North Eastern Counties Road Relays - 17/02/18

Signals 2018 Team

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 LGT Finish
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 EBthe 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.

Results   New Marske PhotosRace 2 Photos


Brass Monkey Half - 14/01/18

BM1 2018

Another sell out race at the 2018 Brass Monkey Half Marathon.  The runners were greeted with almost perfect running conditions given the time of year, with just a slight headwind going out.  Lewis Gamble-Thompson was upfront from the start coming home in a great 4th place with a PB and his 1st sub 70 Half Marathon.  New Marske Ladies were just edged out for the ladies team prize but Kay, Sharon and Kath all picked up place prizes.  Ronnie was 1st 75+ home.  Plenty of PB's and hopefully the start of another great running year.


Results     Photos to Follow

Christmas Handicaps 2017

The Senior Christmas Handicap will be based on the Redcar parkrun on 30th December and the Junior Handicaps at Redcar Junior parkrun on 31st December. Should either of these events be cancelled then the next relevant parkrun to take place will be substituted.

To take part, members must be registered with parkrun and take their barcode to the parkrun as normal (no barcode, no time and no handicap!!). You run the parkrun event in the usual way adhering to parkrun rules and once the results have been published the time in the tables below are subtracted from the actual published times to give a net time - the runner with fastest net time will be the winner. Trophies will be presented at the presentation night in April. Anyone missed from tables below that wishes to take part please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 29th December with details.

Seniors (5k) (aged 15years +) RESULT

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Dom Shaw 00m00s   Lisa Bennett 05m21s   Tony Slater 10m26s
Mark Shaw 00m01s   Charlotte Ellis 05m42s   Helen Whitney 11m22s
Andrew Wiles 00m28s   Chris Whiles 05m30s   Kerry Welch 11m02s
Lewis Gamble-Thompson 00m33s   Patricia Speedie 05m46s   Cheryl Hepples 12m23s
Darren Thom 01m09s   Rebecca Tilley 06m13s   Robert Graham 11m38s
Hassan Ben-Tiba 01m10s   Paul Clennan 06m01s   Donna Blackwell 11m33s
Dean Newton 01m28s   David Paley 06m05s   Jen Howse 11m27s
Daniel Gunn 01m35s   Andrew Hart 06m06s   Louise Worsey 11m27s
Dominic Dunn 01m37s   Philip Noble 06m10s   Richard Oliver 11m38s
James Allinson 01m56s   Andrew Phinn 06m35s   Jenny Parker 12m01s
Sam Garratt 01m51s   Shelli Gordon 06m32s   Abigail Thompson 12m02s
Martin Murray 02m01s   Thomas Bunn 06m48s   Jill Sexton 11m57s
Andrew Pearson 02m30s   Kerry Neesam 06m39s   Kerry Clark 12m17s
Paul Brown 02m45s   John Spraggett 06m42s   Amanda Waller 12m22s
Glenn Farrell 02m56s   Laurence Everitt 07m01s   Jim Conaghan 12m24s
Thomas Aspin 03m03s   Kellen Hadfield 07m01s   Carolyn Watts 12m56s
Clive Thornton 03m05s   Dawn Sulley 07m05s   Barbara Kettle 13m03s
Tom Danby 03m07s   Stewart Hart 07m26s   Lauren Pennock 13m47s
Elias Ben-Tiba 03m26s   Martin Gunn 07m27s   Lesley Petford 13m27s
Michael Lyth 03m35s   Nicholas O'Grady 07m32s   Pam Best 13m46s
Michael Smith 03m38s   Kian Wildmore 08m05s   David Matthews 13m50s
Dominic Shipman 03m46s   Joanne Goldsmith 07m40s   Mark Standen 13m42s
Neil Youngson 03m57s   Robert Ray 07m44s   Graham Hall 14m01s
Simon Clements 04m06s   Luke Parnaby 08m03s   Julian Wilkinson 13m58s
Neil Walker 04m08s   Charlotte Stonehouse 08m06s   Sarah Nicklin 14m19s
Elicia Smith 04m12s   Rebecca Aspin 08m38s   Victoria Mussett 14m20s
Allan Wilson 04m22s   Jordan Thrower 08m04s   Lesley Parratt 14m36s
Sharon Bulman 04m24s   Gary Sivills 08m05s   Colin Scollay 14m43s
Julian Wardman 04m26s   Jessica Tyerman 08m21s   Philip Miles 14m56s
Paul Cleasby 04m27s   Zoe Cuthbert 09m01s   Helen Tyreman 15m00s
Andrew Tullock 04m29s   Sarah Gunn 09m15s   Diane Hall 16m00s
Kay Neesam 04m32s   Emma Beaumont 09m21s   Lorraine Allamby 16m16s
Eli Barnbrook 04m36s   Michael McGurk 09m40s   Terry Saffin 16m28s
Kath Aspin 04m35s   David Learoyd 09m28s   Debbie Hunter 16m42s
Molly Shaw 04m40s   Caroline Chinnock 09m38s   Sue Crust 17m30s
David Aspin 04m46s   Louise Danby 09m40s   Louise Allamby 17m39s
Simon Welch 04m51s   Douglas Scott 09m48s   Mandy Lynch 18m04s
Stephen Mussett 04m51s   Brian Allen 09m56s   Michael Harper 18m45s
Andrew Sugden 05m05s   Anne Houchen 10m10s   Nikki Fraser 19m34s
Alice Rigby 05m09s   Ronald Sherwood 10m14s   Bridie Coombes 20m08s
Katie Coulson 05m18s   Jeffery Moulder 10m12s   Steven King 22m13s
Scott Mann 05m15s   Michelle O'Grady 11m08s   Samantha O'Hara 24m56s

Junior (2k) There are two junior trophies: one for Minnows members and one for Junior Members (upto 14 years old on the day)


Matthew Chinnock 00m00s   Zoe Coates 02m06s
Charlottte Bennett 00m01s   Erin Lax 02m07s
Jack Farrel 00m27s   Hollie Welch 02m24s
Matthew Downs 00m33s   Geogia Richmond 02m27s
Riley Middleton 00m39s   Autumn Bradley 02m27s
Isobelle Troop 00m57s   Patrick Whitney 02m27s
Essie Croce 01m02s   Isobel  Dacey 02m37s
Sebastian Pearson 01m02s   Charlotte Gunn 02m38s
Aiden Colmer 01m03s   Oliver Richards 02m57s
Joshua Shilton 01m06s   Hannah Gunn 03m00s
Tom  Halton 01m07s   Sophie Russell 03m17s
James Renn 01m25s   Callum Hodgkiss 03m17s
Sophie Dickenson 01m27s   Olivia Lee 03m27s
William Young 01m27s   Charlie Fraser 03m27s
Nathan Marshall 01m28s   Libby Park 03m37s
Grace Tansley 01m37s   Bethany O'Grady 04m03s
Elliot Smith 01m37s   Charlie Fraser 04m48s
Emily Brown 01m49s   Samual Eddon 04m57s
Tilly Croce 01m57s   Annabelle Thomas 05m27s

The Poultry Run - 17/12/17

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A another great day at the Poultry Run in 'fowl' weather. New Marske Ladies picking up the 1st Team prize with  Sharon Bulman 2nd Lady, Kay Neesam 4th Lady and Kath Aspin 5th Lady.  NYMAC edged out the New Marske Men on count back for the team prize with Aidan Rigby 2nd, Sam Garratt 3rd, Martin Murray 6th and Simon Clements 27th.  Lots more prizes for New Marske.  Greg Jayasuriya and Catherine Williamson won the their respective races. Full Report and Photos to follow.

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Provisional Results   FLICKR Photos    Facebook Photos




Report by Paul Cleasby

In about 2014, a group of New Marske Harriers began training together for a Spring marathon, perhaps inspired by my incessant raving about the attraction of the marathon or perhaps inspired by the thoughts of, ‘If he can do it [Sub 3] anyone can,’ Whatever the drive, the group developed.

Conscientious training for the first year led to some spectacular results that have, on the whole, been improved year by year. From the training group, 5 out of 7 achieved that club runner’s holy grail of the sub 3 hour marathon.

Meet the Amsterdam Striders:

Neil ‘Wagner’ Walker

The elder statesman of the group – supreme focus for his debut marathon at Manchester in 2015 led to a 2:57 finish only to be robbed by a short course measurement scandal. Had someone bothered to add the extra bit onto the course, Neil would still have finished well under the 3-hour mark.

A revisit to the same marathon in subsequent years, adopting a more relaxed approach to training and pre-marathon build up, led to less speedier marathons and his entry being recorded as Neil Wagner –an error he was happy to live with as the wheels fell off well before 20 miles. From the debris of that marathon the ‘Wagner Striders’ relay team name was born.

Allan ‘Lucky’ Wilson

The most enthusiastic member of the group, Allan is always in possession of a training plan he then ritually ignores by smashing out every session faster than he needs to. When it comes to racing though, luck deserts him. Arriving late for York 2016 resulted in a DNS (did not start) forcing a late entry to a cobbled together Morpeth to Newcastle Marathon 2016 (now defunct). Training for Amsterdam had been less problematic but contracting shingles two weeks before the run put paid to yet another genuine race attempt.

Mike ‘The Face’ Smith

If we were the A–team – Mike’s good looks would certainly have him cast as ‘The Face’. Mike had completed one marathon previously and remained scarred by a four hour plus finish at Chicago in 2005, back in the dark ages before training for a marathon was believed to be a good idea. Mike decided never to do another marathon again. He was happy to do the training with the group but resisted the peer pressure to have another crack. Thus all his training runs were run with a relaxed and smooth style giving him the title of “The white Kipchoge”

Glenn ‘Guns’ Farrell

Glenn’s job takes him off shore and to the envy of those of us with puny arms – Glenn has the motivation and self discipline to keep himself in tip top physical shape, even to the extent of doing his long runs in isolation on an oil rig treadmill.  A debut Marathon in 2015 of 3:02 on the Manchester short course was quickly put to bed smashing a speedier 2:55 in London in 2016, which he further improved in 2017 with a 2:54.

Michael ‘The Critic’ Lyth

Another novice marathoner in the group, Michael has a background in cycling and possesses calves that have no right being seen on any human distance runner, being much more suited to hill climbing cyclists. Michael did his debut marathon in 2016 at a trail event in Ambleside. Underwhelmed by his performance in that hilly race, he struck lucky in the London ballot for 2017 and smashed a debut road marathon time of 2:59. Rather than doing summersaults with his time he described it as ‘alright’- a harsh critic!

James ‘Speedster’ Allinson

James is the fastest marathoner of the group. Debuting in Manchester 2015 with a 2:59 on the short course, he bettered that the following year at London running 2:55 and the last 6 miles with a pulled calf muscle. Still feeling he’d not done his talent justice, he improved yet again in 2017 running a comfortable 2:50 with room still for more to come. The only thing James does faster than running is drinking.

Stephen ‘The Ringer’ Hepples

Married to our very own Cheryl Hepples, Stephen was the least experienced marathoner in his family having run zero previous marathons compared to Cheryl’s running total of three! For those of you who don’t know Stephen, he has a very specialist set of skills. A member of Newham and Essex Beagles, Stephen has a 1500m pb of 3mins 46 seconds, a 5km pb of 14:37 and a half marathon pb of 64 minutes. He is currently enjoying a break/retirement (delete as appropriate Ste!) from competitive racing. When asked about his current level of fitness Stephen always responds with – ‘just ticking over’ (a bit like a Rolls Royce engine!)


My marathon debut was at Edinburgh 2010, finishing with a time of 3:49, followed by multiple marathons nearly every year thereafter, culminating in a pb at Berlin 2016 of 2:55. A veteran of many a foreign marathon, Amsterdam was marathon number 21 for me.


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