Sherman Cup/Davison Shield/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Brampton To Carlisle 10 Mile Road Race/Wooler Trail Marathon

On Saturday 19th November there were a number of Harriers in cross country action at Temple Park, South Shields. Local club South Shields Harriers hosted the Sherman Cup and Davison Shield cross country events for Juniors and Seniors. Though there may not have been as many Harriers taking part as in the Harrier League races there were some excellent performances.

Star of the day was undoubtedly Ella BROWN. In the Womens race Ella was a brilliant 6th  finisher of almost 300 competitors, a performance which saw her finish as 1st Veteran, a stunning performance. Not far behind was Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS in 13th, whilst 20th home was Rachelle FALLOON, once again showing what a class act she is. Karen KELLY was 60th finisher and along with Ella and Jo helped us to finish 2nd Veteran team out of the 24 clubs represented. They actually finished joint top with Tyne Bridge Harriers, but owing to some dubious count-back rule finished 2nd!


For the Senior Men top man was a brand new Harrier borrowing a vest for debut, David MILNE. Of the 379 finishers on the 5.75 mile course David was 26th home, an impressive debut. Steve CARRAGHER was 50th, whilst Graham SIMPSON was 74th. Along with Steve, Jon DUFFY and Mark DOCTOR helped the club finish 17th Veteran team of the 30 participating clubs.


Over 20 Juniors turned out for the club spread across the various age groups. Max MURRAY JOHN was the clubs highest placed runner managing to finish 4th in the 1k Under 11s Boys race. In the Girls Under 11 race Sophie BURN was first home for Alnwick, with Chloe GIVENS and Tess HINDMARSH finishing together 20 seconds behind. Gus OWEN led home the Boys Under 13s team with a good time of 13.36 for the 3k course, whilst Ellie HENDERSON was 1st counter for the Girls Under 13s team, with Millie BREESE just behind her. The Under 15s Boys team had their strongest team of the season with Ollie TELFER their first counter in 12.26, whilst Callie HENDERSON was once again the Girls Under 15s sole representative and ran well as ever to finish 9th overall. Sophie ENSER was the clubs only runner in the Girls Under 17/20 race but finished well in a very strong field.



Senior Women:

6-Ella BROWN 23.43


20-Rachelle FALLOON 25.48

60-Karen KELLY 28.24

91-Diana WEIGHTMAN 29.39

141-Mel STEER 31.02

222-Mairi CAMPBELL 34.09

240-Helen DICKINSON 35.00

263-Helen MOOR 38.13


Senior Men:

26-David MILNE 33.17

50-Steve CARRAGHER 34.33

74-Graham SIMPSON 35.47

180-Jon DUFFY 39.49

285-Mark DOCTOR 43.41


Boys Under 11s:

4-Max MURRAY JOHN 4.03

78-Alfie TEMPLE 5.19

Girls Under 11s:

29-Sophie BURN 4.58

44-Chloe GIVENS 5.20

45-Tess HINDMARSH 5.20

54-Olivia TEMPLE 5.33

59-Kate BURN 5.39

Boys Under 13s:

46-Angus OWEN 13.36

49-Owen DOUGLAS 13.44

57-James CARRAGHER 14.13

80-Finlay TELFER 17.05

Girls Under 13s:

21-Ellie HENDERSON 13.35

23-Millie BREESE 13.39

54-Maddy HALL 15.32


Boys Under 15s:

30-Ollie TELFER 12.26

35-Ben MURRAY JOHN 12.46

40-Alex THRELFALL 13.03

47-James GILHOME 13.14

52-Max BREESE 13.34

Girls Under 15s:

9-Callie HENDERSON 13.11

Girls Under 17/20s:

26-Sophie ENSER 25.37

Earlier that day just the 5 Harriers took part in the Druridge Bay Parkrun, though it once again saw a win for Carole PAGE! For the 17th time Carole was 1st female across the line, this time in 22.17. However the consistent Phil HALL was our first runner home as he finished 3rd overall. Well done to Mark HUME who was winner of the male 70 category! Results:

3-Phil HALL 19.53 (69.66%)

14-Carole PAGE 22.17

36-Emma SHELL 24.58 (59.28%)

111-Jayne McKENNA 32.13

123-Mark HUME 33.38 (53.07%)


The following day the Harriers boarded the bus to take part in the annual club trip to the Brampton to Carlisle Road Race. Despite a fair few last minute drop-outs there were still 20 on the start line for this, the penultimate race in the Harriers 2016 Grand Prix series. First Harrier home and running easily the fastest 10 mile race of the year was Dan TURNBULL. In what is always a top class field Dan was a very good 46th finisher in 58.52, which is the fastest 10 mile time for 3 years. 2nd home and first of our female finishers was Rachelle FALLOON. Despite her great run in the cross country yesterday Rachelle was able to run a 10 mile pb and has now also set the fastest female time at this distance this year! Tim FALCONER and Phil HEMSLEY ran together and finished close to Shaun LAND and David HINDMARSH. Also of note Dave BARTRUM ran a 10 mile pb, whilst Steve STUDLEY knocked 6 minutes off his time in the same race from last year! Well done to everyone for taking part. Grand Prix standings will be out soon…..



46-Dan TURNBULL 58.52

159-Rachelle FALLOON 1.07.24

178-Tim FALCONER 1.08.32

179-Phil HEMSLEY 1.08.33

184-Shaun LAND 1.08.54

194-David HINDMARSH 1.09.15

295-Dave BARTRUM 1.14.03

320-Laura STUBBINGS 1.15.20

323-Steve STUDLEY 1.15.32

384-Peter McEWAN 1.20.46

389-Andy SQUIRES 1.21.08

434-Denise DRUMMOND 1.23.49

498-Richard EASTOE 1.27.45

499-Gay EASTOE 1.27.46

514-Ruary SLATER 1.28.30

524-Keith SHOTTON 1.29.14

550-Sally ARMSTRONG 1.32.57

551-Emma GIVENS 1.32.57

567-John ROSS 1.34.10

596-Paul DELLBRIDGE 1.36.48


Pauline AITCHISON took part in the tough, tough, tough Wooler Trail Marathon on Sunday, a race organised by Trail Outlaws. She did well to finish 101st in 6.59.11.


Photos are of Ella BROWN, David MILNE, Boys Under 15s, Diana WEIGHTMAN, Graham SIMPSON and the Girls Under 13s at South Shields (action shots by Craig HARMON). Emma SHELL at Druridge Bay (by Eleanor HEELEY). Dan TURNBULL and Emma GIVENS/Sally ARMSTRONG (again thanks to the wonderful Craig HARMON of Blyth RC). Finally Pauline AITCHISON loving the Wooler Trail Marathon!

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