News update from the Harriers

By Rosie Adams

The Signals relays at Hetton-le-hole on the 18th of February saw some strong performances over the 2.2 mile course. The men had 3 teams out the first team coming home in 8th position included Liam Rabjohn, Rob Scott, Reece Dalton, Michael Major, Luke Hack and Josh Lincoln in a combined time of 70.26.

The next team in 16th position in a time of 75.32 consisted of Harry Robson, Jake Stephenson, Lee Davis, Alan Ashcroft, Steve Sadler and Simon Withers. The third team were 22nd in a time of 76.32 this team consisted of Carl Jones, Andrew Pearson, Jeremy Patterson, Mark Crawford, Greg Macdonald and Ken Harker. The Women had a strong team of Jo Adams, Rosie Adams, Shona Fletcher and Donna Riddler completing the course in 54.22 with Jo Adams running the 4th fastest leg in the competition. The Vet men were 7th in their category with Steve Sadler, Graham Ewart, Tony Ditchburn, Shaun Purkiss running a time of 57.44.

On the 19th February Richmond and Zetland hosted the final cross country in the NYSD league. The under 11 boys saw Dominic Wilford in 6th, Charlie Spene in 10th and Thomas Greer in 16th position. The under 11 girls had one runner Holly McCowie in a great 6th Postion. In the U13 Boys the team were victorious with Kyle Rabjohn in 1st and making him the U13 boys season champion, Josh Hammett 5th, George McCowie 9th, Daniel Francis 12th, Matty Cole 18th, Liam Clement 19th and Ally Chisholm 20th. This Victory made them the U13 boys Champions of the season.

The U13 girls had 2 runners Maisy Squires 6th and Emily Francis in 7th. The U15 boys dominated their race with Will Smith 2nd,Matthew Lambert 3rd, Sam Kettlewell 4th, Lewis Moore 5th and Ralph Chisholm 10th. The U15 boys are also league champions of the season. The U15 girls were represented by Anna Harrison in 5th. The U17 boys were well represented with Jake Stephenson in 2nd securing the season overall U17 champion, Harry Robson 3rd, Adam Walker 6th and Josh Smith 12th. The U17 Boys are also league Champions.

The Senior Women continued their winning form with Jo Adams 1st making her senior ladies champion. In 2nd Michelle Nolan making her V35 champion for the season. Rebecca Simpson was 7th, Jackie Keavney 10th giving her the V50 championship. Stephanie Stephenson 14th, Chloe Dalton 15th, Laura Kirkham 18th, Fiona Wilson 49th, Michelle Sprent 55th, Katey Purkiss-Mcendoo 58th and Nicki Bucket 70th. These great results made the senior ladies league champions.

The Senior Men have also been in great form this season and took the league championship. Rob Scott 5th, Reece Dalton 6th giving him the U20 championship, Tony Lambert 10th giving him the V45 championship, Mike Major 11th, Scott Wardman 10th, Luke Hack 21st, Alan Ashcroft 22nd, Ken Harker 24th, James Greer 38th and Lee Davies 40th, Mark Crawford 44th, Julian Simpson 46th, Steve Sadler 58th, Simon Withers 75th, Shaun Purkiss-Mcendoo 82nd and Mark Fletcher 105th. Crowning this fantastic season Richmond and Zetland took the aggregate trophy.

On the 25th of February R&Z travelled down to the National Cross-County Championships at Nottingham. In the U13 Boys Kyle Rabjohn was 31st, Charlie Stephenson 214th , Daniel Francis 228th, Josh Hament 256th, George McCowie 305th, Tom O’Mahoney 342nd and Thomas Greer 456th. In the U13 girls Alana Teasdale 291st, Emily Francis 297th, Holly McCowie 315th and Maisy Squires 358th. In the U15 boys Will Smith was 108thand Sam Kettlewell 300th. In the U15 girls Anna Harrison was 347th. In the Junior Men Luke Hack 163rd, James Greer 169th. In the Senior Women Jackie Keavney 289th Fiona Wilson 553rd and Michelle Sprent was 604th. In the Senior Men Rob Scott was 285th. Mark Crawford raced in the Scottish National cross-country championships and finished 244th.

Eliza Withers ran as a guest at the North East Counties indoor track and field on Sunday the 19th of Feb where she ran 9.77 at the U17 60m Hurdles.

Richmond’s finest are British champions


British Masters Champions: L to R. Tony Lambert, Andy Pearson, Ken Harker, Mark Crawford and Greg MacDonald

By Mark Fletcher

Last weekend all roads led to Long Eaton for the British Masters cross country relays. After last year’s fantastic 3rd place, hopes were high of repeated success with the club taking both a Veterans 35 to 44 team but also one in the slightly maturer age group of Veterans 45+.

With teams of the statue and resources of Birchfield Harriers, Salford, Coventry Godiva, Charnwood and Rotherham it was always going to be a big ask of a relatively small club from Richmond and Zetland in North Yorkshire, but this club does have a great depth and strength in talent.

In the V35-44 race, Steve Middleton (10:25) took the 1st leg on what was a relatively flat course, on going that would be described as good if not a bit cold and managed to hand over to David Hack in 12th place from a field of 25. Dave (10:52) managed to maintain the placing before passing on Carl Jones. Carl (10:54) picked up a place and the team were into 11th with Lee Davies taking on the next leg. Lee (11:22) also had a good run and over took a runner in front to bring the team into 10th. Julian Simpson was next on the course and despite a quick time (11:08) was caught by the team from Wolverhampton to place just outside the top 10 in 11th. The first few teams had a familiar ring to them, Salford, Leicester, Rotherham, Charnwood and Birchfield. It was then onto the V45 team to show what Richmond were made of.

Led from the front by Tony Lambert, Richmond got off to a flier in the field of 16 teams, with Tony bringing the baton back in 2nd (10:15) to hand over to the assured hands of Andy Pearson who used all his experience to ensure the place was held on this leg (10:42). Ken Harker took over for the 3rd leg and also used every bit of his racing knowledge to ensure that the team were kept right in the hunt for the medals (10:58) while maintaining 2nd place. Ken then delivered the baton safely into the hands of the flying Mark Crawford (10:47) who scorched round the course taking the runner in front and giving Greg MacDonald a very healthy lead going into the last leg. Greg (10:37) then enhanced and extended the lead by over 30 seconds to bring the title home to Richmond and Zetland Harriers, Champions of Britain! Josh Hammett continues his impressive running with 2nd at Northallerton parkrun (20:42), Adam Pearson took top honours and smashed his pb at Fountains abbey (1st, 17:03) and Mike Major who also took the top place at Maidstone in another big new personnel best (16:36).

Further information on the club and training nights can be found on the website

Harriers hit the heights

Harriers squad at the Scorton 10k

Harriers squad at the Scorton 10k

By Mark Fletcher

This week Richmond and Zetland Harriers were spread far and wide from Lancashire at
Pendle and the Pilling 10k series, to Billingham for the Ray Harrison memorial 10k and
closer to home for the Scorton trail 10k.

Liam Rabjohn continues to enjoy his summer break with a cracking run at Blackpool in the Pilling 10k series with 2 nd place in 33:33. Jacqui Keavney was also in Lancashire running in the Pendle Three Peaks, which is part of the English Fell Championships series. It was a 10 mile race with 3000ft of climbing in rather testing wet conditions with Jacqui finishing superbly as the 35 th lady and the 4th Vet50 runner!

Mike Jeffries crossed the line at Billingham at the Ray Harrison in 4 th (34:33). Closer to home was the very local Scorton Feast 10k with 11 runners from the club entered. Tony Lambert returned to his triumph last year but was unable to make it two in a row and was 3rd with the fast finishing Rob Scott in 4 th and the top 18-31 runner (35:48, course pb). Ken Harker had a gentle run and a catch up with his cousin in 6 th (39:52), with Shona Fletcher in her racing debut for the year taking the ladies 1 st prize in 10 th (41:25), Kevin Bond was next in 35 th (47:17), Mark Fletcher in 43 rd (49:39), Steve Harrison in 61 st (52:53), Pauline Whittaker just behind in 62 nd (52:58), Jane Bond was 85 th (58:25, course pb) with Sally Harrison next in 98 th and a brand new pb (1:01:48) and Natalie Wood in an excellent run 111 th , 4 minutes ahead
of last year’s time and a new pb by 1.5 minutes (71:04).

Mike Major was 1st across the line at Darlington parkrun this week in a new pb (17:20) just ahead of Harry Robson in 2 nd (18:05), Will Smith was 6 th (19:18), Ronnie Corbett was 7 th (19:33), Ken Harker in 10 th (20:03), Lucy Goundry in 35 th (22:29) and the 2 nd lady, Ryan Greer setting a new pb in 104 th (25:56) and Karen Greer in her 2nd ever parkrun in 280 th (37:21).

Further information on the club and training nights can be found on the website

Scott runs to 4th in the British Championships

Eliza Withers at the North East combined events championship

Eliza Withers at the North East combined events championship

By Mark Fletcher

Marc Scott of Richmond and Zetland Harriers took the trip to Birmingham for the British Championships and the 5000m qualifiers for the Rio Olympics with only the top two athletes certain of places on the plane.

Also up for grabs for the next few athletes the potential to go to the European championships where the Olympic qualifiers will not be considered with younger athletes likely to get the nod to gain some international experience.

A strong field was assembled as expected with only Mo Farah not attending. Athletes of the quality of Andy Vernon the European Silver medallist over this distance, Andrew Buchart the pre-race favourite, Tom Farrell, the defending champion and Jonathan Davies the European U23 cross country champion all were present.

It was a slow race and the unfancied Marc (according to the commentators) went with the leading group of these 4 and with 2 laps to go Buchart and Farrell broke clear to fight it out, Vernon followed and Marc showed his class to finish in an excellent 4 th . Marc was the youngest of these 5 athletes and it was fantastic to see the red and white vest so to the fore televised on the BBC.

Eliza Withers was at Middlesborough for the North East Schools combined events in the U15 category. She was 19 th in her not so favoured 800m (3:01:4, sb), 11 th in the HJ (1:36), an excellent 8 th in the long jump woith a new pb (4:31), 9 th in the shot put and another pb (7;31) and 2 nd in her 75m hurdles in another new lifetime best (12:4). This all gave her 13 th overall in the pentathlon in a big field.

The Triology mid-week sprint triathlon took place at Ellerton lakes with Liam Rabjohn the 2 nd junior in 7 th ,  Jake Stephenson was the 3 rd junior in 12 th , James Greer was 18 th and the 4th junior male, Harry Robson was 32 nd and the 4 th junior male and Ryan Greer in 63rd . Holly Flannery was victorious in the ladies race by a comfortable margin. Mark Crawford took to the high road for the Glasgow 10k and had a great run in 30 th and a hugh new pb (37:11, 3 rd V45). He also took the slightly longer trip to the Birkebeinerlopet trail race, Lillehammer in Norway. This is one of the harder trail races and attracts some athletes from all over the world.

The race was 20.5km and Mark finished a very credible 245 th out of 5000 in 25 th in his age group. Chloe Dalton was 37th at Fountains Abbey parkrun but the 3 rd lady (21:54) and followed by Dan Holdsworth in 4 th (18:04). Nick Mason was the 1 st Harrier across the line at Darlington parkrun (19:39, 7th), Peter Armstrong in 29 th (20:23), Kevin Bond posted a big pb and broke the 22 minute barrier for the 1 st time (21:57, 54 th ), Ian Hepworth was 90 th (24:16) and Jane Bond was 173 rd (28:26).

Over at Northallerton parkrun Rob Scott ran to another huge pb in 1 st (17:04) and Jeremy Pattison also ran a big pb in 3 rd at the Riverside parkrun (18:33). Mark Crawford ran the Perth parkrun and finished in 5 th in a new pb (17:40).

Further information on the club and training nights can be found on the website

Harriers win 2nd league match


Richmond and Zetland squad who took part in the Bedale 10k

By Mark Fletcher

Whitley Bay was the setting for the 2nd league match of the Northern league 4E and Richmond and Zetland Harriers produced an all-round fantastic team performance to take the win on the day. The newly formed throws squad started the day off with Alex Canizo taking 2nd in the A hammer with a new pb (20:61) and Mark Fletcher 3 rd in the B event (13:04pb). In the same event for the ladies Fiona Wilson was 6th (11:25, sb, A event) and Debbie McIlroy was 3rd (10:47).

The mens discus had Alex Canizo in 4th (18:16, A event) and Mark Fletcher also in 4th in the B event (14:43). Pauline Whittaker was 4th in the ladies event (14:79, A event) and Jane Hack was an excellent 5 th in the B event (10:40, pb). Debbie McIlroy again dominated the ladies A javelin (30:40, 1 st pb) and Jo Adams took 2 nd in the B event with a new pb (14:45).

Ryan Greer in his first javelin competition took 3 rd in the A event (24:69 pb), with Alex Canizo taking 2 nd in the B event (21:18pb). In the shot Alex Canizo took the top honour in the A event (7:90), with Ryan Greer 2 nd in the B event (6:74 pb). Debbie

McIlroy was 1 st in the ladies shot (8:10 pb) and Pauline Whittaker 3 rd in the B event (6:01 pb).

In the triple jump Fiona Wilson was 6th in the A event with a new pb (7:76) and Eliza Hack was 3rd also in a new pb (B, 5:95). The mens triple jump had Ryan Canizo in 6 th (8:60 pb A event) and Aaron Auton also in 6 th (6:48 pb, B event). Debbie McIlroy was 2nd in the ladies long jump (A, 3:81pb) and Fiona Wilson in 2nd (3:10 sb, B event).

In the mens event James Greer was 5th (A, 3:79sb) with dad Ryan 4th (B, 2:91pb). Ryan Canizo was 4th in the high jump (1:45, A), with Debbie McIlroy 2nd in the ladies (A,1:40pb) and Fiona Wilson also 2 nd (B,1:10). Adam Walker was 3 rd in the 100m (A, 11:8) with Karl Murray also 3 rd (B, 12:3), Jo Adams was 5th (A, 14:4pb) and Pauline Whittaker 5th (B, 16:0sb). In the 200m Karl Murray was 4th (A, 24:8sb), with Ryan Canizo in 5th (B, 33:0), Emily Kirby in 5th (A, 30:7) and Pauline

Whittaker in 3 rd (B, 34:2). The ladies 400m had Emily Kirby run another pb (A, 3 rd , 67.8), with Sarah Gregory also in pb shape (B, 6 th , 87.8), Rob Scott was 4 th in the mens race (A, 59.4pb) and Nick Mason in a new pb (B, 75.6). The 800m had James Greer take the A race (2:11:6pb), Nick Mason in 6 th also in a pb (B, 2:43:6), Rosie Adams won the ladies race

(2:31:1, sb) and Jane Hack set a new pb in the B race (3:34:8). Rosie also won the 1500m (5:16:1, sb, A), with Eliza Hack a fantastic 3rd (B, 6:01:2pb) and Aaron Auton was a very good 5th in his race (A, 4:52:0pb). Jo Adams won the 3000m (A, 10:25:5, sb), Sarah Gregory was 2nd (B, 13:03:4pb), the mens 5000m had Dave Hack in 5th (A, 17:20:1pb) and Ryan Greer set a new life time best in 6th (B, 25:36:5).

In the mens 110m hurdles Karl Murray was 1st in the A race (24:8) and Ryan Canizo 1 st in the B race (29:5, pb). Debbie McIlroy was 4th in the 100 hurdles (A, 21:8) and Fiona Wilson in another new pb (B, 5th , 27:2). Fiona followed up with a top performance in the 400m hurdles (A, 3 rd , 90:3, sb), in the mens race Karl Murray was 1 st (A, 64:8) and Dave Hack in 3rd (B, 75:0, pb).

Richmond dominated the steeplechase with Rob Scott in 1st (A, 10:36:0, pb) and Aaron Auton taking the B race (12:02:6, pb). The relays had the ladies 4 x 100 team in 6 th (64:5), with the mens team in 3rd (53:8), the 4 x 400m had both the mens (3:50:3) and ladies teams take top honours (4:43:9).

The North Yorkshire schools championship had many of our junior athletes competing, Emily Harris was 2nd in the U15G, 100m (13:4, pb) and Ben Ross-Russell was 5 th in the U17B, 200m (24:3, pb). James Davidson took the title in the U15B 200m in a new pb (24:7) and Abbie Robson also made the U15G 200m finals and finished 7 th (30:4pb).

James Davidson, North Yorkshire Schools champion U15, 200 and 300M

James Davidson, North Yorkshire Schools champion U15, 200 and 300M

James Davidson again took the 300m title in the U15B in another new pb (38:5). Adam Walker improved on his pb in the final of the U17M, 400M in 2nd (51:7). In the U15B, 1500m Dylan Soley was 8thn(5:06:5, pb) and in the U20W 1500m Issie Starkey was 2 nd (5:34:8, sb).

Jake Stephenson was 3rd in the U17M 3000m in a new pb (9:47:5). The U15G, 75m had Eliza Withers 2nd in a new pb (12:5). Alex Greer set a new pb in the U17M high jump (4 th , 1:55) and Eliza Withers also set a new pb in the U15G high jump (1:40). In the U15G long jump Emily Harris was 9th (4:02pb). Anna Harrison took the 800m title at the Cleveland Schools championships in the U15 girls race. Emily Kirby was also in action at the Durham Schools Championships and was 2nd in the U20W 400m in a new pb. At the recent Blaydon races Steve Middleton was 59th (31:45), Michelle Nolan was 129 th (33:43, 9 th lady) and Peter Armstrong in 235th (35:27).

Mike Jeffries was 7th at the Swaledale marathon with Lee Davies in 17 th . New boy Andrew Pearson was 5th (34:53) at the Everyone Active 10k held at New Marske and the top V45, Jeremy Pattison was in 25 th (37:43) and Nick Mason was in 35 th and getting near his best (38:48). Donna Riddler and Michelle Nolan took to the water in the annual Knaresborough bed race and were part of the winning ladies and mixed teams.

Chloe Dalton was the 3rd lady at Fountains Abbey parkrun (21 st , 21:14). At the Tees Barrage parkrun Dan Holdsworth was 2nd (18:38). Shaun Purkiss was 11 th (19:32 =pb) at Darlington Parkrun with Graham Ewart just behind in 12 th (19:36pb), Jacqui Keavney was 16 th and 1 st lady (19:40, pb), Matthew
Lambert in a massive new pb (19:51), Kookie Pookiedoo in 162 nd (27:11) and Tracey Lambert in 248th (32:44). At the Leeds World Series Triathlon some of our athletes took part in the open races.

James Greer was 13th in the sprint distance and 3 rd in his age group (M17), Ryan Greer was 526th and 87th in his age group at the same distance. Carl Jones competed in the open standard distance and was 3 rd in his age group and 28th overall and Scott Wardman was in the sprint distance and was 1st in his age group and 8th overall.

Anna Harrison, Cleveland Schools 800m champion U15

Anna Harrison, Cleveland Schools 800m champion U15

The inaugural Bedale Bypass took place on the new stretch of road which was traffic free as the bypass will not open until later in the year. A two lap course tested the concentration of the athletes but it didn’t put off Steve Middleton who took the top honours (36:55), Ken Harker was 3 rd (38:52), Josh Lincoln in 5 th (39:22), Lee Davies in 7 th (41:01), Tony Ditchburn in 23rd (45:13), Sarah Gregory took the ladies title (32nd , 47:13), Issie Starkey in 42nd (4th lady, 48:31,pb), Mark Fletcher in 43rd (48:42, pb), Pauline Whittaker in 81 st (53:20), Michelle Sprent in 87th (53:54,pb), Nicki Buckett in 123 rd (59:45), Jane Bond in 124 th (59:46) and Sally Harrison in 138 th (01:02:01, pb).

In the junior fun run Josh Hammett continued his impressive form in 1st , followed by an excellent run from George McCowie in 3rd , with Alana Teasdale taking the honours in the girls race and 4 th overall with Hollie McCowie also in 3rd!

Further information on the club and training nights can be found on the website

World beating results from Harriers


Joshua Hammett in the medals at the Leeds open track event

By Mark Fletcher

Laurence Corbett capped a fine season on his GB and NI debut at the World ITU duathlon World Championships and was an outstanding 17th overall. The event consists of a run, followed by the bike leg and finishing with another shorter run.

Laurence competing in the shorter sprint event which was held in Aviles, Spain proved that he could mix it with the best in world in his age group. Scott Wardman was in GB and NI triathlon qualification action for the World Triathlon Championships to be held in Cozumel in Mexico.

Laurence Corbett at the World Duathlon Championships held in Spain

Laurence Corbett at the World Duathlon Championships held in Spain

Scott had an excellent finish after the 3 events in 8 th overall but 3 rd in his age group to qualify comfortably at the event held in Strathclyde.

Marc Scott returning from America to start his European season came back with a bang to take the honours at the Harrogate summer league by a comfortable margin (31:54), brother Rob was next for the club in 6th (34:43), with Jo Adams in 20th and the 2nd lady (37:36), Dave Hack in 32nd (38:58), Anthony Jefford in 34th (39:04), Luke Hack in 58th (40:48, 2nd U18), Donna Riddler in 60th (40:57, 3 rd lady), Rosie Adams in 69th (41:38, 4th lady), Andy Everard in 116 th (45:10), Kevin Bond in 147 th (47:01), Sarah Gregory in 174 th (48:56), Ian Hepworth in 217 th (52:25), Jane Hack in 267 th (59:50) and Jane Bond in 268 th (59:50).

Young Joshua Hammett was also in action in the Leeds Open track meet and continues his excellent run of form taking the top honours in the 150m and 600m (0:22:29 pb, 01:54:00) and was 2 nd in the 75m (11:5 pb).

Ian Hepworth was at Druridge Bay park run near Morpeth and was 45 th in 24:53. At Fountains Abbey parkrun, Reece Dalton was 6 th (17:19) and Chloe Dalton was 51 st (22:15).

David Hack smashed his pb coming 2 nd at Darlington parkrun (17:15), Shaun Purkiss was just outside his pb in 14 th (19:37), Lewis Moore broke his pb in 55 th (22:21), Pauline Whittaker in 79 th (23:52) and the ever improving Ryan Greer in a huge new pb by 30 seconds (26:00, 117 th ). Middlesborough was the setting for the Ali Brownlee Cleveland centre 5k and Steve Middleton had an excellent run in 22 nd and the 3 rd M40 (17:00), Ken Harker was next in 38 th
and the 4 th V45 (17:44), Jeremy Pattison was 51 st and not far from his best (18:01), Nick Mason set another new pb in 67th (18:27), Peter Armstrong was 83 rd (18:58) and Sarah Gregory in a new pb in 248 th and the 3 rd V40 lady (22:16).

Further information on the club and training nights can be found on the website

Richmond winner at Northallerton 10k

By Mark Fletcher

Will Smith (front) and Matthew Lambert (back) at the York junior triathlon

Will Smith (front) and Matthew Lambert (back) at the York junior triathlon

The inaugural Northallerton 10k attracted a huge field of over 560 runners and was sold out weeks prior to the race. With so many athletes from Richmond and Zetland residing in Northallerton it was always going to be a targeted race for those aiming to be the 1st ever winner of the race and the club didn't disappoint.

The undulating course was aimed at setting the men from the boys and the women from the girls with Northallerton native, Rob Scott rising to the occasion to take the laurels and raced home 7 seconds ahead of his nearest rival (35:05). Steve Middleton was next back in 7th place and the 3rd V40 (36:25), he was followed by Ken Harker in 9th (37:56, 1st V45), Anthony Jefford was 19th (39:56), Kevin Bond in 86th (46:47), Ryan Canizo in 136th (50:39) and Nicki Buckett in 286th (58:17).

At the recent British Army Championships two of our athletes competed and both won their prospective events on the track. Out on the fells Jacqueline Keavney was returning to fitness after her mishap with a downhill skier on the slopes, at the Helvellyn and the Dodds race.

The accident doesn’t seemed to have had too much of a lasting effect as she was the 3rd lady overall, 1st V50 in 74th place and took over 2 minutes of her pb (3:05:45). Melmerby was the settling for the annual 10k which a number of harriers attended. Reece Dalton was 20th and the top U17 (37:22), Graham Ewart was 54th (41:32, sb), Tony Ditchburn in 89th (43:56, sb), Sarah Gregory in 112th (46:07, sb) and Ian Hepworth in 174th (50:23, sb).

Two of our junior athletes were in triathlon action in York with both finishing extremely high up the rankings, with Will Smith in 3rd and Matthew Lambert in his first tri an excellent 13th! Lee Davies was up in Edinburgh chasing a good for age time and duly delivered with an excellent 03:10:40. At York parkrun Simon Withers survived being mowed down by a man and dog at the start of the run to still post his quickest ever parkrun in 30th (19:10, pb).

At Northallerton parkrun Ken Harker warmed up for the 10k the next day by being 1st across the line (19:19). Mike Jeffries smashed his pb at Darlington parkrun (2nd, 16:55 pb), Peter Armstrong was 11th (19:27), Pauline Whittaker was 73rd (24:27), Sarah Bennett (151st, 28:57) up visiting her sister Michelle Sprent for the week-end won the bragging rights (152nd, 28:58)! Reece Dalton was 6th (17:48) at Fountains Abbey parkrun and first timer Nick Mason was 12th (19:18).

Further information on the club and training nights can be found on the website

Big steps from the Harriers

Natalie Wood at Northallerton parkrun

Natalie Wood at Northallerton parkrun

By Mark Fletcher

A few of our more experienced but less sane harriers took a trip to Snowdonia in Wales to give the Slateman triathlon a go. These two athletes until 6 months ago would not have described themselves as triathletes but after this mammoth learning curve can now add this to their long list of achievements. Shaun Purkiss-McEndoo showed he’s still got it with a 526th overall finish but made it into the top 100 in his age group in 61 st (3:42:07).

However, he was put in the shade by his wife Katey, who was 697 th overall, was just outside the top 100 women in 113 th , but was a tremendous 12 th in her age category (04:01:57)! Liam Rabjohn continues to mix it with the world class elite runners these days such as Bekele, Kipsang, Hynes, Dibaba and Steel at the Great Manchester Run 10k. He duly found the experience a driver towards another big pb of 32:19 in 30 th overall and the 2 nd U20 in the race.

A huge turnout of Richmond and Zetland Harriers took to Darlington parkrun this week with many new pbs set! Mike Jeffries broke 17 minutes for a new pb in 2nd (16:59) and was then followed home by Harry Robson (3rd, 17:33), Dave Hack (4th, 17:36), Greg MacDonald (5th, 18:07), Lee Davies (6th, 18:11 =pb), James Greer (7th, 18:38), Ken Harker (8th, 18:38), Jo Adams (9th, 18:40, 1st lady) and Ronnie Corbett (10th, 18:46).

Thomas Greer at Northallerton parkrun

Thomas Greer at Northallerton parkrun

Simon Withers was 16th (19:38), Nick Mason in 17th (19:49), Rosie Adams in 19 th and a new course pb (19:58, 2nd lady), Issie Starkey in 50th (22:09) and Mark Fletcher in 56th (22:17). Anna Harrison was 62nd (22:33), Kevin Bond in 72nd (23:08), Ian Hepworth in 89th (24:05), Thomas Greer in his 1st park run was 102nd (24:54), Ewan Baxter in 107th (24:59), Ryan Canizo in 108th (25:01), Pauline Whittaker (109th, 25:02), Ryan Greer in a new pb (136th, 26:29), Michelle Sprent and Harry (138th, 26:32), Nicki Buckett (161st, 27:46), Jane Bond (171st, 28:10),

Natalie Wood (251st, 32:59), Jane Hack (253rd, 33:03), Sally Harrison (254th, 33:03) and Alex Canizo (255th, 33:05). At Northallerton parkrun Douglas Scott was 1st home to set a new course record in the process (16:48) with Steve Middleton in 2nd (19:42).

Further information on the club and training nights can be found on the website

Harriers flying high


Adam Walker with his Yorkshire medal and Emily Harris who also made the finals

By Mark Fletcher
Two of our junior athletes competed in the Yorkshire track and field championships held at Cudworth near Barnsley. Emily Harris ran in the U15 100m and just narrowly missed out on qualifying for the final in a new pb (13:64). She returned for the 200m and this time qualified for the final in which she was a fantastic 8 th in another new life time best (27:76).

Adam Walker was also in action in his favoured 400m, he comfortably qualified for the final and then poured on the power to take the U17 title for 2016 in a new personal best by over a

The senior track and field team returned to competition for the first time in 4 years in the North East league. A strong squad was assembled by the team captains and hopes were high of a good return to competition but these hopes were exceeded by the performances of our athletes finishing in a fantastic 3 rd overall against some much larger clubs.

Inspired selections from team captains Adams, Adams and Scott showed clearly, that this club has great strength and depth! First up was the 7.2kg mens hammer and Ryan Inglis showed his class right from the start with a seasons best of 30.69m to take the A event. Mark Fletcher was 6th in the B event (8:36m, pb). In the ladies hammer Laura Dunphy also threw a pb to take top honours in the A event (19:18m pb), with Debbie McIlroy doing the same in the B event (15:63m pb).

In the ladies shot Laura was 5 th (5:65 sb), and Natalie Wood was 4th in the B event (5:03, pb). Ryan Inglis continued to dominate with 1st in the A shot (10:76m, sb), but debutant Alex Canizo showed his burgeoning potential with 1 st in the B shot (8:10m, pb).

The discus was similar story with Inglis taking the win (30:50 pb) and Canizo 2nd in the B event (18:74, pb). In the ladies discus Pauline Whittaker was 2nd (15:97m, sb) and Dunphy 2nd in the B (12:72). Debbie McIlroy took top spot in the A javelin (28:53, pb) with Natalie Wood 6 th in the B event (8:39 pb). In the mens event Inglis was 3 rd (28:36, pb) and Mark Fletcher was 6 th in the B (14:55).

In the long jump, Luke Hack produced a life time best for 4th (4:51, pb) with Fletcher 7th in the B event (3:21). Debbie McIlroy was 3rd in the ladies event (3:74, pb). In the mens triple jump Ryan Canizo was an excellent 6 th (8:89, pb) with Dave Hack 4 th in the B event (8:44). In the ladies event, Donna Riddler was 3 rd (7:54, pb). DebbieMcIlroy was 2 nd in the high jump (1:35) with Ryan Canizo 5 th in the mens (1:50, pb).

The blue riband event of the 100m had Adam Walker smash his pb in 2 nd in the A race (11:6), with Karl Murray taking 2 nd in the B heat (12:4). In the ladies an inspired Donna Riddler was 2nd (14:6 pb), with Pauline Whittaker also 2nd in the 2nd heat (16:1, sb).

In the 200m, Murray was 4th (25:0, sb). In the ladies race a storming run from Emily Kirby took the honours and a new pb (29:8, pb), with Pauline Whittaker 4 th in her heat (33:9). Luke Hack set a new pb in the 400m (2 nd , 58:1, pb), with Rob Scott also in pb form in the 2 nd heat (2 nd , 59:5). Emily Kirby was on fire in the ladies 400m in 2 nd (67:8, pb), with an excellent run from Michelle Sprent in the 2nd heat (4 th , 79:7, pb). Jo Adams took the top place in the ladies 800m (2:27:4), with Michelle Sprent in 3 rd in the 2 nd heat (3:01:5, pb).

In the mens event both our athletes were 3rd with new pbs in their heats (Dan Holdsworth, 2:14:9 and Lee Davies, 2:27:6). The mens’ 1500 had David Hack in 4th (4:35:7, pb) and Dan Holdsworth 2 nd in the B heat (4:43:5). Jo Adams was 2nd in the ladies event (4:56:4, sb) and Nicki Buckett had a great run for 4th in the B heat and a new pb (7:16:8). Rosie Adams was 3 rd in the ladies 3000m (11:24:2, sb), with Donna Riddler 1 st in the 2 nd heat (11:35:8).

The mens 5000m had Dave Hack an excellent 4th (17:55:5, pb), with a storming run from Lee Davies in the B heat for 2 nd (18:14:8, pb). Debbie McIlroy was 2 nd in the ladies 100m hurdles (21:1, pb), with Karl Murray showing great technique to take 1 st in the mens A race (20:5, sb) and Dave Hack crashed his way to the win in the 2 nd heat (24:2, pb). Murray also took top spot in the 400 hurdles (63:4, sb), with Ryan Canizo in 3 rd in the 2nd heat (92:9). In the mens steeple chase Rob Scott produced a captain’s performance and took to it like a duck to water in 1st (10:51:3, pb), with Aaron Auton not getting much chance for a warm up in 2 nd in the B heat (12:49:4, pb). The mens 4 x 100m were just run out of top spot (2nd , 48:4, Murray, Walker, Auton and Hack), with the ladies team 6 th (63:7, Kirby, McIlroy, Whittaker and Wood).

In the 4 x 400m the ladies team were 3rd (5:15:2, Adams, Riddler, Adams and Sprent). The mens team finished 4 th in the same

event (Hack, Davies, Hack and Scott). This gave the team 3 rd overall and a very successful return to senior athletics! Richmond took 2 mens teams to the National Masters road relays held at Sutton Park, Birmingham. The 35-44 team was an excellent 19th out of 38 teams (Dan Holdsworth, Steve Middleton, Dave Hack, Simon Withers, Lee Davies and Shaun Purkiss).

The over 45 team also made the top 20 out of 48 teams (Tony Lambert, Ken Harker, Nick Mason and Ronnie Corbett). At the recent Richmond aquathlon a number of our athletes competed. Thomas Greer was an excellent 20 th in his age group. Dylan Soley was a very good 7th , followed by Kyle Rabjohn in 10th , Charlie Stephenson in 13th , MatthewnLambert in 17 th and Lewis Moore in 18 th in the U15’s.

The youth race was between Jake Stephenson and Harry Robson with Jake coming out on top with Harry in 2 nd. In the senior race Liam Rabjohn finished top of the pile and a very clear winner by 4 minutes. Ryan Greer had another good performance in 18th . Sarah Gregory in her first outing in this type of race was an excellent 8th. Peter Armstrong took to Raby Castle 10k and was a very accomplished.

Over at Darlington parkrun Mike Jeffries was 2nd to equal his pb (17:07), Harry Robson was 4th (17:45), Peter Armstrong was 23rd (19:50), Sally Harrison was 162 nd (27:35, pb) and Natalie Wood was 248 th (32:51). Jo Adams was 2 nd overall and 1 st lady at Northallerton parkrun (18:42, pb) and sister Rosie 9 th overall and the 2 nd lady (20:51). At Fountains Abbey
parkrun Reece Dalton was 3 rd (17:40). George Veitch has been running a 7k mixed terrain race organised by Swaledale outdoor shop over the last few months, and has reduced his pb from 41:55 in December to 33:57 last week which was a personal best time and he was 4th overall and Dad (Stuart) also claimed a pb.

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Harriers at the London Marathon

harriersBy Mark Fletcher
This week all eyes were on London for the marathon and the 1st finisher was Richard Bugg (391st) in
2:42:10. Next was Steve Middleton (812th) in a massive new pb 2:49:34, Donna Riddler (2827th place, 119th lady) in another new huge pb of 03:07:11, Tad Zaranko in 03:15:48 in 3696th place and a superb 92nd in the V55 category, Andy Buckley in 03:24:46 in 5434th place, Sarah Gregory in 04:05:12 in 3748th place and Ian Hepworth in 04:37:27 in 16927 place and 136th in the V65 age category.

This week the return of the NYSD evening track league had a huge turnout of Richmond athletes with some hotly contested races and especially the 1500m. Holly McCowie had a great run in the U11 girls race 600m coming 3rd, Joshua Hammett also continued his great form with 1st in the U11 boys 600m and Thomas Greer in his first outing was an excellent 19th. In the U13 girls race Alana Teasdale had a good run in the 1st 1500m heat in 3rd.

Chloe Dalton and Anna Harrison were 5th and 6th in the U15 girls 1500m. In the U13 boys 1500m, George McCowie was 8th with Kyle Rabjohn 9th, Ben Lambert 11th, Charlie Stephenson 15th, Ewan Baxter 19th and Alex Chisholm in 21st. In the U15 boys 1500m, George Veitch was 5th and Matthew Lambert was 10th. In the 1st heat of the senior men’s 1500m, a very quick last lap gave Michael Major 6th ahead of Liam Rabjohn in 7th, Rob Scott 8th, Harry Robson in 9th, Jake Stephenson in 10th, Dan Holdsworth in 11th, Alan Ashcroft in 14th, Reece Dalton in 15th and Luke Hack in 16th. The 2nd heat also had plenty of harriers running with James Greer taking the hard found honours with Dave Hack (5th), Jeremy Pattison (9th), Aaron Auton (14th), Ken Harker (15th) and Tony Lambert (15th) also in the line-up. In the next heat Shaun Purkiss-McEndoo was 8th and Ryan Canizo 9th.

The ladies 2nd heat had Carol Townsend in her club debut a very fine 3rd and Eliza Hack stepping up to U17 an excellent 5th. In the U15 girls 200m Emily Harris was 3rd in heat 1 and Eliza Withers 1st in heat 2. The U13 boys 200m had Alex Chisholm 5th in heat 1, with George McCowie and Ewan Baxter 2nd and 3rd in heat 2. The senior 200m had Michael Major making his 200m debut in 5th in heat 1. Adam Walker and Ben Ross-Russell had fine runs in 1st and 3rd respectively in heat 2. Heat 3 had Alex Greer in an excellent 3rd, with Emily Kirby in 5th ahead of Ryan Canizo in 7th in the 3rd heat and Mark Fletcher 4th in the 4th heat. Joshua Hammett continues to jump well and was 2nd, with Thomas Greer an excellent 4th in the U11 long jump. In the U11 shot Holly McCowie was 18th in a big field. In the U13 boys javelin Kyle Rabjohn was 3rd and Ewan Baxter 4th.

Abbie Robson was 3rd and Emily Harris 6th in the U15 girls javelin. Alana Teasdale was 6th in the U13 girls javelin. In the senior ladies high jump Debbie McIlroy was 2nd on her return to club colours. Alex Greer was an excellent 2nd in the U17M high jump and Ryan Canizo was the 2nd U20M at the same event. In the senior mens javelin Ryan Inglis took the honours ahead of Mark Fletcher (1st V40) and Tony Lambert (1st V45).

In the battle of the ladies javelin Debbie McIlroy showed she hasn’t lost anything after her break from competition to win by a margin (also 1st V35) from Fiona Wilson (1st V45), Laura Dunphy (2nd V35), Tracy Lambert (2nd V45) and Natalie Wood (1st V40). Dave Hack jumped a new life time best in the triple jump to finish 3rd and the top V40. At Hamsterley Forest 10K Aaron Auton had a great race to finish in 13th and the top U17M, Nicki Buckett also had a fantastic run to finish in 134th and a smashing new pb (58:03). Lee Davies was back in action taking 3rd at the Adrenaline Rush 6.5 mile race with Simon Withers just behind in 7th and Andy Everard in 16th place.

Jeff Thurlbeck was 29th at the Reeth 20K (1:29:56, 3rd V50) and Sue Thurlbeck not far behind in 46th (1:57:30, new pb, 2nd V45). Joshua Hammett was at Beneden competing in the York summer league and was 1st and the 600m (1:55:1) and the 75m (11:6, pb) and 3rd (3:14M) in the long jump at U11. At Darlington parkrun Simon Withers was the 1st harrier in 12th (19:23 new pb), Graham Ewart was 20th (20:17), James Hook was 34th (21:06), Dan Ditchburn had a new pb in 41st (21:38) and Jo Withers was 144th (28:00). Ewan Baxter was 23rd (26:05) and Natalie Wood 55th (34:17) at Northallerton parkrun. Dan Holdsworth romped round Fountains Abbey parkrun in a new pb for 1st place (16:43), ahead of Reece Dalton (2nd, 17:49), Chloe Dalton was 31st (20:43) and the 2nd lady. At Albert parkrun, Jeremy Pattison had another good run in 5th and a new pb (18:03) and Nick Mason 8th (18:48).

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