Fifteen members of Alnwick Harriers took part in the first Druridge Bay Parkrun on Saturday, when 203 runners lined up for the two laps around Ladyburn Lake.
Held in kind conditions, Wayne Gair was first Harrier across the line in an excellent sixth place.
Next to finish, the first of three age category winners for Alnwick, was Peter Grey. In terms of parkrun’s age/gender/time calculator, this was the best performance of the day.
It was very fitting that Amble lad and one of the run directors Ian Harding was first to cross the line, thus winning the inaugural event.
Morpeth Harrier Ian completed the course in an excellent 16.43, well clear of Paul Turnbull of Tyne Bridge Harriers (17.41) and Heaton Harriers’ Mark Oliver (18.07).
For the women, Yorkshire-based Hannah Oldroyd from Airedale Dodgers was first in 18.41, finishing seventh overall.
An ecstatic Tracey Sample of Alnwick not only won the female 40 category, but was second female across the line in 22.46, ahead of North Shields Poly’s Jenny Simpson in 23.04.
Next woman to finish in her first Alnwick Harriers appearance for quite a while was Louise Callaghan, whose time won her the female 50 category.
There were Parkrun debuts for Junior Harrier Jenny Bolam and Ruary Slater, Terry Fountain was taking part in his first race as a Harrier and Micky Aiston was taking part in his first of two races that day.
Well done to Conrad Stewart who followed up Tuesday’s 10k pb at Morpeth with a 5k pb here, and bad luck to Cris Atwell who missed the start, thus giving everyone else a 90-second head-start.
The parkrun committee would like to thank all the marshals who turned up to help out on Saturday, as well as the runners, some of whom came from some distance away just to be at the first event.
One couple travelled all the way from Hampshire, while another left south London at 10pm the night before to be on the start-line in time.
To take part in the event, sign up at www.parkrun.org.uk/register/
Then print off a bar code and arrive at about 8.45 every Saturday morning for a 9am start.
The event is totally free and the Druridge Bay Visitors Centre is open for post-run breakfasts, which proved very popular last Saturday.
Results: 6-Wayne Gair 18.27; 9-Peter Grey 19.18; 11-Mark Miller 19.22; 26-Mark Douglas 20.48; 31-Micky Aiston 21.29; 45-Conrad Stewart 22.19; 53-Tracey Sample 22.46; 56-Mike Henry 22.51; 62-Kim Bronze 23.09; 76-Louise Callaghan 24.19; 84-Jenny Bolam 24.55; 97-Cris Atwell 25.49; 102-Ruary Slater 26.32; 139-Emily Young 28.55; 165-Terry Fountain 30.55.
Elsewhere in the world of parkrun, Lisa Williams was in action at Newcastle where she performed very well, winning the female 40 category.
Lisa was 88th of the 402 runners in 22.42.
Later that day, two Harriers ventured north of the border to take part in the undulating Haddington Half Marathon.
Results: 193-Charlie Gillon 1.51.04; 250-John Ross 2.03.25.
On Sunday, three Harriers were up bright and early to travel down to compete in the Darlington 10k.
A race billed as fast and flat helped Stu Carter to his best 10k for some time, while Mark Doctor notched another 10k pb by knocking 12 seconds off his time set at the Clive Cookson 10k earlier in the summer.
Well done to John Ross who was taking part in his third race in under a week.
Results: 235-Stuart Carter 42.26; 270-Mark Doctor 43.13; 878-John Ross 53.26.