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
North Eastern Counties XC 2012
Another great day at the North Eastern Counties Cross Country Championships at Summerhill Park Hartlepool. Following on from Ricky Stevenson’s win last year, Andy Wiles took over the mantle and won the Senior Men’s Title. On a course that could only be described as muddy! Andy went out fast with a narrow lead at the first of four water jumps (see video!). He continued to dominate the race but never held a lead of more than about 30m from his nearest challengers. A late fall on the final descent, reduced his lead but he still had time to jog the home straight and take the applause. We also had 3 other runners in the top 10, with Dom Shaw 6th, Russ Best 8th and Shaun O’Grady 10th. New Marske men’s team came 5th with Tom Danby 36th, Andy Pearson 45th and Darren Bell 124th the other counters. (We would have been 2nd Team had Dom Shaw not been a late entry.) Team Manager Jon Pearse, safely sat in the tent, came as close to winning as he ever will with the tannoy announcer congratulating him on his 6th place!
Frances Bell, with another year yet to go in the U13 race, had a great run to finish just outside the medals in 4th place in the U13 girls race. Sam Garratt was 6th in the U15 boys and Wayne Parker 10th in the U20 men. Kath Aspin was best placed in the senior women’s race in 33rd with Jill Sexton and Amanda Waller completing the ladies team.
NYSD Croft XC - 18/11/12
With James Bulman and Shaun O’Grady coming 4th and 5th in the Brampton to Carlisle 10m race, Russ Best 17th, Andy Pearson 124th, Phil Miles 2056th & Philip Stone 3811th in the Leeds Abbey Dash not to mention Kay Neesam winning the Clay Bank Fell race, there were lots of races on offer to compete with a muddy XC at Croft.
28 Junior’s were again out in force including 7 minnows running for the first time. Charlie Pasco stormed off out in front and this time managed to beat the leading U17 girl Bronwen Owen by a considerable distance.
In the Senior Ladies Race Lisa Bennett made her debut as a New Marske Member and came home a fine 19th, 2nd V40 helping the team to 4th place with Kath Aspin 11th, Kyah Hall 24th and Jo Goldsmith 32nd.
Alan Piggford was 5th, Clive Thornton 41st, Nick O’Grady 96th and Tony Slater 107th with the men not having enough members to make a team up.
The next race is at Filey on the 2nd December.
National Cross Country Relays - 03/11/12
Many thanks to Jon Pease for the effort he put in to pull the teams together despite some late withdrawals. The New Marske U13’s showed the seniors how to do it by entering 5 teams. The start line appeared very narrow, those with good upper body strength performing well to hold the competition back! The girls came away with 36th, 81st and 87th with all the girls, sporting their National XC Hoodies, enjoying the experience. The boy’s team’s came a good 53rd and 77th.
Patrick, Josh and Sam all had good runs to come home 53th out of 81 teams in the U15 Boys.
In the ladies race, Sharon Bulman (11:53) ran the first leg against some of the faster runners to take New Marske through in 62nd. Kath Aspin (12:12) moved us up to 50th before a storming run by Bobbi Philips (11:27) took the ladies to 36th out of 102 quality teams.
Andy Wiles (15:36) briefly lead the way for New Marske on the 1st leg of the senior race and had a good run to 6th place for the leg. Alan Piggford (17:15) was pleased with knocking 1 minute off last year’s time. Russ Best (16:20) had a good run through the field and thanks to Darren Bell (20:33) for taking on the anchor leg at the last minute. The men finished in 50th place out of 157 teams.
Thanks also to those who ran in incomplete teams including Clive Thornton and Izzy Pearse.