With a number of race results not published until this week let’s have a quick re-cap at last week’s races.Last Wednesday Dave McKenna finished 31st from a field of 86 runners in 41:22 with Natalie Curgenven 3rd female, 1st in her age category and 35th overall in 42:16 and Darren Stockdale 52nd in 45:24. On Saturday at Whitley Bay athletics meeting Tom Andrews finished 3rd in the 100m in 11.9 seconds, Luke Stockdale 1st in his graded race of the 200m in23.5 seconds and Tom back in action finishing 25 seconds dead for 1st place in his race.Mark Tallon finished 5th in his 400m race with Sarah Johnson 7th in her race in 85.4.
In the 1500m race Paul Helliwell finished 5th in 4:44.6, Paul Allen 6th in 5:07.1 and Sue Phillips 5th in 6:02.7 in their respective races.Sue was the only VET to compete finishing 6th shortly after in the 1500m in 6:02.7 against the senior ladies and then running the 3000m in 11.48.1 for 6th and Sarah 16.55.1 for 4th place in her graded race.Paul Allen finished his 5000m race in 19.36.6 for 7th despite running on tired legs from the 1500m with Sarah Johnson finishing the 400m hurdles in 92.3.Tom Andrews also competed in the triple jump finishing 5th in 7m 85
Also last week at the 22mile Malhamdale trail challenge, 156 runners competed in the morning’s event which saw Ian Morris first finisher in 4hours dead followed by Neville Ford 85th in 4:18:42.Becci Carter finished 125th in 5:08:38 with Sarah Tomlinson and Alyson Williamson in 126th and 127th in 5:10:35/6.Wes Atkins finished 130th in 5:17:11 with David Aiken 138th in 5:31:15, Anne Hutchinson 140th in 5:32:04.Iain Girard finished 141st with Andy Williamson 143rd in 5:38:46.James Baker headed to Leeds to take part in the Leeds half marathon on Sunday morning.James battled through the warm conditions to finish 175th in 1:29:08.
On Wednesday night a number of Harriers headed over to Locke Park to take part in the 5 mile Pie and Peas race.In a field of 140 Shaun Marshall was first home finishing 13th in 31:13 and 3rd in his age category, Barry Talman 15th in 31:21 with Garry Collinson 18th just behind in 31:37.Peter Armstrong finished 21st in 32:51 with Louise Talman 2nd lady and 23rd overall in 33:11.Sue Phillips finished 24th, 3rd lady in 33:17 with Paul Keedy 27th in 33:37…4th lady Paul?Linda Noble finished 28th and actually was 4th lady, Jade Hutchinson 34:49 for 35th, Pauline Noble 39th in 35:29 with Andrew Glencross 41st in 35:48 with Val Clarke four seconds behind in 42nd and first in her age category.Katie Noble finished 45th in 36:13 and 3rd in her age group, Ian Brown 50th in 36:38 with Aly Williamson 69th in 39:30.Sarah Tomlinson 70th in 39:42 followed by Shirley Gibson 73rd, 1st in her age category in 40:31 and Anne Hutchinson 84th in 41:53.Lots of first time 5millers and some new PB’s too boot.Great running everyone.
Onto this weekend’s parkrun starting on home soil Darlington where 317 runners took to the start line for the mornings run.It really was a course of two half’s as the course which was quite breezy heading down to the bandstand changed to complete calm in other sheltered parts of the course.With some Harriers having an eye on Sunday’s races their personal bests were not in danger.But not for everyone! HowardParr hustled his way through another club’s “pain train” which seemed to be filling the path to finish 5th in 18:55 and was followed by Barry Talman one place and three seconds further back who felt the pace was so good he could take it home and marry her.Colin Taylor finished 11th in 19:25 with Nev Ford finishing strong in 14th for a new PB of 19:31 with Ian Morris pushing hard to beat his previous best finishing 16th in 19:38.Paul Cook finished 17th in 19:39 one second ahead of Mark haymer in 18th for a big PB taking 20 seconds of his previous with Andy Dobson, Simon Rogers and Paul Allan finishing 21st, 22nd and 23rd a few seconds behind.Peter Armstrong finished 23rd in 19:50 with David Bracken another to break his personal best finishing 25th in 19:55.Another good run by Graham O’Hara saw him finish 27th in 19:57 with Jamie Baldasera 29th in 20:10 again for a new PB.
John Dunne was next to finish in 34th in 20:29 with Sam Talman 36th in 20:31 watched closely by Andy Park 37th in 20:33.New member Barry Foster finished 42nd in 20:57 ahead of Justin Hindmarch 45th in 21:14 and Harry Wilson 51st in 21:36.Ian Brown finished 58th in 21:50 on his 150th parkrun with Peter O’Neill taking a minute of his previous best finishing 59th in the same time.Wes Atkins finished 65th in 22:08, Barry Bell 67th in 22:11 and Jonathan Boyle 72nd in 22:21 for a new personal best.
Robert Austin equalled his previous best finishing 74th in 22:35 with Sharon Carbert 76th in 22:47 and Pauline Brown 78th in 22:49.Sean Connolly finished 87th in 23:42 just ahead of Sarah Tomlinson 88th in 23:51 and Neil Embleton 91st in 24:10.Shirley Gibson made up the top 100 finishing in 24:39, Anne Hutchinson 119th with a good run in 25:19 and Den Dale 134th in a new PB of 26:20.Brian Burdon finished 152nd in 27:16 with Lisa Smedley 214th in 30:22 ahead of supporting act Graham Garvey 215th in 30:26 and Iain Girard 303rd in 39 minutes dead who was supporting daughter Laura on her first run.
Over in Northallerton 110 runners took to the line with Julian Pinkney being the only Harrier on show.Flying the flag for the club Julian finished the morning in 31st for a new course PB of 25:35.John Brant on his 200th parkrun day was one of four Harriers at Tees Barrage amongst the 263 runner field.Phil Teece finished 10th in 20:36 followed by Paul Keedy who was 15th in a new course best of 21:05.John was next to finish in 122nd in 28:06, enjoying the occasion with Stephen Dauber making his first trip to the course finishing 175th in 30:42.Well done all park runners!
Meanwhile over at Raby castle a large contingent of Harriers headed to the ‘undulating’ 2 lap course deep in the grounds in stunning surroundings. Results may take a few days to come out so more on this next week.