Senior Weekly Update w/c 23rd May

We start the week by taking a glance back to events from last week starting at the Pier to Pier race in Sunderland.A real fun event which starts and finishes on the beach and where there is no set course as such but athletes have to run to the pier around 7 miles away.1128 athletes took to the start line which saw Allen Hazlett finish 894th in 1:31:11 and Lorraine Wallis 1:13:13 in 896th running with two other friends.Well done all four of you.


At last Tuesday nights athletics meet in Middlesboro, in the 800m race Paul Helliwell finished 7th in his graded heat in 2.17.7 with Andy park 10th in the same race in 2.23.9 and Peter Armstrong finishing 1st in his graded race in 2.27.7.In the 200m Curtis Metcalf finished 3rd in 24.4 with Mark Tallon 6th in 27 seconds dead and Steve Bousfield 7th in 27.3.Andrew Park and Peter Armstrong both finished 4th in their respective 200m races finishing in 29.5 secs.Paul Helliwell finished 9th in his 1 mile race in 5.11.3 ahead of Colin Taylor 11th in 5.16.3, Andy Park 16th in 5.53 and Jade Hutchinson 5.58.4 in 18th

On Monday evening at Jarrow Paul Helliwell and Sue Phillips were amongst the athletes competing in the night’s 1500m race.In a big turnout. Paul finished 5th and 2nd v45 in the fast men's race in a speedy 4:36, a new age group best for him. The race was won by Carl Chapman of Crook v35 in 4 24.  Sue finished was 5th and 1st v50 in the fast ladies race in 5 29. The ladies race was won by Nicola Woodward v35 of Sunderland in 5 11.Well done both of you, superb running.

On Tuesday night a number of Harriers took to the hills as part of the Roseberry Romp race.Finishing first for the club and in 22nd place was Alison Matthews in 41:52, Dave McKenna 27th in 43:09 and Simon Rogers 43:16 despite stopping with a stitch. Natalie Curgenven was next home in 31st 43:42 followed by Shaun Marshall 33rd in 44:06,39th was Ian Morris 45:27, 42nd finisher was Paul Allan in 45:51 and Steve Elliott 53rd in 47:18. Barry Bell finished 57th in 47:25, 61st Mark Robinson in 47:36, 65th Jade Hutchinson 48:49, 67th Darren Stockdale in 48:57, Neil Embleton 88th in 53:43 with Sarah Tomlinson one place and one second further back.Nigel Carrigan 93rd55:03, Lesley Miller 100th in 57:02, Iain Girard 104th in 58:25 with Steph Kingdon 106th in 58:43 and Anne H 113th in 1:01:09.Linda Tinkler 144th in 1:16:51 with Aly Williamson and Julie Beck one second behind in 145th and 146th.153 competitors took part.

On a busy week for the club, Fourteen teams of four athletes competed in the 1 mile NYMAC relays.With Darlington ladies teams taking 1st and 2nd place and some strong performances from the men and remaining women’s team a good night was had by all.

Well done everyone who took part.

On Friday night up at South Shields Run Eat Sleep 5k, Nathan Hemingbrough put in a storming performance to break his PB finishing 23rd in 17:36, followed by Peter Armstrong 35th in 19:15, Justin Hindmarch 20 mins dead for 43rd and Charlotte Knowles 58th in 21:33.

Great running!


The weekend’s parkrun started in Queensland Australia of all places, Cairns to be precise where a 101 runners put down their surfboards just long enough to take part in the mornings run.With ‘The Talman’s’ sunning themselves they thought they would take in the local parkrun…and why not!Barry looking as fit as a Mallee bull finished first in 3rd place in 19:36 followed by young Sam who was stoked to finish 9th in 20:45, sister Freya had a beaut run finishing 61st in 28:29 with mum Louise 63rd two seconds behind.Strewth!

From Queensland to Middlesboro…now that would make a good book title, Gabi Hall and granddad John headed to Albert Park.Running together Gabi finishing 68th and John 69th in 21:56 from a field of 266. At Darlington parkrun 268 runners took to the start line with Drew Inglis in sparkling form as he finished not just in first place but in a new PB time of 16:26.Colin Taylor was next home in 4th place in 17:40 with Graham Hindmarsh only five seconds further back in 5th.Howard Parr finished 7th in 18:46, Peter Armstrong 11th in 19:27, Andy Dobson 14th in 19:47, Mark Haymer 15th in 19:54 and Paul Cook 16th in 20:11.

Dom Colley finished 19th in 20:22, Juris Silovs 20th in 20:26, junior Louis Brett 22nd for a new PB of 20:41 and Jamie Baldasera 23rd in 20:43.John Dunne was next home in 26th in 21 mins, junior Harry Wilson 31st in 21:21 and Ian Brown 36th in 21:51.Sean Connolly finished 41st in 22:15 and was followed home by Robert Austin (and not the police this time) who finished in 48th place in a time of 22:33 for a new personal best! Jonathan Boyle finished 51st in 22:36 ahead of Simon Daniels 57th in 23:11 and Jade Hutchinson 58th, one second behind.Iain Girard finished 62nd in 23:43 ahead of the ‘retiring’ Clare Park in 63rd and husband Andy in 23:46.Jane Teague finished 69th in 24:01 with Clive Green back in action finishing 78th in 25:06.

Anne Hutchinson finished 93rd in 25:42 with John Brant 99th in 26:03, Pauline Brown 101st in 26:16, Sarah Tomlinson 102nd in 26:21 and Julie New 106th in 26:24 who achieved a new personal best on the day.Brian Burdon finished 126th in 27:23, Den Dale 128th in 27:26 and Lisa Smedley 166th in 29:51 for another personal best supported by Graham Garvey 167th in 29:59. Youngsters James and Jonny Hindmarsh were next finishing in 201st and 215th respectively in 32:55 and 33:37 and Sally Dale making her first parkrun appearance with a solid 34 minutes dead.

    Over in Sedgefield amongst 202 runners Neil Embleton was first home in 58th position in 24:35, followed by Julian Pinkney 81st in 25:58, a new course record for him, Emma Ivey 152nd in 33:30 on her first appearance on the two lap course and Sarah Forster 157th in 34:43 also on her first appearance.Phil Teece took in the Croxteth Hall parkrun as a warm up before the Rock N Roll half marathon on Sunday and was 3rd finisher from the 193 runners finishing in 17:36 with a massive 88.07% age grading. Andrew Glencross took on his 21st different parkrun as he headed South to Devon to a very tough mornings run.Andrew finished 43rd in 25:12 from 147 runners.Andy Gibson took on the Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge with over 5000ft of climbs to endure over 30 miles. Andy and his team finished this in just over 12 hours.Great work!

Phil Teece was Liverpool for Sunday’s Rock N Roll half marathon.Despite running a fast 5k the day previous Phil smashed in a 1:18:16.Outstanding running. You’ve earned the right to doff your own cap today Phil.

Emma and Gary Morley headed north of the border to take on the Edinburgh half marathon.Amongst a large field Emma finished 2120th in 1:48:21 with husband Gary 1:53:35 for 3001stMeanwhile Ian Threadkell took on the marathon distance, a little over a month after completing the London marathon.Official time has still to be released but I can confirm that Ian is round safe and sound in around 5 hour 13 despite the heat and sticky conditions.

Over at Northallerton a large number of Harriers took to the start line for the first ever 10k race.A race of two half’s with the first being pretty much up and the second down.There was some exceptional performances on this tough course including a few sprinkles of personal best’s, however with the race director saying results won’t be out until Tuesday next week these will be included in next week’s report.I can confirm however that Alison Matthews and Corinne Murray took first and 2nd place in the ladies race.


Over at Melmerby at the mornings 10k Paul Allan, Mark Robinson, Paul Kelly joined Sharon Barlow for her local Ripon race, an undulating but fast course. No results have been released for this yet so more on this next week.