This week started with the club 10k race, Pitstop 10k being publicised through Racebest site. Already we have seen 38 first claim runners and 1 second claim runner sign up from the club so don’t miss out as this has a 300 limit. £10 to affiliated runners and will include a race medal. No brainer, so get entered and support the club in making this a race to remember. https://racebest.com/races/pitstop-10k/entries
On Saturday morning it felt like the Harrier takeover had started a week early as South park, Darlington was awash with royal blue and white. With 322 park runners on show and on a good morning for running due to zero wind, personal bests were in danger of falling. Colin Taylor was first home for the club in 17:22 for 4th with Graham Hindmarch back in form for 5th in 17:54 closely followed by Paul Lowe who seems to improve week on week in 17:58 for a new personal best. Not to be outdone, Nathan Hemingbrough was 7th in 17:59 again for a new PB finally breaking that 18 minute barrier which has been a monkey on Nathan’s back for several months. Paul Cook was 14th in 18:40 closely drafted by Andy Park who was that close that the police had to be called in for illegal touching. Andy finished in the same time for a new parkrun PB with Bernadette Caygill following closely to finish 19th in 18:52, again for a new parkrun PB.
Peter Armstrong finished the mornings run with a new personal best in 21st in 19:02 with Andy Dobson 25th in 19:39. John Dunne finished 27th in 19:41, shaving a few seconds of his PB, closely followed firstly by Graham O’Hara having a fine run in 28th in 19:42, five seconds outside his PB and Stuart Armstrong in 19:48 again for a new personal best on his 50th parkrun. Dom Colley finished 32nd in 20:14 followed by Shaun David in 34th in 20:19. David Tomlinson headed home a number of Harriers finishing 47th in 21:21 followed by junior Sam Talman in 48th in 21:21, Clare Park 50th in 21:26 for a new personal best, Pauline Brown 54th in 21:36 and Ian Brown 57th in 21:44. Junior Harry Wilson was next home in 70th in 22:23 swiftly followed by Emma Morley who put in a personal best of 22:24 for 71st, Bally Singh 74th in 22:34 just outside his PB, Robert Austin 22:39 for a new personal best of 22:39 for 76th and Jonathan Boyle 80th in 22:50.
Uncle Albert was back at the park this week although the legendary beard has gone on holiday for the spring. Dave finished 82nd in 22:55 with Peter O’Neill hot on his heels storming round in 84th in 22:57 for a new personal best with Sarah Tomlinson also putting in a PB performance finishing two places and two seconds further back. Simon Daniels put in another good run finishing 96th in 23:38 on his 98th parkrun followed by Jane Teague 99th in 23:52 and Shirley Gibson 109th in 24:38. Julian Pinkney took another slice of his personal best in 110th finishing in a superb 24:43 with Julie Beck also putting in a personal best of 25:06 to finish 114th. Martin McGregor was next home in 146th in 26:35 followed round by Tina Corah 163rd in 27:14, Brian Burdon 195th in 28:34. John Brant, feeling under the weather still finished in 196th in 28:40, junior Freya Talman 227th in 30:20 with another junior James Hindmarsh one second and two places further back with brother Jonny 230th in 30:25 followed by dad Barry in 231st in 30:27 and Sarah Neve 232nd for a new personal best of 30:29. Stephen Dauber was next back in 248th in a time of 31:50, Emma Ivey finished four seconds outside her personal best time in 32:13 for 256th with Lisa Smedley digging in to finish 261st in 32:48 on her first ever parkrun. Well done Lisa and well done everyone, some very impressive running.
Meanwhile over in Albert Park’s parkrun in Middlesboro, sponsored by Greggs, 288 runners took to the start line on the fast course. John Hall had a great run finishing 44th in 21mins dead with Mark Robinson, making his first appearance one place and nine seconds behind. Neil Embleton had a great morning finishing 87th but in a new personal best time of 22:58.
With the Harriers running at Donington Park in the National XC on Saturday afternoon, Jeff and Lesley Miller along with Anne Hutchinson took on the Long Eaton parkrun as part of a large field of 403. Jeff was first home in 9th place in 18:40, Lesley 86th in 23:59 and Anne 147th in 25:57. Peter Fuller was in Preston for his 3rd parkrun and finished off with a new personal best as he took a whopping 6 minutes of his first visit to this park and nearly 2 minutes off his Darlington time by finishing 77th in a field of 283 in a time of 24:38. Further north, Sharon Barlow had a jaunt around Fountains Abbey parkrun after a night on the tiles to finish 18th in 19:22 in a field of 290. To finish off the weekly parkrun round up, Andrew Glencross who has seen more tourism than Iraq has over recent weeks branched out to Bushy park in Hampton where a massive 1031 runners turned out for the mornings run. Andrew planted one foot in front of the other to finish 146th in 21:46 on his 96th parkrun leafing a host of runners in his wake. Well done Andrew, glad you twigged onto this running malarkey!
On Saturday afternoon, the Harriers had 14 runners on show at the National XC in Donington Park. In the ladies race a massive 739 runners competed ,Sue Phillips finished 203rd in 38.13, Lesley Miller 495th in 45.22, Aly Williamson 507th in 45.44, Steph Kingdon 49.04 for 599th, Anne Hutchinson 665th in 52.03 with Anneli Mackenzie-Brown 672nd in 52.54 and Paula Roberts 715th in 57.38 with an overall position of 60th out of 84 teams. Second claim Emma Robinson also ran finishing 159th in 36:53.
In the men’s race in a field of 1730, Jamie Rutherford was first home in 52.02 for 401st; Graham Garvey was next back in 1:03:43 for 1233rd followed by Darren Stockdale in 1280th in a time of 1:04.38. Michael Sangster finished 1411th in 1.07.24, Iain Girard 1649th 1:18:05 with captain Mark Tallon in 1663rd in a time of 1:19:10 running with David Aiken who was one place and one second behind Mark. This gave the team an overall position of 121st. Darlington Harriers Senior Weekly Report
Martin McGregor, Gemma Raper and Jamie Baldasera headed up to Exhibition Park on Sunday morning to compete in the Love 2 Run 10k race which had been postponed on Valentine’s Day. In a field of 218 Jamie was first home in 25th in 43:33, Gemma 82nd in 51:54 and Martin 118th in 56:28.
Well done guys and gals