Marina 5 Mile Road Race, 9th April 2017

Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers had a great morning racing at their club’s Marina 5 Road race on Sunday 9th April.  It was the hottest day of the year, but that did not stop the Harriers from securing personal best performances on the day.  


Paul Wilson was the top runner over the out and back route, charging to the line in 27:19 for 8th place overall of 484 runners and winning the first male Vet 40 prize.

Simon Bennett secured a personal best over the distance, beating last year’s time by eleven seconds to come in in 27:57 for 11th place.  Richard Darling was next in 28:55, two minutes outside his best over the 5 mile distance set back in 2010, but a great 18th placed run from one of Burn Road’s top men.


Ian Wilson was the fourth Harrier to cross the line in 29:18.  Hartlepool’s top four were the second fastest club on the day, losing out to the force of New Marske Harriers.


Victor Brudenell was running his first race for the club and was pleased with his time of 30:33.  It was minutes outside his best time of 27:55 set at the Norman Woodcock Memorial Race in 2011, but a great run for 45th place.


Anthony Oliver raced well to cross the line in 31:14, followed by Graham Jones in 31:50.  Leigh Owbridge beat last year’s time to secure a new personal best of 32:01, with Steve Morrison following in in 32:14.


Seventeen year old Bradley O’Donoghue has been running brilliantly over the last couple of months and recently set a 5k PB of 18:56 at Hartlepool’s parkrun.  He raced really well over the longer distance on Sunday, setting himself a target of 34:08 to beat next time round.  Neil Simon was next, losing pace slightly over the last mile he finished in 34:31.


Hartlepool’s first female to cross the line was Cheryl Laycock, equalling her time from 2016 she crossed the line in 34:41, with Mike Stafford by her side also finishing in 34:41.


Carl Marchant has great form over this distance, with a PB of 27:50 set over twenty years ago.  Now racing as a Vet55, he secured a veteran best of 34:56, a great performance from Carl.  Dave Wallace was the 4th vet60 in a fantastic time of 35:41, supported on the course by Bryan Astill who came in a second later in 35:42.


John Mansfield is slowly returning to fitness and had a really good run over the 5 miles to finish in 35:52.  Simon Lawlor ran a new best time of 36:26, followed by Hartlepool’s second female, Laura Jones, in a best time of 36:41.  Laura was the third U20 female on the day.


After a brief pause, more Harriers came into view on Maritime Avenue to race to the finish line.  Andy Kane finished in 38:08, followed closely by Chris Sharp who was just outside his best time in 38:14.  


Marie Taylor ran a great race to cross the line in 38:23, with Steven Scanlon next in 38:44.  Shelley McKinley Woodward powered to the finish in 41:39, with Burn Road’s Vice President Peter Johnson next in 41:41, a great Vet60 run.  


The heat affected Christine Bruce’s performance slightly, who would be much closer to a 40 minute finish in more favourable conditions, but the heat slowed her down over the second half of the race.  She secured a great time of 42:12.  Angela Lawlor was next, still working hard towards her Kielder Marathon later in the year, she raced around the course in 43:31.  


Clair Minton had a great run, finishing in 44:38, followed by Christopher McGrath in a new personal best time of 46:36 and Christine Skelly in 46:45.  Christopher had a superb run, knocking almost a minute off his time from 2016.  There is no doubt Christine will go sub45 very soon.


Kelly Turnbull was the next Harrier to power over the finish line in 48:07, with Stephanie Dean next in 52:25.  Lauren Earle was racing for the first time over this distance and put in a great performance to finish in 53:30.


Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers were given great support on the day by Hartlepool Runfit members, a few of whom marshalled around the course and others raced the 5 mile (8 kilometre) route.  Debbie Grieve led the Runfit team out around the course, racing extremely well to finish in 45:23.  Gill Lamb was next in 56:28 with Jo Franks having a great run to cross the line in 60:08.


The Marina 5 Mile Road race attracts runners from all over the north east region and beyond and this year runners’ times ranged from 25 minutes to 78 minutes.  It really is a race for all and a great atmosphere awaits those taking part.  Definitely one to look out for next year.


Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers would like to extend their thanks to the Museum of the Royal Navy and Hartlepool Borough Council.  Teesside Voluntary Emergency Services did a fantastic job on the day and Hartlepool Runfit members helped marshal around the course.  Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers had almost thirty of their own members marshalling and directing the race and the event again received excellent feedback from England Athletics.  



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