As we enter the week of the club’s 125th anniversary celebration games we first take a look back at last weeks Raby Castle 10k where we saw 45 Harriers compete amongst the 458 field…a mere 10%! Colin Taylor was first to finish for the club in a tremendous 10th place in 37:09 and 3rd V40 with Phil Teece 12th and 1st V55 in 37:46.Simon Rogers was next home in 14th place in 49:08, 2nd V45 five seconds ahead of Paul Cook 15th in 39:13.Jeff Miller was next home in 28th and 3rd V50, in 40:35 one place and one second ahead of Andy Park with Peter Armstrong 34th in 41:17 one place ahead of Dave McKenna in a time of 41:26.Louise Talman again having a great run finished 39th in 41:59 and 1st F35 lady with husband Barry one place and three seconds behind.
Paul Allan finished 52nd in 42:55 with Paul Keedy putting in a course PB for 60th in 43:20 and John Dunne 63rd in 43:35.Barry Bell finished 70th in 44:10, Dom Colley 82nd in 45:02, Mark Robinson 84th in 45:08 and new boy Barry Foster battling it out with Jamie Baldasera finishing in the same time of 45:13 for 86th and 87th both finishing four seconds ahead of Jade Hutchinson in 89th for 1st F15-19 year old.Pauline Brown was another to have a brilliant run, finishing 98th in 45:37 for first FV50 ahead of Andrew Glencross in 104th in 46:15 and Graham Garvey 106th in 46:21.
Tina Corah, smiling as always finished 317th in 58:07, Brian Burdon 323rd in 58:25 with Lizzie Blundell running under club colours to finish 383rd in 1:03:37 supported by Allen Hazlett running his first race for the club in 384th for the same time.Andrea Reese finished 393rd in 1:04:56 with Stephen Dauber 419th in 1:07:04, Julie Bell 428th in 1:08:28 and Paula Roberts 435th in 1:09:26.441st in 1:10:19. Really tough course and brilliant effort from everyone on the day.Fantastic to see so many Harriers wearing the club shirts, it was mentioned by other clubs on the day.
Outstanding running everyone.
On Tuesday morning a number of Harriers met up with Ben Smith for a marathon run around the town.For those of you who don’t know who Ben is, he’s the chap running 401 marathons in 401 days around the country raising awareness and hopefully £250,000 for his 2 chosen charities.For those who have met Ben, I’m sure you will agree he’s an inspirational guy who has become a little bit of a cult hero.Just want to say thank you to those who came out and support Ben for some or all of his journey and a big well done to Lisa Smedley who ran her first half marathon the morning, over twice the distance of her previous long run.Amazing stuff Lisa.Also on Tuesday evening a number of Harriers competed in the NYSD meeting at Middlesboro. Unfortunately no results have been published yet so more on this next week.
On Wednesday evening we saw Garry Collinson compete in the Clive Cookson 10k where 423 runners took to the start line.Garry finished an impressive 100th place in 40:10, a huge PB for him on the evening but well earned through the hard work and dedication he has put in since the turn of the year, kicking on from the progress he made last year.Superb running Garry, well done!
On Thursday a number of Harriers headed over to Roseberry Topping where it was a more a question of where’s the finish rather than will everyone finish as the lead group including Jade Hutchinson was sent in the wrong direction due to lack of marshalling and signposting. Results have been left at the top of Roseberry Topping…well we think!
On Saturday morning’s parkrun at Darlington, 307 runners turned up despite a large majority of Harriers non-attendance.Howard Parr was first home for the club in 11th place in 19:02 quickly followed by Paul Lowe 12th in 19:13.Andy Dobson was 22nd in 20:19 with Stuart Armstrong 24th in 20:31 and Andrew Glencross 34th in 21:30.Pauline Brown was next home in 42nd in 21:47, junior Louis Brett 43rd in 21:55 and Ian Brown 57th in 22:19.Sharon Carbert finished 59th in 22:26 with junior Harry Wilson 64th in 22:42 and Emma Morley 80th in 23:37.Jonathan Boyle finished 86th in 23:55 followed by Jane Teague 90th in 24:12.
Shirley Gibson finished 99th in 24:42, Julian Pinkney 142nd in 26:40 and Den Dale 146th in 26:58. Tina Corah was next home finishing 149th in 26:59, Steve McAllister 166th in 27;55 and Martin McGregor 183rd in 28;44.Stephen Dauber finished 215th in 30:32 just ahead of Sarah Neve in 220th in 30:49.Well done park runners!
Over at Eastbourne, pre parkrun…in fact pre daylight Harry Singh was joined by Anne Hutchinson, Paul Keedy and Colin Taylor (out of picture) who wanted to run the full 26.2mile distance to celebrate Harry’s amazing achievement of 125 marathons.This remarkable man who is one of two club members who has run every Great North Run (Paul Kelly being the other) has timed this to perfect.His 125th marathon on the club’s 125th anniversary.
Harry had 105 ½ laps to run to achieve this feat, so not only a test of endurance but a test of mental strength.With a number of Harriers joining Harry throughout the morning, including Peter Armstrong who was nearly arrested by the fashion police for his obscene Orange shorts, concluded his marathon in around 4 hours 46 minutes.What an achievement and what a guy. Chairman Dan Hunter presented Harry with an inscribed silver tray to mark the achievement, Clive Green the man deserving the credit for the idea and arranging this for his good friend Harry.
The event was officially opened by Darlington’s new Mayor and Mayoress, their first official engagement since taking over earlier this month.TFM already in full flow at the track turned their music off to allow Cockerton band to strike up their first of two sets for a more traditional feel for the day.With Karen Newton on hand to ensure all moments of the day were captured.
Meanwhile Dave McKenna headed to Osmotherley to take on the 16.5mile (approx.) Hardmoors race.Dave had a great race finishing in 10th place in 2.26.46.Well done Dave!
Also on Sunday Peter Foulds took on his first marathon, the Windermere marathon which was celebrating its 10th year.A tough race for any marathon runner.Peter finished in an amazing 3:57:55 finishing 144th out of a field of 532.