Race Reports

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.

BUPA Great South Run, 24th October 2010

Mark Calvert ran the BUPA Great South 10 mile race at Portsmouth and did a time of 64:11, finishing in 161st position out of 14,901 finishers.  This was Mark’s first race over the distance so was automatically a pb, he also picked up a pb at 10K of 38:59 along the way!


The course was described as fast and flat and run in perfect conditions, the winner Joseph Ebuya from Kenya achieved a UK 10 Mile All-Comers record, running an incredible 45:16.

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.

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Link to photos taken by Karl Edwards



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