Autumn 5K - 05/09/12
On an ideal night for running New Marske Ladies led the way with Kay Neesam, Kath Aspin and Shelli Gordon coming home 1,2,3. Kay and Kath also broke Sharon Gayters v35 5K club record. Jim Bulman took the lead from the start and came home a clear winner, but was pipped in the Age Related result by John Hunter from Loftus. Harriers amongst the prizes in the aged related results included Jim Bulman 2nd, Kay Neesam 4th, Kath Aspin 5th, Andy Pearson, Phil Miles & Neil Walker. Thanks to all the helpers who made the race possible.
Saltburn Phoenix 10K - 29/07/12
A clean sweep at Saltburn for the Bulman family with Jim winning the men's race in 33:36 and Sharon winning the ladies race in 42:12. Jo Goldsmith, despite the results saying she was a man, came 3rd in the ladies race. Also running were Nick O'Grady 22nd 47:328, John Smith 31st 49:51 and Jim Conaghan 32nd 49:57. And if you have not seen the knitting on Saltburn Pier, it is well worth a visit.
Victorian 10k - 22nd July 2012
A sunny but breezy day greeted the 178 runners for the Victorian 10k, the first to be completed on this course. At the 1K point 5 runners were ahead, but by the 5K mark it was down to two with Jim Bulman and James Askew running side by side. Rosie Smith had a clear lead in the ladies race. In the latter stages of the race James pulled away to beat Jim by a small margin. Shaun O'Grady completed the top three. Rosie Smith finished 6th overall and 1st lady followed by Tracey Waller and Joanne Lee. Other New Marske winners included Sharon Bulman 1st w35, Joanne Goldsmith 3rd w40, Kath Aspin 1st w45, Mark Bradley 3rd m50, Phil Miles 2nd m70 and Jim Conaghan 3rd m70. Paul Cleasby roared home 3rd New Marske man in a new PB. Many thanks to our organisers along with the many marshalls and helpers who put the effort in to put on great race.
Pit Stop 10K 4th July 2012
Darlington Harriers hosted The Pit Stop 10k on Wednesday 4th July, held at the Croft Motor Racing Circuit. A flat course, a windless evening, racing shoes on and off we go aiming for new PB territory. Only two New Marske Harriers were flying the flag that evening Erin Pearson almost achieved a podium finish placing 4th in 42:41 and I chugged along in 33rd place (8th in the vet 40 category) with a time of 40:18. The race itself was very well organised and well attended with 220 finishers. It consists of 3 laps of the circuit with runners needing to take the racing line to avoid running extra distance on the wide track, be warned though there is no chequered flag at the end of the penultimate lap.
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.