Its valentine’s week, where thousands of star-crossed lovers dash to the nearest Tesco’s to purchase last minute, cards, flowers, chocolates or handcuffs (the normal gifts) for their partners. But before we get into this, let’s take a look at last week’s racing.
Last week at the Muddy Boots 10k race in Ripon, James Baker made a rare appearance racing but was missed out from last week’s report.
James finished 30th in 43:09 from the 423 field. Well done James, good running and good to see you back!
On Wednesday night a number of harriers headed over to Stockton to get their hands on a selection of mince and onion or cheese or onion pies with peas (either way you’re getting onion) as well as taking part in the 5k night trail race, clearly an afterthought to the main event of pie and peas.
With head torches a must for this off roader, Harriers did exceptionally well. Despite the results not being published as of writing this report I can confirm that our Harriers ladies took the top 3 positions with Alison Matthews, Jade Hutchinson and Corinne Murray cleaning up. When asked how her pie was, Corinne commented that it was "moist with limited crust". Great to hear! Well done all who ran will cover the results next week.Meanwhile up in Gateshead, sprint King Mark Tallon was amongst a number of Harriers who competed in the indoor event on Wednesday evening.
In the 60m race, Joseph Sawyer finished 3rd in 8.72 in the U13 race, Luke Stockdale finished in 3rd in 7.54 secs in heat 1, with captain Mark finishing his heat with a new PB of 8.48 secs. Steve Bousfield won his heat in 8.30 and was followed in by Joseph sawyer in 2nd in 9.30. In the second round of heats Luke finished 3rd but this time slightly faster in 7.48 secs with Mitchell Lowes 7.62 in the same race.
In the Long Jump Joseph finished 1st in the U13’s event in 4.11m winning by 1cm. Josh McLay jumped 5.79m
We start the weekend’s parkrun down at Fountain’s Abbey, Ripon where they were celebrating their 100th run at the scenic 2 lap event. In a field of 347, Sharon Barlow finished 25th in 19:52, someway off her PB as part of her 10k schedule. Meanwhile in Sedgefield, Sarah Tomlinson took the short trip to take on the 2 lap run. In a field of 174 runners Sarah finished an impressive 35th and 3rd lady in a time of 24:09. John Hall was the lone Harrier on show at Albert Park, Middlesboro where a field of 254 runners turned out for the morning’s event. John finished 38th in 20:49, only 13 seconds outside his PB on this course. Staying in Middlesboro but over at Stewarts park, 293 runners were on show which saw Neil Embleton put in a course PB to finish 68th in 24:35 followed by our very own John Noakes (yes showing my age), Julian Pinkney finishing 103rd in 26:35 again for a course PB.
Andy Dobson made the long trip to East Anglia to take part in the Norwich parkrun…..I’m sure that’s not his sole purpose for going. Andy finished 29
th in 20:05 on his first visit to the park in a large field of 483 runners. Andrew Glencross headed up the A19 to Sunderland to take part in their morning run where 186 runners competed on the day. Andrew had a solid run finishing 29th in 21:49.
Back on home soil at Darlington Southpark, in a field of 299 runners, Paul Cook was first over the line in 7th place in 18:39 despite a 7 mile warm up with ‘Buck’ Rogers (who decided to have a quick plank on the public footpath pre race…dirty man) was then followed in by Andy Park in 17th in 19:10 and Simon Rogers cruising round in 21st in 19:17. Peter Armstrong stuck to his pre-race plan by running 19:30 for 24th with Phil Teece leading the pack round to break 20 mins, finishing 26th in 19:44, John Dunne 19:48, four seconds outside his PB, Louise Talman 29th in 19:48 for a new PB supported by husband Barry 30th two seconds back and Natalie Curgenven 32nd in 20 mins dead for a new PB. Tom Leighton was next home in 34th in 20:07 followed by Ian Morris in 35th in 20:09, also for a new PB and Stuart Armstrong also putting in a PB performance to finish 37th in 20:16. Craig Stoddart was one place and two seconds further back with Dom Colley finishing 40th in 20:33.
Graham Garvey was only 6 seconds outside his PB to finish 43rd in 20:43 with Mark Robinson also going close to his PB in 46th finishing in 20:46 two seconds outside. Juris Silovs was next home in 48th place in 20:54 followed by Michael Sangster who again PB’d in 52nd position in 21:14. Pauline Brown and Jamie Baldasera both ran PB times in 60th and 61st position finishing in 21:34 and 21:38 with young Sam Talman one place further back in 21:44 just ahead of another junior Harry Wilson who was 65th in 21:45. Jade Hutchinson had an easier run after her midweek exploits finishing 68th in 22:05 followed by Sean Connolly as he recovers from his injury, finishing 74th in 22:16. Ian Brown was next home in 75th position in 22:17 with Charlotte Knowles 79th in 22:44, Wesley Atkins 80th in 22:46 and Bally Singh (the Karaoke King) 86th in 22:51.
Robert Austin, always challenging Bally at parkrun was one place further back in 22:56 with Jonathan Boyle putting in another solid run to finish 90th in 23:03, one place and one second ahead of Lesley Miller. Emma Morley finished 95th in 23:14 with Gemma Raper making up the top 100 with a PB effort finishing 23:29. Aly Williamson also PB’d on the day finishing 107th in 24:18 with support from husband Andy who was one second and one place further back. Steve McAllister finished 122nd in 25:05 with Anneli Jane Mackenzie Brown III, twice removed finishing 127th in 25:18 only 14 seconds shy of her best ever time. Shirley Gibson finished 132nd in 25:27 and is only 9 short of being entered, into the 250 club (similar but not to be confused by the mile high club but with better T-Shirts).
Julie Beck was next home in 133rd ten seconds outside her PB with Dave Hamer crossing the line in the same time for 134th. Tai Charlton, known for his neckwear attributes finished 149th in 26:05 and was followed round by Martin McGregor in 152nd place for a new PB of 26:08 and Anne Hutchinson 152nd in 26:08. Steve Tinkler was back at the park for his 6th appearance and again put in another personal best like his previous visits to finish 160th in 26:32. Tina Corah finished 191st in 28:17 with Brian Burdon two places behind in 28:30. Simon Daniels was next home in 32:07 as he ran with his wife and Rachel Girard who put last week’s disappointment behind her to break her PB to finish 298th in 43:19. Harrier blood Rachel! Well done to everyone who ran and to those who put in a great performance.
On Sunday Heather Mochrie took on the Hardmoors trail marathon over in Saltburn with some success. This is another race where official results have not been released however we do know that Heather won the ladies race adding more silverware to her ever expanding trophy cabinet. Great work Mochers.
On Sunday afternoon at the absent friends trail race in Billingham, Sue Phillips was one of the Harriers on show hoping to repeat her performance last year by winning the ladies race. Sue didn’t disappoint by crossing the line first to make it back to back wins for the VET. Full results for the race will be published next week.