Lauren sets new female record with junior Whitley Bay run

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On Sunday, Alnwick’s Lauren Brown headed down to Whitley Bay to take part in their weekly 2k Junior parkrun. Lauren ran superbly to win the race.

She was first of 251 runners in a brilliant 7.03. This was not only the fourth fastest overall time in the event’s history, but is now a female course record.

Also that day, there was another race win courtesy of Carole Page at the Run Nation Coquet Valley 10k. Carole was first female and ninth overall in a very good 44.42 on a testing course.

Meanwhile in the half-marathon, Mel Steer was second female home in 1.47.03 and was second in the female 50 category.

The previous day, a decent number of Harriers took part in the Druridge Bay parkrun, with Steve Patterson finishing a very good third overall in 17.58. Not far behind in fifth place was Ian Simon in 18.28, followed by Carole Page, who finished second female in 17th overall. Also of note, Junior Harriers Rebecca Heeley and Louise Syers ran huge 5k pbs.


3-Steve Patterson 17.58; 5-Ian Simon 18.28 (78.61%); 17-Carole Page 21.12 (87.67%); 22-Robert Badderley 21.34; 111-George Williams 28.10; 113-Rebecca Heeley 28.16; 115-Linda Patterson 28.34; 120-Louise Syers 28.44; 121-Graham Syers 28.46; 122-John Ross 28.49; 131-Jennifer Knight 29.30; 160-Stuart Bruce 32.19; 200-Jason Dawson 40.38

Just down the coast, Dominic Harris put in a great run to finish second of 118 runners in a brilliant 18.44 at the Newbiggin parkrun.

Finally, for the 5k distance, Mark Hume took part in the Riverside Parkrun at Chester-le-Street and finished 351st in 32.53.

Last Wednesday, two Harriers were in action in the Kirkley 10k. Mel Steer was brilliant once again, finishing 38th overall and second in her age category in 47.23. Meanwhile, George Williams was 84th and second in the male 65 category in 58.15.

Four Harriers were in action in the Hadrian’s Wall Half Marathon last Sunday, with Allan Foggon the pick of the runners. Allan finished a brilliant fifth overall in this tough race in 1.37.22. Other Harriers in action were Emma McGee who was round in 2.16.43, Linda Patterson in 2.43.17 and Jennifer Knight in 2.50.42.

At the Druridge Bay Parkrun the day before, there were some excellent results by members of the club. Jason Dawson was first finisher in 20.25, just over a minute ahead of David Barnes, who ran a course pb. David Hindmarsh, fresh from his South African ultra marathon adventure, was winner of the male 55 category and Ian Stephenson celebrated a course pb. Highlights for the women were courtesy of Jo Powell and Mel Steer who finished second and third.

Elsewhere, Peter Grey had a decent run at South Shields where he finished 10th in 20.29, to win the male 60 category. Also, Stuart Bruce was in action at Gateshead where he was home in 32.50.

Finally, a group of Harriers took part in the Heaton Harriers-organised Anita Nott Women’s Only Jesmond Dene 5k. In hot conditions and on a tough course, all performed admirably with Ruth Doctor just holding off Mary Plumley to finish first of the nine athletes.

Results: 162-Ruth Doctor 27.31; 172-Mary Plumley 27.52; 317-Helen Thompson 32.43; 318-Brenda Mallen 32.44; 323-Sue Skirrow 32.53; 324-Eileen Guthrie 32.54; 364-Una McCaig 34.23; 365-Helen Patterson 34.23; 366-Carol Wall 34.24.