NYSD Acklam XC - 16/10/17
Report by Dave Aspin
435 runners attended the first event of the season in the popular North Yorkshire and South Durham Cross Country League at Acklam School in Middlesbrough. Middlesbrough & Cleveland’s Greg Jayasuirya carried on where he left off last season easing to victory in the senior men’s race with the ever improving Michael Joyeux of Quakers 2nd and Adam Mitchell, Darlington 3rd. First three home for New Marske were Paul Brown 13th (2nd V40), Andrew Pearson 15th and Simon Clements 25th.
In the senior ladies race, Josephine Stone of Middlesbrough Mandale came home 1st, Darlington Harriers U17 India Pentland 2nd followed by the winning New Marske ladies team of Elicia Smith 3rd (2nd U17), Eli Barnbrook 4th (1stU20), Sharon Bulman 5th (1st V40) and Kath Aspin 6th(1st V50).
Pick of the New Marske performances went to U17 Daniel Gunn, pulling away on the final lap to win his debut U17 race.
Thanks to all the New Marske members, parents, supporters and officials who supported the event yesterday, 70 runners compared to 46 in the first event last year and 39 the year before.
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.