Alnwick Harriers: Good times in Brass Monkey

Four Harriers crossed the finish line, two of them in pbs, at the extremely popular Brass Monkey Half Marathon in York on Sunday.

Heavy rain before and at the start of the race meant everyone was a bit soggy, but the rain stopped soon after the gun, thus ensuring perfect conditions on this very fast course.

First Harrier home was Dave Hindmarsh, who has been training very well for the Tokyo Marathon in February and bolted up in an impressive 1.32.38, a cracking return to form after his poor 2013.

Next home in a pb was Mark Doctor, finishing in 1.34.58, in his final race before stepping up into the veteran age category. Mark has also been training well under the watchful eye of Mike Henry.

Charlie Gillon was next, doing well to finish after being poorly in recent days and finally Ruth Doctor.

Ruth ensured the Doctor household was a joyous one with a 59-second pb, improving on her 2012 time in the same race by well over three minutes.

Results: 324-Dave Hindmarsh 1.32.38; 428-Mark Doctor 1.34.58; 724-Charlie Gillon 1.45.10; 1017-Ruth Doctor 1.54.00.

Also that day, Hertfordshire-based Harrier Melanie Buchanan was having her first race in a Harriers vest in the Folksworth 15, organised by Cambridgeshire-based club Yaxley Runners.

Mel is in training for the Vienna Marathon in mid-April, and finished this undulating, hard race 404th of the 450 finishers in 2.36.10.

The previous day, four Harriers took part in North East Parkruns, with Danny Richardson posting the quickest time.

Phil Lee improved on recent efforts and Charlotte Baston beat her father and narrowly missed out on a 5k pb.

Results – Whitley Bay: 8-Danny Richardson 19.18; 110-Phil Lee 24.56.

Newcastle: 121-Charlotte Baston 22.46; 123-Phil Baston 22.49.


All 1,170 places for the 2014 Northumberland Coastal Run were taken in record time when entries opened on Saturday, January 18.

The club congratulated everyone who snapped up a place in the race and apologised for the slight mix-up with the opening-time information.