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)


Lotfus Poultry Run 2015

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Picture courtesy Katie Lunn

Sponsored by Enfield Chase Butchers

Another cracker of a race in the 32nd running of the Loftus Poultry Run.

New Marske Harriers lead the way again in the men’s race with Dom Shaw coming out on top with Russ Best 2nd and Middlesbrough & Cleveland’s Grey Jayasuriya 3rd.   New Marske packed the top 11, with Hassan Ben-Tiba 6th, Harry Allan 7th, Shaun O’Grady (1st vet) 8th, Aidan Rigby 10th and Martin Murray (2nd Vet) 11th.

In the ladies race there was a great battle between American based Kirsty Legg and Great Britain Orienteer and World Number 5 Cat Taylor.  More used to running on her own through forests with a map and compass, Cat made a rare road outing and was tested by Kirsty’s race craft.  Having dropped behind with a couple of miles to go, Kirsty used her strength to pull back in the last mile into a strong headwind to pip Cat for the win.   Alison Matthews of Darlington Harriers was 3rd with New Marske’s Sharon Bulman 4th.

In the team race, New Marske picked up both the Men’s and Ladies prizes and there were Turkey’s all round for, Dom Shaw, Russ Best, Hassan Ben-Tiba, Harry Allan, Sharon Bulman, Alice Rigby & Kath Aspin.

43 New Marske Harriers took part out of the 453 runners and there were plenty of Category Prizes won including Shelli Gordon 3rd vet35, Kath Aspin 3rd vet45, Lorraine Allamby 2nd vet65 and  Darren Bell vet40.  New Marske also dominated the vet70 category with Ronnie Sherwood 1st, Brian Allen 2nd, Phil Miles 3rd and Jim Conaghan 4th


Results  Pete Best's Photos   Ian Nixon's Photos

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Loftus Poultry Run Sunday 20 December 2015. 11:00 am
Place Time Name Cat No Posn
1 0:42:15 SHAW, Dominic Senior Men 213 1
2 0:42:27 BEST, Russ Senior Men 265 2
6 0:45:56 BEN-TIBA, Hassan Senior Men 251 6
7 0:46:18 ALLAN, Harry Senior Men 204 7
8 0:46:24 O'GRADY, Shaun Vet men 40 212 8
10 0:47:25 RIGBY, Aidan Senior Men 397 10
11 0:48:22 MURRAY, Martin Vet men 40 339 11
18 0:49:58 BELL, Darren Vet men 40 211 18
34 0:52:25 WHILES, Chris Senior Men 425 34
39 0:52:47 BULMAN, Sharon Vet Ladies 35 659 39
65 0:56:38 RIGBY, Alice Senior Ladies 582 65
73 0:57:48 HODGSON, David Vet Men 50 226 73
74 0:58:04 ASPIN, David Vet men 40 220 74
76 0:58:13 CLENNAN, Paul Senior Men 245 76
78 0:58:19 ASPIN, Kath Vet Ladies 45 640 78
87 0:58:58 GORDON, Shelli Vet Ladies 35 658 87
101 1:00:43 PALEY, David Vet men 40 353 101
142 1:03:20 ELAND, Rachael Senior Ladies 615 142
145 1:03:27 O'GRADY, Nicholas Vet men 40 223 145
169 1:05:53 STONEHOUSE, Charlotte Vet Ladies 35 654 169
172 1:05:56 BUNN, Thomas Vet Men 50 486 172
173 1:06:07 HEATH, Elena Senior Ladies 685 173
200 1:08:05 HEATH, David Vet men 40 201 200
203 1:08:11 SCOTT, Douglas Vet Men 60 290 203
219 1:09:47 ROBSON, Alan Vet men 40 434 219
228 1:10:45 SHERWOOD, Ronnie Vet Men 70 305 228
238 1:11:27 MCGURK, Mick Vet Men 60 210 238
240 1:11:43 ALLEN, Brian Vet Men 70 236 240
248 1:12:17 MOULDER, Jeff Vet Men 60 238 248
249 1:12:20 MILES, Phil Vet Men 70 362 249
262 1:13:02 HART, Stewart Senior Men 287 262
275 1:14:09 CONAGHAN, Jim Vet Men 70 400 275
301 1:16:07 WHITE, Martin Vet Men 60 202 301
306 1:16:12 SLATER, Tony Vet Men 60 374 306
307 1:16:25 NEESAM, Kay Vet Ladies 45 543 307
330 1:18:29 PENNOCK, Lauren Senior Ladies 605 330
335 1:19:00 ALLAMBY, Lorraine Vet Ladies 65 668 335
344 1:20:10 SAFFIN, Terry Vet Ladies 45 509 344
345 1:20:15 PARKER, Jenny Vet Ladies 45 504 345
346 1:20:36 EVERITT, Laurence Vet Men 50 496 346
362 1:22:10 POULTER, Cheryl Vet Ladies 45 533 362
397 1:27:02 TYREMAN, Helen Vet Ladies 55 524 397
415 1:30:27 HILDORE, Keith Vet Men 70 274 415

Locke Park 10 - 25/10/15

Locke Park 10

Results   Prize Winners   Photos by Karen and Ian

Yorkshire Marathon - 11/10/15



Blog by Lauren Pennock


Seeing as people keep asking me how the marathon went, I thought I'd write you a running commentary! Enjoy and thanks again for all your support :)


Mile 1- OMG I'm running a marathon whose stupid idea was this?! 
Mile 2- Ooh look the Minster isn't it pretty?! Now slow down you moron you've still got 24 miles to run - CAMERA better speed up!
Mile 3 - This marathon malarkey is easy. I've ran a parkrun already.
Mile 4 - Do I carry this water or fling it? It's kind of annoying but I also want water. I'll keep it 
Mile 5 - Is that a vicar giving high 5s to runner or am I hallucinating?! No it definitely is - we're only 5 miles in I can't be delusional just yet 
Mile 6 - Wow that's 10k down. Maybe I can do this!
Mile 7 - I've just been overtaken by batman and a guy dressed as Elsa from frozen playing all the songs. I wanna stay with them and sing along but they're too fast 
Mile 8 - Gees no one wants to talk to me. I keep trying to make friends but no one is going for it. I also can't feel my feet. Brilliant.
Mile 9 - Next water station. Now do I go for the water or the energy drink? I can't decide so grab both. Energy drink is disgusting so that gets shot at a bin pretty quickly, although I miss and nearly take a woman out - oops.
Mile 10 - I like 10, it's a nice round number. Only a Parkrun till half way.
Mile 11 - My feet are back with me and man I wish they weren't - it feels funny!
Mile 12 - ooh nearly half way and my legs feel fab although I really need the loo - time to brave the queues! 
Mile 13 - HALF WAY! Although that toilet queue really cost me some time, best get a shimmy on 
Mile 14 - Perhaps that mile was a bit fast, although I can see the 4:30 pacer and I'm right on track for a half decent time. I'm also pretty sure I just saw Elvis... 
Mile 15 - I'm ridiculously bored now. I ask the person next to me if they're bored too but just get a hard stare back. Time to make friends with the headphones again... I'm sorry I got angry at you, can we please be pals again? My feet have once again gone on vacation..,,
Mile 16 - Now I remember why I meant to sort out my iPod, new tunes desperately needed. On the plus side 10 miles to go! Yahoo!
Mile 17 - oh god. This is that out and back but Stewart warned me about this morning. Oh dear we're running down, which can only mean we need to go back up. Slow down!!! 
Mile 18 - Slowing down really isn't an issue anymore as my legs have decided they wanna pack in now. The tops of my thighs are hurting so much I managed to convince myself ive got trochanteric bursitis. Commence in head revision of orthopaedic conditions... Man I'm seriously going mad now! 
Mile 19 - Awkward number. Almost 20 but not. Enough said 
Mile 20 - Yipppeee 10k to go! I can do a 10k right? I'm sure ive ran 10k with my legs more tired than they are now?! I can do this... 
Mile 21 - I wanna go home. I hate this marathon. Why didn't any sane people stop me?! On the plus side ive now caught up to Elsa and have commenced a frozen sing along - much to the dismay of those around me!
Mile 22 - everywhere hurts. I can't do this I'm gonna drop out. My feet have also come back to say hello - WHY NOW?! MUST KEEP RUNNING. 
Mile 23 - Only a parkrun to go. I can do a parkrun right? Now the mind has gone as well as the legs, I think this is what they mean by hitting the wall. I've also lost Elsa again so back out the headphones come luckily I've found my S Club 7 songs although they aren't really helping.
Mile 24 - 2 to go. Not that far. Keep going. 21 minutes and it's over. Nearly there
Mile 25 - I'm sure that mile was longer than the first 24. Elsa seems to have put a bit of effort in and has caught me up. I am not been beaten by a man in a dress. LAUREN GET YOURSELF TOGETHER!
Mile 26 - Nearly there... Nearly there- Where is this finish line! OMG LOOK AT THAT HILL!!!! What cruel person finishes a marathon up a massive hill???!!! 
Mile 26.2 - I DID IT!!! I actually completed a marathon! Nice decent hill sprint to finish, seems like all those sprints up Whiteladies have paid off and the bling is awesome!




Six runners took on the popular and picturesque Yorkshire Marathon in York.  Trish Speedie managed a 12 minute PB finishing in 3:35 with David Hodgson 3:29, Stewart Hart 4:22,  Cheryl Hepples 4:21, Lauren Pennock 4:35 and Julie Hodgson 5:36 also having good runs




Kielder Marathon - 04/010/15

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Photo Courtesy Andrew McCann                 Photo Courtesy Paulo's Running Pics

Report by Ian Hague

On 4th October Lisa Bennett and I took part in the Kielder Marathon. I had some longer duration triathlon training under my belt by the time I started following a training program from a book by Don Fink - ‘Mastering the Marathon, Time Efficient Training Secrets for the 40-plus Athlete’ and Lisa followed a plan from Rob. Both plans were very similar in many ways, with many training sessions based on heart rate zones and time spent in ‘that zone’. This enabled us to share some of the longer run sessions which helped pass the time more quickly.


The day of the race was ideal with cool dry conditions and little breeze. The event was pretty well organized except that the transfer busses from the remote car parking had difficulty turning at the drop off point near the start, and as a consequence, the start was delayed by some 20 or so minutes, leaving the more punctual participants standing around getting cold.


The field consisted of 6-700 athletes. The route was undulating on a mixture of tarmac and smooth trails and the training we had done on the Guisborough Hills put us in good stead. We ran separately. I used my heart rate monitor to pace myself and found the technique very effective, finding myself gradually picking off those who had gone out too fast. This was very satisfying! I felt strong and confident of a good time. Despite having been plagued with left hip and hamstring problems in the few months leading up the race, my leg felt as good as it had been.


I had, however, prepared myself mentally for the risk of failure and felt hints of problems developing from around 20 miles. Low and behold at just after mile 24 my chronic hip/glute problem acutely manifested itself with excruciating pain on the outside of my left knee (IT band pain?) and I had to sit down to absorb it or fall over. After a time I managed to start hobbling the remaining distance, periodically crying out as the pain welled up. Several runners who I had overtaken began to trickle past. After a sit and a stretch I managed to walk with a least a little fluidity and Lisa who was running strongly caught me up and slowed down to enquire if I was ok. I urged her to keep on going, she was in line to finish second woman. Desperate to get a time of under 3hrs 30 minutes, I managed to run the last few hundred meters to cross the line in a time of 3:26:56. Not bad for a 1st attempt on an undulating route with injury thrown in. I can’t really grumble.


So is it worth getting your Snickers in a twist over a Marathon (sorry!) where you feel you might not have reached your potential? No is the answer, for me it was a mental as well as a physical test and I had prepared myself for both. It is about more than the 1st few steps, it is about the ‘longer run’, not just this marathon but hopefully the challenges of the ones to come. I plan to revisit Kielder next year!


Lisa finished as 2nd woman with a cracking time of 3:26:29, not bad considering she was only hoping to get just under 4 hours. Reflecting on a catch phrase from the Hong Kong Phooey cartoons of my youth, “I was proud to be ‘run over’ by the very humble, very well respected and excellent athlete that Lisa Bennett is! Well done Lisa, you are having a great season, and well deserved!



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