Senior Harriers Weekly Update w/c 14th December

Senior Harriers Weekly Update w/c 14th December


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We start this week taking a look back at last weekend’s Cross Country in Sedgefield.I know this was covered off in the Captain’s report but it’s worth repeating how great it was to see so many Harriers competing for the club and shows the hard work that has been done by the club captains to promote this to the members.Fantastic achievement by everyone who ran.

In addition to the brave runners at XC last week Pauline and Ian Brown headed south to London to run Mile end parkrun where 124 runners took part.Ian finished in 39th position in 22:19 with Pauline 41st in 22:29.Meanwhile up in Scotland which normally resembles the planet Hoth due to its icy conditions, Alison Matthews was back on home turf running at Hazelhead parkrun.With 111 runners on show Alison cruised round in 5th place in 19:47 as well as being 1st lady.Well done all.


On Friday evening the club had its annual awards evening showcasing the club’s successes.And this year there was plenty to celebrate.Anne Hutchinson put on a superb show for everyone starting with Susie Stephen kicking off the evening with a fascinating presentation, followed by Robin Rutherford showcasing the juniors achievements and finishing off with Dan Hunter and club captains Mark Tallon and Linda Noble doing the same for the seniors.A good night was had by all.Any thoughts and suggestions to make the night even better please let Anne know.

On Saturday morning down at South Park, Darlington the morning run attracted 236 runners, some of which had hangovers so I hear.Conditions were a little windy but surprisingly warm but good for running. Colin Taylor was first home for the club in 3rd in 17:50 followed home by Paul Helliwell in 18:24 for 4th and Phil Teece making a rare appearance in Darlington but without a barcode finished 5th.Simon Rogers was 6th in 18:42, Paul Lowe 9th in 19:22 and Paul Cook 10th in 19:30.Paul had earlier picked up his parkrun men’s points winner for the third year straight after Dave Blewitt did just that in the run up to December.

Andrew Dobson finished 13th in 19:38, Barry Talman 14th in 19:44 and Jeff Miller 15th three seconds behind.Craig Stoddart finished 18th in 20:18 with John Dunne one place and five seconds behind in 19th.Stuart Armstrong was next home in 23rd in 21:03 followed by Steve Wilkinson in 26th in 21:06 followed by Ian Morris in 28th in 21:23.David Walton, back after injury was next back home in 33rd in 21:41. Good to see you running David.Mark Robinson finished 37th in 21:56 was followed home by junior Harry Wilson 39th in 22:01 with Michael Sangster putting in yet another PB performance to finish in 41st in 22:03, supported by pacer Peter Armstrong 42nd in 22:04.

Sean Connolly finished 43rd in 22:05 with Dom Colley one place and one second further back and Graham Garvey 45th in the same time.Ian Brown finished 48th in 22:11 with wife Pauline 51st in 22:28 and Andrew Glencross 52nd in 22:29.Jade Hutchinson was 55th in 22:55 followed by Bally Singh 62nd in 23:18 and Robert Austin again putting in a good run 66th in 23:25.Female biggest improver of the year Lesley Miller finished 77th in 23:59 followed closely by Emma Morley 78th 24:01, junior Sam Talman 80th in 24:09 and Iain Girard 84th in 24:17 for a new parkrun PB! Well done that man.

Aly Williamson was only four seconds outside her PB finishing 93rd in 24:30 with the veteran Shirley Gibson 101st in 25:09.Simon Daniels finished 105th in 25:25 followed by Anne Hutchinson 124th in 26:24 and John Brant in 132nd in 26:39.Paula Roberts put in a PB performance to finish 141st in 27:02 and showed everyone that she had guts…..literally! Great work and shows how hard you were working.Tina Corah finished 180th in 29:18 followed by Brian Burdon 188th in 30:04, Stephen Dauber 198th in 31:29 and Sarah Neve 208th in 32:53.Well done everyone who ran.

On Sunday morning over 100 runners from various clubs including many from the club headed to Barton to take on the McTaggart trot, a 3 team event with a mix of a slow, medium paced and faster runner.I think it’s safe to say everyone had a superb morning and had fun.Phil Teece and Ian Brown were part of the winning team and John Dunne in the 2nd place team.

Well done everyone, great to see everyone supporting this run and raising money for St Theresa’s hospice.

 On Sunday afternoon three Harriers headed to Loftus to take on the Poultry Run, which is approximately 8 miles and covers country lanes, bridleways, footpaths and muddy farmer's fields. The course is generally ascending for the first half of the race, with a steep climb at approximately half-way followed by a nice downhill run down to the finish. In a field of 453 runners, Alison Matthews finished 36thoverall and 3rd lady in 52:35, Graham O’Hara a solid 77th in 58:16 and Val Clarke 130th 1:02:35 also picking up a veteran ladies prize. 2nd claim Sharon Bulman also ran finishing 4th lady. Well done all.

Over in Stockton a few Harriers including senior ladies captain Linda Noble took on the Stockton 5k trail race.Results have not been published so more on that next week.Susie Stephen headed down to Haworth, Yorkshire to take part in The Stoops festive fell race which is 8km in length. More on that next week.

 In other news, we hear Hari Singh also decided to run another marathon taking him another step closer to running 125 marathons’ in time for the 125th anniversary.

If anyone can provide any details of Hari’s exploits please let me know!