NYSD Road Relays - Croft 02/03/14
New Marske in the medals
Report by Clive Thornton
The NYSD Cross Country league wrapped up with the road relays at Croft racing circuit. A fine weather morning slowly changed to a windy drizzly day by the time the seniors were racing.
In the senior relays the ladies unusually did not field a team with the competing attractions of marathon training and fell races. The New Marske men came up trumps with two complete teams.
The men’s relay was four legs of just over 2miles each leg. Nasir Hussain led off for the 'A's on the first leg with Simon Clements leading off for the 'B's. Loftus and Whitby's Paul Butler took off to an early lead with Hartlepool in 2nd and New Marske in 3rd with Middlesbrough in close order, by the end of the leg Loftus and Hartlepool were neck and neck, Nasir was in 3rd some 75 metres adrift but had distanced Middlesbrough by about the same. Simon returning from time out was running well in the top 10. Clive Thornton took over on the second leg, hoping not to lose 3rd and give Charlie Pasco not too much work to do, by the end of the leg Loftus had consolidated their lead, but Hartlepool's second place hung by a 30 metre thread. Adam Walker ran a great leg pulling back 4 places to close on a top 5 finish. Charlie Pasco fresh from the indoor championships a day earlier had soon overhauled Hartlepool's third leg runner to take New Marske into second and by the end of the leg he had closed on Loftus to give Dom Shaw a shout at victory. Paul Cleasby took over from Adam and kept the 'B's in good position, handing over to Jon Pearse for a rare relay outing.
Meanwhile Dom running the final leg stormed through the first kilometre visibly closing on Loftus's runner, but was there distance and time?
Anxiously spectators and team-mates watched for a blue or red vest at the start of the finish straight, it was blue, Dom had overhauled Loftus by a good margin and cruised home to claim victory for New Marske and in doing so setting the fastest time of the day in 9:45. Charlie set the 2nd fastest time in 9:56.
NMH juniors although only fielding a small team had great success at the Croft relays.
In the U 13 boys race where 2 of the runners had only just turned 11 we came a very creditable 3rd with Archie Lowe running a great 3rd leg and got within 4 seconds of making up a 44 second deficit. Dominic Shipman was the 1st leg runner coming home in 5th. George Geldart took us up to 3rd and Archie nearly made it 2nd. James Geldart ran a very strong 1st leg in an incomplete team. In the U13 girls Oriana Larkin was our only runner but ran strongly.
The u15 boys had a great battle with Middlesbrough. Reece Curtis came in 2nd, 8 seconds behind after the 1st leg. Morgan Speirs took over and made up 2 seconds. Hassan Ben-Tiba tucked in behind the leader and over took him on the long straight in to the wind and then eased away to win by 23 seconds. Ben Bergstrand and Tom Geldart both ran great legs as did Eli Barnbrook in the girls U15 race.
Great running New Marske.
Snake Lane 10 miler - 23/02/14
Aptly named for the winding nature of the country roads around the Yorkshire Wold’s market town of Pocklington, this year’s race provided a stiff test for the 800+ competitors. 21 New Marske Harriers made the trip and there were some outstanding runs given the fierce head wind in the second half of this ten mile race. Andy Pearson claimed an excellent 8th place and 1st Vet 40 prize ducking under the hour in 58:41. Lisa Bennett picked up the 1st Vet female prize and along with Kath Aspin and Erin Corbyn claimed the 3rd ladies team prize. Brian Allen was 1st vet 70+ home.
North Eastern Counties Road Relay Championships - 15/02/14
New Marske Harriers were out in force at the North Eastern Counties Road Relay Championships at a wet and miserable Hetton Lyons Country Park. Fielding three men’s and three ladies teams each leg was over 2.2 miles, twice around the country park. The ladies went first and the New Marske ‘A Team’ of Lisa Bennett, Shelli Gordon, Kath Aspin and Kay Neesam all had great runs to clinch 2nd place and a silver medal in the Veteran Ladies Category.
In an exciting men’s race, New Marske ‘A Team’ were 13th after the first leg by the youngest team member Sam Garrett, Dom Shaw then had a cracking run to lift the team to 3rd overall. Andy Wiles then set one of the fastest legs of the day (10:48) to lift the team to 1st place. The final two team members, Shaun O’Grady and Russ Best then had a good battle with Gateshead Harriers and were pipped to the win by Gateshead. Another excellent 2nd and silver medal.
For a small club like New Marske this is an excellent result and all the ‘B’ and ‘C’ team runners had an enjoyable, whilst damp day out.
Not content with picking up a Silver Medal on Saturday, the New Marske Ladies braved the elements to take part in the Commondale Clart Fell Race the following day, with Kay Neesam, Lisa Bennett and Helen Whitney all having excellent runs.
Brass Monkey Half Marathon - 19/01/14
Just over 1400 runners descended on York Racecourse for this year’s Brass Monkey Half Marathon. The organisers had kept their fingers crossed as last year’s race was cancelled due to snow. The race started in cool conditions with light rain and whilst the course was around local villages there were still a few water jumps to contend with!
Sixteen New Marske runners made the trip down. Shaun O’Grady was first Harrier home in an excellent 7th place in 71:53. John Clifford was next up in 17th place, 75:05, picking up the 1st v40 prize. Martin Murray again in the prizes being 3rd V45 in 79:32. Kath Aspin picked up the 1st Vet45 prize in 90:13. Completing the prizes was Ronnie Sherwood collecting the 1st Veteran 70+ prize in a fabulous 1hr 48 minutes with over 500 runners behind him!
There were also PB’s for Paul Cleasby 85:45, the ever improving Dave Hodgson 89:07, Gemma Parkin 98:36, Trish Speedie 1:40:52, Brenda Wilkin 1:45:40 and Tanya Dixon 2:14:10. There were also good runs from Erin Corbyn, Joanne Goldsmith, Mick McGurk, Doug Scott and Phil Miles.
Other local runners in the prizes included Redcar’s Pam Costello, 1st vet60, Hartlepool’s Sarah Black, 3rd Vet40 and Darlington’s Shirley Gibson 1st vet65+.
A Dashing Good Race!
For those not on Facebook or Twitter, here is what you are missing from Andy Pearson’s Blog of the Leeds Abbey Dash
Perfect conditions today at the Dash and some super quick times. The course was slightly different to last year but followed the same basic out and back course. It was a super loaded field at the front end and the times on the day reflect the quality of the field. Local athlete Matty Hynes took the win in a super quick 29.23. 14 athletes went under 30 minutes and of these 10 set personal bests including Vet 40 winner Andrew Ward of Clowne AC in 29.57.
In the Ladies race Louise Damen took the win with a quality 33.04 (pb). Ist Vet 40 Lady was Emma Stepto of Cornwall in a pb of 33.23. Emma ran 2:35.02 at the Amsterdam Marathon which shows what a quality athlete she is.
My own race went to plan. I was hoping for a sub 34 and managed to just achieve that with a 34.02 gun time translating into a 33.58 chip time. First 5km 16:50, Second 5km 17:08. In comparison to last year I'm two seconds down so don't think Ive hit the downward slide yet. Half joked today that I would like to do a sub 34 every year until I'm 50! 1st Vet 50 today was Keith Smith of Tyne Bridge Harriers in 34:05. Think I may have found a nice long term target for myself!
New Marske Harriers Results
Russ Best was 1st Harrier home in 30th place, just 13 seconds and 13 places outside last year’s performance. From the pictures it looks like he had a good battle with Wondiye Fikre with the same gun time showing at the finish with Russ 4 seconds up on Chip time.
Pick of the results was Jim Conaghan, 1st M75, Phil Miles 2nd M70 and Lorraine Allamby 3rd F65.
Other notable results included John Clifford 12th M40, David Hodgson 16th M55 and Jeff Moulder 16th M65.
Many other good runs including Tristan Learoyd, Phil Musgrave, Gemma Parkin, Trish Speedie, Julie Hodgson, Colin Scollay and Amanda Waller.