Aycliffe Running Club update

Aycliffe Running Club's John Firby. Picture: David Aspin

On Saturday there was a healthy turnout from Aycliffe Running Club, with members at the Darlington South Park, Hamsterley Forest, Hackworth, Jubilee, Sedgefield, The Cinder Track (Whitby) and Town Moor (Newcastle) events.

Notable runs included Peter TENNICK’s run at South Park, where he broke the 20-minute barrier for a 5K for the first time, posting a new best of 19:51. Martin TURNBULL also bagged himself a Personal Best at the Sedgefield event, finishing in 22:09.  

The big race on Sunday was the Brampton to Carlisle 10 Mile Road Race, which attracts a high-quality field, and promises fast times. A contingent from the club travelled to the North-West to take on the race, and first home was John FIRBY, with a new PB of 58:26.

Tracking him every step of the way, and finishing just three seconds adrift, was Dez FIELDEN. Dez crossed the line in 58:29, which was good enough for a PB, and to claim the club record for the distance in the VM45-49 Age Category.

Also grabbing himself a PB for the ten-mile distance was Stuart JOYCE, who completed the race in 70:04. Trish KAY was the sole female runner from the club, and Trish had a fantastic run, finishing in 1:21:49, and claimed third place in her Age Category (W60). Trish also set a new Club Record for the distance in the F60 Age Category.

Sunday saw the Croft Motor Racing Circuit play host to the latest fixture in the NYSD XC (Cross Country) calendar. The races took place in decent conditions, with the Ladies and Over 65 Men’s races first off. In the Ladies race, which took place over 6.2K, Carley GIBSON was first home for the club in 37:25, followed by Melanie ROWLAND in 39:12, Kelly DICKINSON (41:01), Sandrine HEWITT (41:27) and Susan CLARK (52:38).

In the Men’s Over 65 Race, which also took place over 6.2K, Trevor NEEDHAM completed his run in 31:10, and in the Men’s Over 70’s race, Kevin GREENALL finished the 6.2K distance in 38:49.

In the Senior and Veteran Men’s Race, which took place over 8.2K, Richard CAMPBELL was first home for the club in 35:45. Gareth KYLE shadowed Richard for most of the race, just losing ground on the final lap, but finished with a decent time of 36:26. Peter TENNICK was the next Aycliffe runner across the line, finishing in 39:17, and he was followed by Matthew HERON (40:14), Martin SEDGWICK (42:54), Ryan PEARSON (44:10) and David STOTHARD (49:12).

If you have any queries about the activities of Aycliffe Running Club, visit here, or contact club’s secretary Donna at ayclifferunningclub@gmail.com

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