Senior Harriers Weekly Update w/c 18th April

At Shildon last week a number of our athletes competed in the Track & Field event.In the 100m Curtis Metcalf finished J2 in 11.40 with Luke Stockdale 4th in 11.60 (Luke actually did 11.3 in the heats).Steven Bousfield finished with a time of 12.80 in the heats and Kieran Maxwell 15.30.In the 200m Luke was back in action finishing in 23.70, Curtis 23.90 with mark Tallon 27 sec dead for a new PB with Mark also finishing in 63.10 in the 400m.Great work everyone.

On Monday morning Graham O’Hara took on the Boston marathon, a race more recently remembered for the sicking bombing scenes back in 2013 when three spectators were killed and a further 264 people injured but a race that has been running since 1897 and is the oldest annual marathon.

Having watched the race on TV, the race takes runners from Main Street through rural New England and out towards route 16 before taking a right at the fire station onto route 30.Before runners hit the finish though…..heartbreak hill, a really tough climb which has seen even the most experienced runner hit the wall before a nice downhill section finishing near the John Hancock Tower in Copley Square.Definitely one for the bucket list. In a huge field of runners Graham finished 11975th in 3:43:43.Amazing time, amazing experience!I doth my cap to you!


Two weeks ago I mentioned that Emily Halstead and Neil Addyman had taken part in a team event at Rotterdam.Here’s proof!Emily also competed in a 10 mile race last weekend in Antwerp.Emily finishing in an impressive 1:19.Well done guys.


On Tuesday night we saw a number of Harriers compete in the NYSD meet at Eastbourne.The 1500m race was the main event of the evening for many of the seniors.The races were split into several heats.Ben Tinkler finished in 4:40:1, Paul Helliwell 4;44:9, Dan Hunter 4:59:6, Andy Park 5:00:3, Paul Allan 5:07:1, Bernadette Caygill 5:07:7, Peter Armstrong 5:13:2, Justin Hindmarch 5:21:1, Jade Hutchinson 5:27:9, Graham garvey 5:28:3 and Sue Phillips 5:38:2.In the steeplechase Colin Taylor finished in 7:19:0 whilst Steve Bousfield finished 1st in the 200m in 26.70 ahead of Mark Tallon in 27.10 and Barry Bell 28 secs dead.A number of Harriers also took on the trail race on Thursday evening however no results have been released at this time.

On Saturday morning at Darlington South park 279 runners took to the start line.Colin Taylor was first to finish for the club in 3rd in 18:19 followed by Howard Parr in 4th in 18:41 and Shaun Marshall 13th in 19:44.Andy Dobson finished 14th in 19:49 with David Bracken 16th in a new PB time of 19:57! Well done that man.Dom Colley finished 18th in 20:01 ahead of Boston marathoner 19th in 20:06.Graham Garvey finished 22nd in 20:19, also for a new PB ahead of Peter Foulds who also picked up another PB to finish 27th in 20:39.Juris Silovs finished one place and one second behind, ahead of Michael Sangster in 31st also for a new personal best of 20:54.Pauline Brown had a good run finishing 44th in 21:47 and Mark Robinson 45th in 21:56.

Jonathan Boyle finished 51st in 22:27 for a new PB in the same time as Simon Daniels who was just two seconds outside his PB.Robert Austin also finished the morning with a new PB of 22:35 for 54th with ‘Sean Connolly returning to action in 59th in 23:05.Balbinder Singh finished 70th in 23:58 one place of Carl Watson who also PB’d on the day in 24:03.Tai Charlton finished 95th in 25:51 followed by Steve McAllister in 109th in 26:20 and Tina Corah in 117th in 26:38, also for a new personal best.Freya Talman finished 137th in 27:46 supported by Andy Park (god bless her) in 138th in the same time.Brian Burdon finished 179th in 29:20 followed by Stephen Dauber in 196th in 30:19.

 Meanwhile over at Durham, as part of ‘Harriers tourism’ 374 runners took to the start line.Peter Armstrong was first home in 18th place in 19:42 followed by Ian Morris 22nd in 20:18 and Justin Hindmarch 25th in 20:23 and Andrew Glencross in 53rd in 21:54 for a new course PB.Charlotte Knowles finished 78th in 22:56, Neil Embleton 97th for a new course PB along with Julian Pinkney 176th again for a new course PB of 26:48.Emma Ivey also had a great run on her visit finishing 280th in 31:16.

Well done all park runners!


On Saturday morning up at Hamsterley forest amongst 170 runners Jade Hutchinson was the first Harrier home and first lady as she stormed round in 43mins dead for 26th place.Mum Anne was next home in 92nd position in 53:07, 4th V45 with Andrea Reese 148th in 1:00:48 and Steve Tinkler 149th in 1:01:31.Julie Bell finished 164th in 1:05:55 with her friend Penny Ivison 169th in 1:10:55.

On Sunday morning at 10am, the London Marathon got under way with a number of Harriers on show flying the flag for the club and for their charities.A massive 38,000 runner’s sign up to race making this event the third largest in the UK.Barry Talman running his first marathon was first to finish in 3:11:36 followed by David McKenna in 3:13:56 to qualify good for age again as well as Linda Noble 3:17:47, 20th in her category.

Phil Teece was next home in 3:18 dead after picking up an injury the week leading up to the event and Louise Talman, running her first marathon 3:18:24, another superb effort.

 Steve Elliott finished in 3:39:53 with Emily Halstead putting in a great performance to achieve her sub 3:45 target finishing in 3:43:25.Val Clarke finished 36th in her age group in a time of 3:48:26 just ahead of Ben Wilson in 3:49:30.

John Cook took nearly 10minutes of last years’ time to finish in 4:45:08 along with brother Paul in the same time with Ian Threadkell running his first marathon in a superb 4:52:10 just ahead of Paul Rossington 4:54:32 in his first marathon and Martin McGregor in 4:59:29 breaking the 5 hour mark.

Superb running by everyone, you should be extremely proud of yourselves.


Elsewhere on Sunday morning Andrew Dobson took on the Novice Duathlon event and in a field of 97, finished top dog!Getting quite good at this aren’t you Andy!In the sprint event we saw Paul Helliwell finish top Harrier in 50th position, followed by Nathan Hemingbrough in 80th, Neil Embleton 160th and Julian Pinkney 219th out of 355 runners.Well done all.

PositionCompetitor NameCategoryRun1T1BikeT2Run2Finish Time
1Andrew Dobson40-4900:09:2500:00:4700:22:4000:00:4700:04:3600:38:17

PositionCompetitor NameCat PosRun1T1BikeT2Run2Finish Time
52Paul Helliwell10/9500:18:3600:01:0600:34:3500:00:4200:09:0201:06:02
80Nathan Hemingbrough38/8000:18:5900:01:0300:38:1600:00:4700:09:1801:08:24
160Neil Embleton48/9500:24:4000:00:4900:35:2600:00:5800:12:2201:14:18
219Julian Pinkney30/4600:26:2700:01:0200:37:3800:01:0200:13:2601:19:36

Over at Reeth Iain Girard took on the 10k whilst Peter Foulds doubled the distance to run the 20km even.In the 10k event, in a field of 42 runners, Iain finished 14th in 55:25 whilst Peter finished 31st out of 101 runners in 1:50:52.40.

Well done gents

On Sunday at Fountain’s abbey 353 runners competed in the 10k race which has a 2km stretch of fields to run across, adding to the fun.

Sharon Barlow was first to finish for the club in 11th as well as finishing 2nd lady finishing in 39:11:2 just behind Rosie Smith who had to break Sharon’s course record to beat her on the day.Corinne Murray was next home in 65th in 46:27, Paul Kelly 69th in 46:44.6, Jonathan Boyle 119th in 51:41.3 and Leigh Mack in 350th in 1:22.59.

Well done all