Several New Marske Harriers members will be representing their Schools County Teams (Cleveland and N Yorks) on Saturday - and except for the youngest age group, will be hoping to make it through to the National Schools Cross Country Championships on 17th March in Somerset.
NORTHERN CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Mark Shaw storms home to take Junior Men's Title
Mark taking the junior men’s title was the highlight of a great day for the club with 4 runners taking top 15 positions in this highly competitive meeting that attracts runners from as far south as Lincs, Derbyshire and Cheshire.
Pontefract racecourse was the venue for this year’s championship and provided us with various combinations of laps. There was an uphill start followed by a long downhill then a long haul back up to the finish which all runners agreed, seemed a lot further than the distance markers showed!
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.
Watch the races on BBC iplayer until the 14th January