North Herts Road Runners round-up as pair take on Great North Run

PUBLISHED: 10:37 12 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:40 12 September 2017

John and Lucy Auld in the North East for the Great North Run

John and Lucy Auld in the North East for the Great North Run


Two North Herts Road Runners made the long journey to Newcastle to compete in the Great North Run at the weekend.

John Auld and Simon Poole both ran at a fast pace in blustery weather, finishing in 127th and 611th positions respectively.

Auld had set himself a target of 79 minutes and had achieved it with eight seconds to spare in a fantastic time of 1:18:52 with Poole close behind with a very creditable 1:27:57.

A little closer to home Sue Foot took on the Thetford Iceni Marathon, a self guided trail route running on various surfaces.

Despite the lack of recent training and a trip only a few miles in, the resilient Foot clocked an impressive total of 26.5 miles in 5:15.

Darren Sunter took on the Swineshead 10 Mile race and finished in second place with a time of 58:02.

Earlier Darren Matussa and David Annetts went to Woodford for the Open Meet with Matussa running the one mile in 5.12.89 and 3K 11:04.51 races.

Annetts took part in the 3K walk and finished in second place in 15:26.

The next day Matussa raced in the Watford Open Meet and took part in one of the 800m races finishing 2:25.09 and also took part in a 3K race 10:22:01.

Several Squirrels ran Parkruns at the weekend.

At the Stevenage event Richard Harbon finished in 20:21, John Cooper 20:52, David Weston, 22:09, Lewis Green 23:27, Sheila Leavy 29:17 and Patrick Norris 33:04.

At Wimpole Hall Vince Wright crossed the line in 22:03, Matthew Davies 26:10 and Lucy O’Connor 27:25.

Chris Poole ran the Queen Elizabeth Parkrun in 26:03 and finally in Jersey James Keogh and Claire Hooley ran the 5K course in 19:41 and 35:08 respectively.

More news stories

A red tape blunder has led to work being halted on “stunned” Stevenage FC’s new North Stand.


From small seeds do great things grow – and that can certainly be said of the lifelong friendships shared by Hitchin town twinners with their German counterparts in Bingen am Rhein.


Hertfordshire’s police and crime commissioner could close blue-light stations in Hitchin, Hatfield and other towns if he gains control over the fire and rescue service.

A Letchworth GP surgery has now been rated as ‘good’ – after two previous Care Quality Commission inspections found the practice to be ‘inadequate’.

Most read stories


Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Read the The Comet e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

The Comet weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy