North Eastern Counties Road Relay Championships - 14/02/15
Hetton Lyons Country Park hosted the annual North Eastern Counties Road Relay Championships. As well as attracting top runners such as Laura Weightman, coached by Steve Cram, the event attracts runners of all abilities who all complete 2 laps of the country park. There are not many sports where anyone can compete against the best. New Marske Ladies Veteran Team of Sharon Bulman, Kath Aspin, Shelli Gordon and Kay Neesam bagged Gold Medals with a Veterans Course Record time of 55:52 holding off last year’s winners North Sheilds Poly by 3 seconds. The New Marske senior ladies team also had a good run with Trish Speedie, Charlotte Ellis, Michelle O’Grady and Emma Beaumont. Morpeth’s Laura Weightman set the fastest leg time with 11:36 and Birtley won the Senior Women’s race.
For the men, Morpeth dominated with a course record time of 65.24 in the 6 leg race. New Marske men came a strong 7th out of 50 teams with excellent runs from Shaun O’Grady, Sam Garratt, Russ Best, Paul Darroch, Andy Pearson and Paul Cleasby. Lewis Timmins of Morpeth set the fastest leg with 10:33 with Russ Best not far behind in 5th with 10:41.
Not content with winning on Saturday, Kay Neesam won the Commondale Beacon Fell Race on Sunday, with Shelli Gordon winning the Hardmoors Osmotherley Trail Marathon.
Brass Monkey Half Marathon - 18/01/15
Report by Dave Aspin
With a name like the Brass Monkey Half Marathon you would expect it to be extremely cold. With the cancelation of another half marathon at Helsby on the same day the organisers must have had a few sleepless nights with ever changing weather forecasts. The 1500 runners including 22 New Marske Harriers were greeted with a home straight which would have not been out of place on an ice rink when they arrived at York Racecourse for the start of the race. The tannoy announcer advised that there were a few icy patches out on the course but the race was going ahead.
Starting promptly at 10am 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. Going out to the halfway point there were a few stretches that were a little icy, but the marshals were excellent and provided you kept your eyes on the road you could stay on your feet. Following a loop around the village of Appleton Roebuck the route returned along a now ice free road, thanks to the sun coming out, back towards the racecourse. Turning in to the home straight the runners might have been worried about slipping, but it had been gritted whilst the race was taking place and the home straight sprint to get that PB could take place.
First home for New Marske in 14th place was Andy Pearson in 1:14:20 giving him the 4th vet40 prize. Martin Murray was 1st Vet 45 and David Hodgson 2nd Vet 55. For the ladies, Kay Neesam was 8th lady overall in 1:26:01 winning 1st V45 prize with Kath Aspin 3rd Vet 45 and Lynn Woods 1st Vet 65. As the runners were being presented with their prizes snowflakes started to fall on the racecourse, how lucky they were….
Sixteen out of the 22 New Marske Runners managed PB’s, well done to them!
|01:14:18||Andrew Pearson||(M) V40||5:40 min/mile||Vet40 PB|
|01:14:44||John Clifford||(M) V40||5:42 min/mile|
|01:14:59||Paul Darroch||(M) Open Senior||5:43 min/mile||PB|
|01:17:33||Martin Murray||(M) V45||5:55 min/mile||PB|
|01:22:42||Simon Clements||(M) V35||6:19 min/mile||PB First|
|01:22:47||James Allinson||(M) Open Senior||6:19 min/mile||PB|
|01:23:29||Paul Cleasby||(M) V40||6:22 min/mile||PB|
|01:25:38||David Hodgson||(M) V55||6:32 min/mile||PB|
|01:26:01||Kay Neesam||(F) V45||6:34 min/mile||PB|
|01:28:40||Kath Aspin||(F) V45||6:46 min/mile||PB|
|01:29:28||Stephen Guest||(M) V40||6:50 min/mile||PB|
|01:38:05||Michael Lyth||(M) Open Senior||7:30 min/mile|
|01:39:20||David Aspin||(M) V45||7:39 min/mile||PB First|
|01:39:20||Lisa Bennnett||(F) V40||7:39 min/mile|
|01:39:53||Patricia Speedie||(F) V40||7:39 min/mile||PB|
|01:41:10||Thomas Bun||(M) V50||7:47 min/mile||PB|
|01:41:17||Stewart Hart||(M) Open Senior||7:48 min/mile||PB|
|01:42:41||Joanne Goldsmith||(F) V40||7:54 min/mile||PB|
|01:49:26||Nicola Kydd||(F) V35||8:24 min/mile||PB|
|01:51:41||Ronnie Sherwood||(M) V75+||8:34 min/mile|
|01:52:38||Lynn Woods||(F) V65||8:38 min/mile|
|02:27:10||Julie Hodgson||(F) V55||11:21 min/mile|
Poultry Run - 21/12/14
Morpeth’s Andy Wiles beat the opposition in the 31st running of the Loftus Poultry Run.
On another windy day, Wiles along with last year’s winner Russ Best of New Marske set the pace pulling clear of the field. Andy managed to maintain a short lead over Russ after the first couple of miles and finished 20 seconds ahead. Morpeth’s Andrew Laurence was 3rd, with Lewis Rodgers and Jay Ferns both of Loftus & Whitby AC 4th and 5th. Ste Munro, Tristan Learoyd, Shaun O’Grady and Charlie Pasco all of New Marske and Mike Jefferies of Billingham completed the top 10.
In the ladies race, UK 10k Top Ranked Race Walker Johanna Jackson switched to running to see off the opposition taking an early lead to beat Georgia Campbell of South Shields by 36 seconds with Nicola Kent of Loftus & Whitby 3rd. Michelle Ford also of South Shields was 4th with Carolyn Ollis of Middlesbrough and Cleveland 5th. Kath Aspin and Sharon Bulman of New Marske, Elaine Ferguson of Pontypridd, Tricia Bell of Cleveland Triathlon and Jen O’Neill of Esk Valley Fell Club completed the top ten.
New Marske had a clean sweep in the Team Prizes with Russ Best, Ste Munro, Tristan Learoyd and Shaun O’Grady picking up the men’s prize and Kath Aspin, Sharon Bulman and Shelli Gordon picking up the ladies. They all won Turkey’s provided by Enfield Butchers of Guisborough.
New Marske athletes picked plenty of the Poultry on offer for place prizes and these included Sharon Bulman & Shelli Gordon V35, Kath Aspin V45, Lorraine Allamby V65, Martin Murray V40, and Brian Allen & Ronnie Sherwood V70.
As is traditional, many of the runners sported fancy dress, with numerous Santa’s, Reindeer, Elves and Turkeys on show.
Maltby 7 Mile Road Race - 09/11/14
A perfect day for what the organisers announced was to be the last running of the annual Maltby 7 mile road race. The number of competitors wanting to run means the race has out grown its location. The race got underway with New Marske’s Jim Bulman, Middlesbrough & Cleveland’s Greg Jayasuriya and Thirsk & Sowerby’s Gary Dunn leading the way. At the 5 mile mark with Greg and Jim having pulled away from Gary, Greg upped the pace and his younger legs had the edge over Jim over this distance. Greg went on to win by 1 minute with Jim in 2nd and Gary 3rd a further 54 seconds behind.
The ladies race was dominated by New Marske, with Kay Neesam going out hard to lead for most of the race and Kath Aspin overhauling Middlesbrough and Cleveland’s Carolyn Ollis in the final mile to make it a New Marske 1-2. Along with Trish Speedie, New Marske took the winning ladies team prize.
New Marske’s other prize winners included Andrew Pearson, 7th and 2nd vet40 and Ronnie Sherwood 169th and 2nd vet70. There were also good runs from Martin Murray 10th, Simon Clements 15th, Phil Musgrave 17th, Chris Whiles 40th, David Paley 44th, Julian Wardman 77th, Trish Speedie 15th lady, Thomas Bunn 113th, Doug Scott 199th, Jim Conaghan 223rd and Dave Matthews 275th.
Derwentwater 10 Mile Race - 02/11/14
A great Blog from Russ Best
If you’re expecting a blog about the glorious scenery or wonderful atmosphere of the Derwentwater 10, you’re probably reading the wrong write up! I can only provide an insight into those aspects of the race having looked up briefly before the 3mile marker and thought ‘this is pretty inspiring stuff’ my thoughts quickly returned to the task at hand and the finish line, which at the time seemed rather distant.
The race begins just off Keswick high street, which you turn abruptly onto and go up through the pedestrianized area heading out towards the lake from the off. This first mile passed exceptionally quickly at the front before settling down into a tussle for the lead over the next few rolling miles, which were laced with cheeky inclines, puddles and the occasional close encounter with buses, tractors and walkers. Positioning yourself was key in the first 4miles to avoid these and to take shelter where possible.
Mile 4 to 5 is an interesting one as you come down, turn out of the wind and snake your way through a little village across some difficult cambers if you catch things wrong – there were 3 of us together at this stage and the position of a water station wasn’t too kind, I’ve never seen the point in ‘good old fashioned cups’ as I’m sure even in the good old days no one could ever get hold of them properly, so now with a chest, head and half a lip covered in the contents of my good old fashioned cup the hardest mile of the race came to us as the two other lads tried to push on and test the waters.
Jim Bulman, Steve Shaw and the course map had all warned me about this mile, you climb for all of it around 6 minutes or so of hard, hard effort and the mile from 6 to 7 isn’t easy either! I was pleasantly surprised to see I’d ran the uphill mile in 5:50 and could no longer hear any other athletes’ heavy breathing as I left the climb behind; this made me push on through that lumpy 6th mile, with the bike marshals teasing as my gap to them kept narrowing before they’d dance away on their pedals.
The descent from Catbells is tricky, if you’re not cut from fell running cloth, on a particularly wet day underfoot, old leaves and a cattle grid were tricky to negotiate but didn’t slow progress too much. I was quite clear at this point but didn’t want to let up, having got away early the only choice from now until home was to forget what had gone before and commit to as close to a 5 minute per mile pace as my body and the course would let me.
The run into Keswick and towards the school felt a bit bizarre having never run the race before I felt like I was always searching for the next mile, trying to run down the bike marshal in the pink vest in the process. I was relieved to cross the road towards the school and tried to rally some sort of a kick for home as a crowd congregated in the distance, imagine the horror when you realise you’ve still got 200m to go from where this crowd was stood!
The run for home was well funnelled and it was good to see peoples’ faces again as opposed to looking at a cyclist’s backside. I was delighted with the win and a little embarrassed to join such a long list of great winners if I’m honest, especially beating one of the Norman brothers (renowned for their toughness) and local lad Ricky Lightfoot on the day. Even better was seeing Jim and Shaun come home to know we’d secured the team prize, quite comfortably.
A very well organised, well marshalled race with an exceptional prize pot to boot. I’d certainly recommend this for anyone running Leeds Abbey dash as a bit of over distance prep, or as a tune up for a half or Brampton to Carlisle.