Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers busy at Cross Country Championships, Stockton Trail and Spen 20

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HARTLEPOOL Burn Road Harriers have been busy competing in Teesside, County Durham and Tyneside.

The North East Masters Athletics Association Cross Country Championships were held in Wallsend last weekend.

The women’s race was 5.5K and the men’s 7.3K. Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers were represented by Tracey Waller and Steven Armstrong.

Tracey spent the first lap of three sat comfortably in third place, with the first placed athlete dropping back over lap two to leave Tracey on the shoulder of Joanne Lee from Tynedale Harriers for a good lap and a half. Confident of a strong finish, she dug deep over the latter part of the race to leave her competitor seven seconds behind.

A great first placed race in 22:32. Joanne Lee came in second in 22:37 and Sarah Lister from Blackhill Bounders third in 23:12.

Steven Armstrong fought hard over the 7.3k race to place 47th and eigth Male Vet60.

l The Stockton Trail Series continued on Sunday with 2k Youth and 5k Senior Races at Ropner Park, Stockton.

Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers were well represented at both distances.

Shelby Swinbourne, Eve Dixon and Regan Morris took on the challenge of a 2k race around the park.

Unlike other trail races in the series, the Ropner Park race is on pavement which gives athletes the opportunity to gain more speed.

Though this is interrupted by an incline on each lap to test the legs. Shelby enjoyed her race, placing 27th overall in 10:16.

She was followed in by Eve and Regan who ran the course together and placed 32nd and 33rd in both in 11:32.

Great performances from the girls who are gaining confidence, and speed, with each race.

The Senior Event saw 13 Harriers racing round the park, with Ben Ward hot on the heels of some of the region’s top runners for a good deal of the race. He finished in an excellent sixth place in 18:00.

Andy Lamplough was the next Harrier to cross the line, racing Jack Hutton to the finish for 13th place in 19:39.

This was Jack’s first race for a number of months due to persistent injury and he was very pleased with a sub 20 minute finish, storming to the line in 19:41 for 14th place.

John Mansfield was next in 20:30 (22nd), with Sarah Black following in strongly to place second female and first Vet 40 in 20:47 (28th).

David Kirk had a tremendous race, claiming 31st place in 20:50 and first Vet60.

Neil Simon was pleased with 50th place in 21:39, with Nigel Shaw next in 23:17 (72nd). Jan Naisbitt had a great race, striding to the finish in 24:27 (90th) for second placed Vet45.

Angela Lawlor was not far behind in 24:55 (97th).

The next Harrier to race to the finish line was Emma Watson in 26:21 (111th), followed by Greg Swinbourne in 26:27 (113th) and Sam Dixon in 27:44 (123rd).

Another great morning racing for the Harrier team.

The next race in the Stockton Trail Race Series is at Cowpen Bewley next Sunday.

l A TOTAL of 257 runners took on the challenge of the Spen 20 Mile Race at Cleckheaton last Sunday.

Although raced entirely on roads, the course is very challenging with athletes not only taking on a great distance, but 1500 feet of climbing round an undulating course.

Hartlepool Burn Road Harrier’s Paul Wilson had a fantastic race, placing six overall in 2:02:39.

A fantastic result which places Paul in a great position ahead of the London Marathon next month.

John Davis is currently training for the Swaledale Marathon in June which has 4128 feet of climbing so decided last minute to test himself around the Cleckheaton course.

He had an outstanding run, placing 33rd in 2:19:52. This is a great result as it is five minutes faster than John’s previous best over a 20 mile flat course.