Harriers start league campaign

THE first fixture of the Start Fitness North East Harrier League 2011/12 was hosted by Blyth Harriers, at East Cramlington Nature Reserve, at the weekend.

Saturday afternoon presented good weather and the perfect ground surface made comfortable conditions for the runners.

The senior men’s route consisted of three laps of the nature reserve.

First Alnwick Harrier to complete the distance was Geoff Campbell, who had a great run in 36:21, 13th overall and moving into the medium pack for the next meeting, followed by Ian Simon in 37:21, also moving up to the medium pack, and third was Dave Lowe in 39:15.

Of the other club counters, fourth for Alnwick was Danny Richardson in 40:01, closely followed by Dave Hindmarsh 40:02 and Graham Syers running from the medium pack in 41:22.

Alnwick took 10th position in their division.

The senior ladies team raced over two laps, with Sarah Syers finishing 17th overall in a time of 36.21, followed by Anne Allan in 32:30 and Mary Plumley in 33:43. Alnwick ladies team took seventh position overall on the day in their division.

Next fixtures: Sherman Cup, South Shields, on Saturday, then Farringdon, Sunderland on Saturday, October 29.

Full Alnwick results:

Senior Men: G Campbell 36:21 (S), I Simon 37:21 (S), D Lowe 39:15 (S), D Richardson 40:01 (S), D Hindmarsh 40:02 (S), G Syers 41:22 (M), S Carter 41:41 (S), Graham Skirrow 44:38 (S) V, C Atwell 46:31 (S) V, P Lee 48:26 (S) V, Mark Hume 63:04 (S) V.

Senior Women: S Syers 29:04 (S), A Allan 32:30 (S), M Plumley 33:43 (S), R Doctor 34:10 (S), S Skirrow 35:00 (S).

l THE junior Alnwick Harriers’ cross-country season got off to a flying start at the first North Eastern Harrier League fixture at East Cramlington Nature Reserve last Saturday.

Firm conditions underfoot made for some quick times around the undulating 3.2K course.

The U13 Boys fielded a strong team on their debut and sped to second in the league table.

Ben Kelly led the team home to finish fourth. Sam Thompson was second counter, followed by Alfie Murton, with support from Joseph Dobbins, Elliot Campbell and Matthew Campbell.

Disappointingly, the U13 girls were unable to field a full team, but Amy Thorne ran a fantastic lap on her cross-country debut to finish fifth girl.

The more experienced U15 boys’ team took a well-deserved victory, led home by Adam Weightman in fifth place, backed up by stalwart Adam Shafiq in 11th place and Peter Skirrow in 18th.

Once again, Alnwick were unable to field a complete U15 girls’ team, but Rosie Murton had a superb race, with team-mate Suzie Barwise-Munro hot on her heels to take Alnwick’s only medal of the day when she finished third.

On the final race of the day, U17 Molly Murton was Alnwick’s sole representative, but ran strongly to finish sixth.

Alnwick’s next cross-country fixture is on Saturday, at Temple Park.

All standards are welcome to join Alnwick Harriers. The junior section meets 6pm at Lindisfarne Sports Centre on Thursdays for sprints, throws and jumps training and 4.15-5.15pm at the Duchess’s High School on Fridays for high-jump training. The Tuesday endurance training is over-subscribed. www.alnwickharriers.co.uk