There’s something about summer that just makes everything feel a little better.A wave of optimism, a chance to start afresh and getting rid of unwanted junk that you’ve accumulated over a number of months. No waking up on a morning to rain, wind and black skies instead sunshine through the bedroom curtains welcomes you….and then Sam Alladyce goes and leaves Sunderland football club. The optimism has not only left but it’s taken the curtains too.
We start this week’s report by taking a look at last Saturday morning’s DT30 race where Dave McKenna, Paul Keedy, Ian Morris, Mark Robinson and Graham Garvey formed part of the field in the latest race from the Dales Trail Series.Results are now out and I can confirm
that Dave ‘The machine’ McKenna was first home in 35th place in 3:16.15 followed by Paul ‘Purple pills’ Keedy in 87th in 3:45:00, Mark ‘on the edge’ Robinson 108th in 3:56:28 with Graham ‘Dirt-track rider’ Garvey just behind in 112th in 3:58:22 and Ian ‘the mountain’
Morris in Close proximity in 118th in 3:59:48.Excellent running by all to get under 4 hours on such tough terrain.Well done gentleman, great work!
On Tuesday night at Crook, the Harriers had a number of teams on show at the Clive Golledge Memorial.Paul Lowe clocked the fastest Harrier on the night in 13:51. Peter Armstrong, Nathan Hemingbrough and Lesley Miller were first home in a combined time of
47:08 followed by Shaun Marshall, Paul Allan and Allan Foster 47:37, Paul Lowe, Graham Garvey and Charlotte Knowles were next finishing in 47:56 with Jamie Baldasera, Barry Bell and Steph Kingdon in 54:11.Michael Sangster, Simon Daniels and Lisa Smedley 58:24, Neil Embleton, David Aiken and Danielle Clark 58:48 and Jared Holdcroft, Tai Charlton and Neil Addyman 59:08
On a warm Wednesday night at Redcar 5k, but perfect conditions on the seafront for running Sharon Barlow stormed to victory in the ladies race breaking not only her previous best but also the 17 minute mark as she dipped under for 16:59 for 19th place.Phil Teece
finished 22nd just outside his personal best in 17:28, Simon Rogers next home in 28th place in 17:52 with Garry Collinson 42nd in 18:45.Alison Matthews finished 2nd lady in 18:58 for 46th, Nathan Smith 50th in 19:11 with Barry Talman finished 52nd in 19:27 with wife Louise 62nd in 19:54.
Andrew Park finished 64th in 19:57, Sue Phillips 69th in 20:13 despite a wobble with 200m to Go.Harriers continued to dominate the next few positions as first Linda Noble finished in 74th in 20:23 with Katie Noble 75th in 20:31, Graham Garvey 76th in 20:36, Megan Noble 77th
in 20:42 and Barry Bell 78th in 20:43 for a new personal best. Paul Keedy finished 84th in 20:55, John Hall 102nd in 22:03 Becci Carter 116th in 22:48, Clare Park 129th in 23:43 and Janice Foster 138th in 24:39.Shirley Gibson finished 147th in 25:13 followed by Tina Corah 180th in 27:31, Andrea Reese 191st in 29:57, Lisa Smedley 200th in 31:20, Julie Bell 202nd in 31:41 and Rachel Girard 212th in 43:28.
Around the same time a number of Harriers took on Durham City 5 and 10k races.In the 5k race young Liam Brittle finished 15th in 20:08 with Amanda MacDonald running her first race in club colours finishing in 329th in 35:41.In the 10k race Corinne Murray finished 95th
in 45:20 followed by Robert Austin who finished 282nd in 51:20.Michael Watson was next to finish in 326th in 52:02 ahead of Simon Daniels in 345th in 52:33 and Ian Threadkell 552nd in 58:18.Allen Hazlett finished 903rd in 66:46 with Lorraine Wallis and Lizzie Blundell
finishing 929th and 930th in 67:28.
On Thursday evening over at Sedgefield a number of club members took on the annual handicap race which relies on athletes knowing how fast they can currently run a 10k or actually telling the truth (we have seen athletes at other clubs give false times in previous
years to give them an advantage to pick up a prize…bit sad really!). From a field of 94 and based on run time Paul Lowe was once again top dog as he finished 4th in 38:31, Shaun Marshall 8th in 39:42 and Barry Talman in 43 mins dead in 14th.Louise Talman was first lady
and 19th overall in 44:17 and Linda Noble 20th in 44:19. Jamie Baldasera was 23rd in 45:06, Natalie Curgenven who actually stopped and walked the last km as she had slightly misjudged her handicap time which would have led to her winning the whole race and
probably being able to have a four course meal by the time everyone had finished was 38th in 47:52. You are a much better runner than you give yourself credit for. Pauline Brown finished 40th in 48:21 and Lesley Miller 47th in 50:15.
On Saturday morning at Darlington parkrun 271 runners turned up for the mornings run.Colin Taylor was first home in 4th place in 17:42 with Paul Lowe storming round in 5th in 17:44 for a new personal best of 17:44 taking 13 seconds of his previous best.Shaun Marshall finished 7th in 18:23 ahead of Paul Helliwell in 8th in 18:35 and Peter Armstrong 10th in 19:07.Howard Parr finished 11th in 19:13 with Dave McKenna 15th and Paul Cook 17th again on sub 20 pacing duties in 19:46.Mark Haymer finished 19th in 19:53, Louise Talman 20th in 19:59 with Andy Park 22nd in 20:13 one second and one place ahead of Natalie Curgenven just ahead of John Dunne who was 24th in 20:17, Linda Noble 25th in 20:22.
Karl Hume finished 32nd in 20:58 equalling his personal best in the process alongside Dom Colley in the same time. Louis Brett finished 35th in 21:01, Katie Noble 39th in 21:16 and David Tomlinson back after a long layoff with a troublesome achillies in 44th in 21:47.Great to see you back!Pauline Brown finished 53rd in 22:25 with Megan Noble 60th in 22:52 and Sean Connolly 61st in 22:57.Robert Austin finished 72nd in 23:21 ahead of Peter Dods in 74th in 23:23, another who has suffered from an ITB issue for several weeks.
Over at Tees barrage Phil Teece was first Harrier home in the 270 field finishing 2nd in 18:43 ahead of Andy Dobson 14th in 21mins dead with Andy Gibson and Paul Rossington, back in action, in 107th (27:24) and 112th (27:35) place respectively.
In Hartlepool’s morning run Paul Allan finished 3rd in a storming run finishing in a time of 18:15 for a new personal best with Justin Hindmarch 7th in 19:55 on his 98th parkrun from a field of 89.At Albert Park in a large field of 335 runners John Hall finished 40th in 21:41 ahead of Shirley Gibson in 94th in 24:41 one second and position ahead of Alex Bos with Gerda Arts 112th in 25:34.At Sedgefield Jonathan Boyle finished 42nd in 23:40 with Stephen Dauber 128th in 30:40 and Sarah Neve in 134th in 30:57 for a new personal best from 220 runners.Down at Harrogate parkrun Den dale finished 152nd in 26 mins for a new personal best from 319 runners.At Hackworth, Shildon Simon Daniels was the lone Harrier finishing 8th in 23:08 from 28 runners and Julian Pinkney rounds up this week’s parkrun as he finished 33rd in 26:24 from a field of 102.Well done everyone.
On Sunday at the Harrogate 10k, Sharon Barlow running her last race for the club finished 14th in 37:10 and 1st female followed by training partner Simon Rogers who had another solid run finishing 21st in 38:01 and Howard Parr 58th in 40:43. Steve Wilkinson, a regular to this race finished 150th in 44:25 followed by Jamie Baldasera 161st in 44:43 and Barry Bell 412th in 47:27. Lesley Miller finished 416th in 49:42 with Alex Bos who was back in action to finish 419th in 49:52 ahead of Den Dale 1048th in 58:32 and Tina Corah 1320th in 1:02:09. Andrea Reese finished 1525th in 1:05:25 with Sally Dale 1763rd in 1:10:58.Well done all and good luck and thank you to Sharon for her contribution at the club and best wishes as the family move south of the country.