Juniors shine in Show fell race

Lauren Brown, Ollie Telfer and Finlay Telfer.
Lauren Brown, Ollie Telfer and Finlay Telfer.

Alnwick Harriers

The Telfer family managed to persuade one more Harrier to join them on their annual pilgrimage to the Upper Redesdale Show at Rochester on Saturday.

Ben Kelly.

Ben Kelly.

It was a worthwhile journey for Lauren Brown, nine, who comfortably won the U13s’ fell race over the tough, hilly one-mile course.

Finishing not too far behind her was Finlay Telfer, nine, who ran a steady, well-paced race to win the boys’ category.

Ollie Telfer fancied his chances in the longer, even hillier race so moved up an age category and finished first in the Youth (U16) race.

This race was a shortened version of the Seniors course, but with a tough one-mile climb followed by a tougher descent, it proved testing for all the competitors.

Rosie Murton

Rosie Murton

Mike Telfer didn’t quite match the excellent achievement of the juniors, but managed second place in the senior race.

However, the most credit has to be given to the race winner Kenny Whiteford, from Peebles, who cycled home after the prize-giving.

The Rochester Show is an excellent village show that has maintained its traditions and is great fun. Hopefully we can encourage a few more competitors to participate next year.

Nine Harriers lined up for the start of the Druridge Bay parkrun on Saturday, where our first male and female finishers were from our Junior section.

Ruth Doctor gets a kiss from members of her family at Berlin.

Ruth Doctor gets a kiss from members of her family at Berlin.

Ben Kelly, 14, was first Harrier to finish and was fourth overall of the 98 finishers in a brilliant 18.59.

Next home was another of our Juniors in Rosie Murton. Rosie was first female finisher following in the footsteps of our other Druridge Bay winners Sarah Gray and Claire Miller-Grossett. Well done to both Ben and Rosie.

Among the slightly older Harriers taking part, it was great to see one of the Druridge Bay parkrun founders, Jackie Prouse, taking part. Jackie performed well, finishing third overall female, setting a new female 40 course record in the process. Conrad Stewart set a new 5k pb, youngster Joseph Godden put in a good performance and Mark Hume was first in the male 65 age group.

It was great to see Phil Baston take part, in what will be one of his final races for us before his move to Elswick Harriers.

Alnwick Harriers results: 4-Ben Kelly 18.59; 15-Rosie Murton 20.29; 20-Dave Hindmarsh 21.27; 22-Jackie Prouse 21.39; 27-Conrad Stewart 22.12; 33-Phil Baston 23.17; 36-Joseph Godden 23.33; 75-Mark Hume 30.21; 90-Alex Reed 34.38.

Overall results: Men: 1-Phil Walker (Morpeth Harriers) 17.37; 2-Jake Jansen (Blyth RC) 18.10; 3-Jon French (Blyth RC) 18.30; 4-Ben Kelly (Alnwick Harriers) 18.59; 5-Andy Flanighan (Unattached) 19.16. Women: 1-Rosie Murton (Alnwick Harriers) 20.29; 2-Katherine Davis (North Shields Poly) 20.58; 3-Jackie Prouse (Alnwick Harriers) 21.39; 4-Leanne Herron (Blyth Rc) 22.01; 5-Charlotte Baston (Unattached) 22.30.

Elsewhere that morning, the fast-improving Micky Aiston knocked a whopping 30 seconds off his previous parkrun best at the Riverside parkrun at Chester-le-Street. Micky finished this 5k, supposedly the fastest parkrun in the North East, in an excellent 20.27 to finish 19th of 168 runners.

Stuart Carter was a good eighth at the St Helens parkrun on Merseyside. Club treasurer Stu clocked 20.58 on quite a tricky parkrun course in his hometown.

Finally at Workington, Gay and Richard Eastoe were both age-category winners once again. Richard was first male 60 in 24.26 finishing 25th, while Gay was first female 60 in 25.00 coming 28th.

The following day, Ruth Doctor made her marathon debut in the Berlin Marathon. Ruth’s training had been going well until an injury in mid-summer meant that she missed a whole six weeks of training.

Before the start of the race Ruth wasn’t expecting much, but was overjoyed with her 4.23.17. During the race Ruth ran extremely consistent 5k splits, until the final 5k when she threw caution to the wind and clocked her fastest split.

She overtook scores of runners in the final sprint through the Brandenburg Gate, ensuring that her second 13.1-miles was more than three minutes quicker than her first. No doubt Ruth will be doing more marathons in the future.

Also that day, in the slightly lower-key Haltwhistle Half Marathon, John Ross clocked up yet another race. John has been prolific of late and finished this race 120th of nearly 200 runners in 1.59.51.