Another busy week for our ever growing Harrier senior squad.
The week started at home on a windy Tuesday night at Eastbourne stadium NYSD meet 3. Following some amazing performances from the junior section in both track and field Curtis Metcalfe kicked off the night’s events winning the 200m in a speedy 24:30 then took 3rd place in the Men’s High jump with a 1.65m leap. Amazing results over the 2 disciplines.
Next up in the 1 mile event split into 2 separate races with Simon Rogers finishing fastest in 5:19.5 and 3rd in his race. Other Harriers included Paul Helliwell 5:21.1, Dan Hunter 5:24.3, Tom Leighton 5:24.9, Paul Cook 5:28.3, Ben Wilson 5:46.2, Dave McKenna 6:00.4, Darren Stockdale 6:00.9, Graham Garvey 6:13.1, Ultra runner Heather Mochrie finished in 6:19.3 after a 10 mile warm up, Tai Charlton 6:47.9, Simon Daniels 6:47.9 and Lesley Miller 7:00.9. Great times on a tough night.
In the Men’s 3k steeplechase, club coach Adam Mitchell won in 10:12.6 with Colin Taylor finishing 4th in 11:32.3. Brilliant work, I’m not sure I could even get over the barrier!
The following day at Locke Park 5mile, Pie and Peas race the legend Shirley Gibson finished 79th and 4th in Age grading, clocking a time of 41.50. Superb achievement after a long layoff after a winter operation and great to see her back in club colours. Paul Cook finished 7th in 29:24 in the same race but let himself down badly by not eating his pie and peas. Must try harder Paul.
On the weekend parkruns the Harriers were out in their masses and visited Darlington, Shildon,
Sedgefield and Fountain’s Abbey. Starting at Darlington in a field of 281 Colin Taylor was first home for the club in 2nd place in 18:09 once again extending his league lead. Paul Cook who was parkrun pacer again (sub 18:30), finished 5th in 18:25 taking Nathan Hemingbrough with him for a fantastic new PB of 18:30 and 6th place. Tom Leighton also PB’d, clearly showing confidence on the back of his 1mile effort on Tuesday, achieving 19:29 for 15th place. Youngsters James Roberts and Liam Brittle finished 18th and 19th in 19:40 and 19:43 just ahead of club pacer Simon Rogers in 20th
position. Future is certainly bright with the likes of James and Liam coming through the ranks. New member Graham Garvey just missed out on a PB finishing 33rd place in 20:52. Other finishers for the club, most racing at Raby Castle 10k the following day, ladies club captain Linda Noble in 20:58, 38th, Juris Silvos in 21:04, 40th, Neil Addyman 21:30, 47th, Sean Connolly 21:30, 48th, Craig Stoddart who is just returning from injury had a pain free run finishing in 22:10, 53rd and Tracey Owen who has recently started training with the club smashed her PB finishing in 22:52 and 66th place. Simon Daniels 23:03, 73rd, Jade Hutchinson 23:08, 74th, Andrew Glencross, 23:20, 79th, Lesley Miller 23:50, 92nd, Emily Halstead 24:06, 95th, Shirley Gibson 25:16, 111th, Joanne Tonkin 27:51, 159th,
Over at Shildon at Hackworth parkrun, Dan Hunter finished first at the 3 lap course in a field of 33 in 20:12 and Justin Hindmarch 2nd in 20:35 for a new course PB at Hackworth. Over at Sedgefield, 160 runners set off on the 2 lap course including 3 Harriers. Corinne Murray finished in 19th place in a time of 22:16 showing of her old form after a long layoff last year. Tai Charlton was next to finish, 27:17 for 79th position followed by Anneli Mackenzie-Brown one second and one position behind.
Peter Armstrong took a trip down the A1 to Fountains Abbey to run in the scenic 2 lap course and finished 12th in 19:49 out of 246 runners. Sunday saw Harriers take on both Raby Castle 10k as part of the Grand Prix 10k series and Ripon 10. Two tough courses which test even the best of runners. At Raby Castle Harriers were out in force. In a field of 320 Drew Inglis won the race in a time of 35:22, fantastic and consistent running by Drew. Colin Taylor, finished 10th in 37:40 followed by Simon Rogers, 21st 39:14, Ben Wilson, 35th
41:01, Nathan Hemingbrough 39th 41:27 (PB), Peter Armstrong, 46th 42:09, Dave McKenna, 54th 42:41, Dom Colley, 77th 44:40, Paul Keedz, 79th 44:49, Jamie Gardner, 88th 45:25, Andrew Glencross, 163rd 50:07 (PB), Annah Farragher, 169th 50:40 (PB), Charlotte Knowles, 184th 51:39 (PB), Lesley Miller, 185th 51:42, Anne Hutchinson, 234th 56:01, Clive Green, 235th 56:02 and Shirley Gibson, 236th 56:21.
At Ripon 10 mile race, an undulating, mixed terrain course saw 355 runners take the start line. Paul Cook finished 3rd V40 and Sharon Barlow, 1st lady, despite her suffering with plantar fasciitis, in exactly the same time of 1:06:30.3 for 10th and 11th place. Val Clarke finished 2nd V50F in 86th place in a time of 1:17:53.3 followed by Graham Garvey in 99th place in 1:19.11.7.
Well done everyone, a really brilliant effort by everyone at the club this week both runners and organisers.
Thank you for all your support
Paul (on behalf of our team captains)