A total of 500 runners enjoyed a challenging course with approx 530ft of ascent through woodland, forest tracks and on the edges of the championship golf course including a good dose of squelch and mud to add to the fun!Finishers were rewarded with a bacon or sausage sarnie and a hot drink in the hunting room of the hotel.Results – 47 Jo Powell 51.21; 91 Frances Wilde 56.19; 98 Emma Givens 57.22; 124 Justine Norman 59.38.
Leila Thompson (U13) competed in her first winter season indoor event this weekend at Gateshead. Leila had a great day long jumping a personal best of 3.88m. However, her best was to come throwing a new club record of 8.87m in the shot putt. This fantastic throw won the competition and achieved the AAA (Amateur Athletic Association) grade 1 standard for her age. Leila is now only one of four Alnwick athletes ever to have gained this.
The Junior Harriers had a great weekend in the Schools cross country events.
On Friday in the area competition they won seven of the eight races. Over 80 children took part from the Duchess High School facing competition from seven other North Northumberland Schools.
On Saturday there was further success for the U15 girls’ team who were competing in the second round of cross country cup.
The regional championship was held at Middlesbrough where the girls placed an excellent third. Their team has now qualified for the National final in Sheffield next month.
There has been some movement in the 2019 Grand Prix following the Hexham 10k and other races.
Four Harriers have moved into or consolidated their top 12 trophy positions since the last update.
John Cuthbert’s PB in the Chicago Marathon has seen him move from 11th to 5th, George Williams from 14th to 6th, Jennifer Knight from 9th to 8th and finally Jo Powell from 17th to 9th.
A reminder that the last counting Alnwick Pastures Parkrun is Saturday, December 7.
Any men who want to run at the North Eastern Championships on Decembe 14r should e-mail Bruce Crombie on [email protected]