It was great to see 3 teams of Harriers taking part in the Royal Signals Relays at Hetton le Hole on Saturday 20th February. We were represented in the Senior Men, Veteran Male and Veteran Female races, with each member running a fast and furious 2.2 mile leg. Stars on the day were mother and son, Karen and Ben KELLY, as they ran the fastest legs for us. However there were some very good team performances and we should all be proud of our achievements!
Our highest placed team on the day were our Senior Men who finished 26th in the race containing Senior and Veterans men. Ben KELLY ran a brilliant first leg of 11.57, before handing on to another younger Harrier in Joe MALLEN. Dominic HARRIS, Jordan ROGERSON and Dean STACKHOUSE ran good legs, whilst Richard JOHNSON ran our 2nd fastest leg anchoring the team home. Our Veteran Mens team were 58th, with Ian SIMON and Terry FOUNTAIN running the fastest legs. Jon DUFFY, having his 1st start in a Harriers vest, got us off to a decent start, before passing the baton onto Terry. Andy STEPHENSON was on the 3rd leg, followed by Andy SQUIRES, Jock BOLAM and then Ian. Well done to the latter two who had already taken part in a cycle race earlier in the day!
Our 4 women finished a steady 47th of the 88 teams in the Womens and Male over 50 race. Diana WEIGHTMAN set off and handed on to Denise DRUMMOND, Tracey SAMPLE and finally Karen KELLY.
Senior Men (15-39) and Veteran Men (40-49):
26-Ben KELLY 11.57, Joe MALLEN 12.5, Dominic HARRIS 13.31, Jordan ROGERSON 13.15, Dean STACKHOUSE 13.37 and Richard JOHNSON 12.49. Total time=77.59.
58-Jon DUFFY 15.03, Terry FOUNTAIN 13.54, Andy STEPHENSON 17.09, Andy SQUIRES 16.02, Jock BOLAM, 15.23 and Ian SIMON 13.51. Total time=91.22.
Senior Women (15-35), Veteran Women (Over 35) and Veteran Men (50+):
47-Diana WEIGHTMAN 15.56, Denise DRUMMOND 17.04, Tracey SAMPLE 16.29 and Karen KELLY 15.13. Total time=64.42.
Look out for announcements regarding the spring relays soon!
A good number of Harriers took part in the Druridge Bay Parkrun earlier in the day, with Steve CARRAGHER being the star again, though he had to settle for 2nd place. Next home was a new Harrier, Shaun LAND, in 8th place. For the ladies there were 3 age category wins! Justine NORMAN was successful in the female 40 category, Alex REED in the 45’s and Jocelyn BOLAM in the over 50’s. Results:
2-Steve CARRAGHER 17.47 (77.88%)
8-Shaun LAND 20.53
35-Justine NORMAN 24.44 (63.61%)
39-Alex REED 25.05 (63.32%)
49-Richard JOHNSON 26.41
52-Maddy HALL 26.43
53-Thomas DAVISON 26.47
54-Mary PLUMLEY 26.48 (57.84%)
84-Jocelyn BOLAM 29.13 (59.61%)
92-Lucy BOWDEN 31.05
94-Rosie HARRIS 31.30 (55.29%)
99-Eileen GUTHRIE 32.29 (52.90%)
Elsewhere Dave HINDMARSH put in a good run at the Newcastle Parkrun where he finished 54th in 21.08. At Workington Richard EASTOE won the male 60 category by clocking 22.14 to finish 21st. Wife Gay was 48th in 26.18.