Last Sunday saw the grand finale of the North Yorkshire and South Durham Cross Country League, and HARC fielded both a men’s and women’s team for the Road Race Relays. Following the Parkrun route at Darlington’s South Park, each runner completed 2 laps in a team of 3 and 4 respectively. On a baking hot day – for March – there were no complaints about the mud, rain, hail or snow this time! But running in unseasonal heat did present its own challenges and what would cross country be if there wasn’t the weather to moan about…
Thankfully, all those who ran were able to smash their own personal goals for the race and some achieved PB or season best times to boot. Team Manager Chris Lees was delighted with everyone’s efforts, commenting how proud he was and that he couldn’t wait for next season. “It was also brilliant to have so much support from HARC too,” he added. From a runner’s perspective, it certainly does make all the difference to hear yourself being cheered on by family and friends.
In the women’s team was Alice Inglis, Kay Kelly and Ruth Hancock, with Anna Bonner in reserve, and the men’s team comprised of Richard Schofield, Chris Lees, Phill Heward and Craig Keedy. They’re already looking forward to next year and would welcome other members to join in the fun.

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