There were three Harriers in Parkrun action on Saturday, a day which saw two personal bests (pb) and a Parkrun debut.
The fastest of the trio was Mark Cockburn, in his first Parkrun, finishing the 5k in Newcastle in a very good 18.57.
Meanwhile, over on the west coast of Cumbria, Gay and Richard Eastoe were both securing a new pb at Workington, with Gay winning the female 60 category for the umpteenth time.
Results: Newcastle: 16-Mark Cockburn 18.57. Workington: 21-Richard Eastoe 22.11; 39-Gay Eastoe 25.12.
Later that day, Pauline Aitchison, the fastest Harrier in a half-marathon so far this year, was taking part in the Loch Leven Half Marathon. Pauline finished 141st of over 1,500 runners in 1.39.39.
The following day, five Harriers were in action in the Sunderland Strollers-organised Pier to Pier Race.
All five have taken part in the race before, but on this occasion, Ron McCormack was the only one who improved on previous times.
Results: 306-Dave Bartrum 56.20; 488-Morag Donoghue 1.02.55; 489-Maureen Bartrum 1.02.57; 558-Carol Davison 1.06.13; 581-Ron McCormack 1.07.12.
Last Wednesday, Gay Eastoe was yet again winning the female 60 category in a race, this time in the Kendal 10k.
Gay and husband Richard raced together, both finishing in 55.32, with Gay one place ahead of Richard in 93rd.
Peter Grey returned to competitive running for the first time for 11 months.
The 56-year-old took part at a recent Park Run at South Shields and despite having had a chronic upper hamstring injury for more than four years, he completed the 5k course in 19m20s, finishing first in the over-55 age-group.
Peter has had several long lay-offs in recent years and has had to cut back hard on his training/racing which results in slower race times.
He says this is hard to accept, but a little running is better than no running.