Looking back July to December

MP Alan Beith (centre) with Vic Brown and other  members of the Coquet Shorebase Trust outside their new premises. Picture Jane Coltman
MP Alan Beith (centre) with Vic Brown and other members of the Coquet Shorebase Trust outside their new premises. Picture Jane Coltman
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This is the second part of our look back at the big sports stories from north Northumberland over the last year, featuring July to December.

JULY

Jo Gascoigne Owens. Picture Jane Coltman

Jo Gascoigne Owens. Picture Jane Coltman

Footballer Lucy Bronze made her senior England debut in a friendly against Japan, but had a goal disallowed as her team-mate was offside.

Alnmouth and Lesbury Cricket Club’s new pavilion was officially opened after a £172,000 makeover.

Olympian Laura Weightman was selected for the GB team for August’s World Championships in Moscow, but her fitness was in doubt after she fell during the 1500m final at the British Championships.

Bamburgh Castle golfer Garrick Porteous carded 76 and 77 to finish on 11 over par – and ahead of Rory McIlroy – at The Open at Muirfield. The Northumbrian had earned a place by winning the Amateur Championship in Kent.

England's Garrick Porteous during day one of the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield Golf Club, East Lothian. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 18, 2013. See PA story GOLF Open. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. The Open Championship logo and prominent link to The Open website (www.TheOpen.com) to be included with published material. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

England's Garrick Porteous during day one of the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield Golf Club, East Lothian. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 18, 2013. See PA story GOLF Open. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. The Open Championship logo and prominent link to The Open website (www.TheOpen.com) to be included with published material. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

The sun shone and temperatures soared for the 57th running of the Chevy Chase in the Cheviot Hills around Wooler. Fourteen competitors had to retire from the event, mainly through heat exhaustion.

AUGUST

Cyclist Quentin Field-Boden, from Alnwick, smashed a Tyneside Vagabonds club record which had stood for more than 60 years by notching 412.69miles during a 24-hour time-trial championship event.

Athlete Laura Weightman made it to the World Championships in Russia, but the Lesbury 1500m runner’s disrupted build-up through injury took its toll as she finished 11th in her heat.

Alnwick Town made a good start to the season, earning back-to-back league away wins for the first time since September 2011 before beating promotion hopefuls Northallerton Town at home.

The Stephen Carey Memorial Cup, named after the 21-year-old Alnmouth footballer who collapsed while playing and later died, was the new curtain-raiser to the North Northumberland League season. Shilbottle CW were the inaugural winners, beating Red Row Welfare 4-0.

SEPTEMBER

Alnwick Town were edged out 3-2 in the first qualifying round of the prestigious FA Vase at home to Bradford-based Albion Sports.

It came as the St James’ Park side was awarded the title for the best Northern League, Division Two programme, also being ranked 47th of all non-league clubs in the country.

Almost £50,000 was spent on upgrading the drainage facilities at Embleton’s football and cricket ground ensuring the village’s sportsmen and women will not have to cancel matches every time it rains.

Former Duchess’s Community High School pupil Lucy Bronze was selected for the England senior squad for the World Cup qualifying double-header against Belarus and Turkey.

Alnmouth and Lesbury were promoted on a dramatic last day of the season in Division A2 of the Northumberland & Tyneside Cricket League, snatching the last promotion spot from local rivals Alnwick.

Jo Gascoigne-Owens, a member of Alnwick Tri Club and also an Alnwick Harrier, won the 30-35 age group aquathlon title at the International Triathlon Union World Championships in London’s Hyde Park, in what was her first race as a member of Team GB.

OCTOBER

Footballer Lucy Bronze was part of the Liverpool Ladies side which lifted the FA Women’s Super League crown for the first time in the club’s history. It came hot on the heels of her full senior debut as England romped to a 6-0 World Cup qualifier win over Belarus before keeping her place at left-back for the 8-0 victory against Turkey.

Later in the month, she was called up for the international squad again ahead of further qualifiers against Wales and Turkey.

Hartlepool United forward Luke James, from Amble, rediscovered his goal-scoring form, netting three in two games for the League Two club.

More than 1,000 runners took part in the Salomon Kielder Marathon and hundreds more participated in the other events across the weekend.

And nearly 500 cyclists came to the north of the county too, to take part in the Wooler Wheel events.

Special ceremonies took place to celebrate the completion of two sports facilities. Alnwick Rugby Club had finished revamping its clubhouse at Greensfield, while the first stage of the Coquet Shorebase Trust’s watersports development was also completed.

After a run of eight defeats in nine games, Alnwick Town manager Paul Yeadon was asked to step down.

Alnwick gymnast Finn Gavin, 11, won a silver medal at the European Gymnastics Acrobatic Championships in Portugal.

NOVEMBER

Derek Atwell, formerly in charge of Amble United, took over as boss of Alnwick Town.

Alnwick RFC managed a brilliant away win at Pocklington to pick up their third win of the season, having been promoted to North One East earlier in the year.

Seahouses Karate Club marked the 25th anniversary of hosting the U14 Junior Karate Championships as they held the prestigious event for the last time.

Belford FC started to get back on its feet after folding at the end of the 2012/13 season. The club hopes to be back in the North Northumberland League next term.

Alnwick Town were left dreaming of what could have been after surrendering a 2-0 lead to be knocked out of the Senior Cup by four-times FA Vase winners Whitley Bay. The black ’n’ whites lost the quarter-final tie 7-3.

DECEMBER

In a dramatic change of fortunes, the Alnwick Colts rugby side sat top of the league, unbeaten, and in the semi-final of the County Cup, having almost folded at the start of the campaign.

Olympian Laura Weightman was part of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland squad which won U23 team gold at the European Cross-country Championships in Belgrade. In her first international cross-country appearance, the Lesbury 22-year-old finished eighth in a time of 20min 28sec.

In the first derby clash after Alnwick RFC were promoted to North One East, the north Northumbrians regained the Brett Horse Trophy, beating rivals Morpeth 17-0 in their own backyard.

Alnwick Town won the battle of the bottom, picking up three crucial points in a 3-0 home win over Ryton and Crawcrook Albion. They followed it up by doing the double over Northallerton Town, winning 4-1 away from home.

Seahouses rugby player Tom Davidson, 17, was selected for the British Colleges Sport North of England squad after coming through a testing series of regional trials.