Three female Harriers had the honour of representing the North East in the Inter Counties Cross-Country Championships at Cofton Park, Birmingham on Saturday.
All three performed very well with the pick being Suzie Barwise-Munro, who put in a remarkable run to finish 14th of the 143 runners in the 6k U20 race. Suzie was also first team counter for the North East.
The legend Jo Gascoigne-Owens was in action in the 8k Senior Women’s race and finished a very good 94th of the 275 runners. Jo helped the North-East team to finish fifth of the 27 teams.
Meanwhile Callie Henderson, one of the club’s most promising youngsters, continued her recent fantastic cross-country form in the 3k Girls’ U13 race to finish 158th of 305 finishers. Well done to all three and congratulations for being chosen to represent the region.
Results - Girls U13s: 158-Callie Henderson; 14.35. Women’s U20s: 14-Suzie Barwise-Munro, 23.10. Senior Women: 94-Jo Gascoigne-Owens, 28.52.
Earlier that morning, a decent number of Harriers were in action in various parkruns.
Thirteen took part in the Druridge Bay Parkrun with Mike Telfer first home for the Harriersin seventh place.
Andy Squires was next in 17th, winning the male 50 category, much to his pleasure.
Among the others, Mel Whewell won the female 50 category in a course pb, Karl Baxter ran yet another course pb, as did Tim Shepherd.
It was also great to see the recently-injured Cris Atwell pulling on a Harriers vest again.
Elsewhere, Micky Aiston took part in the tough Gibside Parkrun and finished sixth overall in a course pb.
Over at Workington, both Richard and Gay Eastoe won their age categories.
Harriers results - Druridge Bay: 7-Mike Telfer, 19.40; 17-Andy Squires, 21.57; 31-Ken Hodson, 24.33; 41-Kim Bronze, 25.28; 42-Karl Baxter, 25.31; 43-Jackie Prouse, 25.32; 46-Peter Lindley, 25.54; 60-Mel Whewell, 27.35; 66-Justine Norman, 28.15; 67-Tim Shepherd, 28.17; 69-Dave Hindmarsh, 28.32; 70-Cris Atwell, 28.32; 71-Nikki Turnbull, 28.52.
Gibside: 6-Micky Aiston, 21.38.
Workington: 19-Richard Eastoe, 23.04; 35-Gay Eastoe, 25.53.
Druridge Bay Parkrun
Top five males: 1-James Young, (Morpeth Harriers), 18.24; 2-Craig Batson, (Unattached, 18.32; 3-Adam Shewry, (Morpeth Harriers), 18.56; 4-Alan Shepherd, (Morpeth Harriers), 19.08; 5-David Cunningham, (Unattached), 19.23.
Top five females: 1-Lorna MacDonald, (Morpeth Harriers), 20.07; 2-Catriona MacDonald (Morpeth Harriers), 21.54; 3-Rachelle Falloon, (Blyth RC), 22.01; 4-Claire Sapwell (Bristol and West AC), 22.56; 5-Susan Browning, (Blyth RC), 23.53. There were also top 10 finishes from Adam Fletcher and Ross Wilson.
Finally that day, three Harriers were in action in the inaugural Northumberlandia 5k, a tough trail race at this piece of public art. 107 runners competed and there were top-10 finishes for two Harriers – Graham Crow and Gary Cowell.
Reigning female Christmas Handicap champ Jocelyn Bolam also took part.
Results: 7-Graham Crow, 20.06; 10-Gary Cowell, 20.42; 59-Jocelyn Bolam, 29.14.
The following day, six Harriers tackled the tough Brough Law Fell Race, one of the 2014 Grand Prix races.
On a windy morning in the Ingram Valley, Graham Simpson impressed, in this five-mile race with 1,250feet of ascent, by finishing second of the 116 runners in a classy field not far behind the winner.
There were also top-10 finishes from Adam Fletcher and Ross Wilson. There were no team prizes awarded, but if there had been then this trio would have taken the honours.
Likewise Adam would have won the male 50 award.
Micky Aiston ran well and knocked nine minutes off his time from last year, while Mark Doctor just pipped Andy Squires after having a ding-dong battle throughout.
Results: 2-Graham Simpson, 38.33; 8-Adam Fletcher, 41.04; 9-Ross Wilson, 41.30; 40-Micky Aiston, 47.10; 67-Mark Doctor, 51.19; 68-Andy Squires, 51.21.
Last but by no means least, on a busy weekend for the club, Shelley Coates travelled to northern Scotland for the Inverness Half-Marathon.
Shelley, who is training hard for an ultra distance event later this year, battled her way through hail, wind and rain to secure a half-marathon personal best of 1.54.02.