Jo is star performer for Harriers in Amsterdam Half Marathon

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A group of five Alnwick Harriers took part in the TCS Amsterdam Half Marathon on Sunday (October 16), where the star once again was Jo Gascoigne-Owens.

On a warm autumnal day in the Dutch capital, Jo was the second female to cross the line, which is an amazing feat in a big city race, in a splendid 1.22.51. She was the 102nd finisher in a field of nearly 15,000.

Husband Stuart Morris was next, followed by Mark Doctor, both of whom were very satisfied with their times. Samantha Embleton, not long after rejoining the club, was next followed by Melanie Buchanan.

Results: 102-Jo Gascoigne-Owens 1.22.51; 950-Stuart Morris 1.36.49; 1281-Mark Doctor 1.39.15; 1727-Samantha Embleton 1.42.07; 13706-Melanie Buchanan.

Also that day Richard and Gay Eastoe were in half marathon action at the Loch Rannoch Half Marathon near Pitlochry. The couple ran together and finished 56th and 57th in 2.06.20, with Gay picking up the female 60 category prize.

Six Harriers travelled down to Gibside to take part in the Blackhill Bounders organised Fruit Bowl Trail Race, a scenic six-mile run around the stunning grounds of the National Trust property.

Angie Embleton was the club’s first runner to finish in 55.31, whilst Mel Steer and Denise Drummond finished within seconds of each other. Kim Bronze was just ahead of Ruary Slater, with Mairi Campbell completing the field.

Results: 108-Angie Embleton 55.31; 180-Denise Drummond 1.00.05 (ahead of Mel on chip timing); 182-Mel Steer 59.56; 270-Kim Bronze 1.06.14; 286-Ruary Slater 1.06.56; 307-Mairi Campbell 1.08.20.

The previous day there were loads of Harriers taking part in parkruns all over the country.

Rachelle Falloon ran well again at Cambridge where she was the second female finisher, whilst at Druridge Bay Peter Grey was winner of the male 55 category, Carole Page was second female home and Diana Weightman was third in a course personal best!

Results: Cambridge: 40-Rachelle Falloon 20.32.

Druridge Bay: 9-Peter Grey 20.18 (78.33%); 14-Graham Crow 21.07 (62.83%); 15-Jim Lillico 21.15 (74.20%); 19-Neil Hamilton 21.51; 31-Carole PAGE 23.10; 34-Diana Weightman 23.25 (74.38%); 40-Justine Norman 23.59 (66.23%); 41-Phil Hall 24.00 (57.71%); 85-Laura McLean Sr 28.06 (62.75%); 101-Jocelyn Bolam 28.49 (60.44%).

Harrogate: 42-David Hindmarsh 21.24.

Nonsuch: 122-Zoe Robson 24.40.

Workington: 46-Gay Eastoe 26.21; 47-Richard Eastoe 26.22.

South Shields: 130-Lorna Stephenson 36.47.

Durham: 338-Kirsty Steed 38.45.

Portobello: 152-Jayne McKenna 33.34.