String of Alnwick successes at home event

The sunny scene this afternoon in the Pastures, Alnwick, for the North East Harrier League cross-country fixture.
The sunny scene this afternoon in the Pastures, Alnwick, for the North East Harrier League cross-country fixture.

Newly-crowned Gazette Sports Personality of the Year Jo Gascgoine-Owen was among the success stories for the home club today as Alnwick hosted the latest fixture in the North East Harrier League.

Alnwick Harriers hosted the fifth of the six league cross-country fixtures of the 2013/14 season at The Pastures below Alnwick Castle this afternoon.

Thanks to Alnwick Castle Estates and The Alnwick Garden, more than 1,000 runners were due to descend on the town to take part in the event, widely acknowledged to be the most picturesque of the six races in the series, which is sponsored by Start Fitness.

And the hosts notched a number of decent results.

The success started early as Amy Reed won the Girls’ Under 13 race, helping her team to finish second overall along with the Under 13 Boys.

And the fine weather and photogenic location encouraged large numbers of youngsters to take part with 113 in the Under 11s race alone.

Moving up the age groups, the Girls’ Under 15s finished top of the pile, in large part thanks to an excellent third from Rebecca Reed.

Girl power continued as Rosie Murton was second from the fast pack in the U17/20 Female event in easily the quickest time of the race, helping her squad to second team place behind a very strong Gateshead team.

In the Boys’ Under 17s category, Isaac Moss’ second place meant Alnwick grabbed second overall team place.

In the Seniors, 15 women wore the Harriers vest today and, despite barely running for three months due to injury, Jo Gascoigne-Owens was fifth fastest.

Coupled with good runs from Ella Brown and Diana Weightman, it meant Alnwick finished second of 30 in Division Two.

In an even more impressive turn-out, 25 Alnwick Senior males took part in the final race of the day.