Guisborough Woods Race 27/12/11
For the past two years this race had been run in Ice and Snow. This year the better conditions prompted a bumper turnout of 200 senior runners plus quite a few hardy juniors as well. The race is based on three two mile loops from the top of Belmongate up the side of the quarry, across the top and back down a steep muddy path to the start. Bobbi Phillips arrived to find that she was the 3rd ladies team member for New Marske, who currently lead the standings in the NEHRA Winter Series Team Competition. Bobbi went off strong at the start, heading Kay and Shelli up the first climb. Kay overtook Bobbi on the first decent and Shelli caught up at the end of the second lap as her downhill fell running experience came to the fore. Cath Williamson continued her good form to win the ladies race, with Kay 3rd, Shelli 4th and Bobbi in 7th bringing home another New Marske Ladies team victory. A competitive men’s race saw Paul Lowe sneak home ahead of Jim Bulman and Phil Sanderson. Steve Guest was 1st Harrier to finish in 58th, David Heath 122nd, Nick O’Grady 136th, Ronnie Sherwood 138th (1st M70), Mick McGurk 143rd, Martin White 187th & Colin Scollay 196th. Sam Garrett won the junior race with a good New Marske turnout from the juniors again.
This race was also the final race in New Marske 2011 Fell Championships. Congratulations go to our winners Kay & Ronnie. Men: 1st Ronnie Sherwood, 2nd Phil Miles, 3rd Mick McGurk Women: 1st Kay Neesam, 2nd Shelli Gordon, 3rd Kath Aspin.
Photo: Kay overtakes Bobbi -Photo Courtesy Graham Weston