Anniversary Druridge parkrun attracts an entry of 171 runners

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Saturday marked the one year anniversary of the Druridge Bay parkrun.

Glorious sunshine greeted the 171 runners who turned out for the two-lap course of Ladyburn Lake.

Onlookers would have caught sight of cowboys, pirates and superheroes as participants entered the true spirit of parkrun by celebrating in fancy dress.

It’s been a fantastic year for Druridge Bay parkrun. The event has seen 1700 runners, who have ran 5842 individual runs, totalling 2721 running hours and covering a total distance of 29,210 kilometres.

Runners from 138 different running clubs throughout the UK have participated in the event.

Many thanks to all of the volunteers to have made the event possible and to everyone who has participated and spread the word about our fabulous run, beautiful location, fantastic volunteers and our warm and friendly community spirit.

Thank you all for making Druridge Bay parkrun the success it’s been in it’s first year.

Congratulation to this years prize winners: Dave Cook (winner of the male points table); Sandra Watson (winner of the female points table); Bailey Shore (1st junior/male points table); Sarah Wilkes (1st junior/female points table) and Ian Mackenzie (volunteer of the year 2015).

Results from Saturday were:

Male: 1st Mark Snowball, Morpeth Harriers 18:21; 2nd Andy Flanighan, 18:39; 3rd Lee Tait, Tri Northumberland, 18:43. Female: 1st Elizabeth Apsley, Stockport Harriers & AC, 19:20; 2nd Lorna McDonald, Morpeth Harriers, 19:53; 3rd Catriona Frances McDonald, Morpeth Harriers, 20:39.

Other Alnwick times were:

19 Stuart Morris 21:18; 24 Andrew Stephenson 21:58; 30 Lisa Williams 22:30; 46 Justine Norman 24:03; 58 Claire Miller-Grossett 25:28; 60 Rachel McCoy 25:59; 61 Kim Bronze 26:15; 78 Pam Wheldon 27:28; 87 Tim Shepherd 28:02; 93 Maddy Hall 28:21; 97 John Ross 28:32; 99 Christopher Atwell 28:48; 103 Jenny Bolam 29:04; 104 Rhona Lawson 29:04; 125 Ed Wheldon 30:38; 130 Mark Hume 31:14; 133 Jayne McKenna 31:37; 134 Emma Fairbairn 31:41; 138 William Alan Fortune 33:30; 156 Kate Lawson 41:23

Elsewhere in the world of parkrun Sophie Enser finished 1st in the junior women’s 15 category at Bracknell parkrun in an excellent 27 minutes exact.

Stuart Eaborn was the only Harrier in action at Whitley Bay parkrun, putting in a solid performance to finish 166th overall in 25:54. Gay and Richard Eastoe also performed well at Inverness parkrun, both recording times of exactly 26 minutes. Well done to you all.


Bracknell parkrun - 97 Sophie Enser 27:00.

Whitley Bay parkrun - 166 Stuart Eaborn 25:54.

Inverness parkrun - 74 Gay Eastoe 26:00; 75 Richard Eastoe 26:00.

Glanton Show Hill Race:

There was a good turn out of Harriers at the Glanton Show Hill race on Saturday. Warm conditions and 3.3 miles of ‘undulating’ terrain made for a tough but enjoyable race.

There was some excellent performances from the club with four Harriers finishing in the top 10. In form Steve Carragher was first Harrier to finish and was the overall winner of the race in a superb 23:03. He was closely followed by Daniel Leng who finished an excellent second overall in 23:14. Mike Telfer put in a solid performance to finish sixth overall in 24:02.

It was a good day for some of our junior runners. Callie Henderson ran a good race, pushing the 1st senior lady all the way round. Callie finished 1st in the under 16 category and was second female overall in 25:46. Not far behind was Harry Brown, Ollie Telfer and Lauren Brown who finished in second, third and fourth places in the under 16s. Well done to all who took part.


01 Steve Carragher 23:03; 02 Daniel Leng 23:14; 06 Mike Telfer 24:02; 09 Callie Henderson 25:46; 18 Henry Brown 27:22; 21 Oliver Telfer 27:50; 22 Lauren Brown 27:57; 28 David Coates 30:06; 34 Finlay Telfer 40:20.

Darlington 10K

Jo Gasgoigne-Owens was the sole harrier taking part in Sunday’s Darlington 10K.

The course, billed as flat and fast, starts and finishes in the town centre. Jo put in an outstanding performance to finish fifth female overall crossing the finish line in 37:46, the fastest 10K recorded by a female harrier this year and only 20 seconds outside her all time personal best. Well done Jo.

Results: 76 Jo Gasgoine-Owens 37:46

Clennell Trail Marathon

On Sunday, August 2, Shelley Coates took part in the inaugural Clennell Trail Marathon, a gruelling 28.5 mile challenge set in the Cheviot Hills.

The course is described as ‘tough but exhilarating’ and Shelley had to negotiate some steep uphill sections as well as some tricky rocky descents. In a field of 61 runners, Shelley finished 15th female and 42nd overal. Well done Shelley on a momentous achievement.