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The object of New Marske Harriers is the promotion of community participation in healthy recreation for the benefit of the inhabitants of Redcar and Cleveland and it's neighbouring Boroughs by the provision of facilities for athletics. Registered Charity Number 1168578

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.


Results   Photos

Guisborough Moors Race  - 13/04/14

Shelli Guis Moors


Report by Clive Thornton                                       Photo Courtesy Dawn Metcalfe

Well done to James Bulman taking victory in the 37th running of the 'Gisborough Moors' race. James looked very strong and full of running at Gribdale, the conditions were hard and dry underfoot ideal for fell/road runners. 

James completed in a shade under 83 minutes some 4 minutes shy of Matt Speake's record.

In second nearly 5 minutes back was Jayson Cavill of Pickering and a back to form Charlie Stead of NFR in third. 

James Allinson came home in 24th, nearly under the magic 100 mins, Steve Guest was 50th, Mick McGurk earned second in his age category and 87th overall, evergreen Ronnie Sherwood won his MV70 category in 95th overall, Martin White and Colin Scollay completed in a field of 126. 

Shelli Gordon was our sole female competitor with others on marathon duty, finishing inside the top 50 in 45th and 5th lady home.




Fell Report Results Catch-Up - 04/03/14

CLart Kay Neesam 


Update from Clive Thornton

Broughton Woods Wobble (02/02/14)

The Wobble in the name is how competitors feel after there have gotten to the top of Cold Moor, a near 1000' climb, which comes after a manic mile dash from the start to the bottom of the climb. 
On the day there was not much dry ground underfoot following 6 weeks of storms, but it didn't put off the 123 finishers.
Kay Neesam had to settle for 2nd female on the day, first in category, with Bronwen Owen, junior international runner from Scarborough following up a top 10 at Captain Cooks with a 3rd place in the Wobble, a cracking result and female course record.
Supporting Kay to team female victory were Shelli Gordon in 29th and Helen Whitney in 66th (2nd in category).
In the men's race, James Allinson led home in 27th overall, with Nic O'Grady easing back to racing in 67th, Mick McGurk was first in his M60 category and 72nd overall and Ronnie claimed the M70 category win and 89th overall.
Commondale Clart (16/02/14)
The race usually lives up to its name, but having recce'd a few days before the race, the Commondale puddle was more apt. This race is also becoming a bit of a navigational nightmare for the leading runners, with the leaders coming round for a second lap a one stage, with last year the top 10 going well off course. 
Mike Smith took New Marske honours this time with a cracking 6th place overall and 2nd M40, track work paying off. Kay Neesam had to settle for 2nd female again, 1st in category, but only just by 20 seconds to Scarborough junior Bronwen Owen. Lisa Bennett claimed 48th overall and 4th in category and with the help of Helen Whitney, New Marske ladies placed 3rd team.
Helping New Marske men to 5th team were, Nic O'grady 57th overall, David Heath 68th and Mick McGurk 75th. Ronnie Sherwood in 92nd from 115 finishers picked up the M70 category prize.
Glaisdale Rigg (02/03/14)
The Rigg is a tour of the Glaisdale Valley, the first 3.5 miles of the race are effectively climbing, a steep descent then takes runners back to the bottom of the valley, only to then steeply climb back out of the valley, taking in a Narnia like forest path. The last mile of the race starts as road descent that becomes a technical descent down a rutted track.
Kay Neesam was back to winning ways claiming a tremendous 13th overall and of course category win. Not to be outdone, Steve Guest raced to 18th overall, Lisa Bennett 6th lady was 3rd in category and Helen Witney as 9th lady helped the team to 3rd overall.
Nic O'Grady continued his good fell form in 58th and exactly mid-field, David Heath was not far behind in 64th, Ronnie Sherwood again claimed the M70 class win in 74th and Martin White was 93rd from a field of 115. The men earned a 5th place in the team competition, great running all.
In the categories overall, Kay Neesam is the ladies Winter Fell Series Champion overall and claims her F45 age class, Ronnie Sherwood is champion in the M70 class. And with races still to complete, Nic O'Grady is currently 4th in the M40's, likewise Mick McGurk in the M60's and Lisa Bennett in the F40's.
Well Done.

Captain Cook's Fell Race - 01/01/14


 Report by David Aspin

“It’s a great way to start the New Year”.  Well that is what everybody has been telling me for the last five or six years when I have been taking  photos of the New Year’s Day  Captain Cook’s Fell Race.  This year I decided to take the plunge and run it myself, and so far, I have managed to stay clear of any unflattering photographs, not that I would do that to anybody!


The competitors range from seasoned fell  runners through to the once a year runners, some taking on alias such Lord Humphry B Fluff and Lord Percy Winterfell  both sporting squires attire.


The race route is simple enough, but as the graphic below shows, the first half is all uphill and the second half is mostly downhill with the exception of a short but painful incline at the 4 mile point.



By the time I reached the monument, the lower half of my legs were burning, and it took the next  half a mile to recover my composure before my favourite part of running down the muddy banks towards  Gribdale Cottages.   I managed to overtake about a dozen people during this stretch as my legs pretended that they were 20 years younger and took off!  


The final half a mile is single file down a muddy path, and a few families out for a nice easy walk on New Year’s Day had their nice white coats splattered with mud as 260 runners ran by!


James Bulman won the race staying within 25 seconds of his time from last year.  In the ladies race, sixteen year old Bronwen home came home 1st and 9th overall with Kath Aspin 3rd lady.

There were also lots of juniors running in the shorter races, the results of which are not yet available.


Poistion Name  Time
1 James Bulman 33.09
10 Clive Thornton* 35:59     *Running for Esk Valley
62 Stephen Guest 41:00
65 Chris Whiles 41:11
80 David Aspin 42:20
82 Andrew Oliver 42:23
83 Kath Aspin 42:23  3rd Lady
168 David Heath 47:59
200 Izzy Pearse 50:46
202 Ronnie Sherwood 50:48
204 Jon Pearse 50:50
209 Martin White 51:14
228 Phil Miles 53:48
237 Andrea Henderson 56:50
240 Louise Danby 58:04
242 Colin Scollay 59:11

Results   Photos 



Fell Race - Commondale Beacon (Two Crosses) Fell Race - 24/11/13

Jo Goldsmith takes a splash at the water jump 
Report by Clive Thornton

The Commondale Beacon (Two Crosses) Fell Race is brand new route and race for the Winter Series, designed as an easy running trail style race, over a not to be under-estimated exposed part of the North Yorkshire Moors with terrific views of moor and sea. 

The 13km long route started and finished in the centre of Commondale at the Cleveland Inn pub, with around 300m of climb and the major climb in the first 2km out of Commondale, what the race lacked a little in climb was compensated for by fast running.
There was a great turnout with 134 completing the race, the day was chill and mildly blowy on the tops, but not too far from ideal for fell running. There was an excellent turnout from the group and a first time fell runner.
The event was won by a Tynesider, David Beech of Tyne Bridge Harriers in 52.09 (to give you all some context) so 6.5 minute miling for the off-road hilly 8 mile course. First home for New Marske was Mike Smith in a terrific 15th place, 5th M40 in a time of 57.36, next up was first lady for New Marske and 2nd lady overall Kay Neesam in 59.47 (1st in F45 category).
Our first time fell runner was Neil Walker who came in 36th overall in 61.12 and 5th in his M50 age category.
P2190884The ladies team was 2nd for a change losing out to strong Loftus and Whitby team, but the first six ladies race places were filled by both teams so strong competition. Supporting Kay were Shelli Gordon in 55th just ahead of Lisa Bennett 65.10 (6th lady and 2nd F40) in 56th. Nic O'Grady came in 79th - 69.42, Joanne Goldsmith placed 99th in 73.57 and Mick McGurk 101st - 75.39 and 3rd M60.
Next race is Eskdale Eureka on Sunday 8th December, same distance 13km bit more climb at around 470m, registration, start and finish are at the public car park at High Castleton above Dibble Bridge, race starts at 10.30am.  

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