Marathon of the North Festival – 28/04/13
Photo Courtesy Alan Musgrove
By Patricia Speedie
Events of the North 2013, 4 different events in just one day, Team Relay, 10K, Full Marathon and Half Marathon, from start to finish organisation was very friendly and professional, great facilities and even a massage tent for those after race aching muscles.
For me it was my first Half Marathon and also the first Half Marathon for Sunderland which made it even more special, dark clouds were in the sky and the wind was a chilly one as everyone huddled together to keep warm on the start line, many wearing bin liners for protection as our teeth chattered.
The race started with a silence period as we all paid our respects to the Boston disaster.
A great turnout, runners with different coloured numbers on their vests indicating which race they were taking part in.
The route was through streets, main roads and a nice run in the park and as you kept running you could even cheer people on as they cheered you on from the opposite side of the road, great atmosphere!
Marshals and medical staff were flocking and water stations throughout meant you were well cared for, even the locals were on the side lines handing out jelly beans, jelly babies and many other treats to help tired runners along the way and give them excellent encouragement.
The finishing straight - what more could you ask for as you came back to the Stadium of Light, crowds of people cheering you on as you went through the finish line and watched the Full Marathon runners keep on going, more water was handed out and even something to keep you warm as you went inside the Stadium to collect your medal, T-Shirt and goody bag.
Well done to all New Marske Harriers who took part, you are all stars!
By Gemma Parkin
Today was a good day for a half marathon, granted the wind didn’t make for ideal conditions but the crowds made up for it, at every turn we were cheered on by locals bearing jelly babies, water and oranges! The course went pretty quickly and bar the end where I very nearly did an extra 13.1 miles it was very well organised, I'll be back next year at Sunderland, maybe for the 26.2!
Some good runs in the Half Marathon, with Jim Bulman 4th in 71:53 just 3 seconds off 2nd place and 46 seconds behind the winner. Andy Pearson followed Jim home in 5th 75:12. Gemma Parkin knocked nearly 7 minutes off her PB to finish 33rd lady in 1:41:33, with Patricia Speedie in her 1st half marathon finishing in a superb 1:44:05.
Just one runner in the full marathon with Peter Walker finishing in 3:51:08.
Three Harriers took the shorter 10K option, with David Paley 44:20, Sue Rowell 51:27 and Mick McGurk 1:06:19.
Results (subject to change due to Chip issues)