On Sunday 25th March 2 Harriers took part in the Brough Law Fell Race, the curtain raiser to the 2018 fell racing season. On a glorious morning Steve PATTERSON finished 20th of over 150 finishers in 44.18, whilst Steve STUDLEY finished the 5 mile race in 51.51 to finish 69th.
Also that day 3 Harriers were in action in the Kielder Dark Skies 14. John CUTHBERT ran a superb race to finish 12th overall in 1.59.14, one place ahead of Adam FLETCHER in 1.59.38. Laura McLEAN Jr was 100th in 2.34.01. The previous night 4 Harriers took part in the longer version of the Dark Skies weekend, the 26.5 mile race. Dave and Maureen BARTRUM ran together and finished 135th and 136th respectively in 5.06.02 and 5.06.05, whilst Carol DAVISON was 162nd in 5.18.03 and Shelley COATES was round in 6.52.12 to finish in 273rd.
On Saturday morning last weeks North East Harrier cross country hero Dan LENG was in action in the Beeston Parkrun, near Nottingham. Dan ran comfortably the fastest 5k of the year by a Harrier so far to finish 3rd in a brilliant 16.57.
At the Rising Sun Parkrun, Wallsend Mike HENRY ran 24.58 to finish 1st in the male 65 category in 24.58, whilst up at the Camperdown Parkrun, Dundee Neil HAMILTON was 16th in 22.17.
Close to home a large number of Harriers descended on Druridge Bay to take part in the parkrun, which was held in decent conditions for seemingly the first time this year! It was a good morning for the Junior Harriers as Ollie TELFER was the 1st of 3 to gain course personal bests. Ollie knocked just over a minute off his previous best to finish an amazing 2nd in 18.26. In 10th was Joseph GODDEN, whilst slightly further back Euan FRIEND was the 3rd of the successful Juniors round in 24.31. Also of note new Harrier Jo POWELL was 3rd female finisher, whilst another new recruit Ian STEPHENSON completed his 100th parkrun! Results:
2-Ollie TELFER 18.26 (76.94%)
10-Joseph GODDEN 20.31 (70.67%)
17-Tim FALCONER 21.15
22-David BARNES 22.02
34-Chris FRIEND 24.17
37-Jo POWELL 24.22
38-Euan FRIEND 24.31
41-Robert STEPHENSON 25.03 (54.69%)
43-Chris STEWART 25.10 (53.84%)
45-Ian STEPHENSON 25.28 (61.39%)
66-Kim BRONZE 27.59 (55.39%)
83-David COOPER 29.24 (59.30%)
84-Peter EMBLETON 29.24 (58.11%)
115-Lorna STEPHENSON 33.28 (48.90%)
123-Rebecca HEELEY 34.41
147-Graham SYERS 42.11
Above photos are of Steve PATTERSON at Brough Law, John CUTHBERT and Laura McLEAN Jr at Kielder and Ian STEPHENSON in his 100th parkrun at Druridge Bay.