The Alnwick juniors had an excellent day at the Druridge Bay harrier league cross country. The U11s started the day with two exciting races. Alistair Johnston lead from the start in the boys race and had a commanding lead coming into the final corner. Unfortunately disaster struck, confusion over the course layout and Alastair went straight on thinking he’d finished. He lost too much time to recover the lead but team mate Andrew Batley raced well to clinch 2nd place. In the girls race Emilia Waugh had a great race to finish third with Alicia Purvis in 6th.
Alnwick fielded its first U17/U20 woman’s team for a few seasons but the girls produced an excellent 2nd team place. Ellie Price lead the girls home winning the race. Hannah Johnston was next in 6th and Ailsa Batley was 3rd counter in 31st. The boys managed 4th team place with Max Murray John finishing highest in a great 8th place supported by Gregor Batley and Euan Friend as 2nd and 3rd counters.
In the U15 race Jack Price and Liam McDonogh raced well to finish 4th and 6th and gained promotion to the fast pack. The girls managed a good sixth team place with Lilia Purvis, Molly Johnston and Chloe Givens as the counters. The U13s were last to race Erin Givens, Farren Henderson and Aimee McDonogh ran well to finish as eighth team.
A great day with plenty of good team and individual performances.
The second Harrier League meeting got off to a great start with good numbers for both senior teams. There were 6 ladies and 11 men running in total. The course was challenging at the beginning due to very uneven ground, but the ground evened out for the rest of the course.
Rosie Davison had a fantastic run and was the first Alnwick counter with a time of 30:45. The rest of the team also put out great performances as follows: Jo Powell, 31:07; Alice Tetley-Paul, 33:53; Karen Mather, 34:26; Frances Wilde, 35:00; Kate Johnston, 36:14; and Emma Givens, 36:39. Mike Henry, running with the ladies, came in with a respectable time of 34:10. The team came 5th on the day and are now in 11th place overall, in division 3.
For the men’s team Steve Patterson had a great run, finishing with a time of 39:05. The rest of the team weren’t far behind with times as follows: Rob Andrew, 39:56; Rudy McLeod who came all the way from Berwick to run for us, 40:20; Graham Simpson, 41:22; Dave Richardson, 41:39; Mike Telfer, 47:28; Andy Squires (captain), 49:04; Tim Broomfield, 49:38; Dave Hindmarsh, 54:16; and bringing up the rear Ian Stevenson with a time of 57:08. The team came 5th on the day and are now in 7th place overall in division 2.
Thanks to everyone who turned out today, let’s hope we have the same for the next race.
Three Alnwick Harriers made the long trip north in search of Nessie and to take on the Loch Ness marathon. A gentle tail wind pushed the runners along the undulating course from the south end of the loch to the finish in Inverness. Our only female runner was Tess Allan (F50) who posted a time of 5:30:23. Our male runners were Geoff Givens (M40), who came in at 3:59:47, and James Allan (M50) in 3:08:29. Well done to all the runners.
On Saturday four Alnwick ladies braved the torrential rain to take part in the 10K on a picturesque course around the Bull Crag peninsula.
Jo Powell was first home for Alnwick and also 1st in the FV45 age category. Karen was next followed by Jen and Linda. All had smiles on their faces, or was it grimacing in the horrendous conditions!!!
37 Jo Powell 45.44 158 Karen Leeson 56.07 222 Jen Knight 57.43 429 Linda Patterson 1.08.14
Sunday was marathon day and Chris Atwell took part in what is described as Britain’s most beautiful marathon. He tackled the course in 4.55.45 which is pretty impressive since it is just two weeks ago since his last marathon.
The cross country season got underway yesterday in very warm and sunny conditions, unusual for cross country. The course was very dry no mud to be seen!!
First race of the day was the U11 boys and girls and two harriers ran and first home for Alnwick in the boys race was Luca Wilson (27) 7:48 and in the girls Alicia Purvis (5) 7:01. Two more juniors ran in the U13 race and Louisa Syers came 22nd in a time of 12:55. Next up to run was Lilia Purvis who came in 14th in 11:13 in the U15’s. Well done to them all.
In the ladies race, we had two runners Jen Knight and Linda Patterson who both tackled the course brilliantly, but both said it was tough and very warm!! 260 Jen Knight 37:54, 371 Linda Patterson 45:54
Finally the men were underway and Alnwick had a team of 8, all running from the slow pack apart from Dave Richardson who was fast pack. First home for the club and new member was Rudy McLeod (13), who for certain will have moved up a pack!! He was followed by Steve Patterson (71) and Dave Richardson, running from the fast pack finished in 82nd place. Graham Syers, Paul Godden and Tony Jackson made the six counters. Tim Broomfield and Ian Stephenson completed the team of 8. Well done to you all great running!
13 Rudy McLeod 35:54; 71 Steve Patterson 39:09; 82 (fast pack) Dave Richardson 39:28 (actual time 34:28); 173 Graham Syers 41:47; 271 Paul Godden 44:32; 323 Tony Jackson 46:12; 397 Tim Broomfield 49:03; 470 Ian Stephenson 54:21
The next xc fixture is at Druridge Bay on Sunday 10th October so hopefully we will see a few more of you there. Team captains will be in contact to see who would like to run.
In a year that has been short of races, we welcome back the Northeastern harrier league in its 125th year and the dates for the 2021/2022 season are:-
Sat 25th Sept 2021 – Wrekenton
Sun 10th Oct 2021 – Druridge Bay
Sat 30th Oct 2021 – Lambton Estate
Sat 27th Nov 2021 – Aykley Heads
Sat 8th Jan 2022 – Sherman Cup/Davison Shield, Temple Park
Sat 12th Feb 2022 – Thornley Hall Farm, Peterlee
Sat 5th Mar 2022 – Alnwick Castle
The senior/veteran women’s race starts at approximately 13:05 and the senior/veteran men’s race starts at approximately 13:50.
The Alnwick ladies team captains are Diana Weightman diana.weightman63@hotmail and Lisa Baston, the men’s captain is Andy Squires firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact the team captains to register your interest. We need all names for the first event by 20th September so they can be registered. If you wish to take part in ANY of the races let the captains know so they can notify the organisers and get your names registered in advance.
Nineteen Alnwick harriers were among the 57,000 people to have taken part in the 40th staging of The Great North Run on Sunday 12th September. Last years event was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic and organisers changed the half marathons route this year to aid social distancing. Starting and finishing in Newcastle rather than heading out to South Shields the new route crossed the Tyne Bridge twice. It then wound its way through Newcastle city centre before finishing on the Great North Road. A cloudy, cool and fairly still day provided near perfect running conditions.
First back for the club was Steve Patterson in a fantastic time of 01:28:55. Not far behind Steve came Jon Archer in a brilliant time of 01:34:48. Alnwick’s first female over the finish line was Lisa Baston in a superb 01:35:28. Well done to all Alnwick Harriers who took part in this unique one off Great North Run route!
On Saturday 4th September, Ingram Valley was the new venue for the Anne Allan (approx 9K) trail run held in memory of the dedicated and popular Alnwick Harrier. A multi terrain route and stunning scenery with ideal running conditions saw 36 runners take part which is what is hoped to be an annual event at Ingram. First home and a former Alnwick harrier was Bruce Crombie in a time of 36.22 and hot on his heels was first male for Alnwick, Ollie Telfer in 36.52. First female and also first Alnwick female was Jo Powell and her winning time was 41.25.
The junior race was hotly contested by 12 runners over a shorter course but still with some slight incline! First back in a time of 11.57 was Harry Knox.
Over eight hundred pounds was raised for Motor Neurone Disease and Alnwick Harriers would like to thank everyone who donated.
A copy of the full results can be found on the link below:-