The sun shone for the six Alnwick Harriers travelling across on Saturday for the Kielder 10K, which attracts a field of nearly 1000 runners every year.
The scenic, trail route began with a tough kilometre climb before settling to a more manageable undulating circuit around the Bull Crag Peninsula finishing along the Lakeside Way.
Peter Grey was 35th finisher and first back for Alnwick with an impressive chip time of 43 minutes 20 seconds to bag first male V60 prize. Jo Powell was Alnwick’s first female back, finishing 16th female out of 585 and Diana Weightman came in 1 minute 40 seconds later, adding to her medal haul when she finished 2nd female V50. Sisters Jennifer Knight and Linda Patterson both ran 10K PBs, which is no mean achievement over such a testing course! And shaking off recent injury woes Sue Skirrow finished just outside of the hour.
10K chip positions & times:- Peter Grey 35th 43:20; Jo Powell 86th 47:20; Diana Weightman 108th 49:00; Jennifer Knight 178th 52:06; Linda Patterson 317th 57:05; Sue Skirrow 445th 60:43.
Sundays competitors weren’t quite so fortunate with the weather and in less favourable conditions 713 athletes took part in what has been dubbed as Britain’s most scenic marathon. Marathon veteran Chris Atwell participated in the challenging event, finishing 43rd out of 87 in the V50 category in 04:24:59.
John Cuthbert ran the Chicago Marathon and set a new PB of 3:26:51 to finish in 6436th place.
Other Harriers’ results from the weekend were:
Druridge Bay parkrun – 4 Paul White 19:27; 7 Carole Page 20:29 (1st female); 12 Robert Badderley 21:21; 28 Neil Hamilton 23:13; 35 Justine Norman 24:26; 36 Phil Hall 24:26; 39 Chris Stewart 24:34; 46 Paul Wilkie 24:53; 54 Philip Lee 25:37; 70 Ian Stephenson 27:55; 85 Rachel Claire Heeley 29:19; 93 Lorna Stephenson 30:21.
Pastures parkrun – 2 Ross Wilson 19:43 (PB); 6 Michael Telfer 21:47; 14 Euan Friend 23:38; 17 Michael Henry 25:24; 20 Paul Dellbridge 26:05 (PB); 28 Karen Kelly 27:42 (3rd female); 33 Mairi Campbell 29:23; 46 Chris Friend 33:38; 51 Katie-Lou Friend 38:21.
Dalby Forest parkrun – 128 Nell Gair 36:39.
Dunfermline parkrun – 74 Gay Eastoe 32:00; 103 Richard Eastoe 37:36.