Men’s team captain Bruce Crombie stormed home in first place in the inaugural Hedgehope Hellraiser fell race on Sunday, on a busy weekend for Alnwick Harriers.
This six-mile race includes over 2,000ft of ascent and is an out-and-back race from Langleeford to the summit of Hedgehope.
Although Bruce is no stranger to winning, after numerous successes in local show races last year, this is Bruce’s first victory in a ‘proper’ fell race and goes down as a superb achievement.
There were also good runs by Graham Simpson and Adam Fletcher, the latter making his first appearance since New Year’s Day due to injury.
Results: 1-Bruce Crombie 43.17; 8-Graham Simpson 47.32; 10-Adam Fletcher 48.27.
Vee Pollock was also in action that day in the Balfron 10k, a hilly race held in Stirlingshire.
Vee knocked almost a minute off her time from the race last year, finishing a superb 80th of the 599 runners in 43.44. In a race which Vee likened to Liversedge (the hills rather than the scenery), she was ninth female, a great effort.
At the other end of the country, Richard Agan was in half-marathon action in the Plymouth Half Marathon.
Richard performed extremely well to clock the fastest half-marathon time of the year by a Harrier so far, taking 12 seconds off his time at Liversedge in February. He was 34th of over 4,000 runners in 1.23.37.
Finally, two Harriers took part in the Bupa Great Edinburgh 10-Mile Race that day.
Alex Reed was having her second race in as many days, finishing 813rd in 1.22.21, while training partner Shelley Coates was 1604th in 1.31.48.
The day before, a whole host of Harriers were taking part in various Parkruns. Best performance of the day came at Newcastle, where Eddie Longstaff finished a superb 10th overall in a pb. New Harrier Wayne Gair was not far behind, Alex Reed ran a 5k pb and Ruth Doctor ran her fastest 5k for a couple of years.
North of the border, Mike Henry was racing in yet another Parkrun, at Tollcross Park in Glasgow. He won the male 60 category on this hilly course.
More age-category success came at Workington where once again Gay Eastoe ran another Parkrun pb to win the female 60 category.
Husband Richard also notched a Parkrun pb time.
Finally, Cris Atwell was in action at Whitley Bay.
Results: Newcastle: 10-Eddie Longstaff 18.35; 18-Wayne Gair 19.19; 160-Alex Reed 23.28; 216-Ruth Doctor 24.51.
Tollcross: 15-Mike Henry 22.53.
Workington: 23-Richard Eastoe 23.42; 34-Gay Eastoe 25.36.
Whitley Bay: 69-Cris Atwell 23.18.
On Wednesday, April 23, Mark Doctor took part in the North East 10,000m Championships at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow. The event was a surprisingly low-key affair for what sounds like a very important race, with only 12 runners lining up for the 25-lap race.
Despite being lapped by the eventual winner after only three of the 25 laps, and then getting lapped numerous more times by him and others, Mark was eighth of the 12 to finish. What’s more, it was a 10k pb of 42.56, exactly 30 seconds quicker than his previous best from Tynedale in 2011.
Finally, Gay and Richard Eastoe flew the Harriers flag in the Keswick Round The Houses 10k, organised by Keswick AC, finishing in 58.01 with Gay in 148th and Richard in 149th.
Peter Grey ran his first competitive race for nearly a year when competing in the South Shields 5k Park Run.
The 56-year-old runner has an ongoing chronic injury to both upper hamstring attachments which has plagued him for four years,
Peter has had several long lay-offs in this time and has had to cut back hard on his training/racing which results in slower race times.
He says this is hard to accept but a little running is better than no running, however, I will still probably get injuries but hopefully not a soften and for so long.
Peter won the over 55s age category in a time of 19m20s. He says my days at longer races are over, I only run 2-25 miles a week. I will have to stick to 5k -10k race now and again.