Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers compete over trails, fells and woodland

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Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers have been bust competing over trails, fells and woodland.

Some 187 runners took on the The Wynyard Woodland 5k Trail Race, which takes placed on soft trail around the woodland with a steep set of steps near the end.

The race was won by Tristan Learoyd, of New Marske Harriers, in 18:00, with British cross-country international star Rosie Smith, from Durham City Harrier,s first female in 18:48.

Harrier Andrew Minister’s return to form continues, with a great run to cross the line seventh overall in 19:26.

Ian Wilson has excellent previous form racing for the Harriers, the one to beat in his day he is currently running ‘unattached’ and crossed the line in 22:11 (25th), just ahead of brother Gary who crossed the line in 22:19 (28th) for Hartlepool Tri Club.

New member Alan Bell had a great first race for the club, crossing the finish line in 23:20 (46th) with Bill Hornby next, continuing to impress with another good run in 23:30 (49th).

Christopher McGrath completed the Burn Road team in a time of 33:09 (162nd).

Karl Edwards decided it was time he got back to hill racing after a long time away from the terrain cycling.

The Weasedale Horseshoe 8 Mile Fell Race at Ravenstonedale provided the perfect opportunity.

The race started in the show field amid sheepdog

trials, best looking sheep awards, and a vintage tractor rally so loads going on to distract the

runner from looking at the impending hills on the skyline.

At 2.30pm all gathered on the start line looking up at the challenge ahead and threatening storm clouds, the gun went off and a charge down the field under a  muddy road bridge and onto the fell.

At first the climb was gentle but soon became tougher over boggy ground with many taking tumbles luckily on soft grass.

The middle section of the race was very challenging, with lots of steep ascents and rocky terrain followed by steep descents leading to a steep climb which could only be managed on all fours.

The best bit of the race was a long steady grassy decent back to the finish, easy running amid fantastic scenery coming out of the misty tops.

Karl thoroughly enjoyed all of it, even the tough climbs, and finished 20th out of 55 runners, 3rd Vet50 and very happy with himself.

The Wynyard Woodland 10k, hosted by Muddy Roads, returned for the second year last weekend.

Some 91 runners raced the 6.23 mile undulating trail route and the race was won by Matthew Jones, unattached, in 37:16.

Greg Swinbourne is having a great month for the Harriers, beating his 10k personal best by over three minutes in August he excelled at Wynyard to place 25th overall in a time of 50:41.

Alan Bell was the next Harrier to cross the line in an impressive 52:43 (30th).