Gascoign-Owens the first Harrier home at Lancaster

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Three Alnwick Harriers travelled across to Lancaster on Sunday to take part in the fast and flat Lancaster Half Marathon.

The journey was a worthwhile one for Jo Gascoigne-Owens as she finished a brilliant second female and was 14th overall finisher of well over 600 runners! Jo clocked 1.22.47 and was about a minute behind the female winner, though well clear of the third finisher. For her efforts Jo won a toaster and a bottle of wine!)

Also taking part were Mark Doctor and Stuart Morris. The pair had a decent battle for the first 10 miles, though Stu ran out of steam and sadly struggled for the final three miles.

The race is definitely a pb course and were it not for the thick fog would probably have been a scenic route!

Results: 14-Jo Gascoigne-Owens 1.22.47; 117-Mark Doctor 1.38.08; 163-Stuart Morris 1.43.49.

Also that day Dave Hindmarsh was in action across the pond in the New York Marathon! Dave has trained hard and well for this race, and was rewarded with an excellent 3.33.30. Well done big man!

Finally for Sunday, Gay and Richard Eastoe took part in the Derwentwater 10, a scenic but undulating race organised by Keswick AC. Gay finished 2nd in the female 60 category in 1.30.41 in 321st place, whilst husband Richard was one place and one second further back.

The day before a decent number of Harriers took part in a special Halloween Druridge Bay Parkrun. First Harrier home once again was Nick Armstrong in 20.50, to finish first in the male 45 category. Next was Richard Agan who was wearing a cross between a skeleton/gimp suit outfit, followed by Mike Henry who is returning to form and won the male 65 category.

Other notable Harriers included Pam Whekldon who won the female 60 age group, whilst Ed Wheldon ran a course pb.

Results: 11-Nick Armstrong 20.50 (69.68%); 29-Richard Agan 22.36; 44-Mike Henry 24.02; 49-Rachel McCoy 24.31 (60.37%); 52-Rob Enser 24.33 (56.89%); 53-Sophie Enser 24.37 (62.97%); 74-Thomas Davison 26.42; 81-Pam Wheldon 27.03; 90-Paul Dellbridge 27.40 (53.73%); 100-Catherine Jackson 28.36; 107-Stuart Bruce 29.23; 112-Ed Wheldon 29.48.

Also that morning Gay Eastoe was once again an age category winner at the Workington Parkrun! Gay was 30th finisher in 25.47, whilst Richard Eastoe was 31st in 25.48. Finally it was great to see Mark Jefferies back in action after a long spell out injured. Mark took part in the Northampton Parkrun and was 53rd in 22.39.

Also this weekend the hilarious Howick Trail Race took place. Results aren’t out as yet, but when they are a report will be written highlighting the cracking organisation and a race win for Emma Givens!

* Alnwick Harriers are planning to pay for as many members as possible to take part in the North East Cross Country Championships at Sedgefield on Saturday, December 12.

Furthermore if there’s enough interest from the Juniors and Seniors we’ll even consider hiring a coach!

There’s a poster on the noticeboard where all those interested can add their names, though the relevant team captains will be sending out an email with the full details.

Here’s a list of the race times:

11.00-Under 13 Boys (3k); 11.15-Under 13 Girls (3k); 11.30-Under 15 Boys (4.5k); 11.45-Under 15 Girls (4.5k); 12.00-Under 17/20 Women (5.3k); 12.25-Under 20 Men (8.3k); 13.00-Senior Men (12k); 13.55-Senior Women (8.3k); 14.30-Under 17 Men (6.1k).

The deadline for adding your name is Friday, November 6.