Saturday saw Alnwick Harriers host another hugely successful North East Harrier League cross-country fixture in The Pastures.
There were some superb performances by home Harriers on the day, including race victories in the U11 race, for the second year running, for Warren Davison and for Joseph Mallen in the Boys’ U17 race.
The Boys’ U15s were second of the 14 teams, with Adam Shafiq running a blinder to finish fourth.
The Girls’ U15s were second of the 11 teams, with Rosie Murton finishing fourth.
The Girls’ U13s had a fantastic turn-out of 11 runners. All this shows what a superb job the junior coaches are doing for the club.
The men’s team was a fantastic sixth of the 34 teams on the day, finishing second in Division Two behind a very strong Tyne Bridge Harriers team.
The highlight of the men’s race was David Lowe, running into the medium pack with a 28th-place finish.
The other counters were Bruce Crombie from the medium pack, Dave Kirkland from the fast pack and slow pack runners Graham Syers, Mike Telfer and Peter Grey.
Despite the women’s team being short of a number of their top performers, they still performed very well to finish fourth of 18 teams in Division Two.
The highlight was Sarah Fairbairn in her first Harrier League race, overtaking half-a-dozen runners in the last 20 metres to finish 10th overall.
The other Alnwick counters were Lesley Miller and Lisa Williams.
U11 mixed results: 1-Warren Davison 4.07; 14-Oliver Telfer 4.41; 21-Josh McMeeking 4.53; 23-George Wilkes 4.54; 25-Benji Gillingham 4.56; 27-Max Breese 4.57; 34-Luke McMeeking 5.11; 39-Jamie Kelly 5.19; 45-Joseph Embleton 5.27; 55- George Plumley 5.57.
U13 Girls: 13-Abbie Lewington (S) 17.11; 14-Jessica Barnaby (F) 17.28; 19-Layla Shafiq (F) 17.41; 28-Louise Brewis (S) 18.14; 29-Isabella Neri (S) 18.15; 39-Emma Hutchings (S) 18.54; 43-Alice Thomassen (S) 19.42; 46-Emily Davies (S) 21.24; 49-Sophie Enser (S) 21.57; 50-Ella Hemsley (S) 22.00; 52-Jess Conroy (S) 22.34.
U13 Boys: 20-Ben Kelly (F) 15.45; 35-Alfie Murton (F) 16.31; 43-Harry Davison A(F) 17.35.
U15 Girls: 4-Rosie Murton (F) 15.31; 13-Beth Lewington (S) 16.59; 18-Charlotte Baston (S) 17.25; 25-Rebecca Read (F) 18.42; 27-Lucy Embleton (F) 18.57.
U15 Boys: 4-Adam Shafiq (F) 14.11; 5-Adam Weightman (F) 14.23; 25-Dan Mallen (F) 16.16; 26-Peter Skirrow (F) 16.23.
U17 Boys: 1-Joseph Mallen (S) 26.41; 15-Daniel Leng (S) 30.10; 26-George Skirrow (S) 31.29.
Female Harriers: 10-Sarah Fairbairn (S) 32.06; 63-Lesley Miller (S) 34.13; 76-Lisa Williams (S) 35.00; 94-Annabel Lillico (S) 35.59; 95-Tracey Sample (S) 36.03; 97-Denise Drummond (S) 36.09; 114-Maureen Bartrum (S) 37.18; 122-Ruth Doctor (S) 38.07; 152-Claire Hiscock (S) 40.51.
Male Harriers: 28-Dave Lowe (S) 42.03; 45-Bruce Crombie (M) 42.52; 47-Dave Kirkland (F) 42.55; 61-Graham Syers (S) 43.21; 72-Mike Telfer (S) 43.30; 118-Peter Grey (S) 44.34; 121-Jim Lillico (S) 44.35; 125-Ian Simon (M) 44.41; 261-Adam Spiller (S) 49.44; 265-Dave Hindmarsh (S) 49.51; 276-Mark Docto; 311-John Callaghan (S) 52.19; 326-Phil Baston (S) 53.35; 330-Dave Bartrum (S) 53.51; 340-Kim Bronze (S) 55.19; 351-Jonathan Kay (S) 56.59; 363-John Cockburn (S) 1.01.35.
The Harriers thanked the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland for allowing them to stage the event in such picturesque surroundings, as well as Harrier League sponsors Start Fitness, Duchess’s High School for the registration facilities, Rapid Reaction for first aid and ‘the fantastic members of Alnwick Harriers, who gave up their time to marshal on the day’. Special thanks went to Jim Lillico and Sue Bolam, club secretary and chairman, for being the main organisers of the event.
The final NEHL event of the season is at Prudhoe on Saturday, March 23.