With so many races on the calendar a couple of Harriers slipped under the radar last week and competed in some off road events.Brian Burdon ran the Gibside fruit bowl race, a 6.6 mile trail race with over 250 metres of climbing.Brian finished the course in 1 hour 12
minutes whilst David Aiken took on the natural ability fell race at Allenheads, a 9.9km trail race again with an ascent of 350metres to tackle.David completed this race finishing in 41st position in a time of 58:47.Well done gentleman.
On Saturday morning at Darlington South Park 279 runners gathered for the mornings run. Colin Taylor was first home for the club in 2nd place in 17:41on his 150th run followed by Graham Hindmarch in 3rd in 17:49 with Barry Talman 4th in 18:12 and Sharon Barlow back
on familiar turf in 7th in 18:46.Louise Talman finished 9th in 19:01, Max Applegarth 13th in 19:21 with Howard Parr a place behind in 19:45. David Bracken finished 16th in 19:56, Andrew Dobson 22nd in 20:20 with Karl Hume 20:40 27th two places ahead of Barry Foster
who finished in 20:46 and three ahead of Dave McKenna in 21:05. Rachel Bleasby put in a strong last lap to smash her personal best and go under 22 minutes for the first time as she finished 37th in 21:39 ahead of Robert Austin’s son Chris who finished 40th in 21:43 ahead of 21:59 pacer Paul Cook in 43rd in 21:58 in the same time as Simon Rogers in 42nd one second ahead of Pauline Brown in 45th.Steve McAllister dug in to finish 49th in 22:02 one place ahead of Balbinder Singh who put in a personal best performance in 22:05 just dropping off the pace in the last kilometre supported by Jamie Baldasera in 51st and Paul Lowe in 52nd one second behind.
Jonathan Boyle finished 57th in 22:20 only three seconds outside his previous best, Ian Brown 63rd in 22:36 with Andrew Glencross 68th in 22:49.Robert Austin finished 69th (again Robert?) on his 80th run in 22:53 with Lesley Miller 71st in 23:02 and Sean Connolly 72nd in
23:03. Stephen Gardner finished 75th in 23:13 with youngsters Dylan and Harry Wilson 82nd and 87th in 23:26 and 23:51 respectively.Andrew Park running with nephew Sam Talman finished 93rd and 92nd respectively in 23:51 with Jane Teague dipping under the 24minute mark to finish 98th in 23:59.Andrew Gibson put in a surprising personal best run in 103rd in 24:09 due to recent injuries, Paul Rossington 109th in 24:45 and James Gardner 111th in 24:47.
Zoe Rogers was another athlete to have a good run as she finished the morning’s parkrun with a new best of 25:31 for 134th position, Steven Wilkinson 141st in 25:53 and Brian Burdon 157th in 26:59.New member Clare Bowyer made a start which she aims to maintain
as she achieved a new personal best of 28:04 to finish 174th place on her 28th run, Sarah Neve 188th and Lucy Applegarth 189th both finishing in 29 minutes flat with the veteran Stephen Dauber 190th four seconds behind.Sally Dale was another to have a good run as
she finished 207th in 31:06 for a new personal best ahead of Peter Whitfield in 213th, slowly getting back to the level he was with Jade Hutchinson playing tail runner for the day to ensure everyone got around safely.
Over at Tees Barrage amongst 200 runners Julian Pinkney was the lone Harrier as he finished 98th in 28:21.At the Huddersfield parkrun Emily Halstead and Neil Addyman had a sociable run finishing 240th and 241st from the 633 field in 26 minutes dead whilst Alex Bos
finished in 112th place in 25:55 over at Middlesbrough’s Albert parkrun.Sedgefield saw four Harriers in action with Russell Adams pacing 20 minutes to finish 9th in 20:09 ahead of Richard Bowes 19th in 21:06 with Darren Stockdale 24th in 21:45 and John Brant 95th in 26:34
from 239 runners. Meanwhile at Northallerton Dom Colley put in a strong run to finish 2nd in 20:49 from 97 runners ahead of Anneli MacKenzie-Brown in 38th for a course PB with Leigh Hindle 86th also finishing the day with a new personal best in 34:03.Well done all