Senior Harriers Weekly Update w/c 24th August

Senior Harriers Weekly Update w/c 24th August

On Sunday 23rd, Tori Green attempting her first race back after a long layoff through injury took on the undulating Major Stone Half Marathon in the heart of the Yorkshire hills. Tori showed her class by storming to victory in the ladies race finishing 13th overall, in 1:25:03 and over 6minutes ahead of her nearest rival. Amazing running Tori and great to see you back in action. 212 runners competed in the race.

Further south (although I am geographically challenged) Ali Matthews took on the Cotswolds Classic Middle Distance Triathlon. Taking on the steelman (or half ironman) event is some achievement, 1.3miles of open water, a bike ride over 50miles that would make the tightest cheeks wince and then to finish the day off a 13.1mile run.Ali absolutely smashed her PB to land a new '70.3' PB in 4hrs46mins. Outstanding work by both ladies                                  

Moving on swiftly to Wednesday night Sessay Swift, an odd distance 6km race down at Thirsk.In a field of 155 runners, Sharon Barlow was first finisher finished 13th but 1st lady in a speedy 21:29; Nathan Smith was next over the line in 22nd position in 22:51.New club member Lorraine Mitchell finished in 23:43 for 32nd with Graham Bell showing his class in the V60 section to finish in the top 3rd of athletes in 49th place in a time of 25:47.Great running by everyone.

The following evening over at Stewarts Park, Middlesboro, 52 Harriers donned the vest in the NYMAC relays a 4 x 1mile event.The sun came out to make it an enjoyable occasion for everyone….well everyone except the runners who had several minutes of lung busting effort to maintain.First home for the club was the team of Simon Rogers, Nathan Hemingbrough, Paul Cook and Nathan Smith who finished in 10th place, followed by the ladies team with new members Lorraine Mitchell, Sharon Bulman and Emma Robinson along with Sharon Barlow finished 3rd ladies team and 21st overall.Well done ladies, great to have you join the team and some top performances from you all.Next home in 30th place was Andrew Park, Darren Stockdale, Dom Colley and Jeff Miller followed closely by Justin Hindmarch, Matt Capsey, Dave McKenna and Peter Armstrong in 31st place.

The team of Garry Collinson, Paul Keedy, Graham Garvey and Steven Elliott were next home in 35th place with Bernadette Caygill, Ellie Phillips, Lucy-Erin Hunter and Sue Phillips for 5th ladies team, hot on their heels in 39th place.The next 3 teams over finished in 41st, 42nd and 43rd place and only 6 seconds between the 3. Sixth placed ladies team was made up of Ali Matthews with junior girls Emma Hart, Harriet Rogers and Jade Hutchinson who crossed the line in 41st place followed by the team of Mark Tallon, Mark Robinson, David Aiken and Simon Daniels in 42nd with James Baker, Andrew Glencross, Martin Phillips and Tai Charlton in 43rd place.Charlotte Knowles, Tracey Owen, Clare Park and Emily Halstead finished 56th and 9th ladies team followed by Clive Green, Ian Barnes, Sean Connolly and Les Curtis one place behind in 57th. Emma Morley, Linda Tinkler, Shirley Gibson and Lesley Miller finished 70th and Anne Hutchinson, Anneli Mackenzie-Brown, Steph Kingdon and Janice Foster finishing in 77th place. 100 teams competed on the evening.Brilliant turnout by everyone and a fantastic nights running.

On Saturday morning down at South parkrun, Darlington 313 runners took to the start line which the Harriers had a very good turnout.On a perfect day for running the club put in some PB performances, once again showing that their hard work in training is paying off.Paul Helliwell was in majestic form finishing 5th in 17:57, a new PB for his first but not last time under 18 minutes since he returned to running.Nathan Hemingbrough took a second of his PB to finish 8th in 18:04 with Colin Taylor one place behind in 18:29. Must be blood giving week Colin?Andrew Park who has been in tremendous form and has PB’d twice at 10k in recent week made it a double- double, and for once it’s not at the bar!Andrew finished 11th in 18:51 shaving 5 seconds of his PB the previous weeks’ time.

Dom Colley is edging closer and closer back to his old self finishing just outside the 20minute mark in 20:08 for 22nd place.Lucy-Erin Hunter celebrated new PB 2 days before her 15th birthday finishing 26th in 20:21 with the warhorse Dave McKenna one place and 3 seconds further back.Youngster James Roberts finished 32nd in 20:32 with Darren Stockdale in 37th in 20:40.The timekeeper Graham Garvey finished 40th in 20:53 with Juris Silvos in 46th in a time of 21:09.Sean Connolly finished 54th in 21:31, Andrew Glencross in 62nd in 22minutes dead followed by Charlotte Knowles in 65th who showed some real class by smashing her PB to finish in a time of 22:07.Peter Armstrong who acting as pacer finished 68th in 22:08 taking Peter Foulds with him who smashed his 5k time to finish 70th in 22:17.Lesley Miller, who just gets better and better finished 82nd in a new PB time of 22:40 with Darren Chapman making an appearance for the Harriers finishing 92nd in 23:06, his first parkrun for the Triathlete.Val Clarke finished 97th in 23:17 with Jade Hutchinson acting as pacer for mum Anne to finish 135th and 136th respectively helping Anne achieve her first sub 25minute run for a new PB of 24:51.

Julie Beck finished 146th just outside her PB in 25:27 with veteran Ian Barnes finishing in 162nd in 26:20.New member Tina Corah finished 187th in a new PB time of 27:42 in a new PB time followed by junior Jonny Hindmarsh who finished 195th in a new PB time of 28:11 with brother James 8 places behind in 28:27.Great work boys!Dad Graham finished 208th place in 28:31 with one eye on the 10mile race the following day.Another new member Iain Girard finished 209th in 28:35 with Tai Charlton crossing the line in 28:59 for 218th place.Brian Burdon finished in 227th in 29:23 with Stephen Dauber in 238th position in 30:03.Simon Daniels had a stroll round the parkrun in 30:11 with a race on Sunday on his mind finishing 240th in 30:11.Joanne Hindmarsh made it a very good day for the Hindmarsh family taking even more time of her PB to finish 253rd in 31:05.Way to go Jo!

Over in Bishop Auckland, a new 5mile trail race was introduced over in the beautiful Auckland Castle grounds.As of yet results have not been published but Leigh Mack ran her first race not just for the club but her first race ever.From what I understand about the course it was brutal….and that is from experienced runners so for Leigh to have chosen this one for her first race is really brave.Well done Leigh you should be really proud of yourself, it’s a massive achievement!

Whilst Leigh was getting ready for battle in Bishop, a handful of Harriers headed to Wynard to take on the 10km trail race.In a small field of 91 Jeff Miller was first home for the club finishing 9th in 45:18 with Paul Keedy making up the top 20 finishing in 49:14.Jade Hutchinson finished 2nd female in 31st position in a time of 53:03 with team mate Lesley Miller 3 places behind for 3rd lady in 54:21.Simon Daniels running for ‘Dartford Harriers’was next home in 41stin 56:33 with Anne Hutchinson crossing in 58th position in 59:48.Good running guys and gals.

As the double D contingents were busy running trail races, 6 Harriers took to the road to compete in the Tynedale Jelly 10mile race.Now I’m not sure if this is named ‘Jelly’ due to the jellied vodka post-race or how everyone’s legs feel on completing the course. 450 runners took to the start line with, Graham Hindmarsh finishing first for the club in 54th position in a time of 1:11:44. Dave McKenna was next home in 63rd position in 1:13:44 with Barry Talman 3 places behind in 66th in a time of 1:13:59.Louise Talman finished 75th in 1:14:36 with Andrew Glencross 208th in 1:26:49 and Charlotte Knowles 257th 1:32:18.Well done all hope you weren’t eating and driving…..

Deciding to run a marathon is always a big decision for any runner, as it takes time, effort, dedication and commitment.So 4 weeks ago (yes you read that correct) Corinne Murray decided that she would run the Halifax marathon, a 2 lap gruelling event and not one for the faint hearted!82 runners took up the challenge with Corinne finishing 38th in a brilliant 4:06:33 on little training! Amazing stuff.Husband Andy also ran the half marathon on the same course to finish 85th out of 125 runners in 2:13:24.Well done that man!

Over the weekend we have also seen the Tartan Games take place up in Gateshead.With lots of juniors competing and competing well the future is looking really bright for the club.Senior athlete Curtis Metcalfe had a fantastic games first picking up J2nd in the men’s 100m in a powerful 11:55 for a new PB which was then followed up by another 2nd place in the men’s 200m which he ran in 23:77.Curtis wasn’t finished there jumping to first place in the High jump with a leap of 1.70metres.Karl Challand had a brilliant race to finish 1st in the men’s 400m in a time of 51:61. Outstanding work!

Farewell but not Goodbye

Les Curtis has re-joined the army so we will not see Les around for the next 12 months.From everyone at the club good luck Les, hope to see you back at the club when you’re located back in the North east!Look after yourself and keep in touch.