At the recent 3M Centenary Fun Run on the June 16, Newton Aycliffe Athletic Club's junior section performed magnificently over the 3k trail course, with many personal bests being set.

Chris Kerr in third place in a time of 11.57 led the way for the juniors, shortly followed by Stephen Turnbull in fifth place in 12.30.

Others: James Askew 24th 15.06, Claire Wilson 27th 15.29, Brett Upton 29th 15.34, Ross Lathan 30th 15.36, Thomas Newbould 39th 16.46, Louise Hannant 44th 17.31, Alex Newbould 48th 18.25, Richard Summerbell 49th 18.27, Sarah Summerbell 50th 18.29, Angela Hannant 51st 18.33, Frazer Connelly 53rd 18.42, Katie Jones 65th 20.25, Jazmin Jenkinson 72nd 21.02, Ben Scholey 77th 21.32, Kevin Scholey 80th 21.38.

There were 102 runners competing in the race and the winner was Shildon's Matthew Lomax who smashed the course record in 11.18.

Two more juniors whose performances deserve a mention are James Askew, 11, who ran a new P.B. on the track to record 3.00 minutes for the 800 metres. Seven-year-old Ross Lathan also had reason to be pleased after finishing 16th in his schools race at Hummersnot.

The Croxdale 5-mile race on 23rd of June saw Matthew Bell storm round the undulating course to take 4th place in 27 minutes. Adam Gibson showed his dad a clean pair of heels to finish in 31 minutes, with old boy Colin Gibson two minutes behind his son in an excellent 33 minutes.

Three Runners took up the challenge of the Rainton 10k at Thirsk on Sunday June 30. As part of the black sheep series of races, the testing course didn't stop Peter Milburn weighing in with a very impressive time of 35.54, Sue Milburn produced yet another fine performance in 41.22, Dave McKenzie's improvement continued with a time of 46.23.

Quakers RC

The Quakers' Third Annual Presentation night was held on Saturday, June 29. Excellent attendance ensured an extremely successful night with Stephanie Bramley taking Junior Female Award, followed by Helen Scott - Junior Female Improved, Lewis Moses - Junior Male, Simon Carter - Junior Male Improved, David Stephenson - Junior Coach. Junior Special Merit Awards were awarded to Rachael Carter, Alan Carter, Simon Carter, Abigail Wilson, Alexandra Snook and Julia Orr. The special Chairman's Award was presented to Wayne & Dawn Bramley for exceptional dedication to the Club and Junior Section. Senior Special Merit Awards were presented to Kev Shevels, Jes Smith, Janet Younghusband, Harry Manual, Leon Manual, Richard Hughes, Tina Murray, Keith Shevels, Ian Scott, Dave Mason, Andrea Tucker, Andrea Carter, Steve Carter and Chairman Mike Horan. Julie Giblin received the Veteran, Female Improved trophy, Stevie Snook - Veteran Male Improved, Dawn Richardson - Senior Female, Helen Hancock - Senior Female Improved, Alisdair Tatham - Senior Male, Graham Park - Senior Male Improved, Paul Younghusband - Senior Coach and Keith Shevels was awarded the Catastrophe Award.

Special thanks to Mike Horan, Jes Smith and Harry Manual, Graham Park, Pat Murray, Dawn Bramley, Christine Scott, Jane Smith, Lynn Hatton, Paul Younghusband, Wayne Bramley and Dave Mason. A warm thank you is also extended to Start Fitness, Thorntons, Woolworths, Morrisons, Ottakers, Barclays, Boots, Allsports, Saks, Body Shop, Darlington Building Society, Wilkinsons, Ross Chisholm, Kev Shevels, Pat Murray, Jane Smith, Isobel Evans, Mike Horan, Ian Scott and Lewis Moses for contributing to a very successful raffle.

On Sunday, June 23, four members travelled to the Lake District to compete in the Grasmere Gallop. Perfect running conditions helped produce good times over the seven mile multi terrain course. Alisdair Tatham was first home for the club and second overall out of 360 runners in a time of 42:31, followed by Andrea Tucker, 134th overall, 57:36, Joe O'Donnell, 193rd 1:01:09 and Harry Manual, 263rd, 1:07:04.

On Thursday, June 20, the third White Horse Handicap was run. A total of 39 runners competed in the 5.5 mile multi terrain course. Lynn Hatton was first home in 47:43.

Others: Emma Taylor 53:52, Simon Blood 40:56, Jeff Walker 49:38, Mark Saunders 49:38, Dave McLachlan 42:30, Mike Scott 44:12, Mike Wray 36:40, Richard Wall 43:44, Keith Shevels 39:02, Caroline MacKenzie 46:09, John Burnside 37:40, Rob McSherry 36:24, Alan Prest 45:53, Alan Mulliss 42:00, Tony Gilroy 47:40, Steve Scott, 45:43, Stevie Snook 37:20, Geordie Tennant 43:22, Victor Brudenell 33:52, Bill Johnson 51:37, Hon Lee 35:58, Jes Smth 42:18, Tommy Hurworth 43:02, Martin Read 40:39, Isobel Evans 49:07, Martin Mullen 40:27, Colin Morris 43:00, Mike Horan 50:45, Peter Connor 36:31, Andrea Tucker 41:46, Donna Joice 47:25, Dianne Vaughan 49:44, Terry Deary 47:04, John Smith 42:34, Peter Braney 46:19, Grainne Archbold 58:52, Ross Chiscolm 55:24, Pat Murray 54:40.

The next White Horse Handicap will be held on Tuesday, July 16. The race comprises of 5.5 miles on public footpaths and bridleways around Darlington.

Races commence at 7.15pm from the White Horse Hotel, Harrowgate Hill, Darlington. Series prizes donated by Simpsons Sports. For further details, see website:

On Sunday, June 16, five of the clubs junior members travelled across to Carlisle's Sheepmount Stadium and returned with one gold, three silver and three bronze medals in reward of their efforts.

Results - Under-9 Girls: Samantha Whinn: 60m - 5th 10.7s, 600m - 3rd 2:43.8.

Under-11 Boys: Thomas Adkin: 80m - 3rd 13.0s, Long Jump - 4th 3.40m. Ben Turnbull: 80m - 1st 12.2s, Long Jump - 3rd 3.44m.

Under-13 Boys: Michael Whinn: High Jump - 4th 1.00m, Long Jump - 4th 3.31m, Javelin - 3rd 12.4m.

Under-15 Girls: Helen Scott: High Jump - 1st 1.03m, Javelin - 2nd 17.78m, Discus - 2nd 17.57m.

The next fell race will take place on Sunday, July 21. Monks Moor Fell Race is 13.5 miles over 3413 feet. Register on the day, one mile north of Middleton in Teesdale. Local knowledge/navigational skills required. Start time 11.00am. Includes two mile junior fell race commencing 11.15am.

Shildon R and AC

Othe weekend of Sunday, June 23 at the Croxdale five Road Race, Adam Ingram finished in ninth place in 31.52 with Julie Ingram in 22nd place in a time of 44.37. The winner was Malcolm Price of Salford AC in 26.10, the lay winner was Susan Kircup of Chester-le-Street in 38.20.

The following week June 29 and 30, the club had two athletes entered for the Norwich Union Under-23 and Under-20 AAAs European Trials held at Bedford, unfortunately Ian Davey had to pull out late due to injury, but Victoria Finn ran well in blustery conditions in her heat of the 400m to finish fourth in a time of 59.07 behind eventual winner Kim Wall of Basildon AC.

The same weekend saw two club runners compete at the Rainton 10k, Chris Griffith finished in 40th place in a time of 39.33 with Jackie Robinson in 142nd position in a time of 49.19. The winner was Alam Stimpson of New Marske Harriers in 32.19. First lady was Carol Humphreys of Harrogate AC in a time of 36.58.

On Tuesday, July 2 the final fixture of the North Yorkshire and South Durham League was held at Claireville Stadium Middlesbrough.

* Anyone who would be interested in becoming part of the club, which caters for all sprint and middle distance events, also throws and jumps, which train at the Stadium 2000 on Monday and Wednesday evenings (6pm) and Saturday mornings (10am), the age groups start from eight years to seniors, and also seniors who take part in road races and cross country. All standards catered for. Contact club secretary Neil Stockley on (01388) 776083.

Thirsk and

Sowerby Harriers

The pleasant and friendly Rainton 10k attracted ten Harriers on the morning of the World Cup Final. There were 206 finishers in the race, which was won by Alan Stimpson of New Marske Harriers in 32.19 minutes.

Richard Hall was the first Thirsk and Sowerby runner to finish, and also the first local man, in 34.46.

Other Harriers: John Yates 23rd 37.22, Angela Hayward 59th 41.21, Ian Codling 144th 49.56, Judith Seaton 171st 53.45, Nicola Thorpe 178th 54.58, Jo Fambley 187th 55.49, Chris MacAleenan 202nd 61.31, Marian Codling 203rd 63.03, Pamela Sherlock 204th 65.19.

The recent Fox and Hounds Chase Fell Race had 71 finishers with Richard Hall coming 3rd in a time of 1.08.08.

Other Harriers: Stewart Mechie 11th 1.10.52, Hywel Smith 28th 1.21.36, Ernie Huck 33rd 1.23.00, Angela Hayward 42nd 1.26.49, Neil Mechie 49th 1.30.20, Maureen Gibbs 37th 1.42.01. The men's team finished in 3rd place behind Middlesbrough A and B teams.

The Cock Howe & Beyond Fell Race attracted 69 finishers and the race was won by a lady runner, Ronan Smith of Scarborough in 41.22.

Other Harriers: Merv Burn 3rd 41.33, Richard Hall 4th 42.03, Stewart Mechie 10th 44.15, Neil Mechie 26th 50.35, Hywel Smith 29th 50.57, Ernie Huck 31st 51.09, Angela Hayward 34th 51.39, Cameron Choules 62nd 58.58, Maureen Gibbs 64th 59.31, Pat Kirby 68th 65.13.

The men's team finished 1st, ahead of teams A, B, C and D from Middlesbrough. The Ladies team were 3rd.

New Marske Harriers

O Wednesday June 26 Harriers held their 16th Annual Pie and Peas 10kms Road Race round the village of New Marske. The host club had 31 finishers out of the total of 76. After one lap there was a group of half a dozen then Shaun O'Grady (NMH) pulled away and gradually increased his lead through laps two and three to win comfortably in a time of 33:14.