January to take part in the opening race in the 2017 Grand Prix series, the Brass Monkey Half Marathon which was brilliantly organised by York Knavesmire Harriers. The course is renowned for its fast times due to being almost dead flat, and with the addition of perfect running conditions our contingent didn’t disappoint. 1st Harrier home in a superb half marathon best of 1.24.16 was Dominic HARRIS. I’m not sure anyone has won back to back Most Improved trophies at our end of season party, but thanks to knocking almost 4 minutes off his previous fastest this could happen if he continues to improve like this! Next across the line and 4th in the male 55 category was David HINDMARSH. David was rightly thrilled with his 1.31.59. Richard JOHNSON used the race to get a training buddy a personal best and was home in 1.33.10. Final male Harrier to complete was Mark DOCTOR in a very unexpected personal best time of 1.34.17, rolling back the years to knock over 30 seconds off his best which was in the same race in 2014. 5 female Harriers also took part with Denise DRUMMOND the first to cross the line behind the Ebor Stand at York Racecourse in an excellent 1.48.17, seeing her finish 13th of over 60 in her age category. Lisa WILLIAMS was next 2 minutes behind, whilst Ruth DOCTOR was home in 1.56 dead. Not far behind Laura McLEAN (Jr) scooped a pb and pipped Sue BOLAM by 1 second! Grand Prix standings courtesy of John ROSS will be out asap.

Dom HARRIS BM 2017


144-Dominic HARRIS 1.24.16

325-David HINDMARSH 1.31.59

350-Richard JOHNSON 1.33.10

379-Mark DOCTOR 1.34.17

807-Denise DRUMMOND 1.48.17

864-Lisa WILLIAMS 1.50.20

1050-Ruth DOCTOR 1.56.00

1119-Laura McLEAN (Jr) 1.58.38

1122-Sue BOLAM 1.58.39

Also that day 3 Harriers formed a team to compete in the Durham Cathedral Relays, a cross country race where each member runs a 3000 metre leg. Of the 78 complete team our trio finished a pleasing 34th. Diana WEIGHTMAN was 1st to go (13.44), handing onto Mary PLUMLEY (15.47) and finally Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS (11.39). Well done to Jo for being the fastest female 35 runner on the day! Details of the numerous spring road relays will be out asap.

Durham Cathedral 2017

Finally Gay and Richard EASTOE took part in the Carlisle Resolution 10k. Racing together they clocked 56.13 with Gay finishing one place ahead of Richard in 248th place, to finish 2nd in the female 60 category!

The previous day Richard JOHNSON warmed up for the Brass Monkey by finishing a brilliant 6th of over 500 runners at the York Parkrun, clocking 18.28 at the Knavesmire course. Richard EASTOE was 53rd at Workington in 26.39 and Kirsty STEED was 215th in 38.14 at the Riverside Parkrun, Chester le Street. Meanwhile 7 Harriers took part in the Druridge Bay Parkrun where Neil HAMILTON was 1st home for us in 9th place. Results:

9-Neil HAMILTON 21.21

53-Paul ROBINSON 25.58

57-Dominic HARRIS 26.04

61-Kim BRONZE 26.18 (57.92%)

90-John ROSS 29.05

138-Mary PLUMLEY 32.01

143-Jayne McKENNA 32.46

Kim BRONZE DB Parkrun 140117

Photos are of Dom HARRIS at the Brass Monkey, our team at Durham and Kim BRONZE at Druridge Bay.

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Alnwick Cross Country Marshal Request!!

Alnwick Harriers are once again hosting their superb cross country fixture, part of the North East Harrier League series, on Saturday 4th March. So we need as many marshals as possible to help out on the day! Help can be in the shape of setting up the course early that morning, marshaling during the races and tidying up afterwards. Or all 3! And remember there is the option to race and help out before/afterwards! Marshals will be fed and watered too.

There will soon be a notice on the board at Willowburn to add your names to, though you could just email Jocelyn BOLAM, marshal coordinator for the event, at alpinilover@btinternet.com. Please include your email address and mobile phone number.

Thanks as always!!

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NEHL Herrington Park/Great Edinburgh Winter Run/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Durham Parkrun

A decent group of Harriers travelled down to Herrington Park near Sunderland to take part in the 4th of the 6 North East Harrier League cross country fixtures on Saturday 7th January. For the Seniors the stars were Isaac MOSS and David MILNE for the men, and Karen KELLY for the women. There were also some excellent runs by a great number of Juniors who took part!


The Senior Men finished a credible 6th of the 11 teams in Division 2 on the day, a performance which saw them drop down to 5th in the overall standings. However lots of the teams are bunched together and with the home fixture looming on the horizon in early March we should finish well up there at the end of the season. First home for us, in his first race in the Senior ranks, was Isaac MOSS. He was 10th overall, not far ahead of the impressive David MILNE. As a result Isaac is now in the Medium Pack and David joins the really fast guys in the Fast Pack. Adam FLETCHER was 3rd counter from the Mediums, just under a minute ahead of the fast improving Jon DUFFY. 5th was Medium Pack runner and team captain Dominic HARRIS, whilst 6th and final counter was Adam SPILLER. Well done to the non counters, among whom Howard TAYLOR was making his Harrier League debut. Results:

10-Isaac MOSS 37.42 (S)

16-David MILNE 38.31 (M)

82-Adam FLETCHER 41.11 (M)

116-Jon DUFFY 41.54 (S)

169-Dominic HARRIS 42.42 (M)

195-Adam SPILLER 43.22 (S)

225-Phil HEMSLEY 43.52 (M)

243-Shaun LAND 44.05 (M)

257-Dean STACKHOUSE 44.18 (S)

280-Stuart MORRIS 45.00 (S)

309-Tim FALCONER 45.53 (S)

322-Paul GODDEN 46.22 (S)

363-Howard TAYLOR 47.40 (S)

434-David HINDMARSH 50.50 (S)


For the Senior Women Karen KELLY was very impressive from the Medium Pack finishing 29th overall, a result which sees her promoted to the Fast Pack! Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS, despite a footwear malfunction, was our 2nd counter and finished ahead of Diana WEIGHTMAN and Rachelle FALLOON. The women also finished 6th on the day and are now 7th overall, an improvement of 1 place from the Thornley Hall fixture back in November. Results:

29-Karen KELLY 32.14 (M)


67-Diana WEIGHTMAN 33.06 (S)

95-Rachelle FALLOON 33.40 (F)

229-Ruth DOCTOR 38.17 (S)

261-Emma MURRAY 39.33 (S)


Boys Under 11s:

44-Harris HALL 7.32

Girls Under 11s:

25-Evie GODDEN 7.56

43-Chloe GIVENS 8.32

Boys Under 13s:

43-Ryan HARRISON-FRATER 18.00 (S)

48-Angus OWEN 18.31 (S)

51-Joseph GODDEN 18.44 (F)

59-Joe HEMSLEY 20.10 (S)

63-Finlay TELFER 23.17 (S)

Girls Under 13s:

26-Ellie HENDERSON 18.33 (F)

30-Millie BREESE 18.42 (F)

52-Maddy HALL 20.14 (S)

Boys Under 15s:

34-James GILHOME 16.40 (S)

35-Max BREESE 16.47 (S)

43-Ollie TELFER 17.26 (F)ollie-telfer-070117

Girls Under 15s:

17-Callie HENDERSON 18.05 (F)

Boys Under 17s:

13-Ben KELLY 18.38 (F)

24-Daniel HARRISON-FRATER 19.57 (S)


Also that day Dan LENG was in Edinburgh taking part in the Great Winter Run 5k. In a very impressive 17.06 Dan was an amazing 4th finisher!!


At Druridge Bay that morning Carole PAGE kept up her recent top form by finishing 1st lady once again, in 22.04. David HENDERSON was our first male Harrier to finish and was 1st male 60, whilst another noteworthy performance was from Paul ROBINSON who scored a course best. Results:

23-Carole PAGE 22.04 (83.16%)

27-David HENDERSON 22.36 (70.94%)

30-Graham CROW 23.06 (57.43%)

37-Paul ROBINSON 23.53 (54.01%)

59-Thomas DAVISON 25.45

75-John ROSS 27.38

125-Nell GAIR 31.12

131-Alex REED 31.39

158-Melanie BUCHANAN 34.17

173-Lorna STEPHENSON 37.14


Finally at Workington Richard EASTOE was 43rd in 24.06 and at Durham Kirsty STEED was 279th in 36.28.

Photos are of Karen KELLY/Senior Men/Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS/Ollie TELFER/Junior Harriers at Herrington Park, Dan LENG in Edinburgh and Paul ROBINSON at Druridge Bay.

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Grand Prix Season Starting Soon!

Harriers the 2017 Grand Prix season officially starts this weekend with the Druridge Bay Parkrun! With the Harrier League taking place on the same day at Herrington Park, however, don’t feel that you have to do it this week as you have every Saturday until late November to do 1 Parkrun! The rules and regulations are on the dedicated GRAND PRIX page of this website where you’ll also see the link to the speadsheet with all the qualifying fixtures on it.

A number of the events are already taking entries so get entering now. Here are a few of the upcoming events:

Sunday 15th January-Brass Monkey Half Marathon. This extremely fast, flat and popular race is well and truly sold out. Should be some excellent WAVA scores here! More details are here http://www.yorkknavesmireharriers.co.uk/brass-monkey/

Saturday 11th February-Thornley Farm NEHL. This is the penultimate race in the North East Harrier League cross country season and could be a vital one for our Seniors teams, so we’ll need as many Harriers as possible. More details here http://www.harrierleague.com/index.php  or speak to team captains Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS and Dominic HARRIS.

Sunday 12th March-Brough Law Fell Race. This is a really good 5 mile blast organised by Northumberland Fell Runners. Entry is on the day and will cost just £3 to enter! You will need some fell running kit for the event, but just ask around the club if you’re unsure what you need as most of us have done some fell running! More details here http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=4801

Sunday 9th April-Blyth Valley 10k. This very popular race organised by our chums at Blyth RC is not taking entries as yet. But when it does all the info will be here http://www.blythrunningclub.org.uk/bv10_main.html

Sunday 16th April-Druridge Bay Half Marathon. Entries are now being taken for this low key race organised by the North East Marathon Club. Details here http://www.northeastmarathonclub.co.uk/druridge-bay.php

Sunday 7th May-Sunderland City Half Marathon. Entries for this race, which takes in many of Sunderlands most iconic sights, are being taken now. All the details can be found here http://www.sunderlandcity10k.com/sunderland-city-half-marathon/

More info regarding other events will be posted on the website when more details are known. Remember any certified marathon is also included this year, thanks to popular demand!!

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Morpeth 11k/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Prudhoe Riverside Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Winter Wonder Marathon

Morpeth Harriers hosted their annual New Years Day Morpeth 11k, which is an undulating race around the Mitford area and is a great way to start the new season! Adam FLETCHER had a fine race once again and was 3rd in the male 50 category in finishing 22nd overall. Peter GREY was our only category winner when he scooped the male 55 prize by finishing 30th overall. For the ladies Rachelle FALLOON was our 1st finisher, despite a bad nosebleed, with Emma SHELL our 2nd home.



22-Adam FLETCHER 40.41

30-Peter GREY 42.16

52-Jon DUFFY 44.59

58-Rachelle FALLOON 45.47

71-Richard JOHNSON 48.09

104-Emma SHELL 52.33

109-Paul ROBINSON 52.46

131-Cris ATWELL 57.15

Earlier that morning Druridge Bay hosted a special New Years Day Parkrun, a run which saw a good battle between Ian SIMON and Phil HALL, with Ian pipping Phil to 2nd place. Steve COWELL was our 3rd finisher and was 1st in the male 50 category, whilst David HINDMARSH was slightly further back and was victorious in the male 55 age group. Justine NORMAN was 3rd female finisher, whilst further back it was good to see Tracey SAMPLE continue her comeback!



2-Ian SIMON 19.21

3-Phil HALL 19.31

7-Steve COWELL 21.26

12-David HINDMARSH 23.14

20-Justine NORMAN 24.11

24-Denise DRUMMOND 24.53

43-Ian ATHERTON 27.29

74-Tracey SAMPLE 39.30


The day before a good number of Harriers were in action in the New Years Eve Druridge Bay Parkrun. Rachelle FALLOON was the 1st Harrier and 1st overall female finisher in 20.59, whilst Carole PAGE was 2nd female finisher. For the men Dave BARTRUM was 28th overall, just ahead of Steve STUDLEY who ran a course best.



12-Rachelle FALLOON 20.59

20-Carole PAGE 22.02

28-Dave BARTRUM 22.49

29-Steve STUDLEY 22.53

53-Paul ROBINSON 24.59

70-Chris FRIEND 25.53

74-Ruth DOCTOR 26.09

89-Peter LINDLEY 27.28

101-Mel WHEWELL 28.17

140-Nell GAIR 30.57

196-Lorna STEPHENSON 39.42


Also that morning Kirsty STEED was 178th at the Prudhoe Riverside Parkrun in 36.44 and Richard EASTOE was 98th at Workington in 28.13.

Finally Cris ATWELL, recently back from a serious injury, took part in the Winter Wonder Marathon which is a multi lap race on Newcastle Town Moor. Cris ran well and finished in 4.12.20!

Above photos are of Rachelle FALLOON at Morpeth and Ian SIMON, Denise DRUMMOND, Steve STUDLEY and Chris FRIEND at Druridge Bay.

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2016 Hall of Fame!!

Well done to everyone who has represented the club in 2016! There were some excellent performances over the course of the year with the pick of them being the only club record set this year, Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS’ Berlin Marathon run in September. Also interestingly Jo and Ella BROWN have run faster times than any male Harrier at the half, 20 mile and marathon distances this year! Signing of the season Rachelle FALLOON also make an appearance on the list. For the men Richard JOHNSON dominates with 3 appearances on the list, with the other distances being spread around other Harriers. Here’s to a brilliant 2017 Harriers!!!

5k (Men)                              16.41 Steve CARRAGHER            13/07/2016  Sunderland 5k

5k (Women)                        18.47 Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS 18/06/2016  Druridge B P’run

5m (Men)                            29.37 Richard JOHNSON    05/07/2016 Bridges of the Tyne 5

5m (Women)                      30.16 Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS 05/07/2016 Bridges of Tyne 5

10k (Men)                           34.18 Dan LENG                      06/07/2016 Leeds Abbey Dash 10k

10k (Women)                     37.27 Ella BROWN                 02/08/2016 Morpeth 10k

10m (Men)                          58.52 Dan TURNBULL        20/11/2016 Brampton to Carlisle 10

10m (Women)                   1.07.24 Rachelle FALLOON 20/11/2016 Brampton to Carlisle 10

Half (Men)                          1.21.37 Phil HEMSLEY            25/09/2016 Haltwhistle Half

Half (Women)                    1.20.45 Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS 11/09/2016 Gt North Run

20m (Men)                         2.22.25 Richard JOHNSON    20/03/2016 Trimpell 20

20m (Women)                   2.19.02 Ella BROWN                28/02/2016 Tarpley 20

Marathon (Men)               3.02.24 Richard JOHNSON   10/04/2016 Manchester Marath’n

Marathon (Women)        2.49.45 Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS 25/09/2016 Berlin Marathon

For 2015’s fastest times click here http://www.alnwickharriers.co.uk/?p=9466

For 2014’s fastest times click here http://www.alnwickharriers.co.uk/?p=8122

For 2013’s fastest times click here http://www.alnwickharriers.co.uk/?p=6175

For 2012’s fastest times click here http://www.alnwickharriers.co.uk/?p=4028

For 2011’s fastest times click here http://www.alnwickharriers.co.uk/?p=1781

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