Senior Harriers Weekly Update w/c 21st December

Senior Harriers Weekly Update w/c 21st December

This week’s report we start by taking a look back to last week’s winter trail race in Stockton where 248 runners participated in the morning 5k race.Jamie Gardner was first Harrier home finishing in 14th in a solid time of 20:59 with young Megan Noble who likes her trail races 23rd in 21:48. Mum Linda, was next home in 37th in 22:32 with daughter and father team Ellie and Martin Phillips finishing together in 71st and 72nd in 24:05 and 24:06.Next back was David Aiken finishing in 110th position in 26:20 with Shirley Gibson 131st in 27:40.

Also last week Susie Stephen and her sister Georgina Rutherford competed in The Stoops 8km race in Haworth, Yorkshire.In a field of 454 runners Susie finished 126th in 43:37 with Georgina 143rd in 45:26.To complete last week’s review, Hari Singh was tracked down eventually running his 120th marathon running the Dawn to Dusk Marathon…a 21 lap event (urgh), in 4:50:24 for 45th position.What a legend.

Well done everyone great to see people running all over the UK.

On Monday night Peter Armstrong (Coatham Crue Original) arranged a 2 team relay event starting from the Whitehorse out to the Forrester’s Arms on the edge of town with the second runner running back to the Whitehorse.The distance is approximately 1.86miles and undulating.Jeff Miller and Jamie Baldasera finished first on the night.

Well done everyone who took part it was good fun.

On Christmas morning a number of Harriers headed to South Park, Darlington to take part in the morning’s festive run.200 runners put the turkey on hold and took to the start line.Paul Lowe had an exceptional run, smashing his PB to finish first harrier in 18:28 for 9th, training obviously paying dividends.Andy Dobson was next home in 22nd in 20:39 running with Simon Rogers who finished 23rd in 20:40. Sean Connolly finished 29th in 21:10 followed by Jade Hutchinson 34th in 21:41, Peter Dods 47th in 22:22 running with Clare and Andy Park 48th and 49th one and two seconds back.

Dave McKenna was 51st in 22:40, Michael Sangster 60th in 23:30, Graham Garvey 63rd in 23:48, Simon Daniels 75th in 24:29, Shirley Gibson 83rd in 24:51, Dave Hamer 88th in 25:27, Val Clarke 90th in 25:36 with junior James Roberts 97th in 25:57.Iain Girard finished 103rd in 26:12, Anne Hutchinson 106th in 26:21 with junior Sam Talman 126th in 27:45. Paula Roberts 145th in 29:21 despite helping a fellow runner who fell. Freya Talman 156th with mum and dad Louise and Barry next two place back within two seconds followed by Sara Neve 168th in 31:14. Ali Matthews and husband Paul ventured north of the border again back on home turf however results have yet to be publicised or maybe I just can’t find them!


On Boxing day, Dan Hunter headed over to County Antrim in Northern Ireland to run the Portrush parkrun where 168 runners took part.Unfortunately Dan forgot his bar code but we do know that the ‘unknown runner’ finished 9th in around 20:45.Catch yourself on Daniel and #DFYBC.Over in Middlesboro Paul Keedy and Peter Foulds took on Albert Park in a field of 131, Paul was first to finish in 26th place in 20:57 followed by Peter in 31st in a new PB of 21:26.As it’s said in the nursery rhyme, “Flying away there Peter…..oh and #### off Paul”.Meanwhile Phil Teece took on Stewarts Park as part of a field of 145 runners.Despite the poor conditions Phil finished 1st in a time of 18:50.Top man.

With Darlington parkrun cancelled due to flooding 3 Harriers headed to Hackworth Shildon to be part of the…….17 strong field!Peter Armstrong was first Harrier home in 5th in 20:43 followed by Dom Colley 7th in 22:32 and Andrew Glencross in 9th in 23:14 for a new course PB.Nathan Smith took on 7 mile (approx.) Chevin Chase multi terrain race (not to be mistaken by the American actor from Fletch and National Lampoon fame!), again results have not been published at this time but well done Nathan for putting the turkey to one side and getting the trainers on.

With the Jolly Holly Jog cancelled due to flooding, Sunday racing consisted of the Guisborough Woods, an 8.8km (5mile) off road event through the scenic woodland.More on the boys exploits next week.