Park life proves to be a winner for Harriers

Alnwick Harrier Mark Doctor.
Alnwick Harrier Mark Doctor.

Alnwick Harriers

The weekend got off to a good start with three age-category wins for Harriers at three different parkruns.

Alnwick Harrier Diana Weightman.

Alnwick Harrier Diana Weightman.

Peter Grey was fastest of the five Harriers in action on Saturday, at a hot and sticky South Shields.

Peter won the male 55 category to finish sixth overall.

Elsewhere, Diana Weightman was fastest in the female 50 age group at Newcastle, while Gay Eastoe was quickest in the female 60 category at Workington.

Results: South Shields: 6 Peter Grey, 19.07. Newcastle: 116 Diana Weightman, 23.05; 142 Kim Bronze, 23.49. Workington: 17 Richard Eastoe, 21.20; 36 Gay Eastoe, 25.04.

Alnwick Harrier Kim Bronze

Alnwick Harrier Kim Bronze

The following day four Harriers took part in the BUPA Great North 10k in Gateshead.

On a wet morning, Stuart Carter was first Harrier to finish, not too far ahead of Mark Douglas in a 10k pb.

John Ross was next, followed by Harriers debutant Simon Robinson.

Results: 281 Stuart Carter, 43.09; 339 Mark Douglas, 43.55; 1,382 John Ross, 54.43; 2,788 Simon Robinson, 1.10 01.

Also that day Conrad Stewart travelled north of the border to compete in the Kelso Crawlers 10k.

Conrad performed well to finish 83rd of the 172 runners in 49.45, almost three minutes quicker than last year.

Five Harriers took part in the very popular blast along the Quayside in Newcastle, the Bridges of the Tyne five-mile Road Race organised by Tyne Bridge Harriers.

In perfect conditions, Dave Hindmarsh was the first of the quintet to finish the fast and flat course on Tuesday, July 8.

Phil Baston was not far behind, with daughter Charlotte just one second behind him.

Shelley Coates and John Ross also took part for the Harriers.

Results: 164 Dave Hindmarsh, 35.51; 214 Phil Baston, 37.47; 216 Charlotte Baston, 37.48; 292 Shelley Coates, 43.06; 301 John Ross, 43.21.

The following night, Gay and Richard Eastoe were racing once again, this time in the Kendal AC-organised Endmoor 10k.

The pair ran together in this hilly race, finishing 80th and 81st in 59.39, with Gay just in front of Richard.

On Thursday, July 10, Sunday’s Chevy Chase hero Bruce Crombie was back in action.

Despite the tough 20-miler a few days before, Bruce performed well again in a 5.75-mile race, with 1,500ft of ascent, finishing three seconds behind the winner.

Also that night Mark Doctor and Mark Hume took part in the Low Fell RC-organised Angel View Run, a five-mile race on fields, road, bridleway and rough track, although this year it was almost six miles.

Results: 42 Mark Doctor, 44.41; 96 Mark Hume, 1.03.46.