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.
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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.
At the McCain Cross Challange meeting at Sefton Park, Liverpool on Saturday 27th November, Ricky Stevenson finished 8th overall and 2nd Under-23 to secure an automatic place in the GB team for SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Albufeira, Portugal on Sunday 12 December 2010 (event will be covered live via BBC Website/BBC TV Red Button). There was solid performances from Andy Wiles 41st and Russ Best 72nd in the same race. In the Under-20 race Mark Shaw finished 42nd.