We start the week at Tees Barrage 10k, a race which would have formed part of the club’s 10k Grand Prix championship but was stripped out after the race was revoked earlier this year but has since been reinstated.The weather was typically wet and windy on the twisty 10k route making it difficult for runners and spectators. In a field of 405 runners Colin Taylor was first home in 12th place in 36:39 followed by Barry Talman 38th in 40:48, Paul Allan 41st in 41:32 and Louise Talman 42nd in 41:32.
Justin Hindmarch finished 47th in 42:26, Linda Noble 53rd in 43:01 and Jade Hutchinson 79th in 44:44.Karl Hume finished 99th in 46:04 with John Hall three seconds back in 103rd place.Katie Noble was next home in 111th in 46:50, Becci Carter 156th in 49:37 and Shirley Gibson 186th in 51:43. Anne Hutchinson finished 207th in 53:11 with Ian Barnes bringing home the bacon in 239th in 54:54
Whilst a number of Harriers were braving the conditions at Tees Barrage, Shaun Marshall took on the Belfast marathon.The race started at City Hall at 9am with Shaun knowing that he only had a little 26.2 miles between him and the finish line at Ormeau Park. Shaun pictured below with his brother finished in 113th position in 3:10:22, a tremendous time and achievement.
Cracking run Shaun, hard training paid off
In the midweek Track and Field meeting at Middlesboro it was Max Pentith who kicked off the night’s proceedings leaping to 5.30m in the Long Jump.In the Graded 100m races Luke Stockdale finished in 11.70 for 1st place with Tom Andrews finishing in 12.10 for 4th. Mark Tallon finished the night not only with a new PB of 13.10 but 2nd place with Steve Bousfield 4th in 13.40 and Kieran Maxwell 6th in 15.80.
Karl Challand finished 1st in 1.56.9 in the 800m with Paul Helliwell 2nd in his heat in 2.18 followed by Colin Taylor in 2.20.2, Lucy Hunter 2.21.4 and Stella Jones 2.31.7 11th.
Also on Tuesday night, Ian Brown took on the Mobberley “Round the Runway” Race, a 5.3 mile multi-terrain race on the quiet lanes, tracks and trails surrounding Manchester Airport runway 2. The terrain varies from muddy path to hard tarmac but is mostly good going on quiet roads and surfaced trail. The route includes the iconic Bollin River Tunnel.In a field of 350 runners Ian finished in 145th place in 39:26. Dave McKenna, Natalie Curgenven and Darren Stockdale took on the Clay bank Fell race on Wednesday evening but no official results have been released so more on this next week.
On Saturday morning at South Park Darlington 282 eager beavers turned up for the mornings run with the Bishop of Durham in attendance to set everyone on the right path.Colin Taylor was first Harrier home finishing 5th in a speedy 17:32 followed by Paul Cook in 8th in 18:41 who was closely shadowed by Howard Parr 9th in 18:42, Barry Talman 10th in 18:47 one second outside his PB, Andrew Park 11th in 18:58 and Garry Collinson 12th in 19 mins dead, five seconds outside his PB.Andrew Dobson was 16th in 19:36 followed by Paul Lowe in 17th in 19:39 and Louise Talman 19th in 19:49, one second outside her PB.David McKenna finished 22nd in 20:07, Juris Silovs 26th in a new PB time of 20:21 on his 99th run and Linda Noble 28th in 20:30, only sixteen seconds of her PB.John Dunne finished 33rd in 20:50 with Steven Elliott 34th in the same time with Michael Sangster one place further back in 35th for a new PB of 20:50.
Over at Fountains Abbey Peter Armstrong and Andrew Glencross were amongst 278 runners running around the scenic course.Peter was first to finish in 13th position in 19:27 for a new course best and Andrew 24th in 20:54 on his first visit.
At Albert park, Middlesboro Shirley Gibson was the lone runner finishing 73rd in 24:10 from the 267 field. 208 runners gathered at Sedgefield Saturday morning, with Robert Austin, Neil Embleton and Stephen Dauber representing the club.Robert was first home in 43rd place in 23:37, a new course PB, Neil Embleton 52nd in 24:11 also for a new course PB with Stephen Dauber 164th in 32:53.Julian Pinkney was the solo runner at Northallerton finished 29th in 27:26 from a field of 70 runners.Well done everyone who run at park run this weekend and a small high five for me for not putting any bash the bishop jokes in this week…doh!
On Saturday Darlington and Chester-Le-Street put together a composite team and headed to Whitley Bay to take part in the days athletics meeting.In a competition against RZH, Middlesbrough, Houghton, Heaton and Blaydon the team finished in 3rd place.With some of the athletes doubling up in events on the day, Paul Helliwell running the 800m in 2.18 and 1500m in 4.46.1.Paul Allen, at his local track ran the 1500m in 5.07 then in less than half an hour he ran the 5000m, sprinting to start as he nearly missed it but still finishing in 19:36. Great effort from Paul.
Sarah Johnson, competing on the track for the first time in a number of years competed in the 400m hurdles finishing in 92.3, 400m in 85.4 and Javelin with a throw of 16 meters. Sarah also did the 3000m to gain points for the team as well as the 4x400 relay . Another great effort from Sarah. Mark Tallon ran the 400m in 65.00 as well as the relays with Tom Andrews competing in the 100m finishing 3rd in 11.9, 200m, Triple jump as well as the 100m and 400m relays finishing 3rd in both.Luke Stockdale finished 1st in the 200m in a time of 23.5 as well as 1st in the 100m.Sue Phillips ran the 3000 in 11.48 shortly followed by the 1500 and the 400m relay. Full results have yet to be released so we will cover this in next week’s report.
Let’s get involved in the next event and support our track and field captains to inspire the club to promotion.
A number of Harriers headed over to Kirkby Malham to take on the Malhamdale trail challenge, a 22 mile route with around 3000ft of ascent, taking in landmarks such as Pike daw, Gordale Scar and Malham Tarn.Feedback from all those who completed this was fantastic and maybe one for us to take on next year.Results for this event are yet to be published so we will cover this next week.
Also on Saturday Susie Stephen took on the Kealia Quad Crusher trail race, a 9.2 mile a race which hasavariety of terrains to master. Susie Stephen (2nd left) won the event in record time of 2:19:07.Well done Susie.
Barry and Julie Bell along with Andrea Reese and Penny Ivison headed over to Ravenscar to compete in the day’s half marathon and 10k.In a weekend which seems to have more competition than results, this will be covered in next week’s report.
Also on Sunday Dave Hamer took part in the Market Drayton 10k race despite struggling with recent injuries.Dave took a big bunch of ‘man up’ pills and finished within the hour in a time of 59.37, 1133rd out of 2500.
Well done Dave you did great to even make the start line!
On May 21st, our club celebrates its 125th anniversary in style by holding an athletics meeting at Eastbourne complex.As part of the day’s proceedings club legend Hari Singh will be running his 125th marathon at the track starting at 5am…yes you read that right.
The event opens at 10am so if anyone would like to run some laps with Hari he would be eternally grateful I’m sure.