A Teesside trip and a muddy run

Junior Harrier Daniel Fletcher  in the Boys U13s race at Hartlepool.
Junior Harrier Daniel Fletcher in the Boys U13s race at Hartlepool.

Alnwick Harriers

Six Junior Harriers made the long trek down to Hartlepool to take part in the 107th North Eastern Cross Country Championships on Saturday.

The highlight was Adam Weightman’s third-place finish which secured his place in the Inter County Cross Country Championships in March 2013.

But there were good performances from all the Harriers involved.

Results: U13s Boys: 16–Daniel Fletcher 13.51; 23–Ben Kelly 14.09.

U13s Girls: 19–Amy Thorne 15.38.

U15s Boys: 3–Adam Weightman 12.17.

U15s Girls: 4–Rosie Murton 13.59; 24–Lucy Embleton 17.38.

Earlier that day, two Harriers took part in the Newcastle Parkrun.

Due to large sections of the route being icy, a lot of the race took part on grass and mud at the side of the footpaths, resulting in slower times and a slightly longer course.

Peter Grey finished 18th of the 217 finishers in 20.22, while Phil Baston was 86th in 24.24.

The following day the club was represented by three members in the Simonside Cairns Fell Race.

The race was shortened slightly due to very icy conditions on the slabs at the top of Simonside, making the distance about 10.5 miles.

First Harrier to finish, winning the male 50 category in 14th place, was Phil Hemsley.

Results: 14–Phil Hemsley 1.24.50; 90–Bridget Peberdy 2.07.48; 91–John Cockburn 2.07.48.

Alnwick Harriers recently hosted a very enjoyable Christmas party at The Plough in Alnwick.

During the evening the 2012 Grand Prix winners were presented with their trophies along with the most improved and year’s achievement awards.

Winners are as follows: Male Achievement Award –Phil Lee. Female Achievement Award – Jo Gascoigne-Owens. Most Improved Male Award – Dave Bartrum. Most Improved Female Award – Jackie Moscrop.

Finally the date for the 2013 Les Allcorn 10k has been announced.

The very popular race and Junior Fun Run will be held in Hulne Park on Tuesday, May 7.

Entry forms and more information will be available at www.alnwickharriers.co.uk shortly.