Harriers pound the streets of London

Alnwick Harriers  Juniors who travelled to Gateshead this Sunday for the Young Athletes meeting.
Alnwick Harriers Juniors who travelled to Gateshead this Sunday for the Young Athletes meeting.

Alnwick Harriers

Two Harriers took part in the London Marathon, held in glorious conditions.

Charlie Gillon and Andy Squires have both suffered from major injury issues in the last year, so the club was pleased that both made the start line.

Charlie ran very well, finishing the race in 3.39.52, while Andy finished in 4.21.07.

A special mention also to our second-claim runner Pauline Aitchison who was running for Wooler RC. Pauline smashed her marathon pb by five minutes finishing in 3.15.48.

Earlier in the day, Adam Weightman took part in the three-mile Mini London Marathon. Adam performed very well, finishing in 15.43.

Also that day, four Harriers took part in the latest of our 2013 Grand Prix events, the Terry O’Gara Memorial 5k, hosted by Wallsend Harriers.

Of the four, Peter Grey was first to finish, while there were big pbs from Phil Baston and Lisa Williams. It was also nice to see John Ross back in action after a recent spell out injured.

Results: 56-Peter Grey 18.48; 118-Phil Baston 21.03; 148-Lisa Williams 22.42; 162-John Ross 24.15.

The day before, four Harriers were in Parkrun action in Newcastle. The highlight was Charlotte Baston’s 23 minutes dead, which knocked a whole 30 seconds off her previous best on the course. There were also Parkrun pbs for Diana Weightman and Jane Hately.

Results: 135-Charlotte Baston 23.00; 137-Phil Baston 23.03; 156-Diana Weightman 23.23; 238-Jane Hately 25.19.

After four of the 14 events, the 2013 Grand Prix standings sees a new leader in Dave Hindmarsh, who has a decent lead over second-place Sue Bolam as he’s taken part in five counting events (three named races, marathon and Parkrun). Fresh from her 5k pb, Lisa Williams is up to third just in front of Cris Atwell. Peter Grey is fifth while in-form Bruce Crombie is sixth.

Four events in and a superb 51 Harriers are off and running in the race for Grand Prix glory.

Five juniors travelled to Gateshead this Sunday for the Young Athletes meeting.

Athletes from school years three to six compete in four events during the course of the morning.

They are required to participate in a sprint, middle-distance race, a throwing event and the long jump.

Points are awarded based on their performances in each discipline and medals are awarded to boys and girls in each event and overall for the whole morning.

There was a huge turn-out of athletes from across the North East for the first of this five meeting series.

Competition was fierce across all the age groups. However, they all tried exceptionally hard and achieved some good results. Oliver Telfer performed well in the long jump to win a silver medal in the Year Five category. His brother Finlay, in his debut Harriers competition, managed an equally-impressive bronze medal in the Year Three howler throw.

Max Breese finished just outside the medals in his category, with an impressive 23m howler throw.

On the track, Millie Breese won her heat to qualify for the Year Three sprint final, in which she finished an impressive fourth despite a huge height disadvantage over the other finalists. Luke Ingram also ran well at his first track meeting and was seen smiling at every event.

Wooler Running Club

Four members of Wooler Running Club travelled south to participate in the London Marathon.

Pauline Aitchison was first home for the club with a fantastic five-minute pb, finishing in 3.15.48 in her eighth London Marathon.

Shi Shi Ord, running in her first, also managed a hard-earned personal best, with a time of 3.36.48.

Simon Curry completed his first marathon in a very respectable 3.55.00. Nick Johnson finished in 3:55:11, pushing hard to get through a big wall at mile 23.

The club is looking forward to seeing what the rest of the year will bring for all other members who are starting their own marathon training – good luck to all of you.