Senior Harriers Weekly Update w/c 11th January

The week started with another music legend falling by the wayside.Let’s take a look at the ‘Heroes’ from last week first of all. At Darlington parkrun Jane Teague was showing as unaffiliated so was missed out of the results.Jane had a solid run finishing 88th in 24:03, well done Jane.

Also last week at the Gerry Kearsley Memorial handicap race Jade Hutchinson clocked the fastest time from the club, tackling the tough course and showing that she isn’t no ‘China girl’.Jade was also first lady overall finishing in 22nd place in 46.14 for 22nd position.I bet she was ‘Dancing in the Street’.Dom Colley showing he was a real ‘Starman’ was next home in 46:22 for 24th with birthday boy Sean Connolly 25th in 46:33, the ‘Rebel, Rebel’.Andrew Glencross was next home in 45th place in 49:35 with Jamie Baldasera 46th in 49:41 covered in mud. ‘Dirty Boys’. Lesley Miller finished in 62nd place in a solid time of 52:51 despite running ‘Up the hill backwards’. Some great results from the Harriers proving they aren’t ‘Absolute Beginners’. 102 people ran.

With poor weather impacting Darlington parkrun for the second time in a matter of weeks and Durham Cathedral relays and Brass Monkey Half marathon on the following day the number of Harriers parkrun was low for a change.At Tees Barrage in a field of 251 Andrew Park and Barry Talman finished in 35th and 36th as they stretched their legs out, finishing both in 22:28.Peter Armstrong also with one eye on Sunday’s Half marathon finished 74th in 25:26.Meanwhile in Northallerton, 70 runners turned out for the mornings mix terrain run with Andy Dobson first home in 5th place in 21:52 on his 210th parkrun but first appearance on this course.Andrew Glencross was next home in 23:44 for 10th and Craig Stoddart 17th in 25:46, both on their first visit.Phil Teece was the lone Harrier at Albert Park, Middlesboro as he strolled around in 26:38 for 127th place from a field of 307.

On a cold morning in York, the Harriers were out in force.With temperatures below zero and no wind, this made conditions perfect for runners.Could the Harriers make the most of the conditions?Does a bear shit in the woods?Does Paul Keedy look in ladies bedroom windows and claim he’s a window cleaner?Sharon Barlow was first to finish for the club taking a minute of her previous best and winning the ladies race in 1:18:33 and 56th overall.Absolutely outstanding running Sharon.Second claim Tori Green running for Ripon finished in 1:19:19 again for a new PB.Simon Rogers put in a PB performance to finish 72nd in 1:19:37 with Phil Teece and Paul Cook 92nd and 95th in 1:21:27 and 1:21:37, both runners a little disappointed with their efforts.

Jeff Miller had a storming run finishing in 1:24:02 for a new PB in 132nd position followed by second claim Sharon Bulman who was one position and one place ahead of Andy Park in 1:24:55, again for a PB in 153rd place.Barry Talman put in a late kick to keep Peter Armstrong at bay, both athletes putting in a PB performance, Peter taking 3 minutes of his previous best.Barry finished in 1:26:44 and Peter 1:26:49 for 186th and 187th place.Second claim Neil Smith finished with a new PB of 1:28:31 for 245th place a sizeable chunk taken off his previous best. Louise Talman also PB’d on the day breaking the 90 minute mark to finish in 1:29:58 for 268th with a slightly suspicious looking Dave McKenna finishing 291st in 1:31:20.

Garry Collinson stormed home in 1:31:35 for a new PB to finish 300th, Graham O’Hara closely behind in 303rd in 1:31:50 with Stuart Armstrong taking over 10 minutes of his PB to finish in 1:33:59 for 363rd place.Linda Noble finished in 1:34 dead for 368th place, Craig Stoddart just behind in 1:34:07 for a new PB with Mark Robinson also finishing with a new PB in 1:34:27 for 380th.Jade Hutchinson running her first half marathon smashed her own expectations to finish in 1:35:20 for 415th.Outstanding work for the…17 year old.Clare Park chased Jade all the way in to grab herself a new best in 1:36 dead for 442nd place with another first time half marathon runner, Sean Connolly celebrating his 17th birthday by finishing in 1:37:18 for 467th.

Andrew Glencross giving Sean nearly 30 years actually finished 1 second ahead of him on chip time to gain himself a new PB of 1:37:17..well done young men!Val Clarke finished in 1:38:36 for 508th place with Ultra runner Mark Milner 535th in 1:39:45 looking slightly confused as he was expecting at least another 37miles to run.Peter Dods had a superb run smashing his PB in the process to break the 100 minutes finishing in 1:39:19 for 541st place with David Tomlinson 582nd in 1:40:50 for a new PB I believe with Pauline Brown finishing in 1:43:23 for 650th.New PB Pauline?Emma Morley also had a great run to break her PB in 1:42:56 for 652nd with Ian Brown crossing the line in 718th place in 1:44:14 with Lesley Miller 1:44:52 in 744th.


Sarah Tomlinson broke her HM PB and managed to side kick a few runners in the process.Sarah finishing in an impressive 1:48:07 for 851st place.Charlotte Knowles was another who impressed on the day breaking her PB to finish in 1:48:45 for 872nd place, followed in by Stephen McAllister in 1:50:48 934th with the veteran Shirley Gibson, who is 70 this year proving that age is irrelevant finishing in 1:51:55 for 950th.Anne Hutchinson, despite running with a broken toe, took her ‘woman up pills’ and finished in 1:56:38 for 1090th with Linda Tinkler completing her first half marathon in 2:04:58 for 1244th with Paula Roberts putting in a PB run to finish in a fantastic 2:11:21 for 1337th place.

There was a number of runners who also picked up Category prizes for the club as well as the ladies team of Sharon Barlow, Louise Talman and Linda Noble winning the team prize.Over 1500 runners completed the course from 1800 entries.

Amazing to see so many team mates running for the club and wearing the kit with pride.

Meanwhile another group of Harriers headed north to Durham to compete in the Durham Cathedral XC relays.Both men and ladies teams did brilliantly including the team of Bernadette Caygill, Sue Phillips and Susie Stephen finished overall ladies winners as well as North East Vet champions.

More on this in the captains report.