Records tumble as Alnwick Harriers swoop on bay

Diana Weightman
Diana Weightman

Alnwick Harriers

Ten Harriers lined up for the start of the Druridge Bay parkrun on Saturday and by the end of the 5k, two age-category course records had been broken by members of the club.

First Harrier home in fourth place, notching a male-50 course record of 18.07, was Adam Fletcher.

Just a few seconds behind him was Junior Harrier Ben Kelly, whose time of 18.12 was also an age-category record in the male 11-14 category.

Among the other headline-grabbers were Jackie Prouse, who was second female finisher, John Ross, who won the male-55 category, Karl Baxter for setting yet another course personal best and Tim Falconer, who made his Harriers debut.

Alnwick Harriers Druridge Bay parkrun results: 4-Adam Fletcher 18.07; 6-Ben Kelly 18.12; 15-Andy Squires 21.49; 16-Tim Falconer 21.57; 23-Jackie Prouse 22.30; 39-John Ross 24.45; 45-Claire Miller-Grossett 25.23; 51-Karl Baxter 25.40; 81-Amy Thorne 30.15; 98-Conrad Stewart 33.02. Overall results: Men: 1-Robert Balmbra (Morpeth Harriers) 16.28; 2-Ian Harding (Morpeth Harriers) 17.01; 3-Ash Henderson (Unattached) 17.50; 4-Adam Fletcher (Alnwick Harriers) 18.07; 5-Craig Batson (Unattached) 18.09. Women: 1-Rachelle Falloon (Blyth Rc) 22.13; 2-Jackie Prouse (Alnwick Harriers) 22.30; 3-Amber Cormack (Morpeth Harriers) 22.43; 4-Marie Drozdowicz (Elswick Harriers) 23.07; 5-Rachel Tresman (Newcastle Uni Tri Club) 23.21.

Elsewhere in the world of parkrun, Gay Eastoe was first in the female 60 category at Workington, while Phil Lee was taking part in his first event for a while down at Harrogate.

Results – Workington: 27-Gay Eastoe 24.59; 28-Richard Eastoe 25.00. Harrogate: 141-Phil Lee 25.57.

A long way south, two Harriers flew the flag in the English National Cross-Country Championships at Parliament Hill, London.

On a very muddy and hilly course in the big smoke, Diana Weightman performed extremely well in the Senior Women’s race to finish 411th of the 865 finishers over the 10k course in 42.18.

Meanwhile, in the Senior Men’s race, Mark Doctor finished the seven-mile course in 1.04.29, to finish 1,684th of more than 2,000 finishers. Well done to both. Hopefully, next year we’ll be better represented at the Nationals.