Ross Anderson took part in his first ‘proper’ race for the club, not including his recent parkruns, at the Allendale Fair 8 on Saturday.
He won this race last year, although is not in the same shape at present.
However, he still managed a very good fifth-placed finish, completing the undulating course in 47.53. Gary Cowell also made the long trip into the wilderness to finish 24th in 55.35.
Also that morning, there were some excellent results at the Druridge Bay Parkrun, notably for our women.
Jackie Prouse is getting back to her best and was first female to finish at the event, just pipping second-placed Lesley Miller.
Justine Norman also finished well up there and was first in the female 40 category.
Youngster Maddy Hall ran a course pb, while Pam Wheldon was once again first in the female 60 age group.
Lynne Buddle made her Harriers debut and Mark Hume was first in the male 70 category.
Results: 22-Jackie Prouse, 21.55; 27-Lesley Miller, 22.03; 37-Justine Norman, 23.39; 56-Maddy Hall, 26.51; 71-Pam Wheldon, 27.58; 98-Lynne Buddle, 31.05; 99-Mark Hume, 31.22.
Elsewhere that morning, there was more age-category success, with Dave Hindmarsh finishing first in the male 50 category at South Shields, while Gay Eastoe was first in the female 60 category at Workington.
For the first time, a Harrier has taken part in a foreign parkrun.
Kirsty Steed lined up in the North Beach parkrun at Durban in South Africa.
Results – South Shields: 18-Dave Hindmarsh, 20.32; 166-Lorna Stephenson, 34.17.
Workington: 43-Gay Eastoe, 25.14; 44-Richard Eastoe, 25.14.
North Beach, Durban: 1124-Kirsty Steed, 54.52.
The following day, Alnwick Harriers’ newest member, Allan Smith, took part in the Edinburgh Marathon.
In a cracking start for the club, he ran an excellent 3.28.03.
Ruth Doctor also took part and was aiming to beat her previous marathon time from Berlin in the autumn.
Despite a strong wind in the last five or so miles, she was successful, clocking a splendid 4.03.32. Also that morning, Kate Bradshaw took part in the half-marathon, clocking 2.37.27.
Back on Wednesday, May 27, there was yet more age-category success for Gay Eastoe.
She won her age group at the Levens 10k in Cumbria, finishing in 56.19 to take the honours.
Gay was 106th and finished in the same time as husband Richard.