Windermere Marathon - 19/05/13
“The Hardest Marathon so far”, Brenda Wilkin’s view of the very hilly Windermere Marathon which she finished in super 4:27:55.
Also running in the Lakes at the weekend were Helen Whitney who was 25th in the Borrowdale 13km trail race and Mick McGurk who was 63rd in the 21km version of the race.
Kirbymoorside 10K - 05/05/13
If you are wondering why the report has a picture of a tractor on it, Kirbymoorside not only hosted the annual 10K, but as a prelude to the race around 300 tractors of all different sizes and ages paraded through the centre of the town. The attmosphere at this race was superb with a Brass Band playing at the finishline and the crowd lining the street. With a full range of of junior events on offer it made a great day out for the family. Rebecca & Thomas both had good runs in competitive races. 433 seniors ran the race which included some competive 16 and 17 year olds. The course started off up a hill for the first 5k before looping round for a downhill finish. Many of the junior runners went of at fast pace which they probably later regretted. After a steady start Kath reeled them in and managed to grab 3rd place from a youngster in the final 1K. Prizes at the race come in the form of pottery with Kath picking up the 3rd place and 1st V45 plates.
Tees Barrage 10K - 06/05/13
The sunglasses were out for the Tees Barrage 10K, and that was just to stop the glare from Gemma's shorts! Jim Bulman fresh from his 2nd placed warm up at the Keswick Half the previous day got the better of James Askew to win the race in 33:29. Kay Neesam, 40:30, was a close 2nd in the ladies race behind Dawn Richardson with Loftus's Nicola Kent just behind. Also running were David Paley, Brian Allen, Gemma Parkin, Patricia Speedie, Ronnie Sherwood, 1st V70, Jim Conaghan, 3rd v75, Sandra Jemson, Dave Matthews, Julian Wilkinson and Terry Saffin.
Marathon of the North Festival – 28/04/13
Photo Courtesy Alan Musgrove
By Patricia Speedie
Events of the North 2013, 4 different events in just one day, Team Relay, 10K, Full Marathon and Half Marathon, from start to finish organisation was very friendly and professional, great facilities and even a massage tent for those after race aching muscles.
For me it was my first Half Marathon and also the first Half Marathon for Sunderland which made it even more special, dark clouds were in the sky and the wind was a chilly one as everyone huddled together to keep warm on the start line, many wearing bin liners for protection as our teeth chattered.
The race started with a silence period as we all paid our respects to the Boston disaster.
A great turnout, runners with different coloured numbers on their vests indicating which race they were taking part in.
The route was through streets, main roads and a nice run in the park and as you kept running you could even cheer people on as they cheered you on from the opposite side of the road, great atmosphere!
Marshals and medical staff were flocking and water stations throughout meant you were well cared for, even the locals were on the side lines handing out jelly beans, jelly babies and many other treats to help tired runners along the way and give them excellent encouragement.
The finishing straight - what more could you ask for as you came back to the Stadium of Light, crowds of people cheering you on as you went through the finish line and watched the Full Marathon runners keep on going, more water was handed out and even something to keep you warm as you went inside the Stadium to collect your medal, T-Shirt and goody bag.
Well done to all New Marske Harriers who took part, you are all stars!
By Gemma Parkin
Today was a good day for a half marathon, granted the wind didn’t make for ideal conditions but the crowds made up for it, at every turn we were cheered on by locals bearing jelly babies, water and oranges! The course went pretty quickly and bar the end where I very nearly did an extra 13.1 miles it was very well organised, I'll be back next year at Sunderland, maybe for the 26.2!
Some good runs in the Half Marathon, with Jim Bulman 4th in 71:53 just 3 seconds off 2nd place and 46 seconds behind the winner. Andy Pearson followed Jim home in 5th 75:12. Gemma Parkin knocked nearly 7 minutes off her PB to finish 33rd lady in 1:41:33, with Patricia Speedie in her 1st half marathon finishing in a superb 1:44:05.
Just one runner in the full marathon with Peter Walker finishing in 3:51:08.
Three Harriers took the shorter 10K option, with David Paley 44:20, Sue Rowell 51:27 and Mick McGurk 1:06:19.
Results (subject to change due to Chip issues)
Hartlepool Marina 5 Mile Road Race - 07/04/13
The traditional firing of the cannon on the Hartlepool Historic Quay signalled the start of the Hartlepool 5 mile road race. 348 runners set off along the coast to Seaton Carew with blue sky and a gentle wind providing ideal running conditions. Middlesbrough and Cleveland’s Greg Jayasuriya set off at a fast pace building up a 100m lead after the first mile. New Marske’s James Bulman stayed with a pack of around 5 runners in the early stages before closing the gap on Greg along with Paul Marchant at the half way point. Paul then edged away from James with Greg falling back in to third place not being able to sustain his early pace. Paul Marchant went on to win the race in 25:53, James Bulman 19 seconds behind in 2nd with Greg edging out Nathan Reed to 3rd by 1 second. In the ladies race Kerry Matthew of Middlesbrough AC lead from start to finish winning in 30:16 with Michelle Avery 2nd and Carolyn Ollis 3rd. New Marske’s Kath Aspin came home 5th and 1st V45. Other New Marske winners included Phil Miles 1st V70 and Jim Conaghan 2nd V75. Also running for New Marske were David Paley, Erin Pearson, Nick O’Grady, Michael Carter, Sandra Jemson and Julian Wilkinson.