Mairi’s monster run in Loch Ness race

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Alnwick Harriers

There was a superb performance from Mairi Campbell in the Loch Ness Marathon on Sunday, September 30.

Mairi dipped for the line for a sub-four-hour time, finishing the race in 3.59.55. Mel Steer and Jackie Moscrop also took part, finishing in 4.05.02 and 4.37.17.

Meanwhile, also on Sunday, Caroline Findlay was taking part in the Robin Hood Half Marathon in Nottingham.

Caroline knocked almost five minutes off her recent Great North Run time, finishing in 1.42.24. She was 1,215th out of more than 6,600 runners.

Three Harriers competed in the Kielder Blast Fell Race on Saturday, September 29.

The event, part of the English Fell Running Championships, was 5.9 miles in length and included 1,560 feet of ascent.

John Cockburn and Kim Bronze took part in the men’s race, finishing 139th and 143rd in 1.25.52 and 1.28.38, while Bridget Peberdy was 47th in 1.26.48.

A total of five Harriers travelled down to Temple Park in South Shields to compete in the first cross-country fixture of the season, the Sherman Cup.

Adam Weightman did well in the Boys’ U15 race finishing fifth of the 36 runners in 11.15.

In the men’s race full results are not yet available but Bruce Crombie was 57th in 35.09 and David Lowe was 120th in 37.56. Phil Lee and Mark Hume also took part.

That morning six Harriers took part in three Park Runs, with four of them competing in a very blustery Newcastle Park Run on the Town Moor, while Phil Lee and Caroline Findlay warmed up for the Sherman Cup and Robin Hood Half Marathon with strolls on Whitley Bay Links and at Colwick Country Park.

Newcastle Park Run: 8-Richard Agan 18.43; 16-Hesus Kidd 19.36; 93-Phil Baston 23.11; 169-Charlotte Baston 25.45.

Whitley Bay Park Run: 48-Phil Lee 24.35. Colwick Parkrun: 33-Caroline Findlay 24.48.

l Alnwick Harrier veteran runner Peter Grey competed in his first over 55-year-old age category since turning 55 last month.

He came out on top to be the first over-55 runner in last Saturday’s Town Moor 5k Park Run, finishing in 18m32s. Peter finished 12th overall out of more than 300 competitors.

It’s not age that bothers Peter, it’s his race times. He says they are not as good as they should be due to an ongoing chronic upper hamstring injury to both legs, which has resulted in him having to half his normal training programme.

However, Peter said: “When I think about it, the next age group for me is the over-60s. How fast time passes, God willing.”

l Alnwick Harriers took part in the River Ness 10k, part of the Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running.

Alongside fellow members was Junior Harrier, 15-year-old Daniel Leng.

The course was relatively flat after an initial steady incline with an approach into the city along the banks of the picturesque River Ness.

Daniel ran a strong race, picking up pace from the 3km mark to finish as the only U20 boy in the top 30 finishers out of nearly 3,000 runners.

Daniel ran a personal best of 37:29 to come 28th overall.