From Castle to ‘cliffe for Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers

Bryan Astill

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Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers have been busy once more competing in Castle Howard and Newton Aycliffe

The Castle Howard Trail Race took place on Sunday 16series, it attracted eight club members to race the route.

Although advertised as 10k race (6.2 mile), the actual distance is 10.5k (6.5mile).

The two lap route takes in the surroundings of Castle Howard, with some hills, trail and pavement to test the legs over various terrains.

Attended by 406 runners, the race was won by Mike Jeffries (unattached) in 36:28 and the first female to cross the line was Emma Yates of Knavesmire Harriers in 40:54.

As frequently happens at these events, Mick Lamb was the first Harrier to cross the line.

He ran an outstanding race by all accounts and was awarded with seventh place in a fantastic time of 38:22.

Simon Bennett was also firing on all cylinders and raced across the line in 42:03 (21st).

Concerned his all-inclusive holiday would affect his performance, John Davis took the race in his stride and finished in 43:20 (31st). Another great result for John.

Alex Marshall also raced on the back of the excesses of holidaying and came in in 43:43 (38th).

Both can now get on with some hard training in preparation for more hot, summer racing.

Darren Smith had a great race, coming in next in 45:02 (52th) and Jack Hutton was the sixth Harrier to cross the line in 46:12 (65th).

Sarah Black was the lone female harrier racing the course and put in another fantastic performance to claim the fourth overall female position in 47:37 (81st)

Sarah was rewarded with a prize for first female veteran.

Greg Swinbourne completed ‘Team Hartlepool’, recording a time of 60:15 over the 6.5 mile course.

The 16th annual 10k road race took place on Sunday, with four Harriers testing their legs around the roads of Newton Aycliffe.

The race is advertised as a fast and flat 10k, with a small lap of 2k then two larger laps of 4k.

The total distance was slightly over the advertised 10k and there were long drags in the roads to sap energy.

The weather was hot but a breeze on the finishing straight helped cool runners down.

The race was incredibly well marshalled and individual chip timed results could be retrieved immediately at the end by typing your race number into a machine that printed off your position and time.

The race was won by Wondiye Fikre Indelbu in 32:16.

A result made even more fantastic considering he lost a shoe on the final lap and completed the race barefoot and bleeding.

The female race was won by Shona Fletcher of Richmond & Zetland Harriers in 38:26.

Bryan Astill had a great race, though he said afterwards he was a little lazy and lost focus. He took 15th place in 37:36.

Jane Wistow was next home for the club in 43:38 (87th).

Jane chose to race on the morning and decided to test out a negative or even split race.

She has now discovered she is not very good at negative splits, particularly on a hot day.

Valuable lessons learned however, it gives her something to work on in training.

Andy Kane donned his Harriers vest for his first 10k race.

He set himself a great PB of 44:09 (95th) which I am very sure he will reduce over the coming months.

The final Harrier to cross the line was Pauline Ranson in 55:49 (237th), a great result for Pauline who races almost every fortnight for the club at various distances.

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