Brass Monkey Half Marathon - 19/01/14
Just over 1400 runners descended on York Racecourse for this year’s Brass Monkey Half Marathon. The organisers had kept their fingers crossed as last year’s race was cancelled due to snow. The race started in cool conditions with light rain and whilst the course was around local villages there were still a few water jumps to contend with!
Sixteen New Marske runners made the trip down. Shaun O’Grady was first Harrier home in an excellent 7th place in 71:53. John Clifford was next up in 17th place, 75:05, picking up the 1st v40 prize. Martin Murray again in the prizes being 3rd V45 in 79:32. Kath Aspin picked up the 1st Vet45 prize in 90:13. Completing the prizes was Ronnie Sherwood collecting the 1st Veteran 70+ prize in a fabulous 1hr 48 minutes with over 500 runners behind him!
There were also PB’s for Paul Cleasby 85:45, the ever improving Dave Hodgson 89:07, Gemma Parkin 98:36, Trish Speedie 1:40:52, Brenda Wilkin 1:45:40 and Tanya Dixon 2:14:10. There were also good runs from Erin Corbyn, Joanne Goldsmith, Mick McGurk, Doug Scott and Phil Miles.
Other local runners in the prizes included Redcar’s Pam Costello, 1st vet60, Hartlepool’s Sarah Black, 3rd Vet40 and Darlington’s Shirley Gibson 1st vet65+.
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.
The final Northern Athletics 10 Mile Championship at Carlisle started in drastic style, when a fully laden sheep truck turned into the narrow road as the 500 plus runners were setting off. However, there were no obstacles big enough
to prevent Andrew Wiles, New Marske Harriers, from winning the race in 50:50. Whilst he had company for the first 3 miles, he quickly pulled out a 19 second gap from the 2nd and 3rd, who were running together at that stage. Trafford's Tom Charles, however, had a strong final 3 miles where he reduced the gap on the leader to a mere 9 seconds, and pulled away to finish in 50:59, well over a minute and a half in front of Jarrow and Hebburn's Andy Burn, who was 3rd in 51:45.
In 4th place was Trafford's Gavin Tomlinson, with Jeff Prest finishing 9th overall, as well as being 3rd counter for the in form Trafford team. Last year Trafford were the silver medal team, but this time it was an emphatic gold, with 13 points. 2nd team this year was Border Harriers, 31 points, with Morpeth Harriers in 3rd place scoring 60 points.
Report Ken Smith
Photos Eileen Ingham
Maltby 7 - 10/11/13
Report by Clive Thornton
Frankfurt Marathon Weekend 25th-27th Oct 2013
By Paul Cleasby
Sat in a Berlin bar after the marathon last autumn, fellows from the Runners World forums decided Frankfurt was the destination for this years October Marathon. Advertised as fast and flat it’s Germany’s second fastest marathon. In a city renowned for commercial excellence, transport was easy and hotel rooms for all budgets were in plentiful supply. There was no problem with the language as yet again out continental neighbours put us to shame with their command of the English Language.
Straight-forward flight from Teesside (yes it’s still open), changing in Amsterdam and then on to Frankfurt. 11 minute train journey into the centre and then a 10 minute walk to the hotel which was directly opposite the marathon expo and the start/finish area. Quick tour of the expo and time for some sight seeing and beer drinking.
Saturday morning saw the Pretzel Run, a 5k jog around part of the route finishing back at the Expo followed by free pretzels and apple juice. Usually these things are fantastic fun, runners often get their other halves to run this with them and there ware plenty of children who also joined their parents in a very leisurely jaunt. This one however was a little tedious. The route was torturous with many bollards and other pieces of street furniture needing avoiding as the paranoid marathon runners tried to make sure they did not do themselves an injury the day before the big event. With that in mind whichever parent allowed their little cherub to scooter amongst the thousand or so runners needs to have a word with themselves!
Marathon day itself, the wind had become much stronger, it was warm and wet, peculiar conditions that never settled. The start was crammed and the starting pens could have been better policed. Once the gun went off I was hoping the congestion would ease, it didn’t. This was compounded by a route full of twists and turns. I struggled to get up to pace from the off and it set the tone for my whole run. In the end I had to accept it was just going to be one of those days. Knee pain struck from mile 11 and I thought ‘if I pulled out now the coaches would say well done you did the right thing’ but I just couldn’t bring myself to. As it had poured down I would have been soaking wet, cold and miles away from where I needed to be so I ploughed on with the splits looking bleaker and bleaker. One advantage of running in kilometres though is that they come round a whole lot quicker than miles. Never have I been more grateful to just finish.
The finish area itself is indoors, there are cheerleaders, bands, indoor fireworks, big screens, loud music and I missed the lot of it.
For me it was probably a marathon too far, my training had been interrupted by summer holidays and had lacked the real focus of previous efforts. In marathon running there is no fooling yourself. It will find you out.
It would be wrong though to dismiss Frankfurt as a viable marathon option for the future. It’s cheaper than Berlin and there’s not the frantic scramble to sign up for places (Are you listening Brass Monkey?) as it does not sell out. Many other runners we met afterwards ran very impressive pb’s and had very positive perspectives of their runs and of Frankfurt.
In fact probably the highlight of my day was going to a traditional German bar after the race for some post race analysis and as we walked in we received loud and warm applause from the customers and staff.
Now it’s definitely time to rest and recover. As for an Autumn marathon in 2014 the canvass is blank…..