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Kielder Marathon, 17th October 2010

The weather conditions were perfect for a marathon.  Started off very cold with mist covering Kielder Water and the nearby village of Falstone where we were stopping, but by 10.15am when the race started the mist had lifted to reveal the most beautiful scenery.  Kielder Marathon is certainly England's most Beautiful Marathon but I would say it is properly one of the hardest (and even harder when you are not physically well).  The terrain varies between a mile or so of tarmac and the trail type surface which is ideal for running.  

 

The Marathon started and finished at Leaplish visitors Centre heading towards Keilder Village/Castle.  Rarely leaving the shores of Kielder Water, the Marathon route followed the Lakeside Way meandering through the forest and heath land that surrounds the lake.  There were several inclines to negotiate, most were the short and sharp nature but a few others were longer and steeper than our much loved "Craggy Bank" situated in Castle Eden Dene!!  However you were rewarded afterwards with nice stretches of easy (ish) running.  Most inclines came in the first 15 miles or so however the steep incline at mile 20 certainly took many of use by surprise!  The course guide states the final 5-6 miles are amongst the easiest running on the course however at that stage every slight incline felt like climbing a mountain!  There were water stations at approximately every 5k, however not many spectator points so it was a really boost to see a friendly face at the three main points - Batteryhaugh, Kielder Dam, Tower Knowe Visitiors Centre.  There were loads of spectators at the end and even the race announcer cheered on Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers and called us the "Monkey Hangers".  Fantastic!!!

 

Simon also stated he could not fault the park and ride shuttle buses transporting people around the course.  Buses ran on a regular basis and did not have to wait very long for one.

 

My official chip time was 4 Hours and 26 minutes, rank position 491.  Wasn't a great time but under the circumstances of being full of cold and developing an ankle and calf injury during the race I was happy with it.  There were 934 athletes who completed the race (even though the event was open to 1,700 people)  The event was won by two Kenyans and the winning time was 2 hours 29 minutes and 6 secs which was fantastic.

 

I think there will be many people in the club who would love this Marathon and maybe next year we should have a club trip to Kielder.  I'll definitely do it again because it is much more challenging than your average road race Marathon.

Link to Official Results

Link to photos taken by Karl Edwards

Acklam Grange Cross Country, 3 October 2010

8 Brave souls from Burn Road turned out in the torrential rain to compete in the first NYSD cross country of the season at Acklam Grange School, Middlesbrough.

 

Special mention should be made of the Marshalls from the host club Middlesbrough & Cleveland, and the NYSD Officials, including our own Alf Walsh who stood in the pouring rain for over 2 and a half hours.

 

In the Ladies race Tracey Waller continued her fantastic run of form to win in a time of 21:57 over the 3.5 mile course, and show many much younger runners a clean pair of heels.

 

The Senior Men’s race is one of the longest league races at 10km, and Vaughan "Lenny" Godber led the team home in 13th place and 39:59. Paul Wilson was 3 places back in 16th and 40:37. Paul also ran the 5km Albert parkrun the previous day in a time of 17:27.

 

After an epic battle, Keith Galbraith competing in the V2 category for the first time this season finished in 33rd place in a time of 42:08, followed by Karl Edwards in 42:36 and David Lake in 43:03. Kevan Stephenson was next in a time of 43:30, running his first Cross Country for 2 years.

 

Stephen Armstrong beat his last season’s time by 2 minutes to finish in 52:10, and Peter Johnson came in 3 places later in 52:38.

Photos courtesy of Dave Aspin, NMH

Link to Results

Link to Karl's posting to club forum

Great North Run, 19th September 2010

Mark Calvert was first home for the club in a pb time of 1:31:49, and in 788th position.  Sarah Black had a good race, running an excellent 1:39:00.   Graham Stevens was next, with a time of 1:41:35.

 

Sam Crooks recorded a time of 1:53:54 knocking over 8min off her previous GNR time.  Peter Johnson was disappointed with his time of 1:54:09, after making the mistake of hoping his injured calf would hold up to the rigours of 13 miles on the road. 

 

Tracey Rudd ran a very good 1:57:10 and finished just ahead of Julie Baldwin in 1:57:12, who managed not to get lost this year, and Keeley Brand, who ran 1:57:13.  Jon Bathe was happy with his time of 1:57:58.

 

Next to finish was Angela Lawlor who ran 1:58:20, closely followed by David Wallace in 1:58:39.  Debbie Corbett, still recovering from her recent illness, finished in a creditable 1:58:58.

 

Steve Howe’s recent return to training after several years meant that he was able to run over 1 min 30 sec a mile quicker than last year and finish in 2:05:26.  Julie McGrath’s finishing time was 2:0:24.

 

Also running were Pauline Ranson who did 2:17:56, Daniel Barker-Platt who ran 2:26:16, and Andrew Cosgrave who finished in a time of 3:05:29.

 

There were 39,437 finishers in total, which was an event record, for the 30th running of the race.  

Nottingham Marathon, 12th September 2010

There were 3 Burn Road athletes who made the long journey to Nottingham for the Marathon and Half Marathon races that are part of the Robin Hood Festival of Running 2010.

 

Paul Wilson ran the full marathon and finished in 13th place in a superb time of 2:54:05.  Just behind Paul, Bryan Astill was 1st V40 finisher in 2:54:11 and 14th position.  There were 1,567 runners who completed the marathon course.

 

Dave Lake competed in the Half Marathon event and recorded a time of 1:29:21, finishing 155th out of 6,143.

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