Seven Harriers took part in a very cold and, at times, slippy Brass Monkey Half-Marathon at York on Sunday.
On the fast and flat course well known for its incredibly quick times, the first Harrier across the line at York Racecourse was Jo Gascoigne-Owens.
Jo was a brilliant fourth female finisher in this classy field and her time of 1.19.58 was a half-marathon pb and a new female half-marathon club record. The only other female Harrier to take part was Ruth Doctor, a regular in the race.
Ruth also ran very well, knocking more than three minutes off her previous 13.1-mile best, to clock 1.50.48.
For the chaps, Mr Most-Improved Male 2014 Stuart Morris wasn’t able to improve on his quickest half-marathon, but still performed well nonetheless. He was 40 seconds ahead of half-marathon debutant Jock Bolam, running a very pleasing 1.33.59.
Slightly further back was Dave Hindmarsh, who, at times, struggled to cope with the treacherous conditions. Indeed, he resembled a giraffe at an ice skating rink on occasions. Despite this, he was still able to pip fellow Harrier Mark Doctor by one second.
Last, but no means least, in his 847th half-marathon (slight exaggeration ) was John Ross.
Results: 65-Jo Gascoigne-Owens 1.19.58; 363-Stuart Morris 1.33.19; 384-Jock Bolam 1.33.59; 437-Dave Hindmarsh 1.36.10; 444-Mark Doctor 1.36.11; 915-Ruth Doctor 1.50.48; 1165-John Ross 2.01.11.
The day before, a great number of Harriers took advantage of still and chilly conditions to post good times at the Druridge Bay Parkrun.
It was double glory for Alnwick as Adam Fletcher and Jackie Prouse were first male and female finishers.
Adam clocked an impressive 18.16, which smashed the male-50 course record, previously held by fellow Harrier Phil Hemsley.
For Jackie, this was the third time she’d finished first at Druridge Bay, the second time in 2015.
There were also age-category wins for Mike Telfer (male 40) and Peter Grey (male 55), while there were also course records for Richard Agan and Karl Baxter.
Results: 1-Adam Fletcher 18.16; 4-Mike Telfer 19.27; 7-Peter Grey 19.38; 8-Richard Agan 19.54; 9-Graham Crow 20.18; 10-Mark Douglas 20.27; 17-Jackie Prouse 22.14; 25-Andy Squires 23.10; 35-Amy Thorne 24.55; 40-John Ross 25.15; 42-Ken Hodson 25.29; 49-Karl Baxter 26.17; 65-Ella Hemsley 27.25; 81-Jayne Hately 29.55.
Over at Workington, Gay and Richard Eastoe were also in action, with both winning the age 60 categories once again.
Results: 18-Richard Eastoe 23.09; 26-Gay Eastoe 25.11.
Druridge Bay Parkrun.
Men: 1-Adam Fletcher (Alnwick Harriers) 18.16; 2-Craig Batson (Unattached) 18.57; 3-Adam Shewry (Morpeth Harriers) 19.07; 4-Mike Telfer (Alnwick Harriers) 19.27; 5-David Stainthorpe (North Shields Poly) 19.31.
Women: 1-Jackie Prouse (Alnwick Harriers) 22.14; 2-Rachelle Faloon (Blyth RC) 22.19; 3-Susan Browning (Blyth RC) 23.57; 4-Sarah Wilkes (Morpeth Harriers) 24.29; 5-Catherine Woods (Unattached) 24.41.