UK Inter County Championships 2017
Report by Dan Gunn
That time of year again and a handful of our runners were off to compete against the UK's finest athletes at the culminating fixture of the club cross country calendar - the UK Inter County Championships. This year, the competition was to be held at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough , which proved to be a terrific venue for spectators and competitors alike. Stampede by stampede, the races got underway and by the end of the day over 2500 runners had taken on the unforgiving course, and won. We had 5 runners representing our club from the U15s up to the Seniors and for a club of our size, this is quite an achievement considering the sheer scale and quality of such an event. First off for the Harriers were Hassan Ben-Tiba and Harry Allen who both put in great performances in the U20 mens race finishing 29th and 118th respectively. Next up was the U15 boys with Dan Gunn fighting back from an early fall to finish 42nd in his age group with his team taking bronze for their efforts. Two more impressive performances followed from Eli Barnbrook who finished 191st in the U17W race and Dean Newton finishing 51st in the Senior Men's race. Dean also picked up a team win alongside the likes of Johnathan Taylor, Carl Avery and Greg Jayasuriya. On the whole, the day was one to remember for everyone involved and I'm sure that the experience will stay with me (Dan) forever but for now it's back to working hard ready for the track season.
Weekend Update - Relays and Cross Country - 19/02/17
A busy weekend for New Marske Harriers with the North Eastern Road Relay Championships on Saturday and the final event of the NYSD Cross Country League on Sunday.
New Marske fielded a strong senior men’s team at the relays against top class competition. Andy Wiles was on the first leg handing over to Lewis Gamble-Thompson in 11th. Lewis with the 6th fastest time of the day moved the team up to 4th before Mark Shaw, 5th fastest time of the day, moved the team up to 1st. Harry Allan, recovering from illness, was up next and had a steady run handing over to Dean Newton in 5th. Dean managed to pull the team back up to 4th giving Hassan Ben-Tiba the chance to get the team into the medals. Hassan had a great run claiming the 8th fastest time of the day and picking off Morpeth B and Gateshead to clinch 2nd and the Silver Medal for New Marske.
New Marske were previous course record holders for the ladies veterans and again fielded a strong team. The team of Kay Neesam, Lisa Bennett, Trish Speedie and Sharon Bulman all had great runs to also come 2nd and claim the Silver Medal. Difficult on the day to monitor the position as the race also contained senior women and veteran men’s teams.
Old Richmond racecourse hosted the final cross country league event of the season. It was all to play for in the Senior Men’s race with winner takes all for New Marske’s Dean Newton and Middlebrough & Clevelands Greg Jayasuriya. Dean was at a slight disadvantage having raced the previous day, but gave it his all taking the lead on the first lap but Greg showed his determination to get past Dean. Both Dean and Grey were beaten on the day by a strong run from Darlington’s Kabsay Kidane who claimed his second victory of the season with Greg 2nd and Dean 3rd. Greg was the Senior Champion for the season with Dean a fine second. Other winners on the day included John Spraggett Vet65, Kath Aspin V45 and Lisa Bennett V40.
A successful season for New Marske with Age Category Championship Wins for Jack Farrell U11, Daniel Gunn U15, John Spraggett V65, Lisa Bennett V40 and Kath Aspin V45.
NYSD Acklam Cross Country - 22/01/17
Another great battle at the front in the latest NYSD Cross Country Race at Acklam. Middlesbrough & Cleveland’s Greg Jayasuriya, Darlington Harriers Kabsay Kidane and New Marske Harrirers Dean Newton all set off with the intention of winning in the 4 lap, 10k race. Greg & Kabsay were nip and tuck for the lead on the first few laps with Dean 100m behind. Greg dropped Kabsay on the 3rd lap taking a 60m lead in to the final lap. Dean attacked on the hilly section half way round the last lap and surged ahead to claim a 16 second victory for back to back victories, the first athlete to do so apart from Greg for some time. Kibsay came close behind in 3rd with Durham’s James Askew 4th and Etrem Bthane of Darlington 5th. Also running for New Marske were Paul Brown 21st, Neil Youngson 56th, Ian Povey 68th, David Aspin 88th, Laurie Everitt 111th, David Learoyd 132nd & Gary Savills 134th. In the over 65’s race John Spraggett was 1st overall.
In the ladies race it was a similar story to Ormesby last week, with Teesdale’s Amy Foster going out strong but being overhauled by Richmond & Zetland’s Michelle Nolan who also claimed back to back victories. Rosie Adams also of Richmond was 3rd, Sharon Bulman of New Marske 4th (1st V40) and Rebecca Simpson of Richmond 5th. Also running for New Marske, Eli Barnbrook 10th (2nd U17), Kath Aspin 12th (1st V45), Molly Shaw 14th (3rd U17), Lisa Bennett 21st (2nd V40), Trish Speedie 36th, Zoe Cuthbert 61st, Sarah Gunn 64th, Michelle O’Grady 78th, Louise Worsey 79th, Jenny Parker 83rd, Kerry Clark 88th, Lesley Parratt 89th, Cath Learoyd 96th, Sue Crust 102nd and Mandy Lynch 105th.
In the junior races there were wins for Daniel Gunn U15 Boys and Elicia Smith U15 Girls. Jack Farrell was 2nd in the U11 Boys and Katie Brown 2nd U13 Girls.
NYSD Ormesby Hall Cross Country - 15/01/17
A New Year and a new venue, the National Trust’s Ormesby Hall hosted the latest round of the NYSD Cross Country Series organised by North York Moors AC. Over a mixture of woodland trails and fields, the recent damp weather lead to tricky conditions as nearly 400 runners raced around the historic estate.
In the senior men’s race it was 3 way battle on the first lap between New Marske’s Dean Newton & Russ Best along with Middlesbrough & Cleveland’s Greg Jayasuriya. On the day Dean had the edge in the muddy conditions pulling out a 30 second lead leaving Greg and Russ to battle it out for 2nd with Greg coming out on top. New Marske’s Tristan Learoyd was close behind in 4th with Lewis Rodgers from Loftus and Whitby 5th. Also running for New Marske were Harry Allan 14th, Neil Youngson 44th, Ian Povey 67th, David Aspin 74th, Alan Johnston 89th, Laurie Everitt 99tt and David Learoyd 127th.
In the ladies race, Amy Foster from Teesdale AC took the lead on the 1st lap but was overhauled by sub 3 hour marathon runner Michelle Nolan from Richmond & Zetland who came through to take an 8 second victory from Amy with Jo Adams of Richmond 3rd , Lucy-Erin Hunter of Darlington Harriers 4th and Michelle Dorrington of North York Moors AC 5th. New Marske had a large turnout with 20 committed ladies running. Sharon Bulman was 7th (1st vet40), Eli Barnbrook 11th (3rd U17) and Kath Aspin 12th (1st vet45).
New Marske also had a good turnout for the junior races. Jack Farrell was 1st in the U11 boys, Emily Brown 2nd U13 girl, Daniel Gunn 3rd U15 boy, Elicia Smith 2nd U15 girl and Thomas Aspin 3rd U17 boy.
The next race is this Sunday at Acklam Grange School.
NORTH EASTERN COUNTIES CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
AYKLEY HEADS DURHAM SAT 10th DECEMBER
Report by Jon Pearse
NMH come away with 1 silver medal and 6 top 10 finishes
A great location, wonderful weather and a good demanding true cross country course. What more could you ask for when holding the NE cross country championships.
Despite fielding a far smaller team than usual NMH had a very successful day and all those who competed enjoyed the competition once they had finished the demanding course
For the first time this year there were U11 races. Jake Smith (22) and Katie Brown (20) both had great runs in their first major races.
We only had 2 u13 boys where Thomas Dewing (43) narrowly beat Seb Pearson (46) home. Our U13 girls were 8th team and were led home by Emily Brown (16) with Zoe Coates (42) and Charlotte Gunn (50)
We again had a shortage of U15 boys where Daniel Gunn had an excellent race coming home 5th with Matthew Chinnock having a good solid run (32). The U15 girls missed out on a medal coming 4th and were led home by Elicia Smith in an excellent 7th with Ruby Whitney (11) Jordan Thrower (25) and Megan Tipper (30) making up the team.
In the older junior races we only had 2 girls running. Eli Barnbrook had another excellent run coming home 5th U17 with support from Phoebe Jennings (30).
The U20 men brought NMH our only medal of the day with Harry Allan (6) Sam Garratt (10) and Hassan Ben-Tiba (14) all producing excellent runs in a high quality field to finish 2nd team.
The big race of the day was the men’s race with 414 finishers on the gruelling 3 lap 12k course. Russ Best on his return to cross country had a superb run coming in an excellent 5th. Unfortunately we didn’t have a team, but Paul Brown (96) Clive Thornton (107) and Neil Youngson (241) represented NMH admirably.
In the 8k senior women s race we only had 2 runners where the ever present Kath Aspin (24, 2nd v45) had an excellent run and was ably supported by Trish Speedie (105)
The final race of the day was the U17 boys race where Elias Ben-Tiba (26) Thomas Aspin (31) and Scott Mann (35) were 5th team overall
A big thank you to Graham and Diane for producing the results so quickly and Toby Jones and Kevin Speedie for timekeeping. Apologies if I have missed anyone else out who helped
Next year NMH are hosting this prestigious event at Redcar racecourse so we will want a full turnout of runners and will be needing a lot of helpers.