London Marathon/Vienna Marathon/Sand Dancer 10k/Cragside 10k/Whitley Bay Parkrun/Keswick Parkrun

6 Harriers donned our famous vest in the most famous of all races on Sunday 13th April, the London Marathon. First home for us was Graham SYERS in a splendid 3.02.49. Next up was Club Secretary Jim LILLICO who dipped under 3.30, followed by a veteran of many hundreds of marathons Cris ATWELL. The only female to complete was Mel STEER, one of the lucky ones to get the club ballot places. Mel ran superbly to clock 3.47.46, the fastest time by a female Harrier in a marathon for nearly 2 years. Last but by no means least was Charlie GILLON. Bad luck to Pauline AITCHISON, who’s been having bad luck with injuries this year, after she had to pull out with a troublesome hip at about halfway. Results:

1611-Graham SYERS 3.02.49

4850-Jim LILLICO 3.29.04

7948-Andy SQUIRES 3.45.30 (ran for Longframlington today)

8196-Cris ATWELL 3.46.33

8470-Mel STEER 3.47.46

9374-Charlie GILLON 3.51.34

Also in marathon action was Hertfordshire Harrier Melanie BUCHANAN. Mel took part in the Vienna Marathon clocking a very respectable 4.30.46.

Finally for Sunday 6 Harriers were in action at South Shields in the Sand Dancer 10k. The race is on a multi terrain course which starts at the promenade and ends in Gypsies Green Stadium. Despite a keen wind Dave BARTRUM was first Harrier home doing well to complete in 48.03. Further back were Ron McCormack and Mark HUME. Ruth DOCTOR was the second Harrier to finish and was first of the 3 female Harriers taking part. She was followed by Morag DONOGHUE and Carol DAVISON.

Dave BARTRUM-Sand Dancer 10k

Results:

116-Dave BARTRUM 48.03

161-Ruth DOCTOR 52.25

181-Morag DONOGHUE 54.04

198-Carol DAVISON 55.46

224-Ron McCORMACK 57.52

264-Mark HUME 1.03.50

Morag DONOGHUE-Sand Dancer 10k

The day before 13 Harriers were in Rothbury for the Run Northumberland Cragside 10k. Highlights for us on this tough course were top 20 finishes for Steve PATTERSON and Adam SPILLER, age category victories in the female 50 and 60 sections for Diana WEIGHTMAN and Gay EASTOE, and a Harrier debut for Chris GRAHAM.

Adam SPILLER-Cragside 10k

Results:

12-Steve PATTERSON 40.12

17-Adam SPILLER 40.52

46-Mark DOUGLAS 45.31

55-Diana WEIGHTMAN 47.05

56-Chris GRAHAM 47.12

69-Kim BRONZE 48.40

83-Phil LEE 50.14

86-Colin McLEAN 50.33

101-Sarah CROSS 52.00

119-Shelley COATES 53.42

122-Laura McLEAN 53.52

175-Gay EASTOE 58.28

176-Richard EASTOE 58.28

Kim BRONZE-Cragside 10k

Earlier that morning 3 Harriers were in Parkrun action. Best WAVA score of the trio was Mike HENRY’s who was taking part in the 2nd running of the Keswick Parkrun. However the fastest Parkrun was by Phil BASTON at Whitley Bay. Phil is in very good form at the moment and is still improving despite winning the 2013 Most Improved Award!

Results:

Keswick:

24-Mike HENRY 24.35 (66.98%)

Whitley Bay:

34-Phil BASTON 21.25 (66.23%)

67-Charlotte BASTON 23.13 (65.90%)

Photos courtesy of West8Promotions and Hippie Nixon Photography.

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