London Marathon - 13/04/14
Report by Dave Aspin
With the expectation of a Mo Farah victory the crowds were out in much bigger numbers all around the course. At the 7 mile mark all you could here was 'Go Mo!' as the leaders glided by only for the realisation to set in that Mo was 300m back with his own pacemaker for company. Spotting your own club runners is a challenge in itself, but all the expected Harriers were spotted coasting well after the Cutty Sark. A quick dash through the Greenwich foot tunnel meant we could great the leaders at the 17 mile point and Mo was getting tremendous support but too far behind the pack of leaders to have any impact on the race. For runners it was hot from the start, positioning ourselves after the 15 mile water station many fast runners were stopping to take on liquid as the heat took its toll in the confined twists and turns on the Docklands. Whilst the hot weather did not bother the Kenyan Wilson Kipsang who won in a course record of 2:04:29, it impacted many of the club runners who had to take on extra fluids. John Clifford was first New Marske Harrier home with a PB of 2:49:59 followed by Martin Murray 2:53:21, Kay Neesam 3:13:03, Dave Hodgson 3:17:05, Kath Aspin 3:20:32 and Gemma Parkin 3:59:58.
Manchester Marathon - 06/04/13
Thanks to Amanda McLeod for the pictures
Well done to Andy Pearson 1st vet 40 in of 2:39:21 and Jo Goldsmith with a PB of 3:39:16. Andy is currently Number 1 iin the 2014 V40 Marathon Rankings.
Andy's Blog below
Manchester Marathon - The day I joined the Sub 2:40 club!
You reach a point in your marathon build up when you know the work is done and you can’t really do much more. The miles have been logged and the preparation is done. The start line can’t come soon enough and the taper becomes a drag, every niggle is a race threatening injury, every sniffle is man flu and the doubts convince you that you are losing fitness every day and you just need one more run to be ready!
Actually I felt some of the above but it wasn't over consuming. There was an air of calmness in my taper. The last week's runs were planned out and each run went to plan including a few short runs at marathon pace where I tuned in easily to the intended pace of 6-06 per mile (2:40 marathon pace!).
Manchester is a great marathon to do. The location at Old Trafford was easy to get to and plenty of parking etc so all those pre race issues were easily dealt with. To the start line.....
The legendary Ron Hill started us off. Ron has run 115 marathons. 112 of which have been under 2:50 and has a best of 2:10. He is also famous for his long running streak of running every day since December 1964. He is a true running hero and still looks amazingly fit!
The first 10km of the race went according to plan. Holding myself back I completed the early miles in 6-01, 5-59, 5-59, 6-05, 6-02 and 6-02 clocking 37.41 for the first 10km going through in 39th place. The race was going perfectly at this point and despite a headwind the times were going in my favour.
10 miles in 60-10 I had picked up 8 places into 31st. It was a case now of keeping this pace going and counting down the miles. I felt comfortable and had the leading lady in my sights. Just before halfway I caught the leading lady Emily Wicks and we ran together then for the next 10/11 miles. I seemed to have found someone who was banging out an even more consistent pace than I could and despite a "quick" 5-50 mile at Mile 14 we set a consistent pace around 6-05 minutes per mile.
20 miles was logged in 2 hours and 23 seconds. Over a minute ahead of my recent pb over 20 at Locke Park. Now it was down to the business end. This is where the doubts can come in and you wonder at what point in the next six miles it is going to go from comfortable to not so comfortable down to downright horrible!
Mile 21 - a solid 6-02 we were going well still and managed to gain a place or two.
Mile 22 - 6-12 and it was starting to get tough.
Mile 23 - 6-16 this was crunch time. My running partner of the last 11 miles was pulling away from me. She went onto win a solid 2:38.21.
Mile 24 - 6-21 starting to think about the finish. This was getting hard!
Mile 25 - 6-24. Legs were aching. The stadium was just in sight!
Mile 26 - 6-35 and the slowest, hardest mile of the whole race....
Finish - 24th overall in 2 hours 39 minutes and 21 seconds. In my pre-race vision I would savour this moment.....it’s been a long time coming. I’ve put the work in now I'm going to enjoy it! In reality my effort had been a real tightrope job...I wobbled as I crossed the line and spent the next ten minutes emptying the contents of stomach unable even to keep the bottle of water the finish marshall's gave me! It was certainly the worst I had ever felt at the finish line of any race!
So that's another marathon done and dusted. The marathon is more than just a one off race. The real battle is getting to the start line in one piece and not falling off the tightrope that is the high mileage. Now the dust has settled I'm over the moon with my result and even more chuffed that at this moment in time my 2:39.21 sits pretty at the top of the UK rankings for Vet 40 to 44.
Manchester - you were fab! Highlight of the day was most definitely the youth choir who belted out... "I predict a Riot!....I predict a Riot!" as I ran past. That was the most surreal and amazing experience of the day!
I'll sit and enjoy watching Mo run next week at London but I'll be keeping an eye on those vet 40 to 44 times!
Hartlepool Marina 5 Mile Road Race - 30/03/14
Report by Trish Speedie
Described as 'fast and flat' the Hartlepool Marina 5 mile road race was a first for me and many other runners at both distance and venue.
Terry O'Gara Memorial 5K (Inc North East Masters' Champs)
(photo courtesy Mick Stringfellow)
Report by Clive Thornton
Thirsk 10 Mile Race - 23/03/14
In 2013 the wind beat most runners at the Thirsk 10 mile race. This year 31 New Marske Harriers made trip down hoping for better weather. For many this was the last race before tapering for the spring marathons at Manchester and London. The race starts on the edge of the racecourse, and whilst it was not as windy as last year, and the sun was shining, the first few miles were a case of tagging on to a group where possible to shelter from the breeze.
New Marske’s Andy Wiles led from start to finish cruising to a comfortable win in a 50:43 PB, 3 minutes clear of the field. A great battle took place for most of the race between Marske’s James Bulman and Matthew John of Otley AC with James grabbing 2nd place by 3 seconds also placing him number 1 v40 for 10 miles in the country this year. Tristan Learoyd 5th and Andrew Pearson 10th completed a winning New Marske men’s team. The New Marske ladies team of Kay Neesam, Kath Aspin, Lisa Bennett and Sharon Bulman also had great runs to pick up the 2nd place ladies team prize. Also in the prizes were Ronnie Sherwood for 2nd 70+ and Lynn Woods 2nd 65+.