North Eastern Counties Road Relays - 17/02/18
Report by Dave Aspin
New Markse Harriers enjoyed medal success at the North Eastern Counties Road Relays at the weekend. Held at Hetton Lyons Country Park, New Marske were up against the top clubs and runners in the North East. With a mix of
young and veteran runners New Marske were bookended by the two fastest runs of the day. Dominic Shaw, fastest in 10.39 over the 2.2 mile course, lead after the first leg. Lewis Gamble-Thompson, taking over in 5th place for the final leg, stormed through the field in a time of 10:48 to move up to 3rd place and claim the bronze medal for the team. They were ably supported by Sam Garrett 11:56, Dean Newton 11:24, Andrew Pearson 12:20 and Martin Murray 12:47.
New Marskes Veteran Ladies team were edged out to 4th place with the big clubs from Gateshead and Sunderland fielding strong teams including GB International Aly Dixon who set the fastest ladies time of the day in 11:53. Considering this category is for over 35’s, New Marskes team including two over 50’s did exceptionally well to finish 4th with good runs from Sharon Bulman 13:35, Trish Speedie 14:55, Kath Aspin 14:32 and Kay Neesam 14:01.
The ladies senior team came home a creditable 6th place with Eli Barnbrook running a big course PB of 13:14 bringing the team to 3rd on the first leg. Eli was supported by Molly Shaw 13:44, Charlotte Bennett making her senior debut 14:41 and Charlotte Ellis guided by David Aspin also getting a course PB in 14:54.
Completing the teams, the New Marske Men’s B team came home a fine 38th out of 74 teams. Neil Walker 13:13, Paul Cleasby 13:26, Stephen Mussett 13:24, Tom Danby 12:54, Thomas Aspin 13:25 and John Spraggett 15:37.
Many Thanks to everybody who supported the event, a great team atmosphere.