Senior Harriers Weekly Update w/c 12th October

Senior Harriers Weekly Update w/c 12th October

On a fresh Saturday morning down at Darlington’s South Park 303 runners gathered to take part in the morning’s parkrun. Karl Challand making his first appearance cruised round to take the win in 16:44 with another speedy junior Ben Tinkler finishing 5

th in 17:43. Colin Taylor started out slow with his aim to get faster each lap finished 7th in 18:10 with Paul Helliwell also taking a week off racing the 5k finished in 9th in 18:30. Paul Cook, running naked sub 19 min pacer (no watch unlike Craig Stoddart’s no shorts approach) finished 10th in 18:44 with Alison Matthews ducking under 19mins for 18:58 for 13th. Andy Park was next home in 15th for 19:13 with Barry Talman 21st in 19:34. Dave McKenna, Andy Dobson and Craig Stoddart finished in 26th, 28th and 29th finishing within 3 seconds of each other, Dave 20:01, Andy 20:03 and Craig 20:04 two seconds outside his PB.

Tom Leighton was next home in 31st in 20:16. Sean Connolly finished in 43rd in 21:25 with a number of Harriers following swiftly behind. Dom Colley was next home in 44th position in 21:28, Graham Garvey 46th in 21:32, Peter Foulds 48th in 21:37 breaking his PB in the process, Sam Talman 21:46 and Clare Park 50th in 21:47 also breaking her PB. Ian Brown was just 7 seconds behind finishing 52nd in 21:54 with Steve McAllister one position behind in 21:59 and marathon man Steve Elliott 57th in 22 minutes dead. Dave Hynes had a ‘trotter’ around the south park to finish in 61st in 22:18 with Pauline Brown crossing the line in the same time for 62nd. Andrew Glencross finished in 64th in 22:28 with Becca Trenholme making her first appearance to finish 87th in 23:30.

Dave Hamer broke his PB to finish in 91st in 23:44 with Sarah Tomlinson who’s also been in fine form of late, also broke her PB to finish in 95th in 23:54. Tai Charlton finished 104th in 24:44 with Iain Girard beating his best time to finish 107th in 24:46. Michael Sangster on his 2nd visit to the park finished 110th in 24:51 for a new PB with Andy and Aly Williamson next home for the club in 114th and 118th places in 25:06 and 25:22 respectively. Anne Hutchinson back at the park after last week’s marathon effort finished 123rd in 25:33 with Anneli Mackenzie-Brown 132nd in 25:52. John Brant finished 143rd in 26:23 with youngster Jonny Hindmarsh finishing 148th in 26:34 with dad graham one place and one second behind. Tina Corah finished 177th in 28:22 followed by Brian Burdon in 197th in 29:19. Stephen Dauber was shortly behind in 213th place in 29:45 with Joanne Hindmarsh 227th in 30:41. Alison Thomas broke her PB to finish in 43:05 on her 5th visit to the park.

Well done everyone some really great running!

 Over at Albert Park, Middlesboro 273 runners gathered to take on the fast course with a view to taking home a new PB. In a field of 273 runners Peter Armstrong finished 28

th and despite claiming a course PB of 19:07 that sub 19 minute mark is still just out of reach. Young flying machine Gabrielle Hall finished 41st in 20:02, 2 seconds outside her PB with Paul Keedy claiming another PB this year finishing 48th in 20:37. John Hall finished 55th in 21:16 on his 60th park run. Richard Easterbrook was the lone Harrier flying at Hartlepool in a field of 80. Richard finished in the top half in 34th position in 25:09, another step in the right direction post injury.

Well done everyone

 Don’t forget, Harriers results are published in the Local Heroes section of the Northern Echo every Saturday morning.

On Sunday, Phillip Teece took on the Amsterdam marathon. Known for its fast and beautiful course starting at the historical Olympic stadium, down by Amstel river, past a few stately homes, windmills, through the city centre where the runners will be cheered on by women waiving from their ‘office windows’ finishing back at the stadium. Phil absolutely smashed this finishing in a brilliant 2:50:04. Superb running Phil.

Late Sunday morning Peter Armstrong took on the Sean Lee Johnson 10 mile multi terrain race, southbound at Boroughbridge. The race which formed tragically on the back of Ray Johnstone who tragically lost his son in 1998 after his son had complained of headaches and shaking in his left hand. From a field of 180 runners Peter finished in 24th position in a provisional time of 71:10. Well done Peter and a great cause.

Darren Stockdale took a 3 hour drive to the Midlands to compete in the Birmingham Half Marathon. The BUPA sponsored event always attracts a big crowd with the race finishing in the heart of the city. In a large field of 12,242 Darren finished in 1152nd position in a time of 1:37:52. Great work Darren.

Conquering Everest

In case you are unaware, Jamie Rutherford is running a little marathon….it just so happens to be in Nepal, down a certain Mount Everest. Jamie is doing this to raise money on the back of the recent earthquakes which devastated many people’s homes and lives.

For those who would like to support Jamie and this cause, please visit his site below.