Festive race round-up

It was a busy festive season for Alnwick Harriers, with a huge number of club members taking part in races over the Christmas period.

Many Harriers began 2019 as they meant to go on by turning out at events on New Year’s Day.

There was a good number at Morpeth Harriers’ annual New Year’s Day Road Race.
Peter Grey won the V60 prize, finishing the 11k course in 44.10 and coming 48th overall.

He was followed by Denis Kerr (44.36), John Cuthbert (49.23) and Mark Hume (78.06).

Amazingly, John Cuthbert tackled this race, as well as doing the Druridge Bay and Newbiggin parkruns on the same day. An incredible effort!

And he wasn’t the only Alnwick Harrier to do more than one race on New Year’s Day, with a number of runners representing the club at Druridge and Newbiggin parkruns. Well done!

There was a bumper crowd of more than 500 at Druridge, and Alnwick’s Steve Carragher ran very well to finish third overall in 17.55.

Among the large field was a decent number of Alnwick’s Junior members, who put in some great performances.

Max Murray-John (JM11-14) was seventh overall with a 19.10 PB, followed by brother Ben (JM15-17) who came 10th in 19.32.

Meanwhile, Millie Breese (JW 11-14) showed just what a talent she is by winning the women’s race, coming 14th overall in 19.44.

There were also PBs for other Junior runners, with Max Breese (JM 15-17) finishing in 20.44 and Cooper Wilde (JM 11-14) crossing the line in 22.37.

For the Seniors, and on the PB front, Paul Wilkie was delighted with his 21.27.


3: Steven CARRAGHER 17:55
7: Max MURRAY-JOHN 19:10
10: Ben MURRAY-JOHN 19:32
4: Millie BREESE 19:44
23: Jason DAWSON 20:17
26: Max BREESE 20:44
30: Finlay WILDE 21:02
40: Paul WILKIE 21:27
52: John CUTHBERT 22:17
56: Cooper WILDE 22:37
66: Andrew WILDE 22:56
81: Neil HAMILTON 23:36
91: Gareth BREESE 23:47
142: Ian STEPHENSON 25:24
174: Justine NORMAN 26:19
196: Philip LEE 27:03
262: David HINDMARSH 28:57
269: Jennifer KNIGHT 29:08
302: Laura MCLEAN 29:59
320: Linda PATTERSON 30:56
407: Lorna STEPHENSON 34:06
440: Christine MAVROMICHAELIS 35:48
485: Nell GAIR 44:02

Meanwhile at the Newbiggin parkrun, there was a PB for Alex Knight (JM 11-14), who finished in 30.15.  Once again, well done to those runners who took part here and at Druridge.


114: Neil HAMILTON 24:40
141: John CUTHBERT 25:29
265: Jennifer KNIGHT 28:37
294: John ROSS 29:49
304: Eleanor HEELEY 30:14
305: Alex KNIGHT 30:15
329: Laura MCLEAN 30:48
343: Linda PATTERSON 31:21
353: Nell GAIR 31:42
446: Alice TETLEY-PAUL 37:12

On New Year’s Eve, Alnwick Harriers were invited to Alnwick Tri Club’s annual social coastal run, from Beadnell to Alnmouth. A very enjoyable event was had by all.

In between Christmas and New Year, plenty of Harriers turned out at various parkruns on Saturday, December 29. The results were:

Druridge Bay

3 Adam FLETCHER 19:04
6 Paul WHITE 19:45
8 Jason DAWSON 20:21
17 Robert BADDELEY 21:33
22 Paul WILKIE 22:04
29 Carole PAGE 22:28
37 David BARNES 23:10
43 Jo POWELL 23:27
66 Justine NORMAN 25:19
87 Liam MCDONOGH 26:53
88 Christopher ATWELL 26:55
123 John ROSS 29:05
128 George WILLIAMS 29:23
162 Melanie Brigid BUCHANAN 31:29
176 Lorna STEPHENSON 32:29
196 Rebecca HEELEY 33:58
230 Eleanor HEELEY 47:23


215: Kirsty STEED 32:59

Whitley Bay

139: Philip LEE 26:09

Windy Nook

21: Bev BLYTHE 28:05


116: Richard EASTOE 39:06
133: Gay EASTOE 48:57

On Christmas Day, hardy runners chose the perfect present – a 5k parkrun at Druridge Bay.


26: David BARNES 22.00
35: Neil HAMILTON 23.12
37: David HINDMARSH 23.22
60: Harris HALL 25.05
65: Colin MCLEAN 25.20
67: Maddy HALL 25.24
68: Phil HALL 25.25
69: Justine NORMAN 25.26
71: Andrew WILDE 25.30
80 Rebecca HEELEY 26.05
84: Eleanor HEELEY 26.14
85: Cooper WILDE 26.15
83: Chloe GIVENS 26.14
94: John CUTHBERT 26.58
97: Emma GIVENS 27.25
111: Mel STEER 28.16
126: Peter EMBLETON 28.52
127: David COOPER 28.53
135: Nell GAIR 29.38
141: Tracey SAMPLE 30.02
144: George WILLIAMS 30.07
156: Laura MCLEAN: 30.53

On the Saturday before Christmas, Harriers were in action in various parkruns. These were:

Druridge Bay

7: Bruce CROMBIE 18:46
8: Adam FLETCHER 18:53
11: Joseph GODDEN 19:32
12: Max MURRAY-JOHN 19:43
34: Jo POWELL 22:55
40: Neil HAMILTON 23:39
46: Mel STEER 24:06
49: John CUTHBERT 24:19
51: Phil HALL 24:25
52: Justine NORMAN 24:26
70: Mark LATHAM 26:16
80: Eleanor HEELEY 26:57
89: John ROSS 27:21
108: George WILLIAMS 28:25
113: Rebecca HEELEY 28:57
122: John CALLAGHAN 29:58
124: Lorna STEPHENSON 30:02

Ganavan Sands

Chris CALVERT 23:29

Sheffield Hallam

Kim BRONZE 29:08


Kirsty STEED 33:16


Richard EASTOE 47:02
Gay EASTOE 47:56

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Fixtures announced for Grand Prix 2019

The fixtures for next year’s Alnwick Harriers Grand Prix have been announced.

The competition will feature a mix of races across different terrains and distances. A total of your six best WAVA scores from the following four groups will count towards your overall total.

GROUP ONE – Any Alnwick parkrun

Club vests need not be worn. The last race to count run will be December 7, 2019.

GROUP TWO – Up to 10k

Your best two WAVA scores will count from:

Blyth 10k

Druridge Bay 10k

Blaydon Race

Bridge Of Tyne 5 miles

Morpeth 10k

Hexham 10k

GROUP THREE- Endurance

Your best two WAVA scores will county from:

Any marathon

Sunderland Half Marathon

Coquet (Rothbury) Half Marathon

Great North Run

Haltwhistle Half Marathon

Brampton to Carlisle 10 miles

Northumberland 10 miles

GROUP FOUR – Off-road

Your best WAVA score from:

Thornley Hall Farm, Peterlee (North Eastern Harrier League)

George Ogle Memorial Race

Alwinton Show Fell Race

Anne Allan Memorial Race

Club trip (to be confirmed)

All of the 2019 Grand Prix races are displayed on the Alnwick Harriers website, in the Grand Prix section.

The winner of the 2018 Grand Prix was Ian Simon.

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Date and registration details announced for Northumberland Coastal Run 2019

The 40th anniversary of Alnwick Harriers’ flagship Northumberland Coastal Run will be held on Sunday, July 21, 2019 – but the registration process will be different this time around.

The renowned event takes place over a multi-terrain route, stretching for approximately 14 miles. It starts at 10.30am from Beadnell Harbour and follows the stunning Northumberland coastline down to Alnmouth beach.

Registration for the 2019 race will take a slightly different format from previous years as it will be over two days.

The first day will be Thursday, January 17, for all UKA-registered athletes and club members. The second day will be Friday, January 18, for UKA-registered athletes and all other runners.

Registration will commence on both days at 6pm and close at 10pm, or earlier if all spaces are taken. Please note you will be only able to enter one person at a time this year. The link to the registration site will be www.resultsbase.net

Please follow the Alnwick Harriers website and Facebook page for further details about the event, which will be regularly updated. For email inquiries, contact Laura McLean, Race Director, via ahcoastalrun2019@gmail.com

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Weekend race report (December 15 & 16)

With just over a week to go until Christmas, it was ho-ho-go for the Alnwick Harriers who competed at various races.

And for many of the participating runners, decent performances proved to be an early present.

Perhaps the stand-out displays of the weekend came at the eight-mile Hethpool to Wooler Winter’s Trail race, which followed part of the scenic St Cuthbert’s Way.

Leading the way for Alnwick were two of the club’s cross-country specialists, with Adam Fletcher (pictured) finishing 5th in 1.06.27, followed by Bruce Crombie (1.10.35) in 8th.

Alice Tetley-Paul put in an outstanding performance to finish second female – just one place and 20 seconds behind the women’s winner, Jenny Yeo, of DVTR. Alice, crossed the line in 1.25.36, to come 20th overall.

Others in action were Mel Steer (1.34.24), Ian Stephenson (1.35.13), Fiona Stacey (1.38.59), Tania Conway (1.43.24) and Mari Campbell (1.51.03).

The weekend also saw the club host its Christmas Handicap at Alnmouth.

In the four-mile Senior race, there was a quality field of five runners! It was a dead heat for first between Ruth Doctor and Graeme Skirrow. Mike Telfer was next, closely followed by Andrew Wilde and then David Henderson.

The Junior Harriers also held their festive Christmas handicap – a 2km race along the beach.

The runners were awarded a handicapped start time based upon previous race performances over a similar distance. Approximately six minutes separated the start time of the fastest and slowest runners, which is quite a margin on a predicted overall race duration of only 12 minutes.

The youngest competitor, Erin Givens (9), was first to set off and lead the charge up the beach, but was soon being chased by the rest of the Harriers who were keen to close the gap as soon as they could.

After heading north for the first 500m, Erin turned south for 1km and was faced with all the runners chasing after her. However, she hung on and even with 500m to go after the final turn she did not allow anyone to catch her and won by a comfortable 30s margin. Cooper Wilde was next home, winning the boys category for the second year in a row.

The remaining prize winners were far closer grouped with less than 30s separating the first three boys and the 2nd and 3rd placed girls. The remaining field of runners were all home within the next 30s making an exciting, closely-fought race.

Girls: 1st Erin Givens, 2nd Evie Godden, 3rd Abbie Davies

Boys: 1st Cooper Wilde, 2nd Harris Hall, 3rd Finlay Telfer.

The morning was rounded off with a fantastic barbecue following the presentation.

On Saturday, a number of Alnwick Harriers were in parkrun acton.

At Druridge Bay, Peter Grey was first home for Alnwick and 7th overall in 20.27.

In the women’s race, Alice Tetley-Paul (22.53) was second, while Jo Powell was third in 23 minutes flat.

Among the other good performances, Jennifer Knight grabbed a PB, finishing in 27.32.


7: Peter GREY 20.27
20: Alice TETLEY-PAUL 22.53
22: Jo POWELL 23.00
31: Mel STEER 24.08
33: Paul ROBINSON 24.24
59: Jennifer KNIGHT 27.32
81: George WILLIAMS 29.53
87: Eleanor HEELEY 31.09
91: Alex KNIGHT 31.39

Away from Druridge, but sticking with parkruns, Philip Lee finished in 25.10 at Whitley Bay, Mark Hume (36.24) turned out at Gateshead, John Ross crossed the line in 28.14 at Vogrie and Richard and Gay Eastoe (39.28 and 49.56) were at Workington. Meanwhile, at Newbiggin, Paul White was fourth in 21.23 and Tony Jackson was 13th in 23.48.

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Weekend race report (December 8 & 9, 2018)

From festive races to the thrills and spills of cross-country, plenty of Alnwick Harriers were in action at the weekend.

On Saturday, the North Eastern Counties Athletic Association staged its Annual Cross-country Championship at Wrekenton. The race attracts the highest standard of athletes from across the North East region.

The highlight for Alnwick came in the Juniors, with Millie Breese finishing second in the U15 category.

Following their success last year as the U13 champions, the girls moved up to U15 for this year’s race. As the younger year of the category, they faced some tough competition, however the girls weren’t daunted and Mille ran a superbly confident race.

Millie ran a strong first lap of the 4km course, maintaining her position close to the front of the field. In the final 500m of the race, she moved up to second place and following a very close battle over the last 200m with Katie Francis, of Birtley, she finished as runner-up in the championship. A superb result for a first-year runner of that age category.

Elsewhere in the Junior section, Jack Price was the club’s only U11 boy, but once again proved himself, finishing an excellent 12th place amongst the 65 strong field. In the U11 girls’ content, Tess Hindmarsh ran a good race to be first home of the five-strong Alnwick team.

In the U13 races, Max Murray-John finished 15th as first counter for the Alnwick boy’s team and Ellie Price was first home for the girls. The girls had a large enthusiastic team who showed great potential for next year. The U15 boys’ team also made up predominantly of first-year runners had a strong team, Joseph Godden and Gregor Batley were first counters for the club.

The U17 boys were last to run of the whole day, fastest for Alnwick was Ben Murray-John who completed their course in 25min 32s.

The Junior harriers turned out an enthusiastic set of teams who tried their utmost on the day. It was encouraging to have such a depth of experience within the teams with both new and seasoned runners taking part. Next year the Championship will be held in Alnwick which will be an excellent opportunity to build on this year’s success.

Unfortunately, in the senior men’s race, just four club representatives turned out on the day, meaning that they didn’t have a large enough team to count. However, those who wore the Alnwick vest put in some decent individual performances across the 12k course.

First back for Alnwick, and finishing 49th overall, was Dave Richardson, clocking 48.09, while Graham Simpson was four places further back in 48.16. He was followed by Bruce Crombie in 52.56 and Jason Dawson in 53.16.

In the women’s race, Alnwick’s female team put in a good showing to finish 22nd overall.

Coming just inside the top 100, Diana Weightman was 95th, finishing the 8k course in 40.48. She was followed by Jo Powell (41.28), Bev Blythe (45.30) and Emma McGee (46.40).

On Saturday morning, a good number of Harriers were in parkrun action.

One of the performances of the weekend came at the Newbiggin event, where Alice Tetley-Paul finished a fantastic second overall and first female, clocking 22.02 and matching her course PB in the process.

Others to wear the club vest were Kim Bronze (34.39) at Sheffield Hallam, Mark Hume (35.34) at Gateshead, and Richard and Gay Eastoe at Workington, who finished in 40.46 and 41.19 respectively.

There were some decent performances at the Druridge Bay parkrun, including from Mel Steer and Lorna Stephenson, who both showed that girl power is alive and kicking. Mel was third female overall, in 24.43, while Lorna grabbed a 30.13 PB.


18: Neil HAMILTON 23.09
29: Mel STEER 24.43
31: Ian STEPHENSON 24.52
33: Alex REED 25.22
50: John ROSS 27.40
91: Lorna STEPHENSON 30.13
106: George WILLIAMS 33.01

On Sunday, Ashington Hirst Running Club staged its Fell ’em Doon Festive 5k. Ruary Slater was first home for Alnwick in 26.25, followed by Linda Patterson (29.23), George Williams (29.57) and Lorna Stephenson (31.51).

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Weekend race report and Grand Prix update

Junior Alnwick Harrier Ollie Telfer showed that the future is bright for the club, storming to victory at the Druridge Bay parkrun on Saturday.

The youngster (JM15-17) won the 5k race in a personal best time of 18.01, finishing seven seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

It was a great performance from Ollie, who has been putting in some decent results of late and is progressing at a rate of knots.

Ollie headed a whole host of Alnwick Harriers who turned out at Saturday’s parkrun.

Finishing in the top 10 were Paul White (18.37) and Phil Hall (19.40), while Ollie’s dad Mike came 11th in 20 minutes exactly.

First female home for Alnwick was Carole Page, in 21.40. A frequent winner of the women’s race, she was fourth overall this time around – showing just how strong the turn-out was in the ladies’ category on Saturday.

Aside from Ollie, a number of other Alnwick Harriers grabbed PBs, including two of his Junior colleagues, with Eleanor Heeley (JW11-14) finishing in 24.13 and Chloe Givens (JW11-14) clocking 25.21. Senior Harrier Robert Enser also ran his fastest time yet at Druridge, notching a pleasing 20.37.


1 Ollie TELFER 18:01
8 Paul WHITE 18:37
9 Phil HALL 19:40
11 Michael TELFER 20:00
15 Robert ENSER 20:37
16 Robert BADDELEY 21:13
18 Carole PAGE 21:40
19 David BARNES 21:42
25 Tony JACKSON 22:27
28 Alice TETLEY-PAUL 22:37
32 Neil HAMILTON 22:57
49 Eleanor HEELEY 24:13
50 Paul ROBINSON 24:46
52 Louise CALLAGHAN 25:18
53 Chloe GIVENS 25:21
60 Ruary SLATER 25:54
67 Emma GIVENS 26:21
92 Justine NORMAN 27:22
95 David COOPER 27:28
103 George WILLIAMS 28:13
134 Laura MCLEAN 31:22

Last Saturday’s Druridge Bay parkrun saw the finish of another Alnwick Harrier Grand Prix. The 2018 top 12 runners are confirmed and are currently having their names engraved on their unique trophies.

The presentation will take place at the Hog’s Head Inn, Alnwick, on Wednesday, December 19, after the Parlaufs.

Thanks to everyone who ran our races in 2018. The good news we will be doing it all again in 2019.

Away from Druridge, a good number of Alnwick Harriers were out and about at other parkruns around the country.

Top of the bill was Isaac Moss who finished third at the Sheffield Hallam parkrun in 17.18 – just two seconds behind the winner. Incredibly, in what was a very tight race, there were only three seconds between the top four runners. Talk about a sprint finish!

Elsewhere, Zoe Robson (27.27) was in action at the Finsbury parkun, David Hindmarsh tried his hand at the Fountains Abbey parkrun for the first time, finishing in 21.38, and Richard and Gay Eastoe represented the club at the Workington parkrun, crossing the line in the 38.06 and 43.12.

Closer to home, Philip Lee ran 25.26 at the Whitley Bay parkrun.

On Sunday, there was an age-category win for Peter Grey at the Blyth Sands Race. In what looked like tough conditions, Peter crossed the line in a very good 39.04, taking the V60 crown.

In the same fixture, David Henderson came away with a PB, finishing in 45.26.

Elsewhere, Gay and Richard Eastoe ran in the Hoad Hill Harriers Xmas Pudding 10K run at Ulverston. No results have yet been published.

Meanwhile, Ian Stephenson clocked 1.52.50 at the Angus Tait Memorial Hexhamshire Hobble – an annual fell race of about 10 miles across Hexhamshire Common.

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Weekend report: Various parkruns, Run Northumberland BIG 10 miler and other events

There were some excellent performances from Alnwick Harriers at the weekend, with a number of victories and personal bests along the way.

On Saturday, Steve Carragher won the Druridge Bay parkrun in 17.57, finishing more than 20 seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

Meanwhile, Junior Harrier Millie Breese put in an excellent performance to be first woman home, finishing 12th overall in 19.49.

In what was a good morning for the club, Senior runners Paul White and Adam Fletcher and Junior members Joseph Godden and Junior Max Murray-John all finished in the top 10, with Godden grabbing a 19.30 PB in the process.

Sticking with PBs, Lisa Baston (third woman overall) finished in 21.51, Christopher Atwell clocked 23.29 and Junior Eleanor Heeley crossed the line in 24.59.


1: Steve CARRAGHER 17.57
3: Paul WHITE 18.23
5: Adam FLETCHER 19.02
8: Joseph GODDEN 19.30
9: Max MURRAY-JOHN 19.37
12: Millie BREESE 19.49
13: Peter GREY 20.18
26: Lisa BASTON 21.51
27: Andrew WILDE 22.00
28: David BARNES 22.04
32: Jo POWELL 22.51
33: Neil HAMILTON 22.56
39: Christopher ATWELL 23.29
43: Mel STEER 23.45
56: Philip LEE 24.49
57: Eleanor HEELEY 24.59
75: Adam STOTT 26.27
92: John ROSS 27.41

Away from Druridge Bay, a decent number of Harriers were in parkrun action further afield.

Zoe Robson (28.41) was at Finsbury, Kim Bronze (27.46) turned out at Sheffield Hallam, Richard and Gay Eastoe (41.12 and 44.51 respectively) represented the club at Workington, Mark Hume (33.29) was at Gateshead and Ian and Lorna Stephenson (23.52 and 29.24 respectively) ran at Bakewell.  Lorna was chuffed to finally dip under 30 minutes.

On Sunday, there were some very good category performances from Alnwick Harriers at the Run Northumberland BIG 10 Miler. The popular 10-mile race is the North East’s largest 10 miler, starting and finishing at Kirkley Hall and taking in the villages of Ogle and Whalton.

First home for Alnwick was Lisa Baston, who was third in the women’s V35 category in 1.14.40. Next was Mel Steer, who was second in the female V50 section in 1.17.46. Meanwhile, Gay Eastoe won the female V65 category in 1.34.12. Others to represent Alnwick were Justine Norman (1.31.53) and Richard Eastoe (1.34.14).

Oversees, Jocelyn Bolam was first in her age group at the Lorca half-marathon, in Spain, finishing in 2.12.26.

Elsewhere, hardy Andy Stephenson – fresh from recently reaching the 1,000 competitive miles landmark – was tackling another gruelling run. This time, he was in action in the  Hardmoors Super Slam series, which consists of running all five Hardmoors races (not all in one go!).

Andy has already clocked up 308 miles in the series and he added another 80 miles to the mix at the weekend. Supported by Mark Colling for about 100k of the way, Andy started at 8am on Saturday and finished just under 24 hours later! A great effort.

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New Grand Prix leader and London Marathon ballot

There is a new leader in the Grand Prix table, after the final fixture of the 2018 season.

Ian Simon has climbed to the top of the table, following his performance at Sunday’s Brampton to Carlisle 10-mile road race. He finished in 1.06.54.

Ian heads second-placed Tim Falconer and previous leader Jason Dawson, who sits third, followed by Michael Henry and Louise Callaghan. All of the top five were in action at Brampton.

Grand Prix table – top 32

However, while last weekend’s race in Cumbria was the final 2018 fixture, there is still time for the rankings to change, with two Druridge Bay parkruns left for Harriers to increase their score. These will be staged this Saturday and next.

The date/venue of the annual awards presentation will be announced at a later date.

Away from the Grand Prix, the Alnwick Harrier London Marathon ballot is now open. Could any club member wishing to enter the ballot for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon send their rejection letter to Stevenstudley76@gmail.com as soon as possible. The draw will be made shortly.

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Race report, including Brampton to Carlisle and Aykley Heads cross-country

The latest cross-country fixture and the annual Brampton to Carlisle road race dominated last weekend’s race calendar.

Seventeen Harriers made the trip to Cumbria for the very popular Brampton to Carlisle 10-miler on Sunday. The 67th staging of the event was held on a clear and crisp November day – perfect conditions for running – and hosted by Border Harriers and Athletics Club.

Allan Foggon

Allan Foggon in action at the Brampton to Carlisle on Sunday.

Leading the way for Alnwick, and continuing his return to form, was Dominic Harris, who finished in 1.01.38. He was followed by Jason Dawson (1.04.17) and Laurence Reeves (1.04.45).

In the women’s race, Bev Blythe was first for Alnwick, crossing the line in 1.24.20. Just under a minute later was Louise Callaghan (1.25.17), while Gay Eastoe was third female for Alnwick in 1.30.00 and second in the Ladies 65 age group.

The race was the final fixture in Alnwick Harriers’ 2018 Grand Prix, although there is still time for runners to put in a decent Druridge Bay parkrun time, which will count towards the final standings. The updated Grand Prix table will be published in a separate post, as soon as possible.


65: Dominic Harris 1.01.38
92: Jason Dawson 1.04.17
97: Laurence Reeves 1.04.45
101: Jon Archer 1.05.09
133: Ian Simon 1.06.54
142: Allan Foggon 1.07.24
195: Tim Falconer 1.10.20
238: Jon Duffy 1.12.49
340: Cris Atwell 1.18.36
359: Michael Henry 1.19.48
366: Ian Stephenson 1.20.13
370: Richard Eastoe 1.20.33
397: Graham Skirrow 1.22.10
434: Bev Blythe 1.24.20
441: Louise Callaghan 1.25.17
505: Ruary Slater 1.29.11
515: Gay Eastoe 1.30.00

On Saturday, the fourth fixture of the 2018/19 North Eastern Harrier League was staged at Aykley Heads.

The men’s team finished 11th on the day in Division Two, leaving Alnwick sixth in the table.

First back for Alnwick was fast-packer Dave Richardson, who made his way through the field to finish in 43.40. Bruce Crombie was second for Alnwick, clocking 44.28 from the medium pack. It was great to see Graham Syers return to action for Alnwick, and he was the team’s third counter, posting 45.09 from the slow pack. Robert Murray-John (slow pack, 45.19), Adam Fletcher (medium pack, 45.31) and Steve Carragher (fast pack, 46.10) were the final three counters for Alnwick.


128: Dave Richardson (F) 43.40
188: Bruce Crombie (M) 44.28
237: Graham Syers (S) 45.09
246: Robert Murray-John (S) 45.19
256: Adam Fletcher (M) 45.31
288: Steve Carragher (F) 46.10
400: David Hindmarsh (S) 49.31
481: Kevin McGee (S) 53.22


Robert Murray-John at the cross-country.

Alnwick’s women remain at the foot of the Division One table, coming 10th on the day at Aykley. But there were some good personal performances, including from Lorna Stephenson who shaved six-and-a-half minutes off her time from 2015!

First home for the women was Mel Steer, who finished in 34.53 from the slow pack. Just three places behind was Lisa Baston, who ran well from the medium pack to clock 34.57. Fellow medium-packers Diana Weightman (36.42) and Jo Powell (37.10) were Alnwick’s final two counters.


63: Mel Steer (S) 34.53
66: Lisa Baston (M) 34.57
140: Diana Weightman (M) 36.42
172: Joanne Powell (M) 37.10
203: Justine Norman (S) 37.38
252: Emma McGee (S) 39.00
279: Tania Conway (S) 39.39
291: Ruth Doctor (S) 39.59
301: Jennifer Knight (S) 40.21
370: Helen Dickenson (S) 44.43
374: Susan Skirrow (S) 45.08
385: Lorna Stephenson (S) 46.44

The female Harriers had a good turnout at the cross-country.

The Junior harriers were well represented at the cross-country, with most of the team spaces filled.

The U11 girls were as enthusiastic as ever with a four-strong team being led home by Xara Purvis. Louise Syers, Tamsin Hutton Stott and Bex Heeley made up the rest of this enthusiastic team.

U11 girls

The U11 girls

Jack Price was the club’s only U11 boy, but ran a quick time over the 1km course. Jack finished strongly up the steep final hill to claim several places and finish in an overall 9th place of nearly 60 runners.

The U13 girls turned out an excellent team and Evie Godden ran her best race of the season so far finishing 9th and gaining herself promotion to the fast pack for the next fixture in February. Beth Carragher was next home and Ellie Price was the final counter running from the fast pack and finishing 44th overall. Lilia Purvis was next fast packer home and Eleanor Heeley was the final team member. A great effort by the girls.

Ellie Price

Ellie Price finishing strongly.

Running from the fast pack, Max Murray-John ran the fastest Alnwick time of the day over the 3.2km course in 13.34 to finish 13th overall in the U13 boy’s race. Harris Hall and Cooper Wilde were second and third counters and Alex Knight was next home. The boys finished a solid 7th place overall in the team competition.

Mille Breese had an excellent run and finished very strongly over the last 50m in the U15 girl’s race. Millie, running from the fast pack, was 7th overall and 4th fastest on the day. Teammates Lydia Smith and Maddy Hall, finishing 13th and 37th, contributed to a good overall 5th team place.

First counter for the U15 boys was James Carragher, followed by Finlay Wilde then fast-pack runner Joseph Godden, followed by Finlay Telfer. The boys once again delivered a solid team result in their usual cheery way.

The U17 men ran the longer 5.5km course involving two laps which incorporated the steep finishing climb. Ollie Telfer was first home in exactly 20 minutes, with Ben Murray-John just behind him, while Max Breese was third counter, giving the boys a good 4th place result. The boys have now moved into third place in the overall league standing.

It was a good turnout by the Juniors who made up some excellent teams.

Aykley team

Some of the Juniors at the cross-country.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Carole Page ran in the Masters Home International cross-country at Swansea. She was second counter of three in the English team of four and fifth overall in her category (55-59).

Carole Page in action.

Despite the Brampton to Carlisle and the cross-country dominating the weekend’s race calendar, there was still a decent number of Harriers in parkrun action on Saturday morning.

At Druridge Bay, Paul White was once again first finisher for Alnwick, crossing the line in third place in 18.44.

Another Harrier to be pleased with their morning’s work was Philip Lee, who clocked a 24.36 PB, while youngster Eleanor Heeley completed the two-lap course in a promising 32.47.

3: Paul WHITE 18.44
17: Robert ENSER 20.59
29: David BARNES 22.29
49: Ian STEPHENSON 23.52
50: Paul ROBINSON 24.12
52: Philip LEE 24:36
56: Mark LATHAM 25.00
86: David COOPER 27.31
90: Nell GAIR 28.00
146: Eleanor HEELEY 32.47

A whole host of Harriers went further afield for some parkrun action.

Carol Wall completed the Rising Sun event in 31.52, while Richard and Gay Eastoe clocked 38.43 and 44.43 respectively at Workington.

Kirsty Steed grabbed a 33.55 PB at Sedgefield, while Kim Bronze finished in 27.41 in the same race.

North of the border, George Williams completed the Vogrie parkrun, in Midlothian, in 27.55, Alice Tetley-Paul clocked 37.42 at Tollcross, Glasgow and Chris Calvert secured a time of 23.50 at Ganavan Sands, in Oban.

Before the weekend, some of the club’s Juniors were in action at a winter indoor athletics meeting at Gateshead College on Thursday.

Leila Thompson competing for her first time as an U13, joined her sister Talia (U15) in the shot-put competition. Leila had a great debut competition finishing in second place with a throw of 5.84m, which was a fantastic personal best performance and a new club indoor record. Not to be outdone by her little sister, Talia won the U15 girls competition, also with a personal best throw and club record of 9.38m.

It was a great start to the indoor season and the girls are training hard for the next fixture in December.

Talia and Leila Thompson

Talia and Leila Thompson

The previous weekend, Mark Breeze and Pauline Aitchison completed the Wooler Trial Marathon. Mark finished in 5.50.12, while Pauline clocked 8.04.23.

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Hardmoors 26.2 Goathland Trial Marathon/Mojacar half-marathon/English Schools Cross-country Cup Regional Final/Memorial Races/various parkruns

A decent number of Alnwick Harriers were involved in races on Saturday, November 10, and Sunday, November 11.

The biggest milestone of the weekend was ironman Andy Stephenson bringing up the 1,000-competitive mile mark, after completing the Hardmoors 26.2 Goathland Trail Marathon, which was staged in the North York Moors.

Andy Stephenson

Andy completed the race in 5.59.48. His time was particularly impressive considering he has only done 11.5 training miles since September, after turning his ankle on mile seven of a 60-mile race.

Bringing up 1,000 race miles is a huge achievement, with Andy starting the quest back in 2012 with a 60-miler. Since then, he has competed in a whole host of long-distance challenges, including multiple marathons, 30-milers on five New Years Days and even a 160-mile epic.

Reflecting on his efforts, he said: “I have so many fantastic memories of fellow runners, camaraderie, amazing marshals and mixed weather.”

Sticking with long-distances, Jocelyn Bolam won the Vet 55-60 category at the Mojacar half-marathon in Spain on Sunday. Tackling crippling 33-degree heat, she finished in a very respectable 2.17.

Jocelyn Bolam in Spain.

Jocelyn Bolam in Spain.


On Sunday, six senior Harriers were involved in Heaton Harriers’ Memorial Race (10K) at the Town Moor, Newcastle.

There were some good performances, including from Peter Grey, who won the Male Vet 60 prize, coming home in 40.37.

First home for Alnwick was Dominic Harris, who posted a very good 36:53, while Gareth Pearson dipped under the 40-minute barrier for the first time with 39.03.


39: Dominic HARRIS 36.53
73: Gareth PEARSON 39.03
113: Peter GREY 40:37
299: Juhu JOSEPH 49:40
304: Philip LEE 49:47
432: Mark HUME 1.11.15

Some of the younger Harriers also ran at the Town Moor, with Ollie Telfer and Ben Murray-John managing a very impressive 18.21 and 18.28 respectively in the 5K, while Max Murray-John posted a good 10.55 in the 3K.

The three lads.

Max and Ben Murray-John and Ollie Telfer.

On the Junior front, a big shout out to the U15 girls who made up the Duchess’s Community High School team for the English Schools Cross-country Cup Regional Final in Middlesbrough. The team – made up entirely of Alnwick Harriers – came a very impressive fifth overall. Millie was highest placed for Alnwick in fourth place. A brilliant result!

A decent number of Alnwick Harriers ran at various parkruns on Saturday.

At Druridge Bay, Paul White was first Alnwick Harrier for the second week running. He was sixth overall in a very decent 18.50.

There were some good performances from the female Harriers, with Carole Page once again taking the women’s crown in 21.16, while club colleague Mel Steer was third in 24.13.

Among the other highlights, Chris Calvert notched his second PB in as many weeks, clocking an ever-improving 22.22.


6 Paul WHITE 18.50
11 Carole PAGE 21.16
13 Robert BADDELEY 21.32
14 Dominic HARRIS 21.33
18 Chris CALVERT 22.22
31 Harris HALL 23.54
35 Mel STEER 24.13
49 Philip LEE 25.12
51 Alex REED 25.16
53 Justine NORMAN 25.25
86 John ROSS 28.07
93 Nell GAIR 28.54
95 David COOPER 29.03
101 Linda PATTERSON 29.16
115 George WILLIAMS 30.32
119 Louise SYERS 31.22
120 Graham SYERS 31.24
124 Alex KNIGHT 31.40
144 Christine MAVROMICHAELIS 33.55
164 Grazia CALVERT 37.52
167 Jennifer KNIGHT 38.31
182 Eleanor HEELEY 44.33

Elsewhere, Ian and Lorna Stephenson tried their hand at the Prudhoe Riverside parkrun for the first time. Ian was 32nd overall in 24.09, while Lorna crossed the line in 31.01.

At Sedgefield, Kirsty Steed posted 36.06, while at Telford, Robert Enser was 24th in 21.21.

At Workington, Richard Eastoe posted 40 minutes exactly, while Gay Eastoe clocked in at 47.48.

Alice Tetley-Paul tried the Fountains Abbey parkrun for the first time and she did well – finishing fourth female in 22.43.

Jo Powell was a debutante at the Keswick parkrun and finished in a tidy 23.09.

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