Senior Harriers Weekly Update w/c 29th February

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Last week Val Clarke competed in the Hardwood House half marathon finishing 225th in 1:51:13 and 2nd in her age category as well as 30th female out of 433 ladies. Val loved the race so maybe one for next year.  Val said “ It was a fantastic race - birds singing in the trees, deer grazing in the park, red kites soaring above, babbling brooks, fantastic weather and 900 feet of climbing. Possibly my favourite race ever.”  Sounds like Val will be the first one entered next year!


156 runners headed to last Sunday’s trail race Shirley, Ian Barnes and Brian Burdon headed to Cowpen Bewley to compete in the mornings 5k. Shirley was first to finish in 78th in 28:37, followed by Ian in 85th in 29:13 and Brian 94th in 30:37.

Well done to the three amigos.

Tuesday started with the club hitting the press, again with good news promoting the 125th event which is starting to take shape after weeks of uncertainty.  Make sure you all keep the 21st May free in your diaries to come and celebrate the clubs anniversary.

The club has seen a change in support set up this week with some of the heavy burden being lifted from team captains Mark Tallon and Linda Noble’s shoulders by splitting out the job by discipline.  Mark will continue the success he brought to this year’s XC season but will be supported by Lesley Miller who replaces Linda Noble.  Paul Helliwell and Sue Phillips will undertake the captains role for Track & Field with Neil Addyman picking up road events along with Linda Noble.  Please give all captains your support moving forward. 

On Friday night a number of Harriers came along to the Children With Cancer Spring Ball at central Hall, to raise money for the charity and to support the fight of cancer in young children. I want to say a big thank you to everyone who came along, supported in some way or by making a donation or buying raffle tickets, all of which will go directly to the charity and should help the team hit their £10k target.  In other fundraising activity Mark Milner held their 18th annual event which they do to raise money for various charities.  This year Mark helped raise over £2,000 for Orchid, a charity which fights against cancer in males.  You should be very proud Mark, well done.

With a number of Harriers nursing sore heads from the previous night’s activities, Darlington South park run was awash of navy blue and white as the Harriers takeover took place.  Despite the club covering all roles on the day there was still 43 runners from the club of a field of 298.  On a windy morning Colin Taylor was first home for the club in 2nd place followed by Andy park in 7th in 19:06 breaking the clubs hangover record in the process.  Paul Allan broke his parkrun virginity by finish 8th in his first outing finishing in 19:15 with signs that there’s much more to come. Barry Talman was 10th in 19:24 followed by tom Leighton in 12th in 19:40 and Paul Cook two seconds and one place behind.  Andy Dobson finished 15th in 19:46 followed by Dave McKenna 23rd in 20:22.

Dom Colley was next home in 30th in 20:34 with Louise Talman one place and one second further back with John Dunne 36th in 21:01.  Steven Wilkinson finished 39th in 21:06 with Clare Park putting in a PB performance despite the previous night’s entertainment and the not so ideal conditions, supported by hairdresser Jeff Miller who is conditioned to run at that pace, finishing 49th in 21:23.  Andrew Glencross was 53rd in 21:29 followed by Justin Hindmarch in 55th in 21:31 showing signs of progress as he returns from injury.  The next three positions were taken by mark Robinson 59th in 21:45, Juris Silovs 60th, 21:47 and Peter Armstrong 61st despite a 10 mile warm up. Under 10 junior Gabby Hall finished 66th in 22:05 one place and one second ahead of granddad John and Sean Connolly 73rd in 22:24. 

Karl Hume stormed round for a new PB of 22:52 for 81st  on his 14th visit followed by junior Harry Wilson 83rd in 22:53 .  Mark Milner finished 84th in 22:54, Charlotte Knowles 86th in 22:56 and Bally Singh 90th in 23:02. Simon Daniels finished 101st in 23:43, Shirley Gibson 113th in 24:45 with Craig Stoddart 114th in 24:48.  Julie Beck finished with a new PB of 25:05 on her 64th visit for 118th with Sarah tomlinson pushing her on finishing with the same time for 119th.  New club member Becci Carter finished 132nd in 26:08 only fourteen seconds of her PB followed by mum Anne Hutchinson one place and four seconds back.  Julian Pinkney finished 142nd in 26:36 with one eye on the later mornings 10k, John Brant keeping him company finishing 147th in 26:45. 

Lesley Miller finished 161st in 27:40, David Aiken 170th in 28:09 with Emma Ivey 220th for a new PB of 30:31 shaving around 2 minutes of last week’s best.  Sarah Neve finished 221st in 30:33, Stephen Dauber 250th in 31:52, Paula Roberts 270th in 34:35 whilst pushing a pram and Jamie Baldasera putting a sprint finish in to beat the last runner despite his tail running duties….so competitive Jamie!!  Over at Fountains Abbey, new member David Bracken and Jonathan Boyle paid their first visit to the 2 lap scenic course as part of a field of 225.  David finished in a solid 18th position in 20:56 with Jonathan 51st in 23:25. Well done park runners.

With a late morning start at the Light Water Valley a number of Harriers headed down after the mornings parkrun with Neil Embleton resigning himself to be driver and coat holder for the day after limping out at parkrun with a knee issue.  Results have yet to be released but we know that Simon Rogers was first home for the club with Sharon Barlow and Alison Matthews making it a 1-2 in the ladies race.  Results will be punished next week.

Second claim Nathan Smith headed to the hills to take place in the Stan Bradshaw fell race, a race named after a Lancashire fell runner, walker and climber who died at the age of 97.  Nathan nursing an achillies problem, which seems to be in fashion these days finished 90th in a field of around 200 runners. 

Well done Nathan.

Peter Foulds headed to the hills to take on the Haweswater Half Marathon in Cumbria.  Despite the really tough terrain, Peter took a whopping 5 minutes of his previous best to finish 149th in a time of 1:41:19. 408 runners competed.  Top work from an inspirational guy.

On Sunday morning Jamie Baldasera took on the Kelso borders half marathon in a relatively small field.  Jamie finished the race in an unofficial 1:37:49 to take home first prize and smashing his race target of 1:45 to pieces.  Top work Jamie.

We finish the week at the NYSD relays where a number of teams turned out wearing the Royal Blue and White of the club.  Well done everyone who wore the vest and represented the club.

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