Senior Harriers Weekly Update w/c 21st March

We started the week with news of more tragedy in Europe as Brussels was hit by terrorist activity following the recent Paris attacks.Thankfully our very own Emily Halstead is alive and well despite being located close to the metro stations which were hit.Thoughts and prayers are with those impacted families who have lost people or been impacted by the cowardly attacks.

On a brighter note and before we get into racing results from the last 7 days we take a moment to wish Tom Leighton and his wife Rachel congratulations as Emily Jean Leighton arrived on Saturday 19th, not via stork as times have moved on but by DPD which enabled Tom to ‘track my midwife’ for a successful delivery. Emily weighed in at 7lb 2oz and is already bottle feeding 8 times a day with 1 hour recovery.Clearly a Harrier in the making!

Congratulations to you and your good lady Rachel, Tom, fantastic news for you and the family.

Also at last week’s Trimpell 20mile race Matthew Hall and John Cook who were both running their first race for the club.In a field of 718 runners Matthew finished 428th in 3:04:24 with John 652nd in 3:43:07.Outstanding running gents!At last week’s Thirsk 10 mile race Lorraine Mitchell and Emma Robinson, both running for Harrogate put in personal best performances finishing 127th in 1:05:19 and 181st in 1:09:03 along with our very own Michael Watson who finished in 483rd place in 1:22:36 despite him suffering from cramp at the later stages of the race.At the Hardmoors 55 mile race, 269 crazy or brave runners took on this challenge.Mike King was first to finish finishing 51st in 10:45:07 followed by Matt Capsey 92nd in 11:38:44 and Mark Milner 113th in 11:56:55.Legends!

Phil Teece was another who stormed round his race finishing in 13th place out of 494 runners in 2hrs 2min and 27 seconds making him currently the UK’s number 1 runner for a V55 over the distance.There are lots of exceptional runners in this category so this is some achievement.

And finally at last week’s Duathlon, a 2k run followed by a 10k bike and another 2k run, we saw both Andy Dobson and Julian Pinkney in action.  With 34 competitors Andy stormed to victory in his first event and Julian finishing in a healthy 11th position.

NamePositionCATCategory PositionGender PositionRun 1T1CycleT2Run 2Time
Andrew Dobson1V401100:07:3300:00:3600:17:3400:00:2000:08:5100:34:57
Julian Pinkney11V5031000:09:1100:00:5000:17:4500:00:4400:11:3700:40:09


On Good Friday, the sun was out to welcome the fact that it was a day of non-work and the annual trip to New Marske for the Mermaid 10k.Mermaid 10k is the flattest 10k in the area and is a PB course IF you get the weather for it otherwise the sea coast can make running difficult at best.Today was definitely a Good Friday as the sun was out and the wind was pretty much non-existent….but could the Harriers capitalise? Does a bear shit in the woods? Or does that depend on the type of bear it is? Anyway bear with me….In a relatively small field of 207 runners Phil Teece had an outstanding run finishing in 35:38 for 8th place and first V50 with Graham Hindmarsh again putting on a great show to finishto finish 11th in a new personal best of 36:21.

Paul Helliwell finished in 37:16, a new best for him since returning to road racing with Alison Matthews once again showing she’s top lady finishing 1st and 23rd overall in 38:19.Barry Talman had a great run, also finishing the day with a personal best in 26th in 38:47 and was followed home by Andy Park 34th in 39:07 and Shaun Marshall 35th in 39:17 for a new personal best for him.Jamie Gardner was next home breaking the 40 minute barrier for the first time and for that matter 41 minutes for the first time to finish 42nd in 39:53 with Louise Talman showing her training is paying off to finish 40 minutes dead again for a new personal best.The ever consistent Sue Phillips finished 50th and first FV50 in 40:38 with Mr PB himself John Dunne smashing his PB to finish 59th in 41:17.

Andy Dobson finished 66th in 41:53 with Dom Colley putting in his 2nd quickest time of 42:16 to finish 68th and Graham Garvey 75th, taking nearly half a minute of his personal best to finish 75th in 42:46.Ian Morris finished 77th in a new personal best time of 42:53 with Jade Hutchinson 80th in 43:07 for a new personal best.Barry Bell was another to benefit on the day finishing 83rd in 43:13 for a new personal best just ahead of the ever improving Peter Foulds in 84th in 43:20, again for a new PB.Andrew Glencross finished 93rd in 44:07, again for a new personal best with Clare Park 95th in 44:07 and Martin Phillips making up the top 100 in 44:59.Michael Sangster finished 107th in his first race over this distance finishing in 45:26, Jamie Baldasera 112th in 45:47 for a new personal best and not to be outdone Charlotte Knowles taking a big chunk of her PB to finish 115th in 46:03.

Paul (Anthony) Cook finished 122nd in his first race for the club in a time of 46:57 with Lesley Miller 128th in 47:52.Iain Girard, who has been flying of late finished the day with another personal best of 48:19 in 130th with Becci Carter running her first 10k race to finish 132nd in 48:45.Sarah Tomlinson was next home in 137th to go sub 50 in 49:30 for a new personal best with Anne Hutchinson digging deep to finish 155th in 52:32.Julie Beck finished 156th in 52:35 for a new PB, Dave Hamer 170th in 54:40 followed by Linda Tinkler 181st in 56:19 for a new personal best.

Tina Corah completed her first 10k race finishing in an impressive 183th place in exactly the same chip time as Linda.Paula Roberts finished 205th in 1:01:34, Sarah Johnson 209th in 1:02:32, Lisa Smedley running her first 10k race finished in 219th in 1:08:29 with Julie Bell showing true spirit (and looked like some carrot) as she vomited with 200 metres to go and still picked herself up to finish strong and complete the race in 1:09:02 for 220th.Well done Julie and well done all Harriers who ran or supported the team round.

On Saturday morning down at Darlington South Park, 308 runners, some with hangovers, stumbled to the start line.Drew Inglis was first over the line in 2nd place finishing in an impressive 16:39 and was followed home by Howard Parr who again had a good run to finish 11th in 18:42.Shaun Marshall was next home finishing 17th in 19:14 with Barry Talman 20th in 19:25.Stuart Armstrong was 28th in 20:14 followed by Mark Haymer 31st in 20:27, Linda Noble 37th in 20:45 and a very tired Andy Dobson in 38th in 20:57.Andrew Glencross finished 41st on his 100th parkrun appearance, Stella Jones 44th in 21:33, Katie Noble 45th in 21:45 with Michael Sangster 46th in the same time.

Pauline Brown finished 51st in 21:56, Harry Wilson 52nd in 21:59, Val Clarke 54th in 22mins dead with Ian Brown 56th in 22:11.Sam Talman finished 62nd in 22:23, Andy Park 63rd in 22:27, Craig Stoddart 64th in 22:29 and Jonathan Boyle storming round in 69th place for a new personal best of 22:40.Dave McKenna was 81st in 23:28 after his 11 mile warm up, Robert Austin closely behind in 82nd in 23:30 and Jane Teague 88th in 23:47.Jade Hutchinson finished 91st in 23:50 pacing sister Becci around in 92nd for 23:51 again for a personal best.Good weekend of running Becci!!

Steve McAllister finished 97th in 24:11, Iain Girard 105th in 24:43, Anne Hutchinson 133rd in 25:58 and Lesley Miller 134th in 26mins.Ian Barnes finished 136th in 26:03, not bad for the V80 athlete followed by John Brant 140th in 26:08 and Martin McGregor 149th in 26:38.Tina Corah finished 178th in 27:43, Dylan Wilson 196th in 28:41 and Brian Burdon 212th in 29:23.Simon Daniels pacing his wife Maria round on the mornings run finished 231st in 30:34, Stephen Dauber 243rd in 31:52 and Rachel Girard 307th just outside her PB in 43:22. Over at Hackworth in a larger than usual field of 58 runners, Justin Hindmarch finish 3rd in 20:52 on his return to full fitness whilst Nathan Hemingbrough finished 4th in 18:58 and Peter Armstrong 8th in 19:53 at Hartlepool in a blustery morning amongst the field of 93.

Simon Rogers finished first Harrier at Albert Park amongst 294 runners as he crossed in 18:20 for 6th place, John Hall 32nd in 21:04, Ellie Phillips 47th in 21:57 and Martin Phillips 53rd in 22:06.Anneli Mackenzie-Brown finished 106th in 25:28 for a new course PB running alongside Tai Charlton in 107th for the same time. Julian Pinkney headed to Northallerton and was placed 28th out of 75 runners in 26:43 for a new course PB.Well done all park runners.Elsewhere on Saturday Mark Milner took on Kielder’s Dark Skies race what was planned to be a race with amazing views at night turned into a night of torrential rain and gale force winds.Mark battled his way round the course in 4 hours 8 mins


On Sunday morning a handful of Harriers headed north to the Tyneside 10k an undulating but fast course.Anneli Mackenzie-Brown missed out on the start due to traffic problems and a jobs- worth official despite it being a chip timed race.Nathan Hemingbrough was first home in a new PB of 37:52 followed in by Paul Allan in 39:53 and Charlotte Knowles with all 3 athletes finishing with new personal bests, Charlotte two in the space of three days over the distance.