Senior Harriers Weekly Update w/c 15th February

We take a sneaky look back on last week’s events, starting with the Pie and Peas trail run on Wednesday night.  In a field of 134 runners Alison Matthews finished 1st lady and 5th overall, husband Paul keeping her company in 6th, Jade Hutchinson finished 2nd lady and 13th overall with Corinne Murray 3rd placed lady and 14th overall.  Emily Halstead was 23rd finisher, Alyson Williamson 31st with husband Andy 42nd.  Linda Tinkler finished 57th followed home by Julie Beck in 59th place, Anne Hutchinson 64th and Bryan Burdon 70th.  On Sunday Heather Mochrie took on the Hardmoors trail half marathon, well actually 15 miles over Saltburn coast.  Heather finished 1st lady, (I say that term loosely…very loosely), 11th overall in 2 hours 5 mins.  Top running everyone.

On Sunday afternoon at the absent friends trail race in Billingham, results came through late Sunday evening which confirmed that Sue Phillips had won the ladies race finishing 18th overall out of a field of 162 runners.  Other Harriers competing were Darren Stockdale who finished 23rd, Graham Garvey 44th, Steph Kingdon 106th, Shirley Gibson 113th and Ian Barnes 122nd.  Great work.

On Monday Susie Stephen took part in the Great Aloha Run (just outside Ferryhill).  The 8.15-mile, relatively flat course, starts on Nimitz Hwy fronting Aloha Tower in downtown Honolulu, winds its way along the historic harbor, down Nimitz Hwy, Kamehameha Hwy and on to the Aloha Stadium.Susie showed her class by finishing 2nd in the field and still had time to show off her historical knowledge with her two competitors advertising the fact that in 1396 the Archbishop of Canterbury spent his last days on a beach in Hawaii living it up before returning to England and slowly passing away.  Every day is an education at the Harriers.  Official results will not be posted for 2 weeks.

On Saturday morning Darlington parkrun saw 292 runners take to the start line which was surprising with an afternoon of relay races taking place at Hetton Lyons Country Park you would expect other smaller running clubs, would have given the run a miss and saving themselves for the afternoon’s race.  Drew Inglis was back at the park for his 13th visit and it did not prove unlucky for him as he strolled to victory in 16:37.  Colin Taylor and Paul Cook were next home in 10th and 11th, saving something for the afternoon maybe in 18:49 and 18:56 respectively.  Natalie Curgenven powered round for a new PB breaking the 20 minute barrier after last week’s ‘disappointing’ new PB of 20:00.  Natalie finished in 20th place in 19:53.  Nice work Nat.

Andy Dobson finished 22nd in 20:07 with Graham O’Hara edging Mark Haymer out by one place an three seconds to finish 27th in 20:26.  Jamie Baldasera put in a new personal best time of 20:42 to finish 31st just ahead of Stuart Armstrong in 32nd in 20:49.  John Dunne finished 40th in 21:35 followed in by Juris Silovs 41st in 21:37 and Pauline Brown 43rd in 21:59.  Andrew Glencross finished 49th in 22:37 with junior Sam Talman 53rd in 22:45 shadowed closely by dad Barry who was one place and one second back.  Jonathan Boyle finished 62nd in 23:05 followed by Robert Austin in 64th in 23:08 whilst Craig Stoddart kept century park-runner Peter Armstrong company as they finished 80th and 81st in 23:50 and 23:51. 

Simon Daniels was next home in 85th in 24:05, Jane Teague 90th in 24:23 and Julie Beck 112th in 25:50.  Justin Hindmarch was back in action after a long lay-off and finished 113th in 25:53.  Good to see you back Justin.  Dave Hamer finished 118th in 25:58 finishing one place and one second ahead of Martin McGregor who put in a PB performance even with the relays only a few hours away.  Graham Garvey finished 120th in 25:59, foot of the gas along with Sarah Tomlinson one place and one second further back.  Ian Barnes made a rare appearance finishing 132nd in 26:32 and strangely finishing 1st in his V80 age category.  Brian Burdon finished 173rd in 28:53 with Stephen Dauber 221st in 31:39.

Elsewhere Leigh Mack took the trip down the A1 to Harrogate where 231 runners were on show.  Leigh finished in 38 mins dead on her first visit finishing in 222nd.  Teachers, Dom Colley and Peter Foulds headed to Hartlepool parkrun where 84 runners took to the line.  Dom put in an impressive 19:58 to finish 4th with Peter Foulds 5th in an equally impressive 20:23.  Hope the lines you both were given were after and not before the race.  Shirley Gibson, Julian Pinkney and Emma Ivey, running her first ever parkrun under Darlington Harrier colours took on Albert Park, parkrun and were amongst the 359 strong field ofrunners.  Shirley finished 125th in 24:47 with Julian putting in another personal best performance to finish 147th in 25:49.  Emma did superbly finishing 316th in 33:13.  Well done Emma that’s brilliant. Neil Embleton headed to Redcar for a lemon top and a donkey ride but as he was in the area thought he’d take part in the mornings run.  Neil was glad he did finishing 32nd in a new personal best of 23:58.  Imagine how fast you could have gone if you hadn’t ran with the ice cream!!

Great running from everyone across all parkruns this week!

On Saturday afternoon we saw a big turnout of Harriers as they competed in the North East Road Relay Championships at Hetton Lyon’s Country Park.  On a tricky undulating course all runners ran brilliantly, supporting one another and ensuring that they knew when runners were behind them and trying to overtake…..

In the ladies race the team of Bernadette Caygill, Val Clarke, Linda Noble and Sue Phillips finished 23rd with Lesley Miller, Alyson Williamson, Anne Hutchinson and Emma Morley’s team finishing in 62nd position.  Sarah Tomlinson, Linda Tinkler, Emily Halstead and Gemma Raper finished five places behind in 67th with Steph Kingdon, Tina Corah, Sarah Johnson and Anneli MacKenzie-Brown’s team finishing in 85th place. 

In the men’s race the team of Paul Helliwell, Colin Taylor, Ben Wilson, Steve Elliott, Paul Cook and Simon Rogers finished 9th VET team and 36th overall with Darren Stockdale, Andrew Park, David Aiken, Graham Garvey, Ben Tinkler and Paul Lowe finishing 46th. The team of Iain Girard, Wes Atkins, Richard Easterbrook, Neil Addyman, Shaun Marshall and Michael Sangster finished 64th and Ian Brown, Martin Phillips, Ian Morris, Dave Hamer, Martin McGregor and Paul Keedz’s team finished in 70th. Well ran everyone a really good day out for the club. Big thanks to captains Mark Tallon and Linda Noble for organising for the club.

Peter Armstrong was the lone Harrier heading across to the North west of the county to Blackpool to compete in the Blackpool Half marathon where if you get the weather for it has the potential to be a PB course….if you don’t…god help you! With the race taking place right on the front of the Irish Sea, a sea not renowned for its beautiful calm waters conditions can be brutal with headwinds, rain and waves crashing over the barriers.  Although official results have yet to be released Peter completed the course in 1:35:08 for 84th position. 

Further North, in Pocklington, Jeff Miller, Phil Teece along with Anne and Jade Hutchinson took on the Snake Lane 10 mile race leaving under the weather Lesley Miller to play camera lady for the day.

Again official results have not been released but we understand that Phil was first across the line finishing in 59:51 minutes claiming 2nd V55 prize, Jeff 1hr 3, Jade 1hr 13 and Anne 1hr 30.

Great running by you all and snappy camera skills Lesley!

On late Sunday morning Mark ‘The machine’ (or is it masochist) Milner headed over to Buttermere Valley, Keswick to compete in the hilly 34km road race. The race starts in the centre of Keswick before heading out of town passed Derwent Water and into the Borrowdale Valley. Just after Seatoller the race starts the first of two big climbs up Honister Pass before descending down to Buttermere and then climbs up a big hill before descending once more into Newlands Valley. The race then returns to Keswick via Stair and Portinscale Villages…and not a slice of bacon in site.  Final results haven’t been released yet but regardless, to even complete the race is some achievement.  Top work Mark!