Senior Harriers Weekly Update w/c 13th June

Last Monday evening Ian Barnes competed in the track meeting of the NEMAA at Jarrow in the 3000m. Ian was able to break the British M80 record which stood at 16m10 seconds with a time of 14 mins 37.6 seconds.An incredible record one which will be difficult to break for many years to come.Outstanding Ian.

At the week’s track meetings Paul Helliwell was first in action in the 400m where he finished in 59.60 in his heat whilst Colin Taylor finished in 60.90 and Mark Tallon 62.2 in their heat. Steve Bousfield finished 2nd in his race in the 100m in 13 seconds dead.Steve also competed in the 200m this week finishing the evening race in 26.3 for a new personal best.


Kieran Maxwell finished in 14.90 in his heat.In the 300m Colin turned the tables on Paul finishing 15th in 9.59.3, Paul finishing in 10.27.7 and Graham Bell 12.40.8. In the 100m Luke Stockdale powered home first in 11.5 seconds, new member Pawel Grzaslewicz just behind in 11.7 with Curtis Metcalf a fraction of a second behind in 11.8 and Tom Andrews 12.0. Outstanding sprinting by you all.

On Wednesday evening at Carlton Midsummer Meander where conditions were wet, slippery, steep with poor visibility…actually reminds me of a girl I once knew. Shaun Marshall, Alison Matthews, Natalie Curgenven, Darren Stockdale, Steph Kingdon and David Aiken were part of the 75 competitors.  Official results have yet to be released but an enjoyable night for all taking part, well done.

On Thursday night at Ropner park ‘ Trail race’…I use this lightly as this is a parkrun with a 10 metre stretch of grass to the finish line we had three Harriers on show for race 3 of the series.Peter Armstrong finished 21st in 19:29 with Andrew Glencross finishing 50th in 21:48 and Brian Burdon 144th in 27:58.185 ran in the race, well done all three of you.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, 2.10 to be precise Ben Applewhite’s wife gave birth to Jack William weighing in at 6lb 9.Fantastic news.  Ben is already preparing Jack for Harrier life by bottle feeding him 8 times a day with 2 hours recovery.Congratulations to you both.

We start this weekend’s parkrun roundabout with love as Neil Embleton taking on Valentine’s parkrun down south, in Essex.Neil finished 21st out of 181 runners in 23:30. Amongst 176 runners in Sedgefield four Harriers, Lesley Miller, Sarah Neve, Emma Ivey and Sarah Forster took to the start line.Lesley was first to finish finishing 41st in 23:50 for a new course PB, Sarah Neve next in 122nd place in 31:18 on her first visit to the park, Emma finished five places and ten seconds further back for a new course best and Sarah Forster 156th in 35:33. Over at Tees Barrage Darren Stockdale, Anne Hutchinson and Julian Pinkney formed part of the 218 field.Darren was first to finish in 22nd place in 21:49, Anne 97th in 26:34 with Julian 101st in 26:56.

With the Aycliffe 10k on Sunday morning, a number of runners across several clubs had their foot firmly off the gas but that didn’t stop some from the club.Howard Parr was first to finish in 5th in 18:45 with Tom Leighton 10th in 19:42 and David Bracken 12th in 19:44 for a new PB.Junior Louis Brett finished 16th in 20:14 again for a new personal best with Linda Noble 20th in 20:39.Paul Cook finished 23rd in 20:49 with Barry Bell busting a gut then spilling his guts at the finish line as he took nearly 50 seconds of his previous best to finish in 20:50.

David McKenna and his dog finished 27th in 21:08 despite a Labrador doing their best to upend him, Andy Dobson was 28th in 21:13 with Andrew Glencross 29th in 21:16.Andy Park and Barry Talman finished 46th and 47th in 22:03 and 22:04, Ian Brown 48th in 22:08 and Michael Watson 53rd for a new personal best of 22:16.Simon Daniels also had a great run finishing 56th in 22:22 ahead of Jonathan Boyle 59th in 22:33, junior Dylan Wilson in 61st in 22:38, Robert Austin 65th in 22:49, Peter Armstrong 67th in 22:54 one second and one place ahead of Michael Sangster.

Junior Charlie Wood finished 73rd in 23:10, Pauline Brown 84th in 23:44 and Jane Teague in 89th in 23:59.Birthday boy Steve McAllister finished 92nd in 24:20, losing 2 minutes at the start blowing all 50 candles out with John Brant heading in the right direction finishing 107th in 25:13 ahead of Julie New 140th in 26:53.Brian Burdon finished in 151st in a speedy 27:28 with Martin McGregor 174th in 28:39 and Stephen Dauber 190th in 29:51.To finish the weekend’s park run’s Dom Colley headed to a windy Hartlepool and finished 5th in 20:46 from a field of 83.Alison Matthews headed north of the border for her birthday celebrations and ran one of the local parkruns with her father and her dog.The dog won.Well done all park runners

On Saturday Steph Kingdon and Mark Tallon took on the Spicher Zehner 10k, a 2 lap multi terrain with a 160m climb in Troisdorf, Germany.As you can see from the photo our 400m runner Mark was overcome with excitement.After the race Mark was asked by a German reporter for his thoughts.“Jesus, das war harte Arbeit. Ich erwartete, nur 400 Meter an diesem Wochenende laufen, so Gott weiß, wie ich süß in Betrieb eines 10-Kilometer-Rennen gesprochen wurde. Die Dinge, die ich tun für die Liebe oder war es Bier?“

Well done both of you hope you enjoyed the run.

Phil Teece and Ian Barnes took a trip to the North West as they competed in British Masters event in Horwich.Although results have yet to be released Phil put in a sub 18 performance on the 3 lap terrain to finish 5th V55 with Ian 2nd in the V80 category.Superb achievement from you both.

At the mornings Milltown 10k in Oldham, Corinne Murray was the solo Harrier on show.Again results have yet to be released for this but Corinne finished her run in around 44:45.

On Sunday morning at a warm Aycliffe 10k, Harriers again were out in their masses with some excellent performances once again on the day including an impressive 4th place by Drew Inglis and a number of new personal bests. Results have yet to be released so will cover this in detail next week but well done all runners and supporters.