Weekly Round Up w/e 3rd October

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Up & Coming Events

  • Manchester Marathon – 10th October
  • Yorkshire Marathon – 17th October
  • NYSD XC Foxrush – 24th October
  • NEYDL AGM – 12th November
  • NYSD XC Croft – 14th November
  • Croft 5k – 4th December 10:30
  • NYSD XC Summerhill, Hartlepool – 5th December
  • Club Handicap – December TBC
  • Jolly Holly Jog – 28th December
  • NYSD XC Ormesby Hall – 9th January
  • NYSD XC Richmond – 6th February
  • Muddy Boots – 6th February
  • NYSD XC Whitby – 6th March

How do I?….

Race Results

Was great to see some of our U11’s getting involved at the Fantastic Four event at Middlesbrough Sports Village last Sunday. Definitely some talented youngsters coming through the ranks at all levels. Full results for this can be found here with photos of the day here

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Youngsters all standing back with amazement at George’s leap

At the final Darlington Trail Series Colin Taylor was 2nd over the line on the night but took 1st place for the series. Michaela Sowerby, Jez Makin and Hamish Laishley also competing on the night (8th, 25th and 33rd). Well done all of you.

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Colin and Michaela

Alan Harder was our only competitor at the (described as stunning by many competitors) Loch Ness marathon on Sunday finishing in an excellent 4.44.50 (full results can be found here and photos here

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Mark Haymer was competing at the Kielder Marathon Sunday, a race which is almost entirely off-road course around northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder Water, in Northumberland. Mark finished in an excellent 29th place in 3.33.42. Results can be found here

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Mark Haymer leading the way

Ten Harriers headed to London over the weekend to take on this years London marathon after April 2020 race was postponed to October 2020 then October 2021. The London marathon event is a superb spectacle with fantastic support on the day. This year the event was a little different with waves of runners rather than one mass start although there seemed to be little time between some of the groups which posed the question of why bother! On the day the weather was kind with temperatures cool and although the sun made an appearance (and the wind at times) it was great for the runners.

Some fantastic performances from all 10, each one of them having different targets/goals for the run that ranged from sub 3hrs, going for the experience to my own of ‘praying my leg didn’t fall off’. I’m pleased to report everyone got round safe and well and that legs are all in tact (despite some soreness I imagine for a few days). A few members got involved in the event at home as part of the Virtual event too, well done all of you! Full results for the main event can be found here

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Watch this Space – Pauline Brown on the move
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Spot the Harrier – Steve ‘Hollywood’ Wilkinson never far from a camera

Sunday afternoon we had many of our club runners at the first instalment of the Cross Country Season at Acklam, Middlesboro superbly organised by XC captains Bernadette Caygill and Jade Hutchinson. The afternoon started with some fantastic U11 boys performances with 6 of the top 10 being club members. Sasha Patterson was highest placed in the U11 girls in 5th place. the U13 boys finished 2nd thanks to point scorers Hugo Douglas-Reeves, Albert Mack and Jacob Appleyard while Lottie Graves, Chloe Graham and Lily Bowman secured 3rd place for the girls. Despite good performances from both Thomas Hill and Thomas Grayson they were one short of having a team score for the U15 boys but Freya Talman and Sophie Bannister finished 1-2 in the U15 girls race which had no team from any club with 3 runners. Dylan Wilson was the only U17 member in his race finishing 8th with Billingham Marsh Harriers the only point scoring team.

Bernadette Caygill showed her class by finishing 3rd in the senior race supported by Marissa Boon (5th), Amy Pickworth (7th) and Jade Hutchinson (14th) to lead the ladies to victory while Lee Johnson 5th and Adam Russell 6th along with team mates James Largey (9th), Harry Wilson (15th), Andrew Buckley (18th) and Colin Taylor (19th) equalled the ladies achievement by dominating the mens race by some margin. Superb performances throughout every team.

Everyone who races contributes to the overall win as non point scoring runners add points to rival runners by beating them to the finish line

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Full results can be found here

In Other News

Ian Barnes becomes a national celebrity after becoming a question on TV’s The Chase. No doubt there will be further questions when Ian breaks the 90, 95 and 100 records too!

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