Happy New Year and best wishes for 2016! If 2016 is anything like the whirlwind of 2015 for the Harriers then this year will be huge year for the club and its members.But before we get into 2016, let’s take one final look at last year’s races.2nd claim athlete Nathan Smith, who picked up Harrogate Harriers men’s championship in December, took on the Chevin Chase race finishing 59th in 49:45 from 793 runners. Good running in tough conditions.
We also briefly saw Mark Tallon, Darren Stockdale and Ultra runner Mark Milner take on the Guisborough Woods race.
With 154 runners on show, Mark Milner was first home for the club in 81st position in 56.57 followed by Darren Stockdale in 88th in 58.12 and Mark Tallon in 121st in 62 mins dead.
Well done gentleman.
On a frosty New Year’s day and with Darlington parkrun starting at 10:30, a number of Harriers decided to double up in a way that was legal and didn’t involve throwing keys into a bowl round at the McAllister’s, choosing instead to go toSedgefield for their morning run.219 runners participated in the 2 lap scenic but challenging course which takes in a little bit of trail as well as the path route.Paul Cook was first home in 3rd place in 19:18 despite nursing a bit of a hangover, Jeff Miller was next home in 7th in 20:02 on his first visit showing that the previous evening make up did not ‘mask’ any health problems.Phil Teece was next home cruising around in 9th in 20:13 and Craig Stoddart 15th in 21:17 for a new course PB.
Peter Armstrong finished 19th in 21:19 despite spending his new year’s eve in bed unwell with Darren Stockdale one place and only 3 seconds behind.Andrew Glencross finished 35th in 22:54 with Dom Colley 38th in 23:02. Junior Sam Talman finished 48th with dad Barry 49th, both in 23:38 with Lesley Miller 71st in 24:54.Dave Hamer was next home in 86th in 25:54 on his first visit to the park, Shirley Gibson 90th in 26:23 and Anne Hutchinson making the top 100 in 99th position in 26:47.Junior Freya Talman running with mum Louise finished in 159th position in 31:09 one second ahead of mum.
An hour later at Darlington’s south park run 309 keen runners took part in the morning’s run.No doubt a sobering experience for some!Paul Lowe who has been exceptional form of late paid no attention to the icy conditions along the river stretch to finish 9th in a new PB time of 18:18.Paul Cook was next home completing his double 3 seconds down on his Sedgefield time finishing 15th in 19:21 with another new years double act Jeff Miller 19th in 19:50 12 seconds quicker.Junior James Roberts finished 20th in 20:02 with John Dunne equalling his parkrun PB in 24th position in 20:18.
Other double park runners Louise Talman finished 32nd in 20:54, husband Barry 33rd in 20:55, Peter Armstrong 35th in 20:57, Craig Stoddart 36th and Phil Teece 37th in 21 minutes dead all running together.Sean Connolly on his 100th parkrun visit finished 40th in 21:04 followed by Linda Noble in 43rd in 21:08 and Garry Collinson 44th in 21:26.
Ian Brown was another who shone on the day despite having a cold and a hangover Ian finished 45th in 21:30 for a new PB.Double park runner Andrew Glencross finished 59th in 22:37 followed by junior Megan Noble 62nd in 22:46 with Robert Austin breaking his PB by finishing in a superb 66th place in a time of 22:55.Ian Morris was one place behind Robert in 23 minutes dead followed by Pauline Brown in 69th in 23:06 and junior Katie Noble in 80th in a time of 23:46.Dom Colley completing his daily double dosage was 84th in 23:57 followed by Simon Daniels 93rd in 24:18 and Sarah Tomlinson one place and three seconds further back.
Clive Green finished 97th in 24:54 with double Dave Hamer 100th in 25:01Emma Morley finished 110th in 25:27 on her 49th visit with Triathlete Darren Chapman accompanied with dog 115th in 25:41 and Veteran Shirley Gibson completing her parkrun double in 118th place in 25:43John Brant was next home finishing 126th in 26:11 followed by Jade Hutchinson in 144th in 26:59,mum Anne one second and one place behind to complete her double run and Linda Tinkler a place and second behind Anne.
Gemma Raper finished 154th in 27:19 followed by Tina Corah in 175th in 28:14, Steve McAllister, weighed down by a pocket full of keys, finished in 201st place in 29:27.Brian Burdon crossed the line just over the thirty minute mark in 214th place in 30:06, followed by Stephen Dauber in 254th in 33:18 who just made the start of the race in time.Julie Bell had a superb run on her first visit to parkrun supported by Paula Roberts, finishing 264th in 34:15 with Paula a place and second further back.
On New Year’s Day Mark Milner, Mark Robinson and second claim Sharon Bulman took on the Captain Cook’s 8km fell race, a race with a 755ft climb and a descent to match.Results have yet to be published for this one so more on that next week.Meanwhile hover board expert Heather Mochrie took on another Hardmoors event, this time just a little one…the Hardmoors 30 (although actually 33 miles) around Whitby.Results have yet to be published however we do know that Heather, armed with pink arm cast came 3rd in 4hrs 35 and also picked up her triple ring award whilst she was there from last year’s Hardmoors events. Clever girl….just
Back at Southpark for the Saturday morning Parkrun over 100 people less than the previous day’s run took to the start line as 207 gathered.Paul Helliwell was first to finish for the club in 7th in 18:31 followed by Andy Dobson in 15th in 20:29 and Linda Noble in 19th in 21:01.Garry Collinson was next home in 20th in 21:05 followed shortly by Sean Connolly in 22nd in 21:17.Graham Garvey finished 25th in 21:35 slightly ahead of Ian and Pauline Brown who finished 30th (21:49) and 35th (22:12) with Juris Silovs, junior Harry Wilson and Emma Morley 39th, 40th and 41st respectively all finishing in 22:28.Robert Austin finished 49th in 23:26 followed by Steve McAllister in 53rd in 23:51 and Simon Daniels 58th in 24:05.
Shirley Gibson finished 73rd in 25:19 with Iain Girard closely behind in 75th in 25:27 and Anneli Mackenzie Brown 87th in 26:21.Dave Hamer finished 91st in 26:30, Anne Hutchinson 93rd in 26:37 just ahead of Wes Atkins who was running his first parkrun finishing 97th in 26:46 and Tai Charlton 99th in 27:04.Steve Tinkler smashed his parkrun PB again this time finishing 101st in a spectacular 27:13 with support from Sarah Tomlinson finishing a place and a second behind.Junior Dylan Wilson finished 134th in 29:19, Brian Burdon 139th in 29:27, Stephen Dauber 176th in 33:17 and Ian Morris tail running to ensure all runners got round safely.
Over in Hackworth park, Michael Sangster was the lone Harrier in a field of 37 finishing 6th in 23:21.Over at the riverside Jeff Miller was first Harrier home completing his 3rd parkrun in 2 days 14th in 20:09 alongside other triple park runners Barry Talman 16th in 20:26, Louise Talman 21st in 21:05, Andy Park 23rd in 21:09, Craig Stoddart 27th in 21:30, Andrew Glencross 44th in 22:43, junior Sam Talman 47th in 22:57 and David Aiken 58th in 23:58.Meanwhile up in Morpeth at the Druridge Bay parkrun Mark Tallon and Steph Kingdon were amongst the 95 field running together finishing in 39th and 40th position both in 27:12.
Over at Albert Park, Middlesboro, sponsored by Greggs, 218 runners took part in the morning’s run.Simon Rogers was first home for the club in 5th in 18:21 followed by adopted member Nick Mason 8th in 19:25, Dom Colley in 21:01 for 24th and Peter Foulds 39th in 22:14.John Brant was part of the 161 strong field at Tees Barrage finishing 65th in 26:36.Meanwhile over at Hardwick Park, Sedgefield Bernadette Caygill with her daughter Beth was part of a 140 strong field.Bernadette finished in 6th place in 20:32 with Beth finishing her first parkrun 73rd in 28:06. Great running by you both. Finally Nathan Smith had a sociable parkrun down at Harrogate finishing 174th in 30:28, a good 11 ½ mins down on his PB from 248 runners.
Well done everyone who has ran park run this extended weekend.
On Sunday the Old Monk’s race took place over at Hart Village, Hartlepool. A tasty little 5.5 mile multi terrain.Sue Phillips and Brian Burdon ran for the club with Sue finishing first lady.Results have yet to be released so more on Brian and Sue’s exploits next week