Paris to Boston to marathon runners

THIS has been a busy week for Alnwick Harriers with members taking part in races from 5ks to marathons.

Lisa Williams took part in the Paris Marathon on Sunday. Lisa finished the race, held in cold and windy conditions, in a pb of 3.53.18 to finish 13,118th out of 35,000 or so runners. Fantastic performance.

Meanwhile, across the pond and in ridiculous heat, Mike Henry and Dave Hindmarsh both struggled in the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16. Mike, whose training for the race was badly affected by injury, finished 8,901st in 4.05.04. Dave finished 1,1684th in 4.37.45, almost 90 minutes slower than his Riga Marathon time from last year.

Temperatures were well into the 80s and its been estimated that as many as 4,300 of those who entered decided not to race. So well done to both for their performances given the circumstances.

Keith Sutton improved on last week’s time in the Newcastle Parkrun on Saturday, April 14. Keith finished 11th of the 238 runners in 19.04 and was second in the male 40 category. Junior Harrier Charlotte Baston also took part finishing 133rd in 25.38.

Seventeen Harriers took part in the fourth of the 2012 Grand Prix events on Saturday, April 14, the Run Northumberland Cragside 10k.

The course is a challenging one around the Cragside Estate at Rothbury, although it includes a great 1km downhill section at the start and finish.

The event was a success for the club with the men winning the team title, thanks to a fourth-place finish from Bruce Crombie and good runs from Mark Miller and David Nolan.

The race also saw a Harriers debut from Clare Hiscock, a welcome back from injury for Sarah Christie and pre-London Marathon runs from Mel Steer and Anne Allan.

Results: 4 Bruce Crombie, 37.53; 14 Mark Miller, 40.35; 21 David Nolan 42.35; 35 Vee Pollock, 44.31; 52 Sarah Christie ,46.40; 65 Antony Budd, 47.59; 68 John Ross, 48.16; 71 David Coates, 48.33; 78 Kim Bronze, 49.03; 82 David Bartrum, 49.32; 85 Phil Lee, 50.01; 89 Maureen Bartrum, 50.24; 94 Mairi Campbell, 51.00; 118 Ruth Doctor, 53.30; 130 Clare Hiscock, 54.53; 156 Mel Steer, 56.37; 170 Anne Allan, 58.59.

The next Grand Prix event is the North Shields Poly-organised Clive Cookson 10k on Wednesday, May 23. Entry forms for this fast and flat race are on the noticeboard at Willowburn.

Finally Mark Doctor, while on a relaxing family holiday in the Lake District, couldn’t resist the lure of a race so took part in the four-mile Loughrigg Fell Race in Ambleside on Wednesday, April 11.

The race is an out-and-back one which starts in Rothay Park, then heads steeply up a short road section before heading out onto the fells and upto the top of Loughrigg Fell (1099 feet). Mark finished 89th of the 125 runners in 40.03 in his first fell race and is looking forward to a fell racing season in 2013.