146 runners descended on Ashington Community Woods on Sunday 11th December 2016,
and they certainly were not headed for “The Teddy Bears Picnic”, No they were taking part
in the inaugural Fell Em Doon Festive 5k Multi Terrain Race,
the first ever race hosted by Ashington Hirst Running Club.
The field included thirteen Morpeth Harriers, some of whom were well to the fore in the leading finishers.
Kurt Heron, a former Morpeth Harrier, currently running as unattached,
after a short spell with Tyneside club Tyne Bridge Harriers, won the event,
posting a finishing time of 16m27s, which proved to be 36 seconds ahead
of second placed Mark Snowball, who was the first Morpeth Harrier home.
Third place went to Sunderland Harrier Steven Duffy.
Also, prominent finishers in the top ten were Andrew Richardson and Paul Banks,
who finished sixth and tenth in respective times of 19m09s, and 19m40s.
Gemma Floyd of Morpeth Harriers was the first Female finisher in 14th place overall, posting a time of 20m30s.
Other Morpeth Harriers finishers were as follows
Jim Alder (19th) (1st O/55 Man) 21m23s,
Damian Foster (27th) (3rd O/45 Man) 22m53s,
Helen Bruce (40th) (7th Woman) (2nd O/40 Woman) 24m12s,
Sue Smith (47th) (9th Woman) (2nd O/50 Woman) 24m41s,
Pamela Woodcock (48th) (10th Woman) (1st O/65 Woman) 24m42s,
Jilly Bell (51st) (12th Woman) (3rd O/35 Woman) 24m59s,
Jacinta Wake (59th) (16th Woman) (5th O/50 Woman) 25m38s,
Clare Walker (61st) (17th Woman) (5th O/35 Woman) 25m42s,
and Clare Hiscock (90th) (34th Woman) (7th O/40 Woman) 28m30s.