This is in your memory, granda

Les Allcorn race 2014. Joseph and Abbie Allcorn ran in the junior race. Picture by Jane Coltman
Les Allcorn race 2014. Joseph and Abbie Allcorn ran in the junior race. Picture by Jane Coltman

An annual memorial race in honour of an Alnwick Harrier who died while competing was given a poignant touch this year – after two of his grandchildren ran at the event for the first time.

The namesake Les Allcorn fixture was launched in the town in 1996 to remember the athlete who died during the club’s coastal run between Alnmouth and Beadnell the previous year.

And on Tuesday, Joseph Allcorn, 14, and his 12-year-old sister Abbie, took part in the 3k junior run in memory of their grandad.

To make the occasion extra-special, members of Les’ family were on hand to help start the 10k adult race.

These included Joseph and Abbie, as well as sibling Lily, three, and Les’ other grandchildren, Lola Campbell, five, and three-year-old Anya Campbell.

Les’ children, Katy and Keith, his mother Nora and widow Christine – whose birthday was Tuesday – also attended the event and helped start the race.

Mum Jodie Davies, from Alnwick, was proud of Joseph and Abbie’s efforts.

“It was very poignant,” said the 35-year-old.

“Both of them wanted to do the run to make their granda proud. It was emotional.”

The pair wore special T-shirts for the race, which carried the words – My granda, Les Allcorn. They were done by Sportsworld, Alnwick.

Both the junior and the senior race were held on new courses this year, starting and finishing at the Ratten Row entrance of Hulne Park.

The winner of the 10k was Morpeth Harrier Carl Avery, from Seahouses. Alnwick Harrier Ella Brown won the women’s race.

The winner of the 3k run was Blyth RC’s James Young. Alnwick Harrier Amy Thorne came out on top in the girls’ race.

○ Full race report and pictures on Page 78.