ALNWICK Harriers staged their annual event, The Les Allcorn 10k, last Tuesday evening in Hulne Park.
On a perfect evening the challenging course, starting from Monks Bridge with a 3km climb through the forest onto a downhill stretch taking the runners to the mid-point water station then following the river and ending at what remains of Alnwick Abbey, attracted over 100 entries.
In an outstanding time of 32m 18s, well over three minutes ahead of second place, the overall winner was Morpeth Harrier Ian Harding and first female to complete the distance for the second year running was Joanne Lee of Tynedale Harriers in a time of 39:30.
First home for Alnwick Harriers was Mark Miller, who, through true grit and determination, ran the distance in a good time of 39:17 and ninth position overall just one place ahead of his teammate Adam Spiller and 12seconds in front in a closely-fought contest throughout. Third to complete the course was Jim Lillico, winner of the V50 category in 40:26 and 13th place overall. Fourth was Graham Bell, returning to form in 42:12. First Alnwick female was Sarah Syers, who smashed her pb for this course in 44:31, followed by Lesley Miller in 44:53 and third home for her club was Maureen Bartrum in 51:36.
The overall male team prize was won by North Shields Poly, with Alnwick Harriers coming second. The ladies team prize went to Morpeth Harriers.
Full Alnwick 10k results: M Miller 39:17, A Spiller 39:29, J Lillico 40:26, G Bell 42:12, S Morris 42:43, N Gillingham 44:22, S Syers 44:31, M Telfer 44:50, L Miller 44:53, D Nolan 45:09, J Kaye 46:27, A Budd 48:11, D Coates 49:32, D Bartrum 49:36, K Bronze 49:47, M Bartrum 51:36, A Cook 52:22, C Gilligham 56:10, C Megson 59:00.
l In the Les Allcorn 3k Junior Fun Run at the same event, for the third year running, Morpeth Harriers’ U15 Philip Winkler led the 87-strong field home, in a time of 11m 39s, with Alnwick’s 13-year-old Adam Weightman hot on his heels, finishing four seconds later, team-mate Adam Shafiq came in third. Finishing in fifth place, Alnwick’s Bobby Hardy took the prize for first U17 male.
Peter Skirrow and Ben Kelly both of Alnwick won the U13 and U11 categories respectively. Unattached Daniel Dixon won the U9 category.
First girl home was Morpeth’s U15 Alison Brown, in a time of 13 minutes exactly. Second girl and first for Alnwick, was U17 Molly Murton, closely followed by sister U15 Rosie in third place. Alnwick Harriers U13 Amy Thorne and U11 Larissa Brown won their age categories and the U9 category was won by unattached Freya Moss.
Prize presentations: U9 Girls: 1 0:22:58 Moss, Freya (Unatt). U9 Boys: 1 0:16:20 Dixon, Daniel (Unatt); 2 0:16:33 McMeeking, Joshua (Aln); 3 0:16:37 Gillingham, Benji (Aln). U11 Girls: 1 0:16:29 Brown, Larissa (Aln); 2 0:16:30 Lewington, Abbie (Aln); 3 0:17:20 Brewis, Louise (Unatt). U11 Boys: 1 0:13:30 Kelly, Ben (Aln); 2 0:14:48 Davison, Harry (Aln); 3 0:14:51 Gillingham, Oliver (Aln). U13 Girls: 1 0:14:41 Thorne, Amy (Aln); 2 0:14:43 Steele, Sophie (Aln); 3 0:15:13 Young, Annabel (Aln). U13 Boys: 1 0:13:06 Skirrow, Peter (Aln); 2 0:13:10 Rae, Owen (Ber); 3 0:13:12 Turner, Patrick. U15 Girls: 1 0:13:00 Brown, Alison (Morp); 2 0:13:20 Murton, Rosie (Aln); 3 0:13:45 Wilkes, Sarah (Morp). U15 Boys: 1 0:11:39 Winkler, Philip (Morp); 2 0:11:43 Weightman, Adam; 3 0:12:17 Shafiq, Adam (Aln). U17 Women: 1 0:13:16 Murton, Molly (Aln); 2 0:15:04 Bagley, Jess (Ber). U17 Men: 1 0:12:33 Hardy, Bobby (Aln); 2 0:13:15 Storey, Jake (Aln); 3 0:13:39 Mallen, Joseph (Aln).