Senior Harriers weekly update w/c 6th March

This week we have seen Sarah Cook (pictured left with Julie Richardson)sign up to the club after running her first race at Lightwater Valley last weekend as well as young flying machine Kyle Cook who is transferring over to the club , joining dad Paul and brother Paul and uncle John. Kyle‘s transfer to the Harriers will officially go through for April 1st and will be available for all team competitions.

Welcome to the club Sarah and Kyle. You can never have too many Cook’s in my opinion!

Den Dale was the forgotten Harrier from 2 weeks ago as he competed in the Harewood House 10k (explains why I couldn’t find him in the Half Marathon results). Den finished in a time of 57:45 on a tough course. Good going Den.

Another harrier missed from the results last week was Ste Smith, for some reason he had been recorded as a NYMAC runners (the black and gold top is a giveaway…)

Anyway despite being sick on the way round Ste finished 44th in 23:38.

As reported last week David Aiken was the lone Harrier at Glaisdale Rigg fell race a 8.5 mile race with around 1500ft of climbing.

David had a good run finishing 79th in exactly 88 minutes from a field of 126 runners. Well done that man.

348 runners were on show at South Park parkrun this Saturday morning and what a good day for running it was. Colin Taylor was first finisher on the day only one second outside his personal best finishing in 17:14 with Paul Allan a superb 2nd place in a new personal best of 17:23 taking around a minute of his previous weeks pb performance. Barry Talman again showed good form in 5th in 18:03 with Simon Rogers 6th in 18:34 ahead of Steven Wilkinson 13th in 19:30. Justin Hindmarch finished 18th in 19:52, Karl Hume 23rd in 20:32 with the old warhorse Dave McKenna 25th in 20:48. Young Louis Brett finished 27th in 20:58, Barry Foster one place and two seconds behind with Graham Hindmarsh 34th in 21:14, no doubt saving something for Sunday’s relays.

Dylan Wilson finished 37th in 21:25, David Aiken two places and six seconds behind, John Dunne 44th in 21:41, Ian Morris on his shoulder a place and two seconds behind with Pauline brown a further place and two seconds back. Megan Noble finished 52nd in 22:08, Linda Noble likely to have been in the middle of a 400mile run and at 6:30 pace, 54th in 22:15 with Ian Brown 59th in 22:26 and Steven Elliott 61st in 22:32. Tom Addison smashed his PB finishing 85th in 23:10, Stephen Gardner 90th in 23:25 with another newer member, Hamish Laishley 107th in 24:30, also for a personal best. Shirley Gibson finished 125th in 24:59 alongside Lesley miller in the same time, Dave Hamer 135th in 25:27 and Louise Williamson 138th in 25:33. James Gardner finished 153rd in 26:15, Brian Burdon 160th in 26:40 and Jonny Hindmarsh 198th in 28:09.

Kate Bower finished 204th in 28:24, Joanne Hindmarsh having another good run to finish 229th in 29:34 one place ahead of son James in 29:40. Sarah Neve was next home in 241st in 30:07 with Shelly Allan 271st in 32:14. Amongst the 311 runners at Albert Park Phil Teece was first home in 10th place in 18:53, Simon Daniels finished the morning with a brilliant personal best in 48th place finishing in 21:49 with Andy Williamson eleven seconds behind also for a new personal best, Gerda Arts next home in 130th in 25:53, Julian Pinkney 139th in 26:37 and Aly Williamson 173rd in 28:19. Richard Bowes finished 175th in 26:03 at Durham parkrun, Andrew Glencross 12th in 21:04 for a course best and only one second off his overall best at Workington whilst Leon and Joseph Reeve finished 13th and 14th in 21:15 and 21:32 at Gedling whilst Anne Hutchinson finished 124th in 27:01 at Pontefract. Graham Garvey finished 18th at Tees Barrage in 21:44, Emma Ivey and Leigh Hindle 225th and 226th in 34:59, Penny Ivison 237th in 35:58 and Rachel Girard 264th in 45:46. Dom Colley finished 3rd in 20:55 at Hackworth whilst Neil Addyman finished 145th in 23:49 and Emily Halstead 151st in 23:57.

On Saturday morning Paul Cook was the only Harrier on show at the multi terrain two lap FlaminGO 10k, a run that takes you through the park around the muddy golf course and back into the park. Some competitors really got into the swing of things by dressing up in some way but personally I think they are having a giraffe. Despite nearly misusing the start of the race and some poor marshalling towards the end Paul finished 6th and first old man from 266 runners in 37:12 and wasn’t Lion down for anyone. I’ll stop now as I know you can’t Bear any further animal puns as you all have Otter things to do.

On Saturday morning Peter Armstrong was in action at the Liverpool to Leeds Canal run. As the name suggests this is an out and back canter on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

The route starts and finishes at Kirkstall about 2.5 miles outside the centre of Leeds. Whilst this flat route is not particularly technical it’s a great opportunity to improve your own PB and Peter did not disappoint finishing in 3rd position in a new personal best of 1:24:54.

Well done that man!

Jade Hutchinson was in action at the Inter County XC at Loughborough. This is a fantastic achievement even to make the team but Jade would never settle for just making up the numbers, finishing in an impressive 70th position in 26:02 with the North East U20 girls finishing 1st on the day.

Well done Jade, a fantastic run and something you should be proud of.

Zoe’s Rogers was also in action on Saturday morning taking on the

Dentdale race a tough14.2 mile race in the North Yorkshire dales.

The 14.2 mile figure of 8 course, literally goes up and down the dale (and some hills), out one side of the small village of Dent and back in the other, while the NEW 7.5 mile course follows the first half of the longer course before cutting back into the village.

Zoe described this as being her toughest race to date but did exceptionally well finishing in 2hrs 17:11.

Well done Zoe great work!

John Cook and Danielle Clark, headed to sunnier climates as they both took on the Barcelona marathon on Sunday morning.

Runners start and finish below the green hills of Montjuic Park in front of the Magic Fountain. They then race thorough the city enjoying many of the sites of the Catalan capital. Along the way they will see Camp Nou (home to FC Barcelona), nutmeg Messi whilst you are there), Gaudi's magnificent La Pedrera and his cathedral masterpiece Sagrada Familia as well as the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau.

Danielle finished the run in 4hrs 41 with John also under the 5 hr. mark starting in the last group but finishing in 4hrs 51.

Fantastic achievement by you both.  Alison Matthews was the solo Harrier Spen 20 a race which starts and finishes on the Princess Mary Stadium track the route goes through Scholes, Clifton, Hartshead and Roberttown.

This race incorporates the Yorkshire men and women's championship so usually attracts a strong field. Alison finished the race in 2hrs 20 finishing 2nd lady. Great effort on a tough course, well done!

Sunday also had a few Harriers on show at the Resolution Run 10k at Stockton a fast and flat course, Dave Hamer in particular having a good run finishing in 51.52 for a seasons best.

No official results have been released so will cover this next week.