Harriers’ Parkrun pride

Alnwick Harriers

There were some brilliant performances at the Newcastle Parkrun on Saturday, including two top five finishes and a pb.

Bruce Crombie reversed the Simonside Cairns finishing positions by beating fellow Harrier Adam Fletcher, with the pair finishing 2nd and 5th.

Diana Weightman was a superb third female home, easily won the female 50 category and knocked more than 20 seconds off her 5k pb. A good way for the club to end 2013!

Results: 2-Bruce Crombie 17.18; 5-Adam Fletcher 17.59; 57-Diana Weightman 21.40; 175-Phil Lee 26.05.

Along the coast, Danny Richardson and Mark Jefferies battled it out at Whitley Bay.

In a good battle, both finished in the top 10, with Danny prevailing.

Results: 5-Danny Richardson 18.56; 8-Mark Jefferies 19.17.

Finally, Gay and Richard Eastoe took part in the Pica Boxing Day Run, organised by Workington-based Cumberland AC. The pair ran together as always, finishing the undulating 4.5mile race 61st and 62nd in 43.27 and 43.29.

Icy cold temperatures and a biting westerly wind greeted the runners at the Harriers Senior Christmas Handicap on Sunday, December 22.

The bitter conditions were tempered by the stunning scenery and picturesque views on the two-lap course around the Coquet Estuary and along the shoreline at Warkworth.

A great turn-out of runners, well over 20, entered the race, which is a much-improved attendance compared to recent years.

The male winner on the day and overall winner completing his two laps first was Christopher Watson, while overall fastest runner on the day was Bruce Crombie.

Winning woman was Alex Reed, while overall fastest woman on the day was Diana Weightman.

Soup and sandwiches were served at Warkworth Golf Club followed by the presentation of prizes. Thanks to Sue Bolam and Tracy Sample for organising the event.

Finally, many congratulations to our three prize-winners in the 2013 North East Hill Running Championships.

Athletes from all over the North East took part in seven counting races throughout the course of the year, with the best Harriers performance coming courtesy of Bruce Crombie, who was an amazing third overall and second in the male 40 category.

Despite living in Boston, USA for the majority of the year, Bridget Peberdy scooped the female 50 category win, while John Cockburn snaffled the male 60 category gong.