Fox & Hounds Chase 29th April 2012
The NEHRA Winter Series came to a close on Sunday with the final race of fourteen, although the weather suggested that Winter itself is far from over. Dave’s photos captured the conditions pretty well – I’m surprised his camera survived. The turnout was understandably lower than usual, so I was able to pick up a few extra points in the M40 category, and also finish in the top 50 for a change (40th overall). Kay Neesam was 3rd lady home (29th overall) - a bit below par, although she was possibly still recovering from a recent blood donation. Ronnie Sherwood, reliable as ever, was 1st M70 (57th overall) and Colin Scollay, fresh from his excellent Locke Park 5K on Saturday, was 72nd overall. There is no time for a break however, as the Summer Series kicks off straight away with the Carlton Challenge on Wednesday evening.
Gisborough Moors Race 15/04/12
Jim Powers to Victory
On a day where the weather showed all four seasons, Jim Bulman started the race with purpose sprinting away as if he was running a 5K. At the top of the first climb three runners had broken away from the pack with Cameron Taylor (Esk Valley) ahead closely followed by Jim and Paul Butler (Loftus). By Captain Cooks, Jim had a short lead. As the race progressed Jim pulled away to win by just over a minute from Cameron with Paul in Third. The ladies race was equally close with Kay Neesam leading by 20m approaching Highcliff, but finally being beaten on the decent by Karen Robertson (NFR) by 8 seconds. New Marske ladies easily won the Team competition with Kay, Shelli Gordon and Sharon Bulman. Also running for New Marske were Steve Guest 55th, David Heath 99th, Ronnie Sherwood 174th (1st M70) & Sandra Jemson 214th. In the junior races Archie Lowe finished 2nd in the U12 boys race with Rebecca Aspin 1st and Bethany Bergstrand 2nd in the girls race. In the under 16’s races Sam Garratt was 1st and Tim Hunter 2nd with Alice Rigby winning the girls race.
Hardmoors 55 - 17/03/2012
Shelli breaks the women's record
Not content with running the Hardmoors races last year, Shelli returned to defend her 2011 Hardmoors 55 title. Not only did she defend it, but she knocked just over 17 minutes off her time to finish in 09:10:08 which is the fastest time in the race by a lady.
Blakey Blitz - 25/03/12
Another glorious day on the fells for the Blakey Blitz, although by the end it was more a case of Blachey Bitz! With quite a few runners involved in the Thirsk 10 there were only three Harriers, so no team points this week I’m afraid. Both the Male and Female records were smashed. Kay Neesam knocked 4 minutes off the time set last year by herself and Shelli Gordon, and finished over 10 minutes ahead of the next female runner. Kay finished 20th overall; possibly her highest ever finish? Cameron Taylor (Esk Valley) continuing to dominate the Men’s Series (and reduce the number of points we earned) by winning in another unbelievably quick time. I managed to finish 57th overall, and Mick McGurk was 85th out of the 122 runners. If my arithmetic is correct, Kay has now wrapped up the Women’s Winter Series, but I am sure she will want to finish in style in the final two races.
Glaisdale Rigg 11th March 2012
The 11th race of the NEHRA Winter Series took place on Sunday, and the weather couldn’t have been better. Brilliant sunshine and soaring temperatures (well, into the 20’s anyway). On the map this 8.5 mile race looked pretty straightforward (don’t they all!), but I had overlooked the amount of climb (over 1800ft). Combined with the fast, steep descents, this meant there was very little respite in between the climbs.
“Be my guest………”
Stephen pauses to do his Tommy Cooper impression while Kay dashes through on the inside
Photo courtesy Alli McDonald
Mike Smith continued his excellent run of form finishing 14th overall – at one stage he was in contention for a top 10 finish. Kay Neesam put in another fantastic run (26th overall) and was 1st lady home, helped along by Stephen Guest who ended up just behind in 28th. Ronnie Sherwood and Phil Miles took their usual 1st and 2nd places in the M70. I finished 69th overall, Mick McGurk was 90th and Martin White 109th.
After the race Kay grabbed her wine and dashed off with Ronnie and Mick (I think there was an important football match on?) while Phil and I replenished our protein stores with a bowl of special “runners” chilli.
As the Winter Series draws to an end, many runners have now completed their quota of 7 races and the leader boards are taking shape. Mike is 10th overall and is leading the M40 category. I am clinging onto 8th place in the M40, hoping that the turnout will be low in the final 3 races! Kay has virtually sealed both the F40 and the overall categories with Shelli Gordon currently 2nd overall and 1st in the Female Open category. Mick is 5th and Martin 7th in a very tight M55 category, while Ronnie and Phil have the M70 all sewn up.
In the team event, the Men are currently in 10th place and the women are 2nd.
Next up is the “Blakey Blitz” – 10.5 miles and 2600ft of ascent! Joy!