The highlight of the race was the performance of the Juniors with 13 year old Jack Willis winning the race in 11:59 and beating all the seniors.
Izzy Pearse helped the New Marske Ladies to yet another team prize and Sam Garratt came 13th in a staggering 14:24. Also running were Rob Ray, 35th 16:43, Shelli Gordon 36th 16:44, Kay Neesam 40th 16:54, Ronnie Sherwood 60th 20:02, Izzy Pearse 67th 21:33 and Natasha Thornton 76th 22:54.
Nearly 100 runners turned out at Gribdale Gate on a warm summers night. The New Marske Ladies team again set off bunched together passing Captain Cooks in the same photo frame. Kath Aspin slotted in behind Shelli Gordon and Kay Neesam. Kath's increased mileage for her marathon training is paying dividends as she picked off Kay and Shelli as they moved to Percy Rigg and Hanging Stone. Kath came home in 48th (3rd Lady) in 63:25 (PB) knocking 4 1/2 minutes off last years time. Shelli was next home in 56th (4th Lady) 64:40 also a PB for the route. Kay followed in 59th (6th Lady) 65:19 and Jo Goldsmith in 75th (8th Lady) also in a new PB of 69:07. The ladies clinched the team prize for the 3rd successive race. Ronnie Sherwood was 1st in the M65 category in 78th 69:56 and Nick O'Grady also got a PB in 86th 71:48. Thomas Aspin won the junior race to Captain Cooks Monument and back in 11:25. Next Race, Guisborough Grunt, Tuesday 17th August at 7:00pm at the Rugby Club.
Back in May we sat in the Chop Gate car park with thunder, lightening and hailstones. Well move forward to July and we left Guisborough with thunder, lightening and no power. A fell race on top of the moors, we must be mad! Following a lap around the car park, the 92 runners set off up the 1.5km hill to Cock Howe. A 13-year-old junior hardly out of breath was 2nd to the 1st checkpoint. A circular route followed with a couple of rain showers to cool the runners down (9.46km 343m ascent).
A hot night awaited the runners at the Maybeck Three Crosses. 6 New Marske runners took part with Mike Smith coming home first in 10th Place, 3rd in his category, Kay Neesam was the pick of the ladies again in 27th place, 3rd lady with Kath Aspin not far behind in 30th, 5th lady. Shelli Gordon had been positioned between Kay and Kath but tweaked her ankle near the half way point and dropped to last place. However she bravely fought on to repass the final Scarborough counter and clinch the ladies team prize for New Marske. Ronnie Sherwood came home in 46th, 1st in class again and Nick O'Grady in 55th. Kay is the leading woman in the series so far with Ronnie leading the over 65 category. Next race Cock Howe on 20th July.
By David Aspin.
What could be better than to spend a May Bank Holiday morning running on the scenic hills above Chop Gate. Sat in the car park with thunder, lightening and hailstones I could think of many things to do other than trying to take decent photographs. The weather cleared for the start of the race which for the first mile was straight up hill. A circular route followed across the moors and back to Chop Gate. 6.6 miles 1175ft. A heavy sleet shower greeted the runners as they turned to head home from Head House. Kay Neesam was 4th Lady (29th) followed by Kath Aspin 5th Lady (32nd). Ronnie Sherwood came in 48th (1st M65) and Nick O'Grady 53rd. Casper the dog came 5th and even had time to pose for a photo!
By David Aspin