Twenty-three Harriers took part in the Blyth Valley 10k on Sunday, April 7, the latest of the 2013 Grand Prix races.
The headline grabber was undoubtedly Jo Gascoigne-Owens who was third female overall in 37.48, smashing the long-standing female 10k club record in the process.
Bruce Crombie was first Harrier across the line in a superb time of 35.04, another pb.
Sixteen-year-old Harrier Daniel Leng was second Harrier to finish in a fantastic 36.56, while Peter Grey was third Alnwick male, winning the male 55 category. Second and third female Harriers, in a close battle, were Jackie Moscrop and Sarah Syers.
Results: 18-Bruce Crombie 35.04; 34-Daniel Leng 36.56; 51-Jo Gascoigne-Owens 37.48; 63-Peter Grey 38.14; 98-Mike Telfer 40.03; 185-Jackie Moscrop 43.34; 187-Sarah Syers 43.37; 209-Stuart Morris 44.24; 229-Cris Atwell 45.04; 232-Graham Skirrow 45.14; 236-Lesley Miller 45.32; 237-Charlie Gillon 45.33; 253-Dave Hindmarsh 46.22; 260-Lisa Williams 46.59; 272-Andy Squires 47.20; 273-Sue Bolam 47.21; 290-Annabel Lillico 48.32; 309-Dave Bartrum 48.59; 346-Mairi Campbell 50.17; 352-Phil Lee 50.37; 391-Rachel Heeley 52.50; 480-Mark Hume 1.04.02; 482-Emma Langman 1.04.24.
The same day, Mark Doctor was in action in the Buttermere Trail Race in the Lake District. The picturesque and undulating 10-mile route started in Buttermere village, before skirting part of Buttermere lake and the whole of Crummock Water.
Mark was 65th of the 172 runners in 1.28.50, getting sunburnt in the balmy 12 degrees.
Meanwhile, over at the Newcastle Parkrun Charlotte Baston also ran a pb, following up her excellent 10k debut in the North Tyneside 10k the previous week.
Results: 45-Richard Agan 20.54; 75-Phil Baston 21.47; 117-Charlotte Baston 23.30.
On Wednesday, April 10, three Harriers were in the first midweek race action of one of the Yeovil Town Road Running Club 5k Series.
Phil shaved a few more seconds off his previous best clocking 21.28 in heavy rain. Charlotte Baston also took part finishing in 23.47.
Meanwhile, Mark Doctor was taking part in his second race during his relaxing family holiday in the Lake District, the Loughrigg Fell Race in Ambleside. Mark finished 121st of the 176 runners, who tackled this four-mile race with 330 metres of ascent, in 40.31.
Ten Harriers took part in the Cragside 10k on Saturday, April 13, a race which saw a number of very good performances over the undulating course and which included age category wins for Bruce Crombie (male 40), Dave Lowe (male 45) and Gay Eastoe (female 55).
Ruth Doctor was first Alnwick female home, improving on her 2012 time in the same race by just under two minutes, whilst there was a Harriers debut for Laura McLean.
A special mention should also go to Gay and Richard Eastoe who set their alarm for 4.30am to make the long trip to Rothbury from Cumbria.
Results: 4-Bruce Crombie 36.09; 10-Dave Lowe 38.30; 109-Kim Bronze 50.14; 112-Dave Coates 50.14; 126-Ruth Doctor 51.43; 128-Phil Lee 52.01; 141-Laura McLean 53.14; 163-Clare Hiscock 55.54; 174-Richard Eastoe 56.02; 175-Gay Eastoe 56.02.
The same morning, a number of Harriers were in Parkrun action, including first runs at the York Parkrun by Alnwick club members.
Out of 168 runners at York Racecourse, Phil Baston was 38th in a very good 21.38, while Charlotte Baston was 75th in 24.07.
At Newcastle, Diana Weightman was 177th of the 421 runners in 24.26, while Rachel Heeley was 240th in 26.09.
Finally, to round off a very good week for Bruce Crombie, he finished second in the Cheviot Summit race on Sunday, April 14.
He was outsprinted in a titantic battle by Durham Fell Runners’ Andy Blackett with both finishing in 36.54.
Andy praised Bruce on his sportsmanship stating that at one point he had gone the wrong way, only for Bruce to shout him back onto the correct path.
Two Alnwick Harriers competed in the first North East outdoor track and field competition of the year, at the Anne Marie Readshaw Open Track and Field Meeting, at the Stadium 2000, Shildon.
Making his debut for Alnwick Harriers, new recruit Connor Armstrong showed some promising results, when his leap of 4.49m into an extremely blustery headwind earned him a gold medal in the U15 boys’ long jump.
Still facing a strengthening wind down the home straight, Connor finished fifth against a competitive field later that afternoon in the 800m, with an impressive time of 2m24.3s.
Moving up to the U17 Boys’ category this year, Peter Skirrow took silver in the high jump in particularly difficult, wet conditions.
His leap of 1m 40cm equalled the first place jump, though ‘count back’ rules meant he finished second overall.
Alnwick Harriers’ next track and field competition is at Jarrow on April 28, when they compete in the North East Youth Development League.