Hexham 5 & 10K

Race report by our roving reporter Jo Powell.

A fresh and breezy but gloriously sunny autumnal morning awaited runners at Hexham’s 5k and popular 10k on Sunday 27 th October.
Six Alnwick Harriers were amongst 502 runners who took part in the out and back slightly undulating 10k facing a fairly strong head wind as they turned for home back towards Hexham.
First back for Alnwick in the 10k was Jo Powell in a PB time of 45.22 finishing 2nd female V45.  Next home was Jennifer Knight also bagging a PB of 51.46 closely followed by Louise Callaghan in a time of 51.55 finishing 4th female V55.  Caro Fentiman at Hexham with a huge family following and supporting her mum and cousin who were also running, finished in 53.01. Well done to George Williams who was 3rd male V70 in a time of 55.45. Jennifer’s sister Linda Patterson came home in 1.04.45.
In the 5k event with 31 runners taking part Mark Hume finished on 36.09.

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Today’s Lambton Estate Cross Country Cancelled

Today’s North Eastern Harrier League Cross Country fixture has been cancelled because the parking area is waterlogged.

Discussions have already started about rescheduling the race, either later in the year or towards the spring.

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Race Report

Here are the latest results for Alnwick Harriers.

Druridge Bay parkrun

2 Steven CARRAGHER 17:34
4 Oliver TELFER 18:41
11 Adam FLETCHER 19:51
12 Phil HALL Alnwick 20:14
13 Harris HALL 20:28 (PB)
14 Paul WILKIE 20:33 (PB)
19 Edward LONGSTAFF 20:48
26 Robert BADDELEY 21:38
27 Carole PAGE 21:41 (1st female)
40 Jo POWELL 22:22 (PB)
78 Rachel MCCOY 26:25
85 George WILLIAMS 26:51
120 Karen LEESON 28:58
121 Eleanor HEELEY 29:01
126 Rachel Claire HEELEY 29:23
133 Rebecca HEELEY 30:02

Pastures parkrun

22 Keith SHOTTON 24:35
25 Mel STEER 24:57
37 Alice TETLEY-PAUL 28:43
43 Mairi CAMPBELL 30:31

Folkestone parkrun

13 Tim FALCONER 21:18

Jesmond Dene parkrun

145 Ian STEPHENSON 29:41
196 Lorna STEPHENSON 33:58

Lochend Woods parkrun

34 Gay EASTOE 36:28
39 Richard EASTOE 39:40

Sheffield Hallam parkrun

417 Kim BRONZE 31:47

South Shields parkrun

96 Linda PATTERSON 27:51 (PB)

Yorkshire Marathon

2,864 Justine Norman 4:34:01

Minors’ Cross Country

Well done to the Junior athletes who braved the inclement weather to run at the Minors’ Cross Country, at Monkton Stadium, in Jarrow. They were wonderful, all be it very wet by home time.

A big well done to you all and thanks to parents for coming along to support.

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Alnwick Harriers Grand Prix 2019 – Latest Standings

Here are the latest standings in the 2019 Alnwick Harriers Grand Prix, following the Tweed Tunnel Race and Alwinton Show Fell Race.

Next Grand Prix race is Run Nation Hexham 10k held on Sunday, October 27.

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Race Report

Here are the latest race results for Alnwick Harriers.

Chicago Marathon

6436 John Cuthbert 3:26:51 (PB)

Kielder Marathon

330 Cris ATWELL 4:24:59

Kielder 10k

35 Peter GREY 43:20 (1st M60)
87 Jo POWELL 47:20
107 Diana WEIGHTMAN 49:00 (2nd F50)
174 Jennifer KNIGHT 52:06 (PB)
297 Linda PATTERSON 57:05 (PB)
444 Susan SKIRROW 1:00:43

For full Alnwick Harriers report from the Kielder Marathon Weekend, click here.

Druridge Bay parkrun

4 Paul WHITE 19:27
7 Carole PAGE 20:29 (1st female)
12 Robert BADDELEY 21:21
28 Neil HAMILTON 23:13
35 Justine NORMAN 24:26
36 Phil HALL 24:26
39 Chris STEWART 24:34
46 Paul WILKIE 24:53
54 Philip LEE 25:37
70 Ian STEPHENSON 27:55
85 Rachel Claire HEELEY 29:19
93 Lorna STEPHENSON 30:21

Pastures parkrun

2 Ross WILSON 19:43 (PB)
6 Michael TELFER 21:47
14 Euan FRIEND 23:38
17 Michael HENRY 25:24
20 Paul DELLBRIDGE 26:05 (PB)
28 Karen KELLY 27:42 (3rd female)
33 Mairi CAMPBELL 29:23
46 Chris FRIEND 33:38
51 Katie-Lou FRIEND 38:21

Dalby Forest parkrun

128 Nell GAIR 36:39

Dunfermline parkrun

74 Gay EASTOE 32:00
103 Richard EASTOE 37:36

Riverside parkrun

272 Kirsty STEED 30:57

Carole Page Update

Well done to Carole Page, who was very pleased to have improved upon her parkrun WAVA record at Druridge Bay on Saturday (aided by a recent birthday that she’s not so pleased about). Her record – set just over a year ago when she was 58 (2 years younger) – was 92.46%. It is now 93.41%!

On top of this, she has been selected for the England team for the Masters Cross-country International, taking place on November 16 in Southport. She will represent the women’s over 60 team.

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Kielder Marathon Festival

Report by Sue Skirrow

The sun shone for the six Alnwick Harriers travelling across on Saturday for the Kielder 10K, which attracts a field of nearly 1000 runners every year.  The scenic, trail route began with a tough kilometre climb before settling to a more manageable undulating circuit around the Bull Crag Peninsula finishing along the Lakeside Way.

Peter Grey was 35th finisher and first back for Alnwick with an impressive chip time of 43 minutes 20 seconds to bag first male V60 prize.  Jo Powell was Alnwick’s first female back, finishing 16th female out of 585 and Diana Weightman came in 1 minute 40 seconds later, adding to her medal haul when she finished 2nd female V50.  Sisters Jennifer Knight and Linda Patterson both ran 10K PBs, which is no mean achievement over such a testing course! And shaking off recent injury woes Sue Skirrow finished just outside of the hour.

Sundays competitors weren’t quite so fortunate with the weather and in less favourable conditions 713 athletes took part in what has been dubbed as Britain’s most scenic marathon.  Marathon veteran Chris Atwell participated in the challenging event, finishing 43rd out of 87 in the V50 category.

10K chip positions & times:- Peter Grey 35th 43:20; Jo Powell 86th 47:20; Diana Weightman 108th 49:00; Jennifer Knight 178th 52:06; Linda Patterson 317th 57:05; Sue Skirrow 445th 60:43

Marathon chip position & time:- Chris Atwell 330th 04:24:59

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Race Report

Here are the latest results for Alnwick Harriers.

Druridge Bay parkrun

3 Paul WHITE 19:48
6 Harris HALL 20:30 (PB)
7 Phil HALL 20:31
10 David BARNES 21:00 (PB)
12 Carole PAGE 21:15 (1st female)
13 Edward LONGSTAFF 21:21
25 Neil HAMILTON 22:55
34 Justine NORMAN 24:19
105 Karen LEESON 30:54
148 Rebecca HEELEY 47:38
149 Eleanor HEELEY 47:42

Pastures parkrun

2 Ross WILSON 19:50
12 Tony JACKSON 24:21
26 Mairi CAMPBELL 30:06

Barrow parkrun

65 Gay EASTOE 29:29
128 Richard EASTOE 37:12

Penshaw 10k

131 Dave Bartrum 1:07:09
208 Maureen Bartrum Alnwick Harriers 1:14:45
281 Carol Davison Alnwick 1:22:28

Sheffield 10k

775  Kim Bronze 1:14:24

Club Trip Report – Tweed Tunnel Trail Race

Click here for the full report.

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Club Trip Report – Tweed Tunnel Trail Race

Annual Club Trip

30 Harriers ventured over the border to participate in the stunning but challenging Tweed Tunnel Trail Race in and around picturesque Peebles. As well as ascending some barely runnable hills with fast descents, the race also features a unique 1/2 mile through a disused railway tunnel decorated with ‘disco’ lights.

Ian Simon was first Harrier home in the 20k Race finishing in an impressive 14th overall out of 455 runners with a time of 1.38.13. Mel Steer was our only female in the longer race finishing in 163rd overall and 5th in the F50 category.

20k Results

Ian Simon



David Hindmarsh



Mel Steer



Cris Atwell



In the shorter 10k race, Grand Prix bandit Tim Falconer returned from a long taper in the sunshine of California to finish as first Harrier home in 55.08. His chip time was just ahead of John Cuthbert who would have finished faster if he hadn’t have been distracted by the disco lights and begun waving his hands above his head and shouting “aceeed” as he is frequently seen doing across the fashionable dance floors of Northern Europe.

Jo Powell ran a great race to finish as first female Harrier and second F40 overall followed by Angie Embleton who was third F40. Karen Kelly finished as first F50, albeit there was unfortunately no trophy to recognise this great achievement.

Here we can see Jo and Angie with their very tasteful wooden trophies.




10k Results

Tim Falconer



John Cuthbert



Jo Powell



Ian Horsley



Angie Embleton



Karen Kelly



Tracey Sample



Paul Dellbridge



Lee Hope



Louise Callaghan



Alexandra Harwood



Ruth Doctor



Derek Guthrie



Alice Tetley-Paul



Philip Lee



Sue Bolam



Lisa Williams



George Williams



Lindsey Davidson



Jennifer Knight



Linda Patterson



Mary Plumley

Tania Conway




Jocelyn Bolam



Camilla Campbell



Lorna Stephenson



Ian Stephenson



Our merry band of runners followed the run with a lively meal at Francos’s Italian Restaurant and all agreed that the race had been on a fantastic course and was well organised event. I personally thought it had the best ever soundtrack at a running event. Who needs Chariots of Fire when you’ve got Fontaine’s DC???

Also a special shout out to the lovely lady who was making sure the Portaloos were clean and well stocked!

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Club Trip – Final Details for Saturday

Good Evening fellow Harriers!

It’s less than 48 hour now to our fabulous club trip to the Tweed Tunnel Trail Race. We have 37 members making the trip, with 32 entered in the 10k and just 5 in the 20k event.

We are meeting at 6.50am at Willowburn on Saturday morning ready for a quick departure.

We then travel up to Peebles via coach and the 20k race starts at 10.30am with the 10k version starting at 11am.

After the race we make our way to Franco’s Italian Restaurant for a two course meal of any starter plus any pizza or pasta.

Following the meal we have then got the opportunity to sample the delights of a local hostelry with departure from Peebles at approximately 6.30pm to ensure we are back in Alnwick for 9pm.

Please click on the following link to see full details of the event.


The weather forecast looks clear and dry at this stage for us to enjoy the beautiful countryside.

I can’t wait to see you all on Saturday bright and early at Willowburn. Please do not be late. If you cannot now attend, please let me know so we aren’t searching for you on Saturday.


David Hindmarsh

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Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice is given that our Annual General Meeting will take place at 8pm on Wednesday 30th October 2019 at Alnwick Rugby Club.

Training will commence at 6.30pm for all groups to allow everyone to attend.

As well as a free buffet, the meeting will include:

Reports from club officials

Election of committee and officers. Anyone interested in joining the committee should complete the form available on the Harriers noticeboard at Willowburn or put themselves forward at the meeting.

Presentation of Annual Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards. To qualify please send a list of all races run representing the Club between 1st October 2018 and 30th September 2019 to diana.weightman63@hotmail.com.

Gold – 20 or more races         Silver 12-19 races       Bronze 8-11 races

Please note – only one parkrun can be included

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