Snake Lane 10 Mile Race - 22/02/15
Three days after setting a new 5K PB of 14:26 in the Armagh International 5K, New Marske’s Russ Best set out to beat both the opposition and the weather in the sold out Pocklington 10 Mile race in foot of the Yorkshire Wolds. With storm conditions approaching, Russ glided to the front from the start and pulled away to win in a PB of 51:14 over three minutes ahead of Otley’s Scott Harrington and last year’s winner Carl Hide of Doncaster. Twenty New Marske athletes had made the trip down, with Andy Pearson picking up the 1st Vet 40 prize in coming 7th overall. Kay Neesam and Kath Aspin won the 1st & 2nd Vet45 prizes in PB times with Sharon Bulman winning the 3rd Vet 40 prize. Kay, Kath and Sharon also won the 2nd ladies team prize. Despite the headwind in the last three miles there were also PB’s for David Aspin, Ian Hague, Nick O’Grady, Thomas Bunn, Stewart Hart, Alan Robson and Trish Speedie. New Marske Chairman Graham Hall also knocked 7 minutes from his time from last year.
Meanwhile down at the National Cross Country Championships in London there were excellent runs in the U15 Boy’s race from Reece Curtis 12th and Ben Bergstrand 125th out of 371 runners. Dom Shaw also set a new road 5K PB of 14:40 in the Armagh International 5K.