We take a short visit back to last weekend’s races where Brian Burdon took on the Ropner Park, Stockton 5k trail race amongst a field of 188 runners.Brian finished in 128th position in 28:17.Nice one Brian.
With the weather as cold as a Eskimo’s refrigerator throughout the week, it was half expected to see yet another cancellation at Darlington South park run.Yet Saturday morning brought tropical conditions and may have even reached 3 degrees.
In a large field of 311 runners the Harriers dominated proceeding with Ben Tinkler storming round to finish 1st in 17:49 followed by Paul Cook in 2nd place on his 150th parkrun in 17:57 and Colin Taylor 4th in 18:17.Adopted member Alan Shepherd finished 6th in 18:25 crossing the line with ken Harker from RZH in the same time.Shaun Marshall finished 11th in 19:24 after a solid outing followed by the now fully fit Andy Dobson in 19:40 for 12th.Better Andy?John Dunne smashed his PB and obliterated the 20 minute barrier by finishing 14th in 19:44 with Steve Wilkinson 23rd in 20:27.
Dom Colley finished 29th in 20:53 with junior Harry Wilson one place and 3 seconds further back for a new PB with Mark Haymer also putting in a PB performance finishing 32nd in 21:04.Michael Sangster also put in another PB performance to finish 38th in 21:34 with Peter Foulds 6 seconds outside his PB in 42nd in 21:43.Pauline Brown finished 52nd in 22:24 followed by Jonathan Boyle in 58th in a time of 22:45.Tom Leighton finished 59th in 22:46 with Ian Brown 69th in 23:32.Jane Teague finished 76th on her 99th visit to a parkrun in 23:48 ahead of Matthew Hall in 78th in 23:52 with Shirley Gibson finishing 88th in 24:14 and achieving a 90.37% age grading performance! Wow, amazing.
Wes Atkins was next home in 96th in 24:25 for a new PB one second ahead of Gemma Raper who also PB’d with Sarah Tomlinson 2 seconds behind keeping a watchful eye on them finishing 98th.Dave Hamer made the top 100 finishing in the century position in 24:37, Simon Daniels 104th in 24:55 with John Brant finishing 111th in 25:24 on his 190th parkrun appearance.Julie Beck also had a fine run finishing 115th in 25:42, Martin McGregor 134th in 26:47 with Total Warrior Neil Addyman back in action finishing 143rd in 27:09.Brian Burdon was next home in 174th in 28:51 followed by Stephen Dauber in 216th in 30:50.
Over at Hackworth Park run, Shildon Craig Stoddart was the only Harrier on show in the 28 runner field.Craig did not disappoint finishing 1st in 20:50, 20 seconds ahead of his next competitor for a new course PB. Meanwhile in Albert Park, Middlesboro kids were eating their morning’s pasties as 330 runners took to the start line. Barry Talman equalling his PB finished 16th in 19:07 with Andy Park three places and three seconds behind.Junior Sam Talman finished 49th in 21:20 one second and one place ahead of his aunt Clare Park who was followed home by Andrew Glencross who finished 53rd in 21:33 on his first visit.Karl Hume also making his first appearance at Albert Park finished 92nd in 23:44.
On Saturday afternoon a number of Harriers headed over to Redcar for the next Cross Country event, the Fox rush.With the ladies team well placed near the top of the league and the men competing well in the men’s competition the stakes were high.Sharon Barlow finished 2nd in the ladies race with Bernadette Caygill 6th and Sue Phillips 17th.Jade Hutchinson and Linda Noble finished 20th and 21st respectively followed by Charlotte Knowles in 27th. Lesley Miller, Val Clarke and Emma Morley finished 31st, 32nd and 33rd with Aly Williamson making her debut in 42nd.Paula Roberts was 55th with Rose Rutherford bringing home the Harriers finishing 61st. With the top 3 points counting harrier ladies finished J2nd alongside Richmond Zetland who surprisingly had one of their better runners making an unexpected appearance.
In the men’s race Paul Helliwell finished 10th with Paul Lowe making his debut for the club in 12th with Colin Taylor, Simon Rogers and Nathan Hemingbrough hot on is heels finishing 13th to 15th positions.Phil Teece made an appearance for Stockton Striders finishing 19th with Nathan Smith swapping his Harrogate vest for the white and blue finishing 26th, Jeff Miller 30th and Peter Armstrong 31st.Dan Hunter finished 34th with Ronnie Read 41st despite a niggling back issue.Graham Garvey finished 49th with Darren Stockdale 51st.Michael Sangster finished 61st followed home by Mark Tallon in 66th and David Aiken 67th.Iain Girard finished 69th, Stephen McAllister 72nd and Andy Williamson, making his XC debut in 73rd.Ian Barnes finished 75th for the club, still smiling and loving being a Harrier.
More on XC from your men’s Captain in his report.
With such poor weather in December the Jolly Holly Jog had to be rescheduled till this Sunday.The mixed terrain race takes in a couple of climbs cross country which tests the legs but is a great deal of fun to run.Sharon Barlow was back in action less than 24hours this time sporting her 2nd claim vest on local turf.After taking on the XC in Redcar the legs would have been heavy but Sharon still managed to pull a win out of the bag finishing first lady and 11th overall in 40:45. Two wins on back to back weekends is impressive Sharon, well done.
Jeff Miller was first Harrier home on the day finishing 29th in 43:57 with Graham Garvey 77th in 48:04 and Jade Hutchinson 86th in 49:42.Val Clarke finished 89th in 50:01 picking up first V50 prize with Andrew Glencross 97th in 50:17.Jamie Baldasera finished 131st in 52:13 with Lesley Miller 160th in 53:53 and Shirley Gibson 251st in 58:33 who also picked up 2nd V60 prize.Dave Hamer was next home in 272nd place in 59:48 just ducking under the hour mark from a field of 525 joggers.
Well done all, great work especially for those who have ran twice this weekend.