The Middlesbrough College 5k Riverside Run - 2nd June, 2013
A thorn between two roses!
Report by Patricia Speedie
Upon arrival at the Riverside Stadium the atmosphere was already buzzing. Runners doing their usual warm-ups and getting to know each other, everyone as friendly and warming as ever and the sunglasses were out again, well it was sunny after all!
The weather was a big help, not too warm and not too cold, just the right conditions, actually perfect!
It didn't seem to take that long before everyone gathered together for the start (this time we weren't cold) we chatted and were excited about the prospects of new PB's!
The gun went off and everyone went on their way, the 5k had started at last. The course was flat and very well organised from start to finish. There was even a water station on the way. The facilities were also perfect, right inside the stadium.
Arriving at the finish was amazing, you could hear the roar of the spectators as others in front of you were entering the stadium which gave you the feeling that you couldn't wait to get in there yourself!
Then it was my turn, upon entering, the cheers and atmosphere was incredible, people shouting and giving you encouragement along the way, right to the very end.
For the New Marske Harriers crowd of runners the morning was perfect, the race was won by Dominic Shaw who came in 1st with a spectacular time of 14:43, in fact 4 of our runners were in the top 20 which was a great achievement and many runners recorded new personal bests.
What a great race, even a t-shirt and a medal to remember the day, I for one will definitely return!
Too many PB’s to mention in what sounds like ideal conditions and Andy Pearson running his best time since he was in short trousers, well almost!
Patricia did not mention that as well as getting a PB she was 2nd V40! Kay Neesam was 1st V45, Andy Pearson was 2nd V40 and Ronnie Sherwood 1st V70 .
Edinburgh Marathon Festival - May 2013
Club Record for Jim
An early start for the Half Marathon Race, which kicked off at 8am. Jim Bulman had another great run to come 2nd in 1:11:19 and also broke the Club V40 Half Marathon Record. Gemma Parkin also ran a super half marathon grabbing a new PB of 1:40:23.
The Full Marathon kicked off a 10am, with Kath Aspin and Alan Robson in the field. After hitting the halfway point on her target, Kath picked up ITB problem which slowed her down in the later stages but she still came home with a good 3:23:35, five minutes outside her PB. Alan came home in a respectable 4:25:29. The Edinburgh Marathon Festival has about 5 races available over two days and everything seemed to run smoothly this year.
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.