A good number of Alnwick Harriers took part in the latest Grand Prix event of the 2016 season, the very fast, very flat and very popular Blyth Valley 10k on Sunday, April 3.
As always with this race there were a lot of great runs, personal bests and an age category win for Alnwick.
First Harrier to finish was Dan Leng in 23rd overall, completing in 35.58.
Next home and third in the male 50 category was Phil Hemsley, ahead of Dominic Harris, who smashed his previous best over the 10k distance and knocked over four minutes off his time in the same race last year.
Jordan Rogerson dipped under 40 minutes, whilst Dave Hindmarsh ran a good race, Shaun Land looked impressive and Dave Bartrum scored a 10k best.
For the ladies, Diana Weightman ran a brilliant race and won the female 45 category, a great achievement in such a big field. She crossed the line in 45.43 and was first female Harrier home. Alex Reed also ran well, as did Maureen Bartrum.
23rdDan Leng 35.58; 29th Phil Hemsley 36.25; 55th Dominic Harris 38.11; 80th Jordan Rogerson 39.32; 107th Dave Hindmarsh 40.38; 124th Shaun Land 41.25; 131st Tim Falconer 41.59; 141st Paul Godden 42.27; 165th Jon Duffy 43.40; 171st Andy Squires 44.04; 214th Dave Bartrum 45.28; 216th Diana Weightman 45.43; 245th Steve Studley 47.25; 259th Alex Reed 48.07; 275th Maureen Bartrum 48.40; 318th Louise Callaghan 51.09; 349th Richard Johnson 52.54; 428th Jocelyn Bolam 59.32.
The day before a number of Harriers, both Senior and Junior, took part in the Druridge Bay Parkrun.
First home, and again winner of the male 55 category, was Peter Grey in fifth place. Jim Lillico was sixth and Graham Crow 10th.
Zoe Robson and Keith Shotton ran their first races for the club, whilst Juniors Ellie and Callie Henderson made their Parkrun debuts. Also well done to Mairi Campbell for her PB and Mark Hume for winning the male 70 category.
5th Peter Grey 19.48 (79.63%); 6th Jim Lillico 20.10 (77.52%); 10th Graham Crow 20.36 (64.40%); 42nd Zoe Robson 24.21; 44th Chris Friend 24.33 (57.77%); 49th Mel Steer 24.56 (65.64%); 51st Ellie Henderson 25.20; 52nd Callie Henderson 25.20; 53rd Keith Shotton 25.30; 58th Mairi Campbell 25.52 (64.82%); 79th Thomas Davison 27.50; 112th Mark Hume 31.24 (56.85%); 137th Jackie Prouse 57.08.
In other events, Richard and Gay Eastoe were first in the age 60 categories at Workington, whilst Cris Atwell ran at Whitley Bay, Kirsy Steed at Durham and Mike Henry at Keswick.
Whitley Bay: 148th Cris Atwell 26.07.
Workington: 36th Richard Eastoe 23.56; 52-Gay Eastoe 25.54.
Durham: 212nd Kirsty Steed 44.24.
Keswick: 80th Mike Henry 31.38.
Dave Hindmarsh took his place amongst the elite at the World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff on Saturday, March 26. Hindmarsh, who has been training well for the Boston Marathon, ran well to finish 939th in 1:30.19.
A number of Harriers took part in a Druridge Bay Parkrun. Shaun Land, was fifth finisher in 20.01. Next home in a course PB was Tim Falconer in 10th, whilst Diane Weightman was first in the female 50 category.