Scott breaks records!
Marc Scott our Harrier and GB athlete on loan at Tulsa University, USA ran an exceptional race over an invitational 3000m indoors on Saturday night. He broke the hallowed 8 minutes arriving home 1st place in 7:55, destroying the high class field and breaking the university record. This phenomenal run now places him as the top U23 in this age group and 2nd overall in the United Kingdom.
A select squad from Richmond and Zetland took the trip over to Dewsbury for the 10k organised by Dewsbury Road Runners. On a cold and very blustery day, pb's were like hens teeth but with an out and back, at least the wind was behind the runners on the way home. The first harrier home and the ladies winner was Shona Fletcher who ran another sub 36 minute time in 35:55, Ken Harker had a good run and followed in 36:24 but these tropical type conditions aren't to his liking. Second claim runner Sharon Barlow (36:22) was just pipped by Ken and was the 3rd lady, with Michelle Nolan close on their heels as the 4th lady, with a huge pb (36:35) and to give the ladies team prize to R&Z. Tori Green and Nick Mason also had good races in 37:39 and 39:07 respectively. Kens training group were also represented by Simon Rodgers, Paul Cook and Peter Armstrong (all Darlington Harriers).
On Saturday, with Darlington parkrun was cancelled due to ice on the course 6 intrepid harriers braved the ice patches, steps, building work, sleet and gales to indulge in a bit of tourism at Tees Barrage. Rob Scott had a comfortable run to lead the pack home in 18:20, Jo Adams was the First Lady in 19:33 and third overall, she was also followed by her sister Rosie as the 2nd lady (24:33) and Kathryn Fletcher just edging out her mother by a short buggy and Shona Fletcher the 3rd lady. Ken Harker was next and bringing up the rear was Mark Fletcher on his seasonal outing. Fletcher is still struggling to make the step up to distance running and has been heard that he may need to discuss this with his coach. Although sitting in the car with the heating on until 2 minutes to start is does not constitute a warm up and possibly he may need to practice what he preaches if he is follow in Director of Coachings, Shaun Purkiss's foot steps.