Sherman Cup and Davison Shield/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/Jedburgh 10k and Half Marathon/Hexham 10k

On Saturday 28th October Temple Park in South Shields hosted the annual Sherman Cup and Davison Shield cross country races. There were smaller fields than in the North East Harrier League fixtures, though the main difference is that there are no packs. All the Harriers who took part performed very well!

A small Junior Harrier team raced at the Sherman Cup but with some good results on a blustery windy day. Cooper WILDE and Ava FINDLAY were first to race representing the Under 11s in a large field of athletes, both racing well in the fast 1km race.

In the Under 13 girls race Lauren BROWN and Millie BREESE had their first opportunity of the season to race without their Fast Pack handicap. Lauren and Millie were both close to the front from the outset of their 3k race and held their places until 500m from the finish. Millie raced hard but on this occasion couldn’t quite hold on long enough to secure a medal position but managed an excellent 5th place. Lauren ran a confident race looking comfortable in second place until the final 200m where she found her extra gear and cruised home to victory with an impressive turn of speed. Although she has been fastest from the Fast Pack in her first four races of this season Lauren certainly won this one with the most confidence, an excellent result.

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In the boys Under 13s race Max MURRAY JOHN ran another superb race finishing in 11th place, a great result for a first year Under 13. Team mate Finlay WILDE also had a good race finishing 26th out of nearly 80 runners. The boys will do well at the next league meeting at Aykley Heads, Durham in November.

Finally racing over the same course Under 15s Ben MURRAY JOHN and Ollie TELFER were Alnwicks final Junior runners to compete on the day. Ollie was fastest Alnwick Junior of the day finishing the 3k course in 11.58 in 19th place with Max just 15 seconds behind in 22nd.

In the Senior races the best performances came courtesy of our women, with 2 finishing in the top 10 and another 2 not far behind. Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS was an excellent 7th overall, just 8 seconds ahead of club mate Rachelle FALLOON. Alice TETLEY-PAUL continues to improve and finished 49th, just ahead of Karen KELLY. Thanks to a good run by Diana WEIGHTMAN the Veteran trio of Jo, Karen and Diana finished a pleasing 6th of the 31 teams.

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For the men just the 6 took part with Steve PATTERSON being our first finisher in 79th. It was great to see Steve back in Alnwick colours after a spell away with another club. Dominic HARRIS was next home followed by Jason DAWSON, Dean STACKHOUSE, Andrew WILDE and Kevin McGEE. Results:

Women:

7-Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS 24.35

8-Rachelle FALLOON 24.43

49-Alice TETLEY-PAUL 28.12

53-Karen KELLY 28.24

108-Diana WEIGHTMAN 30.17

151-Katie BLACKBURN 31.46

154-Frances WILDE 31.51

208-Alison WRIGHT 33.24

251-Emma McGEE 34.47

321-Sue SKIRROW 38.59

349-Karen LEADBITTER 49.06

Men:

79-Steve PATTERSON 36.03

98-Dominic HARRIS 37.09

153-Jason DAWSON 39.06

248-Dean STACKHOUSE 41.36

289-Andrew WILDE 43.04

304-Kevin McGEE 43.28

Earlier that day 9 Harriers took part in the Druridge Bay Parkrun. Peter GREY was 1st home for us in 20 minutes dead, finishing 5th overall and easily winning the male 60 category. Neil HAMILTON, celebrating his 100th parkrun, was next followed by Graham SKIRROW. Laura McLEAN Jr ran really well to finish 2nd female and knock a huge chunk off her 5k personal best! Christine HARDY ran her 50th parkrun, whilst Nell GAIR dipped below 30 minutes for the first time with an excellent 29.49. Results:

5-Peter GREY 20.00 (80.17%)

13-Neil HAMILTON 21.15 (64.24%)

25-Graham SKIRROW 22.55 (66.47%)

37-Laura McLEAN Jr 23.58 (61.82%)

39-John CUTHBERT 24.13

77-Kim BRONZE 27.34 (55.74%)

90-Christine HARDY 28.51

97-Nell GAIR 29.49

155-Lorna STEPHENSON 37.17

Elsewhere Richard EASTOE was at Workington where he finished 75th in 27.05

FB_IMG_1509224440367The following day a handful of Harriers ventured north of the border to tackle the latest of the 2017 Grand Prix races, the Jedburgh 10k and half marathon. Faced with a choice 4 Harriers chose the 10k with Steve PATTERSON, just 24 hours after a good showing at the Sherman Cup, finishing an excellent 7th in 38.36. David HINDMARSH was 2nd in the male 55 category in 41.48, Gareth PEARSON was 30th in 44.09 and John ROSS was 139th in 54.00. 3 Harriers took part in the half marathon with Tim FALCONER finishing 51st in 1.32.53, Morag DONOGHUE 273rd in 2.07.38 and Jayne McKENNA 402nd in 2.26.49.

Finally Christine HARDY was in action once again, this time in the Hexham 10k where she finished in 58.14.

Well done to all the Harriers who donned the vest this weekend! Photos are of Lauren BROWN/Millie BREESE, the Senior Womens team and Neil HAMILTON at Druridge Bay.

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South Manchester Parkrun/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Hackney Marshes Parkrun/Workington Parkrun/South Shields Parkrun/Newbiggin Parkrun/Marine Corps 10k/Castles Half Marathon

On Saturday Harriers were in action at 6 parkruns across the country with the quickest 5k time being recorded by Graham SIMPSON at the South Manchester Parkrun. More known for his superb performances in the hills and cross countries Graham had a rare appearance on the flat and ran really well to finish 3rd of well over 400 runners. His time of 16.59 was a 5k personal best as well!

Carole PAGE continued her amazing year at the Druridge Bay parkrun by winning the female race for the 39th time in its history and the 2nd time in 2 weeks. She was 16th overall, just a few places ahead of 2nd female Alice TETLEY-PAUL. The pair had another battle throughout with Carole prevailing by 11 seconds. Mel STEER was our 3rd female home and was the winner of the over 45 category in 23.46. The first Harrier home, however, was Neil HAMILTON in 21.41. Results:

14-Neil HAMILTON 21.41 (62.95%)

16-Carole PAGE 21.47 (85.39%)

19-Alice TETLEY-PAUL 21.58 (67.37%)

42-Mel STEER 23.46 (69.71%)

72-Laura McLEAN Jr 26.53

77-Kim BRONZE 27.02

110-Christine HARDY 29.29

115-Ruth DOCTOR 29.53

119-Nell GAIR 30.42

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In London Tim FALCONER was in action at the Hackney Marshes Parkrun where he was 35th in 20.31. At Newbiggin youngster Alex KNIGHT was 72nd in 31.15 and Linda PATTERSON was 106th in 52.25, whilst at Workington Richard EASTOE was 76th in 29.05 and at South Shields Lorna STEPHENSON was 149th in 35.50.

Across the pond Pauline AITCHISON took part in the Marine Corps 10k in Washington DC the following day! Pauline was initially entered in the marathon however due to injuries since the Chevy Chase in July decided to take part in the shorter race. Pauline completed the course in 54.34.

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Finally for the weekend Gay and Richard EASTOE made the journey from Cumbria to take part in the Castles Half Marathon, a race starting and finishing at Bamburgh Castle. Richard was home in 2.04.24 and Gay in 2.09.58. Well done to them and to all the Harriers who raced this weekend!

Photos are of Alice TETLEY-PAUL and Carole PAGE battling it out at Druridge Bay and Pauline AITCHISON after the 10k in Washington DC.

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Helvellyn Trail Race/Ullswater Trail Race

A number of Harriers headed across to the Lake District on Saturday morning to take part in the “Dirty Double” organised by Lakeland Trails. This comprised of a 15k race on the Saturday afternoon in the shadow of Helvellyn and a 14k along the banks and hills above Ullswater the following afternoon. Many thanks to David HINDMARSH for organising what was a fantastic trip for all those who attended and also to the club for their generous subsidy!

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After a bright and early start on Saturday morning 11 Harriers took part in the first of the races which started and finished at Glenridding. After a hard and seemingly never ending drag uphill past the Helvellyn Youth Hostel, the race hit some fast and muddy downhill stretches before ending with a nice flat section meaning there was something for everyone! First Harrier home for us was Dominic HARRIS in 1.09.27 showing that not only is he a decent road runner, but also has loads of potential on the hills. He finished just over a minute ahead of Adam SPILLER, who in turn was clear of our 3rd finisher Dean STACKHOUSE. A couple of minutes further back was Mark DOCTOR and he was just over 2 minutes clear of our first female finisher, Alice TETLEY-PAUL. David HINDMARSH was next followed by Dave BARTRUM, Lisa BASTON, Conrad STEWART, Maureen BARTRUM and Carol DAVISON.

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Results:

43-Dominic HARRIS 1.09.27

47-Adam SPILLER 1.10.46

100-Dean STACKHOUSE 1.17.15

122-Mark DOCTOR 1.19.28

137-Alice TETLEY-PAUL 1.21.35

151-David HINDMARSH 1.22.37

193-Dave BARTRUM 1.27.49

195-Lisa BASTON 1.27.55

227-Conrad STEWART 1.32.39

???-Maureen BARTRUM 1.37 ish (not in the results but she definitely did it!)

304-Carol DAVISON 1.51.17

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The Harriers then travelled back to Keswick for a shower, food and, for some, lots and lots and lots of alcohol. The following day, after not much sleep, the Harriers went back to Glenridding for the Ullswater leg of the weekend. Those feeling queasy were relieved to hear that the boat taking runners across the lake to the race start had been cancelled due to choppy waters. Therefore the emergency 13k race route was utilised. This race had lots of very runnable flat sections, a long steep climb and less in the way of muddy downhills compared to the day before. We were joined on the day by Adam FLETCHER, Ruth DOCTOR, Katie BLACKBURN and Mary PLUMLEY who’d travelled over for this race, though one Harrier was unable to race due to levels of intoxication.

First home was experienced fell runner Adam FLETCHER who was an excellent 7th of nearly 400 runners in 58.43 and was winner of the male 50 category. Adam SPILLER raced well once again to finish 25th, whilst Dean STACKHOUSE, David HINDMARSH, Mark DOCTOR and Alice TETLEY-PAUL were within 5 minutes of each other. Katie BLACKBURN had a good run to finish 2nd of the female Harriers and Lisa BASTON did well to make the start after picking up a slight injury the day before.

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Results:

7-Adam FLETCHER 58.43

25-Adam SPILLER 1.06.12

61-Dean STACKHOUSE 1.12.43

66-David HINDMARSH 1.14.29

80-Mark DOCTOR 1.15.53

94-Alice TETLEY-PAUL 1.17.45

149-Dave BARTRUM 1.24.23

162-Katie BLACKBURN 1.25.35

207-Ruth DOCTOR 1.30.29

220-Conrad STEWART 1.31.30

243-Maureen BARTRUM 1.34.05

270-Mary PLUMLEY 1.36.56

317-Lisa BASTON 1.43.00

341-Carol DAVISON 1.49.18

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Photos above are of the Harriers before the Helvellyn Trail Race, Adam SPILLER and Carole DAVISON during. Also Maureen BARTRUM and Dean STACKHOUSE in the Ullswater Trail Race.

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Minors Cross Country Championships/Alwinton Show Fell Race

Over 250 Under 11 athletes from clubs and schools across the north east gathered at Bedewell Park, Jarrow for the Minors Cross Country Championship on Saturday 14th October. The childrens categories were split into year groups where a minimum of three boys and girls were required to form a team from school year groups 4, 5 and 6.

Alnwick Harriers made excellent representation filling a team in every age group. The races varied in length from 1km to 2.5km over a muddy, hilly course. The teams finished highly in most categories with top three places and there were also some good individual performances with several top ten finishes.

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Several of the older Alnwick juniors competed at Alwinton Show also on Saturday, taking on the hilly 3 mile course. Max MURRAY JOHN (U13) and Lauren BROWN (U13) were first home for Alnwick in 6th and 8th overall place. These were excellent results in a combined race containing runners up to the age of 16. All the athletes coped well with the tough course that most Seniors find hard going!

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Manchester Half Marathon/Loch Rannoch Marathon/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Newbiggin By The Sea Parkrun

On Sunday 15th October 5 Harriers headed across to take part in the Manchester Half Marathon. All 5 performed well, with Richard JOHNSON and Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS running the fastest times by Harriers over that distance this year. Richard was our 1st finisher in 83rd place overall and clocked a personal best of 1.18.25 in the process! Jo was an excellent 4th female finisher in a decent field and finished in 1.22.38. John CUTHBERT was next in a very good 1.31.31, followed by Stuart MORRIS in a morale boosting 1.40.45. Last but by no means least Laura McLEAN Jr knocked well over 3 minutes off her previous best at the distance to finish in a splendid 1.51.15.

Also that day Gay and Richard EASTOE were north of the border to take part in the Loch Rannoch Marathon. Richard was 110th finisher and 3rd in the male 60 category in 4.22.40, whilst Gay was 2nd female 60 in 4.38.00.

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The day before 8 Harriers took part in the Druridge Bay Parkrun where there was yet more success for Carole PAGE. She was 14th overall and 1st female home in 21.03. This time matched her own course WAVA score of 88.36%! Paul WILKIE was next home for us in 25th, ahead of the female 45 category winner Mel STEER. Results:

14-Carole PAGE 21.03 (88.36%)

25-Paul WILKIE 22.57

35-Mel STEER 23.45

56-John ROSS 26.36 (60.28%)

96-Nell GAIR 31.14

97-Jayne McKENNA 31.15

133-Mark HUME 34.20

137-Christine MAVROMICHAELIS 34.32

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Junior Harrier Alex KNIGHT was in action at the inaugural Newbiggin By The Sea Parkrun where he finished 140th in 31.20, whilst lots of his Junior colleagues, as well as some Seniors, took part in the Alwinton Show Fell Race. No results have been located as yet but in the meantime here’s a team photo!

Photos are of the EASTOEs at Loch Rannoch and John ROSS at Druridge Bay.

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NEHL Druridge Bay

On Sunday 8th October Blyth Running Club hosted the 2nd of the 2017/18 North East Harrier League cross country fixtures at Druridge Bay. Following on from our decent start to the season at Wrekenton the week before a huge number of Harriers, both Junior and Senior, helped to bag some excellent personal and team performance for the club. For the Seniors the mens team put in an outstanding performance to comfortably finish top of the 11 Division 2 teams on the day. As a result the men are 2nd overall in Division 2, just behind Gosforth Harriers. The Senior Women also fared well to finish 5th of the 10 teams in Division 1, which sees them 4th in the division after two rounds.

Dan TURNBULL, from the Medium Pack, had a storming run to finish 18th of well over 500 runners and is now promoted to the Fast Pack. Adam FLETCHER ran well from the Slow Pack to finish next for us and is promoted to the Medium Pack, whilst Steve CARRAGHER is now back in the Fast Pack after a brilliant 35th placed finish. Ian SIMON was our 4th counter, whilst fellow Slow Pack runners Graham SYERS and James WILLOUGHBY ran really well to finish as our final counters. There were great runs from a huge number of Harriers including Peter GREY, Jon ARCHER, Steve COWELL and Jim LILLICO to name but a few. Several made their Harrier League bows for us including Andrew WILDE, Paul WILKIE and Kevin McGEE. The whole team acquitted themselves well and can be proud of their performances!

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Senior Men:

18-Dan TURNBULL 38.50 (M)

31-Adam FLETCHER 39.29 (S)

35-Steve CARRAGHER 39.50 (M)

55-Ian SIMON 40.29 (S)

72-Graham SYERS 40.49 (S)

75-James WILLOUGHBY 40.53 (S)

166-Peter GREY 42.24 (S)

169-Dominic HARRIS 42.28 (M)

203-Phil HEMSLEY 43.08 (M)

218-Jon ARCHER 43.23 (S)

236-Adam SPILLER 43.43 (S)

249-Stefan TOWNSLEY 43.57 (S)

250-Steve COWELL 43.58 (S)

259-Jim LILLICO 44.18 (S)

269-Mike TELFER 44.29 (S)

287-John CUTHBERT 44.53 (S)

301-Shaun LAND 45.13 (M)

306-Neil HAMILTON 45.25 (S)

326-Ian HORSLEY 45.52 (S)

345-Stuart MORRIS 46.29 (S)

359-Steve STUDLEY 46.44 (S)

381-Andrew WILDE 47.13 (S)

412-Kevin McGEE 48.22 (S)

430-Pail WILKIE 49.03 (S)

444-Peter McEWAN 49.31 (S)

461-Chris HALL 50.31 (S)

533-Paul DELLBRIDGE 58.02 (S)

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The Senior Women were led home once again by Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS who finished 11th, just 24 hours after bolting up in the ladies race at the Druridge Bay Parkrun. She was backed up by Lisa BASTON and Alice TETLEY-PAUL who had a good battle throughout to finish 34th and 37th respectively. Lisa is now in the Medium Pack, whilst Alice only just missed out! 4th and final counter was club Chairwoman Tracey SAMPLE who put in a class run to finish 73rd overall. Improving Mel STEER was next and Karen KELLY battled well from the Fast Pack to finish as our 6th runner, just ahead of Frances WILDE. Bev BLYTHE had an impressive run on her Harrier League debut and it was great to see Louisa STEWART back in a Harriers vest after a few years away!

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Senior Women:

11-Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS 29.39 (F)

34-Lisa BASTON 31.02 (S)

37-Alice TETLEY-PAUL 31.05 (S)

73-Tracey SAMPLE 32.00 (S)

78-Mel STEER 32.11 (S)

132-Karen KELLY 33.54 (F)

133-Frances WILDE 33.54 (S)

163-Sarah CROSS 34.49 (S)

172-Justine NORMAN 35.08 (S)

179-Bev BLYTHE 35.22 (S)

194-Alison WRIGHT 35.53 (S)

198-Ruth DOCTOR 36.02 (S)

233-Mary PLUMLEY 37.34 (S)

235-Louisa STEWART 37.36 (S)

329-Tammy HALL 43.26 (S)

355-Karen LEADBITTER 57.53 (S)

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Alnwick Harriers Juniors were out in force with over 40 runners aged 9 to 16 represented the club.

The Under 11s raced first with several new club members experiencing their first big race. However they weren’t put off and the 14 girls and 5 boys produced some excellent results. New Harrier Lilia PURVIS was first home for Alnwick in 16th place overall followed by a rapidly improving Molly JOHNSTON and then Evie GODDEN who put in another excellent effort to finish 26th out of a strong field of 77 runners.

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The Under 11 boys were lead home by Harris HALL in 18th place who finished just ahead of Jack PRICE, Alfie TEMPLE, Alex KNIGHT and Thomas GLADSTONE. All the boys coped well and demonstrated some excellent team spirit.

The Under 13 girls put out a strong team and were looking to build on their good result last week at Wrekenton. Running from the fast pack Lauren BROWN had an excellent run and was once again the fastest on the day finishing in 7th overall place. Millie BREESE was not far behind having had an excellent race and Ellie PRICE was the third counter of a strong team. The girls were the fastest team on the day an excellent well deserved result that now places them 2nd in the league!

The Under 13 boys were lead home by Finlay WILDE in a great 10th place. Finlay gains himself promotion to the Fast Pack for the next fixture. Max MURRAY JOHN from the Fast Pack was next home and finished in an excellent time of 12 minutes 25 for the 3k course (fastest overall Alnwick runner on the day!). Luke STUDLEY was third counter followed by Billy CLAYTON, and the team managed a decent 7th place overall.

The Under 15 girls had an enthusiastic team this week with Kate BUDDLE first home for Alnwick. Maddy HALL was next followed by Anna Grace HARVEY and Antje HALL.

The Under 15 boys once again fielded a strong team who managed an overall 5th team place. This result was good enough to secure fourth overall place after the 2 fixtures which is encouraging as they still have strong base of competitive slow pack runners. First counter was Barnabas HARVEY followed by Joseph GODDEN, who had a good run, with Max BREESE completed the trio of scoring team runners.

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The Under 17 boys were last of the Juniors to run. Daniel HARRISON-FRATER and Harry BROWN ran well both showing promise for the rest of the season.

The teams once again performed well and with only two fixtures completed Alnwick are already showing potential of securing good high places in the league this year.

Girls Under 11s:

16-Lilia PURVIS 6.32

24-Molly JOHNSTON 6.44

26-Evie GODDEN 6.48

33-Megan BROWN 6.54

36-Chloe GIVENS 7.01

43-Tess HINDMARSH 7.12

48-Amie SAUNDERS 7.20

52-Eleanor HEELEY 7.31

56-Kate BURN 7.39

58-Ava FINDLAY 7.45

61-Tilly HALL 7.50

64-Xara PURVIS 7.58

65-Lucy COLLIS 7.58

70-Rebecca HEELEY 8.07

72-Evie McALLISTER 8.14

75-Leila THOMPSON 8.42

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Boys Under 11s:

18-Harris HALL 6.28

42-Alfie TEMPLE 7.04

44-Alex KNIGHT 7.06

57-Thomas GLADSTONE 9.46

Girls Under 13s:

7-Lauren BROWN 14.46 (F)

12-Millie BREESE 15.07 (F)

20-Ellie PRICE 15.28 (S)

34-Hannah JOHNSTON 15.56 (F)

43-Beth CARRAGHER 16.14 (S)

71-Abbie DAVIES 18.23 (S)

76-Katie Lou FRIEND 18.58 (S)

Boys Under 13s:

10-Finlay WILDE 13.45 (S)

15-Max MURRAY JOHN 14.05 (F)

48-Luke STUDLEY 15.49 (S)

54-Billy CLAYTON 17.01 (S)

Girls Under 15s:

38-Kate BUDDLE 16.23 (S)

44-Maddy HALL 17.24 (S)

51-Anna Grace HARVEY 18.56 (S)

54-Antje HALL 22.13 (S)

Boys Under 15s:

13-Barnabus HARVEY 13.14 (S)

16-Joseph GODDEN 13.23 (S)

25-Max BREESE 13.51 (S)

32-Ben MURRAY JOHN 14.07 (F)

41-Ollie TELFER 14.35 (F)

44-James CARRAGHER 14.50 (S)

45-Jude HALL 14.53 (S)

50-Ryan HARRISON-FRATER 15.37 (S)

54-Thomas DAVISON 16.31 (S)

56-Joe HEMSLEY 16.49 (S)

Boys Under 17s:

5-Harry BROWN 20.15 (S)

7-Daniel HARRISON-FRATER 20.40 (S)

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Photos are of Dan TURNBULL, Jim LILLICO, Tracey SAMPLE, Alice TETLEY-PAUL/Lisa BASTON, Under 11 Girls, Under 15 Boys, Rebecca HEELEY and the Senior Women.

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Druridge Bay Parkrun/Folkestone Parkrun/Kielder 10k/Grantchester 10k/Kielder Marathon and Half Marathon/Yorkshire Marathon/Sandstone Way 120 Mile

A busy old weekend for the club started off in fine style on Saturday 7th October when Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS blasted round the Druridge Bay Parkrun in an impressive 18.59. Jo was comfortably the 1st female finisher and was 4th overall finisher of the 181 competitors. Her time was the 2nd fastest time by a female at the event in 2017. 2nd home for us and 2nd female finisher was Carole PAGE in 21.18, whilst Mel STEER was next in 23.24. For the men John ROSS had a fine run and was our 1st male finisher. Results:

4-Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS 18.59 (79.72%)

12-Carole PAGE 21.18 (87.32%)

27-Mel STEER 23.24 (70.80%)

58-John ROSS 26.06 (61.43%)

73-Laura McLEAN 27.54

85-Alex KNIGHT 28.31

104-Christine HARDY 30.40

109-Eileen GUTHRIE 31.20 (55.59%)

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At the other end of the country Tim FALCONER was the winner of the male 50 category at the Folkestone Parkrun. Tim was 12th overall in 21.15.

Later in the day 2 Harriers were in action at the Kielder 10k. Diana WEIGHTMAN was 121st finisher and was 2nd in her age category in 49.39, whilst Keith SHOTTON was round in 56.09.

The following day there was yet more success for our ladies when Rachelle FALLOON was the 1st female finisher at the Grantchester 10k in Cambridgeshire! Rachelle was 6th overall finisher of the 220 runners in 39.59.

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The following day Jon DUFFY and Laura McLEAN Jr were both in action at Kielder, with Jon in the marathon and Laura in the half marathon. Jon had a great run and finished 78th in a very good 3.40.01, whilst Laura was home in the 13.1 mile race in 2.03.11.

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Also in marathon action on Sunday was Nell GAIR at the PlusNet Yorkshire Marathon. Nell was round in 6.05.18 and celebrated with a pint afterwards!

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Finally for the weekend our amazing ultra runner Andy STEPHENSON took part in the Sandstone Way 120 Mile Race. Yes 120 miles!!! Starting in Berwick on Saturday morning, the race ended in Hexham the following evening. Andy finished this mammoth race in 35 hours 6 minutes and 50 seconds, winning the male 50 category in the process. Brilliant work Andy!

Photos are of Mel STEER at Druridge Bay, Rachelle FALLOON with her winners trophy, Jon DUFFY at Kielder and Nell GAIR after the Yorkshire Marathon.

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Sheffield Hallam Parkrun/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Haigh Woodland Parkrun/Sunderland Parkrun/Border Trail Race/Great Scottish Run

On Saturday 30th September, whilst the hardcore Harriers were preparing for the cross country, a number of others were taking part in parkruns. Quickest Harrier by a long way over the 5k distance was Isaac MOSS down at the Sheffield Hallam Parkrun. He clocked an impressive 16.56 to finish 2nd. At the Haigh Woodland Parkrun near Wigan Jon ARCHER was round in 19.49 to finish 6th, meanwhile Gay and Richard EASTOE were at the Sunderland Parkrun where Gay finished in 28.43 and Richard in 30.20.

At the local event at Druridge Bay Mark DOUGLAS was the first Harrier home in 10th place in 19.55. Just over a minute behind was Ian HORSLEY in 15th with Neil HAMILTON 2 places further back. For the ladies Carole PAGE was 2nd finisher in 21.43, whilst slightly further back Christine HARDY ran a course pb and Jayne McKENNA completed her 100th parkrun!! Results:

10-Mark DOUGLAS 19.55 (66.19%)

15-Ian HORSLEY 20.56

17-Neil HAMILTON 21.01 (64.95%)

22-Steve COWELL 21.20

26-Carole PAGE 21.43 (84.50%)

62-Robert STEPHENSON 26.01 (52.66%)

83-John ROSS 27.40

86-Christine HARDY 27.56

113-Jayne McKENNA 29.50

117-Eleanor HEELEY 30.28

160-Alive TETLEY-PAUL 35.12

164-Lorna STEPHENSON 35.23 (46.26%)

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The following day 3 Harriers tackled the 12 mile Border Trail Race, the route of which followed part of St Cuthberts Way from Fenwick to Wooler. 2 of our number, Adam FLETCHER and Alice TETLEY-PAUL, had been in Harrier League action under 24 hours before and in fact Alice had also taken in the Druridge Bay Parkrun the day before! So Adams 3rd placed finish in 1.35.04, a minute behind the winner, was a brilliant performance. Alice was back in 16th place in 2.03.55 and Mel STEER was 19th in 2.09.57.

Finally for the weekend John ROSS was in half marathon action once again, this time in the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow. John completed the course in 2.06.15.

Above photo is of Carole PAGE.

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NEHL Wrekenton

The 2017/18 cross country season got under way on Saturday 30th September with the first fixture in the North East Harrier League series at Wrekenton, Gateshead. A really good number of both Juniors and Seniors took part in the races throughout the day on a dry course, which meant some very fast times and excellent performances.

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The Under 15 boys, who finished in third position, placed highest of the Alnwick teams and were led home by Ben MURRAY JOHN in fifth place, gaining himself promotion to the Fast Pack. The teams 2nd and 3rd counters were Alex THRELFALL and Barnabus HARVEY who just missed out on promotion this time. The boys had a strong team of eight runners who all worked hard to secure this excellent result.

The Under 13 boys were also lead home by a MURRAY JOHN brother, with Max finishing in an excellent second place to earn himself promotion too. Finlay WILDE and Sam THRELFALL were the other two counters with the whole team contributing to a well-earned sixth place.

The five Under 13 girls faced the toughest challenge today with three of the girls running from the Fast Pack after a successful season last year. However, new runners Ellie PRICE and Beth CARRAGHER ran superbly with Ellie being first home for Alnwick. The other girls weren’t far behind with Lauren BROWN finishing quickest Fast Pack runner of the day, whilst Millie BREESE was next followed by Hannah JOHNSTON. The girls will be in a strong position at the next fixture following the first round promotions and will be aiming to improve their well earned fifth place.

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The Under 11s had two good teams with Evie GODDEN first home for the Alnwick girls, with Molly JOHNSTON and Tess HINDMARSH just behind her. Cooper WILDE finished narrowly ahead of Ben STUDLEY in the boys race with Alex KNIGHT finishing as an excellent third counter.

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Anna Grace HARVEY (U15) and Daniel HARRISON-FRATER (U17) proved great resilience running on their own in our less well represented age groups. Both athletes ran superbly and showed how important it is to understand the benefits of taking part and representing the club. It was an excellent day and an even bigger turn out Druridge Bay next week will hopefully produce even better performances! Results:

Girls Under 11s:

23-Evie GODDEN 7.15

30-Molly JOHNSTON 7.27

31-Tess HINDMARSH 7.30

35-Chloe GIVENS 7.40

43-Tilly HALL 8.05

Boys Under 11s:

46-Cooper WILDE 7.20

47-Ben STUDLEY 7.21

62-Alex KNIGHT 7.39

Girls Under 13s:

15-Ellie PRICE 11.18 (S)

25-Lauren BROWN 11.34 (F)

32-Millie BREESE 11.54 (F)

35-Beth CARRAGHER 11.59 (S)

54-Hannah JOHNSTON 12.31 (F)

Boys Under 13s:

2-Max MURRAY JOHN 9.24 (S)

21-Finlay WILDE 10.08 (S)

40-Sam THRELFALL 10.55 (S)

69-Luke STUDLEY 12.15 (S)

77-Finlay TELFER 13.34 (S)

Girls Under 15s:

49-Anna Grace HARVEY 13.12 (S)

Boys Under 15s:

5-Ben MURRAY JOHN 9.05 (S)

16-Alex THRELFALL 9.39 (S)

17-Barnabus HARVEY 9.41 (S)

21-Max BREESE 9.54 (S)

32-Joseph GODDEN 10.16 (S)

45-Jude HALL 10.59 (S)

50-James CARRAGHER 11.22 (S)

54-Ryan HARRISON-FRATER 11.26 (S)

Boys Under 17s:

24-Daniel HARRISON-FRATER 25.10 (S)

Both the Senior teams had decent starts to the new campaign with the Senior Women finishing 6th of 10 in the top flight, whilst the men were 4th of the 11 teams in Division 2 on the day. The most pleasing part of the overall performances is that none of our runners were promoted up a pack, meaning that going into the Druridge Bay meet next week we’ll be in an extremely strong position in what is virtually a home fixture.

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The Senior Women were led home by Fast Pack runner Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS who was 14th overall after running the 5th quickest time in the race of the 462 runners. Our next counter was in-form Alice TETLEY-PAUL who was 51st overall, just missing out on promotion to the Medium Pack. 3rd was another Fast Pack runner in Rachelle FALLOON who was just 6 seconds behind Alice, whilst our 4th and final counter was the consistent Diana WEIGHTMAN. They were backed up by some very good runs from the likes of the now injury free Tracey SAMPLE, Frances WILDE and Katie BLACKBURN to name but a few. Well done to Laura McLEAN Jr, Tammy HALL and Karen LEADBITTER who were making their Harrier League debuts for us.

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The Senior Men were missing a number of the fast lads like Graham SIMPSON, Ross WILSON and Dan TURNBULL but still performed well to finish high up in the league standings on the day. Fast Pack runner David MILNE was our 1st runner home in 54th, about 30 seconds ahead of Steve CARRAGHER who is now down in the Medium Pack. Steve narrowly missed out on promotion as did our 3rd counter, Adam FLETCHER, who is criminally down in the Slow Pack! Ian SIMON was our 4th counter, just over a minute ahead of team captain Dominic HARRIS. There was a decent battle between 2 Harrier League debut boys to be our 6th and final counter with Jason DAWSON just getting the better of Stefan TOWNSLEY. It was great to see Jim LILLICO and Mike TELFER in action, whilst John CUTHBERT and Chris HALL made their debuts in the mud for us.

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Results:

Senior Women/Over 65 Men:

14-Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS 27.32 (F)

51-Alice TETLEY-PAUL 29.06 (S)

54-Rachelle FALLOON 29.12 (F)

96-Diana WEIGHTMAN 30.08 (S)

136-Tracey SAMPLE 31.19 (S)

175-Frances WILDE 32.20 (S)

189-Katie BLACKBURN 32.38 (S)

209-Pauline AITCHISON 33.08 (S)

243-Ruth DOCTOR 34.01 (S)

250-Laura McLEAN Jr 34.08 (S)

263-Alison WRIGHT 34.30 (S)

295-Mary PLUMLEY 35.21 (S)

362-Jocelyn BOLAM 38.12 (S)

419-Tammy HALL 41.12 (S)

436-Sheona DUFFY 42.55 (S)

441-Mark HUME 43.36 (S)

462-Karen LEADBITTER 58.32 (S)

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Senior Men:

54-David MILNE 36.58 (F)

69-Steve CARRAGHER 37.22 (M)

72-Adam FLETCHER 37.28 (S)

105-Ian SIMON 38.12 (S)

168-Dominic HARRIS 39.23 (M)

239-Jason DAWSON 40.39 (S)

253-Stefan TOWNSLEY 40.51 (S)

293-John CUTHBERT 41.48 (S)

295-Jim LILLICO 41.48 (S)

308-Mike TELFER 42.16 (S)

325-David HINDMARSH 42.43 (S)

416-Mark DOCTOR 45.21 (S)

419-Chris HALL 45.25 (S)

FB_IMG_1506887255002The next fixture is at Druridge Bay next Sunday, hosted by Blyth Running Club. All the details will be posted here soon. Remember to keep your race numbers for the whole of the season!

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Jelly Tea 10/Potsdamer Herbstlauf 9k/Haltwhistle Half Marathon/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Workington Parkrun

On a fairly quiet weekend for the club Dominic HARRIS ran really well at the Tynedale Harriers organised Jelly Tea 10 Miler. Of the 155 runners Dom was 13th in a splendid 1.02.57.

Slightly further along the Tyne Valley Justine NORMAN was in action at the Haltwhistle Half Marathon. Justine finished 113th in a personal best at this distance of 1.54.23.

Finally for Sunday, whilst on her holidays, Alice TETLEY-PAUL ran yet another superb race to finish 2nd female in the Potsdamer Herbstlauf 9k in Germany. Alice was 12th overall in 38.49!

The previous day Adam FLETCHER was our 1st runner across the line at the Druridge Bay Parkrun. He was 7th overall in 18.48 and was winner of the male 50 category. One place behind him was Jon ARCHER in a 5k pb, whilst John CUTHBERT was our 3rd runner home amazingly failing to get a pb! Other highlights included Jackie PROUSE winning the female 45 category, whilst Junior Harrier Harris HALL dipped under 24 minutes to gain a pb.

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Results:

7-Adam FLETCHER 18.48 (79.70%)

8-Jon ARCHER 19.26

20-John CUTHBERT 20.58 (61.69%)

37-Paul ROBINSON 22.49

47-Jackie PROUSE 23.19 (69.48%)

52-Harris HALL 23.53 (66.09%)

59-Mel STEER 24.02

69-Chris FRIEND 24.37 (58.50%)

119-Laura McLEAN Jr 27.36

130-Alex KNIGHT 28.30

178-Jayne McKENNA 31.13

193-Nell GAIR 32.00

204-Mark HUME 33.39 (53.74%)FB_IMG_1506199197647Elsewhere Richard EASTOE finished the Workington Parkrun in 25.46 to come 68th of 139 runners.

Photos are of Harris HALL and Mark HUME at Druridge Bay.

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