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
Eskdale Eureka 04/12/11
Some of those who chose not to brave the elements at Croft opted for the equally cold Eskdale Eureka where a cold wind and temperature of 3 degrees resulted in hail and snow as the race finished. Junior, Cameron Taylor, came away the winner again with Nick Barber and Jim Bulman not far behind. In the ladies race Cath Williamson won comfortably with Kay Neesam and Shelli Gordon following in 2nd and 3rd. New Markse Ladies took the team prize. Next up is the Guisborough Woods race on the 27th December and the Captain Cook's races on New Year's Day. Both of these will have junior races, (U14-U18 & U12-U18 respectively). More Details on the Esk Valley Website.
Clay Bank West 20/11/11
Another excellent race for New Marske with the ladies taking away the team prize. With the foggy conditions some members of the team found it more difficult to navigate to Clay Bank car park than navigating the course itself. As you you approached Great Broughton you emerged from the fog into sunny conditions, only to return to fog at Clay Bank. The race itself provided testing conditions, with the path on the outward leg being very muddy. After turning home the runners had to negotiate the hills, and after climbing Wainstones had to cross the slippery flagstones along the Cleveland Way. A reminder why it is important to carry kit on these races as it would have been easy to slip an injure yourself. The race itself was dominated by juniors, Cameron Taylor winning the men's race and U15 Bronwen Owen streets ahead in the ladies race coming 7th overall and leaving many of the male runners scratching their heads about how they can improve. Kay Neesam was 2nd lady, Shelli Gordon 4th, Kath Aspin 5th and Jo Goldsmith 7th. Mike Smith came home in 22nd, Andrew Oliver 32nd, David Heath 61st, Julian Bunn 69th, Mick McGurk 83rd, Ronnie Sherwood 94th, Nick O'Grady 98th, Martin White 104th and Colin Scollay 124th. Sam Garratt had a good run to win the shorter junior fell race.
Guisborough 3 Tops 2011
147 runners enjoyed a great race to Highcliff, Roseberry Topping and Hanging Stone. A tail wind on the return leg helped the weary runners after a hard slog on the outward leg. Kay Neesam was 1st lady after a good battle with Karen Hallas and Nicola Kent.
This years Viking Chase included junior races, which, unknown to some prior to the race, happened to be the last in the English Junior Fell Running Championships. The opposition was therefore stronger than is normally seen at NEHRA junior races. Unfortunately the results did not include the club name so apologies if I miss anybody, but there were good runs by Betty Bergstrand, Molly Guest, Thomas Aspin, Imogen Guest, Ben Bergstrand, Sarah McGough, Katie Thornton, Sam Garratt & Natasha Thornton. Well done to all of them.
The senior race attracted a good field of 141 runners, raising £1,100 for the Cleveland Search and Rescue Team. The weather was murky, but most runners managed to get back before the rain came in. Kay Neesam was up against strong opposition from DFR and NFR in ladies race but still had a good run to come home 3rd lady with Shelli Gordon in 5th. In the mens race, Jamie Henderson (not in a club shirt) came home in 12th (6th M40 in a strong category), Steve Guest 28th, David Heath 62nd, Ronnie Sherwood 92nd, Mick McGurk 102nd and Colin Scollay 137th.
The next race is on the changed course for the Levisham/Saltergate Gallows starting at Levisham on 16th October at 10.30am.