Club achieves award honour

Bruce Crombie  on is way to 5th in the Hawkshead Trail Race
Bruce Crombie on is way to 5th in the Hawkshead Trail Race

Alnwick Harriers

On Tuesday, Alnwick Harriers was presented with its Accredited Club status certificate by England Athletics.

Jo Gascoigne-Owens Hawkshead Female Race Winner

Jo Gascoigne-Owens Hawkshead Female Race Winner

Coach coordinator and Alnwick Juniors coach Brenda Mallen was on hand to receive the Clubmark certificate from England Athletics CCSO John Stacey.

John offered his congratulations to Alnwick Harriers on the status and praised the efforts of the valuable contribution of its volunteers.

England Athletics Accredited Club status forms part of the only national cross-sports quality accreditation scheme.

It is built around a set of core criteria which ensure that accredited clubs operate to a set of consistent, accepted and adopted minimum operating standards.

Brenda Mallen commented: “This award demonstrates the club’s continued commitment to developing pathways into athletics for young athletes in north-east Northumberland, giving parents the confidence that Alnwick Harriers provides a guaranteed standard of excellence, in our athletics activities.”

l Thirteen Alnwick Harriers enjoyed a fantastic day in the Lake District on Saturday, taking part in the Hawkshead Trail Race, one of our 2013 club trips.

There were some superb performances in this beautiful but hard race. The highlights were once again courtesy of Bruce Crombie and Jo Gascoigne-Owens, both of whom have been in fine form so far this year.

Jo performed superbly winning the female race, completing the 10-mile route in 1.13.46, to finish 12th overall.

First Harrier to finish was once again Bruce Crombie, who was fifth of the 212 runners. Other performances of note came from David Lowe and Ella Brown, while Mark Doctor knocked seven minutes off his time from the same race last year.

Results: 5-Bruce Crombie 1.08.27; 12-Jo Gascoigne-Owens 1.13.46; 21-David Lowe 1.17.46; 56-Adam Spiller 1.24.58; 68-Ella Brown 1.26.33; 94-Mark Doctor 1.31.17; 153-Kim Bronze 1.41.11; 161-Sue Bolam 1.42.02; 163-Denise Drummond 1.43.16; 164-Dave Coates 1.43.55; 186-Ruth Doctor 1.50.09; 190-Mairi Campbell 1.50.46; 209-John Ross 2.03.36.

Earlier in the day, three Harriers took part in Parkruns. Danny Richardson was unable to complete back-to-back victories at Whitley Bay finishing sixth of the 140 runners in 19.13, while at Newcastle Phil Baston was 109th of the 389 finishers in 22.35 and Charlotte Baston was 158th in 24.05.

The following day, a number of Harriers were taking part in various events. Phil Lee and Shelley Coates took part in the half-marathon of the North in Sunderland. Phil was 606th in 2.07.33, while Shelley completed the 13.1-mile race in around 2.25 hours. Shelley has only been training for five weeks after a long-term injury.

Diana Weightman and Jayne Hately were in action in the Sunderland City 10k. Diana was 297th in 49.36, while Jayne was 524th in 53.37.

North of the border, Vee Pollock and Lisa Athey were having their first runs for the club this year in the undulating Balfron 10k in Stirlingshire. Vee finished 101st of the 584 runners in 44.41, while Lisa was 138th in 46.07.

In Cumbria on Sunday, Richard and Gay Eastoe were in action in the Lorton School 10k. Richard finished 96th in 52.57, while Gay was 121st in 57.46. Back on Tuesday, April 23, Gay and Richard were racing in the Keswick Round The Houses 10k. Gay pipped Richard to the line finishing 102nd in 57.22, with Richard one place and two seconds back.

The club hosts its annual Les Allcorn 10k and Junior Fun Run in Hulne Park on Tuesday. More information regarding the event and entry on the night at www.aln

Alnwick Juniors

On Sunday, six Alnwick Harriers combined forces with Blyth RC to form a composite team to compete in Division Two of the North East Youth Development League, at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow.

There were impressive performances from U13s Jade Craddock and Palesa Thompson on their debuts for the club, particularly in the 4x100m relay, where both girls moved up an age category, so that the U15s could submit a relay team. Some strong running saw them help the team to third place.

A fluid performance over the 80m hurdles saw U15 Owen Davidson take Alnwick’s first victory of the day and U15 Connor Armstrong led from the start of the 300m sprint to take a further win, as well as set a new club record.

Further club records were set by U17 Peter Skirrow when he finished second in both his 400m hurdles race and his javelin. And gutsy performances from Owen and Connor, moving up to compete as U17s, helped Dan Mallen and Peter to take second place in the U17s 4x100m relay.

Alnwick/Blyth finished third with 298 points. Alnwick Harriers travel to Hexham for the next league match on June 2.

Results (CR-club record): U13 Girls: 100m: Palesa Thompson (ht 2, 3rd) 16.9 200m: Jade Craddock (ht1, 3rd) 35.3s; Palesa Thompson (ht 2, 3rd) 38.0s 800m: Jade Craddock (ht 1, 3rd) 3:20. 4 long jump: Jade Craddock (fourth) 2.67m high jump: Palesa Thompson (third) 1.10m U15 Girls: 4x100m relay: Palesa Thompson, Jade Craddock (third) 64.6s

U15 Boys: 100m: Owen Davidson (fourth) 14.1 300m: Connor Armstrong (first) 42.8s (CR) 80m hurdles: Owen Davidson (first) 14.7s. Long jump: Connor Armstrong (second) 4.75m. High jump: Owen Davidson (second) 1.35m.

U17 Boys: 400m hurdles: Peter Skirrow (second) 71.8s (CR) triple jump: Dan Mallen (third) 8.91m high jump: Peter Skirrow (first) 1.35m javelin (700g): Peter Skirrow (second) 21.26m (CR) U17 Boys 4 x 100mrelay: Peter Skirrow, Owen Davidson, Dan Mallen, Connor Armstrong (second) 56.3s.

Final match result (provisional): Tynedale 446pts; Gateshead 324; Alnwick/Blyth 298; South Shields, 290; North Shields Poly 298.