There were some excellent performances from Alnwick Harriers at the weekend, with a number of victories and personal bests along the way.
On Saturday, Steve Carragher won the Druridge Bay parkrun in 17.57, finishing more than 20 seconds ahead of the rest of the field.
Meanwhile, Junior Harrier Millie Breese put in an excellent performance to be first woman home, finishing 12th overall in 19.49.
In what was a good morning for the club, Senior runners Paul White and Adam Fletcher and Junior members Joseph Godden and Junior Max Murray-John all finished in the top 10, with Godden grabbing a 19.30 PB in the process.
Sticking with PBs, Lisa Baston (third woman overall) finished in 21.51, Christopher Atwell clocked 23.29 and Junior Eleanor Heeley crossed the line in 24.59.
Results: 1: Steve Carragher 17.57; 3: Paul White 18.23; 5: Adam Fletcher 19.02; 8: Joseph Godden 19.30; 9: Max Murray-John 19.37; 12: Millie Breese 19.49; 13: Peter Grey 20.18; 26: Lisa Baston 21.51; 27: Andrew Wilde 22.00; 28: David Barnes 22.04; 32: Jo Powell 22.51; 33: Neil Hamilton 22.56; 39: Christopher Atwell 23.29; 43: Mel Steer 23.45; 56: Philip Lee 24.49; 57: Eleanor Heeley 24.59; 75: Adam Stott 26.27; 92: John Ross 27.41.
Away from Druridge Bay, a decent number of Harriers were in parkrun action further afield.
Zoe Robson (28.41) was at Finsbury, Kim Bronze (27.46) turned out at Sheffield Hallam, Richard and Gay Eastoe (41.12 and 44.51 respectively) represented the club at Workington, Mark Hume (33.29) was at Gateshead and Ian and Lorna Stephenson (23.52 and 29.24) ran at Bakewell. Lorna was chuffed to finally dip under 30 minutes.
On Sunday, there were some very good category performances from Alnwick Harriers at the Run Northumberland BIG 10 Miler. The popular 10-mile race is the North East’s largest 10 miler, starting and finishing at Kirkley Hall and taking in the villages of Ogle and Whalton.
First home for Alnwick was Lisa Baston, who was third in the women’s V35 category in 1.14.40. Next was Mel Steer, who was second in the female V50 section in 1.17.46. Meanwhile, Gay Eastoe won the female V65 category in 1.34.12. Others to represent Alnwick were Justine Norman (1.31.53) and Richard Eastoe (1.34.14).
Oversees, Jocelyn Bolam was first in her age group at the Lorca half-marathon, in Spain, finishing in 2.12.26.
Elsewhere, hardy Andy Stephenson – fresh from recently reaching the 1,000 competitive miles landmark – was tackling another gruelling run. This time, he was in action in the Hardmoors Super Slam series, which consists of running all five Hardmoors races (not all in one go!).
Andy has already clocked up 308 miles in the series and he added another 100km to the mix at the weekend. Supported by Mark Colling, Andy started at 8am on Saturday and finished just under 24 hours later!