A great night of 800m races for local charity

Junior Tynedale Harriers Max Pearson, 13 and Jonny Currie, 17 hosted an evening of 800m races at Wentworth Leisure Centre on Thursday 29th August. The event was held to raise money for Tynedale Hospice at Home and to raise awareness of the Hot 1000 which aims to get people to sign up to make regular donations to the cause. Max is running the Junior Great North Run for the Hospice and would like to raise £1000.

All the races were seeded to give athletes the rare chance to run against runners of the same ability regardless of age and gender. The event proved to be a huge success with 24 of the 47 competitors recording Personal Best times and many others recording Seasons Bests.

Racing kicked off in style with a fast sub 2 minute affair. Jonny Currie recorded the fastest time of the night against some of the region’s best 800m runners including Steve Cram’s son Marcus. Max ran in the second race competing against London 2012 Olympic 1500m finalist Laura Weightman. Max recorded a PB of 2.10.09. Laura wanted to run the race in 2.05 rather than going at full pace, she duly recorded a time of 2.04.89. Tynedale Harrier Phil Thompson battled hard to beat Laura to the line finishing in a PB of 2.03.2.

Other notable performances came from 13 year old Sam Myers who raced against his Dad Paul. Paul led for most of the race but was unable to keep up as Sam upped the pace in the last 150m. Sam finished in a PB of 2.35.2 and Paul in a SB of 2.36. Roisin Lally aged 10 years and Paddy Lally 12 years continued the trend by beating their Mum Jo to the finishing line. Paddy in a time of 2.36 and Roisin in a PB of 3.02.5.

Club chairman Marcus Byron was determined not to be “chicked” as he dug deep to beat Maria Armstrong on the line by the narrowest of margins. Both recorded season’s bests of 2.44.0 and 2.44.2 respectively.

Jonny’s Dad, Alan Currie, was never likely to get close to his PB of 1.53.5 set a few years ago but he ran far faster than his declared time of 3.20 in a SB of 2.47.7. He was out sprinted in his race by Tony French who also ran a SB of 2.47.0.

There were six races during the evening, all ran in a highly competitive nature which created great viewing for the mass of supporters. The event raised £200 for Tynedale Hospice at Home. Anybody wishing to make donations can do so at http://www.justgiving.com/MaxPearson1000. Many thanks to those that helped the boys organise the event and helped out on the night.

Tynedale Hospice at Home provides a home nursing service for those with a life-limiting illness, as well as a patient transport service and bereavement counselling. Find out more bout the charity here.

Tynedale Hospice 800m Race Results (pdf)

Results also on Powerof10.

Photos on Flickr Video on YouTube!

Jules Pearson Aug 2013

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