North East Indoor Championships

Under 20 Peter SKIRROW was Alnwick Harriers sole representative at the North Eastern Indoor Championships at Gateshead International Stadium on Sunday 19th February. Peters first event was the triple jump which saw him increasing his jumping distance through each round until he produced a final personal best jump in the closing round of 13.33M to take the title! After an hour and a halfs recovery Peter was back in action again, this time in the Long Jump. Consecutive ‘no jumps’ meant that Peter had to execute a ‘safe’ jump in the third round in order to progress further. Unfortunately he wasn’t quite able to hit the take-off board in the subsequent rounds but his earlier safe jump of 6.53M was sufficient to earn him another gold medal. Great work Peter!

Peter SKIRROW 190217

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Druridge Bay Parkrun/Ellenbrook Fields Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Newark Parkrun/Great North West Half Marathon

On Saturday 18th January a decent number of Harriers turned out for the Druridge Bay Parkrun. The highlight for us was Rachelle FALLOON winning the ladies race in an excellent 19.41, the new fastest 5k of the year by a Harrier. Also amongst our ladies Carole PAGE was 3rd finisher and Mel STEER was 4th. For the men there was a decent battle between Tim FALCONER and David HINDMARSH which Tim won, whilst David HENDERSON was winner in the male 60 age group!

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Results:

13-Rachelle FALLOON 19.41

18-Tim FALCONER 20.40 (73.15%)

22-David HINDMARSH 21.05 (72.89%)

27-Carole PAGE 21.31

33-Dave HENDERSON 22.39 (70.79%)

44-Mel STEER 23.29 (69.69%)

52-Paul ROBINSON 23.59

65-Kim BRONZE 25.21 (60.62%)

77-John ROSS 26.19

87-Mairi CAMPBELL 26.49 (63.27%)

104-Neil HAMILTON 28.22

136-Stuart BRUCE 31.18

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In other parkruns Mark and Ruth DOCTOR both ran well at the Ellenbrook Fields Parkrun in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Mark was 15th overall in 21.01 and Ruth was 42nd in 24.47. Richard EASTOE was 44th at the Workington Parkrun in 24.50 and Nell GAIR was 132nd at Newark in 33.19.

The following day Richard JOHNSON put in a storming performance to finish 22nd in a huge field at the Great North West half Marathon in Blackpool. Furthermore he ran a big personal best of 1.21.11 which is comfortably the quickest half marathon of the year by a Harrier. Well done Rich!!

Richard JOHNSON GNW Half

Photos are of Tim FALCONER/Mel STEER at Druridge Bay and Richard JOHNSON in Blackpool.

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NEHL Course Walk Next Sunday!

Harriers! In preparation for the upcoming North East Harrier League cross country fixture at The Pastures, Alnwick on Saturday 4th March we are holding a course inspection next Sunday at 9am. Please can anyone who is willing to help meet at the course entrance off the B1340 armed with bin bags and gloves so we can clear the course of litter and make it pristine. We envisage that this will take about an hour. Thanks for your help!!

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Alnwick NEHL Fixture

Many thanks to Alnwick Estates for allowing us to host the 6th and final North East Harrier League cross country fixture of an exciting 2016/17 season! The event will take place in The Pastures, Alnwick on Saturday 4th March. Times of races are as per all the other fixtures and are listed here (approximate times):

12.15 Under 11 Boys & Girls
12.25 Under 13 Boys
12.35 Under 13 Girls
12.45 Under 15 Boys
12.55 Under 15 Girls
13.05 Under 17 & Under 20 Women
13.10 Senior & Veteran Women
13.50 Under 17 Men
14.15  Senior & Veteran Men

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In terms of directions most of you, apart from a handful of Alnwick Harriers, will be coming from the south. So just head north on the A1 and ignore the first turnoff for Alnwick. Instead take the 2nd turnoff which is signposted Seahouses/Alnwick/Denwick/B1340. Take the slip road off the A1 and at the junction turn left towards Alnwick. You will see the course on the right hand side, but ignore this for now. Head along to the Alnwick Gardens car park where parking is available for £2. Please please please do not park on the grass verges. This instruction has been ignored by a handful of people in previous years and has caused issues with Alnwick Estates. To ensure we continue to host cross country fixtures in The Pastures don’t be selfish, park in the car park!

Club tents will be positioned just inside the entrance to The Pastures off the B1340. There is limited parking for NEHL officials only, though this access can be used to quickly drop off club tents. In the club tent area there will be ample portable toilets, so please do not do your business anywhere in The Pastures. The start and finish area is right next to where the tents are positioned.

NEHL Alnwick Course

There will be a catering van on site serving hot and cold food, as well as hot drinks and no doubt lots of other goodies! These guys will keep everyone fed and watered http://www.northumbrianfarmhouse.co.uk/about.htm.

There will be livestock in The Pastures, though during the races they tend to congregate in the middle of the site well away from the runners. However we have been asked to remind people to keep dogs on leads!

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For info re the NEHL including latest league positions check out their website http://www.harrierleague.com/. If anyone has any questions please contact Mark DOCTOR at dockie1974@hotmail.co.uk. On behalf of the Alnwick Harriers committee we hope you all have a great day!

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Gateshead Indoors Athletics Series

Three members of the Junior Alnwick Harriers squad attended the Gateshead Indoor Athletics Series on Thursday 9th February. Antje HALL was the only athlete to race the 60m and did well to run a personal best time of 9.32 seconds. In the 60m hurdles Antje managed 5th place in her first indoor race.

In the Shot Putt brothers Ollie and Finlay TELFER won the U15 and U13 categories with Ollie increasing his personal best throw to 7.83m and Finlay missing out on a pb by 1cm! To conclude the evening the boys both ran personal best times in the 60m hurdles, with Ollie managing 11.69s and Finlay 14.19s.

The athletes had an excellent night of competition when the snowy weather conditions outside were pretty miserable. Their build up to the summer athletic season has started well and there will be lots of improvement over the coming months.

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NEHL Thornley Hall (2)/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Run Newcastle Valentines 10k

The penultimate North East Harrier League fixture of the season saw members of the club pay another visit to the Thornley Hall Farm course near Peterlee on Saturday 11th February. The course was a lot lot muddier than last time and was an extremely testing affair, though most of our runners seemed to have enjoyed it! For the Seniors the stars were Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS who finished 6th of nearly 250 runners and David MILNE who was 20th of just under 370 finishers. Overall the Senior Men were the top team on the day finishing 4th of the 11 teams in the league.

In terms of the team performance the Senior Women had another not so great result, finishing 9th of the 10 teams in Division 1 on the day. This sees them drop to 8th overall, just ahead of the relegation zone. Hopefully home advantage and increased numbers of Harriers at the fixture on The Pastures in early March will see us avoid the drop. Backing up Jo on the day were Diana WEIGHTMAN who finished 63rd from the Slow Pack, Karen KELLY from the Fast Pack who was 119th and Emma MURRAY from the Slow Pack who was 177th. Also well done to the non counter Melanie BUCHANAN.

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For the Senior Men David MILNE showed what a top class runner he is by coming from the Fast Pack to finish 20th overall. Adam FLETCHER, making the longest journey for us to take part in the fixture, was 83rd from the Medium Pack and Jordan ROGERSON was next. The final 3 counters all finished within a few seconds of each other with captain Dominic HARRIS just beating Dean STACKHOUSE and Jon DUFFY. Our 4th placed finish on the day saw us jump up 2 places to 3rd overall, just outside the promotion slots. There’s a decent gap between us and 2nd placed Birtley AC, but fingers crossed a multi car pile-up (with no injuries obviously) on the A1 on the lunchtime of the Alnwick fixture will mean many of their runners will abandon attempts to make it, thus ensuring we get promoted to Division 1!

Results:

Girls Under 11s:

12-Evie GODDEN 7.21

Boys Under 13s:

32-Joseph GODDEN 18.31 (F)

37-Ryan HARRISON-FRATER 19.07 (S)

38-Joe HEMSLEY 19.11 (S)

Girls Under 13s:

15-Ellie HENDERSON 18.40 (F)

Boys Under 15s:

12-Alex THRELFALL 16.02 (S)

27-Ollie TELFER 17.46 (F)

Senior Women:

6-Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS 34.05 (F)

63-Diana WEIGHTMAN 37.59 (S)

119-Karen KELLY 40.51 (F)

177-Emma MURRAY 45.18 (S)

240-Melanie BUCHANAN 61.27 (S)

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Senior Men:

20-David MILNE 46.22 (F)

83-Adam FLETCHER 49.30 (M)

96-Jordan ROGERSON 49.44 (S)

123-Dominic HARRIS 50.32 (M)

126-Dean STACKHOUSE 50.32 (S)

132-Jon DUFFY 50.47 (S)

150-Phil HEMSLEY 51.28 (M)

155-Shaun LAND 51.32 (M)

197-Stuart MORRIS 53.02 (S)

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That morning 14 Harriers took part in the 5k Druridge Bay Parkrun in pretty grim conditions. Carole PAGE made it an amazing 4th win on the trot at the event as she finished 12th overall. Also for the female Harriers Lisa WILLIAMS was 3rd lady home, Justine NORMAN was 4th, Sue BOLAM was winner of the female 50 age group and Nell GAIR bagged another 5k pb! For the men Phil HALL was 2nd finisher in 19.10. Paul ROBINSON was our 2nd finisher and Ian ATHERTON won the male 60 category! Results:

2-Phil HALL 19.10 (72.97%)

12-Carole PAGE 22.06 (83.03%)

24-Lisa WILLIAMS 23.41 (68.40%)

30-Justine NORMAN 23.57 (66.32%)

34-Paul ROBINSON 24.24

40-Mel STEER 25.15

49-Ian ATHERTON 26.03 (62.64%)

57-Sue BOLAM 26.48

70-Mairi CAMPBELL 27.38 (61.40%)

80-Jocelyn BOLAM 28.14 (52.46%)

84-Laura McLEAN Sr (62.20%)

104-Nell GAIR 30.04

105-Jayne McKENNA 30.31

115-Christine MAVROMICHAELIS 32.08

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Over at Workington Richard EASTOE was 50th finisher in 26.05.

The following day, again in very cold and wet conditions, 4 Harriers tackled the Run Newcastle Valentines 10k on the Town Moor. Peter GREY put in a great performance to win the male 55 category, whilst Emma SHELL knocked about 3 minutes off her 10k best!

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Results:

36-Peter GREY 40.37

119-Kim REDPATH 46.00

132-Paul ROBINSON 46.38

141-Emma SHELL 47.15

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Photos are of Emma MURRAY/Diana WEIGHTMAN/Jordan ROGERSON at Thornley Hall (courtesy of Craig HARMON), Lisa WILLIAMS at Druridge Bay and Peter GREY/Paul ROBINSON on the Town Moor (courtesy of Ian HARMAN).

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Harriers Membership Subs Due-Reminder!!

Harriers! Annual subs are now due, so here’s a message from Membership Secretary Shelley COATES:

“Dear Alnwick Harriers Senior Members,

Just over 200 of you renewed or signed up to our club in 2016! Thank you for doing so and we (your committee) hope you feel that it was good value for money.

2017 subs are now due and due to an increase in fees from UK Athletics, the subs have gone up slightly to £26 for Senior members, £19 for those over 60, £14 for 2nd claim members and free for Honorary Life Members.

The online page will go live on Wednesday 1st February and we would appreciate all members renewing within 14 days. Keeping up your membership will mean that
*you will be insured to train at group sessions.
*you will be eligible to receive subsidised club trips and transport.
*you will be eligible to take part in Grand Prix competition.
*you will be registered with UKA and be able to represent your club at races including our very own cross country.

If for any reason you are not renewing please email s.coates1harriers@btopenworld.com so that we can keep our records up to date.

The following link will take you directly to the online page

https://www.sportsentrysolutions.com/new_member_page.php?recordID=892

If you have any problems please contact me via email with the subject heading Alnwick Harriers Membership.

Thanks,

Shelley”

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Club Kit Shop Temporary Closure

Harriers! Just to make you aware that the Club Kit shop will close temporarily from 10th March. Its unclear how long it’ll be closed for however it will probably be for a minimum of 3 months. Club vests will still be available to purchase after this date but all our other fine array of clothing will not be. Therefore make your purchases asap!

The Club Kit can be found here http://www.alnwickharriers.co.uk/?page_id=1275.

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Inter Counties Cross Country Championships

Junior teams from Northumberland, Durham, Cleveland, Cumbria and North Yorkshire met for the Schools Inter County Cross Country Championship at Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria on Saturday 4th February. Alnwick Harriers fielded 6 athletes across all the age groups representing several schools from the surrounding Alnwick area.

The athletes were selected for the Northumberland team through two qualification rounds; firstly at Druridge Bay to represent North Northumberland and then by finishing in the top 16 at the County Championship.

The runners from the 5 counties were challenged by a tough course in testing conditions. The two steep hills on the wet and muddy course made for hard racing on a very cold day. Lauren BROWN and Hannah JOHNSTON were first to run in the Minor girls race (Year 7, under 12). Lauren ran a steady race moving up from 12th place on the first big hill to sixth by the end of the second long climb. After a good final decent and sprint to the finish Lauren gained two more places to finish in an excellent fourth place just 11 seconds behind the winner. Hannah, competing for the first time for the County, finished 37th in a field of over 70 runners.

Max MURRAY JOHN ran an excellent race in the Minor boy’s category and finished 19th overall. In the Junior Girls race (Years 8&9) Ellie HENDERSON had another great weekends racing. Last week Ellie ran in the Northern Clubs Championship at Knowsley, Liverpool and once again in Kirkby Stephen produced another solid mid table result. Ollie TELFER ran in the junior boy’s race and survived the longer two lap race finishing well.

Finally in the senior boy’s race Ben KELLY ran well and finished the 7.1 km course as first counter for Northumberland. This is an excellent result that will hopefully guarantee his selection for the National English Schools Championship in March.

Inter Counties Cross Country 2017

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Druridge Bay Parkrun/Bury St Edmunds Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/St Andrews Parkrun/Almeria Half Marathon/Winter Wonderland Marathon

Alnwick Harriers had a “takeover” day at the Druridge Bay Parkrun on Saturday 4th February where the vast majority of the roles were taken by club members, under the watchful eye of their boss and fellow Harrier, Run Director David HINDMARSH. Despite the decent number helping out there were still some excellent performances from the Harriers taking part, not least from Carole PAGE who made it a hat-trick of victories! Carole finished 24th overall in a decent field and 1st female in 21.50. Other female performances of note were from Kim REDPATH who was 3rd lady home, whilst Mel STEER was winner of the female 45 category. For the men Peter MORALEE was a very good 4th finisher, whilst Mark DOUGLAS was 9th.

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Results:

4-Peter MORALEE 18.56 (68.13%)

9-Mark DOUGLAS 19.46 (66.69%)

24-Carole PAGE 21.50 (84.05%)

31-Kim REDPATH 22.59 (64.39%)

38-Robert STEPHENSON 23.31 (59.18%)

42-Mel STEER 23.46 (68.86%)

53-Paul ROBINSON 24.13

111-Dave COATES 27.44

159-Nell GAIR 31.32

200-Lorna STEPHENSON 37.55 (42.73%)

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In other parkruns that day Rachelle FALLOON was in action at Bury St Edmunds where she ran the fastest 5k by a Harrier so far this year, clocking 19.57 to finish 5th overall and 2nd female. At Workington Richard EASTOE was 44th in 23.54 and up at St Andrews Jayne McKENNA was 160th in 29.50.

Over in Spain Jocelyn BOLAM was in action in the Almeria Half Marathon where she clocked 2.22.15.

Finally for the weekend Cris ATWELL took part in the Winter Wonderland Marathon, a multi lap race at Newcastles Town Moor. Cris finished in 4.12.26, agonisingly just 6 seconds slower than his previous appearance in one of these races hosted by the North East Marathon Club.

Photos are of Carole PAGE and Peter MORALEE at Druridge Bay.

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