ARC Weekly Race Report – Week 49 – 13th Dec 2023

The past couple of weeks have been affected by the weather which has seen a number of races cancelled although some have managed to take place.

On Saturday 9 December, the club travelled to Temple Park in South Shields for the North East Counties Athletics Association Cross Country Championships.  In the Boys under 11 race Elijah McLuckie (10:28) was the sole representative for the club.  In the Under 17 boy’s race, Max Todd (31:23) was the sole runner for the club.  

In the Senior men’s race, Richard Campbell (53:14), Martin Turnbull (55:06), Richard Holland (1:00:55) and Shaun Dodd (1:01:28) all took part.  It was noted that the conditions on the day were treacherous with a lot of mud and some deep puddles to run through which is testament to the effort shown by everyone that took part.  Unfortunately, one member had to drop out after one lap with injury after slipping on the mud.

On Sunday 10 December, two members took part in the Dalton Park Winter 10k with David Stothard (56:36) and Ian Stothard (1:14:09) both representing the club.

On Saturday 2 December five members started their weekend  with a parkrun on a weather impacted weekend, taking in the Cotsford Fields, Marshall Drive, Bear Creek Greenbelt and Epworth Equestrian events. 

At  Cotsford Fields, David Stothard (30:46) and Ian Stothard (39:35) both completed the course.  Em Flyn travelled to Marshall Drive, setting a new personal best for the course of 35:29. Matt Heron (21:52) took part in the event at Bear Creek Greenbelt for the first time.  At Epworth Equestrian, Keith Hatton set a new personal best for the course of 28:04. 

On Saturday 9 December 24 members started their weekend with a parkrun, taking in the Albert, Town Moor, Whitley Bay, Sedgefield, Darlington South Park, Hackworth, Hartlepool, North Yorkshire Water Park and Wynyard Woodland events. 

At Albert Park, Dave Stothard (25:48) and Ian Stothard (34:14) both set new personal bests for the course.  At Darlington South Park, John Surtees (17:11) finished fourth with Tracey Surtees (20:48) finishing as first lady. 

At Hackworth, Anthony Dickinson (20:32) finished second, setting a new personal best for any parkrun of 20:32.  At Hartlepool, Danial Tatham also set a new personal best for any parkrun of 22:15.  Tracey Pickering (30:18) and Cliff Pickering (32:30) both set a new personal best for Hartlepool.  At North Yorkshire Water Park, Bernadette Cooper completed the course for the first time finishing as third lady in a time of 24:10. 

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