Northern Cross Country Championships
Witton Park Blackburn – 30/01/16
Report by Dave Aspin.
Having made my school cross country debut at Witton Park 35 years ago the chance to run there again in the Northern Cross Country Championships could not be missed.
The weather in Blackburn was cold and windy and after having secured the club tent with storm pegs we sheltered from the occasional snow / sleet / hail shower.
The U17’s girls were off first with Eli Barnbrook and Rebecca Aspin representing New Marske. From the off the course was muddy, particularly through the narrower sections, and both girls had good runs to come in 45th and 87th place.
In the U15’s Boys, Daniel Gunn had a fine race finishing in 29th and Thomas Aspin 149th with Archie Lowe also doing well in 30th in the U13 boys. Hassan Ben-Tiba made a good start in the U17 boys up in the top 4 before he picked up an injury.
Phoebe Jennings was 135th in the U15 girls with Charlotte Gunn 193rd in the U13 girls.
By the time the 350 women set off for the senior women’s race the course was thick mud from the start. Kath Aspin was first Harrier home in 91st place with Lisa Bennett 110th and Trish Speedie 189th.
Having arrived at 9:30am to set the tent up it seemed along time until the start of the Senior Men’s race at 3pm. The thought of 12k, 4 laps & 8 hills through thick mud did not seem that appealing, but not even the approaching hail storm was going to stop me rediscovering my youth. It was a battle from the start, difficult to get any rhythm, but I managed to stay upright unlike some and made it home in 562nd out of the 719 competitors.
NYSD Foxrush Farm XC - 23/01/16
Following the cancellation of the last two Cross Country events due to the weather, New Marske Harriers hosted an event at short notice at the new venue, Foxrush Farm Redcar. Whilst not providing any hills, the twisting muddy course provided a challenge to all the runners.
The ladies race provided the best action of the day with Darlington Harrier’s Sharon Barlow-Hamilton leading for most of the race before being overhauled on the final lap by Middlebrough Mandale’s Josephine Stone. Jo Adams of Richmond & Zetland was 3rd. With only 2 points separating the top 3 ladies teams, the New Marske Team of Sharon Bulman, Kay Neesam, Eli Barnbrook and Kath Aspin came out on top ahead of Richmond & Zetland and Darlington Harriers.
In the men’s race Middlesbrough & Cleveland’s Greg Jayasuriya of Middlesbrough & Cleveland continued his great form for a comfortable win over Paul Wilson of Hartlepool 2nd and Tony Lambert of Richmond & Zetland 3rd. Many of the New Marske Harriers were marshalling, but there were good runs from Neil Youngson and Lawrie Everitt.
The New Marske Team of Daniel Gunn, Thomas Aspin and Kian Wildmore picked up a win in the U15 boys with Daniel claiming a 1st place in the race.
The U11 race continued to be the best supported junior race with 23 entrants, 10 of whom were from New Marske.
Many thanks to Graham Hall for devising the course and all the volunteers that helped out beforehand and on the day. We hope everybody enjoyed the races over a challenging course and maybe we will be back next year.
North Eastern Counties
Cross Country Championships
Updated Report from Jon Pearse
NEW MARSKE COME AWAY WITH 1 SILVER AND 2 BRONZE MEDALS
Despite the weather we had some brilliant results from a competition that had a record number of entries. The U13 boys race was the 1st of the day and gave us our first medal when Archie Lowe ran a strong race to clinch the bronze medal. Matt Chinnock (38) and Seb Pearson (51) also had good runs
In the U13 girls we had 4 runners who all ran good solid races. They were Charlotte Bennet (20) Ruby Whitney (23) Emily Brown (28) and Lucy Nicklin (33)
Unfortunately we had no U 15 boy entries but had a great turn out of u15 girls with 5 runners. Rebeca Tilley (6) Elicia Smith (9) and Jordan Thrower(20) brought the team a bronze medal only a few points away from a silver. Freya Bourke (34) and Phoebe Jennings (42) also had good runs
In the U 17 women Eli Barnbrook (4) had a strong run and missed out on a bronze by a couple of seconds. Sam Garratt (11) in his first year in the U20 men ran solidly in what is always a very competitive age category
In the senior men we only had 2 runners which was a big disappointment. Paul Brown(53) in his 1st
The best was kept until last for New Marske when Hassan Ben Tiba ran an excellent race to take silver with Harry Allen (5) not far behind in the U17 mens race.
Congratulations must be given to all the runners for their efforts in very trying conditions. It has got to be a lot easier next time! A big thank you to Graham Hall for doing the results all day although he did have the perk of at least being inside! The biggest thank you must go to Toby Jones who was timekeeping nearly all day for the club and must have been absolutely soaked through and frozen as even the best gear couldn’t keep the weather out for as long as he had to stand there - at least the competitors could run to keep warm and then go home.
Elsewhere Kath Aspin was 1st lady in the Hardmoors Roseberry Half Marathon over a 14.85 mile course which included climbing Highcliff Nab twice, Roseberry Topping twice and Captain Cooks Monument.
British and Irish Masters
Cross Country International Championships
New Marske’s Kath Aspin travelled to Dublin to represent England in the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International Championships. Following a great season where she won the North East Masters Cross Country Championships and set a series of PB’s in road races, Kath was one of only four ladies selected for England in the Veteran 45 category. At a very wet Santry Park in Dublin she had a solid run to help her England team to a Bronze Medal, just 1 point off Silver won by Northern Ireland with Gold going to a strong home Ireland team.
NYSD Whitby Cross Country 04/10/15
Report by Dave Aspin
Unusually good Cross Country weather greeted the runners for the first event in the North Yorkshire and South Durham Cross Country League at Caedmon School in Whitby. The senior ladies race was won by Josephine Stone of Middlesbrough Mandale with Jo Adams of Richmond & Zetland 2nd and Becky Briggs of Beverley 3rd. For New Marske Ellie Barnbrook was 13th, Kath Aspin 15th (2nd V45), Trish Speedie 25th, Rebecca Aspin 43rd, Helen Whitney 47th, Emma Beaumont 74th, Amanda Waller 75th and Helen Tyreman 80th.
A strong field of 139 competed in the men’s race against a super backdrop of Whitby Abbey. Middlesbrough & Cleveland’s Greg Jayasuriya continued where he left off from last season overcoming a strong challenge from Loftus & Whitby’s Lewis Rogers and Jay Ferns who completed the top three. For New Marske Paul Brown was first home in 7th, Andrew Pearson 12th (1st V40), Paul Darroch 13th, Sam Garratt 35th, Paul Cleasby 65th, Dave Aspin 70th, Neil Youngston 78th and returning Team Manager Jon Pearse 115th.
New Marske Juniors were out in force with wins for Archie Lowe U13 Boys, Charlotte Bennett U13 Girls & Harry Allen U17 Boys. There were also 2nd places for Daniel Gunn U15 Boys, Rebecca Tilley U15 Girls and Hassan Ben-Tiba U17 Boys. Well done to the rest of juniors who ran as it not just about winning, the taking part and supporting the team is just as important.