A small group of harriers travelled the short distance to Temple Park in South Shields to take part in the Sherman Cup and Davison Shield XC. Conditions for the race were good underfoot, they had to contend with windy conditions but the rain that had been forecast held off. The women also had a 20min delay to the start of their race.
Three Alnwick harriers made the journey to the North Eastern Masters Cross Country championship held on Saturday at the Rising Sun,Wallsend. On a dry but challenging course with the wind blowing a ‘hooley’ all three participants left with medals. Carole Paige led home the over 60s with an emphatic win by over a minute to become this years champion. Meanwhile David Richardson, making the long journey from Berwick, battled his way around the course showing immense strength to hold off a Blackhill Bounder in the run in to the finish, to gain a well deserved bronze. In the over 70’s category Mike Henry was just pleased to be running two laps not three and also came home with a bronze. P.S. Due to exhaustion no photographs were taken
A perfect winter’s morning sandwiched in between Storm Malik and Storm Corrie on a beautiful Northumbrian beach awaited runners taking part in the Wild Deer events 5K, 10k and a half marathon. On Sunday 30th January Druridge Bay played host to these scenic trail races and Alnwick Harriers put in some strong performances.
First placed lady overall in the popular 10k attracting 224 runners was Alnwick’s Jo Gascoigne-Owens! Jo sailed round at an incredible trail run speed finishing in 44.35 and bagging 12th place! A hugely deserved win for Jo and brilliant to see her back out racing! Next for the club and third placed female overall was Jo Powell closely followed by Tony Jackson and Carole Page. Returning to racing after some time off due to an injury Diana Weightman thoroughly enjoyed the trail route including the vast, sweeping stretch along the beach. Tracey Sample finished well recovering from a leg injury sustained at a very wintry fell race earlier in the month!
Four Alnwick harriers successfully completed the half marathon trail race. Keith Geldert who recently joined the club in the summer of last year after moving up from the Yorkshire Dales was the first of the quartet home in a superb time of 1:41:58 finishing in 30th place overall out of 170 starters. Shortly after came Stephen Cowell putting in a strong performance. Bridget Peberdy and Joanne Adamson were the two Alnwick ladies representing the club in the half marathon. Both achieving excellent runs and finishing within minutes of each other just outside two hours.
Well done to all of our 10 members who took part in these rewarding trail races showcasing the beauty of the North East coastline in winter!
10K Results: 12. Jo Gascoigne-Owens 44:35 (1st lady) (1st V40) 29. Jo Powell 47:57 (2nd V40) 32. Tony Jackson 48:24 36. Carole Page 49:12 (1st V60) 51. Diana Weightman 52.22 (3rd V50) 70. Tracey Sample 55:29 Half Marathon Results: 30. Keith Geldert 1:41:58 53. Stephen Cowell 1:49:47 111. Bridget Peberdy 2:05:28 (2nd V60) 121. Joanne Adamson 2:09:4
Are any Alnwick Harriers interested in participating in the Signals Relays? It’s a really good event and it would be fantastic if the club could show our support for the North Eastern Athletics Association by submitting a few teams.
If you wish to register your interest then please contact Diana Weightman firstname.lastname@example.org.
4 Harriers took part in the Cold Brew Events Winter Wipeout on Sunday 9th Jan. A trail/fell half marathon from Ingram Cafe up to the top of Hedgehope and back, with 5 stream crossings, a (shallow) river crossing and the sting in the tail that is going up the steep side of Brough Law. It was -2 deg C when we set out so the first 2k along the road was sheet ice and then turning up on to the fells past Cunyan Crags, it was getting very pretty with the snow but by the time the actual Hedgehope Hill climb started, we were in the clouds, the snow had turned to ice and the winds were gusting to 48mph.
The race was won by Craig Jones of Tyne Bridge Harriers in 1hr 58 min 50 sec, some 6 min ahead of second place.Mike Telfer and Ross Wilson ran together and used their local knowledge to float up to the top whilst Steve Cowell trudged up there in and hour and a half, with me another 20 min behind. The ice made the descent treacherous as the bogs had iced over and were either very slippy or in danger of breaking through to thigh deep bog beneath (don’t ask me how I know it was thigh deep).
The river crossing was at the base of Brough law, just 2km from the finish and whilst the mountains goats made short work of it, it took me 37 min to do that last stretch. Of course this was nothing to do with the fact that I was soaked through from an alleged pathetic fall in to the river, which may or may not have been captured on drone footage by Drew, the race organiser, who may have been laughing very heartily whilst assuring me it was ok as he got it all on camera.
At the end, we all got a smashing cup of soup at the cafe and had a good gossip about how hard it was.
Results:- 37. Mike Telfer 2hrs 38 min 35 sec (4th MV50)38. Ross Wilson 2 hrs 38 min 36 sec99. Steve Cowell 3hrs 12 min 8 sec145. Tracey Sample 3 hrs 33 min 21 sec
Further to our recent notification of Registration details please can I let all those intending to apply to note the following:
Registration opens at 6.30 pm prompt today. There are limited spaces available. Your place is not secure until the entry process is complete (if spaces are sold out whilst completing the registration process you have not secured a place)
All queries and concerns are to be directed in the first instance to Laura McLean at email@example.com
We are pleased to be able to offer the few remaining places to join our Coastal Run event which has been rolled over from 2020. For those already registered your place remains and you do not need to re-register. The cost for the event is £30 for non-affiliated runners and £28 for affiliated members. This is not a fun run and is over difficult terrain with a cut off point of 3 hours 15 minutes.
The registration will take place online at 6.30pm on the 13th January 2022 and we are predicting it will be sold out in a very short time. There will be no further spaces available after this release. Registration will be again managed by Results Base and to register you must use the following link: