Carlton Challenge 2nd May 2012
After a well-earned between series break of 2 whole days, the NEHRA Summer Series kicked off with the Carlton Challenge. The conditions were slightly better than Sunday, although the mist did cause a few problems (for first-timers like me) on the final descent. Jim Bulman was the overall winner – his 6 minute/mile pace from the off really sorted out the field, and he finished nearly a minute ahead of Cameron Taylor (Esk Valley). If Jim can complete his quota of races I’m sure it will be an interesting battle for top spot. In the women’s race Kay Neesam renewed her personal battle with Nicola Kent (Loftus and Whitby). Kay was clearly back to full fitness and finished 1st, over a minute ahead of Nicola, with Shelli Gordon close behind in 3rd. It was good to see Mick McGurk back in action, finishing 86th overall, and Ronnie Sherwood just keeps on going with yet another 1st in the M70 (91st overall). I was pleased to make the top 50 for a second consecutive race (50th overall). Kay and Shelli’s 1st and 3rd meant that even with a “ghost runner” they comfortably won the women’s team event. Despite Jim’s win, the men’s team only managed 9th, but this was the only blip on an otherwise excellent night for New Marske! In the junior race there were good runs from Thomas Aspin and Katie Thornton with Thomas coming 3rd.
Fox & Hounds Chase 29th April 2012
The NEHRA Winter Series came to a close on Sunday with the final race of fourteen, although the weather suggested that Winter itself is far from over. Dave’s photos captured the conditions pretty well – I’m surprised his camera survived. The turnout was understandably lower than usual, so I was able to pick up a few extra points in the M40 category, and also finish in the top 50 for a change (40th overall). Kay Neesam was 3rd lady home (29th overall) - a bit below par, although she was possibly still recovering from a recent blood donation. Ronnie Sherwood, reliable as ever, was 1st M70 (57th overall) and Colin Scollay, fresh from his excellent Locke Park 5K on Saturday, was 72nd overall. There is no time for a break however, as the Summer Series kicks off straight away with the Carlton Challenge on Wednesday evening.
Gisborough Moors Race 15/04/12
Jim Powers to Victory
On a day where the weather showed all four seasons, Jim Bulman started the race with purpose sprinting away as if he was running a 5K. At the top of the first climb three runners had broken away from the pack with Cameron Taylor (Esk Valley) ahead closely followed by Jim and Paul Butler (Loftus). By Captain Cooks, Jim had a short lead. As the race progressed Jim pulled away to win by just over a minute from Cameron with Paul in Third. The ladies race was equally close with Kay Neesam leading by 20m approaching Highcliff, but finally being beaten on the decent by Karen Robertson (NFR) by 8 seconds. New Marske ladies easily won the Team competition with Kay, Shelli Gordon and Sharon Bulman. Also running for New Marske were Steve Guest 55th, David Heath 99th, Ronnie Sherwood 174th (1st M70) & Sandra Jemson 214th. In the junior races Archie Lowe finished 2nd in the U12 boys race with Rebecca Aspin 1st and Bethany Bergstrand 2nd in the girls race. In the under 16’s races Sam Garratt was 1st and Tim Hunter 2nd with Alice Rigby winning the girls race.
Hardmoors 55 - 17/03/2012
Shelli breaks the women's record
Not content with running the Hardmoors races last year, Shelli returned to defend her 2011 Hardmoors 55 title. Not only did she defend it, but she knocked just over 17 minutes off her time to finish in 09:10:08 which is the fastest time in the race by a lady.
Blakey Blitz - 25/03/12
Another glorious day on the fells for the Blakey Blitz, although by the end it was more a case of Blachey Bitz! With quite a few runners involved in the Thirsk 10 there were only three Harriers, so no team points this week I’m afraid. Both the Male and Female records were smashed. Kay Neesam knocked 4 minutes off the time set last year by herself and Shelli Gordon, and finished over 10 minutes ahead of the next female runner. Kay finished 20th overall; possibly her highest ever finish? Cameron Taylor (Esk Valley) continuing to dominate the Men’s Series (and reduce the number of points we earned) by winning in another unbelievably quick time. I managed to finish 57th overall, and Mick McGurk was 85th out of the 122 runners. If my arithmetic is correct, Kay has now wrapped up the Women’s Winter Series, but I am sure she will want to finish in style in the final two races.