Capital effort from Harriers

Alnwick Harriers Sarah and Jo at London
Alnwick Harriers Sarah and Jo at London

Alnwick Harriers

Six Harriers, all ladies, took part in the London Marathon on Sunday and all of them performed well in wet and overcast conditions.

First Harrier home was the current holder of the fastest marathon time by a female Harrier, Jo Gascoigne-Owens.

Jo was a brilliant 51st female in 2.56.56, her second sub-three-hour marathon after going slightly quicker at Chicago last autumn.

Next home, also just outside her marathon best was Sarah Syers, while third Harrier Mel Steer was around 90 seconds quicker than last year.

Lisa Baston made her marathon debut and should be very pleased with her time, agonisingly just over four hours.

Mairi Campbell put in another good show, while Shelley Coates also made her marathon debut and performed well, despite suffering from injury of late.

Results: 1367-Jo Gascoigne-Owens, 2.56.56; 6769-Sarah Syers, 3.32.57; 9782-Mel Steer, 3.46.18; 14134-Lisa Baston, 4.00.30; 19854-Mairi Campbell, 4.23.03; 24995-Shelley Coates, 4.42.57.

Also that morning, Dean Stackhouse was the sole Harrier taking part in the Run Durham Hamsterley 10k.

Dean secured a 15-second 10k pb finishing an impressive seventh of the 82 runners in 41.31.

The previous day, there was double joy for Harriers at the Druridge Bay Parkrun, as Steve Carragher and Lisa Williams were first male and female finishers.

Steve was involved in a close battle for the second week on the trot, but this time prevailed over his nearest rival to finish 14 seconds clear.

Steve’s time of 17.27 was one second outside his course pb, but is the fastest 5k by a Harrier so far this year.

Lisa Williams was an easy winner of the ladies race, finishing well over half-a-minute clear of her nearest rival, clocking 22.18, on her event debut.

Results: 1-Steve Carragher, 17.27; 9-Gary Cowell, 20.29; 18-Lisa Williams, 22.18; 38-Jack Douglas, 24.42; 40-John Ross, 24.51; 53-Mike Henry, 25.44; 90-William Fortune, 33.20.

Elsewhere, Gay Eastoe won the female 60 category once again at Workington, while Dominic Harris was celebrating a 5k pb at the Newcastle Parkrun.

Results – Workington: 19-Richard Eastoe, 22.32; 30-Gay Eastoe, 25.24.

Newcastle: 52-Dominic Harris, 20.25.

Southampton: 442-Kirsty Steed, 36.30.

Back on Wednesday, April 22, Gay and Richard Eastoe were racing again, this time in the Keswick Round The Houses 10k.

In an evening race held in warm conditions, the pair ran together and finished in 163rd and 164th places with Gay completing in 55.17 and Richard one second further back.

Druridge Bay Parkrun

Top five men: 1-Steve Carragher. (Alnwick Harriers). 17.27; 2-Mark Snowball, (Morpeth Harriers), 17.41; 3-Craig Batson, (Unattached), 18.20; 4-David Stainthorpe, (North Shields Poly), 18.25; 5-Joe Wren, (Blyth RC), 19.48.

Top five women: 1-Lisa Williams, (Alnwick Harriers), 22.18; 2-Lily Heaton, (Morpeth Harriers), 22.54; 3-Rachelle Falloon, (Blyth RC), 23.13; 4-Sandra Watson, (Unattached), 24.19; 5-Sarah Wilkes, (Morpeth Harriers), 24.22.