A busy weekend for the club got off to a great start when a decent number of Harriers turned out for our penultimate 2014 Grand Prix race, the five mile (ish) Howick Trail Run on Saturday.
Alnwick Harrier Phil Hemsley was a clear winner, with Jim Lillico and Micky Aiston also finishing in the top 10.
For the ladies, Diana Weightman was second female finisher, while Tracey Sample showed that she really does love hills by finishing third. Harriers trio John Ross, Jonathan Kay and Ken Hodson unfortunately took a wrong turn.
Results: 1-Phil Hemsley 31.34; 7-Jim Lillico 34.52; 8-Micky Aiston 35.00; 11-Dave Hindmarsh 36.16; 12-Graham Skirrow 36.27; 15-Diana Weightman 38.03; 16-Dave Bartrum 38.19; 17-Dave Coates 38.54; 18-Tracey Sample 39.05; 19-Kim Bronze 43.22; 20-Maureen Bartrum 43.32; 27-Mairi Campbell 46.51; 28-Mel Steer 46.51; 30-Sue Skirrow 47.33; 32-Tim Shepherd 47.47; 35-Mel Whewell 48.38; 41-Ken Hodson 53.04.
Also that morning, there were some cracking results by Harriers in various parkruns.
Fastest Harrier was Ross Wilson at Newcastle, where he clocked 18.01 to finish a fine sixth of just over 500 runners.
Best WAVA score came courtesy of Peter Grey at South Shields, where his 19.11 saw him finish fifth with an 81.49 per cent score. He also easily won the male-55 category.
At Druridge Bay, Eddie Longstaff made a return from injury with a fine fifth-place finish, while Claire Miller-Grossett was second female finisher, Audrey Stewart was the first female 55 finisher and Karl Baxter knocked even more time off his previous best at the course.
Shelley Coates also took part, having one final run before the Dublin Marathon.
Over in Cumbria, Gay Eastoe won her age category once again at Workington.
Results – Newcastle: 6-Ross Wilson 18.01.
South Shields: 5-Peter Grey 19.11.
Druridge Bay: 5-Eddie Longstaff 19.56; 33-Claire Miller-Grossett 24.38; 63-Audrey Stewart 27.47; 64-Karl Baxter 27.49; 81-Mark Hume 31.10; 102-Shelley Coates 34.00.
Workington: 23-Richard Eastoe 24.21; 28-Gay Eastoe 24.55.
A number of Harriers travelled to South Shields to take part in the Sherman Cup/Davison Shield cross-country races later that day.
Most notable performance once again came from Callie Henderson in the Girls U13s race. She was an excellent third of the 68 runners.
Results – Mixed U11s: 28-Lauren Brown 3.27; 47-Ellie Henderson 3.29; 64-Millie Breese 3.41; 141-Abbie Davies 4.32.
Girls U13s: 3-Callie Henderson 12.39.
Boys U13s: 40-Ollie Telfer 13.50; 45-Harrison Brown 14.13; 49-Max Breese 14.26; 56-William Brunger 14.44.
Girls U15s: 31-Jenny Bolam 14.40; 44-Emily Davies 16.51.
Girls U17s: 17-Rebecca Reed 25.01.
Senior Male: 193-Richard Agan 38.51; 197-Gary Hall 38.59; 400-Dave Hindmarsh 45.46. Senior Female: 194-Samantha Fender 32.22.
The following day two Harriers went north of the border to take part in the Jedburgh Running Festival events.
Steve Patterson showed that he’s improving with every run by finishing 13th in the 10k race, clocking a splendid 38.51 despite the windy conditions.
Meanwhile, Mark Miller was in action in the half-marathon, finishing 41st in 1.29.37.
Finally that day, a number of Harriers took part in the Run Northumberland Castles Half Marathon. Held in windy conditions, the race from Beadnell to Bamburgh was notable for a massive half-marathon pb for Sarah Gray, adding to her recent 5k and 10k pbs.
Sarah was fourth lady across the line in a splendid 1.40.07.
Results: 28-Sarah Gray 1.40.07; 131-Gay Eastoe 2.01.50; 132-Richard Eastoe 2.01.51; 179-Derek Guthrie 2.15.31; 203-Rachel Bowyer 2.28.28; 207-Gaynor Ayre 2.29.55.
Felton’s Shelley Coates and Alex Reed travelled across to Ireland to take part in the Dublin Marathon on Monday, with both of them performing extremely well. Alex clocked a splendid 3.57.06, while Shelley finished in an excellent 4.11.58.
Druridge Bay Parkrun
Results - Men: 1 Ian Harding, (Morpeth Harriers), 15.40 (Course record); 2 Mark Snowball, (Morpeth Harriers), 18.27; 3 Danny Richardson, (North Shields Poly), 18.36; 4 Andy Flanighan, (Unattached), 19.28; 5 Eddie Longstaff, (Alnwick Harriers), 19.56.
Women: 1 Rachelle Falloon, (Unattached), 24.24; 2 Claire Miller-Grossett (Alnwick Harriers), 24.38; 3 Sandra Watson, (Unattached), 24.38; 4 Karen Singleton, (Blyth RC), 25.00; 5 Karen Paynter, (Unattached), 25.44.