Senior Harriers Weekly Update w/c 6th July

The week began with another fledgling Harrier arrive on Tracey and Gareth Owen’s doorstep as Dylan Owen was born at 00:15 on 6th June weighing in 8lb 7oz.Congratulations to you both and Dylan’s brother Rhys.Good to see the Harrier bird is continuing the good work carried out by the stork who has now retired due to ill health.

Before we look at this week’s running, last week Alison Matthews travelled to the sunny village of Mungrisedale in the North Lakes whilst on holiday to compete in the Blencathra Fell Race, 7 miles of tough terrain.Despite picking up an injury Ali dug in to finish 3rd lady, 72nd overall in a time of in 1:25:38. 124 runners competed in the race.Well done Ali, you took your ‘woman up’ pills and stuck to the task.

At last Sunday’s track and field event we saw Curtis Metcalfe finish 1st in the 100m in 11.7 secs, in the 200m Tom Andrews 1st in 24.9 and in the 400m Luke Stockdale finished 1st in 54.2.Paul Helliwell finished 1st in the 800m in 2.18.5 and 4th in the 1500m in a time of 4.45.6. Phil Teece finished 7th in the 5000m in 17.23 and Paul Allen 10th in 19.04. In the Long Jump Max Pentith finished 1st in 5.83m, Tom Andrews 4th in the Triple Jump in 9.02m and in the High Jump Max finished 3rd A string - 1.65m and Curtis 1st B string 1.60m.The men’s team were also 1st in the 100m relay, the team consisting of Curtis, Tom, Reece Palmer from CLS and Luke.

Iona Richings finished 6th in the 400m in 73secs, Linda Tinkler 6th in the 800m in 3.36 with Sue Phillips 5.36 for 5th in the 1500m with Sarah Johnson 10th in 7.19.In the 3000m Linda finished 9th in 15.55 whilst in the 400m hurdles Iona was back in action finishing 2nd. In the 100m hurdles the team won both A and B races.Iona won the A race in 18.8 with Sarah winning the B race in 20.8. In the Triple Jump, Iona finished 2nd with a 9.34m leap and then finished off in the High Jump with a 3rd place of 1.35m.To finish the day the ladies were 5th in the 100m relay and 4th in the 400 relay.Big thanks to Tim Dredge officiating this earned the team some extra points.

The team finished 3rd which leaves the team in 2nd place on equal points with Richmond and Zetland. Blaydon top the table with 2 fixtures to go. Next fixture is a Home Fixture at Eastbourne on Sunday 3rd July. We will be looking to put a strong team together for this home fixture to keep us in contention for a promotion spot. Top two clubs go up. Contact Sue or Paul if you are available and would like to compete for the club. The captains also need people to officiate and no experience needed.Extra points are awarded to the match total so if you have availability please get in touch with your track captains.

On Wednesday evening Natalie Curgenven, Wes Atkins and Sarah Tomlinson took on the Fox and Hounds 9 mile fell race, a tough race for even the most experienced of off road runners.Natalie was first of the trio to finish, finishing as 3rd lady in a time of 1 hour 27; Wez was next home in 1.56 and Sarah shortly behind finishing in 1.57.Excellent running all three of you.

Aa went to Blaydon Races, 'twas on the ninth of Joon, Eiteen hundred an' sixty-two, on a summer's efternoon; Aa tyuk the 'bus frae Balmbra's…..actually I didn’t this year but wish I had.On a warm summers night at Blaydon where I hear further South in Darlington was a little wet a number of Harriers took to a congested start line (through some interesting barrier hoping) for the evenings Blaydon Races, a 5.7 mile race which starts in Newcastle along the famous Scotswood Road into Blaydon.

On the night flying machine Phil Teece was first home for the club finishing in 32 minutes dead followed by Paul Cook in 34:09 and Paul Allan, running under the name of ‘Justin Hindmarch’ a very shady character, finished in 35:06.Garry Collinson was next back home in 35:10 with Peter Armstrong putting in a PB performance in 35:27 and Sue Phillips 36:06 also for a new personal best and first F50.Alison Matthews finished in 36:26 despite carrying an injury and agreeing to run 4.5 miles with Steve Middleton and Paul Cook as a ‘warm up’...never again Ali!

Steven Wilkinson finished in 37:42 just ahead of Steve Elliott who finished in 37:56 for a new personal best along with Jade Hutchinson in 37:57 who took over 2 minutes of her previous performance.Jamie Baldasera finished in 38:21 with Pauline Brown finishing in 39:34.

Graham Bell finished in 40:13 just ahead of both Martin Phillips and Ian Brown in 41:20. .

Charlotte Knowles finished in 41:23 for a new personal best followed by Andrew Glencross in 42:31, Emma Morley in 43:48 and Peter Dods in 42:52.Nice to see you back Peter!Anne Hutchinson also put in a personal best performance finishing in 45:58, Shirley Gibson finished in 47:27 with Julie Beck finishing in 47:56 for a new personal best.Brian Burdon finished in 49:40 with Jared Holdcroft finishing in an excellent 54:36.Well done all runners.

With one of the club Grand Prix races, Everyone Active 10k on Sunday morning a number of Harriers either took the foot of the gas at the morning’s parkrun, marshalled or had a lie in bed for a change…but not all! In a field of 299 runners Colin Taylor was first home finishing in 4th place in 18:33 with Howard Parr 5th in 18:35 three seconds off his personal best and Paul Lowe 6th in 18:49, good to see Paul return to action.Shaun Marshall finished 10th in 19:27 with Barry Foster 15th for a new personal best of 19:39, Stuart Armstrong 24th in 20:15, junior Louis Brett 38th in 21:01 with Andy Dobson 44th in 21;19 on his 231st parkrun. Karl Hume finished 45th in 21:22, Barry Bell 21:37 for a new personal best, Paul Cook 54th in 21:46, Tom Leighton 58th in 21:56 and Graham Garvey 59th in 21:55.


Ian Brown finished 70th in 22:26, Robert Austin putting in another personal best performance finishing in 22:31, Iain Girard 77th in 23:07, Lesley Miller one place behind in 23:14 with Clare and Andrew Park 81st and 82nd in 23:17/18.Sean Connolly was 86th in 23:30, Steve McAllister 89th in 23:46, Jane Teague 92nd in 23:55 and Simon Daniels 96th in 24:12.Tai Charlton finished 112th in 24:52 with Justin Hindmarch a second and place behind with Den Dale 152nd in 26:50.Tina Corah finished 160th in 27:09 in the same time as Brian Burdon in 161st followed by Martin McGregor 185th in 28:32 and Jared Holdcroft 192nd in 28:52 for a new personal best.Sally Dale also finished the morning with a new personal best of 32:39 for 246th place with Amanda Garvey making another appearance at parkrun since surgery finishing 291st in 39:49 but two minutes quicker than the previous week.


Over at Penrith Michael Watson finished 17th from a field of 137 runners finishing in 23:02 on his first visit to the course.Julian Pinkney finished Albert parkrun with a new personal best of 24:41 as he finished in 80th place with Emma Ivey matching his achievement finishing

in 32:02 for 188th from a field of 251. Over in Sedgefield in a field of 214 David Bracken was first to finish in 10th place in a course PB of 20:42 with Jonathan Boyle 37th in 23:44. Andrew Glencross headed to Hackworth parkrun where he finished 10th in 22:38 from a small field of 36. To complete the weekly park run round up Stephen Dauber finished 138th in 31:24 from a field of 203 at Tees Barrage.Well done all park runners.

Defending champion Heather Mochrie headed to Swaledale with Mike King who also completed a 23 mile race the previous weekend along with an unwell Dave McKenna to take on the Swaledale Marathon.Three time winner Heather hoped to make it four out of four and bring home the ashtray….sorry beautiful trophy over the 26.2 mile race with over 4000ft elevation. Heather didn’t disappoint finishing first lady to reclaim her crown, Mike King finishing in 3:49 with Dave finishing in 4:22 despite being unwell.Tremendous achievement by all three of you for different reasons.


On Sunday morning at New Marske a huge number of Harriers turned out for the morning’s race.Colin Taylor put in an amazing performance to finish the day with a new personal best of 35:20 and finish 8th overall with Phil Teece again putting in a great run to finish 15th in 36:07.Shaun Marshall took over two minutes of his best to finish 20th in 37:09 with Paul Helliwell, Paul Cook and Simon Rogers all under performing on the day finishing in 26th, 27th and 28th in 37:46, 38 dead and 38:06. Garry Collinson finished in 39th in 39:14 smashing his previous best by a minute with Nev Ford 43rd in 39:50, for a new personal best and three minutes quicker than his Darlington 10k time.

Peter ‘Bieber’ Armstrong was next home in 45th ducking under the 40 minute barrier in 39:59 with Alison Matthews 1st V35 in 40:07.Dom Colley was another to put in a personal best finishing in a superb 40:54 for 54th place with Andrew Park 57th as he battles through his injury problems.Sue Phillips finished 58th in 41:23 to finish 1st F50 with Justin Hindmarch 63rd in 41:33 as he edges his way back to full fitness.John Dunne finished in 66th place in 41:54 and Paul Keedy 68th for a new personal best of 42:09.Jamie Baldasera finished 74th in 42:21, for a new personal best with Linda Noble taking 2nd V50 in 84th place in 43:14.


Jade Hutchinson finished 86th in 43:17 despite racing a 1500m the day previous, with Steven Elliott a place behind in 43:25 and Barry Bell 88th but in a quicker time of 43:23 just outside his previous best. Corinne Murray finished 94th in 43:51 and 2nd F35, Andrew Glencross finished in 95th place in a superb 43:49 for a new personal with Pauline Brown making up the top 100 finishing 3rd F50 in 44:09.Nigel Carrigan finished with a seasons best of 44:33 for 104th place, Graham Garvey one place behind in 44:36 and Sharon Carbert 106th in 44:37, 4th F45.Martin Phillips finished 113th in 46:03 with Wes Atkins 117th in 46:09 for a new personal best and Charlotte Knowles and Ian Brown battling it out for 119th and 120th with Charlotte edging it in 46:32 to Ian’s 46:34.

Michael Sangster finished 124th in 47:20, Lesley Miller 127th in 47:53, Clare Park 132nd in 48:53 despite still carrying an injury, Iain Girard and Becci Carter finished in the same time of 49:23 for 135th and 136th with Anne Hutchinson 151st in 51:54, three seconds outside her personal best.Julie Beck finished 166th in 53:35 with Tina Corah 173rd in 54:33 for a new personal best along with Steph Kingdon who also ran her socks off to finish with a new personal best of 55:40 for 180th place.Sarah Johnson finished 201st in 59:43. Personal best Sarah? Paula Roberts 203rd in 1:00:03 and Lisa Smedley 212th in 1:05:42 for a new personal best.

At the ITU World Triathlon event in Roundhay, Leeds we had a handful of athletes in action with Emma Morley going it alone and Natalie Curgenven stepping up late in the day to support Sharon Barlow in their relay team who also finished 3rd on the day, 1st female team. John and Gabi Hall ran at York 5k with both runners taking 1st place, John in the VETS and Gabi in ALL female categories. Wow! Peter Foulds also made his Hardmoors debut this weekend but pulled his calf muscle only 2 miles into the race.Peter being the warrior that he is soldiered on to mile 18 before having to wave the white flag.Keep your chin up Peter, the progress you have made in 12 months is staggering and you are an inspiration to many within the club.You will be back stronger and more determined. Well done everyone some fantastic performances today.

New members

This week we saw Alex Bos submit his transfer papers to EA and Gerda Arts join the club along with Natalia Watson. Welcome to the club it’s great to have you both join the team.We’ve also seen a number of new faces come down to training lately for a taster session and there has been a number of comments of how friendly everyone has been and welcoming.Very true and I think we have a number of members who have joined over the last 12 months who have had a similar experience so credit to everyone at the club.

On lighter night for those Tweeters out there, the following hashtag’s have been registered for the club so if anyone is a Twitter user feel free to use these as often as you like!  #DHAC #UTH #Darlingtonoriginal #DHAC1891

Karen Newton

I thought it important that we give Karen a special mention this week as she reached 150 volunteer days at parkrun.Karen who gives up so much of her time to take photos of runners around the North East does so without complaint or payment and I think we are extremely fortunate along with other clubs to have Karen on hand to capture our races on camera.Thank you Karen, you’re an absolute diamond!