Stuart Pailor, Burn Road Harriers’ Vice President organised the Kilburn seven mile road race for the 10th time last Sunday in his home village nestled below the White Horse on the North Yorks Moors.
Stuart created a challenging course with plenty of undulations for the unsuspecting runner.
The first mile is flat and fast followed by a stiff climb before a downhill into historic Coxwold, then bearing left over some fast stretches to Byland Abbey.
From there it is left for a mile long slog uphill to Oldstead. The last remaining two miles are undulating with a fast approach back to Kilburn.
Eight Hartlepool athletes made the short trip South to compete in the race and sample the genuine hospitality of Stuart’s open house.
The club’s top man Andy Minister had a tremendous run. Andy who finished 4th (41.08) is the main target of all the clubs up and coming runners but it looks like he has no intention of giving up his top place in the near future.
Paul Wilson was next past the post with a strong run for 13th (44.49). Paul is part of the Wilson clan (Gary and Ian) who have all ran extremely well for the club in the past. Gary is now a top national tri-athlete.
Running step for step together from start to finish were Tracy Waller and Karl Edwards helping pace each other around the tough course. Tracy finished 26th (46.29) and Karl 27th (46.31).
The comeback kid Barry Garrington came in next putting up a brave fight to get back into racing after another period out of action. He found his legs again to finish comfortably 56th (51.07).
Not far behind was John Mansfield running strongly who had Barry in his sights but was unable to close the gap over the last mile.
Ex-rugby player now full-time runner Richard Robson paced himself well over the hills on his first outing in this area finishing 131st (57.32).
Rounding up the Burn road squad was the popular tough of the track character Stephen Armstrong putting in a consistent run for 225th place (66.42).
Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers are holding the Old Monks Race this Sunday at 11am from Hart Village, runners can enter on the day, registration in village hall.