NYSD XC Preston Park -19/11/17
Report by Simon Welch
The latest round of the cross country season took place at Preston Park on Sunday with conditions in stark contrast to the previous week at Whitby, with glorious sunshine greeting the runners on a cold and crisp morning.
This was a new event on the cross country calendar and the club would like to thank Stockton Striders AC and all the marshals for an excellent meeting. The course was very well thought out and although frozen in places during the early races soon thawed out and provided the glorious mud which we all turn out for!!
The club was well represented in all categories with Matthew Downs producing a great run to finish 2nd in the U11 boys. Three athletes came in the top 10 in the U13 boys with Jack Farrel (4th), Riley Middleton (7th) and Thomas Halton (8th) and the team finishing 2nd.
In the U15 girls another trio of runners finished in the top 10 with Emily Brown (5th), Sophie Brining (6th) and Ruby Whitney (7th) and another 2nd team spot claimed.
In the U17 boys another impressive run from Dan Gunn saw him claim top spot by a decent margin.
The senior women’s race saw the team claimed the third 2nd place team spot of the day, with strong running from Eli Barnbrook (3rd), Sharon Bulman (4th), Lisa Bennett (13th), Patricia Speedie (20th), Charlotte Stonehouse (34th) and Anne Houchen (53rd).
The final race of the day saw the senior men tackle three laps of the now thawed out course, once again the imperious Greg Jayasuriya claimed top spot, a great run from New Marske’s Paul Brown saw him finish 17th.
Congratulations to all who took part, we hope you enjoyed your running.
Next up in the series is Summerhill Park in Hartlepool; hope to see you all there.
NYSD Whitby Cross Country - 12/11/17
Report by Dave Aspin
New Marskes Eli Barnbrook stormed to victory in appalling weather conditions at the 2nd fixture of NYSD Cross Country League at Caedmon School Whitby. Claiming her first individual win in the Senior Ladies race, Eli was followed home by clubmate Sharon Bulman 2nd (1st V40), Becky Mills Scarborough AC 3rd, Maddie Mastronlonado Loftus & Whitby 4th and New Marskes Kath Aspin 5th (1st V50). Along with Rebecca Tilley 12th the New Marske ladies claimed the 1st team position. Due to the heavy rain the infamous hill up the side of the viaduct quickly became slippery and for the first time in a while many athletes used the rope to hoist themselves up.
Not content with his 14th place at the British Athletics Cross Challenge in Milton Keynes the day before, Middlesbrough & Clevelands Greg Jayasuriya claimed another victory in the men’s race, with Reece Datlton of Richmond & Zetland 2nd, Michael Joyeux Quakers 3rd, Rob Scott Richmond & Zetland 4th and Paul Lowe of Darlington 5th.
The battle of the day was in the U17’s men’s race, it was close run on the first lap with Luke Pettit & Jake Creasey Middlesbrough Mandale and New Marskes Dan Gunn fighting it out for the lead. Luke and Dan pulled away on the second lap with Dan winning with a sprint finish on the line.
The juniors were out in force again with 18 New Marske youngsters braving the elements. As many of them are new to cross country it is more about gaining experience than the results.
NYSD Acklam XC - 16/10/17
Report by Dave Aspin
435 runners attended the first event of the season in the popular North Yorkshire and South Durham Cross Country League at Acklam School in Middlesbrough. Middlesbrough & Cleveland’s Greg Jayasuirya carried on where he left off last season easing to victory in the senior men’s race with the ever improving Michael Joyeux of Quakers 2nd and Adam Mitchell, Darlington 3rd. First three home for New Marske were Paul Brown 13th (2nd V40), Andrew Pearson 15th and Simon Clements 25th.
In the senior ladies race, Josephine Stone of Middlesbrough Mandale came home 1st, Darlington Harriers U17 India Pentland 2nd followed by the winning New Marske ladies team of Elicia Smith 3rd (2nd U17), Eli Barnbrook 4th (1stU20), Sharon Bulman 5th (1st V40) and Kath Aspin 6th(1st V50).
Pick of the New Marske performances went to U17 Daniel Gunn, pulling away on the final lap to win his debut U17 race.
Thanks to all the New Marske members, parents, supporters and officials who supported the event yesterday, 70 runners compared to 46 in the first event last year and 39 the year before.
UK Inter County Championships 2017
Report by Dan Gunn
That time of year again and a handful of our runners were off to compete against the UK's finest athletes at the culminating fixture of the club cross country calendar - the UK Inter County Championships. This year, the competition was to be held at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough , which proved to be a terrific venue for spectators and competitors alike. Stampede by stampede, the races got underway and by the end of the day over 2500 runners had taken on the unforgiving course, and won. We had 5 runners representing our club from the U15s up to the Seniors and for a club of our size, this is quite an achievement considering the sheer scale and quality of such an event. First off for the Harriers were Hassan Ben-Tiba and Harry Allen who both put in great performances in the U20 mens race finishing 29th and 118th respectively. Next up was the U15 boys with Dan Gunn fighting back from an early fall to finish 42nd in his age group with his team taking bronze for their efforts. Two more impressive performances followed from Eli Barnbrook who finished 191st in the U17W race and Dean Newton finishing 51st in the Senior Men's race. Dean also picked up a team win alongside the likes of Johnathan Taylor, Carl Avery and Greg Jayasuriya. On the whole, the day was one to remember for everyone involved and I'm sure that the experience will stay with me (Dan) forever but for now it's back to working hard ready for the track season.