New course record for Jo at Druridge parkrun

Coastal run. Alnwick Harrier Jo Gascoigne-Owens, who was first female home. Photograph Steve Miller.
Coastal run. Alnwick Harrier Jo Gascoigne-Owens, who was first female home. Photograph Steve Miller.

Many congratulations to Alnwick Harriers legend Jo Gascoigne-Owens for smashing the female course record at the Druridge Bay Parkrun on Saturday, August 29.

The previous record had stood since the first event back in early August 2014, but Jo comfortably beat that time by clocking 18.22 to finish second overall.

It was a great morning for the club as the first finisher was also a Harrier, Ian Simon! Ian finished just four seconds ahead of Jo and won the race despite having swam in Ladyburn Lake already that morning!

Our women dominated the race by filling four of the top five places. Jackie Prouse was third female, Tracey Sample was fourth and a very happy Rachel McCoy was next in a 5k pb.

It was also great to see Alex Reed back in club colours after a spell out.

Another happy Harrier was our second male finisher Tim Shepherd as he also clocked a pb, as was Ed Wheldon who also knocked a few seconds off his previous best.

Further back Mark Hume won the male 70 category.

Results:

1-Ian Simon 18.18, 2-Jo Gascoigne-Owens 18.22, 20-Jackie Prouse 22.17, 24-Tracey Sample 22.49, 30-Rachel Mc Coy 23.30, 44-Alex Reed 25.44, 45-Samantha Fender 25.48, 60-Pam Wheldon 27.09, 64-Tim Shepherd 27.29, 86-Ed Wheldon 30.20, 98-Jayne McKenna 31.56, 113-Mark Hume 33.12, 114-William Fortune 33.43.

Elsewhere that morning there was an excellent run by Richard Eastoe at the Workington Parkrun.

Richard just missed out on a PB by clocking 21.20 to win the male 60 category.

Wife Gay also won her age category. Finally Lorna Stephenson took part in the Skipton Parkrun.

Results:

Workington: 15-Richard Eastoe 21.20, 33-Gay Eastoe 25.35.

Skipton: 157-Lorna Stephenson 34.45.

The following day saw the latest of the 2015 Grand Prix races take place, the Tynedale Harriers Jelly Tea 10 Mile Race.

For Some of the nine Harriers who made the trip to Hexham this was one of the most soul destroying and demoralising race experiences ever!

As always it was well organised and well marshalled, but the route was incredibly tough, with most Harriers stating it was the hardest road race they’ve ever done.

The race started and finished high up at Hexham Racecourse and consisted of downhills which were too fast to race comfortably and incredibly long and steep uphills.

It was tougher than many fell races and even harder than the Liversedge Half Marathon. In fact only six runners (none of ours) finished in under an hour.

However there was some good news as both Lesley Miller and Pauline Aitchison won prizes by finishing second in their age categories.

Also well done to Richard Johnson who arrived early to add seven miles onto the start of the race, which he used as a marathon training run.

Results (chip timing)

96-Dominic Harris 1.16.16, 107-Richard Johnson 1.16.51, 119-Gary Cowell 1.18.25, 178-Andy Squires 1.23.59, 190-Mark Doctor 1.25.02, 198-Pauline Aitchison 1.25.24, 200-Lesley Miller 1.25.44, 354-John Ross 1.42.04, 400-Tim Shepherd 1.49.42.