Andrew leads Harriers home in first club race

The start of the Druridge Bay parkrun
The start of the Druridge Bay parkrun

Alnwick Harriers

Six Harriers were in action last Wednesday in the Run Northumberland Ponteland 10k.

This undulating race started and finished at Kirkley Hall and was blessed with still, calm conditions which meant some decent times for the Alnwick contingent.

First Harrier to cross the line in his first race since joining the Alnwick club was Andrew Shell.

Andrew has performed well at both the Druridge Bay Parkruns and has now followed that up with an encouraging 42.45 to finish 24th.

A few places back was the first of four female Harriers, the in-form Sarah Gray.

Following on from her superb parkrun victory on Saturday, Sarah scored a season’s best and was followed by John Ross, who is improving with every run.

Gail Cuthbert was the second female Harrier home, followed by Shelley Coates, who was taking a break from marathon training.

Finally, well done to Emily Young who improved on her recent Morpeth 10k time.

Results: 24-Andrew Shell 42.45; 29-Sarah Gray 43.52; 69-John Ross 51.59; 83-Gail Cuthbert 54.02; 85-Shelley Coates 54.13; 94-Emily Young 58.27.

The following night, two Harriers travelled down to Gateshead to take part in the Gateshead Harriers/Quayside Business Forum 5k.

This race is about as fast and flat as you can get for a 5k, meaning that there were some ridiculously fast times for those at the head of affairs.

Slightly further back, Steve Patterson stormed to a 90 second plus personal best (pb), while Mark Doctor improved on his only other 5k this year by 20 seconds.

Results: 53-Steve Patterson 18.19; 97-Mark Doctor 20.32.

An excellent 14 Harriers took part in the third Druridge Bay Parkrun on Saturday, a race once again held in perfect running conditions.

There were some excellent results, with loads of pbs, age category wins, debuts and some seldom-seen Harriers donning the famous vest.

First Harrier to cross the line and third overall was James Bolam in an excellent 18.30.

He was well clear of Mark Miller, who once again performed well in knocking off nearly 20 seconds from last week’s time.

Third male Harrier home was Peter Grey, who won the male 55 category, albeit in a slightly slower time than a couple of weeks ago.

A new Harrier, Gary Cowell, who joined the club not even 24 hours before this event, was the fourth Harrier in the top 10 in a fraction over 20 minutes.

Another newish member, Terry Fountain, was first in the male 45 category in 12th followed by yet another newbie in the shape of Graham Crow two further places back.

Graham Skirrow made his parkrun debut, while Jock Bolam also took part despite feeling slightly under the weather.

Kim Bronze and John Ross were the final two Harriers to finish in their quest for valuable Grand Prix points.

For the ladies, there was a great debut for yet another new member, Claire Miller-Grossett.

Claire had also joined the day before the event after jumping ship from Tyne Bridge Harriers after moving to the area.

She had taken part in both previous events at Druridge Bay and matched her final position from the previous week by finishing a very fine third female, though in a course pb.

Second Harrier to finish in a battle of the Bolams was Sue, who tripped and elbowed her way past daughter Jenny to scoop female 50 honours.

Despite these shenanigans, Jenny was over 30 seconds quicker than last week.

Shelley Coates also took part, forcing her young son to take part in the event.

Results: 3-James Bolam 18.30; 6-Mark Miller 18.59; 7-Peter Grey 19.34; 10-Gary Cowell 20.02; 12-Terry Fountain 20.17; 14-Grahan Crow 20.24; 22-Graham Skirrow 21.26; 24-Jock Bolam 21.47; 45-Claire Miller-Grossett 23.14; 46-Kim Bronze 23.18; 51-Sue Bolam 23.42; 56-Jenny Bolam 23.53; 64-John Ross 25.00; 98-Shelley Coates 31.12.

Over in Cumbria, Gay Eastoe once again was the first female 60 to cross the line at the Workington Parkrun, just missing out on a course pb.

Results: 30-Richard Eastoe 22.54; 41-Gay Eastoe 24.37.

Third Druridge Bay Parkrun

Results – Men: 1 Scott Ellis, (North Shields Poly), 16.56; 2 Steven Carragher, (Unattached), 17.51; 3 James Bolam, (Alnwick Harriers), 18.30; 4 Andy Flanighan, (Unattached), 18.52; 5 Mark Snowball, (Morpeth Harriers), 18.53.

Women: 1 Frances Florence, (Springburn Harriers), 20.56; 2 Angela Green (North Shields Poly), 23.13; 3 Claire Miller-Grossett, (Alnwick Harriers), 23.14; 4 Isabel Nicholls (City of York AC), 23.21; 5 Sue Bolam, (Alnwick Harriers,) 23.42.