Our Senior men just failed to hold off Morpeth in the Durham Catherdral relays on Sunday. After the first leg Russ Best handed over to Andy Wiles in 4th place just under 20s off the lead, having run 9:10. Andy clawed this back with a leg of 8:52 and handed over to Mark Shaw in first place, but with only a narrow 1s advantage. The more experienced Matt Nichoson, Morpeth's final leg runner, sat in behind Mark for the majority of the two legs in the blustery conditions. Only in the final 800m did he push on to open 3second advantage at the finish. Mark ran his leg in 8:59.
A crisp afternoon at Acklam with hard conditions underfoot in the shade but softening in places when the sun came out. The introduction of Under 11 races at every venue this season is proving to be popular, with New Marske providing 11 of the 32 runners in the race. Scott McKenna came home 1st for New Marske, with George Geldart 3rd , Amy Carter 5th (1st girl) and Georgia Stockdale 6th (2nd girl) If only there was a team prize for this event I am sure we would have won. In the U13 boys it was a close run between Tim Geldart 7th and Adam McMillan 8th with Ben Bergstrand helping the boys to 2nd team place. Frances Bell came 6th in the U13 girls, helping the team to another 2nd place. Sam Garrett had a good run to come 3rd in the U15 boys with Josh McMillan 7th. Charlotte Sutherland finished 11th in the U15 girls. Following a mix up at the previous Acklam event it was decided to run the U17 men in the same race as the ladies. It was a competitive race with Wayne Parker going out with the leaders but finally having to settle for 3rd behind a strong Richmond and Zetland duo. In the Ladies race New Marske had a depleted team with some of the younger runners performing elsewhere. However, the team has depth and they had an enjoyable race with Kath Aspin 10th, Louise Danby 37th, Clare Hunter 51st, Jill Sexton 52nd and Jean McHugh 55th out of a field of 72. In the men’s race Tom Danby steadily returning to fitness came home 14th (out of 117), Neil Walker 29th, Andy Sugden 37th, Steve Guest, following a sprint finish, 52nd helping to bring the team home 6th.
The next race is at Richmond Old Race Course on the 5th February.
Mark shines in Edinburgh
and New Marske duo beat Olympic Champions
“A great run for Mark Shaw who might not have been expected to be top of the British Athletes”, the words of Steve Cram commentating on Mark’s excellent performance in the BUPA Great Edinburgh Junior Men Challenge. Mark took the lead 2km in to the event and at one point looked a major contender for the title, but he was working in isolation and into a tough wind. American Kirubel Errasa battled with Mark & Kieron Clements and steadily closed the gap overtaking them on the final lap to win the race with Kieron 2nd and Mark an excellent 3rd with only 3 seconds separating the first three.
In the men’s 3km invitation Ricky Stevenson found the muddy conditions tough and would probably have preferred firmer conditions. Ricky was up there with the leaders for most of the race but could not hang onto 1500m Olympic Champion Asbel Kiprop who won the race, and came home a good 5th. Andy Wiles, unlucky not to get a mention on the BBC commentary also had an excellent race, covering the final part of the race in the company of Olympic Champions Kenenisa Bekele and Brimin Kirupto, outsprinting them in the home straight to come home in 10th place.
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Mark Shaw left Slovenia with a team Gold medal around his neck, having finished 17th in 114 strong field. the race was won by the Russian athlete Safiulin who powered home with a late burst in a time of 17:49 with Richard Goodman only two seconds behind (17:51). The British team had packed well with Hay in eighth (18:09), Clements in ninth (18:10), Fleming in 11th (18:18), Shaw in 17th (18:27) and Jack Goodwin (Simon Goodwin) in 25th (18:33).
This years North Easterns were held at East Cramlington Nature reserve. The course was undulating but running conditions were pretty good with not too many very muddy areas. Although the breeze was stiff at times on the whole conditions were pretty favourable.
The 1st race was the U13 boys at 11am who had a 2.9k race. This was the only race of the day where we had a team and our three runners did really well to be 5th team. Adam Mcmillan was our best runner in 18th (11.59) followed by Elliott Metcalfe in 26th (12.22) and Ben Bergstrand in 36th (13.06) who had a great sprint race at the end and narrowly lost out to someone nearly twice his size.
In the U13 girls we had only 2 runners. Eli Barnbrook had a great run to come home in 13th place (13.05) and Hannah Raine came in with a smile on her face in 37th (14.52)
The U15 age group had a 4.2k course. The boys were led home by Sam Garratt in 22nd (16.52) and supported by Josh Mcmillan in 42nd (18.31). In the girls version Jordyn English was first New Marske runner in 19th (19.23) followed by Izzy Pearse in 22nd (19.55)
The U17 women’s race gave us our first medal of the day. Chloe Loredo had a great run in her 4.9k race coming in 3rd (20.04) narrowly fighting off a strong challenge for her medal at the line. Katie Coulson was our only other runner and finished a creditable 10th (22.00)
The senior men’s race of 12.1k was the main event with 292 finishers. Ricky Stevenson settled in to the leading pack early on closely followed by Andy Wiles. Ricky shadowed the leading runner until the beginning of the 3rd and final lap when he stepped on the gas and won comfortably by 18 seconds in 39.09 to give us our 1st gold medal of the day. Andy Wiles continued to run strongly to finish just out of the medals in 4th (40.49) Richard Morrell was our 3rd finisher in 43.20 followed by Alan Piggford in 20th in 44.41 minutes. To have 4 in the top 20 is a superb result and testament to the hard training they put in under Steve Shaw
The senior women ran 8.2k and we unfortunately only had one runner but Bobbi Phillips ran a really strong race to finish 8th in 34.15 out of a field of 109 finishers.
We had to wait for the final race of the day to get our other gold medal in the U17 men’s race. Wayne Parker ran a really mature race sitting in 3rd position to begin with before moving up in to 2nd during the first large lap. He waited to the start of the small lap to make his move in to the lead and consolidated his position to win in 22.36 13 seconds ahead of his nearest rival.
Overall it was a good day for the club with some superb individual performances. We could however have brought home several team medals with more runners out. We will always loose people through illness and injury but had we had more entries in the first place we could have made a good day a great one!