Ella completes a club hat-trick

Some of the Junior Harriers who competed at the Minors North East Cross Country running championship at Bedewell Park, Jarrow.
Some of the Junior Harriers who competed at the Minors North East Cross Country running championship at Bedewell Park, Jarrow.
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Yet another Alnwick Harrier has finished first at the Druridge Bay Parkrun on Saturday – this time it was Ella Brown.

It is the third consecutive week a female Harrier has led the way at Druridge Bay, after Rosie Murton last week and Sarah Gray the week before.

Ella was the first Harrier overall to complete the weekly 5k and is now the second-fastest female in its nine-week history, clocking a superb 19.53.

It was an excellent morning for our ladies as she was followed home by Tracey Sample and Junior Harrier Amy Thorne, ensuring that Alnwick secured the first three places.

For the men, there were some excellent performances as well. Graham Crow dipped under 20 minutes for the first time to finish eighth overall, while Conrad Stewart knocked well over 30 seconds off his previous 5k best. Mark Hume was the winner of the male 65 category for the second consecutive week.

There were 100 runners in total. The winner of September’s free trainers courtesy of Parkrun’s main sponsor, Sweatshop, was Dave Cook.

Alnwick Harriers results: 6-Ella Brown 19.53; 8-Graham Crow 19.57; 13-Mark Douglas 20.34; 14-Conrad Stewart 21.39; 19-Tracey Sample 23.04; 23-Amy Thorne 23.47; 38-Shelley Coates 25.50; 68-Mark Hume 30.18.

Men’s results: 1-Ryan Green (Morpeth Harriers) 18.08; 2-Danny Richardson (North Shields Poly) 18.34; 3-Alasdair Blain (Tyne Bridge Harriers) 18.56; 4-Anthony Brown (unattached) 19.22; 5-Mark Snowball (Morpeth Harriers) 19.45. Women’s results: 1-Ella Brown (Alnwick Harriers) 19.53; 2-Tracey Sample (Alnwick Harriers) 23.04; 3-Amy Thorne (Alnwick Harriers) 23.47; 4-Sarah Wilkes (Morpeth Harriers) 24.04; 5-Michelle Denham (Unattached) 24.18.

Elsewhere, Peter Grey ran well in wet and blustery conditions at the South Shields Parkrun. Peter won the male 55 category, finishing eighth of the 114 runners in 19.13.

Age category success also came the way of Richard and Gay Eastoe at the Workington Parkrun. Richard also finished 8th in 21.48, while Gay was 17th in 25.26, with both taking the age 60 category honours. At the Newcastle Parkrun, Phil Baston was 151st in 23.51.

Also that day, Paul Dellbridge took part in the Kielder 10k, clocking 58.18 to finish 379th in this hard, undulating race.

The following day, Mark Cockburn made his marathon debut at the Kielder Marathon. In training, Mark had not ventured beyond 13 miles which makes his time of 3.35.43 all the more amazing.

North of the border, two Harriers took part in the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon, in Glasgow. Jim Lillico was the first of our two to finish, coming home in 1.37.05. Slightly further back in 1.39.11 was Vee Pollock, a great time considering the injury issues suffered by Vee of late.

Finally, back on Sunday, September 28, Dan Leng took part in the Baxters River Ness 10k for the third year running. Though down on last year’s time slightly, Dan still performed superbly well to clock 36.19 and finish 30th of the 2,388 finishers.

This is currently the fastest 10k of the year by a Harrier, surpassing previous quickest Phil Hemsley and Bruce Crombie’s times from earlier this year.

Three hundred junior runners competed in the Minors North East Cross Country running championship at Bedewell Park, Jarrow, on Saturday, October 4.

The competitors from school Years 4 to 6 enthusiastically battled the wet and windy conditions in races ranging in distance from 1km to 3km.

This was a team competition in which every runner’s finishing position helped contribute towards their club’s final score.

Alnwick Harriers fielded 23 fantastic Juniors who represented the club across the six categories.

The superb effort put in by the new and experienced members resulted in an excellent second-placed position just behind the previous year’s winners Birtley Athletic Club.

There were several notable high-place finishes. Erin Davies was fourth Year 4 girl in her first ever race, James Taylor was fourth Year 5 boy, Ellie Henderson was fourth Year 6 girl and Millie Breese was seventh Year 5 girl.

But Lauren Brown ran a confident race to achieve the highest place of the day when she won the Year 5 race.

Among the rest of the team, there were some great personal performances with all the competitors giving their best and enjoying their day. The club thanked all competitors, friends and family for turning out on what started as a truly horrendous day.

Results: Yr 4 Girls: 4-Erin Davies, 15-Katie Lou Friend. Yr 4 Boys: 18-Matteo Neri, 30-Josh Middlemist, 45-Cameron Syers. Yr 5 Girls: 1-Lauren Brown, 7- Millie Breese, 41-Iona Morrison, 48-Talia Thomson. Yr 5 Boys: 4-James Taylor, 14-Sonny Overton, 20-Jack Plumley, 22-Gregor Batley, 26-Finlay Telfer, 33-Euan Friend. Yr 6 Girls: 4-Ellie Henderson, 24-Lydia Smith, 28-Ailsa Batley, 29-Millie Ellaby, 40-Lucy Milham, 43-Emma Jackson, 46-Hannah Felton, 47-Kate Cooper.

Team result: 1st Birtley AC, 2nd Alnwick Harriers, 3rd Sedgefield Harriers, 4th Houghton AC, 5th Heaton Harriers, 6th Blackhill Bounders, 7th Billingham MHH, 8th Gateshead Harriers, 9th Morpeth Harriers, 10th Tyne Bridge.

Full results are at www.aln wickharriers.co.uk