Harriers set personal best times in the GNR

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There was the usual great turn out of Alnwick Harriers at the Great North Run on Sunday, where Jo Gascoigne-Owens was the star once again!

Jo knocked two minutes off her 2014 time and clocked a brilliant 1.20.45, easily the quickest half marathon of the year by a female Harrier. She was 17th female overall and third in the female 35 category.

Elsewhere, there were lots of good runs and plenty of pbs. Dean Stackhouse was the club’s first male in a shade over 1 hour 30, whilst Graham Syers was just under two minutes behind him. John Cuthbert smashed his previous 13.1 mile best with 1.39.09, whilst Suzie Barwise-Munro and Lisa Athey finished within a second of each other just under 1 hour 45.

Results: Jo Gascoigne-Owens 1.20.45; Dean Stackhouse 1.30.16; Graham Syers 1.31.58; John Cuthbert 1.39.09; Suzie Barwise-Munro 1.44.40; Lisa Athey 1.44.41; Lisa Baston 1.48.27; Steve Studley 1.53.48; John Robson 1.56.07; Shelley Coates 1.57.41; Christine McAllister 1.59.33; Keith Shotton 2.00.30; David Hindmarsh 2.00.42;

Rebecca Taylor 2.00.46; Mairi Campbell 2.01.13; Laura McLean (Jr) 2.04.28; John Ross 2.07.39; Peter Lindley 2.10.29; Phil Lee 2.21.32; Jayne McKenna 2.27.40; Jocelyn Bolam 2.32.22; Nell Gair 2.42.42.

The day before there were some excellent runs at the Druridge Bay Parkrun, including wins for Steve Carragher and Carole Page!

Steve was a clear winner of the race clocking 18.28, whilst Carole was first female home once again in a very consistent 21.23. David Hindmarsh was a very good fifth finisher and first in the male 50 category, whilst there was also success for the female 45 winner Jackie Prouse!

Results: 1-Steve Carragher 18.28 (75.63%); 5-David Hindmarsh 20.32 (74.19%); 10-Carole Page 21.23; 15-Graham Skirrow 22.04; 32-Jackie Prouse 24.02 (66.71%); 43-Kim Bronze 25.07; 66-John Ross 27.55 (56.96%); 83-Catherine Jackson 30.18; 112-Jayne McKenna 36.38.

Down at Eastbourne Mel Steer was winner of the female 45 category in 23.47, whilst there were Harriers competing at Cambridge, Durham and Workington.

Results Eastbourne: 37-Mel Steer 23.47. Cambridge: 96-Robert Stephenson 24.19 338-Lorna Stephenson 40.01. Durham: 310-Kirsty Steed 51.39. Workington: 53-Richard Eastoe 25.11; 62-Gay Eastoe 26.17.

* The 2016 Alnwick Harriers AGM will be on Wednesday, October 12 at Alnwick Rugby Club. It will kick off at 8pm, meaning that training will start at 6.30pm.

There will be the usual presentation of the prestigious gold, silver and bronze awards as well as election of new committee members