So This Is What Circuit Training Is For! Photos courtesy of Karen Harland
Last weekend, 192 athletes swapped the running track for the motorsport track as they pounded round Croft Race Circuit. The 5k run organised by Darlington Harriers attracted runners of all ages and abilities, and there was no separating into different age groups; it was just one race for all! There were six of our juniors who took on the challenge, and as usual, when they’re up against the seniors, their talent shone through.
The first junior blue & white vest to finish was that belonging to Under 15 endurance maestro, Dylan Wilson. He put in a tremendous run, and considering his best Parkrun time (roughly the same distance) is 18:48, we’re sure he’ll be pleased with today’s time of 18:33, and finishing in 32nd place. Next up were the ‘Three M’s,’ Mia, Marissa and Macy, also from our U15 endurance squad. The first of them to complete the circuit was Mia Wetherill who is back on top form after a recent illness. It was great to see her cross the line in 50th place in an impressive 19:29
Not far behind Mia was Marissa Boon, who’s had a cracking winter season so far with some impressive NYSD performances along the way. She added another excellent run to her list today, finishing in 56th place in a time of 19:52. Next, another young lady who is developing into an excellent endurance runner, Macy Kelly. She’s also produced some impressive runs this season including her victory at the Darlington Schools XC Championships. It was another memorable performance today, taking the chequered flag in exactly 21:00 to finish in 75th place.
Next, a young man who we’ve heard a lot from recently, Rowan Steel. He’s still an Under11 athlete and is a regular competitor (and winner!)at Darlington’s Junior Parkrun. He’s also the town’s XC champion for his age group. Today’s 5k was a step up for him but he performed admirably finishing in 86th place in an impressive 21:17. And finally, it was a welcome return for Amy Atkinson to DHAC. Apart from the Redcar 10k earlier this year, Amy last competed for the club as an Under 13. She’s now reached the dizzy heights of an Under 17 athlete and she put in a great effort today to finish in 110th place with an excellent time of 23:18. Nice one Amy, we look forward to seeing you run again soon! Well done to our six Harrier Heroes, you’ve done yourselves and youclub proud!