Olympic Dawn 5K - 18/06/12
The debate is still on about whether it is worth getting up at 4am to take part in a 5K race, but a number of Harriers set their clocks early and joined nearly 300 others in the Olympic Dawn 5K. The finish of the event was timed to coincide with the Olympic Torch leaving the Transporter Bridge at about 6.30am on Monday morning. Every runner was provided with a FREE technical T-shirt and people were queuing to get them as we arrived at just before 5am. The race itself was on a flat and fast course around the local college and MFC. Despite not taking it too seriously there were some good times and everybody enjoyed the race in still and calm conditions. On our return to the Transporter Bridge we were filmed live on ITV breakfast television. Many of the runners then joined the crowds following the Olympic Flame after it had crossed the Tees on the Transporter Bridge. Later in the day Thomas Aspin was lucky enough to carry Doug Welsh’s real Olympic Torch in a mini relay organised by Guisborough Schools.
Melmerby 10K 27/05/12
A hot day at the races
The organisers announced that it had been the hottest Melmerby 10K so far, and it certainly looked like it with the sweat pouring down Andy Pearson, and he was only eating a cake whilst watching his sons play football near the start.
Out on the course the high hedges trapped the heat and the sponges were a welcome sight at the water stations. Times were slower than expected due to the heat. Kath Aspin was first Harrier back, claiming 1st Vet45. Erin Pearson was close behind wondering why she had returned to Melmerby considering it had been almost as hot when she ran two years ago. John Rymer was the final Harrier home also looking like he was feeling the heat. In the junior races Thomas Aspin won the 2.25 mile U11 race with Rebecca Aspin coming 7th in the U13 race.
On a testing course in the grounds of the castle estate grounds Wallsend's Yarad Haros continued to sweep up road race prizes in the North of England, winning in an impressive 30.16. Jim Bulman was 2nd and 1st vet nearly 4 minutes behind in 34.07 but was still a over a minute clear of Andy Chadfield in third.
Tees Barrage 10k 7th May 2012
A sunnier Bank Holiday Monday than expected although still a bit windy by the river at the Tees Barrage 10k. A place where the wind always appears to be in your face and there are many 180 degree turns it isn't the fastest course around but this didn't deter the New Marske Hariers who took home a good prize haul between them. First was Mark Gamble-Thompson in an impressive 7th place overall and 1st Vet 50. Erin Pearson was 3rd open lady in a new personal best time. John Rymer made a good return to form next followed by Brain Allen. Next Ronnie Sherwood and Phil Miles were 2nd and 3rd O70 Vets respectively. With good runs also from Jim Conaghan, Jon Smith, Tony Slater and Julian Wilkinson.
Results Report by Erin Pearson (Photo Courtesy Karen Larkin)
Marathon of the North 6th May 2012.
Podium finish for Andy
A brand new marathon, organised by running legend Steve Cram took place last Sunday. Over 1500 runners completed the inaugural event which saw the competitors hit the bleaker streets of Sunderland before moving on to the more picturesque parks and costal vistas. The route was certainly varied, roads, coastal paths, parks, car parks and college fields all formed part of the challenge. Described by the organisers as flat but don’t be fooled it was definitely rolling.
The race was well organised utilising the good facilities at The Stadium of Light meaning there was not the usual queues for the loos. Support was sparse to begin with but got more encouraging as the race progressed and if the event becomes established then the support can only grow. The marshals were enthusiastic and supportive and there was a real spirit of camaraderie amongst the competitors and no shortage of smiles.
Onto the race itself which was won by Hartlepool’s Paul Wilson in 2:43:31 pushed close by Andrew Pearson in 2nd who is clearly benefitting from the improved training offered by New Marske Harriers 2:46:29 (New PB). Andrew Sugden was the next NMH home in an impressive 8th place with another new PB finishing in 2:55:47 smashing the sub 3 hour target he’d set for himself.
Other NMH finishers were Paul Cleasby 3:09:09 completing his second marathon in two weeks. Andrew Phinn 3:30:06, Melanie Carlton 3:31:43, Carole Phinn 3:32:09, Sarah Rogers 3:42:30 and Christopher Kelly who timed his sub 4 hour run to perfection with a time of 3:59:29.
All in all I hope this race becomes a regular fixture on the north east racing calendar, the route may need tweaking, the support will grow but it was certainly a brilliant day out.