and a longing for fresh country air, when they headed for Thrunton Woods
in wildest Northumberland on Sunday 27th March 2016,
to take part in the “Thriller” Fell Races,
run over trails in the Cheviots, North of Wooler.
There were two events on offer, one a shorter course of approx 10k distance,
the other a slightly more gruelling Half Marathon.
Two of the six chose to run the longer event, and Richard Kirby was the first of those to finish,
posting a time of 2hrs15mins, to finish seventh.
Posting a time of 2hrs31mins, Gary Mason came home in 16th place out of 82 finishers.
Fell Running Champion John Butters, who had competed in the Elswick Road Races on Good Friday,
certainly showed his prowess in the 10k, which he won in 63mins.
Three minutes behind him in second place was club colleague Karl Taylor,
who had also run on the Friday at Elswick.
Completing the Morpeth Harriers quartet in the 10k event were Andrew Richardson,
who finished ninth in 84mins, and Jacinta Wake, another Morpeth athlete
who had competed on the Good Friday, who finished 32nd in 112mins.
This event is a very enjoyable one despite the tough terrain, a one where runners,
who have time, can take in the splendour of spectacular and dramatic views
as they wend their way through trails, perfectly set by the county’s Forestry Commission,
many thanks go to the safety provision in attendance on the day.