Don’t forget we will be renewing memberships at the end of the month.
The dark nights are slowly subsiding and the warmer weather is slowly coming back which is always a blessing to those runners who have been training hard in the snow, sleet and wet weather throughout winter.But before we take our hats, gloves and pants off we take a look at what’s been occurring this week. Revisiting last week’s race at Light Water Valley a handful of Harriers were amongst the 321 field. As reported last week Simon Rogers was first home finishing 8th in 38.21 with Sharon Barlow 14th in 39.29 and Alison Matthews 16th in 40.04 making it a 1-2 in the ladies race. Corinne Murray had a good run finishing 38th in 44.45 with Paul Kelly making a rare appearance in the club shirt to finish 60th in 46.43.New boy David Bracken finished 137th in 52.49 along with team mate Jonathan Boyle who finished 138th in 53.05 with Julian Pinkney shortly behind, finishing 151st in 54.02.Well done everyone
Last Sunday at Darlington South Park the NYSD relays took place with Harriers teams dominating the volume of team entries on the day. After the U13 boys and girls, coupled with the U15 girls had shown their class it was left to the senior men and women to put on a show.The team of Louise Talman, Sue Phillips and Bernadette Caygill finished 2nd with Val Clarke, Linda Noble and Corinne Murray finishing an impressive 4th.Clare Park, Lesley Miller and Pauline Brown were next round in 6th place with Sarah Tomlinson, Gemma Raper and Alyson Williamson finished 9th with the team of Steph Kingdon, Marion Ogle and Lisa Smedley finished 16th.
Great turn out by everyone, well done Mark and Linda for organising such a great event for the club.
On Saturday morning at Darlington’s South Park, parkrun 274 turned out for the morning’s event on a day perfect for running.Colin Taylor was first home again for the club finishing 4th in 17:36 and was followed in by Simon Rogers 8th in 17:58.Nathan Hemingbrough was 12th in 18:05 with new boy Howard Parr proving he doesn’t need an old man to pace him to finish 15th and claim another PB, finishing 18:32.Garry Collinson had another good run finishing three seconds outside his PB for 21st in 19:26 with John Dunne another just outside his PB in 26th in 19:47.Ian Morris went sub 20 for the first time, breaking his PB by eighteen seconds to finish 27th in 19:53 with Steven Wilkinson having a good run to finish 30th in 20:12 and Craig Stoddart one place and one second behind.Dom Colley was hot in pursuit in 32nd in 20:16 with Shaun Marshall 34th in 20:31.
Graham Garvey put in a massive effort to finish 35th in a new PB time of 20:33 with Mark Haymer breathing down his neck one place and one second back.Juris Silovs finished 41st in 21:01 with Andrew Glencross only two seconds back in 42nd but for a massive PB in 21:03.Andy Dobson was next back for the club in 43rd in 21:11 followed by three Harriers in succession Ian Brown 53rd in 22:13, David Bracken 54th 22:15 and Pauline Brown 55th in 22:16.Iain Girard was another who smashed his PB finishing in an impressive 64th in 22:47 with Jonathan Boyle 71st in 23:03 on his 96th park run.Gemma Raper who impressed in training this week finished the week off in style, finishing 74th in 23:12 for a new PB supported by Barry Talman 75th in the same time, Andy Park 76th in 23:13 and Simon Daniels, celebrating his 100th parkrun to finish 78th in 23:16. Aly Williamson finished the morning run with a new PB in her pocket finishing 85th in 23:43 with husband Andy a place and second behind.
Jane Teague finished 91st in 23:53, Jade Hutchinson 104th in 24:30 supporting sister Becci Carter round for a new PB in 106th in 24:32 who was supported round by Charlotte Knowles and Peter Armstrong 107th and 108th a second behind.Anneli Mackenzie-Brown was another who benefited from good pacing and some self belied to finish 112th in 24:48 for a new PB and not to be outdone, Julie Beck who also PB’d finishing one place and one second behind.Sarah Tomlinson doing a great pacing job to finish 114th in the same time as Julie.Tai Charlton finished 129th in 25:37, Anne Hutchinson 130th in 25:47 with Martin McGregor 139th in 26:11.Brian Burdon finished in 28:26 for 182nd with Sarah Neve breaking her PB again finishing 216th in 30:22.Stephen Dauber finished 231st with Shirley Gibson bringing the ship home safely for all the park-runners.
Over at Redcar parkrun Neil Embleton was first home for the club finishing 47th in 24:11 with Julian Pinkney 69th in 26:02 from a field of 163 runners.More importantly the lads grabbed a lemon top to celebrate their efforts.Meanwhile over at Albert Park, Middlesboro Sue, Martin and Ellie had a family day out and formed part of the 283 field.Sue in great form finished first lady in 19:45 with an age grading % of 88 followed by Martin in 42nd in 21:33 and young Ellie 60th in 22:50.Over at Tees Barrage three Harriers were on show amongst the 239 field.Phil Teece showed his class finishing 2nd in 18:24 and was followed home by Robert Austin making his first appearance finishing 54th in 24:19 with John Brant, a familiar face at the course 95th in 27:18.
Sunday morning started with a number of Harriers heading southbound to take part in the Harewood 10k, set in the beautiful grounds of the historic Harewood House. From the 1576 runners Jeff Miller had a great run finishing 16th in 40:06 followed by Allison Matthews who once again proved her class by finishing 1st lady in 21st in 40:29.Graham Garvey was next home in 67th in 44:49 with Jade Hutchinson (not Hatinson like the results say) in 44:53 in 69th.Lesley Miller finished 232nd in 50:15 with Iain Girard 255th in 50:53.Matthew Cockhead finished 274th…obviously not one from our club but thought he deserved a mention!Robert Austin flexed all his powers to finish 408th in 54:22, with Anne Hutchinson 549th in 56:52 and Tina Corah 1050th in 1:06:07.
Meanwhile Corinne Murray headed to Spenborough to compete in the Spen 20, a tough, hilly race not for the faint hearted. Corinne dug in deep to finish this race finishing in around 2:45 with second claim Sharon Bulman also ran in this race finishing 3rd lady in 2:19:13. Meanwhile eight crazy Harriers took on the 20 lap event, Locke Park 20 in Redcar.Set at the parkrun and great for a quick time due to the flatness of the course, a stark contrast to the brutal hills that Corinne took on at Spen.
Although no official results have been released I can confirm that Andy Park was first home in around 2 hours 17, Louise Talman picked up 2nd lady for her 2:22 and a there was also some PB’s on the day.More on this next week.