Quayside 5k/Newbiggin By The Sea Parkrun/Aviemore Parkrun/Plean Parkrun/Stratford Upon Avon Parkrun/South Shields Parkrun/Warkworth Show Fun Run

On Wednesday 15th August a very good number of Harriers competed in the Quayside 5k, a fast and furious race alongside the Tyne. This year the race was split into two separate races, the elite and the mass races. 6 Harriers took part in the elite race with Dan TURNBULL finishing a very good 22nd overall in 16.13. James WILLOUGHBY was next in a 5k pb of 17.42 and Dominic HARRIS was also under 18 minutes. Also of note in the elite race was another 5k pb for Jon ARCHER! There were some very good results from Harriers in the mass race with Laurence REEVES 6th overall in 19.31. Ian HORSLEY was also in the top 100, whilst Alice TETLEY-PAUL was in 101st and the first of our female runners. Here’s the results:

Elite Race:

22-Dan TURNBULL 16.13

76-James WILLOUGHBY 17.42

83-Dominic HARRIS 17.52

113-Ian SIMON 18.27

116-Jon ARCHER 18.32

139-Phil HALL 19.00

Mass Race:

6-Laurence REEVES 19.31

77-Ian HORSLEY 21.13

101-Alice TETLEY-PAUL 21.32

118-Peter McEWAN 21.57

127-Angie EMBLETON 22.05

164-Tracey SAMPLE 22.48

177-Frances WILDE 23.10

195-Denise DRUMMOND 23.32

212-Mark TURNBULL 23.38

221-Justine NORMAN 24.10

232-Ian ATHERTON 24.26

286-Tania CONWAY 26.03

On Saturday there was no Druridge Bay Parkrun, therefore a fair few went down to take part in the Newbiggin By The Sea Parkrun. Carole PAGE was our first finisher and was 3rd female in 22.03. Alice TETLEY-PAUL was next home in 33rd, ahead of Neil HAMILTON. Results:

24-Carole PAGE 22.03

33-Alice TETLEY-PAUL 23.24

41-Neil HAMILTON 24.19

83-George WILLIAMS 27.41

84-Mary PLUMLEY 27.56

95-John ROSS 28.56

126-Mark HUME 32.12

162-Stuart BRUCE 37.40

In other parkruns John CUTHBERT was 6th at Aviemore in 20.27 and Laura McLEAN Jr was 56th in 28.45. Also in Scotland David BARNES was 14th at Plean, near Falkirk in 22.59. Jo POWELL was 71st at Stratford Upon Avon in 22.55 and Ian STEPHENSON was 53rd at South Shields in 24.39, whilst wife Lorna was 140th in 30.57.

80 lined up within the walls of Warkworth Castle for the start of the annual show fun run also on Saturday. This year Brendan Foster was the celebrity race starter and the BBC filmed the runners charge out over the drawbridge and into the fields beyond. The 2.5km course extends out to Watershaugh Road then leads the runners back down to the river opposite the Hermitage. After a quick race alongside the river the competitors meet the steep climb back up to the castle where they are required to race round the moat and finally cross the finish line under the drawbridge.

A large crowd gathered along the side of the moat and drawbridge to wait for the runners to return. First back and overall winner in 8min 40s was Junior Harrier Ollie TELFER followed by Ben MURRAY JOHN. Lauren BROWN was next home in 9min 10s, Lauren was first U14 and overall female race winner. Mike TELFER tried his hardest to beat Lauren but was 10 seconds further back as first senior male. Max MURRAY JOHN had a great race to finish 5th as first U14 boy.

The race was superbly attended with runners of all ages taking part, the friendly atmosphere and support of the crowd, marshals and race organisers made this once again a fantastic local race.

Photos are of some of the Harriers at the Quayside 5k, Carole PAGE at Newbiggin and Ben MURRAY JOHN, Ollie TELFER and James CARRAGHER at Warkworth.

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