A decent number of Alnwick Harriers were involved in races over the Remembrance weekend.
The biggest milestone of the weekend was ironman Andy Stephenson, bringing up the 1,000-competitive mile mark, after completing the Hardmoors 26.2 Goathland Trail Marathon, which was staged in the North York Moors.
Andy completed the race in 5.59.48. His time was particularly impressive considering he has only done 11.5 training miles since September, after turning his ankle on mile seven of a 60-mile race.
Bringing up 1,000 race miles is a huge achievement, with Andy starting the quest back in 2012 with a 60-miler. Since then, he has competed in a whole host of long-distance challenges, including multiple marathons, 30-milers on five New Years Days and even a 160-mile epic.
Reflecting on his efforts, he said: “I have so many fantastic memories of fellow runners, camaraderie, amazing marshals and mixed weather.”
Sticking with long-distances, Jocelyn Bolam won the Vet 55-60 category at the Mojacar half-marathon in Spain on Sunday. Tackling crippling 33-degree heat, she finished in a very respectable 2.17.
On Sunday, six senior Harriers were involved in Heaton Harriers’ Memorial Race (10K) at the Town Moor, Newcastle.
There were some good performances, including from Peter Grey, who won the Male Vet 60 prize, coming home in 40.37.
First home for Alnwick was Dominic Harris, who posted a very good 36:53, while Gareth Pearson dipped under the 40-minute barrier for the first time with 39.03.
Results: 39: Dominic Harris 36.53; 73: Gareth Pearson 39.03; 113: Peter Grey 40:37; 299: Juhu Joseph 49:40; 304: Philip Lee 49:47; 432: Mark Hume 1.11.15.
Some of the younger Harriers also ran at the Town Moor, with Ollie Telfer and Ben Murray-John managing a very impressive 18.21 and 18.28 respectively in the 5K, while Max Murray-John posted a good 10.55 in the 3K.
On the Junior front, a big shout out to the U15 girls who made up the Duchess’s Community High School team for the English Schools Cross-country Cup Regional Final in Middlesbrough. The team – made up entirely of Alnwick Harriers – came a very impressive fifth overall. Millie was highest placed for Alnwick in fourth place.
A decent number of Alnwick Harriers ran at various parkruns on Saturday.
At Druridge Bay, Paul White was first Alnwick Harrier for the second week running. He was sixth overall in a very decent 18.50.
There were some good performances from the female Harriers, with Carole Page once again taking the women’s crown in 21.16, while club colleague Mel Steer was third in 24.13.
Among the other highlights, Chris Calvert notched his second PB in as many weeks, clocking an ever-improving 22.22.
Results: 6 Paul White 18.50; 11 Carole Page 21.16; 13 Robert Baddeley 21.32; 14 Dominic Harris 21.33; 18 Chris Calvert 22.22; 31 Harris Hall 23.54; 35 Mel Steer 24.13; 49 Philip Lee 25.12; 51 Alex Reed 25.16; 53 Justine Norman 25.25; 86 John Ross 28.07; 93 Nell Gair 28.54; 95 David Cooper 29.03; 101 Linda Patterson 29.16; 115 George Williams 30.32; 119 Louise Syers 31.22; 120 Graham Syers 31.24; 124 Alex Knight 31.40; 144 Christine Michaelis 33.55; 164 Grazia Calvert 37.52; 167 Jennifer Knight 38.31; 182 Eleanor Heeley 44.33.
Elsewhere, Ian and Lorna Stephenson tried their hand at the Prudhoe Riverside parkrun for the first time. Ian was 32nd overall in 24.09, while Lorna crossed the line in 31.01.
At Sedgefield, Kirsty Steed posted 36.06, while at Telford, Robert Enser was 24th in 21.21.
At Workington, Richard Eastoe posted 40 minutes exactly, while Gay Eastoe clocked in at 47.48.
Alice Tetley-Paul tried the Fountains Abbey parkrun for the first time and she did well – finishing fourth female in 22.43.
Jo Powell was a debutante at the Keswick parkrun and finished in a tidy 23.09.