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
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.