Cross-country and parkrun dominated the weekend’s race calendar, with the Juniors putting in particularly impressive performances.
The first cross-country fixture of the New Year was the Sherman Cup and Davidson Shield, at Temple Park. The fixture is a one-off match where the runners race without the usual handicap pack system.
Alnwick Harrier’s Junior section brought down a squad of 20 and the stand-out performance came from U15 runner Millie Breese, who continued her excellent form and ran an excellent race to finish second.
Millie and Katie Francis, of Birtley, ran head-to-head for the entire race and both looked strong as they emerged onto the finishing field for the final 400m. However, on this day, Katie was the fastest over the final 50m, narrowly beating Millie to a superb second place. A great result to start the New Year.
The U15 girl’s team comprising of Millie, Lauren Brown and Maddy Hall finished fourth overall – Alnwick’s highest place in the overall Davidson Shield competition.
The U11 girls were once again out in their happy smiling team, the girls are a great group and support each other well.
The U13 boys were lead home once again by Max Murray-John who finished in an excellent sixth place.
Lilia Purvis was first U13 girl home and was closely followed by Chloe Givens (pictured below) who had an excellent run.
Finlay Wilde was the only U15 boy on this occasion but finished in an encouraging 35th place.
Ollie Telfer (U17) and Ben Murray-John ran well finishing their 5.5km course in 7th and 9th places, Ollie finishing in a time of 19min 41s.
It was an excellent day where the junior athletes started the New Year with some promising results and lots of enthusiasm.
In the Senior competition, a decent number of Harriers ran in the male and female races.
Alice Tetley-Paul was first home for the women, crossing the line in 27.42. Karen Kelly, Jo Powell and Diana Weightman were all less than a minute behind.
73: Alice TETLEY-PAUL 27.42
88: Karen KELLY 28.17
89: Jo POWELL 28.21
92: Diana WEIGHTMAN 28.24
130: Mel STEER 29.40
225: Tania CONWAY 32.48
258: Jennifer KNIGHT 34.25
270: Helen DICKENSON 34.41
308: Linda PATTERSON 37.46
325: Lorna STEPHENSON 39.10
In the men’s race, Graham Simpson was first back for Alnwick, finishing in 34.49. He was followed by Adam Fletcher and Bruce Crombie – with just two seconds separating the pair.
79: Graham SIMPSON 34.49
91: Adam FLETCHER 35.22
92: Bruce CROMBIE 35.24
123: Jason DAWSON 36.19
233: Mike TELFER 39.52
295: David Hindmarsh 42.07
314: Chris CALVERT 42.45
415: Ian STEPHENSON 50.16
On Saturday morning, various Harriers turned out at parkruns.
At Druridge Bay, Dominic Harris (pictured below) finished second overall in 19.37, while Justine Norman was third in the women’s race in 24.16.
2: Dominic HARRIS 19:37
22: David BARNES 22:41
41: Euan FRIEND 23:46
48: Neil HAMILTON 23:59
53: Justine NORMAN 24:16
86: Paul WILKIE 26:43
89: Chris FRIEND 27:00
116: George WILLIAMS 28:38
135: Una MCCAIG 29:53
Elsewhere, Philip Lee ran 29.10 at Whitley Bay, while Richard and Gay Eastoe clocked 38.46 and 47.14 respectively at Workington.