Richmond and Zetland Harriers

Richmonds athletes were absolutely in top form this week. From Middlesborough, Tholthorpe, Manchester, Darlington and Lancaster they were everywhere. From road relays to track, mountain, 20 mile runs and even the odd fell run throw in the club really has something for everyone.

The big event of the week was the Tom Wall road relays held over the 1 mile course at Preston park in Middlesbrough. Richmond assembled an extremely strong squad of 2 mens and 2 ladies teams with high hopes of competing for the top prizes as they have over the last few years. Taking the first leg for the mens A team was Marc Scott recently returned from an excellent 5th at the European Championships with Team GB. He led the line and flew round leaving runners in his wake to record a new course record in the process (4:14), he passed onto Scott Wardman (4:47) 15 seconds ahead of the field with Scott then increasing the lead as the first runner back adding another 6 seconds to the lead. Carl Jones took over from Scott and again running the quickest leg (4:47) with another huge 13 seconds added to the lead and finally Reece Dalton took the last leg adding another 5 seconds to an already huge lead (4:38). The team not only won the relays with Marc breaking the course record, but they also smashed the team course record in the process.

Not to be outdone the B team had Rob Scott in 4th after the first leg (4:47), passing onto Luke Hack who was the 2nd quickest runner in this leg (4:57), then Dave Hack also running extremely well for 6th in his leg (5:11) and Steve Middleton bringing them home in 5th overall and 7th on his leg (5:06). This was a marvellous squad run with all the athletes inside the top 7 in each of their legs. The ladies squad produced the same result as the men but it was a slightly more competitive race at the end. Jo Adams (5:29) took the team out and had built up a good lead before handing over to Donna Riddler (5:43), it was then the turn of Laura Kirkham who continued to extend the lead (6:05), with Rosie Adams taking the anchor leg with a healthy lead, however the Loftus team had their quickest runner on last and she provided a grand stand finish with Rosie holding her off to take the flag and another win (5:53). The ladies B team had Lucy Verill on lead (6:22), who then passed onto Kiska Wilson (6:59), with Sarah Gregory on leg 3 (6:52) and Pauline Whittaker (7:00) bringing the vets team back in 7th place overall.

The fell race at Reeth agricultural show was well attended with Julian Simpson taking 8th overall and the 1st V40, just behind in 14th was Mark Forrest and the 1st V50 and another good run from Matthew Lambert who was 3rd in the youth race.

At the Darlington charity races at South Park, Tom O’Mahoney was 1st in the 2 mile race, with Joe Reeve 8th overall and the 1st youth in the 5 mile race (32:34) and Kimberley Reeve was the 2nd lady (35:57). Kimberley Reeve also ran the Hardmoors Princess race over 17.5 miles finishing an excellent 4th overall and the 2nd lady (3:01, pb). Robert Dashwood took on the man verses mountain race and finished the gruelling race in a great time (5:40).

There was a large turnout from the club at the Tees Pride 10k with David Hack finishing first for the club (38:21), Lucy Verill in 164th (43:32), Lewis Moore (44:57), Garry Malton (47:57), Ryan Greer in 595th (51:49), Pauline Whittaker (53:10), Kiska Wilson (53:48) and Karen Greer in 1367th (66:02). Over the shorter 3 km race Tom O’Mahoney was 3rd (10:31) and Joe Reeve was just behind in 5th (10:41).

On the track at Middlesbrough, Kyle Rabjohn won the U15 boys 800m in the inter-league competition, Shannon Robinson was 1st in the U13 1200m (3:59) and Abbie Robson was 2nd in the U17 javelin with a new pb (28:63, pb). Rob Lickley was 80th at the Tholthorpe 10km (43:37).

Diane Adkins ran 20 miles at the Golden Ball 20 held in Lancaster in just under 4 hours in extreme conditions. The local Wetherby 10km had two of our athletes to the fore with Reece Dalton taking 2nd (34:01) and Rob Scott in 16th (38:16).

Marc Scott put his holidays to great use, to win the Tafford 10km and the English 10km championships in a new course record (28:57). Tom O’Mahoney was 4th in the U15 800m at the Tartan Games and Ken Harker was 6th in the 800m (2:22:1) at the British Masters in Birmingham. Carl Loughney ran the West Witton Fell Race, finishing an excellent 9th with an added few miles to take in the scenery or was it his map reading?

Steve Middleton was 1st finisher at Northallerton parkrun (17:35) and Ollie Middleton was 22nd in a new pb (23:56 and a very proud Dad). Ronnie Corbett was 14th at Darlington parkrun (19:37). At Catterick parkrun Mark Fayers was 58th (19:37), Garry Malton was 122nd (21:52), Ian Hepworth was 162nd (25:51) and Karen Greer in 199th (31:15). Charlotte Wilton was the 1st lady at Trelissick parkrun (22:21) and was the 1st lady at Flatts Lane Parkrun (23:14).

Further information on the club and training nights can be found on the website

Images: 2288 – Victorious mens and ladies squads at the Tom Wall relays at Preston Park