Senior Harriers Weekly Update w/c 26th September

What a controversial week we have seen in the football world as Sam Alladyce, England manager has finally been caught for being ‘a bit dodgy’ and dismissed by the Football Association sending shock waves across the globe. To those who have seen ‘Big Sam’ operate over a number of years, this will come as no surprise it’s just been a matter of ‘When’ he was caught rather than ‘If’. No doubt he will be fully supported by upstanding honest managers such as Bryan Robson, Peter Reid, George Graham, Harry Redknapp and Terry Venables.All honest as the days long men. Sam held up his hands and said he had been a little naïve slagging off Roy Hodgson and Gary Neville and agreeing to a £400k trip to make a speech and talk about ways to get round his employers policies and procedures.What a Legend.See you at Sunderland in January!

Back to club matters…Simon Daniels was missing from Triathlon results from last week’s report as he wasn’t showing as a Harrier so was overlooked when filtered.Simon finished 65th in the men’s race, below is a break down of his swim, bike, transition and run times.Well done Simon.

NameAge GroupSwimT1BikeT2RunTimePlace
Simon Daniels50-54 Vet Male0:11:20.40:02:03.01:05:51.30:00:42.20:28:20.51:48:17.865

Also last weekend Shaun Marshall completed the Trail Outlaws Pieces of 8 Half Marathon finishing in an impressive 6th place from 143 runners in 1:43:21.

This week, further South Nathan Hemingbrough and Charlotte Knowles raced the Aztec West 5k race. Nathan finished the race in 17:50 with Charlotte in 21:45.Charlotte said she felt a little ‘sluggish’ and coincidentally had to peel off her backside after sitting on one post

race. Well done guys.

With a number of runners racing on Sunday across a number of races Saturday morning at Darlington Parkrun was always going to be a mix bag of PB efforts and easier efforts. Paul Lowe back from the underworld like Orpheus was first to finish in 17:10 in1st place his first

but not last time with Colin Taylor 2nd in 17:53 despite a very easy start to the run and Barry Talman 7th in 18:00 for a new personal best with wife Louise 10th equalling her best in 18:57.  David Bracken was next home in 13th in 19:14 ahead of Howard Parr 15th in 19:30 ahead

Dave McKenna 16th in 19:36, Sam Talman 18th in 19:56 for a new personal best and Paul Cook 20th in 19:59. Peter Armstrong battled his way round in 25th in 20:07 despite carrying an injury with Barry Bell finishing in a brilliant 26th place in 20:18 for a new personal best with another youngster Dylan Wilson 29th in 20:26 also for a new personal best.Justin Hindmarch finished 35th in 20:56 ahead of Mark Robinson 47th in 21:32 and Andrew Glencross 50th and David Tomlinson 50th and 51st in 21:45, two more athletes in action on Sunday.Jonathan Boyle finished 60th in 22:23 just outside his previous best, Emma Morley 83rd in 23:29, David Ralph

85th in 23:31 and Sean Connolly 93rd in 23:49. Simon Daniels finished 96th in 24 minutes dead, Neil Embleton 101st in 24:18 with the ever

improving Paul Rossington 104th in 24:29 again for a new personal best one place ahead of Shirley Gibson 105th in 24:30.Den Dale broke 25 minutes for the first time as he finished 124th in 24:56 for a new personal best with Steve McAllister 134th in 25:19 and Dave Hamer

161st in 26:30.Ian Barnes finished 171st in 27:01, 1st V80 ahead of Brian Burdon 176th in 27:12 for his best time of the year.

Graham Garvey finished 177th in 27:12 ahead of Peter Whitfield 254th in 31:37, Stephen Dauber 256th in 31:43 just ahead of Julie Richardson 260th in 32:20 and Melanie Embleton 267th in 32:48 from 327 runners.Elsewhere Dom Colley finished 7th in 20:04 from 196

runners for a new course best whilst down at Ashton Court, Bristol Nathan Hemingbrough finished 26th in 20:05 whilst Charlotte Knowles finished 104th in 24:26 from 372 runners.  Richard Bowes had a very leisurely stroll round Durham parkrun finished 325th in 41:09, 20

minutes outside his previous best. 763 keen runners turned up for Saturday’s Kielder 10k.Robert Austin finished first for the

club in 112th place in 49:36 finishing next in 532nd was Andrea Reese in 1:04:10 and Penny Ivison 717th 1:15:29. Robert's son Chris also ran finishing 65th in 45:51.

On the Sunday a number of runners ran the half and full marathon however results have yet to be released.Some amazing results with Graham Garvey taking 15 minutes of last years time and Mark Haymer a staggering 31 minutes! Graham Bell was another in action this

Sunday at the Duathlon in Outlon Park, Cheshire.Graham finished 5th from his 14 age competitors, third fastest on bike which was nearly 2 minutes faster than last year finishing in 2:05 for the standard distance.Well done Graham!

Over in Cumbria a number of Harriers took on the morning’s half marathon.Despite the thick morning fog conditions were good for running with the weather being ‘a bit fresh’. Paul Cook was first to finish in 32nd in 1:24:52, Nev Ford finished 39th after a brilliant run

finishing in 1:26:16 for a new personal best with David Tomlinson 121st in 1:33:20 for a new personal best and Andrew Glencross 231st in 1:40:02.Antoni Hall finished 396th in 1:48:06 in his first half marathon, Sarah Tomlinson 407th in 1:48:51, Alyson Williamson running with

husband Andy finished 605th and 606th in 1:58:31.Wes Atkins finished 688th in 2:02:35 with John Cook taking 11 minutes of his previous best in 2:02:42 with Gemma Raper and Martin McGregor also running together to finish in 827th and 828th in 2:11:27. 

On Sunday afternoon club XC captains Mark Tallon and Lesley Miller organised a number of teams to compete in the Thirsk Relays, a 2 mile relay with teams of three for women and four for the men.The men’s team of Paul Lowe, Simon Rogers, Colin Taylor and Russ Adams were first to finish for the club finishing 5th with the ladies team of Louise Talman, Jade Hutchinson and Sue Phillips 2nd in the ladies race.Well done everyone who raced today.