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!!
Andy Wiles and Russ Best lead New Marske Harriers to a great 1st & 2nd in the muddy conditions at Caedmon School in Whitby. Tom Danby and new recruit Alan Piggford fought out a close finish backing up in 11th & 12th the Men's team score was tight, with Loftus getting their 6th counter home only just ahead of our 6th counter Andy Sugden. 5th counter was Mark Gamble-Thompson - another solid performance in his final year in the Vet 1 category, having turned 50 in October. New Marske beat Loftus by 3 points There was a strong performance by the ladies team, first counter was Katie Coulson 8th closely backed up by Kath Aspin 11th, Sarah Rogers 12th and Kyah Hall 14th finishing in 2nd place 8 points behind Loftus.
More to follow....
Well done to all the New Marske Harriers who ran.
Well Done Mark!
At the National Cross Country Championships Mark Shaw finished 3rd in u17 Men's race. Andrew Wiles continued his good form with a very creditable 15th with Richard Morrel in 65th. Russ Best was 32nd in the Junior Men's Race. Results
Ricky Stevenson was the first Aviva GB & NI team athlete home in ninth (24:34) after a confident performance on the fast course. “I couldn’t ask for a lot more,” said the New Marske Harrier who was amongst the leaders within the final third of the 8170m race. “Every time I go out in the team vest I give it my best shot. The pace was never a problem although I started to suffer a bit coming into the last lap and I just couldn’t respond, but overall I felt good. It was a fast course and I think it probably suited me more as a track runner than it did the other guys.”
The under-23 men did well to finish fourth after Trials winner James Wilkinson was forced to drop out early in the race. Having suffering from a slight temperature since arriving in Portugal he made the brave decision to start “to have a go for the team”, but paid the price for his commitment and stepped off the course in the first large lap.