Middlesbrough 5K - 01/06/14
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Report by Clive Thornton
The 4th kilometre takes in the only incline of the route, the difficultly started to kick in and the lungs started to burn and i could feel the last vestiges of a cold i thought long gone. Turning towards the Riverside stadium the Chariots of Fire theme booms out, but the route planner has a trick up their sleeve with a short out and back section in the car park. Its then into the stadium to the cheers of waiting family and friends, the last 200 metres are a sprint around three sides of the pitch to finish on the centreline.
A glance at the watch 17:03, handshakes and well dones to my competitors, a pb, good but not sub 17 minutes which would have been fantastic. With water, medal and goodybag in hand i return to the car. A quick check of the phone, a text from hss the event timekeepers (they are quick at the Middlesbrough 5km and 10km) but what would the chip time text reveal, 16:59 elation and a punch of the air, 2014's breakthrough race.
Locke Park Pie & Peas 5 miler - 14/05/14
The main event was the New Marske Harriers Locke Park Pie & Peas 5 mile race, however, the highlight for many was watching the 25 runners in the junior one mile fun run. Watching the youngsters run down the home straight to the cheers and applause of the adults waiting to race was really heart warming.
In the main race New Marskes Andy Pearson was 1st home in 27:39, 2nd Dan Holdsworth of Thirsk and Sowerby 28:41 and 3rd Nigel Camilleri of Gateshead 28:55.
In the ladies race there was a New Marske Harriers 1,2,3 with Kath Aspin 33:34, Gemma Parkin 34:39 and Charlotte Ellis 35:12.
The prizes were awarded in Age Graded order with 1st Andy Pearson, 2nd Lynn Woods, 3rd Dave Hodgson. Other Harriers picking up prizes, Kath Aspin, Phil Miles & Paul Cleasby.
In the junior fun run, Daniel Gunn, Matthew Chinnock & Aidan Conaghan were 1,2,3 for the boys and Emily Brown, Lucy Nicklin & Camille Hague for the girls.
A similar fun run will be held as part of the Redcar Half Marathon events on 28th September. More Details here.
A top field of North East 5K runners attended the second race in the increasing popular New Marske Harriers Road Race Series. With numbers up 72% on the same race last year, everybody was hoping for a lovely calm spring evening at the Coast Road Redcar. Alas, from being still a couple of hours before the race, a cold 20 mph wind arrived in the hour before the race providing Baltic conditions and a strong headwind for half of the race including the 1.2 km home straight.
1st home in an excellent 14:43 given the conditions was 2013 English 10k Champion Matty Hynes now representing Gateshead Harriers. New Marske’s Andy Wiles was 2nd in 15:09, Lewis Timmins from Morpeth 3rd in 15:29 & Russ Best also of New Marske 4th in 15:37.
In the Ladies race, Sarah Wilkinson of Morpeth was 1st in 17:45, Kristina Grant of Middlesbrough Mandale 2nd in 18:18 and Kay Neesam of New Marske 3rd in 19:19.
1st junior’s home, both in 16:28, were New Marske’s Sam Garratt and Hassan Ben-Tiba who could not be split following their battle down the home straight.
The Prizes for this race were awarded in order of Age Related %, this allows a comparison of athletes of different ages and sexes against what they are expected to achieve. 1st place went to vet40 Sarah Wilkinson 88.68% with Ian Bloomfield, who recently set the all time Vet 60 British Marathon best of 2:44:27 at Manchester, 2nd with 88.26% and Matty Hynes 3rd with 87.66%. This proves age is not a barrier to success in running!
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Virgin London Marathon - Mini Marathon
Extract from the ChronicleLive Report
Bampton to Tiverton Road Race - Monday 21st April 2014
7 miles, 125 yards (approximate)
Report by Alan Robson
This is one of the oldest road races in the country having first been run in 1946. As I have relatives in the area I decided to combine this race with a family break over the holiday holiday.
The race was held on Easter Monday and the race headquarters were at Tiverton Town Football Club. From the football club we were bused up to the start of the race at Bampton. This give me opportunity to carry out a quick view of the course and note the hills on the course.
As I was warming up I was confident of been the most northerly runner on the course. However these hopes were soon dashed when I spied a Sunderland badge and I got talking to a couple from Consett who were also on holiday and were members of Blackhill Bounders.
The race started at 10.15 outside the White Swan pub and was a traditional on my go type of start (no chip timing here Graham) I paced myself at a steady 7min/mile pace in readiness for the climbs that lie ahead.
The race was run on predominately single carriageway roads which were kept open to live traffic so overtaking could be a bit risky at times. The first serious hill came at four miles and my early conservative pace and hill training paid dividends at this point as I passed several runners. The route gave stunning views of the Exe valley and most be up there with as one of the most scenic runs I have ever done. The local runners were friendly although crowd support was at a minimum throughout the race.
I had a steady run and felt pretty good until mile six where we encountered another hill this was a different beast to the one at mile four and could definitely feel the burn on this one although I pushed hard and made up a couple of places.
The last mile was a crossing of a dual carriageway which was well marshalled through a housing estate into Peoples Park at Tiverton to the finish. I managed a sprint finish to pip someone on the line always satisfying.
My finishing time was around 51 minutes which given that we had a 400 mile drive and a 10K on Good Friday I was quite happy with.
The post race facilities were back at the football club which provided a good base
All in all a good race and would certainly do it again.