Cross-country circus in town

Tracey Sample and Ella Brown from the Senior Women's team at last year's event.
Tracey Sample and Ella Brown from the Senior Women's team at last year's event.

Alnwick Harriers

Alnwick Harriers are proud to be hosting the fifth of the six North East Harrier League cross-country fixtures of the 2013/14 season at The Pastures, Alnwick this Saturday.

Thanks to Alnwick Castle Estates and The Alnwick Garden, more than 1,000 runners will descend on the town to take part in the event, widely acknowledged to be the most picturesque of the six races in the series, which is sponsored by Start Fitness.

The first race is the U11 Mixed Race, which starts at 12.15pm.

This will be followed by more age-category Junior Races throughout the early afternoon, culminating in the Senior Women’s Race at 1.10pm and the Senior Men’s Race at 2.15pm.

So far this season, the Senior Men’s team is performing best, currently sitting fifth of the 11 teams in Division Two.

Despite injury problems all season, the Senior Women are ninth of 30 clubs in Division Two, while many of the Junior teams are well placed towards the top of their tables.

Hopefully, a decent number of Harriers and home advantage will see the hosts climb up the tables.

Car parking is available in The Alnwick Garden overflow car park for £2. For more information, go to www.alnwickhar

l Alnwick Harrier Dave Hindmarsh battled cramp to complete the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday.

He has now bagged all six major marathons after also completing London, New York, Boston, Berlin and Chicago. A superb achievement.

Dave’s official time has yet to be confirmed but was around 3.57, a decent effort since he suffered cramp from 19 miles.

Also that day, Gay and Richard Eastoe were taking part in the Netherhall 10, a race organised by Cumberland AC.

Gay was 97th across the line in 96.27, winning the female 60 category, while Richard was one place and one second further back.

A slightly lower-key affair than Tokyo was the Newcastle Parkrun on Saturday.

Three members of the Telfer family took part, with dad Mike being the first Harrier to finish.

Next home was new member Steve Patterson, followed by 10-year-old Ollie Telfer and then eight-year-old Fin Telfer.

Results: 25-Mike Telfer 19.26; 36-Steve Patterson 19.59; 197-Ollie Telfer 25.12; 366-Fin Telfer 30.02.

The previous Saturday, Charlotte Baston knocked seven seconds off her 5k pb and was third female home in the Newcastle Parkrun, only narrowly beaten by father Phil.

Meanwhile, Dave Hindmarsh was in action on the Town Moor, having his last race before heading out to Japan for the Tokyo Marathon.

Results: Whitley Bay:40-Phil Baston 22.26; 42-Charlotte Baston 22.30.

Newcastle: 76-Dave Hindmarsh 22.57.

The following day, new member Mark Cockburn was in action in the Catterick 10k.

The course was hilly and included crossing a fast-flowing river twice, meaning that times weren’t astoundingly fast. But, Mark ran well, finishing 28th of over 200 runners in 42.45.

Finally, Hertfordshire-based Harrier Mel Buchanan was taking part in the Baldock Beast Half Marathon in the north of the county.

This sounds like a toughie, undulating throughout and with some off-road sections. Mel finished in 2.16.39.