No doubt, thanks to perfect running conditions, there were some great performance and superb times from a number of Harriers at the Druridge Bay Parkrun on Saturday, September 19.
First Harrier to complete the 5k was Terry Fountain in 18.37. Terry, who is just getting quicker and quicker with age, smashed his course pb by nearly 30 seconds and finished a brilliant second overall.
One place further back in third was Dominic Harris. Ecstatic Dominic also smashed his course pb by about a minute to finish in 19.09. Ian Horsley also ran a course pb as did a jubilant Tim Shepherd who obliterated his previous best by nearly 2 minutes!
Another Harrier who ran a pb was Justine Norman. Not only did she clock 23.17 to better her previous efforts but she also won the ladies race!! Justine is now the 11th female Harrier to taste success at the Druridge Bay Parkrun in its 59 events.
Results: 2-Terry Fountain 18.37, 3-Dominic Harris 19.09, 15-Ian Horsley 22.00, 26-Justine Norman 23.17, 40-Ken Hodson 25.06, 42-Tim Shepherd 25.37, 59-Maddy Hall 28.24, 90-Emma Hutchings 30.41, 98-Mark Hume 32.06, 108-Jayne McKenna 33.19, 110-William Fortune 34.05, 119-Dave Hindmarsh 35.55.
Elsewhere that morning Gay and Richard Eastoe were both winners of the age 60 categories at the Workington Parkrun. Richard finished 22nd in 24.35 and Gay 26th in 25.28.
Throughout the course of Saturday ultra runner Andy Stephenson was hard at it in the Hardmoors 60. The Hardmoors 60 route follows the Cleveland Way from Guisborough to Filey passing through coastal resorts and fishing villages such as Saltburn, Staithes, Robin Hoods Bay, Ravenscar, Scarborough and Filey while following cliff tops for the main duration of the race.
For Andy this was the 3rd time he tackled this particular race, and came soon after unfortunately failing to finish the Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc. No such issues on this occasion though, as Andy scored a 100k pb to finish 104th in 15 hours 50 minutes. Well done Andy!
On Thursday, September 17, whilst a number of athletes from the Alnwick area were taking part in the triathlon and aquathlon World Championships in Chicago, Harrier Stuart Morris was competing in arguably the highlight of the sporting week in that city, the Oktoberfest 5k. Stuart performed very well to finish 25th of the 342 participants in 20.06.
Perfect weather created excellent conditions for the athletes at the North East Open Pentathlon meeting at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow on Saturday.
Ollie Telfer represented Alnwick in the five disciplines competing in the under 13 age category. He started well winning his heat in the 75m hurdles with a personal best time of 14.9s (G4). His Long Jump of 3.89m only achieved him fourth place, but a personal best of 1.25m in the High Jump moved him back up to 3rd place.
Another solid performance in the shot maintained his overall third place going into the last event. Ollie led the 800m race from the start setting a strong solid pace, but unfortunately he was out-sprinted in the final 100m to be narrowly beaten into second place.
However, his efforts were rewarded with a personal best time of 2min 34s (G4). Ollie was second placed north east athlete and finished third overall in the Open Championship behind Jamie Hopkins of Southport AC (Liverpool) and Josh McKeown of Gateshead.