There were a number of pbs and excellent performances from the Harriers who took part in the Run Northumberland-organised Cragside 10k on Saturday.
The course is a notoriously undulating one, though this has never seemed to stop our runners posting good times.
First Harrier to complete, and 20th overall, was Richard Johnson. Richard ran really well, clocking 40.47 and now must have his eye on a sub-40 10k this year.
The next three Harriers took part in a mini battle throughout, probably the first of a number of battles this year.
In a reverse of last week’s Wrekenton cross-country placings, Gary Cowell beat both Micky Aiston and Graham Crow, though Micky finished in a big 10k pb.
There were also encouraging performances from three new Harriers – Dean Stackhouse, Dominic Harris and Justine Norman.
Finally, well done to the superb Gay and Richard Eastoe who were up at 4am to travel from Cumbria to take part.
Results: 20-Richard Johnson, 40.47; 31-Gary Cowell, 42.15; 37-Micky Aiston, 42.29; 40-Graham Crow, 42.46; 48-Dean Stackhouse, 43.53; 67-Dominic Harris, 45.30; 127-Justine Norman, 50.24; 178-Kim Bronze, 53.42; 197-Gay Eastoe, 54.53; 198-Richard Eastoe, 54.53; 261-Jocelyn Bolam, 1.00.52.
Also that morning, there were just a handful of Harriers in action at the Druridge Bay parkrun, though again there were some top performances.
In his first appearance in a Harriers vest for ages, Wayne Gair finished third overall in 18.50.
Jackie Prouse was second female finisher, while Lesley Miller was third female to complete the 5k.
Lesley’s WAVA score of 82.41 per cent is the fourth best score in the event’s history, and puts her in pole position to wrestle the Robert Brown Shield away from Peter Grey.
Remember this is the award given to the Harrier with the best WAVA score of the year at Druridge Bay.
Last, but by no means least, William Fortune was first in the male-70 category.
Results: 3-Wayne Gair, 18.50; 14-Jackie Prouse, 22.04; 15-Lesley Miller, 22.16; 75-William Fortune, 34.01.
Druridge Bay – Top five men: 1 Mark Snowball, (Morpeth Harriers), 17.51; 2 John Dodds, (Wallsend Harriers), 18.43; 3 Wayne Gair, (Alnwick Harriers), 18.50; 4 Graeme Stewart, (Blyth RC), 19.16; 5 David Cook, (Unattached), 20.28.
Top five women: 1 Rachelle Falloon, (Blyth RC), 21.44; 2 Jackie Prouse, (Alnwick Harriers), 22.04; 3 Lesley Miller, (Alnwick Harriers), 22.16; 4 Freya Buglass, (Unattached), 22.50; 5 Emma Nesbitt, (Unattached), 23.36.
Over in the Lakes, five Harriers took part in the first of the 2015 Lakeland Trail races, at Cartmel.
Ron McCormack took part in the 10k Race, while the foursome of Dave and Maureen Bartrum, Carol Davison and Morag Donoghue took part in the 18k Trail Challenge.
Results – 18k Trail Challenge: 93-Dave Bartrum, 1.47.30; 153-Maureen Bartrum, 1.54.55; 220-Morag Donoghue, 2.05.11; 292-Carol Davison, 2.15.41.
10k Trail Run: 346-Ron McCormack, 1.15.20.
Finally for the weekend, Sarah Syers travelled across to Lancashire to take part in the Trimpell 20, part of her London Marathon training.
By her own admission, Sarah didn’t have her best run, though still finished 211th of the 530 finishers in 2.44.52.
Four Harriers travelled across to the States to take part in an early spring training camp.
While they were there, they couldn’t resist the urge to pull on the Harriers vest and take part in the Six Tunnels To Hoover Dam Run. The race took in the sights of the Colorado River, Lake Mead and Hoover Dam.
The club even tasted success in the Half-Marathon Relay event with Ian Simon and Tracey Sample taking first place, with Sue Bolam and Jock Bolam in second.
Also last weekend, Mike Telfer was once again battling mud trenches, scree slopes and darkness in the Rat Race organised Mighty Deerstalker 5k event at Traquair House, Peeblesshire.
Mike has previously won this event, though on this occasion could only manage fifth of the 369 competitors. An excellent performance nonetheless.