From Preston Park to Silksworth for Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers

Tracey Waller at Silksworth
Tracey Waller at Silksworth

Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers have enjoyed success in the Preston Park and Silksworth 5K races.

Burn Road Harrier have had another busy two weeks of racing.

The Preston Park 5k took place on Thursday 11th July and Paul Wilson was on cracking form again. Testing his speed ahead of the forthcoming Silksworth 5k, he stormed round the park in 17:11 to claim fourth place overall.

Keith Hutchinson doesn’t get to race very often, but when he does his sprint finishes are a joy to see.

He raced the course in 19:36 for 20th position. Neil Simon was outside of his PB for this course, but he did provide another consistent performance, crossing the line in 21:36 (39th). Keith Galbraith is also another member not racing as often as he used to, he crossed the line in 21:59 (47th).

When Keith is on form he is a force to be reckoned with, having won his Vet category in the NYSD Cross Country League Series in 2010/11, he has raced consistently well for years for the club.

Neal Gillson was next harrier to cross the line in 23:40 (79th), with Greg Swinbourne following in 26:32 (118th).

On Wednesday July 17 the Silksworth 5k race was staged at Sunderland.

It is a notoriously fastpaced race, one that top runners target to test their PBs.

A very fast start is needed as the route quickly reduces in width, leaving many runners stuck for a short period which can impact on overall time.

The race was won by Lewis Timmins of Morpeth Harriers in 14:40, with Alyson Dixon of Sunderland Strollers first female in 15:52.

The first 20 finishers all completed the course in sub 16 minute times.

Paul Wilson had a cracking race to place 25th in 16:18.

Tracey Waller was a little way outside her PB which she set at New Marske earlier this month. She crossed the line in 17:54 (77th) after being caught up in the funnel at the beginning of the race she found it difficult to make this time up in the latter stages.

Peter Johnson also targeted this race and performed very well to cross the line in 22:12 (210st).

A big turnout was seen by Burn Roaders for the Victorian 10K on Sunday July 21st. The start was fast and led by Hartlepool’s very own speed demon and renowned runner, Mick Lamb, who decided that he would get to the front and show everyone that he wasn’t going to get held up by any traffic.

Mick was first Harrier to cross the line with a brilliant time of 34:27 for 10th place and never stopped pushing to the long stretch to the finish.

Tracey Waller came in at an amazing time of 36.48 (23rd).

A second PB for Tracey in as many weeks, it is great to see her back to form and she is sure to have a great season.

Tracey was second female overall, first was claimed by national athlete Rosie Smith from Durham City Harriers.

Simon Bennett was next to cross the finishing line in 38:08, a PB over the 10k distance for Simon (30th).

John Davis and Jack Hutton weren’t hanging around either with good sub 40 runs of 39:45 (46th) and 39:55 (47th), the latter being a PB and super grin for Jack who will be a great contender for the forthcoming seasons.

From here on in the green and yellow shirts flooded in with John Mansfield cruising in at 40:04 (50th) looking like he was on a relaxed training run and responding clearly to supporting cheers.

Three minutes later Andrew Kane pushed on to achieve a good time of 43:28 (79th) in his second ever 1k race.

Sharon Stephenson followed just after Andrew and kept it going right to the finish looking strong all of the time and has more to come.

She finished in 44:38 (88th) to claim the second Vet 35 prize.

Not long behind were a group of fully committed Burn Roaders consisting of Nigel Shaw (44:44, 89th), Jo Beddow (46:59, 110th) a PB and a Third Vet 35 in the bag for Jo, Graham Surtees (48:28, 120th) Jon Bathe (51:14, 135th), Cary Surtees (54:14, 153rd), Emma Watson (55:38, 162nd – a new PB), Pauline Ranson (56:19, 165th) and Steve Armstrong (57:35, 169th) - all coming in at excellent times considering the psychologically enduring course.