Six Harriers took on the Wild Deer Alnwick Castle 10K Trail race in Hulne Park on a very muggy overcast morning. The race started and finished on the river bank in front of the castle and included sections along Lady’s Well Drive and a climb up and around the priory, followed by a very precarious descent down the damp grassy bank on the other side. A slog up Iron Bridge Drive led to a rarely run section around the sawmill and a comfortable last mile downhill to the finish line.
First Harrier home was Jim Allan (40.49) in 7th overall closely followed by Lisa Baston (45.29) and Jo Powell (45.50) in 23rd and 25th, respectively (5th and 6th females). Lisa and Jo both posted sprint finishes to successfully hold off chasing runners. Next home was Louisa Scola (49.42) who finished 39th overall (11th female and 1st V60).
Perhaps the most impressive run of the entire 160 participants was from Georgina Tetley-Paul, who ran the entire course in full firefighting kit (a busman’s holiday for her) including boots, helmet and oxygen tank, altogether weighing over 20 kilograms to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity. Crew support was provided by Tess Allan, ensuring that Georgina had plenty of water.
Jim Allan; 40.49; 7th overall; 1st V5. Lisa Baston; 45.29; 23rd overall; 5th female; 3rd open. Jo Powell; 45.50; 25th overall, 6th female; 3rd V40. Louise Scola; 49.42; 39th overall; 11th female; 1st V60. Georgina Tetley-Paul; 1.45.57; 159th overall; 97th female. Tess Allan; 1.45.57; 160th overall; 98th female.