Busy week for Alnwick Harriers

Eddie Longstaff at Druridge Bay.
Eddie Longstaff at Druridge Bay.

Alnwick Harriers

Five Harriers took part in the Senior version of the Glendale Show Fell Race on Monday, August 26.

The race, once again expertly organised by Harriers fell-running big-cheese Bruce Crombie, is about five miles in length and is, according to some, the highlight of the Glendale Show. Suzie Barwise-Munro was the sole female Harrier in the Senior race. She finished second.

Meanwhile, for the men, first home was Graham Simpson, who just pipped Adam Fletcher. Next was Dan Leng who improved on last year’s time in the same race, and bringing up the rear was Steve Patterson.

Results: 6-Graham Simpson 35.31; 7-Adam Fletcher 35.37; 9-Dan Leng 36.29; 12-Steve Patterson 38.36; 13-Suzie Barwise-Munro 38.54.

In the junior race, Callie Henderson was the Harriers’ representative, finishing seventh of the 11 in 31.08.

The previous day, Cris Atwell was in action in the Northumberland Coastal Marathon. Competing in the vest of his second club, North East Marathon Club, Atwell was 23rd of the 55 finishers in 4.18.16.

There was a great turnout of 23 Harriers at the Blyth Links 10k, hosted by Blyth RC on Tuesday, August 26, the latest of the 2014 Grand Prix fixtures.

A fast course meant there were some great performances, excellent times and pbs.

Top man for Alnwick was big Phil Hemsley, who was a brilliant sixth overall of the 267 runners in 36.39, a great time which was just outside the best 10k by a Harrier this year set by Bruce Crombie.

There were no prizes with it being a free race, but Phil would have won the male 50 category by a mile.

Next home in her first race for ages due to injury was the legend Jo Gascoigne-Owens, who was 24th overall and third female in 39.12, which is not bad considering the lack of running Jo’s been doing.

Third Harrier back in a pleasing sub-40 minutes was Mark Miller, who just finished ahead of Stuart Morris.

Stuart’s time of 40.04 was one of a number of pbs for Harriers, with his being the biggest, about 90 seconds quicker than previously.

For much of the race, there was an excellent battle between five Harriers. Graham Crow came out on top with a pb, when he outsprinted Mark Doctor and Gary Cowell.

They, in turn, finished just in front of the fast-finishing Sarah Gray, who just pipped Micky Aiston on the line. They each recorded 10k pbs and Sarah was sixth female to finish.

The other pb on the night was for Junior Harrier Charlotte Baston, who also beat her dad Phil.

Results: 6-Phil Hemsley 36.39; 24-Jo Gascoigne-Owens 39.12; 32-Mark Miller 39.48; 37-Stuart Morris 40.04; 68-Graham Crow 42.43; 72-Mark Doctor 42.52; 74-Gary Cowell 42.53; 76-Sarah Gray 43.11; 77-Micky Aiston 43.14; 99-Andy Squires 44.35; 120-Diana Weightman 45.54; 129-Charlotte Baston 46.22; 130-Graham Skirrow 46.22; 131-Phil Baston 46.32; 134-Tracey Sample 46.44; 151-Dave Bartrum 48.10; 155-Kim Bronze 48.35; 175-Dave Coates 49.30; 183-John Ross 50.20; 185-Mike Henry 50.39; 211-Maureen BArtrum 53.56; 212-Stuart Bruce 54.07; 261-Tim Shepherd 1.07.41.

Eight Harriers took part in the fourth Druridge Bay Parkrun on Saturday, August 30, with the highlight being success for Claire Miller-Grossett as she won the ladies race.

Claire actually struggled in the blustery conditions, with her finishing time of 24.14 being well down on her recent performances, which have seen her finish as third female on two occasions.

However, her run was good enough to see her follow up Sarah Gray’s victory two weeks ago in the same event.

For the men, first finisher was Eddie Longstaff in third place. Again he was not particularly over the moon with his time of 19.04, but it was a decent run nonetheless.

There were no such wind issues for Mark Douglas, who knocked a massive 42 seconds off his previous best Parkrun time, finishing the 5k agonisingly just over 20 minutes.

Also at Druridge Bay, John Ross won the male 55 category, Dave Coates made his Parkrun debut and Richard Agan clocked a poor time, due to getting lost on the way.

Harriers results: 3-Eddie Longstaff 19.04; 9-Mark Douglas 20.02; 25-Conrad Stewart 22.34; 27-Dave Coates 22.38; 31-Kim Bronze 23.43; 32-Richard Agan 24.08; 33-Claire Miller-Grossett; 38-John Ross 25.30.

Top Druridge Bay results – Men: 1 Karl Taylor (Morpeth Harriers), 16.35; 2 Andy Flanighan (Unattached), 18.56; 3 Eddie Longstaff (Alnwick Harriers), 19.04; 4 Mark Snowball (Morpeth Harriers), 19.07; 5 Adam Shewry (Morpeth Harriers), 19.19.

Women: 1 Claire Miller-Grossett (Alnwick Harriers), 24.14; 2 Justine Norman (Unattached), 24.54; 3 Julianne Jobling (Unattached), 25.45; 4 Carolyn Tate (Unattached), 26.15; 5 Sandra Watson (Unattached), 26.17.

Also that morning, Gay and Richard Eastoe travelled to the north of Cumbria to take part in the Carlisle Parkrun, as their usual Workington Parkrun wasn’t taking place that morning. Richard was first in the male 60 category, though Gay was beaten to female 60 success.

Phil Lee was at the Harrogate Parkrun where he finished 91st of the 308 runners.

Results – Carlisle: 67-Gay Eastoe 26.52; 68-Richard Eastoe 26.52. Harrogate: 91-Phil Lee 24.04.

Three Harriers took part in the Tynedale Harriers-organised 10-mile Jelly Tea Race on Sunday. Of the three, Gary Cowell was first across the line. He has pulled on the club vest three times, performing well on each occasion, since joining the club just over a week ago. Charlie Gillon and John Ross also took part.

Results: 127-Gary Cowell 1.13.51; 200-Charlie Gillon 1.20.19; 295-John Ross 1.28.43.