Brass Monkey Half Marathon - 17/01/16

Sharon BulmanKath Aspin

Photos courtesy www.benmcneilage.com 

With York still recovering from the recent floods it was great to see over 1500 runners descend on the Racecourse where signs of the devastation were still apparent on the fields. It was another cold day for the Brass Monkey Half Marathon with the hire of a gritter ensuring the race went ahead without the icy conditions that prevailed last year.

The course headed off into the countryside to the south of the racecourse, a relatively flat course, with the only hills being a couple of inclines over bridges.  Following a loop around the village of Appleton Roebuck the route returned back towards the racecourse.

11 New Marske Runners took part, and for many of them, it was the first race in their spring marathon preparations.

Martin Murray was first Harrier home in 46th 1:17:34, just 1 second outside his PB but with the consolation of picking up the 1st V45 prize. 

Sharon Bulman was 8th lady in 1:24:54 picking up the 1st V40 prize and Kath Aspin 13th lady in a PB of 1:28:33 picking up the 1st V45 prize.

There were also PB’s for James Allinson 1:19:49, Glen Farrell 1:21:34, Allan Wilson 1:30:54 and David Aspin 1:37:19.

Also running were Paul Cleasby 1:24:20, Stewart Hart 1:43:34, Diane Hall & Michelle O’Grady 2:21:29.  

Sold out within a couple of hours this year, it is definitely a great race to do.

 

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Results  Photos

Chevin Chase - 26/12/15

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A super report below from Trish Speedie.  You usually have to have "Brownlee" in your name to win this race, from the pictures and the report you can see why they chose not to run this year!

 

This race was a first for me and it's always nice to try something different, the Chevin Chase 7 miler, a great race for Boxing Day and a good way to burn off those calories from Christmas Day. 

 

 

I don't think I have ever experienced anything like it. Pouring down from start to finish. In fact it's a wonder it wasn't cancelled. Cross country and trail runs are a piece of cake compared to this one, the first mile was just like a waterfall running towards you, I'm running up the hill, it's coming down, oh god I really don't do hills!  My feet were wet within the first half a mile and I'm already out of breath lol. 

 

 

 

You then turned off to the right a bit further on where the challenge started, mud yes - more like a mud bath, deep, muddy and very dodgy underfoot, runners already slipping, sliding and falling over, you really didn't know what you were going to stand on or in, rocks, stones, ditches and very uneven surfaces, this part of the course was tricky but everyone carried on, me trying to get past a man in a dress with lipstick and a wig who seemed to be coping ok, well better than me anyway!
 
There were plenty of marshals around the course, despite the heavy rain, cheering you on as you went back on to the road for a mile or so and then more mud into a woodland area, which at this point I lost my hat but somehow managed to grab it back before it disappeared into more rushing water.  Well it is my favourite hat which I wasn't letting go of. Wringing it out as I went along, I kept going .
 
Quite a few climbs in this race, I repeat that hills are not my favourite, I really need to do more hill training. Around mile 5 was a BIG hill, back on the tarmac, just as you came off the trails from the woods, the top of the hill was in sight, and lots of people giving encouragement, breathe breathe and I'm nearly at the top but struggling to get past people in the way.
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Then again another stretch of deep mud/river running, very challenging, you really had to keep your eyes on where you were placing your feet, obviously I wasn't paying much attention at this point as here I fell, right in front of a group of marshals (knew it would have to happen, sooner or later) front first but all good fun, once you're wet you're wet, "get up and get on with it Trish" I said to myself.
 
From here you turned the corner onto a nice downhill road back into the village, thank goodness for a tarmac road for the final push, still water running down the roads behind me but I'd finished, soaked but fun!
 
The atmosphere and the race itself was exhilarating. I would definitely return again but you'd have to be lucky or unlucky to get those same conditions!
 
Photos1   Photos 2   Courtesy  David Owen Airecentre Pacers
 

 

Old Monks Race Multi Terrain Race - 03/01/16

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Report by Diane Hall

Five New Marske Harriers made the total of the social run at the back this year. The course had been changed slightly due to the past wet and windy weather. It was just under 5 miles, shorter than normal, we weren't sure whether it was tougher than last year or not, the mud certainly made it tougher. We did our usual regular run and regroup, starting together and finishing the same way. The majority of the run seemed to be in single file around muddy fields and along tracks, changing the scenery occasionally by whose bum was in front, you certainly couldn't look around for fear of loosing your footing. The marshals around the course were brilliant giving encouragement. It was nice to hit the final piece of road again, downhill now compared to the uphill going out. We ran in formation to the finish as birds or aeroplanes, we knew Karen Newton wouldn't be far with her camera. There she was waiting for us, one photo in flight then we stopped as usual to pose for the team photo, thanks Karen, then on a further 50m to the finish. We finished in about 59 mins, time is irrelevant, it's a group of friends enjoying the company and the banter. Another one over, ready for a well earned cuppa and piece of cake.

Editor :-  At the sharp end of the race Tristan Learoyd claimed a good victory in his first race in first race back after a Pulmonary Embolism in late November. Trish Speedie picked up 1st V45 prize and Tom Bunn was also running.

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Results  Great Photos from Karen Newton

 

Old Monks Race  - 03/01/16

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Report by Diane Hall

 

Five New Marske Harriers made the total of the social run at the back this year. The course had been changed slightly due to the past wet and windy weather. It was just under 5 miles, shorter than normal, we weren't sure whether it was tougher than last year or not, the mud certainly made it tougher. We did our usual regular run and regroup, starting together and finishing the same way. The majority of the run seemed to be in single file around muddy fields and along tracks, changing the scenery occasionally by whose bum was in front, you certainly couldn't look around for fear of losing your footing. The marshals around the course were brilliant giving encouragement. It was nice to hit the final piece of road again, downhill now compared to the uphill going out. We ran in formation to the finish as birds or aeroplanes, we knew Karen Newton wouldn't be far with her camera. There she was waiting for us, one photo in flight then we stopped as usual to pose for the team photo, thanks Karen, then on a further 50m to the finish. We finished in about 59 mins, time is irrelevant, it's a group of friends enjoying the company and the banter. Another one over, ready for a well earned cuppa and piece of cake.

Editor :-  At the sharp end of the race Tristan Learoyd claimed a good victory in his first race in first race back after a Pulmonary Embolism in late November. Trish Speedie picked up 1st V45 prize and Tom Bunn was also running.

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Results  Great Photos from Karen Newton

 

 

Christmas Handicaps 2015

After almost continuous rain over the previous 24 hours, a diversion was required for the parkrun to avoid flooded sections of Locke Park.

After deducting the handicap from each of the NMH runners the net times and senior handicap results is as follows:

 

 

pos NAME Time Hcap Net Time
1 Charlotte Stonehouse 23m38s 08m34s 15m04s
2 Cheryl Hepples 29m51s 14m36s 15m15s
3 Andrew Sugden 19m44s 04m09s 15m35s
4 Robert Graham 24m22s 08m29s 15m53s
5 Colin Scollay 33m10s 17m07s 16m03s
6 Paul Cleasby 20m00s 03m42s 16m18s
7 Diane Hall 29m50s 13m29s 16m21s
8 Sue Crust 33m29s 17m07s 16m22s
9 Helen Tyreman 29m26s 13m03s 16m23s
10 Richard Oliver 26m55s 10m22s 16m33s
11 Dawn Sulley 23m44s 07m08s 16m36s
12 Paul Darroch 18m20s 01m41s 16m39s
13 Charlotte Ellis 23m29s 06m47s 16m42s
14 David Matthews 29m35s 12m45s 16m50s
15 Lauren Pennock 27m56s 10m39s 17m17s
16 John Spraggett 23m45s 06m19s 17m26s
17 Caroline Chinnock 28m41s 11m07s 17m34s
18 Lorraine Allamby 28m37s 10m54s 17m43s
19 Andrew Hart 23m01s 05m01s 18m00s
20 Terry Saffin 33m02s 14m43s 18m19s
21 Catherine Learoyd 33m01s 14m31s 18m30s
22 Graham Hall 34m17s 13m10s 21m07s
23 Michelle O'Grady 33m59s 10m15s 23m44s

There was only seven turned up for the junior races and with a staggered start the first in each race was as follows (clock time followed by start time after 0): 

Under 11s - 1 mile

1st Matthew Downs 8:34 (1:22)

2nd Isobelle Troop 8:56 (1:05)

3rd Grace Burniston 9:47 (1:01)

Over 11s - 2 miles

1st Charlotte Gunn 18:30 (1:06)

2nd Rebecca Aspin 18:46 (3:52)

3rd Daniel Gunn 18:46 (6:31)

4th Matthew Chinnock 18:56 (5:01)

 

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