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Saturday saw two of our young flying U15 girls in action at the NE Harrier League at Druridge Bay. Despite starting in the faster therefore giving the slower pen a head start pen Zara Jones finished 4th (1st fastest) and Freya Talman 15th (6th fastest).
English Schools AA Cross Country first round took place this weekend with some of our juniors in competition. In the junior boys race it was Rowan Steel who took the honours in 1st place in 10:39, Matthew Foster also securing top 10 in 9th with a 11.36. Lucas Parker and Jacob Appleyard gave the team a 2nd place finish on the day. Chloe Graham finished 15th in the junior girls race with Isabelle Holdcroft her next team mate to cross the line in 28th.
In the intermediate boys race Owen Ovens finished 10th in his heat in 17.29 with team mates Hugo Douglas-Reeves 12th and James Dryden 16th and Will Murray 30th to give the team a 3rd place finish. Freya Talman gave a great performance to finish 2nd in the intermediate girls race in 11.34 but wasn’t enough for the team to finish on the podium as the team finish in 7th place.
Full results can be found here
Sunday saw a handful of our athletes at the Chicago marathon and 5km events. On the Saturday Joanne and Lee Hammond ran the 5km event together in 37minutes and 15 seconds, a nice leg stretcher for Lee for the big one the following day.
5km results can be found here
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is known for its flat and fast course. The race starts and finishes in Grant Park and travels through one of the world’s most magnificent cities. The course has produced four world records, several national records and countless personal bests. The race is hugely supported year on year with around 1.7 million spectators as runners head through 29 neighbourhoods. Some incredible performances on the day starting with Paul Allan who finished the day with an impressive 2:46:45 for a new personal best as did Dave Tomlinson who smashed his previous best crossing the line in 3:07:50 while wife Sarah Tomlinson didn’t enjoy her run after feeling unwell within the first 5km, she dug in and battled through to a 4:31:30 while Lee Hammond achieved a new marathon personal best of 4:38:43. Brilliant running by all of you.
Sunday also saw the start of the Cross Country season at Acklam, Middlesboro on a really great day for running. Some excellent individual and team results on the day, but would be great to see a bigger turnout for the remainder of the season to push up the respective league tables. On the day U13 boys took 1st place and the U13girls and U15 boys both took 2nd place overall. The U17 men finished 3rd on the day and despite Adam Mitchell’s and John Clifford’s 3rd and 4th place finishes the senior men’s team could only finish 5th.
Results have now been released and can be found here
Full results from the day can be found here
We had three of our runners at the weekends Richmond Castle 10k, one of the toughest 10k’s around the UK with some challenging hills on the route. Colin Taylor once again put in an impressive run to finish 6th overall in 38.12 ahead of Penny Skilton and Stephen Dauber who finished in 73.32 and 73.48 respectively. Well done all three of you.
Full results can be found here
Results can be found here