Parkruns along the bay still attracting new competitors

News and results from Alnwick Harriers.
News and results from Alnwick Harriers.

Alnwick Harriers

Nine Harriers took part in the sixth Druridge Bay parkrunlast Saturday, which saw a number of parkrun debuts, pbs and age-category wins.

In his first parkrun, Geoff Campbell picked a good day to go for what he called a ‘gentle jog. He was overall winner, in a superb 18.58 and a clear minute in front of second place.

Graham Crow also put in a good performance, finishing third overall and knocking 20 seconds off his last attempt to finish in 20.02.

Third Harrier home was Jim Lillico, who was fourth overall and winner of the male 55 category in 20.25.

Next home and making their Druridge Bay debuts were the parkrun faithful, Phil and Charlotte Baston. Charlotte was third female and first junior to cross the line. Making his Harriers debut, Ken Hodson was next home in a respectable 27th place.

Kim Bronze continued to impress with his versatile running style while new member Karl Baxter continued to chip away at his pb, dipping under 31 minutes for the first time in 10 parkrun performances.

David Hindmarsh was the final Harrier to cross the line, accompanying daughters Joely and Tess to make it a family parkrun outing.

Meanwhile, over at Workington, Gay Eastoe won the female 60 category and husband Richard was second in the male category.

Harriers results - Druridge Bay: 1 Geoff Campbell 18.58 (74.17 per cent); 3 Graham Crow 20.02 (65.47 per cent); 4 Jim Lillico 20.25 (75.92 per cent); 17 Phil Baston 22.38 (63.11 per cent); 20 Charlotte Baston 22.50 (67.01 per cent); 27 Ken Hodson 23.47 (55.78 per cent); 29 Kim Bronze 24.26 (61.32 per cent); 67 Karl Baxter 30.53 (46.63 per cent); 83 Dave Hindmarsh 46.14 (32.41 per cent).

Workington: 34 Richard Eastoe 24.44 (64.82 per cent); 38 Gay Eastoe 25.17 (75.68 per cent).

Druridge Bay results: Men: 1 Geoff Campbell (Alnwick Harriers) 18.58; 2 Phil Hall (Unattached) 19.57; 3 Graham Crow (Alnwick Harriers) 20.02; 4 Jim Lillico (Alnwick Harriers) 20.25; 5 David Cook (Unattached) 20.41.

Women: 1 Christine Costiff (South London Harriers) 21.23; 2 Sue Linsley (Heaton Harriers) 22.10; 3 Charlotte Baston (Alnwick Harriers) 22.50; 4 Sandra Watson (Unattached) 24.54; 5 Sarah Wilkes (Morpeth Harriers) 25.03.

Later that afternoon, three Harriers made an appearance at the Ingram Show held in Breamish Valley.

Sarah Gray won the ladies’ 100-metre sprint and was first female in the famous Ingram hill race, knocking 40 seconds off her time from last year.

Also in the hill race was Daniel Leng, who continued his excellent run of form by finishing second, while Kim Bronze did well to complete his second race of the day.

Finally on Saturday, Diana Weightman was the sole Harrier to take part in the Sunderland Harriers Open Cross-Country Races at Farringdon.

Diana performed extremely well, finishing 25th of the 79 ladies in 12.42.

On Sunday, John Ross took part in the Coxhoe 10k Trail Race. He put in a solid performance to clock 53.46 in this undulating run over old railway lines and quarry paths between Coxhoe and Kelloe in County Durham.

Also that day, Gay and Richard Eastoe took part in the Derwent AC-organised Cumberland Ale 10. They finished in 68th and 69th in 1.33.51 and 1.33.53 respectively.

Back on Wednesday, the prolific Eastoes were at it again in the Ulverston Charter 5k. They ran together finishing in 126th and 127th in 27.37, with Gay just finishing before Richard.

Finally back on Saturday, September 6, Cris Atwell put in an excellent performance at the Highland Perthshire Marathon at Aberfeldy. He was across the line in an excellent 3.40.02 to finish 54th.