Locke Park 20 - 9th March 2014 Report
Around 100 runners converged on Locke Park in Redcar for the inaugural 20 mile race hosted by New Marske Harriers AC. Following on from the success of the Redcar parkrun, the event supported by Sainsbury’s Local in Redcar raised £800 for the Friends of Locke Park and £50 for the Bowling Club. Runners were attracted from all over the North East and beyond including Tom Williams, Managing Director of parkrun UK and presenter of the weekly podcast MarathonTALK who said “In fifteen years of racing triathlons and running events this was one of the best experiences I've had. The organisation and marshalling was absolutely brilliant, on the first of 20 laps the encouragement from the volunteers was amazing and somehow they managed to keep it up for the entire event. Will definitely be back next year and highly recommend this event to anyone looking to do a spring marathon. Brilliant.”
In the race, Andy Pearson of New Marske Harriers was first home in 2:01:22 setting a new V40 Club record followed by Paul Darroch (2:03:47) of Redcar Running Club and Steve Middleton of Thirsk & Sowerby in 2:07:05. In the Ladies, Hannah Oldroyd from Bingley cruised to victory in 2:14:24 followed by Kath Aspin (2:32:38) of New Marske Harriers and Rachel Terry of Elvet Striders in 2:33:15.
In a change from most races, prizes were awarded in order of Age Grading, a way of putting all race participants on a level playing field, regardless of age or gender. 1st prize was awarded to Shirley Gibson Vet65 of Darlington, Andy Pearson Vet40 received second and Pam Costello V60 of Redcar Runners was third.
Locke Park 20 - 9th March 2014
Taken from the Park Run Update by Tom Williams
On Sunday I was fortunate enough to find myself on the start line of the inaugural Redcar 20 mile race, consisting of 20 laps (yes, you read that right) of Locke Park, three of which make up the regular Saturday morning Redcar parkrun. I vividly remember being on the same start line back in April 2012 for the first ever Redcar parkrun event and to see how far it’s come plus the level to which it has engaged with the community was simply breathtaking. Sunday’s race was one of the best road racing experiences I’ve had, from the dedicated participants to the boisterous supporters through to the amazing volunteer team it really was a community event and throughout those groups were a whole load of parkrunners. In the post-race email communications the organiser (Graham Hall - also Redcar parkrun Event Director) specifically credited the parkrun itself for playing such a large part in the success of the race.
Looking back at my emails we were contacted by Andy Pearson in 2011 where working as the Sports and Leisure Development Team Leader for Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council he was keen to get something going. Andy and Graham spent the next few months bringing it all together and here we are a couple of years later after 95 events that have seen 1,135 different people run over 35,000km around the Park. The real benefits are far greater however, and not measured in miles run or PBs achieved, the local bowling club host the post-run coffee every week, which generates significant income for them and has brought the two community groups together. Friendships have been made. Talking of friends, the Friends of the Park group have become heavily involved and Sunday’s race generated some much needed funds to help keep a much needed park in tip-top condition.
Helen, Rosie and I had also travelled to Redcar with our good friends Jamie and Debbie and their son Josh. Debbie grew up right by the Park and went to school just round the corner so I really felt a sense of pride that our wonderful movement had created such positive community engagement in an area close to my friend’s heart. This is in no way unique of course, all around the UK (and the World for that matter) our model has been replicated time and time again and with each new email enquiry we receive the opportunities to build communities in wonderful places increase. What Sunday reminded me of however is that whether you’re in a World Heritage site or a local town-centre park the beauty is in the people coming together and sharing an area of open space, with friends old and new.
P.S. Andy - In your original email you said ‘we have a fairly challenging course’… it's flatter than the proverbial pancake!
NYSD Road Relays - Croft 02/03/14
New Marske in the medals
Report by Clive Thornton
The NYSD Cross Country league wrapped up with the road relays at Croft racing circuit. A fine weather morning slowly changed to a windy drizzly day by the time the seniors were racing.
In the senior relays the ladies unusually did not field a team with the competing attractions of marathon training and fell races. The New Marske men came up trumps with two complete teams.
The men’s relay was four legs of just over 2miles each leg. Nasir Hussain led off for the 'A's on the first leg with Simon Clements leading off for the 'B's. Loftus and Whitby's Paul Butler took off to an early lead with Hartlepool in 2nd and New Marske in 3rd with Middlesbrough in close order, by the end of the leg Loftus and Hartlepool were neck and neck, Nasir was in 3rd some 75 metres adrift but had distanced Middlesbrough by about the same. Simon returning from time out was running well in the top 10. Clive Thornton took over on the second leg, hoping not to lose 3rd and give Charlie Pasco not too much work to do, by the end of the leg Loftus had consolidated their lead, but Hartlepool's second place hung by a 30 metre thread. Adam Walker ran a great leg pulling back 4 places to close on a top 5 finish. Charlie Pasco fresh from the indoor championships a day earlier had soon overhauled Hartlepool's third leg runner to take New Marske into second and by the end of the leg he had closed on Loftus to give Dom Shaw a shout at victory. Paul Cleasby took over from Adam and kept the 'B's in good position, handing over to Jon Pearse for a rare relay outing.
Meanwhile Dom running the final leg stormed through the first kilometre visibly closing on Loftus's runner, but was there distance and time?
Anxiously spectators and team-mates watched for a blue or red vest at the start of the finish straight, it was blue, Dom had overhauled Loftus by a good margin and cruised home to claim victory for New Marske and in doing so setting the fastest time of the day in 9:45. Charlie set the 2nd fastest time in 9:56.
NMH juniors although only fielding a small team had great success at the Croft relays.
In the U 13 boys race where 2 of the runners had only just turned 11 we came a very creditable 3rd with Archie Lowe running a great 3rd leg and got within 4 seconds of making up a 44 second deficit. Dominic Shipman was the 1st leg runner coming home in 5th. George Geldart took us up to 3rd and Archie nearly made it 2nd. James Geldart ran a very strong 1st leg in an incomplete team. In the U13 girls Oriana Larkin was our only runner but ran strongly.
The u15 boys had a great battle with Middlesbrough. Reece Curtis came in 2nd, 8 seconds behind after the 1st leg. Morgan Speirs took over and made up 2 seconds. Hassan Ben-Tiba tucked in behind the leader and over took him on the long straight in to the wind and then eased away to win by 23 seconds. Ben Bergstrand and Tom Geldart both ran great legs as did Eli Barnbrook in the girls U15 race.
Great running New Marske.
Snake Lane 10 miler - 23/02/14
Aptly named for the winding nature of the country roads around the Yorkshire Wold’s market town of Pocklington, this year’s race provided a stiff test for the 800+ competitors. 21 New Marske Harriers made the trip and there were some outstanding runs given the fierce head wind in the second half of this ten mile race. Andy Pearson claimed an excellent 8th place and 1st Vet 40 prize ducking under the hour in 58:41. Lisa Bennett picked up the 1st Vet female prize and along with Kath Aspin and Erin Corbyn claimed the 3rd ladies team prize. Brian Allen was 1st vet 70+ home.
North Eastern Counties Road Relay Championships - 15/02/14
New Marske Harriers were out in force at the North Eastern Counties Road Relay Championships at a wet and miserable Hetton Lyons Country Park. Fielding three men’s and three ladies teams each leg was over 2.2 miles, twice around the country park. The ladies went first and the New Marske ‘A Team’ of Lisa Bennett, Shelli Gordon, Kath Aspin and Kay Neesam all had great runs to clinch 2nd place and a silver medal in the Veteran Ladies Category.
In an exciting men’s race, New Marske ‘A Team’ were 13th after the first leg by the youngest team member Sam Garrett, Dom Shaw then had a cracking run to lift the team to 3rd overall. Andy Wiles then set one of the fastest legs of the day (10:48) to lift the team to 1st place. The final two team members, Shaun O’Grady and Russ Best then had a good battle with Gateshead Harriers and were pipped to the win by Gateshead. Another excellent 2nd and silver medal.
For a small club like New Marske this is an excellent result and all the ‘B’ and ‘C’ team runners had an enjoyable, whilst damp day out.
Not content with picking up a Silver Medal on Saturday, the New Marske Ladies braved the elements to take part in the Commondale Clart Fell Race the following day, with Kay Neesam, Lisa Bennett and Helen Whitney all having excellent runs.