A excellent number of Harriers took part in the latest of the 2015 Grand Prix races on Sunday, June 14, the Run Northumberland organised Bamburgh 10k.
There were some excellent performances with numerous pbs and a plethora of age-category wins.
The course is fairly flat with a very fast downhill start, meaning some very fast first miles.
Conditions were generally good, though a headwind slowed the runners somewhat in the last two miles.
First across the line was Harriers legend Peter Grey, in 39.25. Peter has not raced much beyond 5k and will no doubt be ecstatic with this performance, which was good enough to scoop male 55 honours.
Next to finish, in one of a number of personal best 10k times, was new member Allan Smith.
Allan took part in his first race in Alnwick colours at the Edinburgh Marathon two weeks ago and was presumably not feeling any effects, clocking 40.18.
Dean Stackhouse was next home, also in a pb of 41.09, just beating Jim Lillico, who returned to form with a decent performance.
Andy Squires ran his fastest 10k for a number of years to just hold off Dave Hindmarsh and Dominic Harris, though the latter ran a huge 10k pb.
Also for the men, Paul Godden and Dave Bartrum ran pbs, while Mark Hume was also an age-category winner in the male 70 category!
For the women, there was double age-category success courtesy of Lesley Miller and Diana Weightman. Lesley was Alnwick’s first female to finish, winning the female 55 category in an excellent 44.46.
Diana was just a few seconds behind, with her 44.52 winning the female 50 category. Lisa Baston was third female Harrier to finish, clocking a pb in the process.
A record turn-out of almost 500 runners competed in the Bamburgh. Tyne Bridge Harrier Tom Charlton won the race in 33mins 30secs, just outside the course record of 33:00.
The ladies were led home by Georgia Campbell of South Shields Harriers in 39:47. Campbell was also just outside the ladies’ course record of 39:18 set by Jane Hodgson of Morpeth last year.
Team awards went to Tyne Bridge Harriers and South Shields Harriers. Both clubs were well represented along with runners from 34 other clubs travelling from as far as Wimbledon in the south and Perth in Scotland.
Alnwick results: 27-Peter Grey 39.25; 33-Allan Smith 40.18; 41-Dean Stackhouse 41.09; 42-Jim Lillico 41.12; 46-Andy Squires 41.32; 48-Dave Hindmarsh 41.40; 50-Dominic Harris 41.46; 69-Mark Douglas 43.07; 73-Mark Doctor 43.29; 79-Paul Godden 43.52; 87-Graham Crow 43.57; 97-Lesley Miller 44.46; 99-Diana Weightman 44.52; 134-Lisa Baston 46.46; 143-Dave Bartrum 47.04; 163-Pauline Aitchison 47.57; 174-Maureen Bartrum 48.25; 196-Sarah Cross 49.33; 244-Kim Bronze 53.16; 262-Shelley Coates 54.11; 342-Paul Dellbridge 59.02; 388-Mark Hume 1.03.26.
The day before, there was Harriers success at the Fell Foot Parkrun in Cumbria, courtesy of Jo Gascoigne-Owens. Jo was first female to finish this undulating, multi-surface 5k near Windermere in 19.05. Husband Stuart Morris also took part and was 13th finisher in 20.27.
Closer to home, Gary Cowell was first Harrier to finish the Druridge Bay Parkrun in 20.14, a season’s best. Angie Embleton, in her first-ever parkrun, was an excellent third female finisher in 22.41.
There was age-category success once again for Mark Hume in the male 70 group, while there were Harriers debuts for Philip and Sarah Morey. There was also age-category success over at Workington for Gay Eastoe, as seems to be the case every week!
Results – Fell Foot: 9-Jo Gascoigne-Owens 19.05; 13-Stuart Morris 20.27.
Druridge Bay: 10-Gary Cowell 20.14; 40-Angie Embleton 22.41; 51-Claire Miller-Grossett 24.42; 55-Philip Morey 25.02; 83-Lynne Buddle 28.40; 87-Cameron Syers 29.08; 94-Sarah Syers 29.46; 109-Mark Hume 31.39; 112-Sarah Morey 31.53; 123-Lorna Stephenson 34.51;
Workington: 34-Gay Eastoe 25.15; 35-Richard Eastoe 25.16.