The brave and hardy members of Alnwick Harriers who took part in the last of the 2012/13 North East Harrier League (NEHL) races at Prudhoe on Saturday did the club proud.
The freezing conditions were a far cry from the club’s fixture a few weeks ago, but this did not stop Warren Davison following up his NEHL Alnwick win with a victory in the U11s race.
The other notable performance from a Junior perspective was Rosie Murton’s third-place finish from the Fast Pack in the Girls’ U15s race.
For the Seniors, Ella Brown performed very well in her first appearance in a Harriers’ vest finishing 14th overall.
For the men, Bruce Crombie was first home with Dave Kirkland not far behind, running the quickest Alnwick time from the Fast Pack.
U11s Mixed: 1 Warren Davison 4.15; 21 Oliver Telfer 5.04; 28 Benji Gillingham 5.20; 31 Max Breese 5.27; 42 Harvey Wort 6.25. U13s Girls: 15 Amy Thorne (F) 16.09; 31 Grace Forsythe (S) 18.20. U15s Girls: 3 Rosie Murton (F) 14.16; 15 Charlotte Baston (S) 16.47; 16 Lucy Embleton (F) 17.10.
U13s Boys: 22 Ben Kelly (F) 14.43; 5 Daniel Fletcher (F) 15.31; 39 Harry Davison (F) 15.48. U15s Boys: 15 Adam Weightman (F) 14.50. U17s Boys: 5 Isaac Moss (F) 28.40; 11 Daniel Leng (S) 29.30; 13 George Skirrow (S) 29.41.
Female Harriers: 14 Ella Brown (S) 31.58; 54 Lesley Miller (S) 33.47; 56 Lisa Williams (S) 33.50; 87 Sue Bolam (S) 35.42.
Male Harriers: 48 Bruce Crombie (M) 44.16; 75 Dave Kirkland (F) 45.10; 98 Dave Lowe (M) 45.51; 100 Mike Telfer (S) 45.53; 122 Geoff Campbell (M) 46.36; 182 Adam Spiller (S) 48.16; 265 Graham Skirrow (S) 52.38; 296 Phil Baston (S) 55.02; 311 Cris Atwell (S) 56.18; 343 John Cockburn (S) 1.03.03.
Looking at the final 2012/13 tables, the highlight is undoubtedly Rosie Murton winning the Girls’ U15s individual Grand Prix.
Adam Weightman finished on the same number of points as the second and third-placed athletes in the Boys’ U15s, but by virtue of a countback system was placed fourth in the final standings.
The U15 Girls were second of 12 behind Gateshead Harriers in the final table, while the U13s were fourth of 16 teams.
The highlight in the Boys’ final tables was the U17s finishing second behind Tynedale Harriers on the same number of points but losing out on the countback again.
The women were a superb sixth of the 23 clubs in Division 2, while the men were fifth of the 11 teams in Division 2.
One of the most pleasing aspects of the season was the number of Harriers who have taken part in the six fixtures.
There has been a massive jump in the number of Seniors competing.
While last year the Ladies side was struggling to field teams in some of the races and only a fraction of the membership took part, this year 20 females have pulled on an Alnwick vest to race in the events. For the Men, 31 have taken part altogether, again a huge jump from 2011/12.
For the Juniors, there have been some great performances which bodes well for the future. Again numbers taking part have shot up, notably in the Girls’ U13s races.
Bruce Crombie, Phil Baston and Graham Skirrow were the only Alnwick Seniors to take part in all six Harrier League races. Well done to them for their commitment.
○ Sarah and Graham Syers were in action in the Thirsk 10 in North Yorkshire.
Despite a strong headwind in the last couple of miles both ran well with Graham finishing 84th in 1.05.52, and Sarah just missing out on a 10-mile PB finishing 181st in 1.12.22.
○ New Harrier Stuart Eaborn notched a half-marathon PB in the Wilmslow Half-marathon in Cheshire.
He finished the race in 1.53.04.