Hartlepool Marina 5 Mile Road Race – 03/04/16
A record 533 finishers completed the annual Hartlepool Marina 5 mile road race in near perfect conditions. Taking a break from writing about Premier League chasing Middlesbrough, the Gazette writer and New Marske Harriers Athlete Dom Shaw glided to victory setting a new course record of 24:24 knocking a minute and a half of the previous course record set by 2nd placed Middlesbrough and Cleveland Athlete Greg Jayasuriya, 25:57. Quakers Michael Joyeux completed the top 3 in 26:07.
Dom took control of the race after the first mile and steadily picked up the pace to set his 3rd PB in 4 weeks following on from PB’s in the Trafford 10K and Thirsk 10 mile race.
It was good day for the New Marske men with 17 year old Hassan Ben-Tiba coming in 4th in 26:29 to pick up the junior prize and 16 year old Harry Allan, 7th 26:45 clinching the men’s team prize for New Marske.
In the ladies race, North East Masters Cross Country Champion Joasia Zakrzewski strolled to victory in 28:54 in a race dominated by veterans. New Marske’s Kay Neesam was 2nd 30:36, Darlington’s Bernadette Caygill 3rd 31:45 and New Marske’s Kath Aspin 4th 31:53. New Marske completed a clean sweep of team prizes winning the ladies team prize with Kay, Kath & Trish Speedie picking up the Champagne on offer.
Along with Dom Shaw there were also Personal Bests for New Marske’s Harry Allan, Kay Neesam, Trish Speedie, Julian Wilkinson and Helen Tyreman. The race also combined the North East Masters 5 mile Championships with Kath Aspin picking up a Gold Medal in the Vet45 category.
Mermaid 10K - 25/03/16
New Marske Harriers hosted another sell out race with Good Friday’s Mermaid 10K in Marske. In sunny conditions New Marske’s Tristan Learoyd was hoping to continue his recent winning streak but Quakers Michael Joyeux knocked nearly a minute off his PB to claim victory in 32.47 with Tristan 2nd in 33:13 and Evenwoods John Clifford Clifford 3rd in 32:49.
In the Ladies race Darlington Harriers Alison Matthews was 1st in a PB of 38:19 with New Marske’s Sharon Bulman 2nd just ahead of Quakers Dawn Richardson.
Other New Marske Prize winners included Andy Pearson, Martin Murray, Neil Walker, Bob Graham, Phil Miles, Lisa Bennett, Kath Aspin and Trish Speedie. There were 10K PB’s for Allan Wilson 41:03, Trish Speedie 42:51 and Julian Wilkinson 53:47.
World Half Marathon Championships Cardiff - 26/03/16
New Club Record for Russ Best
Well done to Russ Best in setting a new Half Marathon PB and Club Record of 67:05 during horrific conditions in Cardiff. Russ was also a great 9th overall in the non IAAF Championship race.
Signals Relays - 20/02/16
Well done to our runners in the Signals Relays, a fine 4th place for the men with Sam Garratt, Dom Shaw, Hassan Ben-Tiba, Darren Thom, Shaun O'Grady and Tristan Learoyd. Trish Speedie, Shelli Gordon, Sharon Bulman and Eli Barnbrook ran for the ladies to come a great 6th in the open category.