Sprint Relay Meeting-3 Teams Entered!

The deadline has now passed and we have entered 3 teams in the Sprint Relay Meeting on Wednesday 10th September at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow. 2 mens teams and one ladies team will travel down to take part in 4 x 100m, 4 x 200m and 4 x 400m relays!

Those taking part are:







Andrew SHELL

Hesus KIDD






Sarah GRAY

Entry is absolutely free and the organisers are stressing that the event is for absolutely everyone, irrespective of how fast they are. A timetable of the meeting is here:

Flyer for Sprint Relay Meeting 2014.

All teams have to be registered by 7pm, so if anyone wants to car share perhaps meet at Willowburn at 5.15? For SatNav purposes the postcode is NE32 5NJ. Good luck!


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Druridge Bay Parkrun/Carlisle Parkrun/Harrogate Parkrun/Tynedale 10 Mile Jelly Race/Watergate 5k

8 Harriers took part in the 4th Druridge Bay Parkrun on Saturday 30th August, with the highlight being success for Claire MILLER-GROSSETT as she won the ladies race! Claire actually struggled in the blustery conditions with her finishing time of 24.14 being well down on her recent performances, which have seen her finish as 3rd female on two occasions. However her run was good enough to see her follow up Sarah GRAY’s victory two weeks ago in the same event. Well done Claire!

For the men first finisher was Eddie LONGSTAFF in 3rd place. Again Eddie was not particularly over the moon with his time of 19.04, but it was a decent run nonetheless. There were no such wind issues for Mark DOUGLAS who knocked a massive 42 seconds off his previous best Parkrun time, finishing the 5k agonisingly just over 20 minutes. Also at Druridge Bay John ROSS was 1st in the male 55 category, Dave COATES made his Parkrun debut and Richard AGAN clocked a poor time, due to getting lost on the way!


Mark DOUGLAS-4th Druridge Bay ParkrunResults:

3-Eddie LONGSTAFF 19.04 (67.66%)

9-Mark DOUGLAS 20.02 (64.89%)

25-Conrad STEWART 22.34 (61.89%)

27-Dave COATES 22.38 (66.79%)

31-Kim BRONZE 23.43 (63.18%)

32-Richard AGAN 24.08 (53.45%)

33-Claire MILLER-GROSSETT 24.14 (61.07%)

38-John ROSS 25.30 (61.31%)

Kim BRONZE-4th Druridge Bay ParkrunAlso that morning Gay and Richard EASTOE travelled to the north of Cumbria to take part in the Carlisle Parkrun, as their usual Workington Parkrun wasn’t taking place that morning. Richard was 1st in the male 60 category, though Gay was beaten to female 60 success! Finally Phil LEE was at the Harrogate Parkrun where he finished 91st of the 308 runners. Results:


67-Gay EASTOE 26.52 (71.22%)

68-Richard EASTOE 26.52 (59.68%)


91-Phil LEE 24.04 (63.85%)

The following morning 3 Harriers travelled to take part in the Tynedale Harriers organised 10 mile Jelly Tea Race. Of the 3 Gary COWELL was first across the line. Since joining the club just over a week ago Gary has pulled on the club vest 3 times, performing well on each occasion. Good work Gary! Charlie GILLON and John ROSS also took part. Results:

127-Gary COWELL 1.13.51

200-Charlie GILLON 1.20.19

295-John ROSS 1.28.43

Gary COWELL-Tynedale Harriers 10 Mile Jelly RaceFinally back on Thursday 28th August Mark HUME raced in the Low Fell RC organised Watergate 5k. Mark has been blighted with injuries of late so well done just for making the start line! He finished the undulating 5k in 31.47.

Photos courtesy of Jackie PROUSE (Druridge Bay) and Dave KITCHING (Tynedale Jelly Race).

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Wooler Social Part 2-Reminder!

We have been invited by our pals at Wooler RC to attend their Social event on Tuesday 9th September! This year the run will be an undulating 6 mile route through Chillingham Park, partly on stony trails and grass paths. Therefore trail running shoes would be advisable for this.

The plan is to either meet at Willowburn at 6.16pm for car sharing or head straight to the church at Chillingham Castle for a 6.45pm start. Upon arrival at the meeting point we’ll either be put into different groups depending on pace, or in one group (depends how many people attend). Due to the time of year don’t forget a headtorch as well as midge repellent!

Afterwards there’ll be food, drink and chat in the Percy at Chatton!

This is a great opportunity to meet, run and socialise with members of Wooler RC, who in the past have made us very welcome at previous Social events. If you’re interested please add your name to the list at Willowburn or contact Adam SPILLER on 07941171151.

Finally please wear your club vest! If you haven’t got one yet go to the CLUB KIT section of the website and Mary PLUMLEY will sort you out.


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Grand Prix Standings After Blyth Links 10k

Well done once again to John ROSS for updating the Grand Prix table after the Blyth Links 10k. With the Druridge Bay parkrun starting up recently there are more and more Harriers being added to the list every week, meaning more work for him. Cheers John, you’re doing a brilliant job!

After his 84.44% WAVA score at Blyth Phil HEMSLEY has a decent lead at the top of the standings after taking part in the maximum 6 counting events. Like a lot of those at the top of the board Phil can still improve on his final score by knocking off some of the lower WAVA scores, like those accrued at Brough Law or Wrekenton. Next comes Jim LILLICO, followed by Mike HENRY. Phil BASTON, Micky AISTON and Kim BRONZE are next and like the 3 above have all taken part in 6 counting races. Dave HINDMARSH sits in 7th place, just in front of Sarah GRAY who has just overtaken Shelley COATES to be 1st female Harrier. Three more female Harriers make up the final 3 trophy winning spots, Charlotte BASTON, Maureen BARTRUM and Tracey SAMPLE. Amongst those breathing down their necks are Dave BARTRUM, Diana WEIGHTMAN, Stuart MORRIS and Alex REED.

Alnwick Harriers Grand Prix After Blyth Links 10k

There are just 2 events to go in this years Grand Prix, the Howick Trail Race in October and Brampton to Carlisle in November. More details are in the GRAND PRIX section of the website. Plenty of points are still up for grabs and there are a whole host of Harriers who could still sneak into the top 12, thus win one of the trophies!

2014 Grand Prix leader Phil HEMSLEY

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Blyth Links 10k

There was a great turn out of 23 Harriers at the Blyth Links 10k on Tuesday 26th August, the latest of the 2014 Grand Prix fixtures. A fast course meant there were some great performances, excellent times and pb’s. After the race, which is a free event hosted by Blyth RC, it was off to The Quay pub for free food!

2014 Blyth Links 10k StartTop man for us, and current odds-on bookies favourite to take the 2014 Grand Prix title, is big Phil HEMSLEY. Phil was a brilliant 6th overall of the 267 runners in 36.39, a great time which was just outside the best 10k by a Harrier this year set by Bruce CROMBIE earlier this year. There were no prizes with it being a free race but Phil would have won the male 50 category by a mile. Next home in her first race for ages due to injury was the legend Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS. Jo was 24th overall and 3rd female in 39.12, which is not bad considering the lack of running Jo’s been doing! Third Harrier back in a pleasing sub 40 minutes was Mark MILLER, who just finished ahead of Stuart MORRIS. Stuart’s time of 40.04 was one of a number of pb’s for Harriers on the night, with his being the biggest, about 90 seconds quicker than previously!

Jo GASCOOIGNE-OWENS 2014 Blyth Links 10k

For much of the race there was an excellent battle between 5 Harriers. Graham CROW came out on top with a pb, when he outsprinted Mark DOCTOR and Gary COWELL. They in turn finished just in front of the fast finishing Sarah GRAY who just pipped Micky AISTON on the line. Mark, Sarah and Micky also recorded 10k pb’s, and Sarah was 6th female to finish. The other pb on the night was for Junior Harrier Charlotte BASTON, who also beat her dad Phil! Results:

6-Phil HEMSLEY 36.39


32-Mark MILLER 39.48

37-Stuart MORRIS 40.04

68-Graham CROW 42.43

72-Mark DOCTOR 42.52

74-Gary COWELL 42.53

76-Sarah GRAY 43.11

77-Micky AISTON 43.14

99-Andy SQUIRES 44.35

120-Diana WEIGHTMAN 45.54

129-Charlotte BASTON 46.22

130-Graham SKIRROW 46.22

131-Phil BASTON 46.32

134-Tracey SAMPLE 46.44

151-Dave BARTRUM 48.10

155-Kim BRONZE 48.35

175-Dave COATES 49.30

183-John ROSS 50.20

185-Mike HENRY 50.39

211-Maureen BARTRUM 53.56

212-Stuart BRUCE 54.07

261-Tim SHEPHERD 1.07.41

Maureen BARTRUM-2014 Blyth Links 10kThanks to Alan TAIT for the photos and to Blyth RC for the invite!

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Great North Run-Coach Now Full!!!!

We have once again booked a massively subsidised 48 seat coach with Rothbury Motors for this years Great North Run. The race takes place on Sunday 7th September. The cost is a shockingly cheap £5 return for Harriers and frankly ludicrous £10 for non Harriers (half price if only travelling one way).

The coach will leave Willowburn at 7.30am and go to the Town Moor via Felton and the Holiday Inn at Seaton Burn. It will leave South Shields seafront at 15.30pm and return to Willowburn via Felton and Seaton Burn. Info re the pick-up point in South Shields will be given on the bus in the morning, to ensure we don’t miss the escort out of Shields at the end!

The coach is now full, but if you’d like to add your name to a reserve list please email Mark at dockie1974@hotmail.co.uk.

Great North Run

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Glendale Show Fell Race/Northumberland Coastal Marathon

5 Harriers took part in the Senior version of the Glendale Show Fell Race on Monday 26th August. The race, once again expertly organised by Harriers fell running big cheese Bruce CROMBIE, is about 5 miles in length and is according to some (Bruce) the highlight of the Glendale Show.

Dan LENG and Graham SIMPSON-Glendale Show Fell Race 2014Well done to Suzie BARWISE-MUNRO, the sole female Harrier in the Senior race, for her 2nd place finish. Meanwhile for the men first home was Graham SIMPSON, who just pipped Adam FLETCHER. Next was Dan LENG who improved on last years time in the same race, and bringing up the rear was Steve PATTERSON.

Suzie BARWISE-MUNROAdam FLETCHER-Glendale Show Fell Race 2014


6-Graham SIMPSON 35.31

7-Adam FLETCHER 35.37

9-Dan LENG 36.29

12-Steve PATTERSON 38.36

13-Suzie BARWISE-MUNRO 38.54

In the Junior race Callie HENDERSON was the Harriers representative, finishing a pleasing 7th of the 11 in 31.08.

Callie HENDERSON-Glendale Junior Fell Race 2014The previous day Cris ATWELL was in action in the Northumberland Coastal Marathon. Competing in the vest of his 2nd club, North East Marathon Club, Cris was 23rd of the 55 finishers in 4.18.16. Well done Cris, but no Harriers vest = no Grand Prix points!!!!

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Druridge Bay Parkrun/Workington Parkrun

An excellent 14 Harriers took part in the 3rd Druridge Bay Parkrun on Saturday 23rd August, a race once again held in perfect running conditions. There were some excellent results, with loads of pb’s, age category wins, debuts and some seldom seen Harriers donning the famous vest!

James BOLAM-Druridge Bay parkrun #3First Harrier to cross the line and 3rd overall was James BOLAM in an excellent 18.30. He was well clear of Mark MILLER who once again performed well in knocking off nearly 20 seconds from last weeks time. 3rd male Harrier home was Peter GREY who won the male 55 category, albeit in a slightly slower time than a couple of weeks ago. A brand new Harrier who joined us not even 24 hours before this event, Gary COWELL, was the 4th Harrier in the top 10 in a fraction over 20 minutes. Another newish member Terry FOUNTAIN was first in the male 45 category in 12th followed by yet another newbie in the shape of Graham CROW two further places back. Graham SKIRROW made his parkrun debut, whilst Jock BOLAM (remember him?) also took part despite feeling slightly under the weather. What a hero! Kim BRONZE and John ROSS were the final two Harriers to finish in their quest for valuable Grand Prix points!

Graham CROW and Terry FOUNTAIN-Druridge Bay Parkrun #3For the ladies there was a great debut for yet another new member, Claire MILLER-GROSSETT. Claire had also joined the day before the event after jumping ship from Tyne Bridge Harriers after moving to the area. She had taken part in both previous events at Druridge Bay and matched her finishing position from the previous week by finishing a very fine 3rd female, though in a course pb. Welcome aboard Claire! 2nd Harrier to finish in a Battle of the Bolam’s was Sue who tripped and elbowed her way past daughter Jenny to scoop female 50 honours. Despite these shenanigans Jenny was over 30 seconds quicker than last week. Shelley COATES also took part, forcing her young son to take part in the event.

Jenny BOLAM-Druridge Bay parkrun #3Results:

3-James BOLAM 18.30 (72.07%)

6-Mark MILLER 18.59 (69.89%)

7-Peter GREY 19.34 (79.22%)

10-Gary COWELL 20.02 (69.72%)

12-Terry FOUNTAIN 20.17 (70.99%)

14-Grahan CROW 20.24 (64.30%)

22-Graham SKIRROW 21.26 (69.36%)

24-Jock BOLAM 21.47 (65.57%)

45-Claire MILLER-GROSSETT 23.14 (63.70%)

46-Kim BRONZE 23.18 (64.31%)

51-Sue BOLAM 23.42 (70.75%)

56-Jenny BOLAM 23.53 (65.81%)

64-John ROSS 25.00 (62.53%)

98-Shelley COATES 31.12 (52.46%)

Charge!! The start of Druridge Bay parkrun #3Over in Cumbria Gay EASTOE once again was the 1st female 60 to cross the line at the Workington Parkrun, just missing out on a course pb. Results:

30-Richard EASTOE 22.54 (70.01%)

41-Gay EASTOE 24.37 (77.73%)

Above photos courtesy of Lisa ATHEY and Rob FEDRICK (James BOLAM, Graham CROW/Terry FOUNTAIN, Jenny BOLAM and the start line including Gary COWELL).

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Ponteland 10k/Gateshead Harriers 5k

6 Harriers were in action on Wednesday 20th August in the Run Northumberland Ponteland 10k. This undulating race started and finished at Kirkley Hall and was blessed with still, calm conditions which meant some decent times for our contingent. First Harrier to cross the line in his first race since joining us was Andrew SHELL. Andrew has performed well at both the Druridge Bay parkrun’s and has now followed that up with an encouraging 42.45 to finish 24th. A few places back was the first of 4 female Harriers, the in-form Sarah GRAY. Following on from her superb parkrun victory on Saturday Sarah scored a seasons best, and was followed by John ROSS who is improving with every run. Gail CUTHBERT was the 2nd female Harrier home, followed by Shelley COATES who was taking a break from marathon training. Finally well done to Emily YOUNG who improved on her recent Morpeth 10k time. Results:

24-Andrew SHELL 42.45

29-Sarah GRAY 43.52

69-John ROSS 51.59

83-Gail CUTHBERT 54.02

85-Shelley COATES 54.13

94-Emily YOUNG 58.27

Emily YOUNG-Ponteland 10k 2014

Shelley COATES-Ponteland 10k 2014

The following night 2 Harriers travelled down to Gateshead to take part in the Gateshead Harriers/Quayside Business Forum 5k. This race is about as fast and flat as you can get for a 5k, meaning that there were some ridiculously fast times for those at the head of affairs. Slightly further back Steve PATTERSON, due to being chased by a huge number of women after his phone number, stormed to a 90 second plus pb. Much further back, and being chased by nobody, Mark DOCTOR improved on his only other 5k this year by almost half a minute. Results:

53-Steve PATTERSON 18.19

97-Mark DOCTOR 20.32

Stevie P-Gateshead 5k

Photo courtesy of Barry CORNELIUS, of www.northeastraces.com fame (Emily YOUNG, Shelley COATES and Steve PATTERSON).

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Brampton to Carlisle 10 Miler Club Trip!!

Entries are now being taken for the final Grand Prix event of 2014, the fast and flat Brampton to Carlisle 10 Mile Road Race on Sunday 16th November. The race starts at 11.30am, so the massively subsidised coach will leave Willowburn at 8.45am and go via Felton, getting into Brampton in plenty of time for a warm up. On the way back it will leave the Sands Centre, Carlisle at 14.30pm (later if required) and drop off at Felton and Willowburn.

As long as we enter a club block booking of 10 or more runners we’ll receive a 10% discount off the cost of each runner. So rather than enter yourself please fill out an entry form (loads on the noticeboard at Willowburn) and pop it into the envelope on the noticeboard (entry forms will be taken away and stored in a safe place!). Prices are to be announced at a later date when we know which size coach is required, but it’ll be cheap as always.

The deadline for requesting an entry via the club is Wednesday 5th November.

Mark MILLER-Brampton to Carlisle 2014

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