On Thursday evening a small number of Harriers headed to Sunderland to take on the nights 5km race at Silksworth sports complex. The event attracts a high number of runners with many of the North east’s faster runners making the trip as it’s known for it’s fast course. Due to the high number of runners the race is now split into two races, one for women and V50+ runners and another for Senior to V40+ runners.
The course has a very quick start with an extremely fast downhill section which can benefit runners if they can avoid the heavy traffic from the off. The race quickly thins out after a couple of kilometres to enable runners to settle into a rhythm and push on, on the flat and fast course.
Some excellent performances on the evening, Jeff Miller benefiting from being involved in the first race as he continued his excellent form of late to achieve a new PB of 18:10 for 10th vet and Paul Helliwell 18th making his return to racing action finishing in 18:57. Linda Noble was 27th in the women’s race in 20:33, daughter Megan 36th in 21:30.
In the men’s race Shaun Marshall finished 61st in 17:09 for a new personal best, Paul Allan 79th in 17:47 after a few months out of action followed by Barry Talman 85th in 17:58, Paul Cook 95th in 18:11 and Peter Armstrong 106th in 18:46. Karl Hume was next in 112th in 19:01, Adam Harker 129th in 19:40, Justin Hindmarch 137th in 20:06 and Steven “6 pints” Elliott, 150th in 21:03.
Well done everyone, some excellent results.
Full results can be found here