Rosie and Jo are stars of the show

Some of the female Harriers team at the Blaydon cross country.
Some of the female Harriers team at the Blaydon cross country.

Alnwick Harriers

A busy weekend for the Harriers kicked off at the first North East Harrier League cross-country fixture of the 2013/14 season, at Shibdon Pond, Blaydon, on Saturday.

Star of the show was Rosie Murton who was taking part in her first U17/20 event after moving up from the U15s. Rosie won the race by almost 30 seconds.

Also in the Junior sections there were good runs by Ben Kelly in his first U15 race and Amy Thorne in the U15s.

There were a fantastic 12 Harriers competing in the U11s race.

For the Seniors, top man was ‘Captain Marvel’ Bruce Crombie who was taking part in his first race down in the Slow Pack after being relegated last year. Bruce is straight back into the Medium Pack after a great 18th place finish.

Among the other counters were Adam Fletcher making his Harriers debut, Geoff Campbell and Jim Lillico who had already finished third in a race earlier in the day.

Eddie Longstaff was making his debut in a Harriers vest. Possibly due to a number of absences through other races, illness and injuries we were ninth of the 11 in Division Two.

For the women Sam Embleton was first Harrier home in her first cross country race for a couple of season, followed by Diana Weightman and Medium Pack runner Sarah Grey.

Sarah Cross made her Harrier League debut. On the day we were 11th of the 30 teams in Division Two.

Fourteen Harriers travelled north of the border to take part in the penultimate 2013 grand prix event on Sunday, the Jedburgh Half Marathon.

A lot of our times were down due to the strong winds in the area, but not Jo Gascoigne-Owens.

Jo was an amazing fifth overall and second female, smashing the female half marathon club record by over seven minutes.She now holds club records in the five main distances from 5k to marathon.

Hubby Stu Morris also performed well on his Harriers half marathon debut, while Shelley Coates did well even to make the start line after a severe case of travel sickness on the way up.

Well done to John Ross who was taking part in his second half marathon of the week.

Two Harriers were in action in the Run Northumberland-organised Alnwick to Bamburgh Castles Marathon.

Mel Steer performed superbly finishing the route in 3.58.16 to finish 39th. Mairi Campbell was 62nd in 4.20.05.

Also that day Cris Atwell was taking part in his fifth consecutive Newcastle Town Moor Marathon. Slowed down by the wind, Cris finished 78th in 4.08.36.

The previous day there was double success for the Lillicos in the Howick Five Mile Trail Race.

Jim was a superb third in this race, which was held at the Howick Hall Estate, in 32.27. Daughter Annabel was 13th overall and second female in 39.20.

Earlier that day Mark Jefferies was 26th of the 236 in 20.29 in the Northampton Park run.

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