MARATHON of the North winner Paul Wilson has clinched another impressive victory.
Wilson represented Burn Road Harriers at the North-East Senior League second track and field league match in Whitley Bay, winning the 3000m Steeplechase.
Wilson told SportMail: “It is a tough event as you never seem to catch your breath as you struggle over the barriers and the water jump.
“I managed to win in a reasonable 11.18.”
Accompanied by fellow high- ranking Burn Road Harrier, Andrew Minister, the two went on to compete in the 5000m track race later in the afternoon.
The two friends battled it out in a high-calibre field of experienced runners, finishing with just a nine- second difference between their respective times of 17:18 and 17:27.
Minister, who is getting back to form following a few injuries, commented: “We both struggled from half way and dropped well back to finish with disappointing times.
“I am slowly getting some fitness back and Paul is no doubt still feeling the effects of the marathon.”
l BURN Road Harriers were out in force with 17 representatives competing in the scenic but tough, 10k, two-lap course around the historic gardens of Raby Castle.
The team took first prizes in the O35 female vet category, Jane Wistow finishing fifth for women, overall 75th in 46.32) and the O45 male vet category, Mick Lamb fifth overall in the race in 36.28.
Lamb was swiftly followed in sixtth place by Marathon of the North Winner Paul Wilson (37.11).
Paul is still in the recovery period following his recent great victory in Sunderland and was running on the back of the previous days 3k steeplechase and 5k track race at an athletics meet in Whitley Bay.
The undulating six-mile course, which was run by a 360-strong field of athletes from across the North-East and beyond, was preceded by a 5k fun run.
That curtain raiser showcased the talent of two junior Harriers Robin Caswell, 13, who finished 20th (26.26) and Lucy Surtees, 12, finishing in 25th, place (27.30).
Lucy was able to spectate and recover from her accomplishments while watching parents Graham and Cary Surtees compete on the main course.
A third junior, Elliot Beddow, was expected to compete but was forced to withdraw following a footballing injury on the previous day which resulted in him being rushed to hospital with a suspected broken neck.
He is recovering from his injuries with running mum, also of the Harriers, Jo Beddow, and is looking forward to getting back into his training.
Combining road and forest trails, the race challenged the runners with a hard incline which bore out over a one-kilometre stretch at the start of the course and required competitors to run tactically and conserve their energy for repeating the climb on the second lap.
Richard Hambly, who finished in 48th place (44.20), commented: “It was a tough day, very warm and a very hilly course.
“I spent my time chasing John Mansfield but couldn’t quite catch him.
“I was pleased with my time.”
Hambly, who is considering running an Ultra marathon in the near future, is still recovering from completing two 26.2 mile marathons in the last three weeks.
Club pal Peter Johnson was hot on his heels, finishing in a respectable time of 49.28 for 117th place after a weekend of heavy off-road training.
This race forms form part of the club’s Summer Target Race Series with the next event taking place at Redcar (5k) on June 27. For details of this event and other club activities visit www.hartlepoolburnroad.co.uk.
Burn Road results: (fifth, 36.28, Michael Lamb, M45), (sixth, 37.11, Paul Wilson, M35), (30th, 42.17, Darren Armstrong, M35), (38th, 84.43, Keith Galbraith, M50), (42nd, 43.44, John Mansfield, M40), (48th, 44.20, Richard Hambly, M45), (69th, 46.03, Nigel Shaw, M50), (75th, 46.32, Jane Wistow, F35), (79th, 46.55, Jack Hutton MJun), (85th, 47.28, Richard Robson, M35), (117th, 49.28, Peter Johnson, M55), (145th, 51.19, Lesley Strickland, F40), (153rd, 51.44, Graeme Surtees, M45), (251st, 59.05, Caroline Surtees, F45), (270th, 61.17, Pauline Ranson, F45).
l HARTLEPOOL couple Nichola and Greg Swinbourne took part in the Kentmere trail, the final run in the Lakeland Trails Series, with one half of the couple pleasantly surprised to have won free entry into the autumn series which gets underway in September.
The 10.5 mile hike, which started in the village of Stavely, took the couple and their 329 fellow challenges through an extremely taxing but scenic route around the Kentmere mountain range with three stiff climbs and a hot sun to boot.
Battling through the course with temperatures of around 27 degrees, the Swinbournes finished the course in good placings.
Nicola finished 79th (1.54) and Greg finishing in 173rd place (2.08).
Nichola was rewarded for her efforts following a raffle draw which has provided her with a free return ticket to the next Lakeland Trails series which kicks off in Keswick on September 1, followed by challenges in Coniston and Helvellyn.#
After enjoying the event, Nichola will suggest the challenge as one of the target races for HBRH club’s summer series.