Hardmoors 26.2 Goathland Trial Marathon/Mojacar half-marathon/English Schools Cross-country Cup Regional Final/Memorial Races/various parkruns

A decent number of Alnwick Harriers were involved in races on Saturday, November 10, and Sunday, November 11.

The biggest milestone of the weekend was ironman Andy Stephenson bringing up the 1,000-competitive mile mark, after completing the Hardmoors 26.2 Goathland Trail Marathon, which was staged in the North York Moors.

Andy Stephenson

Andy completed the race in 5.59.48. His time was particularly impressive considering he has only done 11.5 training miles since September, after turning his ankle on mile seven of a 60-mile race.

Bringing up 1,000 race miles is a huge achievement, with Andy starting the quest back in 2012 with a 60-miler. Since then, he has competed in a whole host of long-distance challenges, including multiple marathons, 30-milers on five New Years Days and even a 160-mile epic.

Reflecting on his efforts, he said: “I have so many fantastic memories of fellow runners, camaraderie, amazing marshals and mixed weather.”

Sticking with long-distances, Jocelyn Bolam won the Vet 55-60 category at the Mojacar half-marathon in Spain on Sunday. Tackling crippling 33-degree heat, she finished in a very respectable 2.17.

Jocelyn Bolam in Spain.

Jocelyn Bolam in Spain.


On Sunday, six senior Harriers were involved in Heaton Harriers’ Memorial Race (10K) at the Town Moor, Newcastle.

There were some good performances, including from Peter Grey, who won the Male Vet 60 prize, coming home in 40.37.

First home for Alnwick was Dominic Harris, who posted a very good 36:53, while Gareth Pearson dipped under the 40-minute barrier for the first time with 39.03.


39: Dominic HARRIS 36.53
73: Gareth PEARSON 39.03
113: Peter GREY 40:37
299: Juhu JOSEPH 49:40
304: Philip LEE 49:47
432: Mark HUME 1.11.15

Some of the younger Harriers also ran at the Town Moor, with Ollie Telfer and Ben Murray-John managing a very impressive 18.21 and 18.28 respectively in the 5K, while Max Murray-John posted a good 10.55 in the 3K.

The three lads.

Max and Ben Murray-John and Ollie Telfer.

On the Junior front, a big shout out to the U15 girls who made up the Duchess’s Community High School team for the English Schools Cross-country Cup Regional Final in Middlesbrough. The team – made up entirely of Alnwick Harriers – came a very impressive fifth overall. Millie was highest placed for Alnwick in fourth place. A brilliant result!

A decent number of Alnwick Harriers ran at various parkruns on Saturday.

At Druridge Bay, Paul White was first Alnwick Harrier for the second week running. He was sixth overall in a very decent 18.50.

There were some good performances from the female Harriers, with Carole Page once again taking the women’s crown in 21.16, while club colleague Mel Steer was third in 24.13.

Among the other highlights, Chris Calvert notched his second PB in as many weeks, clocking an ever-improving 22.22.


6 Paul WHITE 18.50
11 Carole PAGE 21.16
13 Robert BADDELEY 21.32
14 Dominic HARRIS 21.33
18 Chris CALVERT 22.22
31 Harris HALL 23.54
35 Mel STEER 24.13
49 Philip LEE 25.12
51 Alex REED 25.16
53 Justine NORMAN 25.25
86 John ROSS 28.07
93 Nell GAIR 28.54
95 David COOPER 29.03
101 Linda PATTERSON 29.16
115 George WILLIAMS 30.32
119 Louise SYERS 31.22
120 Graham SYERS 31.24
124 Alex KNIGHT 31.40
144 Christine MAVROMICHAELIS 33.55
164 Grazia CALVERT 37.52
167 Jennifer KNIGHT 38.31
182 Eleanor HEELEY 44.33

Elsewhere, Ian and Lorna Stephenson tried their hand at the Prudhoe Riverside parkrun for the first time. Ian was 32nd overall in 24.09, while Lorna crossed the line in 31.01.

At Sedgefield, Kirsty Steed posted 36.06, while at Telford, Robert Enser was 24th in 21.21.

At Workington, Richard Eastoe posted 40 minutes exactly, while Gay Eastoe clocked in at 47.48.

Alice Tetley-Paul tried the Fountains Abbey parkrun for the first time and she did well – finishing fourth female in 22.43.

Jo Powell was a debutante at the Keswick parkrun and finished in a tidy 23.09.

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New York Marathon/Leeds Abbey Dash/Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail/various parkruns

From the Fruit Bowl Trail Race to a marathon in the Big Apple, Alnwick Harriers raced far and wide on the weekend of Saturday, November 3, and Sunday, November 4.

Perhaps the highlight was Jon Archer’s fine run at the New York Marathon on Sunday. His impressive 3.09.01 was the fastest this year by an Alnwick Harrier over the 26.2-mile distance.

Ever-improving Jon, who earned promotion to the medium pack at the last cross-country outing at Gosforth, has been no stranger to PBs this year, and he did it once again at the weekend – knocking an incredible 18 minutes off his previous marathon time.

Jon Archer with his New York Marathon medal.

Jon Archer with his New York Marathon medal.

Closer to home, Dave Richardson posted a speedy 34.53 at the Leeds Abbey Dash. Dave just missed out on a 10k PB, but his sub-35 was still an excellent time.

Elsewhere, Stephen Cowell and Mel Steer were in action at the Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race. Stephen finished the course – approximately seven miles – in 59.33, while Mel crossed the line in 1.05.10.

On Saturday, a large contingent of Harriers competed in parkruns.

At Druridge Bay, Paul White was first home for Alnwick, finishing third overall in 19.15, while Jason Dawson was two places behind in 19.43.

In the women’s race, Alnwick’s Carole Page had a decent battle with Tyne Bridge Harrier Catherine Eaton, with the latter taking the honours by finishing just one place and four seconds in front.

Other notable performances included a 22.50 PB for Chris Calvert and a first run out at the course for Junior (JW11-14) Chloe Givens, who finished in a very respectable 26.16.


3: Paul WHITE 19.15
5: Jason DAWSON 19.43
13: Phil HALL 20.22
17: Carole PAGE 21.14
18: Robert BADDELEY 21.16
36: Chris CALVERT 22.50
38: Alice TETLEY-PAUL 22.59
42: Neil HAMILTON 23.25
56: Beverley BLYTHE 24.38
59: Justine NORMAN 24.51
71: Philip LEE 25.43
72: Maddy HALL 25.48
77: Mark LATHAM 25.58
81: Chloe GIVENS 26.16
87: Emma GIVENS 26.31
113 George WILLIAMS 27.57
124 Jennifer KNIGHT 28.30
133 Linda PATTERSON 29.10
166 Eleanor HEELEY 31.45
180 Mark HUME 33.11
202 Rebecca HEELEY 36.35

Away from Druridge, Ross Wilson put in a decent display at the Fountains Abbey parkrun, finishing fourth in 18.34.

Elsewhere, Kim Bronze ran 27.24 at the Sheffield Hallam parkrun, while Kirsty Steed was delighted with her 34.40 PB at the Sedgefield equivalent.

Sticking with parkruns, Richard and Gay Eastoe ran 39.43 and 46.08 respectively at Workington, youngster Tess Hindmarsh (31.31) and David Hindmarsh (31.33) were at the Joe Creason event and Ian (26.42) and Lorna Stephenson (34.41) turned out at Gibside.

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Grand Prix Standings After Hexham 10k

This season’s Grand Prix is drawing to a close following Sunday’s Hexham 10K.

There’s been no move at the top, with Jason Dawson still leading the way, but Louise Callaghan strengthened her grip on second place after her run at Hexham.

Perhaps the most significant mover after Hexham 10K was Lisa Baston, who jumped from 16th to 10th. Jo Powell also climbed the rankings, leaping to 18th.

Latest Grand Prix standings:

Grand Prix standings

The final race in the Grand Prix calendar is the very popular club trip to the Brampton to Carlisle 10 Mile Road Race, which takes place on Sunday 18th November. As always, the club will enter a block booking and lay on massively-subsidised transport to Cumbria for the race. The combined race entry and bus travel will cost just £20.

Pay here: https://www.sportsentrysolutions.com/product_page_preview.p…

Fill out this form: http://www.ukresults.net/forms/181118brampton.pdf

Once done please can you send or drop off your completed entry forms to Laura Stubbings at l-j-ben@hotmail.com or Youngs RPS, Greenwell Road, Alnwick NE66 1HB, or drop them in by hand. The deadline is Sunday 4th November or when the 29 seat coach is full.

The coach will leave Willowburn Leisure Centre, Alnwick, at 8.30am hours and call into Amble en route to pick up runners at the A1068 near the petrol station before dropping runners off at the William Howard School, Brampton, in plenty of time for the 11.30am race start. It will then depart the Sands Centre, Carlisle at 3pm allowing everyone time to shower, change, eat and drink.

In other Grand Prix news, there is no trail run as a club trip has not been organised this year.

Also, the date that this season’s Grand Prix will terminate is still to be confirmed, but it will end on a Saturday at a Druridge Bay parkrun. Details will be posted at a later date.

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Gosforth Park cross-country/Druridge Bay parkrun/Hillsborough parkrun/Hexham 10k/Jedburgh 10k

It was a busy weekend with plenty of Alnwick Harriers in race action, including at the latest cross-country event.

Gosforth Park was a new fixture in this season’s North Eastern Harrier League and provided the stage for the third meeting of the 2018/19 campaign on Saturday, October 27.

Rain, snow and wind on the morning of race day threatened to make it a miserable experience, but those hardy Harriers who made the trip down the A1 no doubt breathed a huge sigh of relief when the harsh weather relented and conditions improved somewhat.

And there were some decent performances in the Alnwick vest across all age groups.

For the men, continually-improving Jon Archer carried on his strong 2018 by finishing as first counter.

In what was his last outing before next weekend’s New York marathon, Jon came 32nd overall in 38.14, and with it, securing promotion to the medium pack.

Jon Archer at the cross-country.

Jon Archer at the cross-country.

Alnwick’s second counter was fellow slow-pack runner Jason Dawson (MV45) in 39.09, who narrowly missed out on promotion, while slow-packer Phil Hall (MV40) was third home for Alnwick in 40.23.

Adam Fletcher (MV50) was Alnwick’s fourth counter, crossing the line in 40.32 from the medium pack, while fast-pack runner Graham Simpson made decent progress through the hoards to climb up the field and finish in 41.02.

Bruce Crombie (MV45) is enjoying his return to the cross-country this season and he was Alnwick’s sixth and final counter, clocking 41.15 from the medium pack.

Finishing four places behind was medium-packer Paul White (MV35) in 41.18.

Overall, the team finished seventh on the day, leaving them mid-table in Division Two.

One of the regular runners to be missing from the Alnwick pack was men’s skipper Dominic Harris, who conveniently had his wedding booked on the same day as a cross-country fixture (any excuse Dominic!!)! So he swapped his Alnwick Harrier vest for a smart suit. Many congratulations to Dominic and his new wife.


32: Jon Archer 38.14 (S)
65: Jason Dawson 39.09 (S)
148: Phil Hall 40.23 (S)
159: Adam Fletcher 40.32 (M)
206: Graham Simpson 41.02 (F)
220: Bruce Crombie 41.15 (M)
224: Paul White 41.18 (M)
315: Mike Telfer 42.46 (S)
425: Steve Cowell 45.28 (S)
446: Kevin Mcgee 46.04 (S)
489: Chris Calvert 47.13 (S)
522: Graham Skirrow 48.39 (S)

Meanwhile, for the women, Lisa Baston (FV35) was first home for Alnwick, coming 106th in 32.24 from the medium pack.

Medium-pack colleagues Alice Tetley-Paul and Karen Kelly (FV45) were next back for the north Northumbrians, clocking 32.35 and 33.17 respectively, while Bev Blythe (FV45) was the final counter, finishing in 33.42 from the slow pack.

Others to do well were slow-packer Justine Norman (FV45), who came just behind Bev, in 33.55, while Jo Powell (FV45) put in a decent display on her medium-pack debut. Having moved up from the slow pack after her storming finish at the previous fixture at Druridge, Jo managed to claw her way through the field at Gosforth to finish sixth for Alnwick in 34.01.

Emma McGee (number 12) at the cross-country.

Emma McGee (number 12) at the cross-country.

Overall, the Alnwick team finished 10th on the day and they sit at the foot of the Division One table, but with three fixtures left, including the Alnwick Castle meet in March, there is still time to turn things around.


106: Lisa Baston 32:24 (M)
120: Alice Tetley-Paul 32:35 (M)
159: Karen Kelly 33:17 (M)
179: Bev Blythe 33:42 (S)
190: Justine Norman 33.55 (S)
196: Jo Powell 34:01 (M)
298: Emma McGee 36:22 (S)
328: Tania Conway 37:19 (S)
343: Helen Dickenson 37:51 (S)
403: Susan Skirrow 40:39 (S)
412: Sheona Duffy 41:16 (S).

A combination of the weather and the half-term holidays reduced the potential field of younger Alnwick runners and the club was unable to field any full teams from the junior section. However, those who did race were treated to an excellent new course and produced some great racing.

A small but enthusiastic team of juniors at the cross-country.

A small but enthusiastic team of juniors at the cross-country.

Max Murray John (U13B), running from the fast pack, was fastest Alnwick runner over the 3.2km course, finishing 12th overall in his race in a good time of 12.40.

Harris Hall was next home for the club in a good 41st place.

Anna McQueen was once again Alnwick’s only U17 girl, running well to finish the 5km course in 23min 24s.

Ollie Telfer and Max Breese represented the U17 men and Finlay Telfer and Joseph Godden the U15 boys.

The U15 girls team was reduced by injury and holidays, but Hannah Johnston ran another good race from the fast pack finishing just ahead of team mate Sam Potts.

Lilia Purvis was first U13 girl home for Alnwick with Evie Godden not far behind.

Xara Purvis and Tamsin Hutton Stott were the club’s only U11s competing, but in a large field of runners placed 24th and 38th.

Although a low turnout, the juniors ran well and made the most of what could have been a really tough day.

Closer to home and earlier in the day, a small contingent of Alnwick Harriers competed at the Druridge Bay parkrun, with a number of the club’s veteran runners showing that age is no barrier.

In difficult conditions, the evergreen Peter Grey (VM60-64) was first home for Alnwick, crossing the line in eighth in 20.54, while Carole Page’s (VF55-59) 14th-place finish in 21.41 was enough for her to be first female once again.

Philip Lee (VM 55-59) was celebrating after grabbing a 25.06 PB, while there were also solid runs from Robert Baddeley (VM 50-54) and Neil Hamilton (VM 40-44).

Alice Tetley-Paul (SW30-34) warmed up for that afternoon’s cross-country fixture by running with Georgina Tetley-Paul. The pair embraced the Hallowe’en theme by completing the two-lap course while dressed as a skeleton and witch respectively.


8: Peter GREY 20.54 (77.43%)
13: Robert BADDELEY 21.24 (70.02%)
14: Carole PAGE 21.41 (87.01%)
37: Philip LEE 25.06 (63.35%)
43: Neil HAMILTON 25.33 (53.82%)
109: Alice TETLEY-PAUL 38.13 (38.77%)

Alice Tetley-Paul and Georgina Tetley-Paul dressed for Hallowe'en at Druridge Bay parkrun.

Alice Tetley-Paul and Georgina Tetley-Paul dressed for Hallowe’en at Druridge Bay parkrun.

Elsewhere, Kim Bronze (VM55-59) was the 241st finisher at the Hillsborough parkrun, in 29.14.

Meanwhile, Ian and Lorna Stephenson headed to Ripon, North Yorkshire, to take part in the Fountains Abbey parkrun for the first time. Ian (VM55-59) finished 70th in 23.43, while Lorna (VF45-49) was 248th in 31.02.

Racing continued on Sunday, October 28, with five Harriers performing well at the Hexham 10k, which is one of the club’s Grand Prix fixtures.

A massive round of applause to the trio of Lisa Baston, Jo Powell and Bev Blyth, who dusted themselves down from the rigours of yesterday’s cross-country to take on the six-mile run in Hexham. They were joined by Mike Henry and Louise Callaghan. All five runners finished in the top 10 of their respective age-gender categories.

Impressively, Mike won the V65 section in 49.23, while Jo was third female V45 in 47.07.

First home for Alnwick was Lisa (V35), finishing in 44.33. Her performance has moved her from 16th to 10th in the Grand Prix.

Her club colleagues Bev Blythe (V45) and Louise Callaghan (V55) can also be proud of their efforts.


68: Lisa Baston 44.33
119: Jo Powell 47.07
151: Michael Henry 49.23
179: Beverley Blythe 50.35
205: Louise Callaghan 52.20

The Alnwick Harriers quintet at Hexham 10k.

The Alnwick Harriers quintet at Hexham 10k.

Two Harriers ran at the Jedburgh Running Festival, taking part in the 10k.

Leading the way was Steve Patterson, who finished in 40.39. His time was enough for him to secure 13th overall and rank second in the M40 category.

It was a great result for Steve, who has recently returned from GB duty at the 2018 Ibiza ETU Duathlon European Championships, where he finished an impressive 15th in the 40-44 Male AG Sprint category.

Two places behind Steve at Jedburgh was Gareth Pearson (M30), crossing the line in a PB of 41.02.

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Druridge Bay parkun/Newbiggin parkrun/Run Northumberland Castles Marathon and Half-marathon

There were PBs galore at the Druridge Bay parkrun on Saturday, October 20, with a whole host of Junior runners putting in some impressive performances.

Oliver Telfer (Junior Male 15-17) was first home for Alnwick, coming fifth overall and clocking a speedy 18.24 PB.

Fellow Junior runner Millie Breese (Junior Female 11-14) notched her best performance yet at Druridge Bay, crossing the line in 19.34, finishing 10th and first female overall.

Another young gun to impress was Euan Friend (Junior Male 11-14), who grabbed a 23.31 personal best. He took the bragging rights in the Friend family household, finishing more than two minutes in front of his dad, Chris.

A number of Seniors clinched PBs on the day too, with Jason Dawson (8th, 19.23), Jo Powell (28th, 22.44) and Alex Reed (151st, 32.06) all having a good day at the office.

Jason Dawson at the Druridge Bay parkrun.

5: Oliver TELFER 18.24
8: Jason DAWSON 19.23
10: Millie BREESE 19.34
17: Robert BADDELEY 21.11
28: Jo POWELL 22.44
30: Harris HALL 22.50
31: Phil HALL 22.52
37: Sarah SYERS 23.30
38: Euan FRIEND 23.31
39: Steve COWELL 23.34
40: Neil HAMILTON 23.46
64: Chris FRIEND 25.45
77: Philip LEE 26.49
95: George WILLIAMS 28.36
102: Linda PATTERSON 28.49
108: Kim BRONZE 29.06
119: Eleanor HEELEY 29.30
123: Rebecca HEELEY 29.44
131: Una MCCAIG 30.18
151: Alex REED 32.06

Elsewhere, Chris Stewart tried the Newbiggin parkrun for the first time and sneaked into the top 20, finishing 19th in 23.25.

On Sunday, a number of hardy Harriers competed in the Run Northumberland Castles Marathon and Half-marathon, which started and finished at the iconic Bamburgh Castle.

In the marathon, Cris Atwell put in a solid performance, finishing 15th overall in 4.05.11

In the half-marathon, there was a decent age-group performance for Lisa Athey, who was third V40 female in 1.46.53. Meanwhile, Gay Eastoe was third V60 female in 02.09.17.

Other Alnwick Harriers to complete the half-marathon were Chris Calvert (110th, 1.48.53) and Justine Norman (291st, 2.25.02).

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Brampton To Carlisle Club Trip-Reminder!!

Alnwick Harriers are once again planning the very popular club trip to the Brampton To Carlisle 10 Mile Road Race which takes place on Sunday 18th November. As always the club will enter a block booking and lay on massively subsidised transport to Cumbria for the race. The combined race entry and bus travel will cost just £20. Please note that you must pay via the link below and also fill in a race entry form.

Pay here:https://www.sportsentrysolutions.com/product_page_preview.php?recordID=200934

Fill out this form:http://www.ukresults.net/forms/181118brampton.pdf

Once done please can you send or drop off your completed entry forms to dockie1974@hotmail.co.uk or Mark Doctor, 25 Tyelaw Meadows, Shilbottle, NE66 2JJ. The deadline is Sunday 4th November or when the 29 seat coach is full.

The coach will leave Willowburn Leisure Centre, Alnwick at 08.30 hours and call into Amble en route to pick up runners at the A1068 near the petrol station before dropping runners off at the William Howard School, Brampton in plenty of time for the 11.30am race start. It will then depart the Sands Centre, Carlisle at 3.00pm allowing everyone time to shower, change, eat and drink.

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Minors Cross Country Championships/Alwinton Fell Race/North East Athletics Grand Prix Awards

The Minors Cross Country Championship provides young runners aged 8 to 11 an opportunity to compete in a team competition against other clubs and schools in the region. Alnwick Harriers only fielded one complete team this year at the event in Jarrow on Sunday but the Year 6 girls had a good race lead home by Molly JOHNSTON. She was followed by Tess HINDMARSH, Tamsin HUTTON STOTT and Ava FINDLAY.

Harry KNOX had an excellent race finishing in 5th place in the Year 6 boys competition, an excellent effort following his success on the previous day at Alwinton Show. In the Year 5 girls race Louise SYERS and Jess WHALTON ran well together with Louise finishing just ahead after a final sprint for the finish.

The Junior Harriers competed with great enthusiasm are sure to have more success throughout the season.

Despite the heavy rain nearly 90 junior and senior runners turnout out for the annual Alwinton Show Fell Race on Saturday. Alnwick Harriers fielded 15 brave runners with the 11 of them from the Junior section.

There was a brief interval in the heavy rain for the start of the Junior race and they all set off at an enthusiastic pace. The first mile of the course is over relatively flat fields with a few gates to hurdle before the beginning of the main climb. Most competitors are reduced to a walk or crawl on the steepest section but the front runners could be seen to be still running as they entered the low cloud. A good fast path for half a mile along the top of the climb leads the runners into a steep descent back into the fields below. By this stage Junior Morpeth Harrier, Daniel Dixon had developed an impressive lead and won the junior race by nearly 2 minutes a time that would have secured him 2nd overall in the senior race!

Ollie TELFER was second home for Alnwick Harriers and then Max MURRAY JOHN in 4th followed by Millie BREESE who had an excellent race to finish in 5th as first girl. There were some exceptional performances by the Alnwick runners but those who also stood out were Finlay WILDE in 6th and Under 11 runner Harry KNOX in 11th place!

The four Senior runners raced next by which time the rain was falling hard. However this didn’t deter their enthusiasm and although not as fast as first three Juniors Mike TELFER, Rob MURRAY JOHN, Andrew WILDE and David HINDMARSH ran well to finish in the top half of the field of 63 strong field.

Last week Talia THOMPSON was invited to the North East Athletics Grand Prix Awards evening at Gateshead International Stadium. The Grand Prix is a series of athletics meetings arranged on weekday day evenings throughout the summer. Athletes are awarded points for each event they compete in and how highly they place.

Talia focused on the throwing events and had an excellent summer participating in the shot put, hammer, discus and javelin. She steadily improved during the season achieving personal bests and setting new club records. Tal won numerous events and scored highly in others, her combined score securing her overall championship victory by a comfortable margin in the U15 category.

It is not common place for throwers to achieve a victory in this type of competition as they are limited by a narrow range of events. For Talia to achieve this as a first year under fifteen competitor as an excellent achievement.

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Druridge Bay Parkrun/Sheffield Hallam Parkrun/Newbiggin By The Sea Parkrun/Gateshead Parkrun/Yorkshire Marathon/Loch Rannoch Half Marathon

On Saturday 13th October there was double success for the club at the Druridge Bay Parkrun, thanks to victories by Steve CARRAGHER and Carole PAGE. Steve was involved in a decent battle on the first lap round the lake but pulled away nicely to win comfortably in 17.53. Dominic HARRIS was 4th finisher and male 40 winner Phil HALL was 11th home. Carole PAGE was also a fairly easy winner of the ladies race, whilst Jo POWELL was 1st female 45 home!


1-Steve CARRAGHER 17.53 (79.31%)

4-Dominic HARRIS 18.44 (69.40%)

11-Phil HALL 19.35 (71.83%)

15-Jason DAWSON 20.25

25-Carole PAGE 21.35

29-Rob ENSER 21.53 (65.27%)

30-Robert BADDELEY 21.54

44-Jo POWELL 23.02 (68.96%)

51-Ian STEPHENSON 23.39 (66.10%)

61-Justine NORMAN 24.38 (65.76%)

69-Mark LATHAM 25.25 (62.03%)

71-Phil LEE 25.42

75-Eleanor HEELEY 26.08

97-George WILLIAMS 28.17 (61.64%)

117-Lorna STEPHENSON 30.38 (54.08%)

Elsewhere Kim BRONZE clocked 28.57 at the Sheffield Hallam parkrun, Stu BRUCE celebrated his 50th parkrun at Newbiggin By The Sea where he was round in 33.21 and Mark HUME finished the Gateshead Parkrun in 34.01.

The following day Nell GAIR was in action at the Yorkshire Marathon. Nell should be over the moon with her pb time of 5.12.59. This was an improvement of over 50 minutes on last year!!!! Well done Nell!

Also that day Gay and Richard EASTOE travelled north of the border to tackle the stunning Loch Rannoch Half Marathon. The couple ran together and finished in 2.09.58 and 2.09.59 respectively. Gay was 2nd female 60 and Richard was 3rd male 60.

Photos are all at the Druridge Bay Parkrun, Steve CARRAGHER, Mark LATHAM and Jo POWELL.

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Druridge Bay Parkrun/Kewsick Parkrun/Lyme Park Parkrun/Bramhall Parkrun/Kielder 10k, Half Marathon and Marathon

On Saturday 6th October Laurence REEVES ran the fastest 5k by a Harrier at a parkrun that day, thanks to his 19.26 at Druridge Bay, where he finished 5th. Rob ENSER celebrated a course pb due to his 9th placed 20.25, whilst Robert BADDELEY was 12th home and our 3rd finisher. For the women Carole PAGE was once again 1st finisher for us, whilst Jo POWELL was 4th female and winner of the female 45 category! Results:

5-Laurence REEVES 19.26

9-Rob ENSER 20.50 (68.08%)

12-Robert BADDELEY 21.19

14-Tony JACKSON 21.33

15-Carole PAGE 21.37

16-Jason DAWSON 21.38

19-Steve COWELL 21.45

33-Jo POWELL 23.01 (69.01%)

41-Neil HAMILTON 23.59

61-Phil LEE 26.00

71-Kim BRONZE 26.13

73-Nell GAIR 26.15

97-Eleanor HEELEY 28.27

147-Mark HUME 33.19

Elsewhere Kim REDPATH aka MORALEE was 38th at Keswick Parkrun in 23.13, Alice TETLEY-PAUL was 18th home and 2nd female in 23.53 at Lyme Park, near Stockport, whilst John ROSS was 230rd in 30.49 at the Bramhall Parkrun also near Stockport.

Later that day 9 Harriers were in action at the Kielder 10k where Lisa BASTON was 1st home for us in 78th. Diana WEIGHTMAN was next, followed by Karen WOOD and Sophie APPLEBY. Results:

78-Lisa BASTON 46.59

118-Diana WEIGHTMAN 48.53

310-Karen WOOD 57.12

311-Sophie APPLEBY 57.13

375-George WILLIAMS 58.54

397-Jennifer KNIGHT 58.17

439-Justine NORMAN 1.00.01

466-Sue SKIRROW 1.01.08

543-Linda PATTERSON 1.02.56

The following day Mel STEER and Helen PATTERSON represented us in the Kielder Marathon. Mel was 155th finisher and 3rd female 50 in 4.02.36, and Helen was 462nd in 5.01.12. In the half marathon John CUTHBERT finished 84th in 1.40.26, followed by Chris STEWART in 1.52.54, Richard EASTOE in 2.15.17 and wife Gay a second later.

Photos are of Sue SKIRROW, Lisa BASTON and Diana WEIGHTMAN at the Kielder 10k, and Gay and Richard EASTOW at the Kielder Half Marathon.

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NEHL Druridge Bay

On Sunday 7th October the 2nd of the North East Harrier League cross country fixtures took place at Druridge Bay, hosted jointly by Blyth RC and Ashington Hirst RC. A huge number of Harriers took part, with some superb individual and team performances being achieved. From a team point of view the Senior Men finished 2nd narrowly missing out on the win on the day, whilst the Boys Under 17s won their division on the day. Here is a link to the full results http://www.harrierleague.com/results/2018-19/Druridge/.

4 of our Senior Men have been promoted into higher packs thanks to superb runs on the day. Dave RICHARDSON was our 1st finisher in 32nd overall from the Medium Pack and is now in the Fast Pack for the remainder of the season. Former Chevy Chase hero Bruce CROMBIE was 2nd counter for us in 41st and is promoted into the Medium Pack, whilst Graham SIMPSON is also back into the Fast Pack after finishing 44th from the Medium Pack. Steve PATTERSON is up from the Slow Pack into the Mediums after finishing 47th, whilst our other 2 counters were Jon ARCHER and Phil HALL. Just behind Phil were two Medium Pack runners in Adam FLETCHER and Paul WHITE, whilst there were also some good runs from the likes of Laurence REEVES, Allan FOGGON and Peter GREY. Our 2nd place finish on the day means we are now 3rd overall after 2 events.


32-Dave RICHARDSON 38.15 (M)

41-Bruce CROMBIE 38.36 (S)

44-Graham SIMPSON 38.50 (M)

47-Steve PATTERSON 38.56 (S)

62-Jon ARCHER 39.12 (S)

158-Phil HALL 40.52 (S)

159-Adam FLETCHER 40.52 (M)

177-Paul WHITE 41.04 (M)

188-Laurence REEVES 41.12 (S)

222-Allan FOGGON 41.43 (S)

237-Jason DAWSON 42.04 (S)

247-Peter GREY 42.13 (S)

320-Ian SIMON 43.37 (M)

328-Dominic HARRIS 43.51 (F)

347-Mike TELFER 44.31 (S)

415-Kevin McGEE 46.43 (S)

425-David HENDERSON 47.09 (S)

442-Graham SKIRROW 47.39 (S)

458-Ian STEPHENSON 48.17 (S)

501-Chris CALVERT 50.38 (S)

For our Senior Women Jo POWELL had a superb race on her Harrier League debut by finishing 34th of well over 350 runners from the Slow Pack. As a result Jo is now promoted to the Medium Pack. Next home was Medium Pack runner Lisa BASTON, just edging out Frances WILDE. Last of the 4 counters for us was Medium Pack runner Karen KELLY. Well done to Justine NORMAN who was 10 seconds behind Karen, and to the likes of Emma McGEE, Karen LEESON and Grazia CALVERT!


34-Jo POWELL 31.20 (S)

84-Lisa BASTON 32.37 (M)

87-Frances WILDE 32.41 (S)

126-Karen KELLY 33.29 (M)

136-Justine NORMAN 33.39 (S)

201-Louise CALLAGHAN 35.43 (S)

238-Emma McGEE 36.44 (S)

258-Tania CONWAY 37.36 (S)

273-Jennifer KNIGHT 38.18 (S)

309-Karen LEESON 40.15 (S)

337-Lorna STEPHENSON 43.25 (S)

349-Mark HUME 45.23 (S)

357-Grazia CALVERT 52.01 (S)

For our Juniors there were loads of great runs, though standout performances came from Tess HINDMARSH, Ellie PRICE, Max MURRAY JOHN, Millie BREESE, Gregor BATLEY and Ben MURRAY JOHN. In terms of team performances our Under 13 Girls were 3rd in their division on the day, whilst our Boys Under 17s had a brilliant performance and won on the day thanks to counters Ben MURRAY JOHN, Barnabus HARVEY and Max BREESE. Results:

Girls Under 11s:

12-Tess HINDMARSH 6.44

22-Xara PURVIS 6.56

33-Louise SYERS 7.29

35-Rebecca HEELEY 7.33

48-Ava FINDLAY 8.08

50-Erin GIVENS 8.14

Boys Under 11s:

27-Liam McDONOUGH 6.42

28-Ruaridh BATLEY 6.43

Girls Under 13s:

9-Ellie PRICE 15.21 (S)

13-Lilia PURVIS 15.33 (S)

21-Beth CARRAGHER 15.51 (S)

51-Eleanor HEELEY 17.07 (S)

Boys Under 13s:

19-Max MURRAY JOHN 14.33 (F)

21-Cooper WILDE 14.38 (S)

22-Harris HALL 14.43 (S)

66-Alex KNIGHT 17.52 (S)

Girls Under 15s:

12-Millie BREESE 14.40 (F)

19-Sam POTTS 14.52 (S)

24-Hannah JOHNSTON 15.11 (F)

26-Lydia SMITH 15.15 (S)

40-Ailsa BATLEY 15.55 (S)

43-Maddy HALL 16.03 (S)

54-Anna Grace HARVEY 17.18 (S)

Boys Under 15s:

10-Gregor BATLEY 13.07 (S)

22-Thomas DAVISON 13.36 (S)

23-Finlay WILDE 13.38 (S)

26-James CARRAGHER 13.34 (S)

43-Owen DOUGLAS 14.46 (S)

52-Joseph GODDEN 15.17 (F)

Girls Under 17:

23-Anna McQUEEN 23.04 (S)

Boys Under 17s:

3-Ben MURRAY JOHN 17.57 (S)

9-Barnabus HARVEY 18.46 (S)

10-Max BREESE 18.49 (S)

21-Ollie TELFER 20.19 (F)

The next race is at Gosforth Racecourse on Saturday 27th October!

Above photos are of Bruce CROMBIE, Mike TELFER, Jo POWELL, Louise CALLAGHAN, our Girls Under 13s and the Boys Under 17s.

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