Snake Lane 10 - 26/02/12
"On your marks, get set, go" --- or not as happened in the Snake Lane 10 on Sunday. Not often you see a false start in a road race and it was interesting for those watching to see the runners trying to squeeze back over the line for the restart. Thanks must to go to Tom Danby and the Pocklington Club for hosting an excellent race and arranging the good weather for the day!
Tom Danby wearing his Pocklington colours was home in 8th place. The first three Harriers to finish all hit PB’s, Paul Cleasby in 64:34 knocking 3 minutes off his PB, Kath Aspin in 68:38 and Erin Pearson well under her sub 70 target at 68:47. Kath and Erin had a good battle during the race which will no doubt continue to help them both do better times in future races. Jo Goldsmith was next home in 74:56 with the New Marske Ladies an excellent 4th out of 52 Ladies teams. Joanne Wheatley finished in 82:37 shortly followed by Charlotte Ellis and Louise Danby complete with tannoy encouragement as they entered the home straight. Jim Conaghan was 1st M75 in 85:53 and Julian Wilkinson was the final Harrier home in 89:57 knocking a massive 21:34 off his PB.
To complete the day both Kath and Erin won place prizes in an extensive prize list.
MEN WIN SIGNALS TROPHY IN RECORD BREAKING TIME
WOMEN TAKE SILVER
New Marske Harriers again excelled at the Signals relays held at Hetton Lyons Country Park .The brisk cold wind with the occasional wintry shower meant that running on the undulating course was always hard. The mens race consisted of 6 legs and the womens 4 legs, each leg consisted 2 laps totalling 2.25 miles. This year there were over 100 entries with all the races starting at 1pm. This mass start, combined with the 2 laps resulted in a fairly manic change over area but excellent viewing for all the spectators. New Marske ran 2 mens and 2 womens teams and half a vet womens team
The senior mens team were led off by Mark Shaw who took the lead at the end of the 1st lap and gradually extended it to hand over to Alan Piggford with a 15 second lead. Both Alan and Russ Best who took over the 3rd leg ran very well to hold off the chasing Gateshead and Morpeth runners. It was only during Nasir Hussains 4th leg that we momentarily dropped back to 3rd place . Ricky Stevenson, who had been ill during the week, still ran a storming leg to take us in to a commanding lead. Rickys time of 10.09 was the fastest of the day and also a new course record taking 7 seconds off the previous time. Given the blustery conditions to beat these records was a superb effort. Andy Wiles then brought the team home to win by a massive 70 seconds and breaking the course record by 18 seconds. In this team effort Mark ran the 3rd fastest time of the day Andy the 4th and Russ the 5th fastest legs.
In the mens B team Charlie Pascoe in his 1st senior relay ran an extremely mature leg to finish 8th in a time that would have qualified him for an A team place. Our B team also had Shaun O’Grady, Steve Guest, Clive Thornton ,Andy Sugden and Adam Blowers competing all of whom ran excellent legs to give us 16th place in a very competitive field. Full results are attached.
In the womens race Chloe Loredo took the 1st leg and handed over to Sharon Bulman (Nee Thornton) in 3rd place. The teams position varied between 3rd and 4th as Sharon handed over to Kath Aspin on the 3rd leg. Bobbi Phillips brought us home to silver getting past the Durham team. In this team Chloe ran the 6th and Bobbi the 7th fastest legs of the day. Our womens B team finished a very creditable 21st with Katie Coulson (who was also ill and volunteered to give up her 1st team place), Kyah Hall, Nicola Kydd and Anne Guthrie . Last but not least our Vets ladies were led off by Pam Best and followed by Jill Sexton.
Overall another great day for New Marske and finally a big thank you to Graham Hall & Richard Dowson for sitting in a garage all afternoon doing the results and thereby missing all the action while they did them.
Armagh International 5k 9th Feb 2012
New Club Record for Andy
Well done to Andrew Wiles for setting a 5k PB and club record of 14:11 in the Armagh International 5k Road Race. His electronic time was 14:10.04 - which for road race purposes is rounded to the next full second.
Check out an interview prior to the race with Andy Wiles here.
Ricky Stephenson ran 29:17 at Ribble Valley 10k on Tuesday 27th December taking 12secs off his club record - and finishing third in this Northern 10k Championships Race behind Jonathan Mellor (29:10) and Alistair Brownlee (29:15). Andrew Wiles also set a new personal best as did Nasir Hussain.
In the open team competiton with three to count Ricky, Andrew and Russ Best beat the Altringham team by 2 points (40 / 42), but in the Northern Championship (with non-eligible competitior stripped out) were pipped by 1 point (25 / 26)!
There was a total of nine applications, but four matched the criteria ahead of the other five, and were automatically selected:
Good Luck to all four, and commiserations to the others.