Harriers chase glory

John Cockburn, Bridget Peberdy, Bruce Crombie and Mark Doctor- at the Chevy Chase
John Cockburn, Bridget Peberdy, Bruce Crombie and Mark Doctor- at the Chevy Chase

Alnwick Harriers

Four Harriers took part in the gruelling 20-mile Chevy Chase on Saturday.

The race, organised by Wooler Running Club, takes in the summits of both Cheviot and Hedgehope and includes almost 4,000 feet of climbing.

Temperatures hitting the mid-20s failed to stop Bruce Crombie, who once again performed superbly, beating off a number of his rivals from recent fell races, by finishing fourth overall.

Bruce picked up the male 40 winning trophy, as well as the first local male trophy.

Mark Doctor took part in the event for the first time, while John Cockburn and Bridget Peberdy competed again, racing and finishing together.

Bridget also won a prize for the furthest distance travelled to take part in the race (Boston, USA).

This was a very-well-organised race, with many thanks going to the marshals who were out on the course for many hours in blistering heat.

Results: 4-Bruce Crombie 3.15.51; 85-Mark Doctor 4.56.48; 120-John Cockburn 5.45.36; 120-Bridget Peberdy 5.45.36.

l On the same day, Cris Atwell took part in yet another marathon, the North East Marathon Club organised Hamsterley Forest Marathon.

Again held in hot conditions, Cris finished 37th in 4.55.17. A good effort given the conditions.

l Six Harriers took part in Parkruns that morning, with the best run coming from Danny Richardson, who was 11th at the Newcastle Parkrun.

Dave Hindmarsh also took part, finishing with a Parkrun pb, while Stuart Eaborn took part in his first Parkrun at Whitley Bay.


Newcastle: 11-Danny Richardson 18.33; 54-Dave Hindmarsh 20.52; 104-Phil Baston 23.15; 120-Charlotte Baston 2; 91-Stuart Eaborn 26.02.

l Finally on Sunday, Dave Coates was back in the Lake District taking part in another race organised by Lakeland Trails, the Coniston Half Marathon Trail Race.

Temperatures were well into the mid-20s, and with a route that clocked in at about 14.25 miles, Dave finished in 2.33.12 to come 116th of the 151 finishers.

l Eight Harriers turned out for the very popular Tynedale 10k on Wednesday.

There were some great performances from those taking part, particularly from ninth-placed Dave Kirkland and from Daniel Leng, who notched a 10k pb.

Age category success came Jim Lillico’s way when he scooped the male 55 gong.

Harriers results: 9-Dave Kirkland 33.30; 32-Daniel Leng 36.19; 86-Graham Syers 39.19; 136-Jim Lillico 41.19; 238-Charlie Gillon 45.35; 274-Antony Budd 46.42; 346-Dave Coates 49.03; 490-Shelley Coates 56.00.