With the sight of many local runners focussed once again on the forthcoming Blaydon Race, it was a quieter weekend for Morpeth Harriers on the competition front.
Runners including Cat Macdonald in action in the Yetholm Hill Race at the weekend.Runners including Cat Macdonald in action in the Yetholm Hill Race at the weekend.
Runners including Cat Macdonald in action in the Yetholm Hill Race at the weekend.

There were a number of strong Parkrun performances on Saturday, with John Butters first home at Druridge Bay in a time of 17 minutes 28 seconds and Lindsey Quinn second female in 21:24.

At Blyth, Richard Johnson came in over a minute and a half of the rest of the field in 16:24 with Anthony Liddle third in 18:25 and Rachelle Falloon first female finisher and 7th back in 18:52.

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Closer to home, veteran Alistair Macdonald was 2nd over the tough Carlisle Park course in a time of 20:45.

The following day Lindsey Quinn was in action again, completing the 5 mile Ingram Hill Forts trail race where she was 2nd female finisher in 44 minutes 1 second, beaten by only seven seconds by Claire Fairburn with Gary Wales winning overall in 33:57.

Younger sister Catriona Macdonald meanwhile took part in the Yetholm Hill Race over an eight-mile course which incorporated 2500 feet of climbs and six hills in the Cheviots, including a punishing ascent of The Curr.

Not only first female finisher, Macdonald was also remarkably fourth overall in a time of 1 hour 22 minutes with father Alistair 11th in 1:35, the race itself won by Andrew Cox of Moorfoot in 1:17.

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Morpeth Harrier and Northumberland Fell Runner member Richie Hughes placed second in 1:20.

This Thursday’s Blaydon Race sees the 40th anniversary of the race, run for the first time since 2019 and with a new start on the Quayside, taking the runners West along the banks of the Tyne before a climb through Newcastle Business Park to join the traditional route along the Scotswood Road.

*A stunning performance by the Alnwick Harriers women saw them monopolize the podium at the Druridge Bay 10k.

Leading the way was Carole Page (46:46, F60) with yet another world class performance, closely followed by Rosie Davison (47:52, FSen) and Lisa Baston (48:28, F40).

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There were also strong performances from the remainder of the women’s team, including Rachel Davidson (51:09, FSen), Jennifer Knight (52:57, F40), Linda Patterson (59:14, F40), Tess Allan (1:06:53, F50) and Lorna Stephenson (1:22:33, F50), with all the runners pushing hard up the beach into a very spicy headwind!

The Alnwick Harriers’ men also posted strong runs with Steve Carragher (38:22, M40), Steve Patterson (39:12, M40), Liam McDonough (40:01, MU16) and Euan Friend (44:47, MSen) finishing third, fourth, sixth and thirteenth, respectively. Masters made up the remainder of the team, with good runs from Paul Dellbridge (55:05, M50), Steve Cowell (55:48, M50), Ian Stephenson (57:52, M60) and George Williams (1:01:55, M60).

In the juniors 2.5K race, Alnwick Harriers Aimee McDonough (12:03, FU14) and Harry Knox (08:51, MU16) both posted very impressive runs to win the female and male races respectively.

*The Northumberland Coastal Run is being held on July 24 – details on Alnwick Harriers’ website.