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.
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