Senior Harriers Weekly Update w/c 1st February

The week started with sad news as reports came through late Sunday evening that Anne Hutchinson’s father, Jade’s Grandfather, George Hugill had been killed in tragic circumstances whilst out cycling, his lifelong passion.

George, 82, clocked up an amazing 645 thousand miles since 1946, an incredible amount of mileage by anyone’s standards.I’m sure that George is looking down with incredible pride on his family and seeing how well they are doing.

Everyone’s thoughts and best wishes are with you and your family Anne/Jade.


On a brighter note young Jack Buse, a boy who some of us at the club have met through our charity work, running for Children with Cancer, was invited to Downing Street this week through his own work with the charity, Chance to Shine.

Jack who spent 9 months in a room at Great Ormond Street fighting cancer is now in remission and doing amazing.For those who don’t know, Ben Wilson, Peter Armstrong, Louise and Barry Talman and I are running Manchester or London marathon (or both) to raise money for the charity.As advertised through the weekly report, on the 4th March we are holding a black tie event at Central Hall to raise as much money as possible.

For those of you who aren’t attending the event but would be interested in purchasing a raffle ticket then they can do so by either buying a raffle ticket directly from one of us or making a payment on the link below. For every £1 added you will receive 1 ticket….and yes, there is alcohol amongst the prizes (you athletes!!).100% of money raised will go to the charity and we hope to raise over £10,000.Every penny really does count.


Onto the week’s running.On Tuesday night at Eastbourne track we saw Heather Mochrie make a rare appearance as the ultra-runner starts to incorporate speed work into her Highland fling training as an ambassador for BETA.Heather has been asked to blog how her new structured training goes over the next few months instead of her normal ‘off the cuff’ training approach.We saw a big turnout to witness Heather at the track despite the freezing cold conditions.

Well done Heather, we look forward to seeing you at the track on a regular basis….in the meantime here’s some photographs of Heather at her recent photo shoot.


At Darlington South park Saturday morning 320 runners turned up for the mornings run.After what seemed an eternity of a mornings briefing the race started with Karl Challand taking the honours again making it 3 wins out of 3 from his visit storming home in 17 minutes flat with the ever present Colin Taylor 7th in 17:51.Paul Cook was next home in 11th place with Barry Talman and Shaun Marshall tracking his movements to try and sneak past the ‘old man’ finishing 12th and 13th, both achieving big PB’s on the day!Andy Dobson was next home finishing 24th in 19:50 on his 213th parkrun….Andy has done parkrun so many times he has been offered a job as a gardener. Mark Haymer had a brilliant run to break his PB to finish in 20 mins dead for 27th with Dom Colley looking fluent finishing 31st in 20:23 pushing Graham O’Hara 33rd in 20:29, Steve Elliott 35th in 20:35, John Dunne 36th in 20:36 and Peter Foulds 37th in 20:45 who also broke his PB in the process again.

Juris Silvos was next home in 39th in 20:52 followed by Graham Garvey who had another strong run finishing 41st in 21:02 and Pauline Brown 53rd in 22:05 just outside her PB.Ian Morris finished 54th taking the foot of the gas this week in 22:08 with Charlotte Knowles putting in her 2nd best time in 57th in 22:14 with David McKenna dog runner one place and six seconds further back.Matthew Hall put in a PB performance to finish 63rd in 22:31 with Wes Atkins equalling his achieving by finishing 66th in 22:41 to earn him a new PB.Bally Singh had another great run finishing 67th in 22:42 pushing Robert Austin round for a new PB of 22:43 in 69th place.Bad boy, Steve McAllister was next home in 72nd in 22:55, Jade Hutchinson 78th in 23:08 and Jonathan Boyle 90th in 23:45.Iain Girard achieved another PB to finish 91st in a superb 23:47 with Gemma Raper breaking her PB to finish 94th.

Simon Daniels sporting a beautiful “I hate running” T-shirt finished 101st in 24:06 with snooker loopy Dave Hamer 125th in 25:15.John Brant was next home in 145th in 25:57 on his 192nd park run with newbie Peter Fuller taking over 4 minutes from his first ever parkrun last weekend in Preston to finish in 154th in 26:11.Great effort.Linda Tinkler also benefited from this by digging deep to finish 156th in 26:18 again for a new PB.Martin McGregor finished 168th in 26:40 with Anne Hutchinson and Julie Beck running together to finish 175th and 176th in 26:49 and 26:50.Brian Burdon on his 100th parkrun finished 200th in 28:14 with James Hindmarsh and dad Graham finishing 209th and 210th in 28:40 and 28:42.Did he outkick you Graham??Mum Joanne was next home in 31:15 for 253rd with Steve Dauber 273rd in 32:36.

Meanwhile in Tees Barrage, Jamie Gardner led the way for the Harriers amongst a field of 203 runners to finish 11th in 20:48 for a new course PB with Neil Embleton finishing well in 62nd in 25:19 and Julian Pinkney 88th in 27:34 for a new PB despite running with his dog.Great running gentleman.Over in Hartlepool Richard Easterbrook, finished in 33rd position in a field of 82 in a solid time of 24:22 with Andrew Glencross taking on Stewarts parkrun in Middlesboro to finish 29th in a field of 283 on his first visit in a time of 21:59.Quality running by you all.

On Saturday in Wallsend saw the Masters XC take place with a frosting of Harriers on show.In the first race Ian Barnes was on showing finishing in 13th position in 33:28 over the 5.3k course.

In the second race, over a longer distance of 7.9k, Paul Helliwell finished 19th in 32:42 despite suffering with a lung infection leading up to the event with Phil Teece showing his class by finishing 25th in 33:36 for a silver medal in his age category.Dan Hunter was also on show finishing in a solid 57th place in 37:06.

Well done all Masters!


On Sunday morning Sharon Barlow, Simon Rogers and Paul Cook headed to Dewsbury where a 1300 sell out took to the start line.On the fast out and back course Sharon didn’t disappoint by not only finishing 3rd in the ladies race,45th overall but also setting a new PB time of 35:59 a target which she has hoped to achieve over the last 2 years.Simon was next home finishing in 37:10 for 75th and Paul Cook in a disappointing 37:57 for 92nd.

Over at Ripon, at the Muddy Boots 10k race 423 runners completed the testing mixed terrain event with second claim Emma Robinson finishing first in 38th in 43:55 and Mark Robinson (no relation) 65th in 46:41.New boys Neil Embleton finished in 55:35 for 153rd and Julian Pinkney 1:03:45 205th.

Well done everyone, great running.


After a long hard Cross Country season where poor weather conditions saw races postponed and cancelled more often than David Hayes boxing comeback, a number of Harriers headed to Richmond for the grand finale with the women’s competition in particular hanging in the balance between three clubs, New Marske, RZH and our club.With all runners contributing to the current standing in the competition the club brought all the big guns out to ensure that the club saw victory maybe for the first time in its history.Both men and women’s teams have looked exceptionally strong this year and the strength in depth is testament to the work that everyone does week on week in training.

Georgie Rutherford powered home in 2nd place on the day, a change in climate from the sunnier climates of Western Australia, with Sharon Barlow taking 3rd despite racing in the mornings 10k in Dewsbury.Alison Matthews another who has shone since joining the club finished 7th with club legend Bernadette Caygill finishing 10th making it a win for the club. Second claim Sharon Bulman came 5th. An amazing achievement by ALL women this year and this is success for everyone connected to the club.Mark Tallon and Linda Noble have really pushed XC to the club this season and the change has been incredible and I think this is a fitting reward for their tireless efforts supported by Robin and Rose Rutherford who have supported the team from the side lines.

In the men’s race Harriers finished in an impressive 3rd place beating Middlesboro, NYMAC, Thirsk and Sowerby and Quakers who finished bottom of the pile.

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