Bruce blazes a trail in Yetholm Hill Race

Bruce Crombie - Yetholm Hill Race
Bruce Crombie - Yetholm Hill Race

Senior Harriers

Bruce Crombie was the sole Harrier taking part in the Norham RC-organised Yetholm Hill Race on Sunday.

This year’s eight-mile event with 2,500 feet of ascent was part of the British Fell Running Championships, therefore a top-class field was assembled.

Bruce was a very good 36th in 1.14.07, and was the first of the North East runners to finish. He also knocked over four minutes off last year’s time in the same race.

Dave Coates travelled over to the Lake District to take part in the 17k Kentmere Trail Race on Saturday.

The event is organised by the same company as the recent Hawkshead Trail Race, one of our Grand Prix events, and was held in lovely, warm conditions. Dave finished 157th in 2.00.15.

That same morning four Harriers were in Parkrun action. Dave Hindmarsh, Phil Baston and Charlotte Baston all ran well at Newcastle with Charlotte taking the headlines securing a 5k pb.

Meanwhile Phil Lee was on the coast at Whitley Bay.

Results: Newcastle: 80-David Hindmarsh 21.13 (70.07 per cent); 116-Phil Baston 22.21 (63.46 per cent); 135-Charlotte Baston 22.49 (67.93 per cent).

Whitley Bay: 48-Phil Lee 24.18 (62.29 per cent).

Eight Alnwick Harriers were in action in the latest 2013 Grand Prix race on Wednesday, May 29, the George Ogle Memorial Race.

This race is a six-mile multi-terrain trail race in the Derwent Valley, starting and finishing at Swalwell Cricket Club.

The mix of road, track, grass, footpaths and one or two short, sharp climbs actually came in at nearer to 5.75 miles hence the quick times.

First Harrier to finish was Bruce Crombie who was seventh overall of the 134 runners. Peter Grey was next, followed by Dave Hindmarsh.

For the ladies, Lisa Williams just pipped Sue Bolam, while Ruth Doctor was the other female Harrier competing.

Results: 7-Bruce Crombie 34.30; 18-Peter Grey 37.42; 46-Dave Hindmarsh 42.48; 54-Mark Doctor 43.12; 73-Lisa Williams 45.41; 75-Sue Bolam 45.52; 77-John Ross 46.00; 105-Ruth Doctor 50.31.

The previous day Gay and Richard Eastoe improved on their 2012 times in the Derwent AC-organised Lambfoot Loop 10k in Cockermouth.

The pair crossed the line in 67th and 68th places in 56.44, improving by over three minutes.

On Monday, May 27, John Ross was taking part in his second race in two days, the second of the Jesmond Dene Handicap Race series.

John finished the 5k course in 23.59, coming in a very good 11th overall due to his age handicap.

Mark Hume was also taking part, finishing 38th of the 45 runners thanks to his 32.01 and his male 65 age category handicap.

For the latest Grand Prix standings and information about joining the club go to www.alnwickharriers.co.uk