Dave shrugs off injuries to come home in fifth

FIFTEEN Alnwick Harriers competed in the Blyth Valley 10k on Sunday.

The race, which is well-known for fast times and plenty of personal bests (PB), is one of the 2012 Grand Prix events.

The highlight from an Alnwick Harrier point-of-view was a good run by Dave Kirkland who finished fifth despite suffering from recent injuries.

Bruce Crombie put in another good performance to finish 30th, while Mark Miller is coming back to form again after injury.

Jim Lillico was third in the male 50 category, while Vee Pollock was first female Harrier with a PB.

Vee currently holds the 2012 club records in 5k, 10k and half-marathon distances.

For the latest Grand Prix standings go to www.alnwickharriers.co.uk

Harrier results: 5 Dave Kirkland 33.42 (2nd male 40); 30 Bruce Crombie 36.44; 60 Mark Miller 38.29; 82 Adam Spiller 39.34; 93 Jim Lillico 40.15 (3rd male 50); 143 John Callaghan 43.05; 153 Vee Pollock 43.36; 199 Cris Atwell 45.08; 205 Lisa Sutton 45.19; 232 John Ross 46.18; 258 Phil Lee 47.16; 278 Alex Reed 48.12; 280 Sue Bolam 48.15; 339 Kim Bronze 51.38; 373 Anne Allan 54.16.

l Well over 42,000 people applied but only three Harriers were lucky enough to take part in the Olympic Park Run in London on Saturday.

Dave Hindmarsh was the first Harrier to cross the finishing line in the Olympic Stadium, covering the five-mile route in 32.33 to finish 219th of the 5,000 competitors.

Gillian Millar, making a return after being out for ages with injury, finished 799th in 36.41, while Mairi Campbell was 1,646th in 40.11.

Congratulations to them for taking part in this once-in-a-lifetime event.

l Meanwhile, Mark Hume took part in the undulating Coniston 14 on Saturday. He finished the scenic race in 2.42.55 crossing the line in 1,434rd place.

l Newcastle Parkrun regulars Phil Lee and Charlotte Baston competed in the 5k race that morning.

Phil, taking part in his 21st race since October’s AGM – thus already securing one of the club’s coveted Gold Awards – finished 66th of the 223 finishers in 22.42. Junior Harrier Charlotte was 131st in 25.21.

l On Wednesday, April 18, it will be 100 days until the start of the 2012 Olympics.

In line with England Athletics and other local sports clubs, Alnwick Harriers are offering a Club Taster Evening to any runners (of all categories) interested in joining the club or needing running guidance. Interested parties to meet at Alnwick’s Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre at 6.30pm.

New runners should be Seniors (over 17) capable of running a minimum one-mile distance and have suitable clothing/footwear.

l Whittingham athlete Phillip Winkler has been selected to represent the North East at the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon.

The Morpeth Harrier received his call for the April 22 event after a successful cross-country season which culminated in him winning the North Eastern Counties U15 Boys’ title in December.

The course is three-miles long, stretching from London’s Old Billingsgate to The Mall, and Phillip will line up alongside runners from all over the UK.

Previous winners of the Mini London Marathon include Mo Farah and Stephanie Twell.

l Another weekend and another race for Pam Brown of Wooler Running Club (last week she was Pam Girdwood!). On Saturday, Pam took part in the 50-mile Challenge4Charity race from Sheffield through Chatsworth Park, Youlgreave, Bakewell, Grindleford and finishing back in Sheffield. It was her third time running the race and knocked 31 minutes off her previous best time, breaking the course record in a time of nine hours 59minutes and finishing first.