Sunday 26th October
Terry Saffin, Diane Hall, Tracey Arkinson and Jean Wilde enjoying racing in Redcar in the Autumn. Photos courtesy of Karen Newton, more here
Report by Paul Cleasby
Sunday 26th October saw the inaugural Locke Park 10 mile race organised by New Marske Harriers. The unseasonably warm weather deserted the runners on the morning, with wet and blustery conditions at the start of the 10 lap race.
Race morning started with a children’s 1-mile fun run won by the impressive Daniel Gunn aged 12 in a sub 6 minute time. Matthew Chinnock and William Crame finished 2nd and 3rd. The top three girls were Libby Currie, Lucy Nicklin and Isobelle Troop.
Ninety-Six runners completed the main event with many parkrun enthusiasts stepping up their distances. There was real quality at the sharp end of the field with top performers Dom Shaw and James Bulman fighting it out neck and neck throughout the race before Dom finally surged for the tape. Tristan Learoyd completed a winning 1,2, 3 for New Marske, with Paul Darroch smashing his pb, followed in by Andrew Pearson fresh from his 2:36 marathon success in Chester.
To even things out for the more mature runners New Marske Harriers award prizes in this race (and many others) on an age-graded basis so although the above 5 were first past the post the real race winners in the age graded category were James Bulman, Shirley Gibson of Darlington Harriers, Dom Shaw, Andrew Pearson and Pam Costello of Redcar.
It would be wrong to give the impression that this race was all about the elites, far from it. The vocal and enthusiastic supporters on the course encouraged all the middle of the pack runners and those trying the distance for the first time. The advantage of racing laps is that the supporters have the opportunity of cheering their runners at multiple points and the faster runners get to offer words of encouragement to the slower ones. The picture below should be enough to demonstrate the joy distance running can bring. Running in the parks is sociable, fun and attainable for all age groups and abilities. Who said long distance runners need to be lonely?
Provisional Results available here -
Fun Run Results here
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