Harriers field rare Signals relay team

Alnwick Harriers' relay team.
Alnwick Harriers' relay team.

Alnwick Harriers

For the first time in a number of years, Alnwick Harriers entered a team in the Royal Signals Relays, which was held at Hetton le Hole on Saturday.

Six Senior men took part in the event, all running a 2.2-mile lap. A largely youthful team performed very well, finishing 21st of the 59 teams in a combined time of 1.16.22.

The Harriers hope to follow up their participation in this and the recent North East Cross Country Championships, with a decent turn-out at the forthcoming Spring Relays.

More details of these events, which a decent number of Harriers entered in 2014, will appear here soon.

The club thanked Ross Wilson for organising its participation in the event.

Individual performances:

First leg-Dan Leng 12.48; second leg-Joe Mallen 12.34; third leg-Graham Simpson 12.30; fourth leg-Ian Simon 13.26; fifth leg-Steve Patterson 12.35; sixth leg-Ross Wilson 12.29.

Earlier that day, the usual decent number of Harriers took part in the Druridge Bay Parkrun, once again in perfect conditions.

Richard Agan was the first Harrier to finish in fifth place, clocking a course pb of 19.19.

He was just a few seconds ahead of Peter Grey who won the male 55 category.

Mark Hume was the first in the male 70 category, while Karl Baxter clocked a course pb and Lee Bowyer made his event debut.

Over at Workington, Gay and Richard Eastoe both took part. Gay not only won the female 60 category, but she also notched a long-awaited course pb. She knocked an excellent 11 seconds off her previous best, after going so close to beating her previous best several times in recent weeks.

Results - Druridge Bay: 5-Richard Agan, 19.19; 7-Peter Grey, 19.23; 32-Lee Bowyer, 24.30; 33-Ken Hodson, 24.42; 41-Claire Miller-Grossett, 25.04; 45-Karl Baxter, 25.49; 73-Mike Henry, 29.41; 84-Mark Hume, 32.13; 102-William Fortune, 35.05.

Workington: 32-Richard Eastoe, 23.09; 38-Gay Eastoe, 24.18.

Druridge Bay Parkrun

Men: 1-Mark Snowball, (Morpeth Harriers,) 18.08; 2-Chris Beadle, (Holmfirth Harriers AC), 18.36; 3-David Cunningham, (Unattached), 19.03; 4-Brad Wake, (Unattached), 19.11; 5-Richard Agan, (Alnwick Harriers), 19.19.

Women: 1-Rachelle Falloon, (Blyth RC), 22.40; 2-Marie Drozdowicz, (Elswick Harriers), 23.13; 3-Carol Parry, (Unattached), 23.56; 4-Susan Smith, (Morpeth Harriers), 24.04; 5-Katherine Storey, (Concordia Runners), 24.57.

The second of the 2015 Alnwick Harriers Grand Prix events was held on Sunday, the ever popular Liversedge Half Marathon. The race is held in West Yorkshire and is hosted by one of the friendliest clubs out there, Roberttown Road Runners.

As in many previous years, this race was chosen as a club trip, though sadly a good number of those who had been entered by the club dropped out for a variety of reasons.

Nine Harriers did make the long journey and had a great day, with some superb performances. First Harrier home was Phil Hemsley in a superb time of 1.22.41.

Phil’s performance saw him finish in ninth place and was good enough to finish second in the male 50 category.

Next home, third in the male 50 category, was Adam Fletcher who was just over two minutes behind Phil in 23rd place.

The other prize winner for us was Lesley Miller who ran very well to finish in 1.45.25 to win the female 55 category.

Of the others there were some good performances, including Mike Telfer who ran a half-marathon pb on this difficult course.

Results: 9-Phil Hemsley, 1.22.41; 23-Adam Fletcher, 1.24.46; 56-Mike Telfer, 1.29.05; 134-Andy Squires, 1.38.35; 145-Jim Lillico, 1.39.42; 152-Micky Aiston, 1.40.38; 159-Rob Enser, 1.41.17; 201-Lesley Miller, 1.45.25; 327-John Ross, 1.56.37.