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.
Summer 5k -25/06/14
Another great turnout for the New Marske Harriers Summer 5k with nearly 200 runners covering the 2 lap course around Redcar Stray. Ethiopean Paralympian Wondiye Indelbu took an early lead tracked by New Marske’s Dom Shaw. Continuing his good form, Wondiye pulled away to claim victory in 15:02, with Dom not far behind in 15:22. Kevin Calvert, Sunderland Harriers, was 3rd in 15:37.
For the ladies, New Marske’s Kay Neesam was 1st in a PB of 18:49, Loftus & Whitby’s Nicola Kent 2nd 19:03 and New Marske’s Kath Aspin 3rd in 19:28.
There were lots more great performances for New Marske, including PB’s for Charlie Pasco, 4th in 15:46, Hassan Ben-Tiba & Nasir Hussain, both 9th in 16:08, Reece Curtis, 15th 16:49, Lisa Bennett, 4th Lady in 19:42, Stuart Hart, 91st in 21:09, Thomas Bunn, 95th 21:17, Joanne Goldsmith, 108th 21:49, Lorraine Allamby, 151st in 25:38 and Tanya Dixon, 152nd in 25:38.
Elsewhere, Clive Thornton won a 5000m Gold Medal in the North East Masters Track and Field Championships. In the Wakefield Half Marathon Paul Cleasby was 5th in 1:29:29. Erin Corbyn was 2nd lady in the Hamsterley Forest 18.5 mile trail race.
Weekend Update - 15/06/14
Many of the UK’s top veteran runners descended on the Horwich Racing Festival for the British Masters National 5k Championships. New Marske’s Clive Thornton and Kath Aspin travelled down along with Sue Phillips of Darlington Harriers. The race formed part of a day long series of cycling and running events around a closed off Horwich town centre. The course was over an undulating 3 lap course with the last 500m of each lap being uphill. In the vet45 category Kath Aspin picked up a Silver medal finishing 2nd in 19:49 behind Jarrow & Hebburn’s Elaine Leslie. In a competitive vet45 men’s race, soon to be vet50 Clive Thornton had a good run to come 11th in 17:09. Sue Phillips (19:56) was 5th in the vet50 category and unlucky not to get a medal just 11 seconds behind 3rd place.
New Marske also had a strong presence at the Aycliffe 10k with Andy Wiles finishing 2nd behind Wondiye Fikre Indelbu. James Bulman was 3rd, John Clifford 6th, Paul Cleasby 34th, David Paley 69th, Stephen Bunn 123rd and Thomas Bunn 127th. For the ladies, Sharon Bulman went one better than her husband to finish 2nd lady.
In the Hardmoors Rosedale Trail Marathon, part of the popular Hardmoors series, Jo Goldsmith and Benda Wilkin had excellent runs to finish 32nd and 36th in 4:43 and 4:50. Fellow Hardmoors runner Shelli Gordon was taking a break following her recent 2nd place in the Hardmooors 160 mile race.
Charlie Pasco also picked up 1st place in the U20 1500m at the Northern Athletics Championships.
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.