New Marske Harriers excel in the mud and rain at Berry Park


The forecast suggested the weather may be good but yet again they got it seriously wrong. A mizzly damp day with occasional heavy showers made the whole of Berry Park Mansfield a slippery muddy mess but surprisingly the course condition held up well and the running although very slippery wasn’t as heavy going as it might have been.

Of our 8 teams competing the U17 women were first off  running 2.5k legs. Chloe Loredo ran the 1st leg in a very respectable 9.37 to come home in 22nd place. Most team strategies seemed to be to have their best runners on the 1st leg so 1st leg positions were very hard earned. Kyah Hall took over running 10.37 to  hand over to Katie Coulson on the 3rd leg who brought the team home in a creditable 23rd out of 48 finishers.

Our U17 men were next off where Wayne Parker ran a superb 3k leg in 9.33 minutes to come home in 13th place. Waynes run was only 24 seconds slower than the fastest lap of the day. Charlie Pascoe took over on the 2nd leg and ran a great leg especially as he was a late replacement. Finally Drew Davison brought the team home in 42 place out of 81 teams.

In the U13 category we had some very young runners many of whom were running in their 1st major competition. The U13 girls were led off by Frances Bell who paced her race excellently and completed the 2K course in 8.57 mins. Hannah Raine ran a solid 2nd leg and Eli Barnbrook made up 14 places & brought the team home in a very creditable 71st out of 85

The U13 boys also ran 2k legs and were led off by Ben Bergstrand. He was followed by Leyton English who ran what was probably his best race ever and Elliot Metcalfe brought the team home in 84th out of 95 teams. All 3 boys ran really strong legs . None of these younger runners were over awed by the competition and all had a smile on their faces once they had recovered. Some of them needed a bit of persuasion to run but all of them really excelled.

The U15 age group also ran 2k legs Izzy Pearse led off the girls team followed by Natasha Thornton who deserves great credit as she was running to make up the team and ran a really respectable leg. Jordyn English brought the team home in 84th out of 95 teams

Sam Garratt was the lead runner in the U15 boys followed by Josh McMillan with Patrick Wilson running the anchor leg. All 3 boys ran steady legs and Patick brought the team home in 67th place out of 80 teams

Unfortunately we couldn’t get a senior womens team together but did have 2 senior mens teams. There was a really heavy shower before their race which luckily stopped before their start but did make the course very slippery. The mens race had 4 team members with each leg 5k but 2 laps giving spectators a great chance to support the runners at various stages of each leg. The B team came a very creditable 84th out of 157  teams with Shaun O Grady ran a brilliant 1st leg in 17.44 mins. Andy Sugden the great stalwart of the club ran 20.02 for the 2nd leg Clive thornton running as a late substitute in his 1st race for New Marske got round in 21.26 and Adam Blowers ran a storming 18.33 to give the team a great result

Our A team ran superbly to come 15 We were 2nd N Eastern team only behind Morpeth. Andy Wiles ran the very competitive 1st leg in a superb 15.53 coming in 7th with the 8th fastest lap of the day again highlighting how the 1st legs were packed with the fastest runners. Lewis Moses took over on the 2nd leg and stormed through the field in 16.13 handing over to Russ Best in 2nd place  but with a pack of runners behind him. Russ paced his leg very well  running 17.14 to hand over in 8th. Alan Piggford was the anchor runner and ran strongly in 18.16 to bring the club its best result at this event

Overall a great days running from NewMarske Harriers with the outstanding result from the senior mens race. All the runners were a credit to the club with many punching well above their weight in this national competition. Relays bring out the best in club runners with the added pressure of running for your team mates and all our teams responded brilliantly.

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