Brass Monkey Half Marathon/Durham Cathedral Relays/Carlisle Resolution 10k/York Parkrun/Druridge Bay Parkrun/Riverside Parkrun/Workington Parkrun

9 Harriers travelled down to York on Sunday 15th January to take part in the opening race in the 2017 Grand Prix series, the Brass Monkey Half Marathon which was brilliantly organised by York Knavesmire Harriers. The course is renowned for its fast times due to being almost dead flat, and with the addition of perfect running conditions our contingent didn’t disappoint. 1st Harrier home in a superb half marathon best of 1.24.16 was Dominic HARRIS. I’m not sure anyone has won back to back Most Improved trophies at our end of season party, but thanks to knocking almost 4 minutes off his previous fastest this could happen if he continues to improve like this! Next across the line and 4th in the male 55 category was David HINDMARSH. David was rightly thrilled with his 1.31.59. Richard JOHNSON used the race to get a training buddy a personal best and was home in 1.33.10. Final male Harrier to complete was Mark DOCTOR in a very unexpected personal best time of 1.34.17, rolling back the years to knock over 30 seconds off his best which was in the same race in 2014. 5 female Harriers also took part with Denise DRUMMOND the first to cross the line behind the Ebor Stand at York Racecourse in an excellent 1.48.17, seeing her finish 13th of over 60 in her age category. Lisa WILLIAMS was next 2 minutes behind, whilst Ruth DOCTOR was home in 1.56 dead. Not far behind Laura McLEAN (Jr) scooped a pb and pipped Sue BOLAM by 1 second! Grand Prix standings courtesy of John ROSS will be out asap.

Dom HARRIS BM 2017

Results:

144-Dominic HARRIS 1.24.16

325-David HINDMARSH 1.31.59

350-Richard JOHNSON 1.33.10

379-Mark DOCTOR 1.34.17

807-Denise DRUMMOND 1.48.17

864-Lisa WILLIAMS 1.50.20

1050-Ruth DOCTOR 1.56.00

1119-Laura McLEAN (Jr) 1.58.38

1122-Sue BOLAM 1.58.39

Also that day 3 Harriers formed a team to compete in the Durham Cathedral Relays, a cross country race where each member runs a 3000 metre leg. Of the 78 complete team our trio finished a pleasing 34th. Diana WEIGHTMAN was 1st to go (13.44), handing onto Mary PLUMLEY (15.47) and finally Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS (11.39). Well done to Jo for being the fastest female 35 runner on the day! Details of the numerous spring road relays will be out asap.

Durham Cathedral 2017

Finally Gay and Richard EASTOE took part in the Carlisle Resolution 10k. Racing together they clocked 56.13 with Gay finishing one place ahead of Richard in 248th place, to finish 2nd in the female 60 category!

The previous day Richard JOHNSON warmed up for the Brass Monkey by finishing a brilliant 6th of over 500 runners at the York Parkrun, clocking 18.28 at the Knavesmire course. Richard EASTOE was 53rd at Workington in 26.39 and Kirsty STEED was 215th in 38.14 at the Riverside Parkrun, Chester le Street. Meanwhile 7 Harriers took part in the Druridge Bay Parkrun where Neil HAMILTON was 1st home for us in 9th place. Results:

9-Neil HAMILTON 21.21

53-Paul ROBINSON 25.58

57-Dominic HARRIS 26.04

61-Kim BRONZE 26.18 (57.92%)

90-John ROSS 29.05

138-Mary PLUMLEY 32.01

143-Jayne McKENNA 32.46

Kim BRONZE DB Parkrun 140117

Photos are of Dom HARRIS at the Brass Monkey, our team at Durham and Kim BRONZE at Druridge Bay.

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