Harriers swoop on countrywide races

Last weekend was once again a busy one with Alnwick Harriers members taking part in events far and wide.

The highlight was on Sunday when Phil Hemsley put in the performance of the weekend in the notoriously tough Kielder Marathon, finishing 14th overall in a superb time of 3.06.49. Cris Atwell also took part, finishing 326th in 4.02.28.

Also that day two Harriers took part in the Berwick Harriers-organised Rod Rutherford Memorial 10k.

No official results have been released as yet but Bruce Crombie performed well in his first race as a Veteran, finishing second overall and winning the male 40 category, behind the easy winner, Ian Harding of Morpeth Harriers. Kim Bronze also took part for the club.

Finally that day, Claire Spencer travelled over the border to run in the BUPA Great Edinburgh 10k. Claire finished 2,346th in this very popular event in 56.59.

Four Harriers took part in the Newcastle Parkrun on Saturday, October 6, including Peter Grey, who once again won the male 55 age category.

There was also a tight finish between Phil Baston and Phil Lee. A record 376 people took part in the event.

Results: 12-Peter Grey 18.35; 131-Phil Baston 23.16; 139-Phil Lee 23.28; 191-Charlotte Baston 25.05.

Meanwhile, Caroline Findlay took part in the first ever Rushcliffe Parkrun, near Nottingham. Caroline finished 38th of the 127 finishers and was third female in a time of 23.29.

Over in the Lake District, David Nolan and David Coates were competing in the Lakeland Trails Coniston Trail Race.

The race comprises of about 1,200 feet of climbing, with some exhilarating rocky downhill sections, and took place in lovely autumnal weather.

Nolan finished 92nd in 1.19.39 while Coates finished this testing 15k course in 194th in 1.31.27.

Bruce Crombie was second in the Rod Rutherford race mentioned previously in 37.31, while Kim Bronze was 18th in 50.11.