Senior Harriers weekly update w/c 5th December

Last Sunday, Susie Stephen took on the XTERRA 10km Trail Running World Championships in Hawaii.Susie had a good run finishing 22nd in 47:46 from 309 runners and 1st F35 from her age category.

Well done Susie. In addition to this, Susie and husband Jesse have announced the arrival of another baby Harrier, expected in May 2017.Congratulations to you both. As reported last Sunday a number of Harriers headed toCastleton to take on the Eskdale Eureka, a 8 mile fell race.Results have still to be released but I can confirm that Paul Lowe was first home for the club and all 5 athletes made it round safely.

Last Saturday Russell Adams took on the Great Langdale Christmas Pudding 10k, an out and back course with slight undulation to keep everyone interested.Entrants are encouraged to wear festive costumes however the front runners are to elfish to participate and Santa-sacked it off.From 570 runners Russell finished in a superb 5th place in 34:17 , not too far outside his personal best. Great running Russ!

On Saturday morning at Darlington South park only 219 runners turned up for the mornings outing, something todo with the 111th North eastern XC Championship maybe?Barry Talman was first home in 8th in 18:22 with Mark Haymer 10th in 20:18 and Andrew Dobson 18th in 20:21.Steven Elliott finished one place behind in 20:24 of John Dunne in 20:47, two places aheadof Joe McCready in 23rd in 21 minutes deadHoward Parr 25th in 21:09 and Pauline Brown 38th in 21:45.

Ian Brown finished 43rd in 22:03ahead of Olivia McCready running her first parkrun in a fantastic 22:30 in 46th one place ahead of David Ralph 47th in 22:31, Jonathan Boyle 52nd in 22:56 and Andrew Glencross 54th in 23:07.Stephen Gardner finished 61st in 23:37, Jane Teague 23:56 in 68th with Paul Rossington 72nd in 24:05.Martin Whitfield finished 77th in 24:36 with Zoe Rogers 97th in 25:19 alongside pacemaker Paul Cook in the same time.

Den Dale finished 102nd in 25:44, Brian Burdon 108th after another seasons best run finishing in 26:06 one place and three seconds ahead of John Brant.Shirley Gibson back from her Lanzarote running finished 121st in 27:03 accompanied by Sarah Tomlinson one place and one second behind with Dave gamer finishing 134th in 27:27.Martin McGregorfinished 135th in 27:33, Anne Hutchinson 140th in 27:42 and Iain Girard a place and second behind . Lucy Applegarth finished 157th in 28:51 with Stephen Dauber 159th in 28:56.

Well done all.

On Saturday afternoon both Senior men and women were involved in the 111th North East XC championships.With another good turnout for the club thanks to the organisation of XC Captains Mark and Lesley Aykley Heads, Durham was sprinkled with a sea of white shirts and blue stripes. Was great to see everyone supporting not only their own team mates butsupporting other clubs such as Heaton and Saltwell…for example!Both teams did great on the day, the Mens team finishing 9th overall and the ladies 11th.

Well done to everyone today, really great work! Sunday will see the Wynard 5km Santa race starting at 10am.Good luck to any Harriers taking part in the trail race and enjoy the chocolate!We will cover this next week.