London Marathon - 22nd April
Eight Blaydon Harriers dealt with the blazing sunshine for 26.2 miles. The hottest London Marathon on record...
The midday heat took its toll in the latter part of the race and I would imagine most runners felt their predicted times were far from achievable under these conditions and many would certainly have been happiest with their recorded time at the half way point!
Well done to the lads... Matthew Alderson in a superb 2:44, Lee Pattison 4:02 and Gav Burn 4:30 in his first marathon, also Andrew Alderson 3:13; a valiant effort after completing the Boston Marathon in a fantastic 2:51 only six days earlier in extremely contrasting weather conditions, with lashing rain and high winds. And the lasses… Gillian Hauxwell 3:48, Elaine Small 3:59 and again some 26.2 mile newbies, first marathons for Ali Kelly 6:11 and Nicola Dodds 6:16.
Respect to you all as finishers in an inspirational event on a tough day that also brought such sad news, the tragic death of Matt Campbell only 29 years old. The ladies completed the 3.7m in his memory in training this week.
Run Northumberland Half – 22nd April
Two harriers endured this tough route. Clare Bowley 2:08 and Ian Brooks 1:33
Run Durham Hamsterley – 21st April
Again we had two representatives for the club in this local 10K. Phil Jobson 42:45 and Mark Gubbins 46:21
Washington Trail 10K – 22nd April
Paul Young 48:11 was our only male runner with a few of our ladies out in force for this one too. Well done to Deborah Collins, Kat Nicholson, Gemma Scott, Julie Leath, Jayne Cuskern and Tracy Bowers.
Tracy also arranged a Blaydon Harriers takeover at Gibside Parkrun on 28th April. Thank you to everyone would volunteered to help, there were a few of the ladies who are regulars at Gibside either as runners or volunteers plus many more ladies and Simon who joined the marshalling team. Other members also went along to take part with some fab performances. Peter Hodgson and Izzy Jackson finishing as first male and first female finisher.
Well done again everyone on your efforts in training and competing.