A perfect winter’s morning sandwiched in between Storm Malik and Storm Corrie on a beautiful Northumbrian beach awaited runners taking part in the Wild Deer events 5K, 10k
and a half marathon. On Sunday 30th January Druridge Bay played host to these scenic trail races and Alnwick Harriers put in some strong performances.
First placed lady overall in the popular 10k attracting 224 runners was Alnwick’s Jo Gascoigne-Owens! Jo sailed round at an incredible trail run speed finishing in 44.35 and bagging 12th place! A hugely deserved win for Jo and brilliant to see her back out racing! Next for the club and third placed female overall was Jo Powell closely followed by Tony Jackson and Carole Page. Returning to racing after some time off due to an injury Diana Weightman thoroughly enjoyed the trail route including the vast, sweeping stretch along the beach. Tracey Sample finished well recovering from a leg injury sustained at a very wintry fell race earlier in the month!
Four Alnwick harriers successfully completed the half marathon trail race. Keith Geldert who recently joined the club in the summer of last year after moving up from the Yorkshire Dales was the first of the quartet home in a superb time of 1:41:58 finishing in 30th place overall out of 170 starters. Shortly after came Stephen Cowell putting in a strong performance. Bridget Peberdy and Joanne Adamson were the two Alnwick ladies representing the club in the half marathon. Both achieving excellent runs and finishing within minutes of each other just outside two hours.
Well done to all of our 10 members who took part in these rewarding trail races showcasing the beauty of the North East coastline in winter!
12. Jo Gascoigne-Owens 44:35 (1st lady) (1st V40)
29. Jo Powell 47:57 (2nd V40)
32. Tony Jackson 48:24
36. Carole Page 49:12 (1st V60)
51. Diana Weightman 52.22 (3rd V50)
70. Tracey Sample 55:29
Half Marathon Results:
30. Keith Geldert 1:41:58
53. Stephen Cowell 1:49:47
111. Bridget Peberdy 2:05:28 (2nd V60)
121. Joanne Adamson 2:09:4