It’s a week of immense excitement. Parents flock to local schools for their year 6 children future secondary school, Apple launch their new iPhone, the iPhone 7 and removing the headphone jack (genius), Katie Price attempts to adopt another child and Michael Sangster's as happy as a pig bathing itself in its own excrement as he awaits the London Ballet. Wait a minuet Michael…can you actually dance?
At last week’s Great North Run, linesman Glen Hart was in action. Glen who has recently joined the club finished in 1hr 48:01 for 4838th place and didn’t require a substitution but took advantage of the beer stop before the finish.Also post-race Harry Singh gave an interview for the BBC covering his achievement on the day along with his 36th Great North Run.
On Thursday night a few Harriers headed over to Cowpen Bewley for the Thursday night 5k Trail race.Amongst 112 runners Paul Lowe finished in a fantastic 4th in 18:48 being the gentleman allowing Rosie Smith to finish 3rd in the same time with Simon Rogers also having a strong run finishing 7th in 19:40.Neil Embleton finished 50th in 25:58, Karl Hume 62nd in 27:42 with the evergreen Shirley Gibson 74th in 29:22. Brian Burdon another who’s presence is seen at these races regular finished 86th in 31:29 with Penny Ivison 109th in 38:09.Well
On Saturday morning on a good day for running 314 hopefuls headed to Darlington parkrun. Colin Taylor and Paul Lowe pushed aside all competition by finishing 1st and 2nd in 17:23 and 17:30 respectively with Paul Cook following them home in 6th in 18:24.David Bracken shot off like a bullet from a gun and dug in deep to finish 9th in 19:05 for a new personal best ahead of David McKenna 12th in 19:33 who finished ahead of firstly Barry Foster in 19:34, Dom Colley in 19:35 and David Tomlinson 16th in 19:49, the latter three runners all achieving new personal bests.
Howard Parr finished 19th in 19:56, Ian Morris 20th dipping under the 20minute barrier in 19:57 with youngsters Louis Brett 23rd in 20:02 and Sam Talman 25th in 20:10 both achieving personal bests with Andy Park and Barry Talman in close proximity to young Sam in 25th and 26th in the same time.Michael Sangster finished 32nd in 20:31, John Dunne 34th in 20:34, another youngster Harry Wilson 35th in 20:40 and Andy Dobson 46th in 21:24.Peter Armstrong finished 48th in 21:32, Graham Garvey 52nd in 21:48, Martin Whitfield 61st in
22:25 as he equalled his previous best and Jonathan Boyle 62nd in 22:30 just outside his best. Bally Singh finished 64th in 22:31 with Sean Connolly one place and five seconds further back with Robert Austin finishing in his favoured position, 69th in 22:53. Junior James Bennett
McNulty finished 23:41 for 84th, Jane Teague a position and five seconds behind with another youngster Fergal Deane 99th in 24:18 ahead of Shirley Gibson 127th on her 269th run.Anne Hutchinson finished 168th in 27:07 ahead of another club legend Ian Barnes 186th
in 27:54 and Martin McGregor 199th in 28:41.Brian Burdon finished 203rd in 28:49 ahead of Dave Hamer 233rd in 29:50 and Sarah Neve 240th in 30:17.Lisa Smedley finished 251st in 31:12, Peter Whitfield 268th in 32:54 with Rachel Girard back at parkrun after her Great
North Run exploits 307th in 44:03.
Elsewhere much travelled park runner Andrew Glencross took on the Rising Sun parkrun up in Gosforth finishing 47th in 22:22 from 231 runners whilst Richard Bowes completed his 200th parkrun in Newcastle finishing 138th in 22:18 from 602 runners. Over at Sedgefield
amongst 178 runners Paul Allan finished 21st in 22:20 alongside Justin Hindmarch 22nd in 22:21 with XC captain Mark Tallon pulling out the big guns as he finished 36th in 23:18 for a new personal best.At Hackworth Zoe Rogers put in a personal best performance finishing
19th in 26:38 with Julie New 23rd in 27:40 from a 44 runner field. At Albert Park from 302 runners Martin Phillips finished 41st in 20:36 with Andy Williamson finishing the morning with a new personal best of 22:05 alongside Simon Daniels in 54th in 22:05 on his first visit and I believe also a personal best.Aly Williamson, not to be outdone by her husband also finished with a personal best as she finished in 86th in 23:54 with daughter Louise 159th in 27:49 on her visit to the park.Joanne Austin was another to finish with a personal best with a finishing time of 35:47 for 271st with Sarah Forster 300th in 40:39 on her first visit to the park.We finish off at Huddersfield where Neil Addyman finished in 23 minutes dead for 104th position with Emily Halstead 191st in 25;11 from 624 runners. If I’ve not tracked others down please let me know! Well done everyone
On Saturday morning, seasoned ultra-runners Mark Milner and Matt Capsey were at it again….not that they are just good friends…as they took on the Hardmoors 60 challenge. Matt finished in 13 hours 59mins and 43 seconds with Mark Milner 14 hours and 35 minutes. Mark picked up a triple ring for completing the 110mile, 80mile and 60 mile with Matt unfortunately missing out after injury forced his withdrawal deep into the race in the 110miler.Outstanding gentleman, we all doff our new caps to you which are incidentally on order.
At Darlington South Park on Sunday morning, everyone gathered for the mornings 20 mile event, either as an individual or part of a relay team.This is the second new event of the year by the club following on the success of the 10 mile run in August. Main results will be
out tomorrow however In the relay race the two man team of Paul Cook and Ken Harker were first to finish finishing in2:04:32 with the team of Clare and Andy Park, Andrew Glencross and Paul Keedy finishing in 2:21:18 and the two man team of David Bracken and Jonathan Boyle finishing in 2.33.13.The four man team of Neil Pattison, Michael Watson, Neil Chambers and Martin Shaw
completed their twenty miles in 2:34:24, Harry Singh, Robert Austin, Harry Prince and John Brant finishing theirs just under the three hour marker in 2:59:12 with Den and Sally Dale, Lisa Smedley and Tina Corah finishing in 3:15:41. Thank you to everyone who supported this event, without your support this would not have been a success! Whilst your waiting for the results here’s 3 of the clubs athletes showing off their training regimes.
At the Acorn trail race it was a 1-2-3 for Harrier ladies.Sue Phillips was 1st followed by sister Linda Noble 2nd with Linda’s daughter Megan in 3rd place. This wouldn't be trail race without another mistake en route with runners going the wrong way in the woods at around 3k cutting a big loop off.The guilty marshall was stood about 20 yards way from the turn, texting probably! Simon Rogers was the first male to take the correct route with everyone ahead of him carrying straight on and missing the turn in the process. In the 2k race young Harriers Harriet Rogers was first girl and Liam Brittle 2nd male.
At the Serpentine race ran by Sedgefield Harriers we again had a good showing of athletes on the day.Again results have yet to come in so will cover this in next week’s report. Also on Sunday we saw Harriers head to Hexham to take on the hilly Jelly tea Road 10 mile race.No official results have been released for this race however Barry and Louise finished in 71 minutes and 56 seconds on a tough course for 8th and 9th. The weekend also saw Danielle Clark compete in the Kirkstall Abbey 7mile race finishing 300th in 67:54 from a
field of 345 runners. Well done guys.