Graham Armstrong reports with obvious and justified pride on his son's efforts at the weekend.
Another result from the weekend ! Young Jack Armstrong turned out at the Newcastle Park Run on Saturday, a week after his 13th birthday and managed to improve further on his PB time of 21.39 set 2 weeks ago. In windy conditions Jack went on to record a tremendous time of 21.06 finishing in 47th position out of a field of 286 finishers. Not long before that 21 minute barrier bites the dust!
Well done, Jack!
Hoorah for Harry!
The gentlemen of Wallsend Harriers were in action this weekend with victories on Saturday and Sunday in the bag in testing conditions on both days!
Well done to the lovely Harry Coates who took victory in the Durham Duathlon. This 5k run, 25k bike ride then another 5k run was over undulating ground with a testing climb during the bike section. This coupled with a little bit of rain (understatement of the year!) made this a great victory for Harry...we've not said it in a while but Hoorah for Harry!
24 hours earlier in Gateshead the simply BRILLIANT Brian Hetherington took victory in the Gateshead Parkrun. Now this is a man going from strength to strength. Following a stunning run on Tuesday in the first of the SGP series (where Brill Bri set a new vets course record) Brian took victory in a time of 17.03. On a ridiculously hilly course not only did Brian take the victory but he ran the 2nd fastest time ever for the course. Well done Brian...you really are brilliant!!
After fantastic feedback following Terry's race last weekend (we look forward to seeing you all next year!) - this Wednesday at 7.30pm is the memorial race for Terry's very close friend, Gordon Smith. This popular relay event is held over the similar course around the cycle tracks of Segedunum. For further details of the event please click here
Registration - from 6.15pm - and the presentation of prizes will take place at St Columba's Church Hall, Wallsend (approx 0.5 miles from the start of the run)...plus the usual spread of food for all runners after the run!
See you all there for a great night of running!
Summer Grand Prix win for Liam!
Liam Smart took full advantage of a favourable handicap on his 1st outing around the Rising Sun 2 mile course with a comfortable win in what was a record breaking evening!
Lee Morgan writes.....
When I was asked to write a few words about the Terry O'Gara Memorial 5k I thought 'A few? You can’t sum up a morning like that in just a few words!'.
- I mean I could talk about how well we did as a club to organise this event for the first time.
- I could talk about how well supported the race was by other clubs.
- I could talk about how everyone, including runners, marshalls, spectators and officials played their part in making the day enjoyable and go without any major hitches.
- I could talk about the 2 Wallsend winners in Yared Hagos and Stacey Rogers.
Or I could talk about Terry.....
Huge congratulations to Laura Murphy and Paddy Dinsmore who today represented Wallsend Harriers in the London Marathon. Both had fantastic runs completing the event in the big smoke in under 4 hours! Fantastic results - well done guys!
This Sunday sees the running of the inaugural Terry O'Gara Memorial 5K road race.....here's to a great day to celebrate the life of a simply great great bloke (and his amazing and beautiful wife)!
The inspirational Terry O'Gara
This is a new race in the calendar over the very popular 5K distance based on the well known “Gordon Smith Relays” route. An officially measured, largely traffic- free 5K course using the Hadrian’s Way Cycle Path in memory of club chairman Terry O’Gara.
Senior & Veteran Men & Women Start: 10.00 am with registration from 9.15am at Segedunum Roman Fort.
Whether running or cheering on the masses this will be a fantastic day to celebrate the lives of Terry and his beautiful wife Norma O'Gara. We are looking forward to seeing you all there - come on guys let's make Terry and the O'Gara family proud!
For further details on the route click here
Norma and Terry O'Gara
It is our sad duty to inform you that after a long battle with illness Norma O'Gara passed away peacefully on Friday morning, fittingly she was surrounded by her close family.
Norma had shown unbelievable courage and strength over the last week of her life, defying the odds when the consultants told the family on Tuesday that Norma had only a few hours to live. But that was Norma – a strong, brave and gutsy lady.
This beautiful woman had truly been the wind beneath Terry’s wings and the driving force behind her children Paul, Steve and Kerry.
Norma’s funeral will be held at 10am on Thursday 19th April at St Columbas Church, Wallsend and 11.15am at St Peters Cemetery then back to the Lindisfarne.
The family have asked us to let you know that you are all more than welcome to attend.
On behalf of Wallsend Harriers we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Paul, Steve, Kerry and their families at this time. You are all in our thoughts and we send our love.