New Marske Harriers excel in the mud and rain at
The forecast suggested the weather may be good but yet again they got it seriously wrong. A mizzly damp day with occasional heavy showers made the whole of Berry Park Mansfield a slippery muddy mess but surprisingly the course condition held up well and the running although very slippery wasn’t as heavy going as it might have been.
Of our 8 teams competing the U17 women were first off running 2.5k legs. Chloe Loredo ran the 1st leg in a very respectable 9.37 to come home in 22nd place. Most team strategies seemed to be to have their best runners on the 1st leg so 1st leg positions were very hard earned. Kyah Hall took over running 10.37 to hand over to Katie Coulson on the 3rd leg who brought the team home in a creditable 23rd out of 48 finishers.
Our U17 men were next off where Wayne Parker ran a superb 3k leg in 9.33 minutes to come home in 13th place.
In the U13 category we had some very young runners many of whom were running in their 1st major competition. The U13 girls were led off by Frances Bell who paced her race excellently and completed the 2K course in 8.57 mins. Hannah Raine ran a solid 2nd leg and Eli Barnbrook made up 14 places & brought the team home in a very creditable 71st out of 85
The U13 boys also ran 2k legs and were led off by Ben Bergstrand. He was followed by Leyton English who ran what was probably his best race ever and Elliot Metcalfe brought the team home in 84th out of 95 teams. All 3 boys ran really strong legs . None of these younger runners were over awed by the competition and all had a smile on their faces once they had recovered. Some of them needed a bit of persuasion to run but all of them really excelled.
The U15 age group also ran 2k legs Izzy Pearse led off the girls team followed by Natasha Thornton who deserves great credit as she was running to make up the team and ran a really respectable leg. Jordyn English brought the team home in 84th out of 95 teams
Sam Garratt was the lead runner in the U15 boys followed by Josh McMillan with Patrick Wilson running the anchor leg. All 3 boys ran steady legs and Patick brought the team home in 67th place out of 80 teams
Unfortunately we couldn’t get a senior womens team together but did have 2 senior mens teams. There was a really heavy shower before their race which luckily stopped before their start but did make the course very slippery. The mens race had 4 team members with each leg 5k but 2 laps giving spectators a great chance to support the runners at various stages of each leg. The B team came a very creditable 84th out of 157 teams with Shaun O Grady ran a brilliant 1st leg in 17.44 mins. Andy Sugden the great stalwart of the club ran 20.02 for the 2nd leg Clive thornton running as a late substitute in his 1st race for New Marske got round in 21.26 and Adam Blowers ran a storming 18.33 to give the team a great result
Our A team ran superbly to come 15 We were 2nd N Eastern team only behind Morpeth. Andy Wiles ran the very competitive 1st leg in a superb 15.53 coming in 7th with the 8th fastest lap of the day again highlighting how the 1st legs were packed with the fastest runners. Lewis Moses took over on the 2nd leg and stormed through the field in 16.13 handing over to Russ Best in 2nd place but with a pack of runners behind him. Russ paced his leg very well running 17.14 to hand over in 8th. Alan Piggford was the anchor runner and ran strongly in 18.16 to bring the club its best result at this event
Overall a great days running from NewMarske Harriers with the outstanding result from the senior mens race. All the runners were a credit to the club with many punching well above their weight in this national competition. Relays bring out the best in club runners with the added pressure of running for your team mates and all our teams responded brilliantly.
After last year’s deluge of rain at Acklam, it was pleasing to arrive at the first race of the season on a fine afternoon, although there were a few muddy places on the course. Up first were the U11’s who now have a race at all the events. New Marske provided 9 of the 25 runners in this race with Amy Carter 1st girl beating all but one of the boys in the process. In the U13 Boys, Adam McMillan was 5th, 2nd team. Francis Bell was 6th in the U13 girls, 2nd team. Patrick Wilson was a fine 3rd in the U15 Boys.
Pick of the day would have been Wayne Parker in the U17 Boys race, however due to a mix up with some athletes taking the wrong route the race was declared void. In the Senior Ladies/U17 race New Marske had 9 runners out with Kath Aspin 7th overall and 3rd vet 40. Kyah Hall was close behind in 8th, 3rd U17. The ladies team came 4th in a strong team competition. In the men’s race we had 12 runners who picked up 3rd team with Shaun O’Grady and Alan Piggford coming 5th and 6th.
Andy Wiles, representing the North of England finished in the Silver Medal position at the Cross Country Home Internationals meet at Armagh on Saturday 26 March. Richard Morrell was 13th in the race - well to done to both of them!!
NYSD Richmond Cross Country 2011
Stunning views and still conditions greeted the runners as they climbed the stile to Richmond Old Racecourse. However, once you climbed the hill towards the old grandstand the wind picked up and it became a hard slog on the multi lap races. Alan Piggford had a good run for the men, fighting off George Robinson and Gary Grounds to finish a creditable 3rd. In the ladies race, Kath Aspin came home 6th with Katie Coulson 7th, Katie having won a battle with Becky Mills from Scarborough. Another strong turnout for the ladies saw them to 2nd team behind Loftus. Patrick Wilson continued his good form to come 2nd in the U13 Boys and Wayne Parker was 3rd in the U17 men’s race. Given the distance away, we had a good turnout in the U11 race which was won by a NMH. Full Results and pictures below.