Wilmslow Half Marathon - 24/03/13
Oh to be a race director, heavy snow forecast, parking fields waterlogged, twitter users asking for info! In the end there was no snow and the fields were frozen so the cars could park.
We nearly didn’t make the journey and when we got stuck on the M62 for an hour because of the snow we almost wished we hadn’t! However the snow plough cleared the way and when we arrived at Wilmslow there was no snow at all. Wish the same could be said about the wind, it was blowing a gale and only got worse on the morning of the race. Our Premier Inn was only 400m from the start line so no rush to get there and good warm up facilities at the Rugby Club.
5000 people running so good start position needed which was remarkably easy to do as there were no barriers on either side of the road. Kath was then spotted by an ex Loftus runner Mark Melbourne who happened to be running at the same pace so they ran together for the first ten miles. At this point the course turned straight in to a strong headwind for the last few miles and all the runners had pained faces when ran by.
Kath’s aim was for a sub 1:30 and with a sprint finish she came in at 1:29:46 and picked up the 2nd v45 prize.
Report by Dave Aspin
by Diane Hall
Arriving for the Thirsk 10 was something I wasn’t looking forward to in some ways. I haven’t raced it for years but was running it with friends Terry Saffin and Julian Wilkinson at the back. It was cold and very windy although we should be thankful it was dry.
After deciding the appropriate attire, 3 layers on the body and 2 on the arms with long legs we set off on the walk around to the start. It was very windy waiting, everyone huddled together looking for some shelter from the strong wind. The “front” runners wearing the minimum so as not to slow them down and us back runners hoping we were wearing enough but not too much.
Wondering if the race had started we were moving forward hands hovering over watches ready to press start as we hit the chip mats.
The first part of the race had the wind on our backs, had we over dressed it was quite warm but as we turned and had the head on wind we were grateful for the extra layer.
The array of colour that passed us through the race was great to see, the different club vests to the tanned legs be it real or artificial. With the wind and the single file course our usual chatting was short lived so we had to rely on the scenery, the different shapes in lycra, the slower ones I was following were clad in an extra layer today, shorts over tights, not as good on the eye although there were plenty of tight calves, roll on the summer. It was lovely to see the snowdrops in full bloom in the hedgerows, I wonder if the front runners saw these? to the daffs in bud, are they late this year? also the snow on the hills in the distance….. oh I could go on.
The left turn just before 7 miles and the run along the road watching the front runners was good, cheering on your fellow runners who in return shouted encouragement back. It was a long drag but the turning point allowed us to thank the marshals and exchange a few pleasantries. The run back along the road seemed shorter but turning left to the finish was a long one tussling with the wind. The best view today was the finish banner.
Running at the back is as hard as running at the front, time is relevant only to yourself. A pb whether at the front or the back is an achievement.
Fortunately being at the back we didn’t have as long as others to wait for presentation.
Jim Bulman 2nd, Shaun O’Grady 3rd , Andy Pearson, Kay Neesam, Phil Miles and Ron Sherwood won vets prizes with the addition of Paul Cleasby winning the mens team prize.
Well done to everyone who took part and a big thankyou to all the marshals who stood out in the cold and wind, I did thank to them all.
In the Paris Half Marathon on 3rd March Russ Best finished 13th in a time of 67m10s - knocking nearly a minute off Alan Stimpson's old club record which was set at 2002 Great North Run.
Well Done Russ!
Snake Lane 10 - 24/02/13
By Paul Cleasby
Signs were looking ominous for Snake Lane on Sunday when we awoke to snow on the Saturday morning. Shades of the Brass Monkey cancellation were feared. Happily the snow was for the hardcore cross country runners and conditions for the 10 mile road race on the Sunday were perfect. Cool, clear and crisp, even the sun made an appearance. As ever Pocklington Runners put on a great race. Very well organised, well marshalled but what tops it off is the warm hospitality of the host club. Changing rooms, showers, tea, sandwiches and cakes available afterwards.All very civilised and not at all like wading through muddy bogs. As for the race it is fast and flat with only three mild hills in the later stages. It's a welcome bit of light relief for all those training for a spring marathon. Andy Pearson fresh from the national bog trotting/cross country running competition on the Saturday finished as the first NMH home in 58 mins exactly.
By Patricia Speedie
Snake Lane 10 2013, one of not many 10 mile road races around, weather conditions were actually great for all 737 runners who took part, whether attached or unattached, everybody did well! The race was very well organised and a great atmosphere was felt from start to finish. A warm welcome was given afterwards at the Rugby Club where refreshments were available and a great chance to meet up with colleages who had all made Snake Lane 10 2013 a memorable event. 10 members from NMH took part, all different age catagories and actually recorded some great times. 1st male from NMH was Andy Pearson and 1st lady from NMH was Joanne Goldsmith. Also Jim Conaghan and Brian Allen recorded great times for their age catagory. Well done to all Harriers. Hopefully next year we may have a few more competitors to represent such a friendly club