NYSD XC Relays - Thirsk - 10/03/13
The NYSD Relays being the final event of the NYSD Cross Country Season were held at a windswept Thirsk, with the icy wind making it difficult to keep warm. New Marske Ladies went into the race as defending champions so the pressure was on to keep their title. Carolyn Ollis went out strong to take Middlesbrough & Cleveland to a first leg lead followed by Sharon Bulman for New Marske and Emily Alderson for Darlington Tri Club. A storming run by Richmond’s Shona Fletcher took them in to the lead on the second leg with Erin Pearson overtaking Middlesbrough and Cleveland to hold on to 2nd place. In the final leg Kath Aspin for New Marske had 67 seconds make up on the leaders but had a great run recording the 4th fastest leg of the day to bring home New Marske as champions with Darlington Tri in 2nd just 17 seconds behind with Hartlepool Burn Road in 3rd.
New Marske U15 Boys were also crowned champions leading from start to finish with great runs from Patrick Wilson, Josh McMillan and Sam Garratt who also recorded the fastest leg. Darlington Harriers were 2nd with Billingham Marsh House 3rd. U13 Boy’s Ben Bergstrand, James Geldart and Adam McMillan were 2nd for New Marske, and the U12 Girls Eli Barnbrook, Hannah Johnson and Frances Bell were 3rd with Frances getting fastest leg of the day.
New Marske did not field a team for the senior men’s race, with Loftus & Whitby coming 1st followed by Richmond & Zetland 2nd and Middlesbrough & Cleveland 3rd.
Mudfest at the National Cross Country Championships - 23/02/13
Around 2000 runners descended on Herrington Park in Sunderland for the English Nationals. The course had been drying out earlier in the week, but the southern visitors were greeted with true northern conditions on their arrival, a blizzard! As the races progressed the course became muddier and muddier culminating in a mud bath for the senior men’s race. Like a scene from Braveheart, 1000 men sprinted away from the 100m wide start line trying to get to the funnel first. New Marske managed to field a full men’s team coming in a respectable 35th place. Dominic Shaw was first Harrier back in 135th followed by Al Piggford in 187th. In a baptism of fire, Ben Thompson made his debut in a cross country race to come a great 729th. The ladies team came home a great 28th with good runs from Sharon Bulman 125th, Kath Aspin 160th, Lisa Bennett 195th and Helen Whitney 349th. New Marske again fielded many juniors, with Izzy Pearse U17 115th, Sam Garratt U15 52nd, Josh McMillan U15 127th, Reece Curtis U13 39th, Adam McMillan U13 73rd, Ben Bergstrand U13 78th, Thomas Aspin U13 195th, Eli Barnbrook U13 128th, Issy Brining U13 158th, Freya Bourke U13 222nd and Rebecca Aspin 244th.
NYSD Richmond XC - 17/02/13
It was a busy weekend with New Marske fielding 4 teams at the Signals Relays and a good turnout at the Commondale Clart Fell Race. Non the less there were some good performances from the depleted team at the Richmond Cross Country. Not content with a super run at the relays that would have put him in the 'A' Team, Sam Garratt was off like a shot in the U15 race and went on to win after leading the whole race. Kath Aspin was 1st 45, Frances Bell 3rd U13 with good runs also from George Geldart, Berry Bergstrand, Reece Curtis, Ben Bergstrand, Adam McMillan, James Geldert, Eli Barnbrook, Katie Thornton, Josh McMillan, Tom Geldart, Keir Farrier, Nigel Barnbrook and Tony Slater. Amanda Waller also did the double after running in the relays on Saturday. Good luck to all those racing at the National Cross Country Championships at Sunderland on Saturday.
Andy Wiles (Senior Men), Sam Garratt(Under 15 Boys) Eli Barnbrook and Frances Bell (Both Under 13 Girls) have been selected to represent the North Eastern Counties in the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships at Birmingham on 9th March. Congratulations to all four!
2012 Junior Christmas Handicap Results - 30/12/12
New Marske Harriers Junior Xmas Handicap Races took place on Sunday 30th December 2012. The races were held on the trails around Guisborough Forest and Walkway. The weather was sunny but cold while conditions were a little muddy underfoot. Two Junior races took place – the first being for Harriers aged under 11, and the second for Harriers aged 11 and over. The under 11’s race completed one lap of a figure of 8 loop (1.3Km) with 2 notable climbs, whilst the 11 and over’s race did two laps i.e. 2.6Km. Handicap times were calculated automatically (i.e. no guess work!) using results from recent 5Km Park Runs and Cross Country results.
Eight Harriers competed in the under 11’s race where Ruby Whitney ran well above predicted to win by 17 seconds from Bethany O’Grady, with Dominic Shipman only 9 seconds behind in 3rd.
Fifteen Harriers competed in the 11 and over’s race where Rebecca Aspin also ran well above predicted on the 2 lap course resulting in a clear win, 32 seconds ahead of Amy Carter, with Rebecca’s brother Thomas in 3rd. All competitors ran extremely well on the tough courses.
A big well done and thank you to all the juniors who took part in the races and competed so well. Thank You also to everyone who came along to help with the event and to family and friends who came to support.
Jill Sexton & Rob Pollard