Senior Harriers weekly update w/c 3rd April

As reported last week, on Saturday morning Neil Embleton, David Aiken and Jamie Baldasera took on the DT20 in Reeth.

David Aiken was first to finish in 107th in 2:11:57 followed by Jamie Baldasera 164th in 2:24:41 andNeil Embleton 181st in 2:28:47.Top work on a temperamental day of weather.

At South Park, Darlington, 341 runners were on show on a sunny Saturday morning.With so many races occurring on the Sunday a number of regulars were missing or taking it a little easier.Paul Cook and Paul Helliwell were first Harriershome finishing in 8th and 9th in 18:59 and 19:02 as part of a progressive session withLeon and Joseph Reeve taking advantage by both putting in a personal best performance finishing 11th and 14th in 19:34 and 19:43 respectively.Peter Armstrong was another with his foot not fully on the gasfinishing 24th in 20:37, David Tomlinson 33rd in 21:02 one second and one place ahead of Steven Wilkinson.I believe Corinne Murray finished directly behind Steven but unfortunately forgot her barcode!

Andrew Glencross finished 37th in 21:19, Peter Foulds 39th in 21:23 with Dylan Wilson and Graham Garvey 40th and 43rd in 21:25 and 21:35.John Dunne finished 46th in 21:43, Ian Brown 49th in 21:46, Simon Daniels 51st in 21:49and Sharon Carbert 57th in 22:11 .Megan Noble finished 61st in 22:18, James Bennett-McNulty 62nd in 22:21with Andy Park and Barry Talman also easing off in 63rd and 64th in 22:26/27.David Ralph finished 69th in 22:46, Dave McKenna 72nd in 22:56 alongside Linda Noble in 73rd with Jonathan Boyle 77th in 23:04.Robert Austin finished 84th in 23:21, Jane Teague 96th in 23:42 and Stephen and James Gardner 99th and 100th in 23:58.Gary Morley finished 104th in 24:08, Dave Hamer 111th in 24:19, Mark Milner 120th in 24:41, Louise Williamson 128th in 24:57.Brian Burdon finished 167th in 26:52, Natalia Watson 173rd in 27:06 for a new personal best, Kate Bower finished 200th in 28:08, Amanda MacDonald 208th in 28:23for a new personal bestwith Tina Corah 209th with Tina Corah a second behind. Maria Daniels finished 211th in 28:28, Stephen Dauber 263rd in 30:33 with Julia Leach another to achieve a personal best in 273rd in 32:05 with Laura Girard 301st in 35:31.

At Hackworth, Karl Hume achieved a course best finished4th in 20:23, Dom Colley one second and one place behind and Zoe Rogers 26th in 26:54. Over at Albert Park saw Jade Hutchinson finished in 21st in 19:54, Gabby Hall 30th in 20:11 alongside Phil Teece 31stin 20:12 andJohn Hall 43rd in 21:04. Richard Bowes was the lone Harrier at Prudhoe finishing 16th in 21:48 from 165 runners. 253 runners were at Tees Barrage which saw James Roberts 6th in 19:34 with Julian Pinkney 113th in 26:50. Paula Roberts finished 139th in 30:14 on her first visit of Carlisle from 195 runners.Over at Redcar Mark Tallon finished 26th in 21:45 for a course best from 217 runners whilst Neil Addyman finished 89th in 22:20 and Emily Halstead 131st in Huddersfield in 23:23 from 694 runners.Well done all

David Aiken along with girlfriend Rebecca Howard, Jamie Baldasera and Neil Embleton took on the 20km race the Wensleydale Wander on Saturday morning.

Danielle Clark headed to Huddersfield to take part in the Chocathlon.Now I will Wispa this as I don’t want to shout but this event is a 9km easy trail run.A bit of fun for all the family which starts after eight which bounty make everyone have a good time.Thankfully the weather was dry so Danielle had to Caramacinstead of wear it.Danielle said the ground underfoot was a bit crunchiebut enjoyed the double decker bus ride after the race and more so the large Curly Wurly she needed after eating too much!Well done all. Running together the foursome finished in 2hrs and 3 minutes. Well done!

On Sunday morning David Bracken woke up on foreign soil as he prepared to run the Paris marathon.

This race isn’t a stranger to David who has completed this race previously and who no doubt was hoping for cooler weather this year after around 16,000runners dropped out due to high temperatures.

David battled through the temperatures to finish in a fantastic 3hrs 43:30with his brother a few minutes ahead in 3hrs 39:06.

Well done both of you, new personal best to boot...by 70 minutes!!!

One of several races taking place on Sunday morning was the Blyth 10k. The race is run from Blyth Quayside to Seaton Sluice and back, along public footpaths and cycle ways making this a course for PB hunters.Paul Allan was first to finish for the club in a new personal best of 36:29 in 37th taking a minute of his personal best with Steven Wilkinson also in fine form finishing in 38:56 for 78th.Great running by both of you!

Another race taking place on Sunday was one of the Hardmoors series, the White Horse marathon which also includes the half marathon and 10k race with all races starting from Sutton Bank.

Taking on the half marathon was Heather Mochrie and Penny Skilton.Now I used to think that Half marathon’s were 13.1 miles but this one is 16.5….who knew!

Heather somehow completed the race despite her recent illnesses and also picked up the 3rd lady prize (I of course use the word lady loosely Mochers) in 2hrs 30 with Penny completing the tough coursein warm conditions in 3hrs 50.

Mike King who was tackling the marathon, of course not your standard 26.2 type marathon….28.9 miles of torture covering 3700ft of climbs finished in a superb 4hr 30.

Outstanding running all three of you. I doth my cap!

On a warm Sunday morning at Hartlepool’s Marina 5 sell out race 500 eager beavers couldn’t wait to get underway….mainly because it was getting warmer and Sunday dinners were cooking.

Kyle Cook finished first Harriers in 20th place in 29 minutes dead for a new personal best, dad Paul three seconds behind in 29:03 for 25th place for a new personal best with Shaun Marshall edging Barry Talman out to finish 32nd in 29:34 to Barry’s 34th and 29:38 a personal best.Simon Rogers was next to finish in 40th place in 30:17 ahead of Louise Talman 43rd in 30:25, Peter Armstrong 52nd in 31:11 also for a new pb and David McKenna 67th in 31:59.

Karl Hume finished97th in 33:26 for a new personal best, Sue Phillips 99th in 33:40 with Steven Elliott looking suspiciously like Justin Hindmarch finished 106th in 34:07.Linda Noble was next home in 113th in 34:28 with Stephen Smith 131st in 34:40.Martin Phillips achieved a new personal best finishing 141st in 35:09 ahead of Pauline Brown 164th in 36:01 and Graham Bell 171st in 36:24.Ian Brown finished 188th in 37:11 with David Ralph 243rd in 39:57, Ian Threadkell 344th in 44:44 with Ian Barnes in 352nd in 45:37.Brian Burdon finished 370th in 47:02, Lucy Applegarth 398th in 48:42 with Rachel Maddison 422nd in 50:48

Another good turnout for the club was at Sunday’s Vale of York 10 mile race, another of the weekends races that is flat and fast and ideal for the PB hunters.

Some excellent performances on the day as well as a debut for Mark Weir as a Harrier.Jeff Miller taking honours for first club finisher with personal bests for David Tomlinson, Iain Girard and Leigh Hindle by 5 minutes amongst the finishers.  Excellent effort by all of you!

Alison Matthews was again in action this weekend this time in the hills of Carlisle at the 3 Village 10 (you really do pick the tough ones!).

Up against some mountain goat runners, Alison battled on to finish in a superb 2nd place in 66:18 picking up 2nd female in the process (I just hope she was light and hadn’t eaten breakfast).

Superb running as always Alison!