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!


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:


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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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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