Bronze Award For Northumberland Coastal Run!!

We are incredibly proud to announce that The Northumberland Coastal Run has been awarded Bronze in the Half Marathon category at the prestigious ‘Race of the Year Awards 2017’ which were held at the O2 in London last week!

This award ceremony was been set up to identify and recognise the best running events every year from the running publics nominations and votes. The competition was incredibly tough, and every year hundreds of running events try to secure one of the much-coveted awards.

Our journey started last September when The Northumberland Coastal Run was put forward and the first round of voting secured us a place in the top 12 races. In December voting re-opened we had until April to try and encourage as many votes as possible. Club members, family, friends and the local and wider community all helped to spread the word and encourage people to vote.

We are very proud of our local race, which has taken place every July since 1979. The dedication and organisation behind this event is inspiring and every year over a thousand participants line up at the start on Beadnell beach to take part in the glorious 14-mile race to Alnmouth. The coastline boats some of the most dramatic scenery in the UK and is renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches, rolling dunes and historic landscape.

On behalf of the Alnwick Harriers Running Club I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for their support, and for taking time out to vote and make this all possible.

This year’s race is on Sunday 23rd July 2017, we look forward to seeing you there.

Sarah CROSS/Club Secretary

2013 Coastal Run Start!

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Grand Prix Standings After Druridge Bay Half Marathon

The latest Grand Prix standings have been collated by John ROSS after last weekends Druridge Bay Half Marathon. Still ahead of the pack is Dominic HARRIS, ahead of David HINDMARSH who has improved his position thanks to his Boston Marathon run. Karen KELLY has dropped to 3rd, whilst Conrad STEWART (remember him?) has shot into 4th place! Mel STEER is also into one of the trophy winning slots in 5th, Peter GREY drops to 6th, Mairi CAMPBELL is 7th and Tim FALCONER is 8th. Other Harriers in the trophy winning positions are Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS, Lisa WILLIAMS, Allan FOGGON and Jocelyn BOLAM. Plenty to play for, here are the standings:

Alnwick Harriers Grand Prix Standings After Druridge Bay Half Marathon

There are quite a few of our 2017 Grand Prix events now taking entries! Here are some:

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

Wednesday 24th May-George Ogle Memorial Race. This is a cracker of a race with a bit of everything; road, trail, grass, a hilly bit and a disused railway. More details and entries are here

Sunday 28th May-Druridge Bay 10k. Again entries are being taken for this top race, with all the details being found here. However places are going fast!!

Friday 9th June-Blaydon Race. Sold out!! Details of a ridiculously massively subsidised club coach will appear very very soon.

Sunday 13th August-Darlington 10k. This is a fast and very flat race which is a replacement for the Clive Cookson 10k which clashes with the George Ogle Memorial Race in May. Entries go live on Friday 24th February with the first 300 places having a huge 30% discount! You will be able to enter here

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October-Helvellyn and Ullswater Trail Races. More details regarding this club trip can be found here


Conrad STEWART in action at the Druridge Bay Half Marathon.

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Gordon Smith Memorial Relays

Harriers!! Next up for the spring road relays is the flat and very fast Gordon Smith Memorial Relays. This event is hosted by Wallsend Harriers and takes place on Wednesday 10th May with a 7.30pm start!

Three runners make a team with each runner doing approximately 2 miles each. We have always had a good turnout for this event and we would love that to continue this year!

Both the ladies and gents teams require one “Veteran”, this is an over 35 for the ladies and an over 40 for the men. The relays take place within the West Allotment Country Park, Wallsend.

If you would like to participate could you please email Mark DOCTOR at or alternatively add your name to the poster at the Willowburn which will be up very soon!

Closing Date to enter is 3rd May! Hope to see you there.


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Les Allcorn 10k Marshal Details

Many, many thanks to all the Harriers and their friends or family who have offered their service at this years Les Allcorn 10k and Junior Fun Run on Tuesday 2nd May. Here is the map showing marshal names, positions and times they are required. Many thanks to Race Organiser Gareth BREESE for all his hard work so far!!

Les Allcorn 10k Marshal Map and Positions

Les Allcorn 10k Marshal Info


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Elswick Harriers Good Friday Relay/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Newcastle Parkrun/Rising Sun Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Isel Cross/North Tyneside 10k/Druridge Bay Half Marathon/Boston Marathon

The Easter weekend started off with the traditional Good Friday Relay organised by Elswick Harriers. A smaller group of Harriers than in recent years, 3 teams, took part in this fast and furious event on the banks of the Tyne near Newburn. The highlight of the fixture for us was Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS running the fastest leg by a female Veteran team member on the day. With 41 teams of 3 taking part in this category this was a great performance. Our Veteran female teams performed well finishing 11th and 25th, whilst the Senior mens team were 43rd overall. Results:

Veteran Women:

11-Diana WEIGHTMAN 15.04, Pauline AITCHISON 16.50 and Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS 13.01. Total 44.55.

25-Lisa BASTON 15.26, Tania CONWAY 17.34 and Katie BLACKBURN 16.50. Total 49.50.

Senior Men:

43-Shaun LAND 12.21, Ian McALLISTER 16.24, Dean STACKHOUSE 14.23 and James WILLOUGHBY 13.03. Total 56.11.

Elswick Relay Ladies

The following day Carole PAGE was the star at the Druridge Bay Parkrun thanks to a great 21.16, just a few seconds outside her course best. This was the 26th time Carole was 1st across the line at the event. Phil HALL was our first runner to finish, whilst John CUTHBERT ran a 5k pb and Frances WILDE was winner of the female 40 category.



11-Phil HALL 19.19 (72.30%)

26-Carole PAGE 21.16

38-Neil HAMILTON 21.52

44-John CUTHBERT 22.16 (58.08%)

45-Dominic HARRIS 22.22

64-Conrad STEWART 23.36 (60.52%)

71-Cooper WILDE 24.02 (68.03%)

79-Frances WILDE 24.28

95-Mel STEER 24.57 (66.40%)

107-Kim BRONZE 25.22 (60.58%)

144-Paul DELLBRIDGE 27.23 (54.72%)

204-Melanie BUCHANAN 31.45

233-Lorna STEPHENSON 33.34


Down at the Newcastle Parkrun Diana WEIGHTMAN was a superb 1st female 50 home in 23.06, whilst at the Rising Sun Parkrun Alice TETLEY-PAUL was home in 23.11. Richard and Gay EASTOE warmed up for a later race by taking part in the Workington Parkrun.

Also that day the EASTOEs took part in the 5.5 mile Isel Cross multi terrain race at Cockermouth. Running together they finished in 55.01.

The following day a good number of Harriers took part in the North Tyneside 10k where John CUTHBERT scored his 2nd pb in as many days, whilst Peter LINDLEY smashed his previous best by about 4 minutes! Results:

228-John CUTHBERT 44.02

339-Dave BARTRUM 46.26

707-Laura McLEAN Jr 52.09

708-Peter LINDLEY 52.10

728-Phil LEE 52.50

763-Maureen BARTRUM 52.50

788-Morag DONOGHUE 53.13

970-Carol DAVISON 55.52

1636-Ron McCORMACK 1.08.36

1656-Gaynor AYRE 1.09.16

Also that day several Harriers took part in the latest of the 2017 Grand Prix races, the Druridge Bay Half Marathon, organised by the North East Marathon Club. Alice TETLEY-PAUL was 1st home for us ahead of Conrad STEWART and Emma SHELL. Well done to Jocelyn BOLAM who notched a huge half marathon pb!

36-Alice TETLEY-PAUL 1.48.04

38-Conrad STEWART 1.50.00

46-Emma SHELL 1.55.16

51-Justine NORMAN 1.56.24

56-Mel STEER 1.58.53

66-Jocelyn BOLAM 2.04.12

78-Mairi CAMPBELL 2.15.02

Emma and Justine

Also at the event Cris ATWELL took part in the marathon, finishing in 4 hours 3 minutes.

Finally for the weekend David HINDMARSH was in action in the Boston Marathon. In hot conditions David struggled with cramp from 19 miles onwards, so jogged and drank beer from then till the finish, finishing in 4.20.42.


Photos are of the Veteran Women at the Good Friday Relays, Phil HALL/Mel STEER at Druridge Bay Parkrun, Emma SHELL/Justine NORMAN at the Druridge Bay Half and David HINDMARSH at Boston.

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Blaydon Race Bus Details

Harriers the Blaydon Race bus is booked and its a ridiculously cheap £5 return for Harriers!! Wow!! All the details are here including prices for non Harriers and the option of one way travel.

We have booked a 29 seat coach, though we can book a larger one if necessary. The deadline for booking a seat is Wednesday 31st May.

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BBC Radio Newcastle Feature

Check out the BBC Newcastle Radio interview with Coach Sue SKIRROW and our Juniors Millie and Finlay about the planned closure of the Lindisfarne Sportshall!

You can access the interview from the BBC Newcastle website. It’s on the Alfie and Anne at Breakfast show. Broadcast is on 11th April at 07.49-07.54am.

If you have not signed the online petition yet about the closure please do so…  Follow the following link and pass onto any parents or affected residents, as it’s important that we keep the sports hall open.

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Blyth Valley 10k/Brigham 10k/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Bramhall Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Keswick Parkrun

Many thanks to our pals at Blyth RC for hosting their annual superb Blyth Valley 10k on Sunday 8th April. On a flat course and in calm, warm conditions there were some top class performances from many of our runners with pbs galore and an age category win! First home for us was young Ben KELLY. In the first of the pbs Ben ran a brilliant 35.38 to finish 28th overall. Next home, knocking over half a minute off his previous 10k best, was Dominic HARRIS who edged into the top 50 in a superb 37.33. Shaun LAND was next, just ahead of the first of our 2 ladies who finished in the top 10 in the female race, Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS. Jo clocked 38.19 to finish 7th female and 1st in the female 35 category! Jordan ROGERSON was next in a good 38.54, just ahead of Peter GREY who was 2nd in his age group. Allan FOGGON is fast improving, clocking 39.05, whilst Rachelle FALLOON ran a stormer to dip under 40 minutes and finish 10th lady! Well done to all the Harriers who took part.

Jordan ROGERSON Blyth


28-Ben KELLY 35.38

49-Dominic HARRIS 37.33

59-Shaun LAND 37.51


79-Jordan ROGERSON 38.54

84-Peter GREY 39.12

87-Allan FOGGON 39.05

102-Rachelle FALLOON 39.50

121-Jon DUFFY 40.56

152-Tim FALCONER 41.51

153-Stuart MORRIS 42.04

225-Karen KELLY 45.04

236-John CUTHBERT 45.56

243-Steven STUDLEY 46.24

265-Lisa BASTON 46.50

301-Conrad STEWART 49.27

308-Louise CALLAGHAN 49.54

318-Emma SHELL 50.23

347-Laura McLEAN Jr 52.34

399-Jocelyn BOLAM 56.00

422-John ROSS 57.36

509-Mark HUME 69.18

Louise CALLAGHAN Blyth

Also that day our Cumbrian members Gay and Richard EASTOE took part in the Brigham 10k, near Cockermouth. The pair ran together with Gay finishing in 59.58 and Richard in exactly 1 hour.

The day before at Druridge Bay a glorious morning brought club members out in large numbers. Just like at Blyth there were some excellent results from our members, with Richard JOHNSON and Rachelle FALLOON both finishing 2nd of their respective genders. David HINDMARSH and Carole PAGE both won the aged 55 categories, whilst Ruth DOCTOR warmed up for the London Marathon in a few weeks with a brilliant 5k pb!

Dave HINDMARSH DB 080417


2-Richard JOHNSON 18.04

12-Rachelle FALLOON 20.10

16-David HINDMARSH 20.40 (74.35%)

22-Graham CROW 21.09 (63.12%)

27-Carole PAGE 21.42

36-Alice TETLEY-PAUL 22.23 (66.12%)

50-Neil HAMILTON 23.42

57-Paul ROBINSON 24.12 (53.31%)

58-Ruth DOCTOR 24.15 (64.40%)

76-Sarah GRAY 25.29 ((58.21%)

85-Kim BRONZE 26.00 (59.10%)

87-Chris FRIEND 26.17 (54.34%)

176-Melanie BUCHANAN 32.21

198-Lorna STEPHENSON 33.39 (48.14%)

199-Jayne McKENNA 33.49

Ruth DOCTOR DB 080417

Elsewhere John ROSS clocked 28.34 at the Bramhall Parkrun near Manchester, Richard EASTOE finished in 24.43 at Workington and Mike HENRY completed the Keswick Parkrun in 28.27.

Grand Prix results will be updated asap by John ROSS. Above photos are of Jordan ROGERSON and Louise CALLAGHAN/Conrad STEWART at Blyth, and David HINDMARSH and Ruth DOCTOR at Druridge Bay.

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Save Lindisfarne Sports Hall Petition!

Did you know that the planned building closures include the Lindisfarne Sports Hall and the Adult Education Centre? The elimination of these key facilities will affect the whole community, our well-being and our childrens ability to excel at sports.

This post is about the planned closure of these buildings within the Middle School site. It highlights the impact and choices made without apparent consultation or visibility of expected costs. It also questions the quality of facilities that will be available for sports participation and further education within the Alnwick area and if the alternatives are likely to be too costly to be viable for voluntary clubs.

Why should I be interested?

These are community facilities within the school site and their loss will affect us all, by reducing our access to both sport and education. We need to ensure that we have continued use of good affordable facilities that meet the needs of the entire community after the school moves. Our concern is that if these closures go ahead prior to the provision of replacements, further promises will be broken &and we will lose vital community facilities forever.

Why is it important to act now and get our voices heard?

The Sports Hall and the Adult Learning Centre are to be demolished with no contingency plans and local elections are coming up. We have the chance to influence political and local government behaviour for the common good but only if we act now and protect these community assets.

This post is to concerned local residents, parents and sports club users. We are not a political group, we just want to ensure that suitable facilities are retained. The Duchess Community High School (DCHS) cannot accommodate our needs in the short term and for some groups no long term facilities are available. Our clubs and activities could be homeless soon. We are therefore starting a petition to publicise our concerns and to ask for your support.

Lost Facilities?

A soil mountain also stops our young people from accessing the sports fields at DCHS. Where are the promised playing fields for rugby and football? The only playing fields suitable for athletics are on the Lindisfarne site – we could lose these too. Junior hockey is homeless already with the closure of the old DCHS gym.

Many local residents rely on the Adult Learning Centre and old gym to improve key skills and to socialise. Other local communities have experienced similar issues and the closures of key affordable facilities. Closed buildings never reopen and our playing fields then get filled with new housing…

Can all local residents support us please?

Can you support our online petition to safeguard our access to sport and further education. It can be accessed at

If we can get huge numbers of people supporting our petition and talking about it, we can save these facilities for the community. Please share this with others and encourage others to take action.

If you require further information or can help save the facilities please contact us at

Issued on behalf of the Junior Coaches of Alnwick Harriers

Lindisfarne School

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National Biathlon and NOTAN Minors Meeting

Modern Biathlon-National Junior Championship

On Saturday 25th March Junior Alnwick Harrier Ellie PRICE competed in the National Modern Biathlon Championship at Crystal Palace. Modern Biathlon consists of a separate swim and run with distances varying on the competitor’s age. Ellie raced in the U11 category where she was tested on a 50m swim and 800m run. Run and swim times are converted to points, with the final positions being decided by the total number of points achieved overall after both disciplines. Ellie had to qualify at a regional level to reach the national final where she finished in an excellent 65th place out of over 160 competitors. Well done Ellie!

Minors Athletics Meeting, Whitley Bay

The North of Tyne Athletic Network hosted their first meeting for minor athletes on Saturday 1st April at Churchill Fields, Whitley Bay. Juniors from school years 3-6 competed in a range of events that include a sprint, middle distance race, long jump and howler throw.

Alnwick Harriers fielded twelve juniors some competing for their first time others who are now veterans of the competition. There were some excellent performances and several of the athletes are already in a strong position to challenge for the overall Grand Prix titles.

NOtTAN 2017

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