Sunday 26th October
Terry Saffin, Diane Hall, Tracey Arkinson and Jean Wilde enjoying racing in Redcar in the Autumn. Photos courtesy of Karen Newton, more here
Report by Paul Cleasby
Sunday 26th October saw the inaugural Locke Park 10 mile race organised by New Marske Harriers. The unseasonably warm weather deserted the runners on the morning, with wet and blustery conditions at the start of the 10 lap race.
Race morning started with a children’s 1-mile fun run won by the impressive Daniel Gunn aged 12 in a sub 6 minute time. Matthew Chinnock and William Crame finished 2nd and 3rd. The top three girls were Libby Currie, Lucy Nicklin and Isobelle Troop.
Ninety-Six runners completed the main event with many parkrun enthusiasts stepping up their distances. There was real quality at the sharp end of the field with top performers Dom Shaw and James Bulman fighting it out neck and neck throughout the race before Dom finally surged for the tape. Tristan Learoyd completed a winning 1,2, 3 for New Marske, with Paul Darroch smashing his pb, followed in by Andrew Pearson fresh from his 2:36 marathon success in Chester.
To even things out for the more mature runners New Marske Harriers award prizes in this race (and many others) on an age-graded basis so although the above 5 were first past the post the real race winners in the age graded category were James Bulman, Shirley Gibson of Darlington Harriers, Dom Shaw, Andrew Pearson and Pam Costello of Redcar.
It would be wrong to give the impression that this race was all about the elites, far from it. The vocal and enthusiastic supporters on the course encouraged all the middle of the pack runners and those trying the distance for the first time. The advantage of racing laps is that the supporters have the opportunity of cheering their runners at multiple points and the faster runners get to offer words of encouragement to the slower ones. The picture below should be enough to demonstrate the joy distance running can bring. Running in the parks is sociable, fun and attainable for all age groups and abilities. Who said long distance runners need to be lonely?
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Redcar Half Marathon - 28/09/14
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Middlesbrough 10K - 31/08/2014
Just over 30 Harriers took to the streets of Middlesbrough for the 10th running of the Tees Pride 10k. Following on from his recent good results James Bulman was 4th home in a new 10K PB ducking under the 32 minute barrier for the first time in 31:57. John Clifford was next home in 11th with Charlie Pasco 13th, Ste Munro 15th, Alan Piggford 17th and Hassan Ben-Tiba 19th. Martin Murray was 1st Vet 45 in 35:29 and Clive Thornton 4th vet 50 in a new PB of 36:16. Dave Aspin sneaked under the 40 minute barrier for the first time with 39:50. There were also PB’s for Laurie Everitt and David Paley. Stewart ‘Hulk’ Hart running for charity looked rather hot as he finished in full fancy dress!
For the ladies, Kay Neesam ran a PB of 39:14 to pick up the 7th place prize and 1st Vet45. Kath Aspin was 3rd vet45 also with a PB of 40:41. Rachel Eland also knocked 4 minutes off her previous 10K best.
More than 200 runners paid their respects to North York Moors AC’s Thomas Wall who was tragically killed in a car accident, by holding a minute's silence before New Marske Harriers Victorian 10k, a race he was due to run in.
The conditions were almost ideal for the race, a low breeze off the coast but a little humid. Continuing his excellent form, the race was won by Wondiye Indelbu in a time of 31:15 with Matthew Gunby of Woodford Green 2nd, James Bulman & Tristan Learoyd of New Marske 3rd and 4th. Making his 10K debut, New Marske member and Triathlete Paul Brown came 5th in 34:37, a great result on the back of recently becoming European Triathlon Champion for his age group in Austria.
For the ladies, Abbi Morrow from Hartlepool Burn Road was 1st in 39:07, Kay Neesam, New Marske 2nd, Joanne Lee, Tyne Bridge 3rd, Nicola Kent, Loftus 4th and Kath Aspin, New Marske 5th.
New Marske members also having great runs and gaining personal bests were Simon Clements, Paul Cleasby, Ian Hague, Lisa Bennett, Katie Coulson, Laurence Everitt, Helen Whitney and Tanya Dixon.