NYSD Croft 04/12/11
It certainly felt like in the bleak mid winter at Croft on Sunday and some of the children were saying let it snow. I didn't see Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer but there were plenty of people with Red Noses and you could tell Christmas is coming. Wayne Parker (pictured) won the U17 race by nearly a minute. In the senior race Adam Blowers came a fine 7th. Clive Thornton having managed to finish 53rd each time in his last three outings improved to come 36th. Kath Aspin was 9th in the ladies race with Louise Danby next home in 33rd. George Geldart came 9th in the U11 race, Adam McMillan 7th in the U13, Frances Bell 11th in the U13 girls and Izzy Pearse 10th in the U15 girls. Lots more Harriers were out and the full results are below.
Mark books his ticket to Slovenia
Following his excellent 3rd place run at Sefton Park on Saturday Mark Shaw has been selected in the AVIVA GB & NI team for the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Velenje, Slovenia on Sunday 11 December.
Despite being one the youngest competitors in the U20 race at Sefton, Mark had an excellent race and such is his confidence he was disappointed not to win! " I have to be pleased with that,” said Shaw. “It was always the intention to stick in as long as I could and perhaps go on and win. However, while that didn’t happen, to get onto the team at the first time of asking is pretty good.”
In a strong senior race at Sefton with 525 runners there were also good runs for Ricky Stevenson 17th, Richard Morrell 36th, Lewis Moses 40th and Nasir Hussain 144th.
NYSD Summerhill Hartlepool 13/11/11
As a photographer I eagerly await this popular course with the "water jump" providing some good shots. How disappointing it was to arrive and find no water in it . After having spoken to the event organiser and requested they build a dam next year I set out to find an alternative position. Having located myself with the crowds of spectators half way up the hill, it was interesting to listen to the discussions about why Adam Blowers was running without shoes on and with a homemade number. Rumour had it that he was running against the wishes of his coach who had taken his spikes and number off him! however Adam confirmed that he actually had blisters and took his spikes off by choice. In the men's race Adam headed Alan Piggford on the 1st lap but Alan kept his spikes on and fought back to beat Adam, both having top 10 finishes in 6th and 10th. New member Simon Clements is making rapid progress in his first season and came home 41st, a massive improvement on his 86th at Acklam, must be down to good coaching! In the ladies race Kath came home 13th, 3rd V1 with Katie Coulson next home in 19th. Wayne Parker continued his good form with 2nd in the U17 race, beaten by a member of the dominating Richmond and Zetland team. Well done to all the other New Marske competitors with plenty of Juniors putting a tremendous effort in on a hard course.
Mark Shaw had a fabulous run in the "Cross Interacional Atapuerca" in Spain winning over the 5871m course in 18.01 - 4 seconds ahead of England team mate Jack Goodwin, with Zac Seddon 7th. Well Done Mark!