Senior Harriers weekly update w/c 7th November

At last week’s XC relays at Mansfield a number of queries were raised over finishing times. These appear to have been resolved now and the team of Darren Stockdale, Paul Allan, Paul Keedy and Paul Lowe finishing 129th with Paul making up 27 places on his leg and the team of David Aiken, Mark Tallon, Neil Addyman and Neil Embleton 163rd.Well done gentleman!

At last Sunday’s 5k trail race, Billingham, Jamie Gardner was first home for the club finishing in 14th place in 19:27 followed by Ronnie Read in 21st place in 20:27.Jonathan Gray had another good run as he finished 23rd in 20:41 with Linda Noble 2nd lady and 28th overall in

20:57.Jade Hutchinson finished 3rd lady in 31st position in 21:08, Megan Noble making it three Harriers in the top four as she finished 39th in 21:47 with Diane Jones 89th in 25:13.Janice Foster finished 96th in 25:54, Brian Burdon 132nd in 28:50, Anne Hutchinson 138th in

29:42 and Paula Roberts 142nd in 30:24.Andrea Reese finished 156th in 32:53, Leigh Hindle163rd in 35:51 and Penny Ivison 164th in 36:25 from 180 runners.Well done all of you, good running on a tricky course.

Also last Sunday Harriers headed to Derwent water to take on the 10 mile race. From the 476 runners Alison Matthews finished 3rd in the ladies race and 54th overall in a time of 1:07:22 only beaten by two GB athletes with Barry Foster first home for the men in 151st in

1:16:30, Neil Embleton 202nd in 1:20:31 and Michael Watson 267th in 1:25:32.

We start this week’s running on home turf at Darlington Parkrun with a low turn out of 261 for the mornings run.Lack of parking maybe….or maybe the afternoon’s cross country.Dean Higham finished the mornings room not only breaking the 19 minute barrier for the first time but smashing it as he finished 4th in 18:36 for a new personal best.David Bracken was next home in 13th in 19:39, Howard Parr 16th in 20:15 and Stuart Armstrong 20th in 20:44.John Dunne finished 27th in 21:17, Paul Cook 28th in 21:18, Dave McKenna 29th in 21:22 with Ian brown 45th in 22:20.Steve McAllister finished 51st in 22:38, James Bennett-McNulty 53rd in 22:41 ahead of David Ralph 55th in 22:50.Jonathan Boyle finished 57th in 22:53 one place and two seconds ahead of Robert Austin who put in a strong run.

Martin Whitfield finished 61st in 23:01 ahead of Paul Rossington who put in another great run to finish 64th in 23:16 for a new personal best with Peter Dods back at the park to finish 69th (the magic number) in 23:25.Jane Teague finished 81st in 24:13, Barry Talman 89th in 24:43, Sean Connolly one place and one second behind, Iain Girard 92nd in 24:45 carrying an injury and a hangover!Graham Hindmarsh finished 93rd in 24:46, Andrew Park 96th on his 99th parkrun in 24:52 ahead of Shirley Gibson 105th in 25:11.Den dale finished 111th in 25:28, Brian Burdon 136th in 27:12, Dave Hamer 150th in 27:39 and Martin McGregor 164th in 28:38.

Stephen Dauber finished 169th in 29:23, Sally Dale 192nd in 30:30 for yet another personal best (on a roll Sally), Sarah Neve 194th in 30:41 along with Joanne Hindmarsh making her long awaited comeback to finish 196th in 30:47 and Chrissie Moore 219th in 34:01.Penny Ivison finished 221st in 34:09 with Anne Hutchinson in a support role at the back to ensure all runners got round safely.

At Albert Park amongst 206 runners Alex Bos was first back in 54th place in 24:08 along with partner Gerda Arts in 97th in 27:35.Over at Hackworth in a small field of 53 Zoe Rogers put in a personal best performance to finish 26th in 26:29whilst Andrew Glencross finished 31st in 21:43 at Southwark parkrun, London from 139 runners whilst ‘The Millers’ Jeff and Lesley celebrated their anniversary by running Cramond parkrun in Edinburgh.Jeff finished in 29th place in 19:30 with Lesley 137th in 23:04 from 497 runners.

On Saturday afternoon the second cross country race of the season took place in Redcar.With a number of athletes racing at Heaton as part of the 10k Grand prix numbers were reduced.Some outstanding performances on the day including some first time runners, Graham Hindmarsh, Maria Daniels, Louise Williamson, Kevin Wilson, Nev Ford and Allan Coglan as well as Julian Pinkney who has recently returned to the club after his recent heart scare.Kabsay Kidane and Etrem Bthame finished 1st and 3rd in the Mens race on the day and with some other strong performances from both male and female runners the future is most definitely looking bright for the club.

Well done everyone who supported the club and put on the vest.

On Saturday afternoon in Glasgow Sue Phillips and Phil Teece were on International duty representing Great Britain at the masters.Sue appearing in the main race finished the day with a Gold medal along with her team mates with Phil racing in the reserve race on this occasion. Amazing achievement by you both, something to be very proud of and inspire those around you.  On Sunday morning Neil Embleton was the lone Harrier on show at the Dalby Dash 10k, a race where proceeds are going to Help For Heroes.

The race comprises of 2 miles up, 2 miles flat then 2 miles back down so a real test of character especially on the first section.Neil put in a strong performance and finished in 52:04. Well done Neil.

Also on Sunday morning at Newcastle’s Town Moor the 3rd Heaton 10k took place, the first of this seasons Grand Prix League.Drew Inglis was first to finish in a superb 33:46 followed home by Paul Lowe who not only broke 36 minutes for the first time but nearly broke 34 as he stormed to an amazing 34 minutes dead!Shaun Marshall finished in 36:55 ahead of Paul Cook in 37:42 with husband and wife Barry and Louise Talman both achieving personal bests and breaking 38 minutes, Barry 37:44 and Louise 37:58.Andrew Park was next to finish in 39:20, Justin Hindmarch 41:04 two seconds ahead of Jade Hutchinson in 41:06 a big personal best for the young flying machine taking nearly one and a half a minutes of her time.

Paul Keedy, still nearly as good looking as Jeff Miller, finished in 43:29 with Clare Park again running well in 43:46.Pauline Brown finished in 44:22 ahead of Graham Garvey who finished in 44:26 and Antoni Hall who took nearly 3 minutes of his previous best to finish in 45:27 for a huge personal best.Ian Brown was next home finishing in 45:36, Jamie Baldasera 45:48 and Sarah Tomlinson 48:46, again for a new personal best. Stephen Gardner wearing the club vest for his first 10k finished in an impressive 49:07 ahead of club legend Shirley Gibson who finished in 51:30.

James Gardner running his first ever 10k race finished in a fantastic 53:10 one second ahead of Zoe Rogers had another strong run on the back of her parkrun PB to finish in 53:11,Andrea who also finished with a personal best of 58:36 and not to be outdone Leigh Hindle who finished in 68:43 taking a whopping 5 minutes of her previous best.Fantastic results by an amazing group of people.Well done all.