A beautiful balmy evening welcomed the 136 runners for the Wild Deer Alnwick Trail 10K in Hulne Park on Wednesday June 1st 2022, with a route that incorporated rarely run sections under the Peth and around the sawmill. The course was definitely a “Jekyll and Hyde” with the first 5K incorporating three challenging climbs, including a gruelling slog up the grassy bank to The Hulne Priory, which has a 23% gradient at its steepest. In contrast, the second half was a relatively flat(ish) jaunt back along to banks of the river Aln to finish in front of the castle.
Jim Allan was the only runner to finish under 40 mins (38:16), claiming the race victory for the Harriers. Next Harrier home was Nick Biggers (42:49, 6th) who romped up the Priory bank at an astonishing pace, recording the third fastest time ever (with only our very own Ross Wilson and Daniel Leng having run it faster, according to Strava.) Andy Bulman (48:07) and Mike Henry (51:40) completed the male Harriers contingent, with the latter comfortably winning the V70 age group.
Jennifer Knight finished fourth overall in the women’s race (52:15), just missing out on a podium place but leading home the V40 age-group. Jennifer was followed in by Linda Patterson (1:06:26) and Tess Allan (1:07:08), who also recorded strong runs on a challenging course.