Race report by Caro Fentiman
This week’s Greener Miles Challenge required strategic thinking, as competitors had to run as high and as far as they could in 30 minutes. It quickly became clear that elevation was the point winner, so there was a lot of scurrying around trying to find the best hills in the area.
Alnwick Harriers achieved a fantastic result, coming 11th out of 59 teams from across the North East. A strong team saw OLLIE and MIKE TELFER scaling the Cheviot, TANIA CONWAY and RACHEL HEELEY racing through Thrunton Woods, MARY PLUMLEY and RUTH DOCTOR topping Simonside, CARO FENTIMAN running up to Alnwick golf course again and again, TRACEY SAMPLE chasing a hill in Amble, JO CLEMMIT battling windy conditions in Swarland and JENNIFER KNIGHT doing hill reps in Alnwick. Special mention must go to junior harrier, Ollie Telfer, who placed 3rd overall and was the 2nd male competitor. This is a big result for the team, well done and thank you to everyone who participated.
The challenge next Saturday is to complete the equivalent of the 3 Peaks – 11,135 feet – in the shortest time possible. We are allowed teams of up to 20, half must be women. If you’d like to run, please email me and let me know how many feet you can commit to. Entry is £1 each and Diana Weightman is kindly paying in advance and will collect the money later. Remember that speed is the key to our success so a short high burst is going to be a point winner!