Avery sets pace in Norham Two Bank Challenge

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Norham Running Club recently hosted their annual Castle Bank Challenge Time Trial.

This popular annual event is competed for the Stewart Black Memorial Trophy over a multi terrain course which included paths, roads and steps around Norham village.

The event was kindly sponsored by J.H. Greenwood & Co (Chartered Accountants) and covers a 6 Km course for 13 – 16 year olds and Seniors and a 4 Km route for 11 – 12 year olds. Both routes started and finished at Norham village green in near perfect conditions for runners and spectators alike.

Chirnside Chasers took the honours in the junior event with club members taking the first three places. Josh Abott was first in 15.31 followed by club mates Harry Fuller 2nd in 16.28 and Joey Brown 3rd in 16.45. First junior female was Anna Maxwell in 23.50.

The senior’s event was won by Alnwick Harrier’s Carl Avery in 18.19 a clear winner ahead of club mate Bruce Crombie who finished in 19.44. Iain Wiliams from Chirnside Chasers was third in 21.08.

First female was Gala Harrier’s Cara Hogg 26.31, closely followed by Norham runner Hannah Humphreys in 26.46 with Norham’s Caroline Tyser 3rd female in 28.20.

Alnwick Harriers were first affiliated team and Two Die Hards and a Traitor (Michael Brennan, Adam Pearson and Alistair Griever) were first non affiliated team.

Norham Running Club members have been participating in a number of events in recent weeks with pride of place going to Paul Marynicz who successfully completed the West Highland Way race which covers 95 miles and 14000 feet of climbing from Milngavie to Fort William. Paul was 143rd out of 193 starters in an incredible 31 hours 46 minutes and 26 seconds.

In this year’s Castles and Islands race along the Northumberland coast calm conditions made it almost impossible for sailing but Norham’s Tim McCall and Les Turnbull stormed home to win the running section in a total time of 4 hours 8 minutes and 9 seconds.

Steve Clough travelled to his native Yorkshire to take part in the Swaledale Marathon which is an arduous 23 mile circuit in the Yorkshire Dales. Steve finished 119th out of 436 finishers in 4 hours and 48 minutes.