Runners of all abilities and ages from across north Northumberland have taken part in this year’s Great North Run, with some finishing near the top of their groups.
Alnwick Harriers posted good times, with Richard Agan and Jackie Moscrop completing the fastest half-marathon times by a Harrier this year, at 1h23m07s and 1h37m35s respectively. For Jackie, who is in blistering form at present, it was also a personal best performance.
Competing in the 13-14 years boys’ category, Adam Weightman and Adam Shafiq had superb runs finishing in fifth and eighth places respectively.
And running for the first time in the 15-16 years boys’ race, Daniel Leng finished in 22nd place.
In the 1km junior race, eight-year-old Rhiannon Hedley from Amble, who trains with Morpeth Harriers, was second girl home, while Bobby Stone, also from Amble, was third boy.
For others taking part, however, it was about more than just the sporting challenge.
Kathryn Adams, from Alnwick, raised more than £400 for the Catholic aid agency CAFOD. The teaching assistant from St Paul’s Middle School was supported on the day by her daughter Megan and friends who all wore T-shirts bearing the message ‘Go Kathryn Go!’.
Kathryn, of Cornhill Estate, said: “I only recently started running and the Great North Run was my first proper race.
“I started to struggle a bit when I reached mile 10 but I pressed on and when I crossed the finish line it was an incredible feeling.”
Alnwick man Frank Lyford raised £150 for Diabetes UK, while clocking a time of 1h55m.
The 26-year-old, of Cawledge View, said: “I’ve just joined Alnwick Harriers because I ran the GNR twice and wanted to get my time down from two hours. I didn’t think I’d done it until I saw my time in the paper.”
Five members of Wooler Running Club also completed the Great North Run.
Pauline Aitchison finished in a time of 1h33m08s, making her 91st lady overall. Shi Shi Ord got a massive personal best of 1h41m16s, with Charlotte Dodds and Kath Spoor both finishing in good times, despite not having the best build-up to the race. New club member Chris Woodley also earned a respectable time.
Meanwhile, Alnwick boy Mark Roberts raised almost £600 in aid of Help for Heroes, as his dad Spencer is currently serving in Afghanistan with the RAF. Mum Andrea said: “Mark was fantastic on the day and we’re all very proud of him. He completed the 4km run in just over 20 minutes and all the family cheered him on.”
Nico Meertens raised over £1,000 for Mencap while shaving 55 minutes of his previous Great North Run time.
The 23-year-old, from Beadnell, completed the 13-mile challenge in 2h42m.
Nico, who has Down’s Syndrome, is now living in Hexham with two other young adults in supported Mencap accommodation, and attending Newcastle College four days a week.
A number of Alnwick Harriers also took part in the run.
Results were: Richard Agan 1.23.07; Mark Miller 1.29.51; David Nolan 1.32.13; David Hindmarsh 1.36.23; Adam Spiller 1.37.06; Jackie Moscrop 1.37.35; Mark Doctor 1.38.34; John Ross 1.44.59; Caroline Findlay 1.47.01; Vee Pollock 1.47.22; Mairi Campbell 1.48; Ami Cook 1.49.26; Lisa Sutton 1.49.51; David Lauckner 2.02.53.
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Junior Harrier results were: 9-10 Boys: Mark Roberts (115th) 20.04. 11-12 Girls: Matilda Leng (113th) 22.47. 13-14 Girls: Lucy Embleton (24th) 18.57. 13-14 Boys: Adam Weightman (5th) 13.58; Adam Shafiq (8th) 14.17. 15-16 Girls: Charlotte Baston (25th) 19.23; Eliza Sandford (36th) 22.57. 15-16 Boys: Daniel Leng (22nd) 14.33.