Race Reports

Guisborough Three Tops, 7th November 2010

Two Burn Road Harriers lined up for this stiff fell race over 8.5miles, it is part of the North Yorkshire Moors Winter series, and there are still plenty of races left if anyone fancies a crack at them.


Dave Edwards and Karl Edwards turned up for this race which was always going to be interesting considering how much rain had fallen recently, it was heavy going in parts with legs disappearing up to the knees in certain boggy spots.


Karl got off to a better start in the narrow track with Dave not too far behind, it soon started climbing steeply through a single track path where most were walking due to the very slippy conditions. It then eased off on the way over to Highcliff Nab.

The next section over the moors towards Roseberry Topping proved disastrous for a few athletes including Dave, he fell onto slippy slabs laid down for path erosion, it took him some 5 mins to get going again at a much reduced pace.  Karl, however, was lucky for a change and had no bother all the way around apart from leaving his legs somewhere halfway around the course.


The athletes were greeted with sunshine and great views on reaching the top of Roseberry Topping, coming off Roseberry athletes spent most of their time on sliding down the grassy steep decent on their backsides.  The Hanging Stone was the next climb on the agenda and then back over the moor and back down a great decent through the woods to the finish.


Dave at least was still smiling on the run into the finish, and a pint of Guinness cheered him up even more.


Karl finished in 29th position 1st O/55 (78.46) and Dave 115th position (101.26), he will no doubt be a lot further up the field in the next race if he can stay upright.

NB. The race states 8.5 m but on most Garmins it measured 9+.


Next race is 21 Nov 10.30am at Clay Bank off Helmsley road about 2miles outside Great Broughton, it’s only a short one 4.2 miles and not severe terrain - ideal for a novice.

Worksop Half and Scarborough 10K, 31st October 2010

Mark Calvert competed in the Worksop Half Marathon in Nottinghamshire and knocked another 5 minutes off his best time, recording a super pb of 85:26.  Mark was 88th out of 1,746 finishers.


On the same day new member Amy Dixon easily beat her target of 1 hour to record an excellent 57:04 at the McCain Yorkshire Coast 10K, Scarborough.  Amy is improving quickly, helped by the twice weekly club speed and hill sessions she is doing.

New Club Officers Elected

An extraordinary general meeting of the Club was held at West Rugby Club, Catcote Road, Hartlepool on Wednesday 3rd November. There was a good turn out at the meeting where vacant positions of Chairman and Vice Chairman were voted upon.

David Kirk was duly elected as Chairman.
David Johnson was duly elected as Deputy Chairman.

The following additional members also joined the committee:

Karl Edwards
David Edwards
Lesley Strickland
Andrew Minister
Gail Gould
Susie Hall
Mike Hall

As usual, all positions will be up for re-election at the AGM in February.


Scarborough Cross Country, 24th October 2010

10 Runners from the club braved the wet conditions at a new venue at Scarborough Rugby Club for the 2nd NYSD cross country of the season.  The men's team 6 counters finished in 2nd behind Loftus and Whitby.


In the men’s race over 4 laps and approximately 4.5 miles, Vaughan “Lenny” Godber again had an excellent run, finishing in 10th place and a time of 27:18.  Paul Wilson was just behind in 12th position and 27:26. 


Kev Stephenson headed a group of 4 who were within 30 seconds of each other and was 21st in 28:28.  Davey Lake was next in 28:31 (23rd), followed by Bryan Astill in 26th and 28:44.  Keith Galbraith was 32nd in 29:01.


Dave Edwards was next back in 45th position and 30:54.  Peter Johnson was reasonably happy with his run after injuring his hamstring the previous weekend and had a time of 35:07.  Stephen Armstrong ran a time of 36:11.  The distance to travel and the weather seems to have put a lot of runners off and there were only 71 finishers in the men’s race.


In the Ladies race Tracey Waller was 2nd in a time of 21:11, beaten only by U20 star Kate Avery who is ranked 1st in the UK for her age at 5km in 2010.



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