ARC Weekly Race Report – Week 50 – 15th December 2021

Saturday morning saw eighteen Members turn out at the parkrun events at Darlington South Park, Hackworth and Sedgefield. At Darlington South Park parkrun, Craig ROBINSON set himself a new Personal Best (PB) for the event, completing the 5K run in 26:38. Ian STOTHARD also recorded a new best time at the event, finishing his run in 32:18.

At Hackworth parkrun, Simon TURNER was also setting himself a new PB for that event, completing the undulating three lap course in 23:39.

On Saturday afternoon one of the biggest running events in the North-East calendar took place in East Park, Sedgefield, with the running of the 115th North-Eastern Counties Athletic Association’s Cross-Country (XC) Championship. Conditions on the day were perfect for XC running, and the event attracted some of the best runners in the North-East, including the 2020 National XC Champion, Calum JOHNSON from Gateshead Harriers and Athletics Club. 

Some of the Men's Team at the NECCA XC Champs

In the Men’s race, which took place over a distance of 12K (four large loops of the park), John SURTEES was first home for the Club in 43:52. John was followed in by John FIRBY in 45:23, and Dez FIELDEN in 46:59. 

John SURTEES at the NECCA XC Champs

Paul DALTON was our fourth counter on the day, finishing in 48:20, followed by Richard CAMPBELL in 49:12 and Trevor DIXON in 51:16. Matthew HERON completed the race in 55:50, with Peter TENNICK having another solid run in 56:42. Richard HOLLAND finished in 57:41, only just ahead of Shaun DODD in 58:00, and Trevor NEEDHAM crossed the line in 59:42.

Dez FIELDEN at the NECCA XC Champs

Our Men’s Team (first six counters) finished 15th in the overall team standings, which for a Club the size of Aycliffe Running Club, was a tremendous achievement.

Richard CAMPBELL at the NECCA XC Champs

In the Ladies race, which took place over 8K, Carley COOPER was first home for the Club in 47:18, followed by Melanie ROWLAND in 48:12. Jayne RUDD wasn’t too far behind, having an excellent run to cross the line in 48:43. 

All at Aycliffe Running Club would like to extend our thanks to our friends at Sedgefield Harriers for organising a superb event. 

On Sunday, Paul RANDS completed his year of racing with a run in the Tatton Yule Yomp. This 10K race takes place on a multi-terrain, undulating one lap course which runs through and around Tatton Park. The terrain consists of trail, grass, tarmac and gravel, with the final kilometre on a fully closed road. Paul completed this tough race in 51:24.

We held our Annual General Meeting on Sunday evening and the Chair, Anne KELLETT, extended her thanks both to the Officers and Coaches of the Club who give their time freely to ensure that the Club continues to function successfully, and to the Members, who had supported and engaged with the Club’s activities throughout another difficult year. 

If you have any queries about the activities of Aycliffe Running Club, please visit our website, or contact the Club’s Secretary, Donna, at