There were a number of superb performances by members of Alnwick Harriers at various parkruns on Saturday.
The day was packed full of pbs, age-category wins and quick times, but it was in Newcastle where Ian Simon ran the fastest parkrun by a Harrier on the day, bolting up in sixth place to win the male 40 category and gaining a Parkrun pb.
Also on the Town Moor, Jim Lillico won the male 55 age group, Tracey Sample the female 40, while the fast-improving Micky Aiston knocked more than a minute off his previous 5k best and Phil Baston went so close to securing a new pb, only to match his previous best time.
Elsewhere, Dave Hindmarsh put in a scintillating run at the South Shields Parkrun, knocking almost 30 seconds off his previous parkrun best.
Mike Henry was first in the male 60 category at Keswick, while Gay and Richard Eastoe both won the 60 categories at Workington yet again.
Down south, Ruth Doctor ran a 5k pb at St Albans after knocking two seconds off her previous best set back in 2011 and Stu Morris made his Parkrun debut at Durham, posting a decent time.
Results: Newcastle: 6-Ian Simon 17.48; 37-Jim Lillico 19.31; 74-Micky Aiston 20.57; 84-Phil Baston 21.12; 124-Tracey Sample 22.20; 168-Charlotte Baston 23.12. South Shields: 9-Dave Hindmarsh 19.33. Durham: 22-Stuart Morris 19.48. Keswick: 25-Mike Henry 23.16. Workington: 21-Richard Eastoe 21.32; 48-Gay Eastoe 25.35. St Albans: 148-Ruth Doctor 24.29.
Also that day, Dave Coates ventured over to the Lakes to start another season of trail-running in the first of the 2014 Lakeland Trail Races, the 17k Kentmere Trail Race. Dave finished 148th in 1.56.38.
The following day, Bruce Crombie continued his Chevy Chase training by taking part in the Norham RC-organised Yetholm Hill Race.
Bruce recently won the Hedgehope Hellraiser Fell Race and continues to show what great form he’s in by finishing second in this race.
He completed the 12.8k race, which takes in about 750 metres of ascent, in 1.15.57. Adam Fletcher was not too far behind, again having an excellent run to finish seventh in 1.19.33.
Last Wednesday, Gay and Richard Eastoe took part in the Levens 10k, organised by Kendal AC.
Gay was once again the winner of the female 60 category by finishing 111th in 55.11. Richard was one place further back in 55.12.
Also that night, two Harriers were in action in the PB Fitness RC-organised George Ogle Memorial Race at Swalwell.
The race is billed as a six-mile multi-terrain race, but actually clocks in at 5.75 miles.
Parts of the course are very flat, while bits of it are through fields and up muddy hills, therefore there’s something for everyone.
Mark Doctor put in a pleasing performance in knocking about 90 seconds off last year’s time, while John Ross continued his comeback from injury. Mark was 64th of the 169 runners in 41.45, while John was 152nd in 54.30.