Well there’s been plenty fireworks been let off this week, but before we get into that lets take a quick review of last weekend’s report. Last weekend Peter Foulds and Hari Singh competed in the Town Moor half and full marathons. Results are now in and Peter finished 39th in 1:52:35 out of a field of 78 runners in the half marathon and Hari 78th out of 90 runners in 4:55:40, in the marathon.
Also last weekend up at Guisborough Woods 20km fell race from the 136 runners Heather Mochrie was first home in 117.17 for 62nd and 3rd lady, Mark Robinson was next home in 67th in 118.22, Paul Keedy 82nd in 124.57, Corinne Murray 110th in 137.21 and Stephen McAllister 124th in 147.36.
Unbeknown to us, Hari Singh headed over to Canada to compete in the Toronto marathon amongst 3754 runners to celebrate the 25th . This marathon, known for it’s flat and fast course attracts runners from all around the world. Hari did himself and the club proud by finishing in 5:00:23 for 3255th and edges another marathon closer to his 125th just in time to celebrate the 125th year of the club. .
On Saturday morning at a very wet South Park Darlington, with some Harriers nursing hangovers from the previous night’s proceedings formed part of 218 runners who braved the conditions for the regular 5km run. Colin Taylor was first home for the club in 5th place in 18:09 followed by Paul Cook in 11th in 20:12 with Craig Stoddart one place behind in
20:24. Simon Rogers, Sharon Barlow and Steven Elliott, who surprisingly put in a PB performance on such a miserable morning finished 14th, 15th and 16th in 20:27, 20:28 and 20:33 with Stuart Armstrong 18th in 20:45. Dave McKenna was next home in 20th in 20:50 followed by Andrew Dobson 23rd in 20:57 on his 200th parkrun. Graham Garvey finished 28th in 21:12 on his 100th parkrun, Mark Robinson 29th in 21:14 and Sean Connolly 32nd in 21:22. New member Ian Morris was 33rd in 21:27 followed by John Dunne 36th in 21:35 and Louise Talman 39th in 21:43.
Junior Sam Talman finished 41st in 22:01, Ian Brown 42nd in 22:03, Barry Talman 43rd in 22:03, Val Clarke 45th in 22:07 and Pauline Brown 49th in 22:09. Peter Foulds was next home in 53rd in 22:25, Andrew Glencross 55th in 22:29, Dave Hynes 59th in 22:38. Emma Morley was 70th in 23:23 followed by Bally Singh in 72nd in 23:50 and Simon Daniels 75th in 24:08. Despite carrying an injury Michael Sangster was 92nd in 25:13 followed by Brian Burdon 161st in 29:41, Kate Bower 163rd in 29:47 and Paula Roberts 199th in 34:57. Peter Armstrong headed to Stewarts Park Middlesboro and in a field of 178 runners finished 14th in 20:09.
On Sunday morning, a number of Harrier’s headed up to the Town Moor in Newcastle to compete in the first of the club’s 10k Grand Prix races. With a number of harriers out of commission this was a perfect opportunity to get a head start on the competition.
In a field of 548 Graham Hindmarsh was first home finishing in a strong 37:03 for 41st position, followed by Nathan Hemingbrough in 38:17 for 65th. Andy
Park finished in 39:19 for 93rd with Peter Armstrong Crossing the line in 39:40 for 98th. Sue Phillips finished in 41:28 for 142nd, Paul Keedy 43:12 195th , John Dunne Shortly behind in 43:09 for 198th and yet another PB. Sean Connolly having a look of Linda Tinkler today finished 210th in 43:30 for a new shiny PB with Linda Noble 43:44, 215th and Clare Park 43:44 in 212th.
Jade Hutchinson finished the race with a new PB andFirst junior finishing in 222nd in 43:53 with Andrew Glencross 44:47 in 243rd place taking a massive 1 second of his best time…every second counts. Peter Foulds was another to PB on the day finishing in 45:46 for 268th and Martin Phillips 46:02 270th. Charlotte Knowles had a very good day at the office recording a new PB of 46:43 for 298th 42 seconds faster than her previous with Lesley Miller shortly behind in 46:53 for 302nd. Anne Hutchinson finished 432nd in 53:56 with Ian Barnes 456th place in 55:25. Joanne Hindmarsh recorded a new PB of 1:01:47 finishing in 517th place and Leigh Mack 1:13:05 for 545th. Superb running by everyone!
Meanwhile Graham Garvey headed to North Yorkshire to compete in the Dalby Dash 10k. The first 2 miles a steady climb to compete in the King and Queen of the hill prize before the course levels off for a fast downhill decent to the finish line. In a race with a limit of 400 runners Graham finished 52nd in a time of 43:15, 3 mins quicker than this time last year!
Awesome running GG
Step ahead – Dave McKenna explains his fall in training this week to Ian and Pauline Brown
Message from our Team Captains
As you know we will shortly be holding the club ballot for the London marathon.
In previous years, if you had entered the London ballot and had been rejected you were eligible to enter the club ballot. however, as a lot of new members were unaware of this, it has been decided this year to make the ballot open to all members regardless of whether they had entered the London marathon ballot as everyone has contributed to the number of places the club has been given. For next year, a decision will be made as to who can enter the club ballot.
Good luck everybody who enters the ballot.
Club competitions. Please ensure that you are aware of the rules for this year’s competitions so you have a full understanding as to how points are calculated and what races you need to compete in to qualify. Second claim runners are able to compete for some of the competitions provided they are running as a Darlington Harrier. Runners who are registered on race day as a Darlington Harrier will qualify even if they are wearing a generic vest. Obviously we would like both first claim and second claim runners to wear our vests at races and promote our growing brand.
Thank you all for your support and keep providing us with feedback as we need to hear what is going well in the club as well as areas where we could improve or make lucid.
Mark and Linda
Please feel free to speak to either Mark Tallon or Linda Noble with any questions or queries you may have relating to matters of the club as your first port of call and they will raise your questions, concerns or ideas through the committee or come along to the committee meetings, all members are welcome!