Success at Snape
Over at the local Snape 10k, there was a fantastic turn out of harriers with Mike Jeffries taking the honours even though he took the wrong turning but luckily the rest of the chasing pack which consisted of Dave Hack, Luke Hack, Josh Lincoln, Harry Robson and Lee Davies were very gentlemanly and allowed Mike to regain his position at the head of the race (35:53). Luke was 4th (38:05, 1st U17), Dave finished in 5th (38:39), Lee in 10th and 1st vet (41:20), Harry in 12th (2nd U17, 42:12), Tony Ditchburn (21st, 45:45) Ryan Canizo (44th, 3rd U17, 49:44), Ian Hepworth (45th, 50:00), Pauline Whittaker (58th, 52:57), Michelle Sprent (65th, 55:37), Nicki Billows (77th, 01:01:51) and Jane Bond (83rd, 01:05:16). Chloe Dalton (4th, 24:43) and Lewis Moore (5th, 25:22) picked up the baton for the club in the 5k race with both producing fine runs. Sarah Gregory also ran with her son Aston Walsh, aged 6 in his first 5K, finishing 49th & 50th in 36.31 and 36:33.
Teasdale triathlon had several athletes in action, with Carl Jones capping a fine performance with 3rd overall and also 1st vet. James Greer also was on the podium as the 2nd junior male and 19th overall, Dad Ryan also competed in the same event and was 108th. Liam Rabjohn also took to the water, bike and a run at the Hartlepool Big Lime sprint triathlon and continues to improve consistently and had a very impressive 2nd placing only beaten by a Team GB U19, athlete, but he also left another one trailing in his wake!
Ken Harker took a trip up the road to Edinburgh for the Scottish masters half marathon championships and was disappointed with his time of1:22:10, he did finish in 22nd which was still an excellent result.
The eagerly awaited return of the cross country season commenced with the Thirsk relays held on the flats over two miles. The senior ladies team of Jo Adams, Rosie Adams and Donna Riddler continued their excellent form with another fine 2nd place. Jo continues her good times with the fastest lap by a female athlete. The other team of Michelle Withers, Michelle Sprent and Pauline Whittaker produced a fine all round performance in 11th position. Laura Kirkham and Emily Kirby were hit by a last minute withdrawal to their team but we're in 10th position after 2 legs and another great run from these young athletes. In the men's race a very youthful team with an average age of 17, of Reece Dalton, Rob Scott, Luke Hack and Harry Robson showed that they can mix it with more senior runners and were a fantastic 2nd overall, with Reece having the 2nd quickest leg of all athletes.
The second team of David Hack, Tony Lambert, Alan Ashcroft and Lee Davies showed that they were a team to be reckoned with in an excellent 8th position. The development and 3rd team of Aaron Auton, Simon Withers, Steve Sadler and Ryan Canizo also ran well and came a very commendable 16th position. Tom Nolan, a last minute addition to the roster, headed up the Richmond Devils and showed why he is in top shape with a gutsy run before handing over to Shaun Purkiss still a force to be reckoned with and Mark Fletcher bringing the team home a man down. In the U11 girls race Ella Nolan on her club debut was a very good 10th and the U13 boys team of Ben Lambert, Ewan Baxter and Charlie Stephenson produced a fine performance for 3rd. James Davidson, Matthew Lambert and Lewis Moore were also a fantastic 3rd in the U15 boys race, Will Smith and George McCowie unfortunately needed a third member for the team but still ran very well, with Chloe Dalton, Eliza Hack and Anna Harrison also 3rd in the same girls age group and Vanessa Roper, Katie Wood and Eliza Withers 5th in the same race.
This week in Darlington a select few harriers took to the parkrun and produced some fantastic results. Nick Mason on his way to 12 miles was 16th in 20:02, Shona Fletcher was 21st and the 3rd lady in 20:26, but the stars of the show were to follow. George Veitch was 41st in 21:31, with Dad, Stuart finishing in 76th in 24:49 and just outside his pb. Sally Harrison (165th) and Laura Dunphy (191st) smashed their pb's, in 28:00 and 29:12, respectively. At Northallerton, Steve Middleton was the only harrier in action but didn't disappoint with 1st in 19:31.