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You will have seen that our Track will be unavailable to train on as it undergoes a full refurbishment from March 13th. Work has actually already started with the lighting in and around the athletics track. We expect the work to happen over a 12 week period so should be complete by the end of May, if not sooner!
New Tarmac has been overlaid at the track
On a busy night of running we had four of our athletes in action at the nights Redcar 5km spring coast race. These popular races are ideal for fast times with a flat and fast course which sees runners loop twice before crossing the finishing line. Adam Harker was first to finish of the four in 18:09 six seconds ahead of Graham Hindmarsh who had another strong run and is starting to show some of his old form. Ted Kerby had a strong run finishing in 18:32, probably supported by carrying less weight with his short-shorts while Shirley Gibson showed no signs of slowing down as she crossed the finish in 28:33 in 93rd place of the 103 entrants. Well done to our fab four.
Full results can be found here. Adam, Graham, Ted and Shirley finishing their 5km below.
Wednesday also saw the ‘It’s Ok to Talk 5km’ run or walk event which was to raise awareness and money for Darlington Samaritans who do a great deal to support people struggling with their mental health. This is more of a personal thing to me as my father in-law (Mike) wanted to honour his late wife Liz Lockett who worked there as a volunteer for 30 years before passing away nearly four years ago. Mike wanted to thank everyone involved with the event for their support with the event raising over £2800 (including gift and a £1000 £4£ match from Barclays). Fantastic support by all our volunteers on a lovely sunny evening at South Park and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. The Samaritans really enjoyed the night and have asked if we could support next year so keep an eye on this one in 2024. On the night Dave McKenna was first round. Thank you on behalf of Mike and my family and I to everyone who came along and supported the event.
Photographs from the night can be found here with results here
The following evening the club held it’s first of the series Monthly Mile event at South Park, an event which Ian Barnes and Trevor McDermot are leading on. The weather for this one wasn’t as kind with some light rain showers during the short event but the weather was cool and great for runners. Ollie Curran finished 2nd in 5:46 on the night with Mark Haymer 5th in 5:55 four seconds ahead of Daniel Callaghan in 6th. Graham Garvey was 8th in 6:05, Rhys Price 10th in 6:20 while it was nice to see Ellie Phillips competing again crossing the line in 6:28. Welcome back Ellie! Rebecca Forest was one place and two seconds further back with Acer Tarn also running well with a 6.35 mile for 15th.
Ellis Smith was 17th in 6.47 followed by Linda Noble in 19th in 6.57 and Phil Doonan 20th 7.02. Lucy Taylor was 25th in 7.48 with Catherine Anderson 26th in 8.03. Sarah Patterson finished 28th in 8.08 while Laurie Cummings finished his mile in 30th in 8.21. Good benchmark for you all as we move to Race 2 on June 1st.
Full results can be found here
Chris Fothergill, Sarah Never and Emma Arrowsmith were in action at the Washington Trail 10k, a race which winds its way around James Steel Park and picks its way around woodland trails along the banks of the River Wear. The event also backs onto the Washington Wildfowl Wetland Centre so runners may see birds or otters along the way around Cox Green. On the day it was Chris who dominated the race from start to finish, even taking time out to get his selfie stick out and make a video. “It’s what he does”…. Sarah and Emma running the course together finished in 291st and 292nd crossing the line together. Well done our trio!
On a busy weekend for the club, we had another trio at Melmerby’s 10km race, a great event with a pretty decent course around country lanes. Not a flat one but not too hilly either…lets say undulating! Steve Wilkinson crossed the line first of the three in 46th place in a time of 40:07 placing him 2nd of the 18 V50 men with Trevor Mitchell 103rd in 46:52. Nicky Young was 115th in 48:17 and 4th FV45 on the day. Well done guys!
Full results can be found here photo below from overhead on the morning of the race.
Sunday also saw four of our runners take on two options of distance at Gateshead, a race starting and finishing at the International stadium. In the 10km race we had Shaun Marshall who ran an excellent 35:44 for a new personal best on the undulating course while Paul Dunne was first of our trio across the line in half marathon finishing in 134th place in 1.36:40 ahead of Anne Hutchinson in 718th in 2.10.45 and Julie Price 863rd in 2.28:01. Great running by all of our runners. Photos of the day can be found here (Shaun below with Paul, Anne along with former members Emma, Amanda and Kelly) and Julie Price.
Results for both events can be found here
We had two of our veteran runners at the flat, fast and out and back Hartlepool Marina 5mile. This is a great race that sees runners run along the sea front before turning and coming back. Shirley Gibson was first of the two home in 138th place in 45:41 with Ian Barnes 169th in 51:55. No surprise that both Shirley and Ian won their respective age categories.
Full results can be found here