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The object of New Marske Harriers is the promotion of community participation in healthy recreation for the benefit of the inhabitants of Redcar and Cleveland and it's neighbouring Boroughs by the provision of facilities for athletics. Registered Charity Number 1168578

Captain Cook's Fell Race - 01/01/14


 Report by David Aspin

“It’s a great way to start the New Year”.  Well that is what everybody has been telling me for the last five or six years when I have been taking  photos of the New Year’s Day  Captain Cook’s Fell Race.  This year I decided to take the plunge and run it myself, and so far, I have managed to stay clear of any unflattering photographs, not that I would do that to anybody!


The competitors range from seasoned fell  runners through to the once a year runners, some taking on alias such Lord Humphry B Fluff and Lord Percy Winterfell  both sporting squires attire.


The race route is simple enough, but as the graphic below shows, the first half is all uphill and the second half is mostly downhill with the exception of a short but painful incline at the 4 mile point.



By the time I reached the monument, the lower half of my legs were burning, and it took the next  half a mile to recover my composure before my favourite part of running down the muddy banks towards  Gribdale Cottages.   I managed to overtake about a dozen people during this stretch as my legs pretended that they were 20 years younger and took off!  


The final half a mile is single file down a muddy path, and a few families out for a nice easy walk on New Year’s Day had their nice white coats splattered with mud as 260 runners ran by!


James Bulman won the race staying within 25 seconds of his time from last year.  In the ladies race, sixteen year old Bronwen home came home 1st and 9th overall with Kath Aspin 3rd lady.

There were also lots of juniors running in the shorter races, the results of which are not yet available.


Poistion Name  Time
1 James Bulman 33.09
10 Clive Thornton* 35:59     *Running for Esk Valley
62 Stephen Guest 41:00
65 Chris Whiles 41:11
80 David Aspin 42:20
82 Andrew Oliver 42:23
83 Kath Aspin 42:23  3rd Lady
168 David Heath 47:59
200 Izzy Pearse 50:46
202 Ronnie Sherwood 50:48
204 Jon Pearse 50:50
209 Martin White 51:14
228 Phil Miles 53:48
237 Andrea Henderson 56:50
240 Louise Danby 58:04
242 Colin Scollay 59:11

Results   Photos 



Fell Race - Commondale Beacon (Two Crosses) Fell Race - 24/11/13

Jo Goldsmith takes a splash at the water jump 
Report by Clive Thornton

The Commondale Beacon (Two Crosses) Fell Race is brand new route and race for the Winter Series, designed as an easy running trail style race, over a not to be under-estimated exposed part of the North Yorkshire Moors with terrific views of moor and sea. 

The 13km long route started and finished in the centre of Commondale at the Cleveland Inn pub, with around 300m of climb and the major climb in the first 2km out of Commondale, what the race lacked a little in climb was compensated for by fast running.
There was a great turnout with 134 completing the race, the day was chill and mildly blowy on the tops, but not too far from ideal for fell running. There was an excellent turnout from the group and a first time fell runner.
The event was won by a Tynesider, David Beech of Tyne Bridge Harriers in 52.09 (to give you all some context) so 6.5 minute miling for the off-road hilly 8 mile course. First home for New Marske was Mike Smith in a terrific 15th place, 5th M40 in a time of 57.36, next up was first lady for New Marske and 2nd lady overall Kay Neesam in 59.47 (1st in F45 category).
Our first time fell runner was Neil Walker who came in 36th overall in 61.12 and 5th in his M50 age category.
P2190884The ladies team was 2nd for a change losing out to strong Loftus and Whitby team, but the first six ladies race places were filled by both teams so strong competition. Supporting Kay were Shelli Gordon in 55th just ahead of Lisa Bennett 65.10 (6th lady and 2nd F40) in 56th. Nic O'Grady came in 79th - 69.42, Joanne Goldsmith placed 99th in 73.57 and Mick McGurk 101st - 75.39 and 3rd M60.
Next race is Eskdale Eureka on Sunday 8th December, same distance 13km bit more climb at around 470m, registration, start and finish are at the public car park at High Castleton above Dibble Bridge, race starts at 10.30am.  

Clay Bank West Fell Race - 10/11/13

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Report by Clive Thornton

It was another successful day for New Marske Harriers' women as they raced away with the individual and team wins. The Clay Bank West race is a short A-rated race taking in three climbs totaling 300m+ over the relatively short distance of 6.7km.
Kay Neesam (36:28) came in first lady in event 4 of the Esk Valley Winter Series and 24th overall, along with Helen Whitney and Joanne Goldsmith (48:22) to claim team victory from Durham Fell Runners.
In the men's competition Ben Thompson (43:30) was first home from the group in 49th well inside the top half of the 117 finisher field, Nic O'Grady (45:58) finished 66th, Mick McGurk 75th (4th -M60), and Ronnie Sherwood 89th and 1st in the M70's. The mens team with David Heath in 55th (44:30) finished 5th overall.


Guisborough Three Tops - 27/10/13


Report by Lisa Bennett

Despite clashing with the cross country at Whitby it was a great turn out from New Markse Harriers at the Guisborough Three Tops Fell Race.  The weather felt a little on the warm side at the start of the race, but once on the tops, the gusts of wind and the hail near the final trig point made it a tough race.

Again Kay Neesam won comfortably (13th overall) and broke the ladies course record.  As I climbed Roseberry Topping and watched Kay skip effortlessly down the steep descent I could see why she is so great at fell running.  Let’s not mention my much slower descent and (hopefully no-one else noticed?), spectacular fall.  Luckily no damage done and I managed to finish 4th in the ladies (1st V40) and with a great run from Helen Whitney (8th in the ladies, 2nd V40) New Markse ladies team managed 1st place.

Let’s not forget about the men! Ben Thompson came home first for New Markse Harriers men and placed 68th overall.  Nick O’Grady was hot on the tail of Helen Whitney and finished 82nd overall. Following them, David Heath finished 92nd, Ronnie Sherwood 111th (1st M70), Phil Miles 126th (2nd M70) and Colin Scollay 138th.

Great running everyone, see you at the next one!


Results   Photos

Hardmoors 55 - 23/03/13

Shelli Hardmoors 55 2013


Well done to Shelli Gordon, 1st lady in the Hardmoors 55 in a time of 9:59.  On a weekend where many other races were cancelled you have admire everbody who took on this challennge which takes on half of the Cleveland Way.

Results to follow.  (photo courtesy David Hetherington)

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