Race Reports

Flatts Lane Cross Country, 14th November 2010

A strong squad of Burn Road’s senior men turned out for this excellent cross country course hosted by New Marske Harriers, they even ordered the weather, clear skies and a cool breeze and just the right amount of mud thrown in for good measure.


The start is quite demanding as in no time the runner is forced into a narrow enclosure and quite a squeeze ensues before opening up to a very steep climb through the woods, so it is every man for himself. Once the woods are out of the way it’s a great grassy downhill, then it levels to be followed by another great downhill. The pain then begins as the runner has to meander back up the long hills and skirt around challenging muddy terrain to start another lap, 3 in all, character building I’m sure.


Leading out Burn Rd today was Paul Wilson who is running really strong just as well as he had his brother Gary to contend with from H,pool tri club, Paul maintained his pole position throughout the race and came in 15th (39.05) well ahead of his brother.

Keith Galbraith  had a storming run after passing a few rivals after the first lap and just kept his relentless pace going, he finished 28th(40.46). Not to be out done a much improved Davey Lake gritted his teeth and hung on to Keith as long as possible and in doing so left his close rivals Kevan Stephenson and Karl Edwards in his wake, Davey finished 36th(41.24).


Karl and Kevan could not respond at all to Keith and Davey’s pace but battled it out against each other, it looked like Kev had it sewn up until he fell heavily, Kev did well to get back up, never mind continue racing. Karl took the advantage and finished 47th(42.17) with Kev close by 49th(42.59).


Next home was Brian Astill in 52nd(43.08) who fought his own battle around the course as he dislikes cross country running but turns out to help the club gain valuable points, this is the type of spirit that is now prominent once again amongst the senior men.


This spirit also got David Edwards out of  his armchair on a Sunday  after suffering a damaged knee last week to race here today, luckily for Dave after a couple of falls no more damage was done and he finished 59th(44.30).  Newly appointed Club Chairman David Kirk ran a strong tactical race and was happy with his 72nd.position in a time of (46.18). Stephen Armstrong and Peter Johnson who seem to be exchanging positions this season had another battle, Stephen sensing that Peter was struggling with a dodgy hamstring struck out for home and did not look back to see if Peter had responded. Peter struggled one legged to the finish closing the gap to seconds, more sign of the spirit within the team, lesser men would have pulled out.  Stephen finished 104th(55.16) with Peter 105th(55.21)


Hartlepool host the next cross country at Summerhill on Dec 5th, lets hope to get another strong squad out along with supporters.

Maltby 7, 7th November 2010

After heavy rain overnight and early morning, the sun came out to warm up the runners and spectators before the start, and meant that conditions were ideal for running.  There were 267 finishers competing in this race, led home by Stephen Hepples of Newham & Essex Beagles who completed a ‘hat trick’ of wins.


Bryan Astll was 1st home for Burn Road in 10th position in 41:19 and was 3rd V40 in a very competitive race.  Keith Galbraith ran 43:50 and was in 24th, with Mark Calvert not far behind in a time of 45:23.  This was Mark’s third race in as many weeks.


Andrew Lamplough had an excellent run on this undulating course, and was in 63rd place with 49:13, just about perfect pacing for his hoped for 7minutes a mile target.


Pauline Ranson who has raced a lot this year did 67:54.   Overcoming his recent injury setbacks, Stuart Pailor who is 80 years ‘young’ and still racing finished in 72:42.

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.



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