Quiet weekend for Harriers

Alnwick Harriers

A very quiet weekend saw just four Harriers taking part in Parkruns, with the highlight being yet another personal best (pb) by Mark Jefferies in the Northampton Parkrun on Saturday.

Ex-Warkworth resident Mark has notched pbs in his last five Parkruns, knocking two-and-a-half minutes off his 5k pb since April. He finished 16th in 19.23.

At Newcastle that morning, Pauline Aitchison was first Harrier home, winning the female 40-age category.

Results: 49-Pauline Aitchison 21.09; 71-Phil Baston 22.04; 93-Charlotte Baston 23.08.

Three Harriers were in action on Sunday, December 8, in the Northumberland Fell Runners-organised Simonside Cairns Fell Race.

The race is just over 11 miles and takes in about 1,775 feet of ascent. In a reversal of recent form, Adam Fletcher beat Bruce Crombie to finish as first Harrier. Both won their age categories in the process, Adam the male 45 and Bruce the male 40.

Recent recruit Graham Simpson also took part, as did Mike Telfer, who was running for NFR on the day.

Results: 4-Adam Fletcher 1.25.30; 6-Bruce Crombie 1.26.55; 17-Graham Simpson 1.32.57; 33-Mike Telfer 1.40.20 (NFR).

On the same morning, two Harriers were taking part in races at Newcastle Racecourse, organised by the North East Marathon Club.

Mike Henry performed excellently in the half-marathon, winning the male 60 age category in just over 1.43.35.Meanwhile, Cris Atwell was representing the host club in the 50k. He completed the course in 4.42.49.

The previous morning, newly-crowned Most Improved Male Phil Baston was in action in the Newcastle Parkrun. Interestingly, Phil had one of his slowest Parkrun’s for a while, clocking 23.04 to finish 112th.

Daughter Charlotte was 134th of the 320 finishers in 23.46.

On Sunday, December 1, Cumbria Harriers, Gay and Richard Eastoe took part in the Ulverston Christmas Pudding 10k. It was to prove another successful day for Gay, who finished 186th in 53.42, winning the female 60 category. Richard was one place back in the same finishing time. This tops off a very successful year for Gay who has won her age category on many occasions.

Also that day, Mark Hume was in action again, in the Blyth Sands Handicap Race.

He finished this five-mile handicap run along the beach from Blyth to Seaton Sluice and back again in 113rd place, clocking 54.45.