Jon sets new PB in the New York Marathon

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From the Fruit Bowl Trail Race to a marathon in the Big Apple, Alnwick Harriers enjoyed a tasty weekend of running.

Perhaps the highlight was Jon Archer’s fine run at the New York Marathon on Sunday. His impressive 3.09.01 was the fastest this year by an Alnwick Harrier over the 26.2-mile distance.

Ever-improving Jon, who earned promotion to the medium pack at the last cross-country outing at Gosforth, has been no stranger to PBs this year, and he did it once again at the weekend – knocking an incredible 18 minutes off his previous marathon time.

Closer to home, Dave Richardson posted a speedy 34.53 at the Leeds Abbey Dash. Dave just missed out on a 10k PB, but his sub-35 was still an excellent time.

Elsewhere, Stephen Cowell and Mel Steer were in action at the Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race.

Stephen finished the course – approximately seven miles – in 59.33, while Mel crossed the line in 1.05.10.

On Saturday, a large contingent of Harriers competed in parkruns.

At Druridge Bay, Paul White was first home for Alnwick, finishing third overall in 19.15, while Jason Dawson was two places behind in 19.43.

In the women’s race, Alnwick’s Carole Page had a decent battle with Tyne Bridge Harrier Catherine Eaton, with the latter taking the honours by finishing just one place and four seconds in front.

Other notable performances included a 22.50 PB for Chris Calvert and a first run out at the course for Junior (JW11-14) Chloe Givens, who finished in a very respectable 26.16.

Results – 3: Paul White 19.15; 5: Jason Dawson 19.43; 13: Phil Hall 20.22; 17: Carole Page 21.14; 18: Robert Baddely 21.16; 36: Chris Calvert 22.50; 38: Alice Tetley-Paul 22.59; 42: Neil Hamilton 23.25; 56: Beverley Blythe 24.38; 59: Justine Norman 24.51; 71: Philip Lee 25.43; 72: Maddy Hall 25.48; 77: Mark Latham 25.58; 81: Chloe Givens 26.16; 87: Emma Givens 26.31; 113 George Williams 27.57; 124 Jennifer Knight 28.30; 133 Linda Patterson 29.10; 166 Eleanor Heeley 31.45; 180 Mark Hume 33.11; 202 Rebecca Heeley 36.35.

Away from Druridge, Ross Wilson put in a decent display at the Fountains Abbey Parkrun, finishing fourth in 18.34.

Elsewhere, Kim Bronze ran 27.24 at the Sheffield Hallam Parkrun, while Kirsty Steed was delighted with her 34.40 PB at the Sedgefield equivalent.

Sticking with parkruns, Richard and Gay Eastoe ran 39.43 and 46.08 respectively at Workington, youngster Tess Hindmarsh (31.31) and David Hindmarsh (31.33) were at the Joe Creason event and Ian (26.42) and Lorna Stephenson (34.41) turned out at Gibside.

Jon Archer with his medal after setting a new PB in the New York Marathon.