Race Reports

Race Report 11/04/2017

A beautiful Sunday morning saw almost 500 runners assemble at Hartlepool for the popular Hartlepool Marina 5.  The very fast, level, out and back course along the promenade lends itself to good times, but the heat counteracted that somewhat, and few of the 18 Harriers involved managed to improve on previous years.  Cameron Choules was first club finisher in a high class field, coming 50th in 31.08, Stephan Tomaszewski 70th in 32.09, Mike Lowther, improving all the time, 116th in 34.27, Peter Richardson 226th in 39.23, Andy Butcher 238th in 40.07, Steven Scott 242nd in 40.11, Duncan Fothergill 262nd in 41.40, Geoff Bullock 266th in 41.46, Nicola Booth 269th in 41.50, Pat Kirby, in her first race for more than a year, and trying to overcome a string of injuries, 315th in 43.45, and coming away with the prize for the 1st F65, Tracey Lowther 346th in 45.11, Alison Butcher 364th in 46.23 – one of the few people who did have an improved time, by more than a minute – Craig Ivey 382nd in 47.54, Cath Lumb 441st in 53.09, Tracy Hayden 447th in 54.00, Ian Codling 462nd in 56.16, Liz Stephenson 476th in 58.37 – getting under an hour for the first time over 5 miles, and Marian Codling 487th in 64.18.

Half a dozen members were among the 332 finishers at the Fountains Abbey Park Run, Alan Pollock coming 83rd in 23.36, Heather Bell 156th in 26.47 and supporting Sara Langstaff to a PB 26.48 in 157th place, Linda Bamforth 199th in 28.37, Paul Adams 235th in 30.23 and Emma Adams 279th in 33.01.  Peter Richardson was 65th out of 95 at Northallerton in 29.38.  Charlotte Wilton again ran well at Albert Park, finishing 37th out of 280 in 20.34.  Pam Sherlock was 158th out of 163 in 41.15 at the Dalby Forest event, and Rosie Gatenby at Swindon came 300th out of 449 in 30.54, in what she described as “not her favourite” event!


Race Report 04/04/2017

Harriers made a start on their official 40th anniversary celebrations this week with special cakes, supplied by their gem of a coach Sonja van der Westhuisen, after a hard training session, of course!  It was a pity to eat these works of art, and they tasted just as good as they looked.

At the business end of the weekend, 13 members were at Fountains Abbey for the Park Run, thankfully returned to its correct course after several weeks of maintenance on footpaths, and resulting in several people achieving PBs.  Ian Crane and Rosie Gatenby both completed their 50th Park Run, Ian coming 87th out of 325 in 24.22, missing a PB by 1 second, and Rosie 193rd in 28.55.  Jody Sygrove, improving with every outing, was first club finisher, 24th in PB 20.36, Andy Butcher 94th in 24.34, Sara Langstaff 165th in 27.49, Alison Butcher, another continually improving runner,  169th in PB 28.06, Dave Baker 194th in 28.57, Linda Bamforth 212th in 29.33, Drikus van der Westhuisen – perhaps showing the most improvement of all, 216th in PB 29.39, Gillian Crane 220th in 29.53, Liz Stephenson 276th in PB 34.29, Ian Codling 278th in 34.40 and Marian Codling 312th in 38.59.

At Northallerton, Rob Burn was 10th out of 84 in 21.49 and Peter Richardson 22nd in 24.48.  Charlotte Wilton was at Albert Park and came 39th out of 265 in 21.06.

Tracy Hayden was among the field of 325 at the Fountains 10k – which bears no resemblance to the Fountains Abbey Park Run!!  This tough course, which starts from the school at Grantley with at least a mile of steady uphill, then continues over boggy, strength-sapping moorland before some relief on roads, with a sting in the tail at the end – another steady climb towards the finish and a final run in descent.  Tracy came 291st in a very creditable 71.19,  before enjoying the delicious pork pie on offer!