Great North Run/Dumfries Half Marathon/Jungfrau Marathon/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Peterborough Parkrun/Wimpole Estate Parkrun/Workington Parkrun

There were some excellent performances from the huge number of Harriers who took part in the Great North Run on Sunday 10th September, with a pleasing number of personal best performances over the half marathon distance. First home for us was Dan LENG in 1.20.17, followed just over a minute later by Richard JOHNSON who was a few seconds outside his best at the distance. Third Harrier home and the first female for us was Jo GASGOIGNE-OWENS. Jo, running from the Elite athletes section, was 21st female overall in 1.23.48 which is easily the quickest half by a female Harrier this year. James WILLOUGHBY and John CUTHBERT, two of the front runners for the Male Most Improved trophy this year, were next home in pbs with Johns about 10 minutes faster than the Great North Run in 2016! David HINDMARSH was home in 1.31.10 head of a new Harrier, Jon ARCHER, who ran a pb of 1.31.35. Amongst the other Harriers who completed the race Karen KELLY was round in 1.38.59, Lisa BASTON knocked 4 minutes off her previous pb and Laura McLEAN was about 10 minutes quicker than last year.



Dan LENG 1.20.17

Richard JOHNSON 1.21.24


James WILLOUGHBY 1.23.49

John CUTHBERT 1.29.21

David HINDMARSH 1.31.10

Jon ARCHER 1.31.35

Neil HAMILTON 1.38.18

Mark DOUGLAS 1.38.47

Karen KELLY 1.38.59

Suzie BARWISE-MUNRO 1.40.22

Lisa BASTON 1.40.50

Mel STEER 1.45.30

Conrad STEWART 1.53.03

Laura McLEAN Jr 1.54.43

Paul ROBINSON 1.56.09

Phil LEE 1.56.38

Tania CONWAY 2.01.02

Mairi CAMPBELL 2.08.33

John ROSS 2.12.10

Helen PATTERSON 2.13.15

Lorna STEPHENSON 3.00.03

Also on Sunday north of the border Gay and Richard EASTOE took part in a wet and breezy Dumfries Half Marathon. Richard was across the line in 1.54.42 and Gay in 2.06.07.


The previous day away from the fast and flat route between Newcastle and South Shields Alice TETLEY-PAUL was taking part in a very different event, the Jungfrau Marathon in the Swiss Alps! On a really, really hard course Alice ran well to finish 428th female of the 1165 running in 5.24.25. As you can see from the photo she is rightly happy!


At the Druridge Bay Parkrun there was yet another victory for Carole PAGE! Carole was 1st female home in 20th overall in 22.02, her 37th win at the event. However first finisher for us was Adam FLETCHER in a rare race away from the fells. Adam was 2nd finisher in 18.43, just over a minute ahead of the male 55 category winner Peter GREY who won the age group just a few days before his 60th birthday! Jason DAWSON was 10th finisher in a pb, with Jim LILLICO not far behind.



2-Adam FLETCHER 18.43 (80.05%)

7-Peter GREY 19.58 (79.63%)

10-Jason DAWSON 20.19 (70.30%)

14-Jim LILLICO 20.41 (76.87%)

20-Carole PAGE 22.02

65-Chris FRIEND 26.46 (53.80%)

78-Neil HAMILTON 27.31

92-Mel STEER 28.36

133-Jayne McKENNA 32.42

141-Eleanor HEELEY 33.29

151-Conrad STEWART 35.14


In other events that morning Harris HALL ran another 5k pb, this time at the Peterborough Parkrun. he clocked 24.11 to finish 119th, whilst his mum Justine NORMAN was not far behind in 24.55. Tim FALCONER took part in the Wimpole Estate Parkrun, near Royston, Herts where he finished 33rd in 22.17 and Richard EASTOE was round the Workington Parkrun in 30.50.

Photos are of Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS at the Great North Run, Gay EASTOE at Dumfries, Alice TETLEY-PAUL in Switzerland and Adam FLETCHER/Chris FRIEND at Druridge Bay.

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