Pit Stop 10K 4th July 2012
Darlington Harriers hosted The Pit Stop 10k on Wednesday 4th July, held at the Croft Motor Racing Circuit. A flat course, a windless evening, racing shoes on and off we go aiming for new PB territory. Only two New Marske Harriers were flying the flag that evening Erin Pearson almost achieved a podium finish placing 4th in 42:41 and I chugged along in 33rd place (8th in the vet 40 category) with a time of 40:18. The race itself was very well organised and well attended with 220 finishers. It consists of 3 laps of the circuit with runners needing to take the racing line to avoid running extra distance on the wide track, be warned though there is no chequered flag at the end of the penultimate lap.
Olympic Dawn 5K - 18/06/12
The debate is still on about whether it is worth getting up at 4am to take part in a 5K race, but a number of Harriers set their clocks early and joined nearly 300 others in the Olympic Dawn 5K. The finish of the event was timed to coincide with the Olympic Torch leaving the Transporter Bridge at about 6.30am on Monday morning. Every runner was provided with a FREE technical T-shirt and people were queuing to get them as we arrived at just before 5am. The race itself was on a flat and fast course around the local college and MFC. Despite not taking it too seriously there were some good times and everybody enjoyed the race in still and calm conditions. On our return to the Transporter Bridge we were filmed live on ITV breakfast television. Many of the runners then joined the crowds following the Olympic Flame after it had crossed the Tees on the Transporter Bridge. Later in the day Thomas Aspin was lucky enough to carry Doug Welsh’s real Olympic Torch in a mini relay organised by Guisborough Schools.
Melmerby 10K 27/05/12
A hot day at the races
The organisers announced that it had been the hottest Melmerby 10K so far, and it certainly looked like it with the sweat pouring down Andy Pearson, and he was only eating a cake whilst watching his sons play football near the start.
Out on the course the high hedges trapped the heat and the sponges were a welcome sight at the water stations. Times were slower than expected due to the heat. Kath Aspin was first Harrier back, claiming 1st Vet45. Erin Pearson was close behind wondering why she had returned to Melmerby considering it had been almost as hot when she ran two years ago. John Rymer was the final Harrier home also looking like he was feeling the heat. In the junior races Thomas Aspin won the 2.25 mile U11 race with Rebecca Aspin coming 7th in the U13 race.
On a testing course in the grounds of the castle estate grounds Wallsend's Yarad Haros continued to sweep up road race prizes in the North of England, winning in an impressive 30.16. Jim Bulman was 2nd and 1st vet nearly 4 minutes behind in 34.07 but was still a over a minute clear of Andy Chadfield in third.
Tees Barrage 10k 7th May 2012
A sunnier Bank Holiday Monday than expected although still a bit windy by the river at the Tees Barrage 10k. A place where the wind always appears to be in your face and there are many 180 degree turns it isn't the fastest course around but this didn't deter the New Marske Hariers who took home a good prize haul between them. First was Mark Gamble-Thompson in an impressive 7th place overall and 1st Vet 50. Erin Pearson was 3rd open lady in a new personal best time. John Rymer made a good return to form next followed by Brain Allen. Next Ronnie Sherwood and Phil Miles were 2nd and 3rd O70 Vets respectively. With good runs also from Jim Conaghan, Jon Smith, Tony Slater and Julian Wilkinson.
Results Report by Erin Pearson (Photo Courtesy Karen Larkin)