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The object of New Marske Harriers is the promotion of community participation in healthy recreation for the benefit of the inhabitants of Redcar and Cleveland and it's neighbouring Boroughs by the provision of facilities for athletics. Registered Charity Number 1168578

Locke Park 20/10 - 19th March 2017

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The weather managed to stay fine for the runners in the Locke Park 20/10 miler.  For the first time we offered the option of finishing at 10 or 20 miles but not inbetween.  Some decided to race 10 and run a further few laps to make up their training miles.  The results and prize winners are detailed below, but well done to our overall Age Graded winners Shirley Gibson in the 10 miler and Kay Neesam in the 20 miler. 

 

Results    Photos  Prize Winners 

 

 

Hull 20 - 19/03/17

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Report by Tristan Learoyd

 

After a build up and advice from Steve Shaw I tackled the East Hull 20. The objective was to run under 1:50:00. I'd had a couple of goes at running inside 1:53:30 in training, running 40 laps of the half mile block outside my house. In good conditions I knew going into the race, I had already ran 1:52, and 1:50 was on if I ran even paced. It would mean a PB through 13.1. My half marathon PB was ran on a windy day in Redcar and I was confident it would go irrespective of the conditions in Hull.
Unfortunately, every single target race I've ran since May bank holiday 2016 has been in horrific conditions. So I knew Hull conditions would be accordingly bad. The prognostic was for 40mph head winds. So I made a paper Voodoo doll during the week in an attempt to reverse my fortunes. I sat it in the window in a trophy from the previous weekend's race, facing Hull.
After two years of wearing no watch, today I ran in a Garmin. The pace early in was too slow as it slipped over 5:40, so I had to run from the front and encourage others to run slightly under 5:30. Somebody in the pack remarked "what good conditions". Almost immediately the wind got up and blew the pack of 10 down to 3 and the chatter stopped. I knew to keep the pace going I'd have to encourage the two remaining runners to share out the running. One of the runners was Spanish so I spoke to him in his native language to encourage him to share the lead. "Deberiamos compartir el trabajo."
Despite the wind, all was going well and at 5 miles we had brought the pace back to bang on 5:30. Then Daniel Kestrel of Barnsley put in a surge. From my training I know I can run 5:30s all day but anything sub 5:23 is a problem. So I had to let the two runners go. They ran close to 5:00 for mile 6. I hadn't backed off enough and ran 5:15. So now I had lactate in my system and I knew if the wind got up in the second half things were going to get brutal. I went through 10 in 54:30. This was my target for 10 miles. In perfect conditions I was confident I'd close out in sub 1:50.
Then I turned, about 200m back from the front pair, for the final 10 miles. The hedges along the roadside disappeared. The wind became savage. The 11th mile was 6:00. The 12th mile as ugly. At 12 Dad appeared with a Lucozade. I provided evidence of my amateur status by chocking on the drink and shouting "it's like running in a f*cking wind tunnel".
The final 10 miles were brutal. Alone, exposed, and being blown like a rag doll. I then thought about the Voodoo doll. Bet he's laughing now. Apparently you're supposed to drown successful weather charm in alcohol and give them a dignified burial. "Stuff you you're going down the loo" I shouted aloud as I battled the wall of wind alone along the railway.
I could see one of the front pair had dropped off the pace and mile 15 turned out of the wind and I popped off a 5:30. But then mile 16 hit the wind again. The final four miles were savage. I struggled to maintain 6:00 pace in the wind I cursed at the sky "every f*cking race". By mile 19 I could hardly breathe spent from an epic fight with the elements. I finished 3rd in a provisional 1:52:55, a club record but yet another poor reflection of my form to go in the catalog of times destroyed by the elements.
The Voodoo doll met a miserable end.

UK Inter County Championships 2017

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Report by Dan Gunn

That time of year again and a handful of our runners were off to compete against the UK's finest athletes at the culminating fixture of the club cross country calendar - the UK Inter County Championships. This year, the competition was to be held at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough , which proved to be a terrific venue for spectators and competitors alike. Stampede by stampede, the races got underway and by the end of the day over 2500 runners had taken on the unforgiving course, and won. We had 5 runners representing our club from the U15s up to the Seniors and for a club of our size, this is quite an achievement considering the sheer scale and quality of such an event. First off for the Harriers were Hassan Ben-Tiba and Harry Allen who both put in great performances in the U20 mens race finishing 29th and 118th respectively. Next up was the U15 boys with Dan Gunn fighting back from an early fall to finish 42nd in his age group with his team taking bronze for their efforts. Two more impressive performances followed from Eli Barnbrook who finished 191st in the U17W race and Dean Newton finishing 51st in the Senior Men's race. Dean also picked up a team win alongside the likes of Johnathan Taylor, Carl Avery and Greg Jayasuriya. On the whole, the day was one to remember for everyone involved and I'm sure that the experience will stay with me (Dan) forever but for now it's back to working hard ready for the track season.

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Photos by Karen Newton    Results will be here

Member of the Month  . 

Well done to our member of the month for February - Hannah Gunn

Hannah Gunn 

 

Hannah was nominated for the determination she has shown throughout the cross country season. She has completed all of the events mostly with her big smile!

 Anybody who has not received

their Member of the Month T-Shirt please contact David Aspin

A full list of previous winners can be found here 

Remember, any member/parent/coach can nominate a senior or junior each month. It will allow the club to recognise achievements that are not necessarily catered for by our existing award structure. It could be for competing or volunteering. Preference will usually be to those where the event has taken place within the month and who are unlikely to win one of the club's annual awards - but this will depend the strength of each month's nominations.

Click Here to Make a nomination for March

 

Charles Stuart 

North East Athletics has lost another supporter of many year standing.

A really nice man who will be missed greatly.

Link to Middlesbrough AC

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