A group of seven Alnwick Harriers took part in the latest of the 2016 Grand Prix events, the fast and furious Bridges of the Tyne 5 Mile Road Race.
On a really flat course there were some excellent times, notably a club record for Jo Gascoigne-Owens at the 5 mile distance!
Doubling as the North East 5-Mile Championships, this race saw Jo win the bronze medal for coming third in 30.16, a time which saw her finish 34th overall.
Just ahead of her after an excellent race was the first Harrier to finish, Richard Johnson. He clocked 29.37 to finish 30th, just over a minute ahead of Dominic Harris.
Slightly further back Micky Aiston and Andy Squires finished close to each other, whilst Dave Coates and John Ross were further back.
Results: 30-Richard Johnson 29.37; 34-Jo Gascoigne-Owens 30.16; 41-Dominic Harris 30.44; ??-Micky Aiston 37.55; 165-Andy Squires 37.56; 224-Dave Coates 40.47; 281-John Ross 43.57.
The following night, there was an outstanding performance from Dan Leng at the Tynedale 10k.
On this excellent course and in perfect racing conditions Dan ran the quickest 10k by a Harrier since the legend David Kirkland at the same race three years ago. Dan clocked a very impressive 35.12 to finish 12th in a very good field.
Angie Embleton, John Cuthbert, Denise Drummond all acquitted themselves well, as did Dave Coates who was racing for the second consecutive night!
Results: 12-Dan Leng 35.12; 187-Angie Embleton 46.46; 203-John Cuthbert 47.58; 229-Denise Drummond 49.32; 272-Dave Coates 52.47.
* Also that night up in Berwick there was yet more success for the club in the Tweed Striders organised Curfew Run.
The event starts at The Barracks, Berwick and is a 1.2 mile run around the town walls with the aim being to beat the time it takes the Curfew Bell to toll – 13 minutes.
Congratulations to Junior Harrier Callie Henderson, who was first female finisher in 8.02 to finish 17th overall.
Jim Lillico finished two places ahead in 7.59, whilst his daughter Annabel was 37th in 9.20.
There was even more success for the Henderson family as Callies younger sister, Ellie, was the first girl in the Junior Curfew Fun Run!
* Following on from a club record by Jo Gascoigne-Owens and the fastest 10k of the year for the club by Dan Leng in midweek, Saturday, July 9 saw the quickest 5k of the year!
Steve Carragher took part in the Druridge Bay Parkrun and blasted round in a brilliant 16.58 to win the race by a decent margin. Steve’s time was the fastest 5k by a Harrier since 2013.
Dominic Harris continued his amazing improvement by notching a course best of 18.55 to finish fifth. Ian Horsley was the third Harrier across the line, whilst Ian Atherton was winner of the male 60 category.
There was more success as Carole Page was first female finisher for an amazing third week on the spin! Her time of 21.48 was a minute better than second female Angie Embleton. Also well done to Denise Drummond who won the female 50 age group.
Results: 1-Steve Carragher 16.58 (82.32%); 5-Dominic Harris 18.55 (68.37%); 16-Ian Horsley 21.39; 18-Carole Page 21.48; 23-Angie Embleton 22.48 (67.98%); 32-Denise Drummond 24.38 (68.88%); 33-Ian Atherton 24.46 (65.88%); 50-John Ross 26.56; 56-Samantha Fender 27.10; 87-Nell Gair 31.26; 90-Helen Burn 32.01; 94-Jayne McKenna 32.19.