I woke in a cold sweat, breathing hard and clutching the blankets with white knuckled fury, my heart racing like it was going to explode hard in my chest when it dawned on me………………I’m missing Darlington parkrun!!
People wandered around the park, whitewashed in a zombie state looking like extras for a live episode of the Walking dead. Enough about the town folk…there was also 317 runners who turned up for the morning’s 5k. Colin Taylor was first home for the club in 5th in 18:05 followed by the Wolfman Paul Helliwell in 18:28 for 7th. Jeff ‘uncle fester’ Miller finished 10th in 19:12 with Andy Dobson going ghoulies out to finish 13th in 19:38 on his 199th parkrun. Garry Collinson was next home in 19th place in 19:56 with Craig Stoddart back in 22nd in a time of 20:14.
John Dunne broke his PB again to finish in 20:41 for 25th with Ronnie Read 34th in 21:05. Stuart Armstrong was next back in 36th in 21:13 with Juris Silovs 38th in 21:28. Graham Garvey was 45th in 21:53 on his 99th visit to parkrun with Ian Brown 47th in 21:57 and Dave
McKenna in 22:02 for 48th. Steve McAllister was 52nd in 22:08 for 52nd followed by Andrew Glencross in 22:20 and Sean Connolly in 64th in a time of 22:50. Michael Watson had a really great run finishing in 23:17 for a new PB for 70th position with Bally Singh 83rd in 24:07. Shirley Gibson was 90th in 24:29 with an age grading of 89.45%.
Tai Charlton finished in 105th position in 25:01 followed by Janice Foster who didn’t need her mummy and dug in deep for a new PB of 25:16 for 110th. Anneli Mackenzie Brown finished 114th in 25:33 with Iain Girard 129th in 26:04. Julie Beck finished 130th in 26:05 with John Brant coffin his way round to 146th position in 26:44. Jonny Hindmarsh in 214th for
29:20 followed swiftly by Brian Burdon one place and one second back and Tina Corah one place and two seconds behind Brian. Joanne Hindmarsh ran with son James and husband Graham finishing in 227th in 29:36, James 229th one second back and Graham another second and place behind. Stephen Dauber finished 243rd in 30:03, Kate Bower 244th in 30:05 and Paula Roberts ensuring that everyone got round safely as tail runner.
Over at Northallerton 132 runners had a spook-tacular run around the 3 lap course. Nathan Hemingbrough was 4th round in 20:03 after lead runner Dan Holdsworth had a nightmare, to
forget, slipping on the final corner and dislocating his shoulder. On a brighter note, a marshal was kind enough to stop his Garmin. Charlotte Knowles finished 27th in 24:18. Charlotte said she had a right howl! Over at Tees Barrage Alison Matthews finished 9th place on the twisty course finishing in 20:12 out of 159 runners.
267 runners got in the spirit to have a run around Albert Park, Middlesboro. Justin Hindmarsh had a great run finishing 12th in 19:28 followed by Barry Talman 13th in 19:31.
Young flying machine Gabrielle Hall finished 31st in 20:43 with her granddad John 34th in 20:59 with another young speedster Sam Talman 35th in 21:01 and Dom Colley 36th in the same time. Peter Foulds finished 47th in 21:39 on his first visit to the park.
On Saturday afternoon in Mansfield, David Aiken, Darren Stockdale, Mark Tallon and Peter Armstrong competed in the Cross Country National relays finishing in a very respectable 143rd position. Mark completed his 5k in 22:48, Peter 21:02, David 23:12 and Darren 21:34.
Top running gentleman. Earlier in the day there were some strong performances from Megan Noble, Emma Hart and Harriet Rogers in the U13 girls race finishing 20th out of 66 teams. Good work girls.
On a surprising warm Sunday morning a number of Harriers headed to Harrogate to compete in the Guy Fawkes 10mile race, a race known for its testing conditions. In a field of 807 runners Jeff Miller was first to finish for the club in 44th position in 1:09:35 despite starting from deep in the field followed by Nathan Smith 47th in 1:10:05. Dave McKenna finished 84th in 1:13:03 with Graham Bell 172nd in 1:18:18 and Mark Milner 15 seconds back in 176th position.
Emma Robinson finished first female for the club in 197th in 1:19:47 with Val Clarke 207th in 1:20:03. Husband and wife team of Ian and Pauline Brown finished 271st and 276th in 1:22:51 and 1:23:12 respectively. Peter Dods finished 327th in 1:25:47 with Lesley Miller next to finish in 336th place in 1:26:13. Andrew Glencross was 368th in 1:27:40 followed by Shirley Gibson 455th in 1:32:58 and Anneli Mackenzie- Brown in 1:49:42 for 705th place. Top running everyone!
Peter Foulds and Hari Singh headed north on Sunday morning to compete in the Town Moor half and full marathons. Results haven’t been posted as yet but I thought it important to show a post which tells a story about what running should be about. Hari Singh, a club legend who has ran over 120 marathons, ran 24 hour events and raced every Great North Run to name a few of his achievements put his own race to one side to help a fellow runner get round to the finish line. Hari Singh, I know you won’t do this as you’re a genuine, humble man but you should privately stand up and take a bow! Singh his praises – Hari Singh #Legend
Heather Mochrie, Ste McAllister, Mark Robinson, Corinne Murray and Paul Keedy headed to Guisborough to take on ESK valley’s Guisborough Woods 20km fell race a 3 lap race which takes runners up some pretty tasty off road climbs. Heather Mochrie trotted over the line 3rd place, just behind 2nd place. Normally I would say unlucky Heather but actually, Heather was being a little bit naughty (shock). As she hadn’t packed the right gear and with only 1st and 2nd places getting checked she got away with it! Official results have yet to be released.
Leigh Mack headed North to Sunderland 5k fun run to take part in the The Peoples run 2 remember (formerly known as the Poppy run). The People’s Run 2 Remember supports four charities, ABF the Soldiers’ Charity, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity and Scotty’s Little Soldiers.