Senior Harriers Weekly Update w/c 25th January

Storm Gertrude hit the UK this week, causing havoc on everyone’s training making sessions tough.Our very own Andy Park was making his own wind contribution to the nights track session…maybe your storm git-rude!But before we look at this week’s running exploits let’s have a look back to last week starting at Gateshead.

A number of Harriers, senior and junior, took part in the Indoor Series, meeting 3. In the 60m sprint we saw Joseph Sawyer clock 8.99 in the U13 boy’s race and Ella Lee 9.10 in u15 girls before the heats took place.In heat 4 Luke Stockdale finished 2nd in 7.55, heat 5 Ryan Stacey (U17) finished 4th in 7.64, heat 9 captain Mark Tallon finished 5th in 8.58 secs, heat 11 Alice Parsons finished 2nd in 8.47, heat 16 Curtis Metcalfe finished 1st in 7.59, heat 17 Mitchell Lowes also finished 1st in 7.55 with Kieran Mitchell 6th in 9.64.In Round 2, heat 2, Kieran Maxwell powered his way to 5th in 9.84 followed by Mark Tallon in heat 5 finished 5th in 8.53, in heat 8 Mitchell Lowes finished 3rd in 7.47, heat 9 Curtis Metcalfe again finished 1st in 7.45 and Luke Stockdale 2nd in 7.52.In the high jump young Joseph Sawyer won the competition in 1.35m.

At last week’s XC both Jeff Miller and Nathan Smith were missed out of the Northern Echo’s report.Shame on you NE, how could you miss our two male pin ups at the club! Don’t worry gentleman, we still love you!

Some of our second claim runners were also in action last week in the PECO Cross Country league.After 3 races Lorraine Mitchell sits high up the table in 5th place and first F40 with Emma Robinson 67th despite missing a race.

On cold and breezy Saturday morning at South Park, Darlington 313 runners turned out for the mornings run. Will Gibson celebrated his 100th volunteer day in style by wearing a beautiful ribbon which his wife Shirley asked (made) him to wear.Great achievement Will. Colin Taylor was first over the line for the club finishing in 2nd place in 18:06 followed by Paul Cook in 4th place in 18:36 and the forgotten man Jeff Miller in 8th in 19:07.Shaun Marshall was two seconds outside of his PB finishing 10th in 19:17 with Super Garry Collinson 12th in 19:22 for a new PB and in poor conditions.Andy Dobson was next back in 16th position again under 20 mins in 19:56 followed by Craig Stoddart in 18th in 20:17.

Dom Colley finalised the top 20 in 20:31 with Mark Haymer putting in a PB performance breaking the 21min barrier to finish 22nd in 20:47.Peter Foulds also had a storming run taking over 30 seconds from his previous best to finish 27th in 21:04 with Phil Teece running with youngster Sam Talman to finish 28th and 29th in 21:07 and 21:09 just ahead of Andy Park in 30th in 21:10.Juris Silovs was next back in 32nd in 21:13 with Pauline Brown 43rd in 22:25 and Emma Morley 47th in 22:36.Robert Austin just missed the top 50, finishing 51st in 22:56, one single second off his PB with Jonathan Boyle one place and one second behind.Ian Brown was next back in 55th in 23:03 followed by Wes Atkins who achieved another PB to finish 56th in 23:04.

Simon Daniels finished in 66th position in 23:36 on his 94th parkrun followed by Jane Teague 72nd in 23:55 on her 100th parkrun.Congratulations Jane!Shirley Gibson finished 81st in 24:30 on her 240th parkrun followed by Dave Hamer in 82nd in 24:32. Neil Addyman finished 86th in 24:52 with Martin McGregor 152nd for 27:58, Brian Burdon 173rd in 29:01, Stephen Dauber 227th in 31:50 and Sarah Neve 234th in 32:05.Over in Tees Barrage, again on a wind affected course, Peter Armstrong, Charlotte Knowles and John Brant were amongst the 206 field.Peter was first home in 9th position 20:38, Charlotte 54th in 25:01 and John 96th in 27:44. In Redcar Andrew Glencross was 17th in a field of 133rd in 21:51 on his first visit to the parkrun.He may have missed out on a top 10 role but he did pick up a lemon top and some fish and chips…top man!Sedgefield parkrun were graced with the presence of the new and improved Mark Robinson.Mark decided that a negative split strategy was not for him on the two lap course and finished 30th in 22:29 from 202 runners.

Over at Albert Park Middlesboro Andy Williamson ran with daughter Louise to finish in 162nd and 163rd place, both crossing in 28:53.Don’t forget to change your club Louise through your parkrun profile so we can find you each week. Very well done, great running both of you. 275 runners took part.‘Southerner’ Peter Fuller headed down to his native Lancashire to take on his first parkrun at Preston.Peter who is new to running blasted his way round in 30:27 to finish in 179th position from a field of 252.Well done Peter, much more to come from you.And last, but by no means least we saw our two new members Neil Embleton and Julian Pinkney head over to Durham to take on their parkrun. From a large field of 333 runners Neil was first to finish in 130th position in 25:53 with Julian 206th in 29:16.Well done gents great to have you with us and well done to all you park runners.

On Saturday in Blackburn, the Northern XC took place.On a cold wet and of course muddy day a number of Harriers took the two hour journey to compete for the club.Based on the photos taken and feedback from the club runners and other clubs this course was one of the hardest that they have ever had to run on.Respect to all who made the journey and gave it a go!More on this in your captain’s report.

On Sunday morning, Barry Bell, Gemma Raper and Martin McGregor took on the 5th X Border 10k race which starts in the northern outskirts of Carlisle and finishes at Gretna.Provisional results have been released which shows Barry finished 38th in 43:02, Gemma Raper in 51:29 for 123rd and Martin 56:16 for 208th. Julie Bell running her first 10k surpassed all expectations finishing in 1:09:16 for 360th place.We also had a David MacGillivray running for Darlington finishing 46th in 44:02. 376 runners competed.