By Donna Campbell
It was another great weekend of racing and running achievements and, as always, I will begin with the parkruns.
We had three people celebrating achieving PB’s this Saturday. First up was Tracey Pickering who attended Hackworth Parkrun in Shildon and obtained her course PB of 32.22. Over at South Park, Darlington, Sam Baronowski achieved a course PB of 33.11 and Jan McLuckie achieved 33.54.
On Sunday we had four members make the journey to the Lancashire Coast to take part in the Blackpool half Marathon (top picture).
This is an out and back course along the coast. Our runners here were Mark Bainbridge 1.57.33, John Joseph Richardson in 1.57.34, Carley Gibson in 2.10.40 and Ian Baronowski in 2.11.59.
We also had one member Simon Mathew Turner take part in the Headcorn Half Marathon in Maidstone. He completed this in 1.49.33.
Finally, on Sunday, it was the last meeting in the NYSD Cross Country League. This race took place at the Old Racecourse in Richmond and is stern favourite with the members of ARC.
This is an undulating course which also has hard trails and uneven grass sections. The women (and men over 65) run two laps of the course to a distance of 5k and the men do a short lap before completing three larger laps to run a distance of approximately 10k.
Although it was again dry it was quite windy making some sections a little tougher.
First to run at this event was Felicity Lineton on of our juniors who ran in the Under 11 race. Felicity had to run a full short lap a distance of 2k which she did in 11.13.
Next up were the women (and men over 65). First home was Sue Milburn in 26.41, followed by Lindsey Brown 28.51, Gemma Holland 29.44, Kathleen Tonge 30.07, Denise Evans 30.46, Sandrine Boinet-Hewitt 31.090, Melanie Rowland 31.40, Jane Burnside 33.04, Susan Clark 34.17, Penny Johnson 34.42, Yvonne Williams, 34.42 and Ray Todd 40.42.
Finally, in the men’s race, first home for the club was mark Wade in 36.46, he was followed by John Surtees in 40.06, Richard Campbell 41.09, Richard Holland, 42.22, Andy Talbot 42.36, Martyn Knox 44.14, Alex Lineton 44.21, Dave Blewitt 49.42, David Stothard 54.22 and Richard Tonge in 1.01.23.
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.