Mark brings the Harriers home

MORE than 20 Alnwick Harriers travelled to the Tyne Valley on Wednesday night to support the annual event organised by Tynedale Harriers and Athletic Club.

On a warm and sunny evening, 700-plus runners took part in the 10k race starting at Ovington, winding through streets and countryside to Wylam and ending along banks of the Tyne at Ovingham.

First to complete the distance for Alnwick was in-form Mark Miller in an impressive 37m54s, second home was Graham Syers in 38:37 and third was Jim Lillico in 39:11 and first overall in V50 category, forth home in another sub-40 time was Adam Spiller in 39:47. Mark Doctor achieved a pb in a time of 43:26.

First Alnwick female was Lisa Sutton in 44:03 followed in second place by improving Angie Embleton in 47:30, Mary Plumley in 48:39 came home third for her club closely followed by Sue Bolam in 48:47

Full Alnwick results: Mark Miller 37:54, Graham Syers 38:37, Jim Lillico 39:11, Adam Spiller 39:47, Dave Hindmarsh 40:07, Keith Sutton 41:49, Mark Doctor 43:26, Lisa Sutton 44:03, John Ross 45:16, Charlie Gillon 45:44, Angie Embleton 47:30, Phil Lee 47:53, Mary Plumley 48:39, Sue Bolam 48:47, Dave Coates 49:28, Anne Allan 50:29, Louise Callaghan 51:00, Peter Kull 51:06, Claire Gillingham 55:40, Una McCaig 57:52, Mark Hume 60:34.

l The annual un-measured half marathon organised by Alnwick Harriers called the Northumberland Coastal Run will take place on Sunday, July 17, at 10.30am.

The race starts at Beadnell along the beach to Low Newton passing by Dunstanburgh Castle to Craster, onto Boulmer and ending at Alnmouth, some 14 miles south along the Northumbrian Coastline, a run on road, sand and trail in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and now about to enter its 31st event.

Organising an event of this size is quite an undertaking. Buses are arranged to pick up early morning from Hipsburn First School and ferry runners to the start and a baggage bus will transport their belongings safely back to the finish. A marquee will be sited at the start for registration, three water stations are planned to keep the runners hydrated during the race and marshals are stationed at various places along the route.

Chip-timing is being used this year again as in many leading races throughout the country and even the tide is favourable with low water at Alnmouth (11.41am).

T-shirts will be given to every entrant at the finish and a presentation of prizes will take place at 1.45pm at The Red Lion pub in Alnmouth. The popular event sold out within two days with an entry limit of 1,200 runners available online in January.

The event is again sponsored by Eclipse Translations, of Alnwick, with thanks also to Northumbrian Water, Start Fitness and Run Britain.com for their assistance. The run was voted Best Race in Britain in 2007 by Runners World, a highly rated magazine for runners, a great achievement for the club and local community.

Numbers and chip-timing will be available from Willowburn Sports Centre, Alnwick, on Saturday, July 16, from 12.30 until 2pm for those wishing to collect prior to race day.