From Coast to Carlton for Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers

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The New Marske Harriers Summer Coastal 5k took place on Wednesday 25th June with 196 runners testing themselves over a fast and flat 5000 metre course.

The race was won by paralympian Wondiye Indelbu in 15 minutes and 3 seconds.

Burn Road Harrier Mick Lamb had an outstanding race, placing first Vet45 in 17 minutes and 13 seconds.

This time placed him 20th overall and eighth fastest according to age-grading.

Peter Johnson raced to the finish line in 23:06 (123rd), a great run for Peter.

On Thursday six senior and one junior Harrier took place in the fourth race in the Summer 5kTrail Race series, starting at Lordstones Café at Carlton.

A total of 189 people finished the 5k race which was won by Mike Jeffries (unattached) in 16:08.

Keith Hutchinson was the first Harrier to cross the finish line of the challenging course, which had a good climb to tackle on each of the two laps. Keith finished in 19:50 for 22nd place.

Lesley Strickland had another good run, completing the course in 24:30 (88th) with Claire Earle next in 28:29 (139th).

Claire is a relatively new member of the Harriers, joining the Wednesday night beginners group she has shown real strength and determination to

begin racing at these events and is producing very good results already. Sam Dixon thoroughly enjoys these races and completed the challenging course in 30:00 (153rd with Julie McGrath gritting her teeth to race across the line in 30:42 (156th)

Christopher McGrath completed the Burn Road team in 40:15 (188th).

John Howey had started the race strong but had to pull out after twisting his ankle on the uneven terrain.

His foot and ankle really swelled up and a hospital visit diagnosed badly torn ligaments and we hope John is on the mend very soon.

Eve Dixon raced the one-mile junior trail race and produced her best performance to date, placing second female in 6:14.

She was duly rewarded with a prize presented by Chris Tomlinson, the current British Indoor and Outdoor Long Jump Record Holder and World Silver medallist who had come along to the support the race.

This is the second time Chris has attended the trail series and applause must go to Victoria Fawcett of Stockton Borough Council and the trail series team, not only for organising excellent races but for ensuring links are made with top athletes to inspire the junior athletes. A great event all round.

The Lambton Challenge Multi Terrain 10k Race attracted three Burn Road Harriers last Sunday.

The race was a challenging mix of trail with some hills and was won by Mark Hood of Sunderland Harriers in 34:14.

Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers had two athletes finishing in the top 10 of 550 runners.

Darren Armstrong placed seventh in 36:28 and Vaughan Godber placed eighth

in 36:42 and claimed the first Vet40 prize.

Pauline Ranson is a prolific racer for the Harriers and races on almost a fortnightly basis.

An extremely consistent finisher, Pauline raced to the line in 60:08 (379th.)

The racing track at Clairville hosted the fifth North Yorkshire South Durham fixture, with athletes of all ages competing in various events. Alex Lamb had an incredible evening, placing fourth in the Under 13 Girls long jump with 3:79m which was only 7cm off the winning jump.

She then went on to place third in a very competitive Under 13 Girls 800m in a time of 2:46.7 which was less than three seconds off first place. Anyone wanting information on joining Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers should contact membership@burnroadharriers.co.uk.

The intermediate senior train on a Tuesday and Thursday and the Beginners Group on a Wednesday evening.

All evenings are supported by excellent coaches and support and club running is a great way of keeping fit with friends, with members running

anywhere between five minute and 11 minute miles there is a place for everyone.

Membership costs £25 per year and members receive discounts off races as well as discounts in running shops such as Start Fitness and Up and Running.