By Donna Reece
Now that the festivities are over its back to the regular race reporting.
Although I have had a break from reporting, the runners of ARC have not had a break from racing and they have continued racing, training and parkrunning over the holiday period.
In terms of parkrunning this has meant as well as the usual Saturday mornings there were parkruns on Christmas Day and also double parkrun opportunities on New Year’s Day and, indeed, we had many members taking advantage of this.
Well done to those who participated in these additional ones, and on those who achieved PB’s.
In terms of racing, We had four members take part in the Saltwell 10k, Gateshead on December 21, 2019.
The Saltwell race is the oldest road race in England and the current course is three and a half undulating laps along traffic free roads and park paths with the finish in Saltwell Park.
First home for ARC was Peter Milburn in 42.12 (2nd in his age category M60), followed by Peter Smith in 46.08, John Burnside in 47.40 and Trish Kay in 52.32 (1st F/55).
In between Christmas and New Year, on December 29, we had several members travel to Ripon for the popular Jolly Holly Jog.
This is a one lap scenic, multi-terrain undulating course of approximately 10k that is run mainly on footpaths through the Studley Royal Deer Park in Ripon.
First home for ARC in this race was John Young in a time of 58.20, followed by Bev Phillippo in 1.03.51, Pat Edwards in 1.12.49 and Jan McLuckie in 1.27.48.
On January 4, the cross country season resumed with the Sherman Cup which took place at Temple Park, South Shields.
We had three hardy members (top picture) who took on this challenge of approximately 5.5 miles on a course that was a lot more muddy than last year.
First home for ARC was Paul Dalton in 37.46, followed by Andy Talbot in 40.26 and Corey Horn in 46.25.
Finally, we had two members take part in the Old Monks race on Sunday, January 5. This is a 5.5. mile multi terrain race from Hart Village through the dene.
It begins on trail before going in to the Dene where there are challenging climbs. First home for ARC was Simon Matthew Turner in 45.54 followed by Lindsey Brown in 57.57.
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.