NEHL Thornley Hall/Druridge Bay Parkrun/South Shields Parkrun/Keswick Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Gibside Parkrun/Benidorm Half Marathon

Many many thanks to the superb Harriers who made the hour plus trip to Thornley Hall Farm, near Peterlee to take part in the 3rd of the 6 2016/17 North East Harrier League cross country fixtures on Saturday 26th November. There were some brilliant individual performances, however due to the distances involved the team captains always knew that good team results at this fixture would be difficult to achieve. And so it proved! The day got off to a cracking start with Max MURRAY JOHN bolting up in the Boys Under 11s race, whilst Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS, Rachelle FALLOON and David MILNE were the stars in the Senior races.


Not content with his two recent fourth place cross country finishes Max MURRAY JOHN went off hard from the start of the race and didn’t slow down! The longer than normal U11 race suited Max well and it was a convincing win. Teammate Harris HALL wasn’t too far behind and Tess HINDMARSH, who was the only Alnwick girl to compete in this category, ran well to finish 24th.

The U13 boys and girls both fielded full teams. Owen DOUGLAS was first counter for the boys team with Joseph GODDEN running from the Fast Pack less than a minute behind. Joe HEMSLEY and Finlay TELFER finished third and fourth for the club. In the girls race Ellie HENDERSON from the Fast Pack was first Harrier home, with Maddy HALL and Anna Grace HARVEY second and third counters.

The U15 boys had an excellent race coming 2nd overall and achieving their highest team placing in recent times. Lead home by Ollie TELFER, who finished 6th overall, the boys ran well as team. Ben MURRAY JOHN and Alex THRELFALL were second and third counters with Barnabas HARVEY just behind them. Callie HENDERSON ran an excellent race once again finishing 6th overall from the Fast Pack.


Sophie ENSER ran another good race this week in the U17 category and it was good to see her joined by Jess DUFFY for her first race of the season. Results:

Boys Under 11s:

1-Max MURRAY JOHN 8.15

35-Harris HALL 10.13

Girls Under 11s:

24-Tess HINDMARSH 10.46

Boys Under 13s:

35-Owen DOUGLAS 15.40 (S)

48-Joseph GODDEN 16.24 (F)

55-Joe HEMSLEY 17.07 (S)

64-Finlay TELFER 20.04 (S)

Girls Under 13s:

26-Ellie HENDERSON 16.46 (F)

34-Maddy HALL 17.25 (S)

45-Anna Grace HARVEY 18.50 (S)

Boys Under 15s:

6-Ollie TELFER 13.27 (S)

14-Ben MURRAY JOHN 13.55 (S)

18-Alex THRELFALL 14.12 (S)

21-Barnabus HARVEY 14.20 (S)

Girls Under 15s:

7-Callie HENDERSON 15.36 (F)

Girls Under 17/20s:

27-Sophie ENSER 21.44 (S)

40-Jess DUFFY 27.06 (S)

For the Seniors the highest placed finisher was new recruit David MILNE, who battled through the mud and hills to place a brilliant 4th from the Slow Pack. Graham SIMPSON, who travelled all the way from Berwick to take part, was our 2nd counter from the Medium pack. Jon DUFFY and Dean STACKHOUSE had a good battle and finished within a few seconds of each other, whilst Paul GODDEN and Mark DOCTOR were the other counters. Alas with lots of the usual runners unable to make the long journey the Senior Men finished a disappointing but not entirely unexpected 9th of the 11 teams on the day in Division 2. This has seen us drop from top spot down to 4th in the overall league with 3 fixtures left.

The Senior Women finished 8th of the 10 teams in the top flight on the day and are now 8th overall at the mid way point in the season. Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS ran her usual excellent race from the Fast Pack to finish 16th overall, whilst Rachelle FALLOON once again travelled up from Cambridge to take part and finished 20th from the Medium Pack which means she races the remaining fixtures this season from the Fast Pack! Diana WEIGHTMAN ran well from the Slow Pack to finish 79th of just over 300 runners, with Lynne BANNISTER our 4th and final counter. Well done to Helen DICKINSON who also took part. Results:

Senior Men:

4-David MILNE 37.28 (S)

60-Graham SIMPSON 41.44 (M)

152-Jon DUFFY 43.57 (S)

160-Dean STACKHOUSE 44.10 (S)

253-Paul GODDEN 46.21 (S)

320-Mark DOCTOR 49.49 (S)

Senior Women:


20-Rachelle FALLOON 31.29 (M)

79-Diana WEIGHTMAN 33.44 (S)

178-Lynne BANNISTER 37.13 (S)

235-Helen DICKINSON 40.06 (S)

Full results from the fixture are here and current league tables are here The 4th of the 6 fixtures is at Herrington Park, Sunderland on Saturday 7th January.

Earlier in the day Phil HALL was 1st across the line at the Druridge Bay Parkrun, a feat he’s achieved 3 times now. He crossed the line in 19.18, 40 seconds ahead of the 2nd finisher Peter GREY! Neil HAMILTON was our 3rd finisher in 9th place. For our ladies Christine McALLISTER was 1st to finish ahead of Ruth DOCTOR and Jayne McKENNA. Results:

1-Phil HALL 19.18 (71.76%)

2-Peter GREY 19.58 (79.63%)

9-Neil HAMILTON 21.11

45-Christine McALLISTER 25.31

53-Kim BRONZE 26.03 (58.48%)

71-Ruth DOCTOR 27.22 (57.06%)

116-Jayne McKENNA 32.57

117-Pam WHELDON 32.58

118-Ed WHELDON 32.59

121-Melanie BUCHANAN 33.05

126-Nell GAIR 35.26


Elsewhere Robert STEPHENSON and mum Lorna took part at South Shields, Richard EASTOE was at Workington, Stuart BRUCE ran at Gibside and Mike HENRY was at Keswick where he won the male 65 category! Results:

South Shields:

18-Robert STEPHENSON 23.25

99-Lorna STEPHENSON 37.40


47-Mike HENRY 24.58


45-Richard EASTOE 26.05


44-Stuart BRUCE 36.06

Finally Jocelyn BOLAM continued her tour of Spanish half marathons by taking part in the Benidorm Half Marathon. Jocelyn finished 1113rd in 2.15.30.


Photos are of Max MURRAY JOHN and the Boys Under 15s at Peterlee, and Phil HALL at Druridge Bay.

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