Reykjavik Half Marathon/Le Belier 27km Trail Race/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Little Stoke Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Whitley Bay Parkrun/Durham Parkrun/Kawana Parkrun

3 Harriers took part in races in foreign parts this weekend with the pick of them being Ella BROWN in the Reykjavik Half Marathon in Iceland on Saturday 22nd August. Ella finished in an excellent 1.25.02 to smash her previous best over the 13.1 mile distance set in last years Great North Run. Furthermore Ella was a brilliant 2nd female finisher in this excellent field; a top class performance.

Also that morning Graham SYERS was in action in Le Belier 27km Trail Race at La Clusaz in the French Alps. Spurred on by cheese and salami at the water stations Graham finished 222nd of over 800 runners in 2.56.09. By all accounts this was a hell of a lot tougher that trail races over here! Well done Graham.

Closer to home there was parkrun success for Steve CARRAGHER at Druridge Bay, when he bolted up in 17.34 to post his 4th success at the event. For much of the first lap Steve was in a battle with Dan LENG, though Steve puled away on the 2nd lap of Ladyburn Lake. Dan, however, ran a course pb of 18.21 and should be very happy with his mornings work. Further back Terry FOUNTAIN ran a course pb to dip under 20 minutes, whilst Nick ARMSTRONG and Dave CHARLTON made their Harriers debuts.


Well done to Jackie PROUSE who was 2nd female finisher at the event, having led for much of the 5k. Also well done to Tracey SAMPLE who’d been swimming in the lake beforehand and to Pam WHELDON who ran a course personal best. Results:

1-Steve CARRAGHER 17.34 (78.84%)

2-Dan LENG 18.21 (72.66%)

10-Terry FOUNTAIN 19.58 (72.70%)

16-Nick ARMSTRONG 20.57 (69.29%)

30-Jackie PROUSE 22.19

39-Tracey SAMPLE 23.02

42-Owen DOUGLAS 23.19

53-Rachel McCOY 24.54 (59.44%)

60-Derek GUTHRIE 25.58 (56.80%)

72-Pam WHELDON 26.41

90-Dave CHARLTON 28.21

106-Eileen GUTHRIE 30.20 (55.93%)

113-Mark HUME 32.01 (55.08%)

121-William FORTUNE 33.11

128-Lorna STEPHENSON 35.35 (45.06%)


Away from Druridge Bay there were Harriers in action at other Parkruns. Down at the Little Stoke Parkrun near Bristol Dave HINDMARSH finished 20th of 225 runners to win the male 50 category, Steve STUDLEY made his Harriers debut at Whitley Bay, Kirsty STEED ran at Durham and the EASTOE’s competed at Workington where Gay won the female 60 age group. Finally Chris FRIEND was the 3rd of the globetrotting Harriers as he took part in the Kawana Parkrun in Queensland, Australia! Results:

Little Stoke Parkrun:

20-Dave HINDMARSH 20.26


24-Richard EASTOE 22.37

35-Gay EASTOE 25.41

Whitley Bay:

112-Steve STUDLEY 23.45


292-Kirsty STEED 44.23

Kawana, Queensland:

73-Chris FRIEND 34.15

Photos of Steve CARRAGHER and Nick ARMSTRONG courtesy of Jo WILKES.

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