Senior Harriers Weekly Update w/c 11th April

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We start this week’s report by taking a quick look back at both the Whitehorse marathon events as well as the 5k trail race.Starting with the Whitehorse half marathon, Dave McKenna finished 19th in 2:28.57 from a field of 102, with Heather Mochrie 8th overall but first lady at the marathon in 4:22:14 and Mike King 14th in 4:50:34 from a field of 107.Tremendous work.


At the 5k trail race in Stockton Louise Talman was the first lady from the 183 field to finish, 16th position overall in a time of 21:01 with husband Barry one place and one second behind. Linda Noble finished 23rd in 21:37, Jade Hutchinson 27th in 22:03, Katie Noble 32nd in 22:35 and John Hall 36th in 22:59.Shirley Gibson finished in 82nd in 26:50, Anne Hutchinson 93rd in 27:46 and Brian Burdon 113th in 29:44.

Well done all runners.

On Saturday morning at Darlington South Park it was time for celebration as Shirley Gibson got ready for her 250th parkrun appearance.Team mates flocked to South Park in Royal Blue and white to help mark the occasion in style, only to find the course flooded on arrival…bugger!

Peter Armstrong and Andrew Glencross were part of a 297 field at Gateshead, Peter finishing 21st in 20:37 and Andrew 53rd in 22:34.Over at Albert Park Middlesboro amongst the 278 field John Hall was first to finish for the club in 40th in 21:21 followed by Ellie Phillips in 61st in 22:39 and dad Martin 67th in 23:13. At Sedgefield 161 turned out for the mornings run and despite missing the start David Bracken picked his way through the field to finish 26th in 22:58 ahead of Neil Embleton in 70th in 26;29, Julian Pinkney 72nd in 26:36 and Libby Hammond 147th in 36:24.Down in Kent at the Whitstable parkrun amongst 254 runners, Iain Girard finished 65th in 24:40 with wife Rachel 251st in 44:37.Well done all park runners.

Media man Graham Bell headed to Kalkar, Germany to compete in the European Standard distance Duathlon championships.Graham finished 16th in his age group with a total time of 2:31:54.Amazing stuff Graham well done.

Another reminder about the clubs 125th anniversary on May 21st.

We are still looking for people to compete on the day and all competitors will be given a 125th anniversary medal.If you can’t compete but are able to help out in some other way please get in touch, any support would be appreciated.

Time to turn to a story of interest outside of our club.Grant McTaggart, some of who you may know through the McTaggart trot or at the Tri Club in Darlington took on The Marathon de sables this week, 8 months after fighting off cancer.Now for those who aren’t familiar with this race, it’s known as the toughest footrace on Earth.Running 156 miles in 6 days in over 100 degree heat under Moroccan sun; this is a battle of endurance and mental strength.Grant finished the course, still smiling…and no doubt desperate for a loaf of bread with lots of butter! Top man, amazing achievement and goes to show what can be achieved if you put your mind to it.  

On Sunday morning at the Vale of York 10 mile event, in a field of 767 runners Sharon Barlow was first home for the club and second lady in 36th place in 1:02:45 followed in by James Baker in 1:05:37 for 59th.Paul Keedy was next home breaking the 70 minute barrier for a new PB in 1:09:49 with Corinne Murray having a great run finishing 145th in 1:13:08.

Andrew Glencross was next home in 156th in 1:13:26 for a new PB with Peter O’Neil making his first appearance for the club and his first 10mile race finished in 200th place in 1:15:52.Lesley Miller finished the day in a new PB of 1:18:45 in 253rd place, Becci Carter finishing 284th in 1:20:12 for a new PB and mum Anne Hutchinson 438th in 1:28:19.Tina Corah also made an appearance again marking the occasion with a new personal best finishing 500th in 1:31:59.To be the cherry on the cake, Lesley Miller, Sharon Barlow and Corinne Murray picked up the ladies team prize.

Outstanding work everyone.

On Sunday afternoon over at Shildon, a number of seniors were involved in the Track and Field meeting.Luke Stockdale put in a PB performance in the 100metres finishing in an impressive 11.3 seconds and 23.7 seconds in the 200.Mark Tallon doubled up on the day finishing the 400m in 63.1 but took a whopping 2.6 seconds of his 200m best finishing in 27.0 seconds.Curtis Metcalfe also picked up a bronze in the 100m.Full coverage on the event will appear in next week’s report.