Mark Shaw demonstrated maturity as well as talent as he won his biggest ever title in the UK Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships. On a course that although deceptively tough, had a sound surface that would suit Mark. He set off steadily, in about twentieth position after half a mile. After about one third of the 6k contest he had worked himself into the leading group, and then four of that group pulled away. Just after half way he made his bid to win and powered into a clear lead, which despite showing signs of tiredness towards the finish, was never going to be caught. He also lead home the North East team to gold medal.
Andy Wiles after finishing 15th in the National would be a little disapointed with 33rd but had the consolation of being part of the gold medal winning North East senior men's team.
In the other junior races best New Marske performers were Hannah Kitchener 93rd of 291 finishers, Patrick Wilson 199/297 and Katie Coulson 164/260. All good performances in top class fields!
New Marske Ladies were out in force at a muddy Summerhill Park. Katie Coulson came home in a strong 4th followed by Kath Aspin in 6th, Kyah Hall in 7th and Sarah Rogers in 10th taking them to 2nd place in the team competition only 3 points behind Loftus and Whitby. Also running were, Jean McHugh, Louise Danby, Jill Sexton, Ann Currie and Jess Rogers.
In the men's race Andy Sugden came home in 7th, Alan Piggford 9th having been misdirected by a marshall, Mark Gamble-Thompson 11th, Rob Currie 43rd, James McHugh 63rd and Nick O'Grady 68th. The team came a good 3rd behind H'Pool Burn Road and Loftus & Whitby.
In the Junior races, Patrick Wilson was 4th, Josh McMillan 9th and Elliott Metcalfe 13th in the U13 Boys. Amelia Dixon was 16th, Hannah Raine 18th in the U13 Girls. Charlie Pasco was 2nd in the U15 boys. Hannah Kitchener had a great run to come 1st in the U15 girls with Izzy Pearse 5th. Wayne Parker was 2nd in the under 17 men's race.
Pictures on the photo album here and a selection below
As Andy Wiles and Richard Morrell argued about who had the best hat, Dom Shaw battled through the mud for 5 laps for a good win. Tom Danby came home in 10th followed soon after by Mark Gamble-Thompson in 12th. Along with Andy Sugden, Bob Currie and Jame McHugh the men came 3rd in the team competition. Kath Aspin lead home the ladies in 9th, with Katie Coulson 12th, Sarah Rogers 13th and Jean McHugh in 32nd giving a good 2nd team place not far behind a strong Loftus team. In the junior races Patrick Wilson was 4th in the U13 boys with Josh McMillan 5th, Hannah Raine being one of the youngest had a good run in the U13 girls. Charlie Pasco was 2nd in the U15 boys and Hannah Kitchener following a good battle with Louise Taylor from Scarborough came 2nd in the U15 girls. Wayne Parker kept up with Dom Shaw on the 1st lap of the mens race and came 3rd in the U17 boys.
What was a crisp morning in bright sunshine, and a course covered with a sugary ice coat everything seemed set for a good days cross country. And so it was but by the time the senior men raced the sun had done its job of taking the frost out of the ground and had disapeared behine the blanket of cloud, and the sugary ice became a chocolatey mud bath!!
It was a good day for the North East contingent and Andy Wiles was the pick of New Marske performers finishing 8th in the senior race and 2nd NE athlete. Richard Morrell was 30th, Andy Sugden 167th, Iain Povey 330th Rob Currie 372nd of the 488 finishers
In the under 13 boys Sam Garrett, Patrick Wilson and Josh McMillan were 45th, 59th & 111 of 141 finishers. Hannah Kitchener was a very creditable 27th in the U15 Girls and Izzy Pearse 104th of 143 finishers. Katie Coulson was a little disapointed with 59th in U17 Womens race, but Wayne parker will have been pleased with 29th in the same age group. We had two senior women - Sarah Rogers who continues her marathon training finished 117th having run at Albert Park earlier in the day and Louise Danby 163rd of 190 finishers
A fine win by New Marske Harriers senior men's team at the annual Durham Cathedral Relays.
At end of the first leg New Marske B were 1st (Richard Morrell 8.48) and 2 seconds ahead of New Marske A in 2nd (Dom Shaw) - Andy Wiles quickly moved the A team into the lead as Andy Sugden found the pace too hot and fell away to 12th and sadly this was an incomplete team. Meanwhile Russ Best took over from Andy Wiles to bring the team home as winners ahead of a closing Jonny Taylor for Morpeth.
The fastest legs of the day were 1st Jonny Taylor 8:29 2nd Andy Wiles 8:42 3rd Richard Morrell 8:48
A gallant vet ladies team finished last in their race but by looks of the photos they still enjoyed themselves!!