Harrier Lauren runs off with county 800m title at Hexham

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Nine Junior Alnwick Harriers represented their middle schools at the County Minors Athletic Championship in Hexham on Saturday.

All the athletes were representing the North Northumberland area and took on the four other regions in the Northumberland & Newcastle area.

Lauren Brown (Y6) continued her excellent season running a strong race in the 800m to win and become County Champion. Lauren lead from early in the race and comfortably won by 30m, an excellent achievement at such a large event.

Ailsa Batley (Y7) threw an excellent personal best and new club record of 18.53m to take second place in the javelin.

Ailsa then immediately ran to the other end of the stadium to take part in the 800m final where she ran a strong race to finish an exceptional day.

Continuing the teams throwing success Ollie Telfer (Y8) won the hammer throw.

In the hurdles both Milli Ellaby and Antje Hall competed in the Year 7 heats with Antje progressing to the final and finishing in fifth place. Millie Breese (Y6) also made the final in her age group and ran a good race to finish seventh.

In the high jump Finlay Telfer (Y6) jumped well and cleared 1.15m, Max Breese (Y8) also had a good day jumping 1.35m!

Finally in the Year 8 middle distance races Max Murray-John and Ollie Telfer ran the 1500m and 800m. Both boys ran well in very strong fields of runners.

* A brilliant 18 Harriers took part in the last of the Spring/Summer Relays on a warm and sunny evening last Wednesday, the Weetslade Relay. This event, organised by Claremont Road Runners and held at Lockey Park in Wideopen, is different to the previous relay events in that its not flat!

The 2.5 mile course takes in an old slag heap as well as grass sections, rather than the dead flat courses at the Elswick and Wallsend Harriers events.

Alnwick took the maximum number of places available, putting out six teams, which is more than they have done previously.

On a very good night for the club they had their highest ever finish at the event, thanks to the A team trio of Richard Johnson, Ella Brown and Phil Hemsley, who finished eighth of the 96 teams.

On the night Phil ran the fastest leg, a very impressive 14.24. Next quickest was Richard in 15.11 and Dean Stackhouse in 15.31 for the B team.

Ellas time of 15.36 was the sixth fastest by a female on the night, an excellent performance. Second fastest female for the club was Tracey Sample in 18.54, followed three seconds later by Diana Weightman.

Results:

8-“A Team” Richard Johnson 15.11, Ella Brown 15.36 and Phil Hemsley 14.24. Overall 45.11.

34-“B Team” Adam Spiller 15.41, Diana Weightman 18.57 and Dean Stackhouse 15.31. Overall 50.09.

47-“C Team” Zoe Robson 19.08, Tim Falconer 16.58 and David Hindmarsh 16.48. Overall 52.54.

58-“D Team” Steve Studley 18.56, Tracey Sample 18.54 and Jon Duffy 16.56. Overall 54.46.

80-“E Team” Mary Plumley 20.32, Ruth Doctor 20.35 and Mark Doctor 17.15. Overall 58.22.

89-“F Team” Sue Skirrow 22.42, Rachel McCoy 19.41 and Andy Stephenson 19.50. Overall 1.02.13.

* Alnwick Harriers are pleased to announce the date for their very popular Blyth RC/Wooler RC social night! It takes place on Wednesday, July 27 and will be the excellent “Blind Handicap” event at Hulne Park, Alnwick.

The course is a 4.7 mile route where runners have have to predict their time in advance.

Athletes will be paired up with runners from the other clubs of a similar standard and will hope to get as near to possible to your predicted time. However no watches are allowed!

Meet at Willowburn at 6.45pm to jog to Hulne Park, or alternatively head straight for the event starting line at Ratten Row where there is plenty of parking. After the event there will be prize giving at the Hogs Head, Alnwick!

There will also be plenty of sandwiches and chips for the runners.

Please wear your club vests!