What a week! I said that I would drive the team mini bus to Liverpool, and on Monday when I checked the availability for the school mini bus I found that someone else had it for the weekend. After considering the options we decided to hire a self drive and I was again driving. Jon Pearse handed over the team manger paper work and the 12 likely runners plus a couple of reserves. By Friday afternoon I had made contact either directly or indirectly with 11 everyone seemed to want to run a short leg – but there was only six short (2.8mile) legs available plus six longs (4.9mile) ones. It made sense to me to put the faster runners into the longer legs so I pencilled in a running order.
This would be the first time since 1997 the club had competed in the championship (not a debut as reported elsewhere). A top ten finish looked to be a realistic target!
Thirsk 10 - 25/03/12
Clean Sweep for New Marske Teams in the Thirsk 10
New Marske dominated the team competitions with clear wins for both the Men's and Women's Teams. With the aid of modern technology, Steve Shaw currently in Kenya with Ricky and Russ, gave Andy Wiles directions on the start line to do a tempo run in 52 minutes. Andy promptly ran a PB through 5 miles at 24:45 before easing to come home in a clear 2nd in 51:22. Andy Pearson making his debut in New Marske colours came a good 9th in 56:06 following good battle with Tom Danby who edged ahead in final mile to come 8th. Shaun O'Grady completed the top 10, 4 seconds behind with Neil Walker completing the team in 56th. In the women's race Sharon Bulman came home 15th in 68:14, Kath Aspin 17th 68:47 winning 2nd V35 and 2nd V40 prizes, Melanie Carlton 26th and Jo Goldsmith 44th completing the team. Ronnie Sherwood picked up the prize for the M70 Category. Paul Cleasby also hit another PB along with Andy W, Andy P, Mark, Charlotte Louise, Julian and Michelle. Well done to all.
East Hull 20 - 18th March 2012
"Dad, what are we doing for Mother's Day? err, how about a 20 mile run!" Not sure if this was the conversation in the Cleasby household, but Paul couldn't have picked a nicer day to run in the 20 mile race down in Hull. As he builds up for the London Marathon in April, Paul has been setting some good times, first in the Snake Lane and now 2:18:09, 58th Place in the East Hull 20. Not sure that he is looking forward to another 6.2 miles on top, but I am sure he will do well on the day.
Photo courtesy Dave Gowans
2012 Brass Monkey Half Marathon (30th Anniverary)
Back in January I took advantage of a 4 week break in the NEHRA Winter Series to run my second half marathon – my first as a Harrier. The course is flat and fast, and the conditions were fine, apart from a blustery wind that seemed to be against us for most of the race! It was nice to see some familiar Daves from the fells – David Kirk let me into his pre-race ritual, and Dave Minchin provided encouragement as he came flying past me at around 8 miles. As for the New Marske runners, Shaun O’Grady finished 58th overall out of 1711 finishers. Phil Miles and Jim Conaghan dominated the M70+ with 1st and 2nd in that category. Mark Bradley was 15th in the M50, Paul Cleasby was 34th in the hugely competitive M40 category, and Jo Wheatley 34th in the F40. I was happy with a top half finish, knocking over 4 minutes off my previous run in Redcar last year. So its back to the fells for a while, but I’ve already got my entry in for Redcar’s 30th Anniversary in September.
Results Report by David Heath
Haweswater Half Marathon 04/03/12
Having managed to get a late entry for the race, James Bulman came 2nd (1:13:31) on his debut in New Marske colours in the hilly Haweswater Half. Passing along the shores of Haweswater the hilly course offered an exhilarating run in unique surroundings. As she returns to full fitness following the birth of their daughter, Sharon Bulman came home in a good 9th (1:34:36).
Photos by Kevin Hughes