NORTH EASTERN CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPS
Town Moor Newcastle Sat 13th December
Report by Jon Pearse
A crisp winter’s morning with a frozen course greeted the early runners in this year’s North Eastern championships. The younger runners who ran the shorter laps were on a fairly flat course but the older runners had to negotiate a long steep hill followed by a slightly smaller one
The U13 boys were the first race off where the New Marske team came a very creditable 4th with all the runners competing in their 1st major championships . Daniel Gunn came 6th followed by Archie Lowe in 8th, Frankie Grimes in 39th and Matthew Chinook in 46th . In the U13 girls race we unfortunately didn’t have a team but Rebecca Tilley and Betty Bergstrand had excellent runs finishing in 5th and 17th respectively.
In the U15 boys team Reece Curtis was our only individual medalist picking up a bronze. The team came 5th with support from Ben Bergstrand in 22nd and Thomas Aspin in 47th. Our U15 girl’s team were our other medalists winning a very creditable silver. Eli Barnbrook came 4th narrowly missing out on an individual medal. Frances Bell was 10th, Freya Bourke 14th, Phoebe Jennings 38th and Rebecca Aspin 40th.
The senior men had to run 3 laps of 4k each and were 14th team. John Clifford in 27th led them home followed by Paul Darroch 55th, Simon Clements 90th, Paul Cleasby 153rd, Dave Aspin 240th Nigel Barnbrook 254th, and Julian Bunn in 302nd
The senior women had to run 2 laps and were 11th team with Kay Neesam 20th, Kath Aspin 35th and Tricia Speedie 111th
The final race of the day was the U17 men who had to compete on a pretty chewed up muddy course. Sam Garratt was our sole runner and came 7th in a very competitive race.
NYSD - Croft XC - 30/11/14
(Photo Karen Newton)
There were fine displays by local juniors at the British Athletics Cross Challenge event at Liverpool with New Marske’s Reece Curtis claiming a great 2nd in the U15 boys race just two seconds behind the winner Matthew Willis from Wrexham AC with Middlesbrough Mandale’s Joshua Cowperthwaite another 2 seconds behind in 3rd. Reece continued his great form with a win the following day at the NYSD XC event at Croft Racing Circuit.
Recent rainfall provided the first muddy course of the season with the correct footwear essential for the sharp ascents and descents of the spectator banks overlooking the racing circuit. In the Senior Men’s race, Greg Jayasuriya Middlesbrough and Cleveland was 1st, Lewis Rogers Loftus 2nd and Drew Inglis Darlington 3rd. Alan Piggford was first home for New Marske in 6th followed by Paul Darroch 15th and Charlie Pasco 16th and 2nd U20. Clive Thornton managed a super 21st and 1st V50.
In the Senior Ladies race Richmond & Zetland dominated with Jo Adams 1st and Michelle Nolan 2nd with Hollie Elliott of Middlesbrough and Cleveland 3rd. For New Marske Kath Aspin was 9th and 1st V45, Lisa Bennett 23rd and Trish Speedie 29th.
New Marske also had a 1,2 in the U13 Boys with Daniel Gunn and Dominic Shipman. New Marske claimed the team win in the U15 boys with Reece Curtis 1st, Ben Bergstrand 5th and Elias Ben-Tiba 8th.
Elsewhere for New Marske, Jame Bulman won the Ravenstonedale 10K in what could be his final race for while Sharon Bulman was 2nd Lady. Tristan Learoyd won the Leeds Christmas 10k and Kay Neesam was 1st Lady in the Levisham Limping Fell Race.
NYSD - Whitby XC - 18/11/14
The lure of Whitby fish & chips after a hard Cross Country Race ensured a strong turnout at the third event of the NYSD season at Caedmon School in Whitby. Former New Marske Harrier Andy Wiles, now running for Morpeth, had a strong run to win the senior men’s race from Greg Jayasuriya of Middlesbrough and Cleveland with Lewis Rogers Loftus 3rd and Shaun O’Grady New Marske 4th. New Marske claimed the team event with further help from Tristan Learoyd 7th, Dean Newton 8th, Alan Piggford 9th, Clive Thornton 21st and Simon Clements 26th. Also running were Darren Bell 38th, Dave Aspin 57th, Iain Povey 61st, Nigel Barnbrook 90th and Tony Slater 109th.
In the ladies race, U17 Hollie Elliott from Middlesbrough & Cleveland was 1st, Angharad Owen Loftus 2nd and Carolyn Ollis also of Middlesbrough & Cleveland 3rd. New Marske runners included Kath Aspin 10th and 1st vet45, Lisa Bennett 18th, Michelle O’Grady 34th, Jill Sexton 45th, Diane Hall 56th and Terry Saffin 58th.
New Marske’s juniors were also out in force with the pick of the results being Lucy Nicklin, 1st U11 girl, Archie Lowe 1st and Daniel Gunn 2nd in the U13 boys, Rebecca Tilley 3rd U13 girl, Reece Curtis 1st U15 boy, Eli Barnbrook 3rd U15 girl and Sam Garratt 1st U17 boy.
Elsewhere Jame and Sharon Bulman both came 3rd and 1st vet 40 in the Brompton to Carlisle 10 mile race. New Marske ladies Shelli Gordon, Joanne Goldsmith and Lisa Bennett were team winners at the Commondale Beacon Fell Race. At the popular Leeds Abbey Dash, Russ Best was first Harrier Home in 45th. Veterans Lynn Woods 1st Vet65, Lorraine Allamby 2nd Vet65, Ronnie Sherwood 2nd vet75 and Jim Conaghan 3rd vet75 had the best category results from the 14 Harriers running.
National XC Relay Championships - 01/11/14
The National Cross Country Relay Championships give local runners one of the few opportunities to compete against the best in the country including Emelia Gorecka the Junior European Cross Country Champion. New Marske were the only local team to send down a senior team with Sharon Bulman, Lisa Bennett and Kath Aspin pitting themselves against much younger opposition to come a commendable 54th out of 98 teams. Performance of the day went to U15 Reece Curtis, running first in the U15 race Reece was up in the lead pack for the whole of the race and came a superb 5th on the first leg just 2.5 seconds behind the leader. This was also the 5th best time of the day from over 250 runners. Along with Ben Bergstrand and Scott Mann, the boys came a great 46th place.
Reece pictured in 2nd place
In the U13 girl’s race, Rebecca Tilley, Betty Bergstrand and Charlotte Bennett came a super 37th. For the U13 boys Archie Lowe, Jacob Winspear and Frankie Grimes came 50th and for the U15 girls Freya Bourke, Phoebe Jennings and Issy Brining came 71st. A number other runners ran incomplete teams to enjoy the experience of competing.
NYSD Acklam Cross Country - 05/10/14
A great start to the Cross Country Season for New Marske with a Team Victory for the senior men. The team of Shaun O’Grady 3rd, Dean Newton 7th, Alan Piggford 8th, Paul Brown 10th, Paul Darroch 17th and Clive Thornton 26th were clear winners ahead of North York Moors AC in a race won by Greg Jayasuria of Middlesbrough and Cleveland.
The ladies team managed a super 3rd place with Kath Aspin 8th (1st Vet), Lisa Bennett 14th, Lily Brewer 21st and Helen Whitney 29th. Shona Fletcher of Richmond and Zetland won the race.
The juniors were again out in force with 1st, 2nd & 4th for Daniel Gunn, Archie Lowe and Dominic Shipman to win the team competition for the U13 boys. Rebecca Tilley 2nd, Ruby Whitney 3rd and Betty Bergstrand 4th won the team competition for the U13 girls.
Reece Curtis was a clear winner in the U15 boys, Frances Bell 3rd and Eli Barnbrook 4th in the U15 girls and Sam Garrett 2nd in the U17 boys.
Lots more New Marske Harriers were running, full details in the results below. Sorry if you are not mentioned. Hope to see you all at the next event. Thanks to David Aspin and Karen Newton for the Photos.