By Donna Campbell
The racing this past week started in what were atrocious conditions at two different races.
Firstly two members attended the Newburn River Run in Northumberland. This was a six-mile course in very wet conditions. Mark Bainbridge completed this in 47.26 and he was followed by John Richardson in 51.21.
There was also another race in the Tees Trail series taking place over at Pinchinthorpe near Guisborough.
Again the conditions were unfavourable and were very wet and foggy. We had four members who braved the weather to run here. First home was Stuart Joyce in 21.24, followed by Sue Milburn in 26.00, Trish Kay in 26.52 and Ray Todd in 38.46.
The weekend however, saw most members of ARC swap running for marshalling as it was the time for the annual Aycliffe 10k race and fun run.
This event takes place every Father’s Day and is a popular race in the area. Fortunately the weather had decided to be kind and the conditions were much better that the previous few days.
The morning begins with the 3k fun run which sees both children and adults take part. The race was won by Joshua Wraith of Durham City Harriers in 11.17, with his brother Thomas coming in second place in 11.35 and Tom O’Mahoney of Richmond and Zetland Harriers coming third in 12.40. There was also a good turn out of young runners from ARC Junior Section.
The main 10k race started at 10 am and consists of a course of 2.5 laps which finish just past Greenfields Comprehensive School. The winner was Cameron Allan of Houghton Harriers in a time of 33.19. In Second Place was Carl Jones of Richmond and Zetland in 34.00 and in third place was Liam Aldridge if Billingham Marsh House Harriers in a time of 34.37. First lady home was Tracey Millmore of Birtley AC in 37.25.
ARC do encourage most members to assist marshall but always encourage new members to run in the their first year with the club and we did therefore have a few runners take part. First home for ARC was Kevin Wilson in 49.40.
He was followed by John Richardson in a time of 51.43 by Heather Morgan in 53.54, Becki Pedelty in 59.42, Dave Thompson in 1.01.56, Tracey Pickering in 1.02.09, Hannah Richardson in 1.10.17, Jayne Rudd in 1.12.02, Cliff Pickering in 1.17.01 Marie Rudd in 1.21.23. Paul Dalton also ran the race in 37.20 but on this occasion he was running for his first team Quakers.
Aycliffe Running Club would like to thank the sponsors and other companies for helping make this event a success, they were Hydram , Beaumont Grounds Maintenance, 3M UK Plc, PWS Distribution, Great Aycliffe Town Council, Greenfield Comprehensive School for the use of their facilities, Durham County Council, Triology Events, Durham Constabulary, St John Ambulance, AAA Race Officials and also to Tesco for providing fresh bananas.
Also thank you to Karen Harland for the official photographs of the day and to the other photographers that have attended and shared their photographs it is much appreciated.
For anyone interested in joining the club, you can simply turn up at one of our sessions all of which start from the Oakleaf Complex in Newton Aycliffe. Monday night is beginners run at 6.30pm, Tuesday is endurance/speed session from 7pm, and Thursday is a track session and this takes place at Shildon Track. Further details can be found on our website or facebook pages or alternatively you can message the club via facebook for more information.