Locke Park 20Ten - 17/03/19
By Dave Aspin
Another great race at Locke Park, many thanks to the Organisers and Marshals for organising the race, fortunately, apart from the windy spot my wife was marshalling, the conditions were pretty ideal. Usually on the other end of the microphone, I was tempted out to run my first 20 mile race, in fact my first ever 20 mile run. What would it be like running 20 laps around Locke Parke? Well, I found it very enjoyable. I was able to tick off every lap with the help of Graham on the microphone, I could set points on the lap to check my times on the lap. In all it was much easier than going out for a run on my own. Being lapped, and lapping runners and the excellent support from the marshals meant you never had time on your own to think about nothing as you do on some long races.
Well done to Kay Neesam and Shirley Gibson who were the age graded winners of the 20 miler and 10 miler. Full prize winners, Results and Pictures below.
Thanks to Dave Robinson for the pictures, although I must have been going so fast at the finish that he missed me!
Thirsk 10 Miler - 17/03/19
Some great results at the Thirsk 10 with Dean Newton, despite being clipped by a car, picking up 2nd place with Harry Allan 3rd and along with Paul Brown PB & 3rd vet 40 and Martin Murray PB & 1st Vet 50 picked up the Male Team Prize.
The Ladies also picked up the Team Prize with Sharon Bulman PB 2nd V45, Eli Barnbrook PB 5th Senior, Melanie Carlton 3 V40 and Chalotte Ellis also with a PB.
Harry Gamble-Thompson with his wife Yvonne
Harry one of New Marske Harriers’ longest serving members died on Saturday 16th March. He was 87.
Harry joined the club not long after it was formed. As a runner he set and still holds many club records for all distances from 5k to Marathon. At the 1982 London Marathon (whilst a member of Middlesbrough & Cleveland) he ran a time of 2:32:10 which still ranks him 10th All Time British Vet 50. He probably ran faster than that as there was no chip timing in those days!
During his 60’s he was often ranked in the top 3 in the country at the marathon.
During his 10 years as chairman, he was instrumental in helping the club raise £50,000 of the £150,000 match funding that secured the National Lottery funding for the track at Laurence Jackson School which is a legacy that benefits our current junior members.
It was due to the inspiration of Harry that I started running and his encouragement that I joined the club. He would also provide help and advice to runners of all abilities.
Until quite recently he still helped Yvonne opening up, making the tea and washing up at the church hall on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
He will be missed by everyone that knew him.
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