Steve CARRAGHER further improved the fastest 5k of the year by a Harrier at the Sunderland 5k on Wednesday 13th July, thanks to a blistering 16.41! Also taking part were Dominic HARRIS and Mark HUME. Well done to Dom who knocked a few more seconds off his 5k best to finish in 18.20, whilst Mark, from the male 70 category, was round in 31.51. Well done folks!
Also that night 5 Harriers lined up in Lordenshaws car park for the start of the Beacon Hill Fell Race, a 6.25 mile event which takes in the top of Simonside. Alas only 3 finished with both Richard JOHNSON and Michael CAIRNS injuring themselves in the early stages. Adam FLETCHER performed very well in this tough race to finish 8th of the 79 finishers and win the male 50 category! Mark DOCTOR finished next, followed soon afterwards by Steve STUDLEY. Results:
8-Adam FLETCHER 56.58
53-Mark DOCTOR 1.13.18
56-Steve STUDLEY 1.14.38
On Saturday 16th July Druridge Bay Parkrun celebrated its 100th event! There was the usual excellent run from Carole PAGE, though she was unable to make it a fourth straight win in the race. She did, however, improve on her time from last week to finish in 21.31 and was 3rd female finisher. Next Harrier home was Sarah GRAY, followed by Samantha FENDER. Results:
26-Carole PAGE 21.31
34-Sarah GRAY 22.34 (65.66%)
69-Kim BRONZE 25.45 (59.16%)
78-Samantha FENDER 26.28
96-John ROSS 27.47 (57.23%)
130-Jayne McKENNA 30.27
143-Mark HUME 32.05
157-Nell GAIR 33.30
The fastest time of the day by a Harrier came courtesy of Ross ANDERSON at Gateshead. Ross finished 5th overall in 18.52. At Workington both Richard and Gay EASTOE were victorious in their aged 60 categories. Richard finished 29th in 22.26 and Gay came 45th in 25.33. Finally Kirsty STEED took part in the Durham Parkrun finishing 282nd in 48.26.
At the opposite end of the running spectrum from 5ks many, many congratulations to Harriers Ian McALLISTER and Shelley COATES for completing the Saint Cuthberts Way 100k race that day. The race starts at Holy Island and ends at Melrose in the Scottish Borders. Ian finished this mammoth race in 43rd place in 18.51.35, whilst Shelley was 50th in 19.36.39!
Also that day Diana WEIGHTMAN took part in the Great Newham London 10k. Running with daughter Kimberley, Diana clocked 50.22 on a very warm day!
Finally on Friday Stuart BRUCE was the sole Harrier taking part in the LGBT 5k on Newcastle Town Moor. Stu finished 269th of well over 500 runners in 28.27.