Blaydon Race

A superb number of Harriers took part in the latest of the 2017 Grand Prix events on Friday 9th June, the Blaydon Race. In lovely sunny and warm conditions 35 of our number took part in the annual trot along the Scotswood Road from Newcastle City Centre to Blaydon. 1st to complete for us was Dan TURNBULL in a splendid 31.46 to finish just outside the top 50. Next home and about a minute quicker than in 2016 was Richard JOHNSON in 32.30, whilst Shaun LAND was just over a minute further back. Ben KELLY ran well to finish 3rd in the Under 19s category. Also of note for the men Stuart MORRIS, Mark DOCTOR and Ian ATHERTON were faster than last year, and it was great to see Micky AISTON back racing.

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For the ladies Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS was 11th female finisher in a brilliant 34.40. Slightly further back Karen KELLY ran well to finish in under 40 minutes, about 30 seconds ahead of Lisa BASTON. There was a good run by Jocelyn BOLAM who knocked 2 minutes off her time from 2016 and 6 minutes off her 2015 time!

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Results:

Dan TURNBULL 31.46

Richard JOHNSON 32.20

Shaun LAND 33.34

Ben KELLY 33.38

Ross WILSON 34.30

Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS 34.40

Tim FALCONER 37.09

Stuart MORRIS 37.54

Paul GODDEN 38.12

John CUTHBERT 38.15

Den STACKHOUSE 38.34

David HINDMARSH 38.41

Mark DOCTOR 39.02

Karen KELLY 39.44

Lisa BASTON 41.19

Peter McEWAN 42.23

Conrad STEWART 42.40

Angie EMBLETON 42.48

Pauline AITCHISON 45.42

Katie BLACKBURN 45.44

Kim BRONZE 45.47

Ian ATHERTON 45.52

Laura McLEAN Jr 46.25

Morag DONOGHUE 47.16

Tania CONWAY 48.39

Jocelyn BOLAM 49.45

Micky AISTON 49.59

Sue BOLAM 52.49

Paul ROBINSON 54.21

Mel SMITH 56.49

Christine MAVROMICHAELIS 57.57

Jayne McKENNA 58.21

Stuart BRUCE 59.25

Ron McCORMACK 1.02.18

Gaynor AYRE 1.06.50

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The latest Grand Prix standings will be out asap!

Photos are of some of the Harriers before Blaydon, Shaun LAND in action and Tania/Pauline/Katie/Jocelyn on the start-line and a happy Stuart MORRIS.

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