On Thursday, Bill McGuirk presented Alnwick’s U13 Leila Thompson with her “Athlete of the Match” award at Gateshead International Stadium for her record-breaking Shot Putt performance at the NECAA Indoor Championships. Leila had gone into the competition ranked number three in the country but she improved into second place after setting a new PB and championship best of 9:47M bettering Middlesbrough’s Grace McDonald’s 2017 figures by a massive 38 centimetres! Well done Leila!
On Saturday 7th March, Alnwick Harrier, Millie Breese represented the North East Region U15 girls, at the National Inter Counties Cross Country Championships at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough.
The tough 4K course took in a massive hill, that Millie described as being “pure mud”. Millie finished, minus a shoe, a fantastic 32nd out of 295 runners, 1st North East girl home. North East team finishing 11th out of 40 teams. Well done girls
Report on the Grand Prix event by Tracey Sample, 29th February
Ten Harriers stood freezing on the start line of the Grand Prix event.
The bad weather route was enforced due to the high winds so shortened to “only” 9 miles over Simonside in borderline cancellation conditions.
Up on the top is was almost a white out and it was very hard to even see the path. It was still spectacular during the breaks in the weather, seeing the long line of head torches behind, winding their way up the path.
Jon Archer was first home in 6th place of the 200 men and 100 women taking part. He was just under 5 min behind the winner of the race. Just a minute further back was Ian Simon.
Stephen Cowell and Tracey Sample had a good battle, changing places on the up hill and down hill, with Tracey first female harrier home in 5th place in the Female race.
6 Jon Archer 1:25:10
9 Ian Simon 1:26:06
72 Steve Cowell 1:48:25
82 Tracey Sample 1:50:45
116 Dave Bartrum 1:57:52
139 Jen Knight 2:03:53
172 Paul Dellabridge 2:11:53
186 Linda Patterson 2:12:53
214 Maureen Bartrum 2:22:32
216 Carol Davison 2:22:51
Good Friday Relays
We are looking to enter a couple of Ladies team into this years event
The event is on Good Friday 10th of April, in Newburn. It is run in relay teams of 3 women. Each runner does 2.2 miles on flat road. The women’s race is at 9:45. The marshals tell everyone what to do so the relay changeovers are very easy.
This is a really enjoyable team event, speed and fitness are not important.
See you soon
Leila Thompson competed this weekend in the Scottish Indoor Championships at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow. In a strong field of 23 national standard athletes Leila managed a fantastic throw of over 9m to take the bronze medal. An outstanding result to add to her other recent high profile achievements! Well done Leila.
Report on our women’s race by our roving reporter Jo Powell.
Nearly 300 ladies battled the wintry elements in the senior women’s NEHL Cross Country at The Pastures, Alnwick Castle today, 29th February.
Despite the welcome occasional winter sun, runners endured an evil and bitter headwind on their way out towards the Castle, stinging hail, a good measure of splodge and twice up Campbell Hill !!
Six female Alnwick Harriers did a brilliant job over this challenging course.
First back for the club was Lisa Baston finishing in a fantastic 8th place overall! What an achievement Lisa!
Second Alnwick Harrier back was Diana Weightman just a week after her excellent performance at the XC Nationals with a superb top 50 finish!
Flying solo from the medium pack with a 2.45 minute handicap was Jo Powell who came just inside the top 100.
Jennifer Knight and Rachel Heeley finished comfortably inside the top 200.
Ruth Doctor with minimal recent training finished just outside the top 200 and demonstrated she is made of hard stuff by saying she, “enjoyed her run around The Pastures” on this brutal February day.
Well done Ladies on all of your incredible efforts and a huge thank you to all of the marshals who stood for some considerable time in such ferocious conditions.
Results as follows:
8 Lisa Baston 36.09
49 Diana Weightman 38.53
99 Jo Powell 40.36 (38.16)
178 Jennifer Knight 43.42
192 Rachel Heeley 44.28
213 Ruth Doctor 46.05
Junior Report courtesy of Mike Telfer
An enthusiastic team represented the club across the age groups with athletes aged 9 to 16 racing the fantastic course.
The North East Championship team of U15 girls put on another fantastic performance. The girls were lead home by Ellie Price (slow pack) who had a fantastic race to finish second overall winning the silver medal. Just 18s behind with her fast pack handicap was Millie Breese who finished 4th overall then next home was fast packer Hannah Johnston in 9th place. The girls supported by Charlotte Hughes and Abbie Davies, the team won by 15 points a huge margin.