There was a superb turnout of senior Alnwick Harriers at the fourth of the North East Harrier League cross-country fixtures at Wrekenton on Saturday.
Eleven women and 17 men made the start line for the first of the club’s 2013 Grand Prix fixtures.
And what a cracking day it was, with the highlights being Phil Hemsley’s overall fifth-place finish in the men’s race and having two females in the top 10 thanks to Jo Gascoigne-Owens and Pauline Aitchison.
The women finished fifth of the 30 clubs on the day, thanks to Jo’s fifth place, Pauline’s eighth place and third counter Lesley Miller. There were welcome returns from injury for Gillian Millar, Lisa Williams and a Harrier League debut over this four-mile course for Maureen Bartrum. Provisionally, the club finished third in Division 2 on the day.
In the men’s race, which was approx 5.8 miles, the Harriers finished ninth of the 26 teams represented on the day. As well as 50-year-old Phil’s heroics, Richard Agan ran into the Medium Pack with a 19th-place finish. The other counters were David Lowe, Bruce Crombie, Peter Grey and Mike Telfer. It was great to see Dave Kirkland coming back from injury to finish as seventh Harrier from the Fast Pack, while Andy Squires continued his London Marathon preparation and Dave Bartrum made his debut in the Harrier League. Provisionally the club finished third of the 11 teams in Division Two.
In the junior races, the highlight was Jenny Bolam posting the fastest time from the Fast Pack in the Girls’ U13s race.
The next Harrier League fixture is on March 2 and is hosted by Alnwick Harriers in The Pastures.
Meanwhile, Phil Lee was 54th out of 146 in the Whitley Bay Parkrun. He finished in 23.48 – his quickest 5k time of the year.
Women’s results: 5 J Gascoigne-Owens (M) 28.15; 8 P Aitchison (S) 28.35; 57 L Miller (S) 31.15; 61 G Millar (S) 31.30; 70 L Williams (S) 31.52; 73 T Sample (S) 31.57; 84 A Lillico (S) 32.27; 98 S Bolam (S) 33.33; 102 D Drummond (S) 33.43; 103 B Peberdy (S) 33.43; 108 M Bartrum (S) 33.52.
Men’s results: 5 P Hemsley (S) 36.25; 19 R Agan (S) 37.23; 68 D Lowe (S) 38.34; 78 B Crombie (M) 38.47; 87 P Grey (S) 38.56; 127 M Telfer (S) 39.51; 147 D Kirkland (F) 40.12; 156 J Lillico (S) 40.18; 179 M Miller (S) 40.40; 185 I Simon (M) 40.52; 288 D Hindmarsh (S) 44.55; 294 G Skirrow (S) 45.13; 295 A Squires (S) 45.14; 351 C Atwell (S) 48.38; 362 D Bartrum (S) 50.11; 366 D Coates (S) 51.03; 372 J Kay (S) 51.58.
Girls U13 results: 13 J Bolam (F) 12.52; 23 J Barnaby (F) 13.40. U15s: 9 L Embleton (F) 14.07.
Six members of Alnwick Junior Harriers represented the county at the Northern Inter Counties Schools Cross Country Championships in Cleveland last Saturday.
Rosie Murton finished fifth overall in 18.29 in the Intermediate Girls and first from Northumberland, guaranteeing her an English Schools spot. Amy Thorne (Junior Girls) finished fourth for the county and Ben Kelly (Junior Boys) finished sixth. Adam Weightman (Intermediate Boys) was one of the youngest boys to run for the county and finished fourth with teammate Daniel Leng in sixth for the county. James Bolam (Seniors) finished fifth for the county.