Thank you to everyone who took part in the virtual Weetslade relays. Even though we didn’t have the hill to contend with it was still a tough 4K solo run! 186 teams took part and our first team home came in at 70th. Well done everyone 😀🏃♀️.
70 Diana, Jo, Stu 53.12 118 Angie, Jen, Tracey 59.01 143 Tania, Rachel, Fiona 1.04.00 145 Mary, Paul, Ruth 1.04.34
A huge effort from runners across the North-East this weekend saw a combined 16,064 miles run in 24 hours!! 337 miles came from Alnwick Harriers, placing us 25th out of 41 teams. Well done MIKE TELFER, who topped the distance with 30.1 miles, and also JO CLEMMIT, with 26.63 miles. Special mention to the junior harriers who took part, great to have the younger runners involved.
The challenge next Saturday is a PENTATHLON. Smaller team this week of 5 men and 5 women needed. Each of the following distances must be completed by 1 man and 1 woman: 800m, 1500m, 5000m, 10,000m, 1000ft climb. The first 4 need to be as flat as possible, no steps allowed in the elevation challenge. Fastest time overall wins. If you’d like to participate please get in touch – volunteers for elevation appreciated because I can’t do that one with 4 kids in tow!
Well done everyone this week – thank you for all your hard work for the team.
week’s virtual challenge was a tough one: run the total height of Ben
Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell, a whopping 11,135 feet. Team members agreed
that this was a brutal event. MIKE, OLLIE and FINLAY TELFER chased the
clouds in the Cheviots, along with MARY PLUMLEY, RUTH DOCTOR and MARK
TYLER, who struggled to find the top due to heavy fog! CARO FENTIMAN ran
to the top of Crawleyside in Weardale, a steep and unforgiving climb
not improved by the poor visibility, although the sun came out once she
had run down again. TRACEY SAMPLE steamed up the bank in Warkworth 18
times, KIM BRONZE found a big hill in Sheffield, IAN STEPHENSON and JO
CLEMMIT tackled Simonside and JENNIFER KNIGHT and LINDA PATTERSON ran up
towards Alnwick Moor. Alnwick Harriers came 12th out of 37 teams,
achieving 11,698 feet in 5 hours and 41 minutes – another fabulous
result for the club.
week is a big one and we need to fill all 24 team places: we have 24
hours to run as far as we can. You can do as many runs as you want and
the bar is set high – can any team cover more than 500 miles?? If you
fancy a big run between 5pm Friday 19th June and 5pm Saturday 20th June
please join the Alnwick Harriers team!
The Weetslade Relays are coming up later on this month on the 20th June. Alnwick Harriers have usually managed to submit a few teams. This year Claremont Road Runners are organising a virtual event, but distances remain the same at 3 x 4k. The course can be over any terrain, chosen by participants. Each runner must start from and finish at the same place. Runners in a team can run in different places as long as each leg is 4k. There are 3 to a team and each team must include a veteran and a lady and these can be the same person. You can run your leg any time between 5.00am Sat 20th June and 8.00pm Wed 24th June.
Diana Weightman has agreed to be team captain and voluntary entry fees are to go to the Hospice. If you are interested or want more details please email firstname.lastname@example.org
week’s Greener Miles Challenge required strategic thinking, as
competitors had to run as high and as far as they could in 30 minutes.
It quickly became clear that elevation was the point winner, so there
was a lot of scurrying around trying to find the best hills in the
Alnwick Harriers achieved a fantastic result, coming 11th out of 59 teams from across the North East. A strong team saw OLLIE and MIKE TELFER scaling the Cheviot, TANIA CONWAY and RACHEL HEELEY racing through Thrunton Woods, MARY PLUMLEY and RUTH DOCTOR topping Simonside, CARO FENTIMAN running up to Alnwick golf course again and again, TRACEY SAMPLE chasing a hill in Amble, JO CLEMMIT battling windy conditions in Swarland and JENNIFER KNIGHT doing hill reps in Alnwick. Special mention must go to junior harrier, Ollie Telfer, who placed 3rd overall and was the 2nd male competitor. This is a big result for the team, well done and thank you to everyone who participated.
challenge next Saturday is to complete the equivalent of the 3 Peaks –
11,135 feet – in the shortest time possible. We are allowed teams of up
to 20, half must be women. If you’d like to run, please email me and let
me know how many feet you can commit to. Entry is £1 each and Diana
Weightman is kindly paying in advance and will collect the money later.
Remember that speed is the key to our success so a short high burst is
going to be a point winner!
You will all know that we can now meet outside for exercise with 5 people from different households. This is great news but we have to keep the 2 metre social distancing rule at all times. We are now waiting for guidance from England Athletics as to when and how we can resume coaching in groups. We will keep you informed as to when our club can resume training with coached sessions.
We thank you all for your patience and adhering to the rules we have been given.
Another week, another Greener Miles Challenge, this time requiring team members to run 4 miles as fast as they could but starting and ending in the same place. This was to try and reduce any advantage incurred by elevation for those runners starting at the top of a very big hill and just belting it down to the bottom. An enthusiastic team of Alnwick Harriers, RUTH DOCTOR, MARY PLUMLEY, CARO FENTIMAN, JO CLEMMIT, GEORGE WILLIAMS, TRACEY SAMPLE, PAUL DELLBRIDGE, JENNIFER KNIGHT, KIM BRONZE and DIANA WEIGHTMAN, completed the challenge in a combined time of 344 minutes to finish 34th out of 70 teams. A fabulous effort and thank you to everyone who participated.
18 hardy harriers took part in another virtual running event organised by Greener Running Miles this weekend. The challenge was to run for 24 hours within 24 hours, with the winning team being the one that ran the furthest. With a strong team including MIKE TELFER, CLAIRE TELFER, JO POWELL, DIANA WEIGHTMAN, MARY PLUMLEY, RUTH DOCTOR, MARK TYLER, JO CLEMMIT, IAN STEPHENSON, CARO FENTIMAN, TRACEY SAMPLE, PAUL GODDEN, LISA BASTON, KAREN PRICE, LINDA PATTINSON, TANIA CONWAY, KAREN KELLY and GRAHAM SYERS, our total distance came in at 155.02 miles. Distances and locations varied, with Mike, Ian, Diana and Lisa racing across the county for hours and Caro blasting out 50 minutes on her back lane. Mary and Ruth battled strong winds on the Aln Valley railway line and Mark did a speedy 30 minutes following recovery from a knee injury.
Harriers placed 28 out of 57 teams from across the North-east. There
was no limit on team members and the winning team, Tipsy Tynedale’s
Scrambled Legs, achieved 207.42 miles with 65 runners!
This was another fun event and a great opportunity to be part of something bigger than our own backyards. Thank you to everyone who participated and look out for the next challenge….
stumbled across Greener Miles Running on Strava – an environmentally
friendly trail running event company based in Gateshead that has been
organising weekly lockdown events attracting almost a thousand
runners across the North-East.
week Alnwick Harriers entered a team for the 50k Time Trial. Teams of
10, including at least 5 women, had to run 50k as fast as possible.
To keep it simple, each team member ran 5k, with runners keeping
close to home and following social distancing rules. I’ve been
doing laps of my back lane so I can keep an eye on the kids, but
other Harriers managed to escape a little further from their front
door and enjoy the bright Northumberland weather.
Out of an impressive 95 teams, the Alnwick Harriers team consisting of Lisa Baston, Kim Bronze, Jo Clemmit, Tania Conway, Caro Fentiman, Linda Patterson, Ruary Slater, Ian Stephenson, Mark Tyler and Diana Weightman came in 56th, with a time of 4 hours 22 minutes 40 seconds. The winning time was 3 hours 8 minutes and 30 seconds, with the final team coming in at just under five and a half hours.
running can be an escape for many of us from the noise in our lives
and in our heads, there is something lovely about being part of a
running community, and virtual events such as these have enabled
people to belong to something bigger than their isolated runs.
next Greener Miles event is The Big One starting at 5pm on Friday
22nd May. Teams of at least 10 need to run for 24 hours in total: the
biggest cumulative distance wins. If you’d like to be involved
please email me on email@example.com
and let me know the longest time that you’d be prepared to run for
in 24 hours. I’ll send out team details on Thursday 21st May.
Name, Order ID, Last 4 digits of card used for payments.
A big thank you to all entrants who are kindly holding their place, even though we do not have a new date to announce for 2021. This supports our event and is very much appreciated by the Alnwick Harriers Committee.
Stay safe and our 2021 date will be announced in late Autumn.