It’s all Greek for Harrier Hamish in 18th marathon

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Morpeth Harrier Hamish McAllister-Williams competed in his 18th marathon in the run’s Greek homeland.

Hamish travelled out to the historic city of Thessaloniki in northern Greece, to take part in the Alexander the Great Marathon.

Held as part of a weekend running festival, it started in Pella, the birthplace of Alexander the Great, beside a statue of the Macedonian warrior and ended next to another statue of the great man on the waterfront in Thessaloniki.

It took Hamish 3hrs25mins-
39secs to complete the marathon course, placing 204th out of 1,442 runners, and he was 18th in his over-50 veteran men’s category.

Hamish described the event as an enjoyable experience, apart from a strong headwind during the 27th kilometre, unfortunately coincidingd with a steep uphill climb.

The organisation was described as very laid back in typically Greek fashion, but with very little chaos compared to some other big city marathons he has experienced.

He added that the hosts were most hospitable and courteous, making it well worth the trip.

 After taking part in Saturday’s parkrun in South Shields and crossing the line in first place, Morpeth Harrier Mark Snowball headed back to South Tyneside on Sunday to take part in the annual Sand Dancer 10k Multi-Terrain Race, organised by South Shields Harriers.

Snowball, who also recently finished third in the North Tyneside 10k, and ran well in his club’s bronze medal-winning Northern 12-Stage Road Relay squad at Sunderland last Saturday, finished fourth in 34m24s.

The next Morpeth Harriers finisher in the event was Paul Banks, who finished 40th in a time of 40m27s and was 13th over-40 veteran man.

Ten places behind Paul was fellow Morpeth veteran Peter Scaife, who clocked 41m25s and was eighth over-50 man and fifth in the North East Masters Championship, incorporated into the event.

Morpeth Harriers were fourth men’s team, with the scoring count being closed by James McFetrich, who finished 73rd in 42m50s and was 21st over-40 man.

Other Morpeth Harriers results were as follows:-

Richard Kirby (78th) (23rd O/40 Man) 43m07s, Paul Bentley (171st) (9th O/60) (2nd NEMAA) 48m31s, Jane Kirby (215th) (56th Lady) (28th O/40 Lady) 51m37s, Jacinta Wake (305th) (113th Lady) (27th O/45 Lady) 59m14s, Carol Parry (306th) (114th Lady) (28th O/45 Lady) 59m14s, and Susan Smith (307th) (29th O/45) 59m14s.

There were 400 finishers in the event.

 World Duathlon Sprint Champion Carl Avery of Morpeth Harriers competed in the high-profile Windsor Elite event in Berkshire on Sunday, April 3.

In a hard-fought event involving both cycling and running, Avery finished in fifth place, only 37 seconds adrift of winner Richard Horton of Racetime Triathlon Club.

Avery clocked an overall time of 54m53s, and there were 52 finishers, also including Durham City Harrier Dan Jenkin, who was one place, and 13 seconds ahead of him.