Juniors put the Great in the North Run

The return of the now annual pilgrimage to Newcastle for the Great North run started early on Saturday this year with the junior and 5k. Our junior athletes produced some outstanding performances with Harry Robson, Laura Kirkham and Alana Teasdale placed in the top 10 for their age groups. Harry was 6th (15/16 age group, 13:32), Laura 7th (15/16 age group, 17:04).and Alana 10th (9/10 age group, 17:57). Other excellent performances were produced by Eleanor West who was 31st (15/16 age group, 20:08), Anna Harrison in 38th (13/14 age group, 18:05), Vanesa Roper in 78th (13/14 age group, 20:48), Eliza Withers in 82nd (13/14 age group, 21:03), Joe Withers in 178th (11/12 age group, 20:22) and James West in 258th (11/12 age group, 21:55). Ken Harker was also taking to the streets of Newcastle and had an excellent race to finish 17th in 18:25. Michelle Nolan was the 1st lady across the line in 28th position (19:05), husband Tom also took part and finished in 247th (28:08 and a new pb). The main event on Sunday also produced some spectacular results Jeremy Pattison led them home in 271st, smashing his pb in the process by over a minute and a half (01:23:44). Lee Davies also flew round in 01:29:25 (723rd and a new pb), Lucy Goundry in a fantastic 01:37:01 (1908th and a new pb), the flying Peter Armstrong was 845th and an excellent run in 01:30:26 and the heat loving Donna Riddler (1509th01:34:50). Simon Withers also produced a solid performance in 3486th (01:43:08), Tony Ditchburn took on just enough liquid at his regular refreshment station to make the finish and was 6858th (01:51:42 and a seasons best) and Michelle Todd in an excellent 02:13:22 and a new pb in the process.

Darlington parkrun was not neglected and another harrier was 1st across the line this week with Luke Hack producing a new personnel best performance in the process (1st17:27). He left Dad, David trailing in his wake who finished in 4th just outside his pb (17:44). Shaun Purkiss had a decent run in 14th (20:23), Peter Armstrong was 72nd in 24:15, the ever improving Jane Hack was 114th in 26:54 and another new pb which is becoming a very regular occurrence.

Tony Lambert continues to run well on the trail racing circuit and was 5th overall and the 1st Vet40 at the Great Westmoreland 7 mile trail race (48:36).This week he either took his compass or decided to sit on a few shoulders until he knew where he was going! Ian Hepworth was also on his travels this week to the Garstang half marathon in Lancashire where he finished a strong run in a new pb of 1:54:47 in 94th overall and in the prizes as the 3rd M Vet 60+, but the 2nd M Vet 65+!