English Fell Championships
Guisborough Three Tops - 06/09/15
Esk Valley Fell Club hosted their biggest race of recent times with 250 runners descending on Guisborough for the latest round of the English Fell Racing Championships. On a beautiful summers day, the runners completed a 10 mile “Guisborough Three Tops” route starting near the Rugby Club including Highcliff Nab, Roseberry Topping and Hanging Stone. It was very tight at the front of the men’s race with a lot of minor changes throughout the race. In the end just 44 seconds separated the first eight, with Pete Vale of Mercia Fell Runners 1st, Lloyd Taggart of Manx Fell Runners 2nd and Ted Mason of Wharfedale 3rd. In the ladies race the winner was Victoria Wilkinson of Bingley Harriers with Helen Berry of Holmfirth 2nd and Emma Guild of Mercia 3rd. New Marske had 6 runners out with Kath Aspin picking up a 2nd vet45 prize. Ronnie Sherwood came 3rd in a competitive vet70 category. Shelli Gordon, Jo Goldsmith, Nick O’Grady and Martin White also had good runs.
Guisborough Grunt Fell Race - 08/07/15
Paul Cleasby’s Report on the Guisborough Grunt Fell Race.
Tried my hand or more appropriately my legs at fell running tonight. The Guisborough Grunt! More like the Guisborough Grump! Mile 1: uphill start not too taxing and some nice trails to run on. Mile 2!: Oh My Word! It was like scrambling up a cliff. Stopped for an angry rest, thinking what on earth is this all about? Breathing back out of the red zone trundle on and on, up and up, and up, and up. Jeez! Hit the top still not yet done 2 miles.
Then flat. Glorious flat. Rain didn't bother me I was just glad of the flat. 2 miles of recovering and regaining some speed and then mile 5 was run on some goat path. They have narrower feet than me. I managed to pass a couple of people who had passed me whilst I was sulking.
Mile 6: was for the suicidal. Slippery mud. Treacherous rocks and insane downward trajectory. I thought I was safe from being passed but I could hear the footsteps of some Kamikaze thundering down the path. Nutter I thought but then I was determined to keep the gap so I'm not sure who was the nuttiest! Final 200 yards he was gaining so after all that a sprint for the line was necessary. So all in all, an ordeal at times, exhilarating at times, exhausting at times, chuffin dangerous at times and that's a lot of emotion to fit into 6 miles!
A great night on the fells for New Marske with a win for Kay Neesam in the ladies race backed up by Kath Aspin 3rd and Shelli Gordon 4th to claim the team prize. Jo Goldsmith also had a good run.
For the men, James Allinson had an excellent run to come 8th, Paul Cleasby 28th, Julian Wardman enjoying his debut fell race to come 45th, David Heath 64th, Nick O’Grady 68th, Ronnie Sherwood 73rd and Martin White 94th.
Guisborough 3 Tops - 02/11/14
Another great day on the fells for New Marske on a beautiful day for the Guisborough 3 Tops Race. Taking in Highcliffe, Roseberry Topping and Hanging Stone the 9 mile race is a category A fell race. Kay Neesam went out strong from the start breaking the course record to finish first in 75:05 also picking up the team prize for New Marske along with Kath Aspin 4th and Jo Goldsmith 15th.
In the men’s race Paul Brown in his debut fell race was 3rd as the leaders summited Highcliffe, but tweaked his ankle shortly after and had to retire. Paul Darroch was not far behind and went on to finish a strong 6th place. Ian Hague was 4th Vet 45 in 36th place, Nick O’Grady was 75th, David Heath 82nd and Ronnie Sherwood 1st Vet 70 in 102nd place.
Clay Bank West Fell Race - 19/10/14
The runners braved the elements of the North York Moors in the latest winter fell race. A 4.2 mile course took runners from Clay bank on a circular route returning with climbs over Cold Moor and Wainstones. New Marske ladies dominated the female race, with Kay Neesam 1st, Shelli Gordon 3rd, Kath Aspin 4th, Lisa Bennett 5th and Helen Whitney 10th. Ian Hague picked up the 2nd Vet 45 prize, Ronnie Sherwood 1st Vet 70 and Martin White celebrated his 60th birthday with a fine run and David Heath also ran.
Whorlton Run Fell Race - 18/06/14
On a fabulous night, the hottest day of the year so far, 80 runners took to the fells for the 5.7 mile Whorlton Run from Swainby. The race included 1388ft of climb, most of which was in one go in the first half of the race. After the first mile it we as evident there were only two contenders in the men’s race, James Bulman of New Marske and Lewis Rodgers of Loftus & Whitby. They were still neck and neck with one mile to go but the younger legs of Lewis prevailed as he pulled away in the last section. An equally close ladies race saw New Marske’s Kay Neesam leading for most of the race before being beaten in a sprint finish by Nicola Kent of Loftus. Also running for New Marske were, James Allinson 12th, Ian Hague 28th, Kath Aspin 7th lady & Shelli Gordon 8th lady.