Senior Harriers Weekly Update w/c 23rd November

Senior Harriers Weekly Update w/c 23rd November

We start the week with a quick look back at last week’s race over at Cowpen Bewley which had 290 runners and a handful of harriers…or is it a few harriers who are a handful…either way competed.Youngster Katie Noble was first to finish finishing 27th in 22:06 followed by Peter Armstrong in 31st 18 seconds behind.Linda Noble was 46th in 23:23 with John Hall dressed all in black for the muddy course in 77th in a time of 25:13.Shirley Gibson was next home in 155th in 29:21 followed by Brian Burdon in 213th in 33:25.Muddy brilliant!

This week’s race started over in Stockton on Wednesday night at the Tees 5k night time trail race where a number of Harriers shone….well they had to otherwise they wouldn’t see where they were going!Results haven’t been published as yet but we can confirm that Alison Matthews and Jade Hutchinson finished 1st and 3rd lady on the night.Excellent work everyone.



From Thursday Dec 17th (and subsequentThursday’s) I have booked 2 courts of the main hall at the dolphin centre to do some fitness training instead of the track. This will start at 18.00 and finishing at 19.00.This will be in the Main Hall until January 28th excluding Dec 24th and 31st.

Training will be a mixture of shorts sprints, press ups, sit ups, star jumps etc…you get the picture.Training will be £1 each to cover costs.Tuesday will still be at the track.

Bring a drink with you!

Down at a cold and icy Southpark, Darlington233 runners took to the start line.Paul Lowe and Paul Cook were so focussed on their achillies injury forgot how to tie their laces but both managed to get round with their shoes still on to finish 9th and 10th in 19:39 and 19:41.John Dunne, who seems to like his photo in the weekly report and is becoming the Sergei Bubka of the running world by taking another chip of his PB finishing 15th in 20:18.Stuart Armstrong, not to be outdone also put in a PB performance to finish 16th in 20:25.Andrew Dobson was next home in 18th as he battles through his injury problems in 20:37 with newly crowned 2nd claim athlete of the year Peter Armstrong 19th in 20:45 despite having a hangover.

Sean Connolly had a much better run finishing 22nd in 20:50 followed by David Tomlinson who also broke his PB to finish 26th in 21:04.Good to see David in form after recent injuries.Dom Colley finished 33rd in 21:44 with Peter Foulds 11 seconds shy of his PB in 21:48 for 35th.Ian Brown was next home in 37th in 21:57 with Andrew Glencross hot on his heels in 38th two seconds behind.Emily Halstead used Graham Garvey’s clock watching skills to help her finish first lady and achieve a new PB in 22:21 for 43rd place with Graham one place and one second behind.Michael Sangster was next home in 49th in 22:41 for a new PB with homeless David McKenna one place and six seconds behind.Pauline Brown was next back in 53rd place in 22:51 with Robert Austin 59th in 23:29 and Emma Morley 60th in 23:45.Simon Daniels finished 65th in 24:09, Shirley Gibson 74th in 24:39 and Ian Morris 76th in 24:43, saving the legs till Sunday.

New signing Gemma Raper finished 82nd with a new PB time of 25:22…good start to your Harrier tenure with Steve McAllister one place and one second…..behind a female.Now there’s a shock Steve, hope the tag didn’t go off!Iain Girard finished 94th in 26:10 with John Brant a place behind and five seconds.Linda Tinkler made a rare appearance at parkrun to finish 105th in a solid 26:45 with Sarah Tomlinson one place and one second behind. Neil Smith strolled round in 27:24 for 123rd, someway off his PB,Tina Corah finished 153rd in 29:03, Brian Burdon 158th in 29:28, Stephen Dauber 182nd in 31:20 with Sarah Neve 183rd in 31:23.

Over at Hackworth, Shildon only 37 runners turned up for the morning’s run with Harriers accounting for 7.4% of the field.Justin Hindmarch had a good run finishing in 4th for a course PB with Mark Robinson 6th in 21:40 again for a course PB.Jade and Anne Hutchinson along with Richard Easterbrook headed to Middlesboro parkrun.Jade was first to finish amongst the 218 field in 31st position for her first visit in 21:01, Richard 62nd in 23:51 one second outside his PB with Anne 74th in 25:02.A fast course rumour sent the parks, Andy and Clare and Sam and Barry Talman to Chester-Le-Street.In a field of 140 Andy was first home in 13th place in 19:35, Barry 15th in 19:50, Clare 25th in 21:50 and junior Sam 32nd in 22:41.Craig Stoddart was in Walsall to celebrate his 100th parkrun.In a field of 212 finished 21st in 20:02

Well done all park-runners!


So before the Darlington Harriers official awards night on the 18th December, thought it important to announce this year’s winners of the unofficial awards.

Winners of this year’s awards are

2nd claim athlete of the year Peter Armstrong

Peter Armstrong has shown consistency throughout the year by training anywhere but with the club.Well done Peter!

Nearly 1 minute (or Minuet!)wonder Mark Tallon

Captain Mark Tallon has worked so hard on his 400m’s this year and has just missed breaking the 60 second barrier by a fraction of a second

Nearly as good looking as Jeff Miller Paul Keedz

Paul has done everything to make him as good looking as Jeff Miller.Good effort, maybe next year!

Clock watcher of the yearGraham Garvey

Graham has managed to look at his watch at an average of 4.5 times per mile smashing all competition

Potty Mouth of the YearCorinne Murray

Corinne has said she does not want this ###### trophy and said we can shove it up our #### - proving what a worthy winner she is

Shorts of the YearLouise Talman

Peter Armstrong ran Louise close this year but those multi coloured bad boys edged it

Parkrun disruption of the yearClive Green

Clive’s ‘leaflet’ incident wins this hands down.Clive was also, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th……

Most Improved name of the yearMark Robinson V2

Mark Robinson won this hands down by adding V2 taking over the inconsistent V1 Mark Robinson

Drunk Runner of the yearAndy Park

Andy Park wins this controversially ahead of Stephen McAllister and Barry Bell who didn’t have enough Harrier tenure as Andy.Andy won by a short and a quick half.

F.L.A.P.S of the yearLaura McQuillan

Not to be outdone by the balls deep boys, Laura won this despite the field being ‘wide open’

Track Demon of the yearPaul Helliwell

Paul has smashed everyone on the track this year and has put us all in our place. Enough said

On Sunday morning, Alison Matthews headed up north to Ponteland to compete in the 10 mile race.Alison battled through the high winds to finish 2nd lady in around 67 minutes to pick up yet more silverware.Awesome work Ali.Emma Robinson competed in the Lee Mills Relay’s on Sunday as part of a team of 4 taking on a tough fell course over a 10k course.No details have been released as yet so more details on Emma’s exploits and confirmation of Ali’s result next week.

On the afternoon at a wet and windy Croft, the next NYSD Cross Country Race which was due to take place was cancelled due to high winds.With heavy rain fall and high winds on Saturday even the eternal optimists weren’t convinced that Sunday would be much better and that unfortunately proved to be the case.On a positive note that does give the senior teams the opportunity to get some of their runners back for the next race who were going to be missing.