ARC Weekly Race Report – Week 28 – 13th July 2022

On Wednesday 29 June, several Members took part in the Darlington Trail Series run 4 with this being a 5k run around West Park.   The results were not available for last week’s report but have now been released.  First back for the club in 2nd place was Paul DALTON in a time of 18:44.  He was followed by Daniel TATHAM in a time of 23:29.  Next back was David STOTHARD in a time of           27:39 followed by Melanie ROWLAND in a time of 29:46.  Craig PICKERING was next back in a time of 38:06, closely followed by Tracey PICKERING in a time of 38:07

On Tuesday 5 July, five Members took part in the Bridges of the Tyne 5 mile road race.  First back for the club was John SURTEES in a time of 28:55.  Second back was John FIRBY in a time of 29:33.  He was closely followed by Paul DALTON, and Gareth KYLE who both finished with a time of 29:48 which was also a personal best for Gareth over this distance.  Tracey SURTEES was 3rd in the Female over 35 category, finishing in a time of 33:08.

On Wednesday 6 July, one Member took part in the North East Fell Running Championships race 4 at Commondale Beacon.  The race was a 12.5km race with a climb of 325 metres.  Shaun DODD competed for the club coming home in a time of 1:15:12.         

Saturday morning was a very busy one for Members with a total of 28 members beginning their weekend with a Parkrun.  The Club was represented at the

Albert (Middlesbrough), Sedgefield, Darlington South Park, Hackworth, Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation and North Yorkshire Water Park events

Three runners took park at Albert Park for the first time with Jayne RUDD finishing in a time of 26:12 in what was a new Personal Best for a Parkrun.  Richard TONGE completed the event in a time of 30:15, closely followed by Kathleen TONGE in a time of 30:51.


At Sedgefield, David STOTHARD completed his 300th ever parkrun which is an amazing achievement finishing in a time of 26:38.

At Hackworth, Stuart JOYCE continued his impressive form finishing second in a time of 21:40.  At Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation, Paul RANDS came second, finishing in a time of 23:49.

At North Yorkshire Water Park, two Members attended that event for the first time with Alan KELLETT finishing in a time of 26:44.  Anne KELLETT also took part in the event, finishing in a time of 30:55

If you feel inspired to start running or want to run with like-minded people, our sessions cater for people of all abilities.  Every Monday we have a Beginner’s Run that starts at 6:30pm at the Oakleaf Sports Complex at School Aycliffe Lane.  It is a steady run that can be used if you are a beginner, returning from injury or just looking for a social run with like-minded people.  It is a very welcoming session and perfect for anyone starting out.

Every Tuesday we have the main outdoor running session which starts at 7pm.  Usually, we meet at the Sports Complex but there are occasions where we meet somewhere else depending on where the session takes place.  These sessions ae usually interval sessions over various distances and will focus on strength, speed and stamina and is aimed to replicate how you would run in a race.  We do this in 3 groups so that the session can fit around people of all abilities.  Again, ideal if you want to take your running to the next level and build up speed but also good for all abilities and running with like-minded people.  There are some excellent sessions.  On Thursday’s we meet at Shildon 2000 Stadium with the session starting at 6:30pm.  We usually meet at Sunnydale Leisure Centre from 6:15pm with the option for a warm up around the edge of the track.

There are other sessions that some members will organise and Wednesdays there will be some social runs which can be used as a recovery run and it’s also a good opportunity to have a chat with someone as you run.  Those sessions usually start at 6:30pm at the Oakleaf Sports Complex but check out our Facebook page before attending any of the sessions to make sure they are still taking place.  We start all sessions with a gentle warm up although sometimes at the track there will be activities to get you moving as well as our loud speaker playing out everyone’s favourite tunes!.  All sessions finish with a cool down and some static stretches.

We would love it if you came along and tried one of the sessions.  We know that once you do, you will be back on a regular basis and it may be YOU that ends up with your name in our race reports.  The good thing about running is that you can do it pretty much anywhere and it can be free.  Running with others helps keep you motivated and also gives you confidence to push on and do more.  Being active is not only good for your physical health but equally important for your mental health.  All you need to do is turn up for a session and introduce yourself or if you have any queries about the activities of Aycliffe Running Club, or are interested in joining the Club, please visit our website, or contact the Club’s Secretary, Donna, at