A group of 12 Alnwick Harriers lined up at the start of the Tyne Bridge Harriers organised Bridges of the Tyne 5 Mile Road Race last Tuesday, all eager to gain valuable Grand Prix points.
This is a fast, yet in parts twisty course, along the Newcastle side of the Tyne which saw some excellent times by Harriers as well as an age category win. The race also witnessed yet another close battle between a handful of Harriers.
In a reversal of the recent placings at the Bamburgh 10k first across the line was fast improving Dominic Harris, clocking 33.06. He was the first of a gaggle of Harriers who had been battling it out throughout the race, and pipped Dave Hindmarsh, Gary Cowell, Mark Douglas and Andy Squires to be top dog on the night. For the men it was great to see Dave Bartrum racing again, just days after completing the 20-mile Chevy Chase. Some folk will do anything for Grand Prix points!
So far this year Lesley Miller has been the winner of numerous age category wins and has a huge lead at the top of the Grand Prix standings.
This race was no different as Lesley won the female 55 prize in what was a very competitive field! The other two female Harriers were also engaged in a decent battle throughout with Ruth Doctor bettering her previous showing in this race by over 2 and a half minutes, to pip Claire Miller-Grossett.
Results: 92-Dominic Harris 33.06, 94-Dave Hindmarsh 33.14, 97-Gary Cowell 33.20, 105-Maark Douglas 33.37, 117-Andy Squires 34.02, 130-Mark Doctor 34.34, 175-Lesley Miller 36.42, 208-Dave Bartrum 37.34, 254-Ruth Doctor 39.35, 264-Claire Miller-Grossett 39.51, 291-John Ross 42.13, 352-Tim Shepherd 48.06.
Also that night Gay and Richard Eastoe took part in the first of their midweek races, the Lambfoot Loop 10k, organised by Cockermouth club Derwent AC. The pair ran together and clocked 59.30 and 59.31 with Gay just ahead of Richard.
The following night they took part in another hilly 10k, this time the Endmoor 10k. Gay was 1st in the female 60 category and finished in 1.00.13, again 1 second ahead of husband Richard!
A total of 13 Harriers (pictured) were amongst 48 runners who lined up for the Beacon Hill Fell Race at Rothbury on the evening of Thursday, July 9.
Perfect weather and largely dry underfoot conditions were in store for the Grand Prix points chasing Harriers who took off from Lordenshaws car park to tackle the 6.3 mile (ish) race which takes in the summit of Simonside. For some it was a brilliant and unforgettable first experience of fell racing, whilst for others it was an horrendous experience which they’ll wish to forget.
First of the Harriers to cross the line was the Harrier with most fell running experience, Andy Squires. Andy was 17th to complete the course and won the male 50 age prize in the process.
Next up was another with some fell experience, Mark Doctor, whilst recent Chevy Chase runner Dave Bartrum was not far behind. The ever enthusiastic Dominic Harris was next home, followed be Lesley Miller who for the 2nd time in a week won an age category prize!
Dave Hindmarsh, by his own admission not really built for the fells, was next and was followed closely by Kim Bronze, Pauline Aitchison and Maureen Bartrum. Gary Cowell was unfortunately injured during the race and bravely limped across the line, whilst Tim Shepherd was all smiles as he finished.
The final two Harriers were Shelley Coates, who took a unique line off the top of Beacon Hill back to the finish, and John Ross. Many thanks to Northumberland Fell Runners for putting on this splendid event and to their very patient marshals!
Results: 17-Andy Squires 1.05.55, 25-Mark Doctor 1.11.15, 26-Dave Bartrum 1.12.30, 27-Dominic Harris 1.13.05, 33-Lesley Miller 1.18.15, 39-Dave Hindmarsh 1.23.18, 40-Kim Bronze 1.28.52, 41-Pauline Aitchison 1.29.10, 42-Maureen Bartrum 1.29.21, 43-Gary Cowell 1.31.59, 44-Tim Shapherd 1.37.02, 45-Shelley Coates 1.52.54, 46-John Ross 1.56.03
On Saturday 11th July a decent number of Harriers descended on Druridge Bay for the weekly 5k parkrun, held in excellent weather conditions.
There were a trio of age category wins thanks to Peter Grey (male 55), Pam Wheldon (female 60) and Mark HUME (male 70). Over at Workington Gay and Richard Eastoe were also age category winners in the aged 60 categories.
Results: Druridge Bay: 4-Peter Grey 19.26, 37-David Barnes 23.57, 39-Eddie Longstaff 24.01, 73-Pam Wheldon 27.35, 82-Dave Hindmarsh 28.48, 103-Ed Wheldon 31.41, 110-Mark Doctor 33.07, 112-Mark Hume 33.10, 134-Ella Brown 40.36
Workington: 34-Richard Eastoe 24.19, 40-Gay Eastoe 25.33
323-Kirsty Steed 39.20.
l Alnwick Harriers are hosting their extremely popular Northumberland Coastal Run on Sunday 19th July.
The annual 14 mile race from Beadnell to Alnmouth, which sold out in record time back in January, starts at 10.30 on the beach at Beadnell and is once again proudly sponsored by Eclipse Translations.
Runners are reminded that registration and number collection is available on Saturday between 12.30 and 14.00 hours at Willowburn Sports Centre, Alnwick and from 8.00 on race day at Beadnell Boathouse.
Please can runners arrive in plenty of time at Beadnell for the start of the race.
All details regarding the race including bus, presentation and car parking arrangements can be found at www.alnwickharriers.co.uk.