Cock Howe and Beyond - 25/07/12
The weather took a turn for the worse as we approached Chop Gate, with the mist coming down and a light drizzle to keep the runners cool. As we checked out the ascent the length of the grass was noticeable compared to last year, knee length if you strayed off the single track. Two visiting youngsters sped off up the hill and maintained their lead throughout the race. Shelli Gordon, fresh from victory in Lyke Wake Run with Kay Neesam, had a good battle with Nicola Kent for 2nd place. Catherine Williamson comfortably won the ladies race with Shelli showing her aptitude for come down hills fast by overtaking Nicola on the final decent to take 2nd. Kath Aspin was 5th and 1st vet45. In the men’s race New Marske had six runners out, Mick McGurk 40th, Ronnie Sherwood 55th 1st vet 70, Phil Miles 59th, Martin White 63rd, Joel Coombes 69th and Colin Scollay 71st. In the junior race, up to the top of Cock Howe and Back, Thomas Aspin beat his mum to the top and Rebecca Aspin also had a good run to win her category.
Hardmoors 110 - 2012
Shelli Gordon recently had an outstanding run in the Hardmoors 110 (Cleveland Way Race) completing it in just over 24 hours, breaking the record by 2 minutes on a route that was actually a mile longer than the route of the previous record. Amazingly, this was just the first of 3 'ultra' challenges for Shelli in the next few months. Shelli is doing her challenges for the North of England Childrens Cancer Research Fund.
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Broughton Wood Wobble 06/06/12
A new race on the calendar this year and it proved to be an interesting and enjoyable race for some… Not sure Ronnie Sherwood had looked at the map when he asked if there were any hills. The first part of the race took you through the forest before dropping down to the base of the hills close to Great Broughton. Then followed a continuous climb from 132m to Cold Moor at 402m. After dropping off the top on the Cleveland Way the runners turned left (or should have done!) and looped back around to the bottom of Wain Stones. As the leader came by me near Wain Stones I turned to follow him and saw 9 runners in front of him. Not quite sure what he thought as he passed some of them before the finish but it would appear they had turned right instead of left coming off Cold Moor and cut out some of the course. The moral of this is, don’t follow the person in front as they may not know where they are going! recce the course if you can and take a map and know how to read it!
The ladies race was easier to report on as they all completed the correct route, with Kath Aspin coming in a close 2nd in 51.00 behind Nicola Kent of Loftus. The men’s race required photographic evidence to work out who after Cameron had completed the correct course. All the Harriers completed the correct course (I think!) with David Heath 34th 52:26, Ronnie Sherwood 53rd 55:50, Martin White 67th 61:47 and Colin Scollay proving you just have to run the correct course to get a bottle of wine in 77th 66:00. Kath and Dave Dedman and a few others had to dive out of the way of a stampede of horses half way round and vicious midges attacked them at the finish but all in all an enjoyable race.
Levisham Limping 16th May 2012
A pleasant evening for the 2nd race in the Summer Series. The route was shortened to avoid congestion in the first mile at a narrow gate, but still ended up half a mile longer than the advertised 6! The start was delayed as we waited for a BBC cameraman to film us setting off – I think the footage was for Helicopter Rescue!? A sneaky shortcut down a steep bank early on saw a number of local runners gain about a minute on the rest of us. The first few miles were a gentle downhill, the main problem caused by cows blocking the gates! A long, slow climb was followed by a tricky woodland section, with another steep climb right at the end just to finish us off. Kay was the first Harrier home (18th overall), but she was about a minute behind Nicola Kent. I didn’t get to see Kay at the end, so I’m not sure if the shortcut was a factor. Shelli Gordon was 3rd lady home (27th overall). I know that Shelli didn’t benefit from the shortcut as I was following her at the time, although Shelli soon pulled away and I eventually finished back in 39th overall. There were good runs from Ronnie Sherwood, 1st M70 and 49th overall, Mick McGurk, 3rd M55 and 50th overall, and Phil Miles, 2nd M70 and 53rd overall. In the team event New Marske was the only ladies team with 2 runners, so gained maximum points again. The men’s team were 7th (I won’t say out of how many!) The only downside to the evening was that in my rush to set off on the long drive back I forgot to collect my cakes from the Village Hall!
Results Report by David Heath
Carlton Challenge 2nd May 2012
After a well-earned between series break of 2 whole days, the NEHRA Summer Series kicked off with the Carlton Challenge. The conditions were slightly better than Sunday, although the mist did cause a few problems (for first-timers like me) on the final descent. Jim Bulman was the overall winner – his 6 minute/mile pace from the off really sorted out the field, and he finished nearly a minute ahead of Cameron Taylor (Esk Valley). If Jim can complete his quota of races I’m sure it will be an interesting battle for top spot. In the women’s race Kay Neesam renewed her personal battle with Nicola Kent (Loftus and Whitby). Kay was clearly back to full fitness and finished 1st, over a minute ahead of Nicola, with Shelli Gordon close behind in 3rd. It was good to see Mick McGurk back in action, finishing 86th overall, and Ronnie Sherwood just keeps on going with yet another 1st in the M70 (91st overall). I was pleased to make the top 50 for a second consecutive race (50th overall). Kay and Shelli’s 1st and 3rd meant that even with a “ghost runner” they comfortably won the women’s team event. Despite Jim’s win, the men’s team only managed 9th, but this was the only blip on an otherwise excellent night for New Marske! In the junior race there were good runs from Thomas Aspin and Katie Thornton with Thomas coming 3rd.