Carl Avery put in a dominant performance to win Alnwick Harriers’ annual Les Allcorn 10k on Tuesday.
The Morpeth Harrier, from Seahouses, completed the course in 33min 46sec, finishing more than 90 seconds clear of club-mate and second-placed Sam Hancox.
Teenager Daniel Leng, from the host club, finished sixth in 37.38, setting the fastest time over the distance by an Alnwick Harrier this year.
Girl power was alive and kicking for Alnwick Harriers too, as the club’s female athletes put in some fine performances.
The host club’s Ella Brown took the ladies’ crown in the 10k race, finishing in 40.48. Her heroics also helped Alnwick win the female team prize for the second year running.
There was home-club glory in the junior 3k, as Alnwick’s Amy Thorne won the girls’ event, finishing 20seconds clear of club-mate Rebecca Reed.
The Hulne Park race meeting attracted a total of 112 runners for the 10k and 88 juniors. The races were run in fine weather conditions and followed a new route, starting and finishing at the Ratten Row entrance to the Park.
Avery won the senior race in what was his first time competing in the Les Allcorn event.
In third place was Isaac Dunn, of Blaydon Harriers, while Heaton’s Mark Oliver was fourth. Finishing fifth and winner of the male 40 category was Morpeth’s Paul Waterston, who, along with Avery and Hancox, helped the club win the male team prize.
First Alnwick Harrier home was 17-year-old Leng. Next back for the host club was Steve Patterson, who just held off his fast-finishing club colleague, Mark Miller.
Winner of the male 50 category was Alnwick’s club secretary, Jim Lillico, while Morpeth’s Norman Clark once again won the male 60 prize.
In the ladies’ race, Brown ensured that an Alnwick runner topped the field for the second year running, following on from the 2013 victory of club-mate Jo Gascoigne-Owens.
Brown was more than 30 seconds ahead of the second-placed female and another Alnwick Harrier, Suzie Barwise-Munro, in a huge 10k pb of 41.24.
Third spot went to Tynedale Harrier and twice Les Allcorn winner Joanne Lee, while fourth place went to yet another Alnwick Harrier in youngster Rosie Murton.
The heroics of Brown, Barwise-Munro and Murton ensured Alnwick won the female team prize for the second year running.
There was also success for Alnwick in the female 35 category, with Pauline Aitchison coming out on top, while Wooler’s Claire Bagness won the female 45 category. Blyth’s Catherine Young took the over-55 award.
The junior race was won by Blyth RC’s James Young who finished nearly 30 seconds ahead of Alnwick Harrier and first U15 boy, Ben Kelly.
Third went to Gala Harriers’ Callum Tharme, who finished ahead of Alnwick’s Edris Ramezanpour and fifth-placed Morpeth Harrier Ross Charlton, who was the winner of the Boys’ U13 category.
A fine Alnwick Harrier one-two by Thorne and Reed – who won the girls’ U15 and U17 sections respectively – put the gloss on the girls’ race. Third was Morpeth’s Lizzie Rank, followed by Alnwick’s Amy Reed, who won the girls’ U13 category.
Alnwick’s Lauren Brown topped the girls’ U11 section, while team-mate Millie Breese took the U9 girls’ prize.
The club’s junior section has been congratulated for helping to organise the 3k event, in particular Brenda Mallen, Diana Weightman and Geoff Campbell.
Thanks has also been given to the Alnwick Harriers’ committee and the marshals for organising and helping out at the event. Thanks in particular to Mary Plumley, Sue Bolam and to Mike Henry, as well as Adam Spiller for catering duties, with £175 going to the Great North Air Ambulance.
Also thanks to Rapid Reaction and the Duke of Northumberland.
For full results, visit www.alnwickharriers.co.uk