Bruce takes Harriers honours at Powburn

News and results from Alnwick Harriers.
News and results from Alnwick Harriers.

On Saturday, August 2, four Harriers competed in the Powburn Show Hill Race.

Now in its fifth year, this four-mile course takes in some tough, grassy trails from the showground along to Ewe Hill and back.

Harrier’s stalwart, Bruce Crombie was the first Alnwick Harrier to cross the line, finishing second overall in a time of 25:32.

Superb performances by Daniel Leng, who came in fifth in 27:30; Adam Fletcher, sixth in 27:38; and Mickey Aiston, 15th in 32:02; resulted in Alnwick winning the male team prize.

That day also saw four Harriers in parkrun action.

Stuart Carter had an excellent performance at St Helen’s, finishing 17th overall in a parkrun pb of 20:46.

Over in Workington, Richard and Gay Eastoe won the male and female V60 categories in times of 22:22 and 25:09 respectively.

At Whitley Bay, Philip Lee put in a solid performance to finish 62nd in a time of 23:28.

On Sunday, August 3, Harriers’ press release spokesman, Mark Doctor, was taking part in the North Wales Half Marathon.

Billed as a beach and mountain challenge, this stunning run is set between the coastline and mountains of the Snowdonia National Park.

Mark put in a good performance to finish 61st out of 426 runners in a time of 1:44:03.

He likened the run to a cross between the Coastal Run with Simonside thrown in; six flat miles along the beach into a headwind followed by two miles up a mountain pass and a further two miles along Conwy Mountain before a downhill section back to the town of Conwy.

On a final note, a huge congratulations goes out from all at Alnwick Harriers to Laura Weightman for her incredible silver medal achievement at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Well done Laura.

Results - Powburn Show Hill Race: 02, Bruce Crombie, 25:32; 06, Daniel Leng, 27:30; 07, Adam Fletcher, 27:38; 15, Mickey Aiston, 32:02.

St Helen’s Parkrun: 17, Stuart Carter, 20:46, (65.73 per cent).

Workington Parkrun: 22, Richard Eastoe, 22:22, (71.68 per cent); 37, Gay Eastoe, 25:09,(76.08 per cent).

Whitley Bay Parkrun: 62, Philip Lee, 23:28, (65.48 per cent).

North Wales Half Marathon: 61, Mark Doctor, 01:44:03.

○ The Druridge Bay Parkrun is starting tomorrow.

The free weekly run starts at 9am at the Druridge Bay Visitor Centre and is a two-lap fast and flat course.

Runners must sign up to take part, but this only needs to be done once. It’s done by going to and entering your details.

You must print off your personal barcode and bring this along to every event to get an official time, which will be posted on the parkrun website after every event.

Event director Mark Doctor said: “On behalf of the event team, I’d like to thank Graham Mitcheson at Druridge Bay Country Park for allowing us to hold this run every Saturday, as well as Alister Robson from Parkrun for giving us tips and advice to get the event going.

“I’d personally like to thank Andy Grieves, Vee Pollock and Jackie Prouse for helping with the setting up of the event. Without their enthusiasm, the parkrun simply wouldn’t exist.”