New Marske Spring 5K - 29/04/15
The weather forecast was for strong winds with a headwind on half the course, but luck was with the runners and they were greeted with a cross wind which did not impact times as much. It was a three way battle at the front between New Marske’s Russ Best and Dom Shaw along with Lee Van Haeften from Herne Hill Harriers. After sticking together for the first 3k, Russ decided to push on but Dom Shaw had the legs on the night and came through to claim victory in an excellent time of 14:53 just 13 seconds outside his PB. Russ came home 2nd in 15:01 with Lee 3rd in 15:14. For the ladies, Middlesbrough Mandale’s Josephine Stone led from start to finish to win a time of 18:00 with New Marske’s Sharon Bulman 19:16 2nd and Kath Aspin 19:44 3rd.
As with all New Marskes 5k’s, the prizes were award in age graded order which unusually resulted in the men’s 1,2,3 Dom, Russ & Lee picking up the first three prizes with Sue Phillips of Darlington 4th and David Watkins of North York Moors AC 5th.
There were also PB’s for New Marske runners Harry Allan 16:15, David Aspin 18:53, Ian Hague 18:55 and Stuart Hart 20:08.
London Marathon - 26/04/15
(A SPECIAL DAY FOR ME) 35TH ANNIVERSARY.
Report by Trish Speedie
After 14 weeks of hard training the journey down to London began on the morning of
Friday 24th April by train to Kings Cross. The journey went very fast as I got talking
to some other runners - no surprise there!
On arrival at Kings Cross, after planning a route/buying tickets and asking other
commuters for directions I arrived at the hotel, got settled in then made my way to the
Excel - trains, tubes, people, hustle and bustle, that's London for you.
The Excel was buzzing with opportunites to purchase anything from trainers,
garmins, sports nutrition products, official merchandise to simply getting advice or
having a massage, great atmosphere but I'm glad I decided to do this on the Friday
and not the Saturday.I collected my number from 2 ladies at the desk, I told them why Sunday was so
important to me, obviously they knew it was the 35th Anniversary of the London
Marathon but were not to know that 35 years on that day my dad passed away, they
were both very emotional and wished me good luck saying the day was meant for me.
A couple of hours walk around was enough (I needed to save the already tired
legs) but I did get some great memorable photos while I was there.
Saturday involved eating/drinking well, resting, chatting to people and generally
watching the world go by (a nice sit in the park with the pidgeons too). None of this
walking around and sight seeing was on my agenda!
Sunday morning was here and I felt tired, nervous and excited, not a lot of sleep was
had the night before – why was I nervous, I've done a marathon before? Well, it
happens to all of us, no matter how many times.
After breakfast the journey began and I was on my way to Blackheath, trains/tubes
were full of other runners all in the same nervous situation. Everyone chatting and
telling their stories, all good fun.
On arrival at the start the weather was cold and drizzling with light rain but this I
thought was better than full blown sunshine so I got myself organised and handed my
bag in and before I knew it I was in pen 5, I couldn't believe how many people were
there, nothing like my last marathon.
A little after 10:10am and we were on our way, I really didn't know what to expect,
can I run 26.2 miles again? I'm not stopping, I will not walk, I must not set off too
fast – the last being the most important of all!
The first 5k was completed and runners from both start lines merged together, it
became busy and very difficult to stay evenly paced but I kept focused, the streets
were packed with crowds, people shouting and cheering.
Many landmarks were passed, the first I remember was Tower Bridge at around the
half way mark, brilliant and full of atmosphere, the Cutty Sark (believe it or not) I
didn't or can't remember seeing it, how I missed that is beyond me, far too engrossed
in the atmosphere. Perhaps I should return for another go!
I remember seeing runners who had completed the said circuit of the Isle of Dogs
coming the other way along the same road, I always enjoy seeing this in a race.
As I was approaching the last few miles everything was getting louder and louder,
some runners had mentioned this to me in the past, you either love it or it becomes
too much, I for one enjoyed it. It gave me something more, especially when I found it
a little tough with a bit of knee pain, I pushed on and talked to myself, crazy I know,
but Dad was looking over me.
Compared to Chester Marathon where around mile 22, I didn't feel like I'd hit any
wall or feel tired, there was no saying (just a parkrun to go)! I remember thinking
some of the mile markers must be out or could it have been loss of Garmin signal
around buildings, trees and through tunnels? I asked a man next to me if we had
passed the 24 mile marker, thankfully he said "oh yes, ages ago".
As I approached the 800m marker I thought to myself, 2 laps of the track, checking
my watch and doing calculations in my head, the next marker was the 600m, I pushed
on with 200 yards to go where I turned right outside the front of Buckingham Palace,
(more cheering, more people, more name shouting) and up the Mall towards
Trafalgar Square. The finish was ahead and before I knew it the London Marathon
2015 was completed with a PB of 3:47:09. I was happy, emotional and proud, thank you New
Marske Harriers and well done to everyone who ran!
It was a day of PB’s for other New Marske Harriers with Martin Murray home in 2:45:57, Paul Cleasby 2:57:14 and Kay Neesam 3:01:54.
Running their first marathons were Charlotte Stonehouse 4:00:41 and Thomas Bunn 4:17:32. There were also great runs from David Hodgson 3:15:47 and Alan Robson 4:24:46.
As well as the 38,000+ runner competing in the London Marathon, the race also hosts the Mini London Marathon, the Official British Athletics three-mile road race championships for young athletes aged between 11 and 17. Previous winners of this race include Mo Farah and David Weir and following in their footsteps this year representing the North East were New Marske Harriers Rebecca Tilley, Eli Barnbrook, Daniel Gunn and Sam Garratt. Rebecca finished 20th in her age category, Eli 63rd, Daniel 43rd and Sam 64th. A good experience was had by all.
Wednesday 29th April 7.15pm
First of the Coast Road 5k races - enter at Redcar Rugby Club 5-30 to 7pm
For further info and results:
Manchester Marathon - 19th April 2015
Billed as the flattest, fastest & friendliest UK Marathon, 10 New Marske Harriers put the Greater Marathon to the test after 16 gruelling weeks of marathon training. Andy Pearson predicted 2:35 after 2:39:21 here last year, Neil Walker, James Allinson, Glen Farrell & Tanya Dixon were looking to complete their first marathons, Kath Aspin was looking to go sub 3:15 and Jo Goldsmith was hoping to PB.
In almost ideal conditions, 8000 runners set off from Old Trafford with a couple of loops which brought them through the start area twice which was ideal for spectators. A quick dash on the Metro for spectators saw the runners going through 9 and 16 miles with Andy Pearson giving a quick smile at 9 miles as he went by.
As the runners approached the closing miles the wind started to pick up with a slight headwind over the last couple of miles. No smiles for Andy at 25 miles as true to his prediction he came home 17th in 2:34:09, just 9 seconds short of the club record for a V40+ set by Harry Gamble-Thompson when he was a V50. Neil Walker was next home in a superb 2:57:20 and 13th V50, James Allinson after following the 3hr pacer at the start came home in 2:59:45 with Glen Farrell not far behind in 3:02:45. Kath Aspin opted to run close to the 3:15 pacer and came home 59th Lady, 5th V45 in 3:13:53. Jo Goldsmith set a big PB with 3:34:20 with Peter Waker in 3:45:21. Tanya Dixon and Stewart Hart ran together completing the race in 4:35:14 and Kelly Brealey finished in 4:55:59. Next up is the London Marathon next weekend with more New Marske Marathon runners competing.
Mermaid 10K - 03/04/15
New Markse Harriers hosted another sell out 10K race with the Mermaid 10K, the first race in the 5 race Coast Road series in Redcar. On a damp morning conditions turned out to be better than expected. Jeff Prest from Trafford Athletic Club took an early lead, but was unable to capitalise on this with New Marske’s Shaun O’Grady coming through to claim victory in 33:25. Quakers Michael Joyeux was 2nd in a PB of 33:40 with John Clifford of Evenwood Road Runners 3rd in 33:43. For the ladies New Marske’s Kay Neesam lead from start to finish to claim victory in a new PB of 38:43 with club colleague Kath Aspin 2nd also in a new PB of 39:16. Crook and Districts Caroline Teasdale was 3rd also in a PB of 39:33.
New Marske’s Martin Murray was 1st V45 in a PB of 35:16, Neil Walker 1st V50 in a PB of 37:13, Robert Graham 1st V70, Phil Miles 3rd V70 and Lisa Bennett was 2nd Vet40. There were also PB’s for Ian Hague 39:25, Thomas Bunn 45:25, Laurie Everitt 45:54 and Tanya Dixon 53:12.