Senior Harriers Weekly Update w/c 25th July

Before we kick off this week’s review on running activities we have the home town club race next Sunday and it would be great if everyone who is available to meet on High Row at 9:35 for a team photo.Last year we had a great turn out so if you’re running or supporting

on the day let’s all get together for an annual photo!

Last week Jamie Rutherford took on the Northumberland coastal half marathon finishing in an impressive 34th position in 1:29.10 from a field of 980 runners. On Thursday afternoon Paul Lowe and Natalie Curgenven headed to the hills as they took on not only one but two fell races.The first was the Ambleside Guide Hill race which was a 1.7mile race with an elevation of 860ft followed by a second race, the Rydale fell race, a 3.7m race which had over 1300ft of a climb.Results have yet to be released but looked like a lot of ‘fun’.

Later that evening over at Wynard, a number of Harriers took on the 5k trail race.Unfortunately this was another event which saw runners sent on a mystery tour making the 5k around 8k for some.Shame that this has happened again after a number of events have gone a similar way over recent months but this type of thing happens.Everyone is giving up their own personal time to put on these races and nobody died so we just move on to the next race.

On Friday evening at the South Shields 5k in a field of 144 runners Nathan Hemingbroughwas first home finishing 35th in 17:48, followed by Garry Collinson 48th in 18:48, Peter Armstrong in 51st in 19:03 and Dave McKenna 54th in 19:20.  Sue Phillips had a great race finishing 60th in 19:40 with Charlotte Knowles putting in a personal best performance to finish 86th in 21:30 and adopted member Ria Chaston 88th in 21:36.Well done everyone.


Matt Capsey took on the Lakeland 100 the most spectacular long distance trail race which has ever taken place within the UK. The circular route encompasses the whole of the Lakeland fells, includes in the region of 6300m of ascent and consists almost entirely of public bridleways and footpaths. The route starts in Coniston and heads South before completing a clockwise loop which takes in the Dunnerdale fells, Eskdale, Wasdale and Buttermere before arriving in Keswick. From here the route heads to Matterdale and continues over to Haweswater before returning via Kentmere, Ambleside and Elterwater to the finish at Coniston.

To even consider taking on such an event is brave? Foolhardy? or just downright bonkers!Matt finished in 36:10:04 in 132nd place from 232 finishers and around 100 runners who didn’t make it round. Outstanding Matt.

On a warm Saturday morning at the Darlington parkrun 311 runners took to the start line.  Colin Taylor on his 140th run finished 1st in 17:30 and was followed by Simon Rogers who was 4th in 18:13 with Nathan Hemingbrough and Graham Hindmarsh having a sociable as

they finished 6th and 7th in 19:16.Nev Ford had a great run finishing five seconds outside of his PB in 11th in 19:36 ahead of Mark Haymer 14th in 19:54 and Paul Cook on 20 min pacing duties for John Dunne both finishing in 20:02 in 19th and 20th.Linda Noble had another

good run finishing 24th in 20:20 ahead of Steven Wilkinson 27th in 20:37 and Karl Hume 28th in 20:49 for a new personal best.

Ronnie Read was next home in 38th in 21:18 one place ahead of Graham Garvey 39th in 21:20 and Dave McKenna 41st in 21:28.Michael Sangster finished 46th in 21:36 one place ahead of Martin Phillips in 21:44 with Pauline Brown 53rd in 22:12, Simon Daniels 57th in 22:31 just nine seconds outside his previous best and Robert Austin 59th in 22:45.Peter Dods finished 60th in 22:46, wes Atkins 62nd in 23 mins dead, Ian Brown 70th in 23:12, Sean Connolly 73rd in 23:21, Martin Whitfield 76th in 23:26 and Iain Girard 85th in 23:58.Carl Watson finished 91st in 24:05, tantalising close to his previous best with Clare Park 94th in 24:13 one place ahead of Sarah Tomlinson 95th in 24:16.

Shirley Gibson finished 112th in 25:06, Andy Gibson 125th in 25:40 ahead of Den Dale who once again put in a personal best performance finishing 132nd in 25:48 with Paul Rossington again making progress on his return from injury in 26:37.Dave Hamer finished 156th in

27:22, Brian Burdon 180th in 28:50 with Natalia Watson completing her first parkrun in 32:54 for 241st place.Sally Dale was next home in 244th in 33:06, Penny Ivison 256th in 34:18 and Joanne Austin finishing in a superb 295th position for a new personal best of 37:14.

Over at Albert parkrun amongst 326 runners John Hall was the lone Harrier finishing in 69th….the magic position….in 22:03.At Tees Barrage Graham O’Hara finished 7th in 20:42 for a new course best of 20:42 with Phil Teece 17th in 22:27 from a field of 217. Over at

Sedgefield in a field of 187 Dom Colley was the man in form finishing 12th for a course best of 20:19 ahead of Jonathan Boyle in 38th in 23:20 also for a course PB and Stephen Dauber 121st in 30:51. Amanda MacDonald headed south to Wepre parkrun, Wales and was 79th

finisher in 35:56 from 93 runners, Stuart Armstrong 15th in 20:59 for a new course PB at Portrush from 253 runners whilst Emma Hart finished 11th in 22:46 on her first visit to Northallerton parkrun and Julian Pinkney 33rd in 26:09. Well done all park runners.

On Sunday morning a number of Harriers headed to Hamsterley Forest 10k race ran by the Butterwick Hospice. As of yet results have yet to be published so this will be covered off in more detail next week.Well done everyone who took part.

New members

Dean Higham joins the ranks after coming along to training last week just in time for the Darlington 10k too. Great to have you join the club Dean!