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.
Hartlepool 5 - 29/03/15
Report by Dave Aspin
A new course greeted nearly 600 runners at Hartlpool’s Marina 5 mile race with a revised start cutting out the twists and turns from Jackson’s Landing. The race started with the traditional firing of the Cannon at the Maritime experience as the runners headed off on a there and back course to Seaton Carew. Middlesbrough & Cleveland’s Greg Jayasuriya lead the field home in a super 25:56 setting the mark for the new course, 2 minutes outside New Marske’s Ricky Stevenson’s record for the old course. Drew Inglis was 2nd in 27:04 with New Marske’s Paul Darroch 3rd in a new PB of 27:44.
In the Ladies race, Kendal’s Sarah Tunstall came home in 29:08 with next 4 positions all being picked up by veterans. Shona Fletcher of Richmond and Zetland was 2nd in 29:23, 3rd Stephanie Dann of North Shields 30:41, 4th Louise Rodgers of Tyne Bridge 31:23 and New Marske’s Kath Aspin in a PB of 31:39 was 5th putting her 3rd in the 2015 V45 UK rankings for 5 Miles.
Also running for New Marske were Paul Cleasby 47th in 30:34, David Paley 124th in a PB of 34:12, Joanne Goldsmith 165th in a PB of 36:05, Diane Hall 357th in 44:46, David Matthews 373rd in a PB of 45:49 and Julian Wilkinson 402nd in 47:12.
Thirsk 10 Mile Race - 22/03/15
In good conditions for running at the Thirsk 10 Mile race the sun shone for New Marske Harriers Ladies where they picked up the 1st Ladies Team Prize. In a race won by Morpeth’s Jonathan Taylor in 48:45, Marske’s Kay Neesam came 5th lady in a PB of 64:36, Kath Aspin 14th PB 66:18, Melanie Carlton 26th PB 68:49 and Jo Goldsmith 75:00 to claim victory over City of Hull AC and Elswick Harriers. Kay and Kath also picked up individual prizes for 5th and 1st vet 45 along with Lynn Woods who had an excellent run of 1:25:41 to pick up the vet 65 prize.
For the men, Martin Murray won 2nd vet45, 28th overall in 58:32. Phil Miles picked up 1stVet 75 and with Ronnie Sherwood and Jim Conaghan completed a 1,2,3 in that category.
Elsewhere there were good runs for Shelli Gordon, David Hodgson and Brenda Wilkin in the Hardmoors 55mile race with Shelli coming home 2nd lady.
Locke Park 20 Miler - 15/03/15
Andy Pearson receiving his award from Harry Gamble-Thompson
Lyne Valentine V60 2nd Aged Graded Prize winner
Report by Dave Aspin
Around 130 runners converged on Locke Park Redcar for the 2nd running of the Locke Park 20 mile race hosted by New Marske Harriers AC. Following the success of last year’s race, it was a sell out again with runners from all over the North East and beyond attending. Whilst running 20 one mile laps of a park might not be everybody’s cup of tea, those that came thoroughly enjoyed it. With what is probably unique for a 20 mile race, the chip timing provided mile splits and average mile pace at the end of every lap. The race provides an ideal training run for athletes competing in spring marathons with many of the competitors aiming to compete in the upcoming Manchester and London Marathons.
This year the race attracted GB International and Sunderland Stroller Aly Dixon using the race as part of her 2015 preparation. Fresh from training in Kenya, Aly jumped to the top of this year’s UK 10K rankings with a 32:29 at last week’s Trafford 10K.
The race was led from start to finish by New Marske’s Shaun O’Grady winning in a time of 1:55:56 with club colleague Andrew Pearson picking up 2nd, 158:05, overtaking 3rd place Aly Dixon 1:59:36 in the closing stages. 3rd male was Quakers Michael Joyeux (2:00:31) who makes a habit of following Aly home in races. 2nd lady was last year’s winner Hannah Oldroyd (2:14:18) in a time 6 seconds faster than year with Alnwick Harriers Johanna Gascoigne-Owens 3rd lady in 2:14:43.
The race prizes were awarded in order of age grading to put all competitors on a level playing field, regardless of age or gender. 1st prize went to Aly Dixon, 2nd to Vet60 Lyne Valentine also of Sunderland Strollers and 3rd to Andy Pearson with first over the line Shaun O’Grady picking up 4th.
Thanks must also be given to all the volunteers who gave up their Sunday to marshal the race, with the competitors describing them as ‘amazing’ on the race feedback blog.
The event also raised in the region of £500 for the Friends of Locke Park which is reinvested in the park facilities for the benefit of all users.
Thanks to everyone who added to the event - runners, marshals, lap counters, the ladies in bowls club, set up team, announcer & photographer. Thanks to the weather forecasters for getting it wrong - not a drop of rain! Apart for a slightly strong breeze the running conditions were near perfect and not too cold for those standing about. Most things went to plan but there are some lessons to be taken on board. If you have a comment please feel free to leave feedback.
We didn't ask anyone to drop out - but thanks to Steven King for seeing the light! You will have heard about Spen 20 - I have sympathy with both sides! For some of our races we advertise a time limit but have never enforced it. As organisers we have a duty of care to both runners and volunteer helpers and its not always easy to strike the right balance.