Yes, it’s St Patricks week which gives every non Irish person a reasonable excuse to dress up as leprechauns and have a few drinks and all Irish to just drink like any other day (yes Steve McAllister I mean you). But before we get into this week’s racing we take a look back to last Sunday as the every green Ian Barnes headed South West to Bath to compete in the British Masters cross country championships.Ian showed his class once again by winning Gold standard finishing 1st in the V80 category in 31:03 beating his closest rival by 34 seconds.Ian, you are a true inspiration and amaze everyone at the club with your dedication!This does mean that you are never allowed to retire, I hope you know this!
Also last week at Locke park 20 mile race, as mentioned in last week’s weekly report which Nigel Carrigan absolutely didn’t read but will this week as he knows I’ll give him a mention…. Andy Park was first home in 19th in 2:18:39 followed by Louise Talman 24th in 2:22:16 with husband Barry one place and two seconds behind.David McKenna was 29th in 2:25:01, Peter Armstrong 2:25:38 for a new PB, Linda Noble 32nd five seconds further back with Steven Elliott 54th in 2:36:11.Clare Park was 58th in 2:39:54, Val Clarke 62nd in 2:42:42 and Shirley Gibson 94th in 3:02.2.As the race is based on age grading a number of the Harriers picked up prize money with Shirley once again taking top spot!Awesome work everyone and apologies if some of these were PB’s.
On Saturday morning at South Park, Darlington, Howard Parr was first finisher for the club from a field of 315 finishing for the club in 5th position in 18:35, 3 seconds outside his PB and shadowed by Colin Taylor 6th in 18:39.Shaun David and Garry Collinson both put a personal best performance in to finish 7th and 8th in 18:47 and 18:55 respectively.Andy Dobson was a couple of places back in 10th in 19:30 with Neville Ford putting in a best performance finishing 13th in 19:39.Stuart Armstrong was next home in 19th in 20:13, Dom Colley 20th three seconds back with John Dunne 23rd in 20:29 looking way too happy to be running that pace.
Juris Silovs was 26th in 20:40, Justin Hindmarch 28th in 20:49 and junior Stella Jones 32nd in 21 minutes flat.Andy Park finished 33rd, sister Louise Talman 36th in 21:09 and her husband Barry 37th in the same time.Wes Atkins was next home in 43rd in 21:41 for a new parkrun best with Ian Brown two places and seven seconds further back.Andrew Glencross was 57th in 22:32 on his 99th appearance, Michael Sangster 59th in 22:41 with Robert Austin, Peter Armstrong and Craig Stoddart finishing in quick succession to finish 63rd, 64th and 66th in times of 22:54, 22:54 and 22:55.Graham Garveyfinished 67th in 22:58, Jamie Baldasera 75th in 23:28, Jane Teague 81st in 23:56 with Neil Smith 88th in 24:31.
Shirley Gibson finished 103rd in 25:04, Becci Carter 115th in 25:47, Steve McAllister 25:49 for 116th with Anne Hutchinson and Julie Beck 121st in 25:55.Martin McGregor running with his son finished 143rd in 26:33, Brian Burdon 178th in 28:25 and Stephen Dauber 231st in 31:32.Jonathan Boyle finished 241st in 32:23, again running with his son with Brian Thompson making his first appearance to finish 292nd in 36:11.Rachel Girard had an excellent run and finished 313th in 43:14 for a new PB on the morning.Meanwhile at Sedgefield parkrun amongst a field of 208, junior James Roberts and Simon Daniels took on the two lap run.James was first home in 8th place in 19:45 with Simon 51st in 23:17, a new course PB for him.Over in Middlesboro Alison Matthews and Julian Pinkney took on Stewarts Park run amongst a field of 279 runners.Alison was first home finishing in an impressive 2nd place in 19:16 for a new course PB with Julian also running well to finish 106th in 26:16, also for a new course PB.We finish of parkrun round up with Neil Embleton as he headed to the Town Moor, Newcastle as part of their 447 field.Neil finished 149th in 24:24. Well done all park-runners.
On Saturday morning Dave McKenna, Gary Morley and Steven Elliott headed to the Lake District to take on the scenic Coniston 14.Dave, Gary and Steven had a great run finishing in 1:37:30, 2:13 and 1:43:44 respectively.Superb work gentleman.
Meanwhile club runners Matt Capsey and Mark Milner along with Mike King headed over to Guisborough to compete in the Hardmoors 55 with a 9am start to look forward to.A real test of endurance with runners having a mandatory kit to take with them.One noticeable athlete was Heather Mochrie who had taken ill 48hours prior and had to miss the run and defend her Hardmoors series crown.You will be back Heather, fitter and stronger.No official results have been released however all 3 gents were awesome with Mike the first of the three to finish in 10 hours 28 with all returning within 12hours.Mammoth effort by you all and not one to be taken lightly.To even finish the course is some achievement, total respect.
Second claim runner Nathan Smith took on the Boulsworth Bog Fell race on Saturday afternoon finishing 26th in a relatively small field of 80 runners.Good to see training hasn’t gone done the toilet.
On a sunny Sunday morning a large section of the senior Harriers headed to Thirsk to take on the 10 mile race, which saw 877 runners take to the start line.Colin Taylor was first home for the club showing his class once again finishing in an impressive 45th in 58:53 and was followed home by Graham Hindmarch in 76th in 1:01:31 for a new PB.Good to see you back Graham. Jeff Miller was 88th in 1:02:52 taking 30 seconds of his PB and picking up 3rd V50 with Alison Matthews 95th in 1:03:29 helping the ladies to first team prize.Nathan Hemingbrough finished 98th in 1:03:43, Andrew Park 108th in 1:04:17 and Garry Collinson 134th in 1:06:13 all for new 9 personal bests.Louise Talman finished 142nd in 1:06:43 as well as finishing 2nd female for a PB finishing with husband Barry sharing the same time for 143rd.Peter Armstrong finished 163rd in 1:07:53, Nev Ford 1:08:20 for a new PB and Sharon Barlow 183rd in 1:09:04.
John Dunne picked up a new PB in 1:09:33 for 195th along with Paul Keedy who finished 219th in 1:11:13.Graham Garvey finished 229th in 1:12:04 for a new personal best as well as Peter Foulds who finished 255th in 1:13:11 smashing another record of his.Clare Park finished 266th in 1:13:25 again for a PB with Jade Hutchinson finishing 319th in 1:15:13 and Pauline Brown 344th in 1:15:50 also for a new PB.Jamie Baldasera finished 355th in 1:16:29 for a new PB with Ian Brown 365th in 1:17:21.Andrew Glencross finished 416th in 1:19:39 for a new PB with Wes Atkins running his first 10 mile race finishing 420th in 1:19:52.Charlotte Knowles finished 438th just outside the 80 mins in 1:20:38 for a new PB.Lesley Miller finished 450th in 1:21:27 also for a PB with Alyson Williamson 464th in 1:21:45 in her first 10 mile race.
Becci Carter signed up late to this event but still finished 486th in 1:23:25 in her first 10 mile race supported by Sarah Tomlinson who finished a place behind but with a chip time of 1:22:48.Shirley Gibson finished 534th in 1:25:53 picking up 1st V65 with Julie Beck 578th in 1:27:46, her first 10 mile race I believe.Anne Hutchinson finished 600th in 1:29:03 with Iain Girard also completing his first 10 mile run in 1:29:48.Steph Kingdon finished 694th for a new PB in 1:34:20 with Anneli MacKenzie Brown supporting in 695th but with a chip time of 1:33:47.Martin McGregor and Gemma Raper finished together in 697th and698th in 1:33:48/9 fornew 10 mile markers, Tina Corah finished 707th in 1:35:03 in her first attempt at a 10 mile race and Linda Tinkler 773rd in 1:39:16.Well done all of you who ran and wore the club vest.
Whilst the 10 mile race was occurring Phil Teece was dominating his 20 mile event making him the fastest V55 in the country this year as he stormed to an unbelievable 2 hours 2 minutes and 26seconds for 13th overall and 1st in his age category.John Cook meanwhile completed the Trimpell 20 mile race and although there was no chip timing, John starting at the very back to gain some confidence came through the line in 3 hours 44.Well done both of you, superb efforts.Further South Ian Morris took on the Leicestershire out-post half marathon a tough run for the most experienced of runners.This didn’t deter Ian who smashed his PB in the process finishing in 1:39 and then ran an additional 6.9 miles to make it a nice round 20 miles.What a guy!