Gibside Fruitbowl Trail Race/Newcastle Parkrun

Sunday 21st October 2012 saw the running of our penultimate 2012 Grand Prix event, the Blackhill Bounders organised Gibside Fruitbowl Trail Race. The race is a fantastic 6 mile-ish run through the Gibside Estate near Rowlands Gill, incorporating tracks, paths, a muddy section and some steep hills! Its easy to see why this race sells out every year, and the general consensus amongst the 16 Harriers who took part, is that this is one of the best north east races. Bruce CROMBIE put in the performance of the weekend to finish a brilliant 5th of the 413 competitors and was followed home by Mark DOCTOR and Cris ATWELL. For the women Mel STEER was first Harrier home just pipping Maureen BARTRUM, with Mairi CAMPBELL in third. The race also saw another battle royal between Phil LEE and Phil BASTON, and it was also nice to see Gay and Richard EASTOE once again travel from Cumbria to take part in a local event.

Harriers results:

5-Bruce CROMBIE 36.44

124-Mark DOCTOR 46.31

127-Cris ATWELL 46.42

179-David BARTRUM 49.06

192-Kim BRONZE 49.35

204-Phil LEE 50.11

205-Phil BASTON 50.13

212-Mel STEER 50.38

214-Maureen BARTRUM 50.45

253-Mairi CAMPBELL 52.37

313-Dave COATES 56.12

323-Carol DAVISON 56.46

333-Morag DONOGHUE 57.16

356-Gay EASTOE 59.17

358-Richard EASTOE 59.24

376-Ron McCORMACK 61.59

The day before 3 Harriers warmed up by taking part in the Newcastle Parkrun. Cris ATWELL prepared for next weeks Town Moor Marathon finishing first of the 3 in this 5k event. Phil LEE and Phil BASTON locked horns once again, with Phil LEE reversing the positions from 2 weeks ago. Results:

98-Cris ATWELL 21.52

107-Phil LEE 22.32

131-Phil BASTON 23.25

Above Gibside photos courtesy of Mick DURNION

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