Alnwick Harriers were well represented throughout the North East Parkruns on Saturday, with members competing at six different events.
Closest to home was once again double success at Druridge Bay, where Steve Carragher was first across the line for the second time in three weeks.
Due to the wet and windy weather, Steve’s time was down on previous efforts, but his 18.00 was more than good enough to give him victory in the weekly 5k.
Karen Kelly, making her first appearance in a Harriers vest after joining recently, was first female across the line in a very respectable 22.33.
There was also a great performance by up-and-coming youngster Ollie Telfer, a course debut for Kim Redpath, and female-50 success for Sue Bolam.
At the Riverside Parkrun at Chester-le-Street, there was a superb run by Micky Aiston, who knocked more than a minute off his previous 5k best, clocking 19.22 on this flat course.
Micky is one of the club’s most improved athletes this year and puts a lot of his improvement down to Mike Henry’s punishing Wednesday night training sessions.
Dave Hindmarsh was 15th at South Shields, while Vee Pollock and Phil Lee raced at Whitley Bay, Kirsty Steed at Durham and Kim Bronze at Newcastle.
Across the border Gay and Richard Eastoe took part in the Portobello Park Parkrun, while visiting family in the Edinburgh area. Another parkrun, another age-category win for Gay.
Harriers results – Druridge Bay: 1-Steve Carragher, 18.00; 9-Ollie Telfer, 21.19; 15-Karen Kelly, 22.33; 22-Kim Redpath, 23.15; 27-Mike Henry, 24.12; 28-Jenny Bolam, 24.15; 29-Sue Bolam, 24.18.
Riverside: 10-Micky Aiston, 19.22.
South Shields: 15-Dave Hindmarsh, 20.53.
Newcastle: 273-Kim Bronze 26.00.
Whitley Bay: 87-Vee Pollock, 24.15; 88-Phil Lee, 24.16.
Durham: 287-Kirsty Steed, 35.59.
Portobello Park: 75-Gay Eastoe, 26.31; 76-Richard Eastoe, 26.32.
Druridge Bay – Top five males: 1-Steve Carragher, (Alnwick Harriers) 18.00; 2-Stephen Knight, (Unattached) 18.40; 3-Craig Batson, (Unattached) 19.04; 4-Joe Wren, (Blyth RC) 19.18; 5-Andrew Richardson, (Morpeth Harriers) 20.08.
Top five females: 1-Karen Kelly, (Alnwick Harriers) 22.33; 2-Marie Drozdowicz, (Elswick Harriers) 23.03; 3-Rachelle Falloon, (Blyth RC) 23.10; 4-Kim Redpath, (Alnwick Harriers) 23.15; 5-Sarah Wilkes, (Morpeth Harriers) 24.08.
Also that day, five Harriers travelled across to the Lakes to compete in the Lakeland Trails-organised Kentmere Trail Races.Four took part in the 17k event, while Ron McCormack ran in the 10k event.
Results – 17k Challenge: 95-Dave Bartrum, 1.47.30; 143-Maureen Bartrum, 1.53.37; 210-Morag Donoghue, 2.02.39; 318-Carol Davison, 2.15.46.
Last Tuesday, May 6, there was yet more age-category success for Gay Eastoe at the Kendal 10k.
Gay and husband Richard ran together finishing in 55.41, with Gay taking female-60 honours in 109th, while Richard was one place further back.
Finally, on Sunday, May 2, new member and ultra runner Andy Stephenson was in action in the Hardmoors White Horse Marathon at Sutton Bank, North Yorkshire.
The Hardmoors series is a number of long-distance races held in the North York Moors which really tests runners’ endurance. Of just more than 100 runners Andy was 50th in 5.45.00. Well done Andy and welcome to the club (about time).