Weekly Round up w/e 13th November

The Weekly round-up of club activities covering all disciplines and age groups. This report will not provide you with a detailed account of each event but should give you enough information about what’s occurred the previous week, who’s participated and links to photographs and results. We encourage all members, parents and anyone associated with the club to provide us with any content that may enhance the information that is shared each week.

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Race Results

Some of our U11 athletes were competing at the cross country at Barlborough Hall near Chesterfield last week. These races are regarded as one of the premier events for independent schools with over 300 runners taking part across the under 9, under 10 and under 11 year groups. Some fantastic performances on the day in wet conditions with the U11 girls in particular excelling as they won the overall team prize for U11 girls. Amongst the runners included Sasha Patterson who finished 1st U11 girl ? Audrey Miller U11 Bea Wilkes u11 Monty Bowden U11 2nd ? Zak Worthington U10 Jessie Burgess U9 2nd ? Acer Tarn U9 2nd ?Ellis Smith U9 Lily Shearn U9 Clara Worthington U9. Well done all of you. A few photos from the day below.

Elizabeth Clay was in action at the Gateshead Indoor Series competing in the U15’s 60m sprint. After a period of illness and not a huge amount of training expectations weren’t big on the day. Despite all of this Elizabeth put in a PB performance running 8.45 seconds in her heat to finish 3rd. Well done Elizabeth. Full results can be found here


Ian Barnes was nominated for the Darlington Stronger Communities, performance in sport award, attending an evening event at the Dolphin Centre on Friday evening. Ian was once again highlighted as the outstanding candidate picking up another award for his ever expanding trophy cabinet. Congratulations Ian, very much deserved!

Room full for the nights entertainment
Ian collecting his award
Ian Barnes at this Sundays XC

More details on the awards can be found here

This week also saw some of our junior athletes at the English Schools XC Cup Regional Final. The Hummersknott Yr7/Yr8 junior boys finished 3rd overall at Middlesboro’s Stewart Park to grab the last qualifying place for the National Final in Leeds on Dec 3rd. Rowan Steel finished in 3rd place while Matthew Foster was 9th and Jacob Appleyard 35th.

3rd placed

Full results can be found here

Lee and Joanne Hammond were in action at Alton Towers Theme park, at the weekends 10km race which is flat and on an enclosed circuit. Lee was first of the two to finish, crossing in a time of 53mins and 25 seconds while Joanne crossed in 83mins and 10 seconds. Well done guys!

Full results can be found here

Alton Towers course

Sunday saw Shirley Gibson as our only competitor at the Heaton Harriers Memorial Road Race 10km which takes place on a traffic-free course on footpaths around Newcastle’s Town Moor. On the day Shirley finished in 361st overall in a time of 58mins and 48 seconds. Well done Shirley.

Full results can be found here

Shirley not

We also had a number of our athletes at the weekends Cross Country this time at Foxrush, Redcar. The top positions of the U11 boys race were predominately taken up by the club juniors finishing 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 8th (Daniel Callaghan, Monty Bowden, Rhys Price and George Togher) while Sasha Patterson was first of the girls to finish ahead of Carmen Strehlow and Hetty Graves.

Hetty Graves

In the U13 boys race Matthew Foster finished 2nd ahead of Lucas Rogers in 3rd and James I’anson in 5th making them the only complete team and therefore picking up first place. Grace Robinson-Treghar was 4th in the U13 girls race with Jasmine Walker and Freya Boon taking 14th and 15th and Isla Massingham 19th to take 2nd place.

Lucas pushing to the finish, James in shot had a fall during his run

Hugo Douglas-Reeves, Daniel I’anson and Willoughby Crossleigh finished 6th, 9th and 11th respectively to finish 2nd in the U15 boys race while Freya Talman was 4th and Lottie Graves 10th in the respective girls race.

Marissa Boon led the Harrier ladies to a win in their race supported by Louise Talman in 11th who made her return to racing after a long layoff with a back injury, Macy Kelly in 17th, captain Jade Hutchinson 28th, Val Clarke 37th and Sue Phillips 43rd.

Louise back in action for the club
Vet runner Val Clarke

The men finished 6th in their race with a few big hitters missing on the day but great performances throughout the field. Adam MItchell was 8th and first home, Colin Taylor 14th, Tom Elmer 45th, Adam Harker 53rd, Peter Armstrong returning to the club to compete in 77th one ahead of Jeff Miller in 78th, Graham Garvey 84th, Barry Talman 92nd, Paul Keedy 97th and Ben Buckley 111th. Mark Tallon finished 135th, Iain Girard 142nd and Brian Thompson 150th in a large field.

In the Over 65’s race Graham Bell finished 3rd while Ian Barnes was the only over 85 competing. Well done all ages!

Graham Bell

Full results can be found here

Peter Armstrong, playing to the crowd

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