The final Alnwick Harriers Grand Prix fixture of 2014 was the old favourite, the fast and flat Brampton-to-Carlisle 10-Mile Road Race on Sunday.
Held in perfect running conditions, there were some excellent times, as well as the usual stack of prizes which always seem to come Alnwick’s way on club trips. Runners thanked the club for laying on the subsidised trip, and to Jim Lillico for his super quiz.
First Harrier to cross the line in Carlisle, in a brilliant 58m57s, was recent Howick Trail Race winner Phil Hemsley, a time which was good enough for him to win the male 50 category. This is a great achievement given the popularity and high calibre of runners this race attracts. Next home and second female overall was Jo Gascoigne-Owens in 1.02.15.
After recently smashing her own club marathon record, Jo has done it again here, knocking off well over a minute-and-a-half from her own club 10-mile record set at the same race two years ago.
Third home was Mark Miller, a few minutes clear of a good run by Rob Enser.
Next along in a superb 1.08.45 was Sarah Gray. Sarah has smashed her 5k, 10k and half-marathon records this year, and has now run a brilliant 10-mile time.
Among the other highlights, Jock Bolam made his second appearance in a Harriers vest this millennium, Micky Aiston knocked over 11 minutes from his time in last year’s race and Richard Johnson made his Harriers debut.
Gay Eastoe won the female 60 category and there were numerous 10-mile pbs, from Dave Bartrum and Shelley Coates to name just two.
A great day was topped off by the trio of Jo Gascoigne-Owens, Sarah Gray and Diana Weightman finishing as third female team, while Jo, Diana and Alex Reed were third female veteran prize winners.
With successes at Jedburgh, Liversedge, Dirty Double and now Carlisle, perhaps the Harriers should have more club trips.
Results: 43-Phil Hemsley 58.57; 88-Jo Gascoigne-Owens 1.02.15; 138-Mark Miller 1.04.55; 209-Rob Enser 1.08.37; 214-Sarah Gray 1.08.45; 216-Jim Lillico 1.08.54; 241-Dave Hindmarsh 1.09.55; 262-Jock Bolam 1.10.52; 289-Micky Aiston 1.12.17; 291-Gary Cowell 1.12.42; 299-Mark Cockburn 1.12.55; 324-Richard Johnson 1.14.40; 326-Diana Weightman 1.14.45; 337-Richard Eastoe 1.15.24; 341-Graham Skirrow 1.15.34; 342-Dave Bartrum 1.15.38; 403-Alex Reed 1.18.59; 409-Denise Drummond 1.19.20; 410-Sue Bolam 1.19.21; 451-John Ross 1.21.14; 461-Maureen Bartrum 1.21.37; 474-Kim Bronze 1.22.28; 478-Gay Eastoe 1.22.46; 504-Shelley Coates 1.24.50; 580-Carol Davison 1.33.19; 610-Paul Dellbridge 1.38.29; 634-Tim Shepherd 1.44.07.
Elsewhere that day, three Harriers took part in the Leeds Abbey Dash, one of the fastest 10k races in the north.
All three performed very well, posting fast times, including yet another 10k pb for Mark Douglas.
Results: 489-Dan Leng 37.03; 625-Steve Patterson 38.15; 1344-Mark Douglas 41.51.
The day before, a number of Harriers took part in four Parkrun’s up and down the country. Quickest of the lot was Mike Henry, who won the male 60 category at Greenock.
Gay and Richard Eastoe warmed up for Brampton by winning the 60 categories at Workington, while Phil Lee was in action at Harrogate and a trio of Harriers were closer to home at Druridge Bay.
Results: Greenock: 17-Mike Henry 22.39.
Workington: 21-Richard Eastoe 24.09; 24-Gay Eastoe 24.35.
Harrogate: 71-Phil Lee 24.19.
Druridge Bay: 30-Dave Bartrum 23.27; 39-Dave Hindmarsh 25.13; 68-Karl Baxter 29.34.