Sarah Gray had a great day on Saturday when she became only the second female Harrier to win a Parkrun, following in the very fast footsteps of Jo Gascoigne-Owens.
Sarah was first female finisher at the Druridge Bay Parkrun, finishing just over 90 seconds ahead of another Harrier Pauline Aitchison. This was a great effort by Pauline who has been injured for much of the summer.
Junior Harrier Jenny Bolam improved on last week’s debut Parkrun to finish as fourth female, while Emily Young notched a one-minute 5k pb and Gail Cuthbert made her Parkrun debut.
Sarah then went and scored a quick-fire double by finishing as first female at the Warkworth Show Fun Run. To top off a memorable day, she won second prize in the novice marmalade. Unbelievable stuff.
For the men, Mark Miller improved on his Druridge Bay performance from last week by finishing third of the 71 runners in 19.18, a four-second improvement.
Terry Fountain was the male 45 category winner, finishing an excellent seventh, while Mike Henry put in another good run to score the highest WAVA score by a Harrier on the day (71.27 per cent).
Results: 3 Mark Miller 19.18; 7 Terry Fountain 20.43; 9 Sarah Gray 21.04; 23 Pauline Aitchison 22.41; 26 Mike Henry 23.19; 34 Jenny Bolam 24.34; 39 Gail Cuthbert 25.39; 45 Emily Young 27.59; 56 Sophie Enser 30.28l; 57 Ella Hemsley 30.29.
Away from our local event, Gay Eastoe was an age-category winner once again at Workington. Gay won the female 60 category in 24.44, the same time as husband Richard.
Nearer to home Micky Aiston got ready for a wedding by taking part in and finishing seventh in the hard Gibside Parkrun.
Results: Workington: 36 Gay Eastoe 24.44; 37 Richard Eastoe 24.44. Gibside: 7 Micky Aiston 22.47.
On the same day, two Harriers took part in the Gateshead Trail 10k.
It was a great day for Chris Graham as he smashed his previous best 10k. Chris was hoping to get under 45 minutes for the first time, but was over the moon with his 43.28. Dave Coates also took part and performed well.
Results: 125 Chris Graham 43.28; 238 Dave Coates 47.20.
Back on Wednesday, August 13, Gay and Richard Eastoe were once again racing, this time in the Ulverston Summer 10k.
The pair ran together, finishing 192nd and 193rd with Richard getting the nod, both in 54.04. This finishing time was almost two minutes quicker than the pair ran in 2012.
Druridge Bay Parkrun results: Men: 1 Jeffrey Ross (Northumberland Fell Runners), 18.37; 2 Graeme Stewart (Blyth RC), 18.48; 3 Mark Miller (Alnwick Harriers), 19.18; 4 Andrew Shell (Unattached), 19.30; 5 Mark Snowball (Morpeth Harriers), 19.45.
Women: 1 Sarah Gray (Alnwick Harriers), 21.04; 2 Pauline Aitchison (Alnwick Harriers), 22.41; 3 Claire Miller-Grossett (Unattached), 23.30; 4 Jenny Bolam (Alnwick Harriers), 24.34; 5 Karen Singleton (Blyth RC), 24.39. There were 71 runners.