Brampton To Carlisle 10 Mile/Wooler Trail Marathon and Half Marathon/Town Moor Half Marathon/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Newbiggin By The Sea Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Glentress Winter Trail Races

Sunday 19th November saw the last of the 2017 Grand Prix races take place, the Brampton to Carlisle 10 Mile Road Race. Many thanks to John CUTHBERT, Mark DOCTOR and John ROSS for organising what was once again a superb club trip. Yes there some pleasing performances by Harriers in the race but the big winners of the day were Allan FOGGON and Jon ARCHER in the bus quiz, whilst Richard JOHNSON won the prize for finishing closest to his predicted time. Cheers to John ROSS for organising the quiz and sourcing mugs for the quiz winners!

There were a whole host of top class performances from our contingent with Dan TURNBULL knocking about 90 seconds off his time in the race last year to clock 56.28 to finish 29th overall. This was the fastest 10 miler by a Harrier since Dave KIRKLAND in 2013. Richard JOHNSON is in the form of his life and has had a decent spell without injuries, hence a brilliant 57.15 which was easily a pb at the distance. A day after a 5k pb James WILLOUGHBY was our 3rd athlete home in just over an hour. Also for the men Jon ARCHER dipped below 65 minutes, whilst Allan FOGGON, Jason DAWSON, John CUTHBERT and Tim FALCONER were easily under 70 minutes. Further back there were some good performances and it was great to see Mike HENRY back in a Harriers vest!


However the highlight of the race for us came once again from Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS. Jo was 8th female finisher, winner of the female 35 age category and knocked 3 seconds off her own club record at the 10 mile distance! Alice TETLEY-PAUL and Gay EASTOE were the other ladies who took part. Results:

29-Dan TURNBULL 56.28

36-Richard JOHNSON 57.15

67-James WILLOUGHBY 1.00.41


114-Jon ARCHER 1.04.47

128-Allan FOGGON 1.05.49

130-Jason DAWSON 1.05.57

158-John CUTHBERT 1.07.52

166-Tim FALCONER 1.08.20

276-Graham SKIRROW 1.16.05

288-Conrad STEWART 1.16.59

296-Alice TETLEY-PAUL 1.17.28

370-Chris FRIEND 1.22.15

404-Mike HENRY 1.24.10

462-John ROSS 1.28.29

507-Gay EASTOE 1.33.06

508-Richard EASTOE 1.33.07

Also that day Andy STEPHENSON took part in the Wooler Trail Marathon, a 28.5 mile race with over 600 feet of ascent! Andy was 68th of the 225 finishers in 5.52 44. Meanwhile Mairi CAMPBELL took part in the tough half marathon and finished in 3.15.22.

In slightly less undulating surroundings Neil HAMILTON ran well at the multi lap Newcastle Town Moor Marathon where he clocked 1.42.01.

The day before there were the usual great performances by Harriers at the Druridge Bay Parkrun. As already mentioned James WILLOUGHBY is getting faster and faster, this time clocking 18.39 to finish 3rd overall. Carole PAGE was our next runner to finish and was 3rd female, ahead of Mel STEER who scorched round to a pb of 23.12. Also of note Junior Harrier Alex KNIGHT and Alison HUTCHINGS gained course bests.

3-James WILLOUGHBY 18.39 (69.71%)

28-Carole PAGE 22.31

36-Mel STEER 23.12 (71.36%)

38-Neil HAMILTON 23.21

66-Alex KNIGHT 26.38

104-Christine HARDY 29.32

119-Melanie SMITH 31.27

120-Nell GAIR 31.29

122-Alison HUTCHINGS 31.49

136-Alice TETLEY-PAUL 33.19

148-Lorna STEPHENSON 37.41


Elsewhere Jackie PROUSE was 1st female finisher at the Newbiggin By The Sea Parkrun, the event which she is the Event Director of. Jackie was 16th overall finisher in 24.55, whilst over at Workington Richard EASTOE warmed up for Brampton by finishing 61st in the 5k in 29.39.

Last but by no means least Ian SIMON and Tracey SAMPLE headed north of the border to take part in the Glentress Winter Trail Races at the weekend. Ian took part in both the half marathon and the night time 10k. He finished 15th in the half marathon in 1.46.54, and was just pipped by Tracey in the 10k. Tracey clocked 59.41 to finish 65th of the 214 finishers and Ian was 2 seconds and 1 place further back.

Photos above are of Jon ARCHER at Brampton and James WILLOUGHBY at Druridge Bay. The report from the NEHL cross country event at Aykley Heads is to follow asap…..

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