Park life suits fast-paced Harriers

Alnwick Harriers
Alnwick Harriers

A GOOD group of Alnwick Harriers travelled to Newcastle to compete against almost 350 other runners for a 5000m Park Run on the Town Moor on Saturday, the second event in their Grand Prix Series of Races 2012.

In this event points are collated using the Fetch WAVA calculator to accrue individual scores taking into account world record statistics and age categories in a handicap challenge.

The athletes, many running their first Park Run, which is open to all categories of runner at 9am every Saturday morning free of charge, experienced a flat route in perfect weather conditions and a fast-paced group leading the way.

First to complete the course in a terrific time of 17m 50s and 14th place overall was Bruce Crombie, his age grade gave a score of 75.89 per cent just pipping Richard Agan in 15th place with an age grade of 71.28 per cent.

Third for the club was Paul Jones in 18:23 and 72.62 per cent then fourth and fifth places were taken by Mark Miller in 18:30 and Graham Syers third overall in his age group in a time of 18.49.

Jim Lillico achieved 78.06 per cent, highest rating for the club on the day and first overall place in his age category.

First Alnwick lady was Venda Pollock in 20.53, fourth overall female and an excellent 71.35 per cent age grade followed by Lisa Sutton in 21:45 and third was Sue Bolam with another first in her age category in 22.49 and a great 71 per cent age grade.

Junior runner Charlotte Baston gained a pb for the course on the day in 24:05.

Results: 14-Bruce Crombie 17.50; 15-Richard Agan 18.10; 18-Paul Jones 18.23; 21-Mark Miller 18.30; 26-Graham Syers 18.49; 41-Adam Spiller 19.20; 42-Jim Lillico 19.22; 66-John Callaghan 20.30; 78-Vee Pollock 20.53; 98-Cris Atwell 21.32; 106-Lisa Sutton 21.45; 122-Mi; 181-Charlotte Baston 24.05; 189-Mairi Campbell 24.34; 216-Louise Callaghan 25.20; 248-Anne Allan 26.5.

The Grand Prix standings are available at and show Mike Henry leading the way with a healthy lead over Vee Pollock, Lisa Sutton, Cris Atwell and Mairi Campbell.

The next event is the Blyth 10k which takes place on Sunday, April 1.

Entry forms are available on the noticeboard at Willowburn.