Hartlepool Burn Road Hariers over road and cross country

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HARTLEPOOL Burn Road Harriers have been competing successfull over cross country and road.

The Durham City Harriers Cross Country Relays took place last month.

Burn Road could only send two teams this year due to summer holidays, but they put in excellent performances against the region’s top athletes.

The relays comprise three legs of a 3k two lap run around a field, which is mostly flat but there are a couple of ascents and descents to deal with.

First place was claimed by Durham City A Squad in 29 minutes 35 seconds, with Dan Jenkin running the fastest 3k of the night in 9 minutes and 23 seconds.

Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers A Squad had a great race, encouraged by a good crowd of supporters Ben Ward took on the first leg with gusto and crossed the line in 10 minutes and 55 seconds to hand over to John Davis.

John powered round the course in 11 minutes 33 seconds before handing over to Vaughan Godber who brought the squad home in 15th place with his leg of 10 minutes and 52 seconds.

The total time for the A Squad for the 9k race was 33 minutes and 20 seconds.

Burn Road’s B Squad was led out by Jack Hutton with a storming two laps in 11 minutes and 14 seconds.

He handed the baton to Dave Wallace for a 13 minutes and 5 seconds leg before Karl Edwards took over for the final leg. Karl arrived just as Dave was on his second lap, expecting to run in the Veteran’s Race which was after the Senior Men’s Race.

However, he was swiftly informed that there was no third Vet to complete a team with himself and Dave Wallace so they had been placed in the Senior Men’s Race.

Never one to turn down a challenge, Karl quickly pinned the team number to his chest and took his place on the start line just in time to be passed the baton and run his 3k.

A shock to the system after no warm up, Karl ploughed on undeterred to run a fantastic leg in 12 minutes and 18 seconds.

The team completed the race in 36 minutes and 37 seconds to place 31st overall of 70 teams.

The Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers 10 Mile Road Race Championship took place last month.

The race is a gruelling 10 mile undulating run from the end of Worset Lane through Dalton back roads for five miles and back again.

It is a challenging course, anyone who has run, cycled or indeed driven the back roads will appreciate how the ups and downs would impact on runners’ legs over the course of ten miles.

Richard Darling had an outstanding run, completing the course in a new course record of 56:00.

He was duly rewarded with a bottle of champagne which was donated by Waltons Clark Whitehill Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers of Hartlepool who now sponsor this race and The Old Monks Trail Race in January.

Paul Wilson was next in 59:06, with Darren Armstrong third in 61:26.

The first female to cross the finish line was Sarah Black in 70:36, also receiving a well-deserved bottle of champagne. Sarah was just outside her own female course record of 70:26 set in 2013.

Sharon Stephenson ran extremely well for second placed female in 75:09, with Helen Wilson taking third place in 79:22. Outstanding performances all round. The race was run by both club members and guests (G) and full results are as follows:

Richard Darling 56:00, Paul Wilson 59:06, Darren Armstrong 61:26, Vaughan Godber 61:57, John Davis 62:55, Michael Lamb 63:14, Andrew Lilley 63:58, Jack Hutton 65:51, Benjamin Hugh Ward 65:58, John Mansfield 69:56, Sarah Black 70:36, Andrew Jennings (G) 71:22, Darren Smith 74:29, Sharon Stephenson 75:09, Dave Wallace 76:48, Dave Edwards 78:07, John Howey 78:16, Peter Johnson 79:05, Helen Wilson 79:22, Chris Sharp 81:29, Simon Lawlor 82:36, Lucy Claber 85:30, Andrew Drummond (G) 85:43, Claire Earle 86:00, Jan Naisbitt 87:47, Greg Swinbourne 94:33, Sarah Bulley 98:17, Joanne Scott (G) 98:17.