Guisborough Woods Fell Race - 27/12/12
Due to felling on the traditional route the 3 lap race was replaced with a 2 lap race with the 2nd lap going out to the moors and Highcliff Nab. This route favoured the road running with more tarmac and less technical descending. Jim Bulman, after having decided to run 40 minutes before the race, was 2nd up the quarry hill on the first lap following Lee Grant from Teesside Triathlon. As the lap progressed Jim took a narrow lead over Paul Butler of Loftus with Lee in third. Jim managed to hold on this narrow lead to win the race and in doing so clinching the New Marske Harriers 2012 Fell Race Championship. In the Ladies race New Marske had 3 in the top six with Kay Neesam 2nd, Shelli Gordon 5th and Kath Aspin 6th. Despite this strong result they were beaten in to 2nd place in the team competition by Loftus who had Catherine Williamson 1st, Nicola Kent 3rd and Angharad Owen 4th. There were also some good runs from the juniors including, Archie Lowe, Thomas Aspin, Rebecca Aspin, Betty Bergstrand, Ben Bergstrand, Josh Noble and Sam Garratt. Next race is the Captain Cook’s race on New Year’s Day.
Roseberry Topping Fell Race – 12/09/12
On a slippery night following earlier down pours the juniors dominated proceedings. Jack Willis, a previous winner 2 years ago when he was 13, came back to claim another clear victory. New Marske’s Sam Garratt (M16) had an excellent run to finish 3rd with Aidan Rigby (M14) coming home 15th. In the ladies race, Kay Neesam came home 3rd, beaten by Bronwen Owen (M16) and Emma Clapton (F14) from Scarborough.
This race was the final counter in the NEHRA summer series with Kay Neesam claiming both the Overall Women and V45 win. Shelli Gordon was 3rd overall and 1st open lady. Along with Kath Aspin and Sharon Bulman the ladies claimed the series team win for New Marske. David Heath was 4th overall in the V40 category, Mick McGurk 4th in the v55, Colin Scollay 4th v60, Ronnie Sherwood 1st v70 and Phil Miles 2nd v70.
The video is well worth watching to see the different downhill styles and to see the dive worthy of Tom Daley at about 7:30mins!
Castleton 10K - 08/09/12
Not content with a 1,2,3 at the Autumn 5K, New Marske Ladies went one better in the Castleton 10K with Kay Neesam, Kath Aspin, Sharon Bulman and Shelli Gordon coming home 1,2,3,4. It was more like beach weather at Castleton with far from ideal running conditions on a tough and demanding course with a slight breeze. Jim Bulman went out strong and had a good lead by the time he hit the cross roads at the top of the first hill with the field already well spread. Jim continued to dominate and was a clear winner. With the junior fell race now being part of the NEHRA junior series, there was a good turnout especially from New Marske. Thomas Aspin was the best placed harrier in 4th with Evie Montague close behind in 5th. There was also some good results in the field events with Katie Thornton storming ahead to win the sack race, not sure we have a club award for this event!
Guisborough Grunt – 15/08/12
A torrential rain storm 15 minutes before the start drenched the runners as they jogged to the start at the top of Belmongate. Fortunately it stopped as quick as it had started and the cags were removed before the race. Over on a break from his base in Norway, International Orienteer Matt Speake set the pace along with Jim Bulman. The leading bunch split early on and a couple of leading runners missed the well marked turn up Green Hill, not realising in time to get back in the race and dropping out. Matt, expertly thumbing his map pulled away from Jim and won by about a minute with Paul Butler (Loftus) in 3rd 40 seconds behind. In the ladies race Loftus put out a strong team with Cath Williamson winning and coming 5th overall. Nicola Kent (Loftus) thought she had the better of Shelli Gordon holding about a 30 second lead coming off the moor, but Shelli’s superior downhill skills produced an exciting sprint finish with Shelli claiming 2nd, 1 second in front of Nicola. Caitlin Webb-Ellis confirmed the Team win for Loftus in 4th with Kath Aspin 5th. Also running were David Heath, Nick O’Grady, Mick McGurk, Ronnie Sherwood, Joel Coombes & Colin Scollay. New Marske Ladies hold a slender 1 point lead over Thirsk in the series team competition.
Gribdale Gallop – 01/08/10
Jim Gallop’s to Victory
Jim Bulman streaked ahead of the field to record his 3rd victory of the summer series beating Paul Butler by nearly 3 minutes. Following his decent of Roseberry Topping (see video), Jim came face to face with 3rd place Nic Barber who was yet to climb Roseberry. In the ladies race Catherine Williamson (Loftus) also recorded her 3rd victory of the series. Nicola Kent and Kay Neesam had a good battle and were together as they arrived at RT. Nicola pulled away on the decent and the following ascent to come 2nd with Kay 3rd. Shelli Gordon and Kath Aspin also had a good battle throughout the race switching places on a number of occasions. In the final mile Kath overtook Shelli, but Shelli’s superior downhill speed brought her home in 4th with Kath close behind in 5th. New Marske ladies clinched the team prize with their close packing, 3rd, 4th & 5th. New Marske juniors were out in force again in the junior race to the monument and back. Thomas Aspin, Katie Thornton and Rebecca Aspin all had good runs. Mike Smith followed in Shelli and Kath and found the going tough on his return to action. Also running were David Heath 47th, Ronnie Sherwood 1st M70, Nick O’Grady 73rd. New Marske men came 3rd in the team competition. Next Race is the Guisborough Grunt on the 15th August.