A Dashing Good Race!
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Perfect conditions today at the Dash and some super quick times. The course was slightly different to last year but followed the same basic out and back course. It was a super loaded field at the front end and the times on the day reflect the quality of the field. Local athlete Matty Hynes took the win in a super quick 29.23. 14 athletes went under 30 minutes and of these 10 set personal bests including Vet 40 winner Andrew Ward of Clowne AC in 29.57.
In the Ladies race Louise Damen took the win with a quality 33.04 (pb). Ist Vet 40 Lady was Emma Stepto of Cornwall in a pb of 33.23. Emma ran 2:35.02 at the Amsterdam Marathon which shows what a quality athlete she is.
My own race went to plan. I was hoping for a sub 34 and managed to just achieve that with a 34.02 gun time translating into a 33.58 chip time. First 5km 16:50, Second 5km 17:08. In comparison to last year I'm two seconds down so don't think Ive hit the downward slide yet. Half joked today that I would like to do a sub 34 every year until I'm 50! 1st Vet 50 today was Keith Smith of Tyne Bridge Harriers in 34:05. Think I may have found a nice long term target for myself!
New Marske Harriers Results
Russ Best was 1st Harrier home in 30th place, just 13 seconds and 13 places outside last year’s performance. From the pictures it looks like he had a good battle with Wondiye Fikre with the same gun time showing at the finish with Russ 4 seconds up on Chip time.
Pick of the results was Jim Conaghan, 1st M75, Phil Miles 2nd M70 and Lorraine Allamby 3rd F65.
Other notable results included John Clifford 12th M40, David Hodgson 16th M55 and Jeff Moulder 16th M65.
Many other good runs including Tristan Learoyd, Phil Musgrave, Gemma Parkin, Trish Speedie, Julie Hodgson, Colin Scollay and Amanda Waller.