Druridge Bay Parkrun/Folkestone Parkrun/Gibside Parkrun/Plean Parkrun/Sand Dancer 10k/Chase The Kite 10k/Stirling Half Marathon/Wainstones Trail Marathon/Kirk Yetholm To Wooler Trail Race

On Saturday a healthy contingent of Harriers descended on Druridge Bay to take part in the weekly 5k parkrun there. First home for us in 2nd overall was new Harrier Dave RICHARDSON in a splendid 17.07, a course pb for him. Another course pb came courtesy of James WILLOUGHBY who was 5th in 18.29, whilst Denis KERR was 8th home. For the women there was age category success for Laura McLEAN Sr in the female 55 category, whilst Lorna STEPHENSON was over the moon with her 5k pb, knocking over 30 seconds off her previous best. Also of note Colin McLEAN was taking part in his 1st parkrun, whilst David MILNE raced round the course pushing a buggy in a scary 20.59!


2-Dave RICHARDSON 17.07

5-James WILLOUGHBY 18.29 (70.60%)

8-Denis KERR 20.15

12-David MILNE 20.59

31-Graham SKIRROW 22.45

36-Neil HAMILTON 23.28

44-Jo POWELL 23.52

47-John CUTHBERT 24.12

83-Laura McLEAN Sr 26.59 (66.21%)

86-Colin McLEAN 27.30

94-Laura McLEAN Jr 27.58

119-Nell GAIR 29.58

133-Eleanor HEELEY 31.07

142-Lorna STEPHENSON 31.59 (51.17%)

In other parkruns that morning Tim FALCONER was 21st home at Folkestone in 20.57, winning the male 50 category in the process, whilst Bev BLYTHE won the female 40 category at the tough Gibside Parkrun in 25.37. Finally for the morning Gay and Richard EASTOE took part in the Plean Parkrun as a warm up for the Stirling Half Marathon the following day. They ran together and finished in 32.50, with Gay winning the female 60 age group.

The following day Lorna STEPHENSON notched her 2nd pb in 2 days at the Sand Dancer 10k in South Shields. Lorna was 345th finisher in 1.08.56 to round off a superb weekend. Fellow Harrier Mark HUME was 5 places further back in 1.11.53.

Also in 10k action was Chris STEWART at the Chase The Kite 10k on the banks of the River Derwent near Swalwell. Chris was home in 58.17 and was glowing about the race and its cracking scenery.

North of the border Gay and Richard EASTOE ran the Stirling Half Marathon together, finishing in 2.04.32.

Andy STEPHENSON was in action at the Wainstones Trail Marathon in the Cleveland Hills. This was just a short jog for Andy as he prepares for the 160 mile (yep, 160 miles) Hardmoors Ultra in 4 weeks time. No times are out as yet but Andy was home in about 5 hours 27 minutes to finish 28th. What a guy.

A number of Harriers were in action in the Kirk Yetholm to Wooler Trail Race also on Sunday. Dave BARTRUM was first home for us in 44th in 2.25.35, followed by Ian STEPHENSON in 2.29.22. Maureen BARTRUM was our sole female competitor and finished in 2.43.09.

Photos are of Laura McLEAN Sr and Denis KERR at Druridge Bay, Lorna STEPHENSON overjoyed at South Shields and Ian STEPHENSON/Dave BARTRUM/Maureen BARTRUM at Kirk Yetholm.

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