Another record entry of 156 braved the sleet and snow to tackle the short but demanding 4.2 mile route. Shelli Gordon set off at a steady pace following the youngsters Charlotte Edge from Scarborough and Angharad Owen from Loftus. Her experience and stamina shone through as she overtook Angharad before Wain Stones. After Charlotte had made a navigational error, Shelli called her back and she promptly overtook her but Shelli fought back to beat her by 2 seconds in 39:03 to record her third victory in three starts in the winter series.
New Marske Ladies beat off the other 4 ladies teams to win the Team Prize with Shelli, Kath Aspin in 5th 41:55, Kay Neesam in 6th 42:02 and Jo Goldsmith in 11th 45:36.
In the men's race Will Horsley from NFR won in 31:22 before running round again with his dog to collect in the tapes, arriving back for a second time not long after the last finisher! Bob Currie came 95th in 45:14, Mick McGuirk 105th 46:17, Nick O'Grady 111th 47:24 just 4 seconds ahead of Ronnie Sherwood 112th and Colin Scollay 143rd 56:27.
Next Race is the Eskdale Eureka on Sunday 5th December at 10.30am.
After a wet week and a wet start to the day the weather cleared for the record field of 142 runners. At Highcliff, Phil Sanderson from NFR already had a substantial lead and went on to win the men’s race. Shelli Gordon was second women over Highcliff but managed to overtake Caittlin Webb-Ellis from Loftus and seal victory in the women’s race. New Marske Ladies won the Team Prize with Kay Neesam 3rd, Kath Aspin 6th and Jo Goldsmith 9th. There were also good runs from Bob Currie 77th, Roger Moore 92nd, Nick O’Grady 108th, Martin White 128th and Colin Scollay 137th.
With the conditions underfoot being very slippery there were a few injuries amongst the field. It highlighted the need to carry the required equipment and at the next few races “No Kit” with mean “No Go”.
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The sun was shining with a big turnout of 106 for the 2nd race of the series. With Kath running the in Kielder Marathon and Shelli and Kay also unavailable Jo Goldsmith carried the flag for the ladies coming home in 76th one place behind Ronnie Sherwood. Bob Currie was first man home in 58th. Also running for NMH were Phil Miles in 86th and Colin Scolay in 103rd. Loftus and Whitby won both the team competitions. Next race is the Guisborough Three Tops on Sunday 7th November at 10.30am.
Shelli stormed to victory in the Viking Chase holding off Loftus’ Caitlin Webb-Ellis by 23 seconds after a gruelling race in damp and cold conditions. Next home for NMH was Kay Neesam 4th Lady and Kath Aspin 5th Lady. The New Marske Ladies also won the team competition, beating the New Marske Men’s Team as well. Also running for New Marske, Bob Currie 65th, Ronnie Sherwood 71st, Jo Goldsmith 75th, Mick McGurk 78th, Mark Stevenson 83rd, Nick O’Grady 85th, Phil Miles 87th and Colin Scollay 108th. Next race Saltergate Gallows on the 17th October.
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"A road race for fell runners - a fell race for road runners!" A good turn out of New Marske runners for this picturesque 10K over to Westerdale and back taking in Dibble Bridge & Hob Hole with 228m of ascent and decent. A heavy shower just before the race cooled the runners down, but it was still warm and the strong wind punished the runners in the first 3k. The sun returned to make it a hard final 3k back to Castleton. Tom Danby finished a good 2nd (35:42) with David Aspin 37th (45:20) next home just pipping his wife Kath 38th, 5th lady, (45:38) by 8 seconds. The next four NMH came in after each other, Bob Currie 43rd (46:14), John Pearse 44th (46:47), Roger Moore 45th (47:08) and Shelli Gordon 46th, 6th lady (47:20). Nick O'Grady came home in 56th (49:29) and Amanda Waller 75th, 19th Lady (66.45). New Marske Harriers Ladies won the Team Prize again. This was the final counter for the Summer Fell Race Series (final positions to follow) with the first of the winter series being the Viking Chase on Sunday 26th September.