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ALNWICK Harriers travelled to the 31st Blaydon Race last Wednesday evening, in an event which promotes a party atmosphere from start to finish.

Can-can dancers performed and bands played along the route as 4,000 runners left Balmbras, ran along Collingwood Street and headed to Scotswood Road over the bridge to Blaydon, a six-mile route following, as close as possible, to that of the traditional Geordie Anthem.

Racing again after recovering from a recent injury scare and first to finish for Alnwick was David Kirkland in 23rd place overall and in a time of 31min 40sec. Second to complete to course for Alnwick was Geoff Campbell in a time of 34:52, Mark Miller came third in 36:32, followed by Jim Lillico in 37 20. Young runner James Bolam ran the race for the first time in a great time of 41:40.

First woman to finish for Alnwick was Sarah Syers in a personal best for the Blaydon in 41:01; second for Alnwick was Sarah Christie in 41:15, followed by Angie Embleton in 45:09 and Mary Plumley in 44:28. A total of 28 Alnwick Harriers competed in the event.

Full Alnwick results: D Kirkland 31:40, G Campbell 34:52, M Miller 36:32, J Lillico 37:20, D Hindmarsh 38:01, A Squires 38:52, K Sutton 40:10, D Barnes 40:33, S Syers 41:01, S Christie 41:15, M Doctor 41:13, J Bolam 41:40, J Ross 43:20, C Gillon 43:42, A Embleton 45:09, M Plumley 45:28, D Bartrum 45:32, S Bolam 46:21, P Lee 46:52, D Coates 47:17, M Bartrum 47:48, A Allan 49:39, R Doctor 49:49, M Donaghue 50:12, A Howe 50:26, C Janson 50:27, C Megson 50:45.

l Alnwick Harrier Dave Kirkland took second place overall in the Redcar Half Marathon on Sunday.

Leading the pack from the start David finished second place to Graeme Taylor in 1hr 12min 22sec. This was another incredible achievement for the local runner against international and professional athletes of the highest standard.

The out-and-back route meant the runners faced into a strong headwind on the second half of their run.

The other Alnwick Harrier who entered was Jim Lillico, who completed the 13.2 mile distance in 1:32:30.

See www.alnwickharriers.co.uk for club information