Only two Harriers made it to the start-line for London Marathon

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Due to injuries and illness to two other Harriers only Ruth Doctor and John Ross made the start line for the London Marathon on Sunday.

Both ran well with Ruth finishing in 4.11.23 and John, who has recently entered the male 60 category, in 5.19.50.

Nearer to home that day Dominic Harris was the sole Harrier in action at the Terry O’Gara Memorial 5k, organised by Wallsend Harriers. On a course which was slightly longer than the advertised distance Dom finished 44th of the 168 runners in a fine 18.27.

Finally for Sunday Kim Bronze took part in the Washington Trail 10k where he finished 123rd of 372 runners in 1.00.22.

The day before Carole Page was once again the first Harrier home in the Druridge Bay Parkrun, clocking 21.24 to finish 16th overall and 2nd female. She was just ahead of Lisa Athey who made a decent course debut to finish third female, whilst Mel Steer was fourth. Paul Robinson was the first Alnwick male to finish in 27th place, running a course best of 22.45. Other course pbs were achieved by Phil Lee and Paul Dellbridge.

Results: 16-Carole Page 21.24; 18-Lisa Athey 21.51 (69.57%); 27-Paul Robinson 22.45 (56.70%); 36-Mel Steer 23.27; 52-Sarah Gray 24.41 (60.09%); 54-Kim Bronze 24.44 (62.13%); 67-Phil Lee 25.30 (61.83%); 68-Paul Dellbridge 25.36 (58.53%); 161-Alice Tetley-Paul 34.34.

Also that morning Richard Eastoe ran 25.29 at the Workington Parkrun, Nell Gair 30.48 at Sunderland and Lorna Stephenson was home in 33.14 at South Shields.

A few days before, on Wednesday, two Harriers were in action on very different terrain.

Rachelle Falloon took part in the Watford Open Track Meet where she tackled the 3000m, finishing in 11.05. Mark Doctor on the other hand took part in the Loughrigg Fell Race at Ambleside, where he finished the out and back 4 miler to the top of the 1099 feet hill in 39.24, 123rd of the 189 finishers.