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.
Cock Howe and Beyond - 25/07/12
The weather took a turn for the worse as we approached Chop Gate, with the mist coming down and a light drizzle to keep the runners cool. As we checked out the ascent the length of the grass was noticeable compared to last year, knee length if you strayed off the single track. Two visiting youngsters sped off up the hill and maintained their lead throughout the race. Shelli Gordon, fresh from victory in Lyke Wake Run with Kay Neesam, had a good battle with Nicola Kent for 2nd place. Catherine Williamson comfortably won the ladies race with Shelli showing her aptitude for come down hills fast by overtaking Nicola on the final decent to take 2nd. Kath Aspin was 5th and 1st vet45. In the men’s race New Marske had six runners out, Mick McGurk 40th, Ronnie Sherwood 55th 1st vet 70, Phil Miles 59th, Martin White 63rd, Joel Coombes 69th and Colin Scollay 71st. In the junior race, up to the top of Cock Howe and Back, Thomas Aspin beat his mum to the top and Rebecca Aspin also had a good run to win her category.
Hardmoors 110 - 2012
Shelli Gordon recently had an outstanding run in the Hardmoors 110 (Cleveland Way Race) completing it in just over 24 hours, breaking the record by 2 minutes on a route that was actually a mile longer than the route of the previous record. Amazingly, this was just the first of 3 'ultra' challenges for Shelli in the next few months. Shelli is doing her challenges for the North of England Childrens Cancer Research Fund.
Please click below to read more of Shelli's inspirational story.
Broughton Wood Wobble 06/06/12
A new race on the calendar this year and it proved to be an interesting and enjoyable race for some… Not sure Ronnie Sherwood had looked at the map when he asked if there were any hills. The first part of the race took you through the forest before dropping down to the base of the hills close to Great Broughton. Then followed a continuous climb from 132m to Cold Moor at 402m. After dropping off the top on the Cleveland Way the runners turned left (or should have done!) and looped back around to the bottom of Wain Stones. As the leader came by me near Wain Stones I turned to follow him and saw 9 runners in front of him. Not quite sure what he thought as he passed some of them before the finish but it would appear they had turned right instead of left coming off Cold Moor and cut out some of the course. The moral of this is, don’t follow the person in front as they may not know where they are going! recce the course if you can and take a map and know how to read it!
The ladies race was easier to report on as they all completed the correct route, with Kath Aspin coming in a close 2nd in 51.00 behind Nicola Kent of Loftus. The men’s race required photographic evidence to work out who after Cameron had completed the correct course. All the Harriers completed the correct course (I think!) with David Heath 34th 52:26, Ronnie Sherwood 53rd 55:50, Martin White 67th 61:47 and Colin Scollay proving you just have to run the correct course to get a bottle of wine in 77th 66:00. Kath and Dave Dedman and a few others had to dive out of the way of a stampede of horses half way round and vicious midges attacked them at the finish but all in all an enjoyable race.