THIRTEEN Alnwick Harriers made the annual pilgrimage to West Yorkshire to take part in the Liversedge Half Marathon on Sunday, February 12.
Held in cool, but wind-free conditions there were some great Harrier performances on the testing course which takes in places such as Cleckheaton and Brighouse. The first Harrier to finish was Mike Telfer, clocking a personal best of 1.29.31 in the process, finishing 46th of the 467 finishers.
Second, just missing out on a pb but improving on his 2011 time in the same race by almost 10 minutes, was Mark Doctor. Then came the first female Harrier, Vee Pollock, making her half-marathon debut, in an impressive 1.39.49.
A special mention must also go to Bridget Peberdy who was taking part in the race despite doing a 30-mile training run the day before, as she prepares for the Highland Fling 53-mile race at the end of April. Also to John Ross who was running his 151st half marathon.
Full Harrier results: 46 Mike Telfer 1.29.31; 108 Mark Doctor 1.36.29; 131 Vee Pollock 1.39.49; 151 Mike Henry 1.41.12; 175 Charlie Gillon 1.44.06; 177 Lisa Sutton 1.44.08; 248 John Ross 1.49.45; 291 Mel Steer 1.54.22; 311 Bridget Peberdy 1.56.10; 313 Helen Patterson 1.56.18; 322 Mairi Campbell 1.56.57; 356 Phil Lee 2.00.31; 360 Anne Allan 2.01.23.
Dave Kirkland has a healthy lead in the Grand Prix due to his recent performance in Italy, however Mike Henry, Mike Telfer and Vee Pollock are breathing down his neck.
The next Grand Prix event is the Newcastle Parkrun on Saturday, March 17. Sign up at www.parkrun.com
Four female Harriers braved the freezing conditions at the North East Harrier League cross-country fixture at Wrekenton, on Saturday, February 11, posting some impressive times, particularly Sam Embleton who finished 12th overall. The ladies move up to 7th of the 21 teams in Division 2.
Harrier results: 12 Sam Embleton (S) 28.18; 81 Jackie Moscrop (S) 31.41; 85 Mary Plumley (S) 31.59; 90 Tina Murton (S) 32.17; Bruce Crombie finished 28th in the men’s race, running himself into the medium pack for the remaining races this season.
There were also good performances from the other Harriers taking part, but this could not prevent the men’s team from dropping to the bottom of Division One, with two fixtures remaining.
Harrier results: 28 Bruce Crombie (S) 36.27; 99 Richard Agan (M) 38.36; 100 David Lowe (S) 38.37; 136 Adam Spiller (S) 39.33; 212 David Hindmarsh (S) 42.26; 278 Jonathan Kay (S) 45.39; 283 Cris Atwell (S) 46.02.
There was a very encouraging performance from the boys’ under-15 team, who finished second behind Morpeth Harriers and ahead of Tynedale and Sunderland Harriers.
Harrier results: 5 Isaac Moss (F) 12.41; 11 Daniel Leng (F) 12.52; 12 Adam Weightman (F) 12.53.
Meanwhile, the boys’ under-13 team also saw some great performances particularly from Jack Robson who finished 2nd and 6th place Daniel Fletcher.
The team finished third overall ahead of Morpeth Harriers.
Results: 2 Jack Robson (S) 12.12; 6 Daniel Fletcher (S) 13.00; 29 Josh Turnbull (S) 14.19; 39 George Lindley (S) 14.57; 40 Alfie Murton (F) 15.00; 43 Sam Thompson (F) 15.19.
Meanwhile, two Juniors took part in the girls under 15s’ race.
Results: 8 Rosie Murton (F) 14.24; 16 Charlotte Baston (S) 15.35.
Earlier that day, two Harriers competed in their first 5k Newcastle Parkruns. Cris Atwell, warming up for the cross country later in the day, finished 68th of the 224 runners in 21.58 finishing 2nd in the male 50 category, while Diana Weightman came home in 97th in 23.34 winnng the female 45 category.