HARTLEPOOL Burn Road Harriers members have been in action from Cowpen Bewley to the Blaydon Races.
Ten senior Harriers and one junior went up the road to Cowpen Bewley for the 5k Trail Race last week.
The course is two laps all off road, with a good hill which really tests the legs on the way up, but is invigorating once you’ve got your breath back flowing down the other side.
Paul Wilson continued his excellent form of late to place fourth of 185 runners in 18:09, beating strong competition from Michael Joyeux of Quakers Running Club and James Oldfield of Sedgefield Harriers behind.
Keith Hutchinson showed great form, finishing in 20:54 for 18th place, with Dave Wallace next in 23:19 (47th).
The next Harrier to cross the finish line was Neal Gillson in 25:10 (73rd), with Lesley Strickland first female harrier home in 25:24. Jan Naisbitt is an excellent competitor at these trail races, completing the course in 27:28 (114th), with newest member Claire Earle racing well to cross the line in 28:28 (124th).
Lucy Surtees was next in 28:45 (129th), a great result for one of Burn Road’s very committed and popular youth athletes.
Sam Dixon had a great race, tackling the challenging hill with vigour she raced to the finish line in 30:12 (142nd), with Julie McGrath closely following in 30:54 (146th).
In the 2k junior race Eve Dixon finished 17th of 33 runners in an excellent time of 13:23.
The junior trail races are open to all juniors aged 8-14, they do not have to be affiliated to a club.
The routes are always very well marshalled and the juniors well supported on their way round.
For more details visit the Stockton 5k Trail Series page on Facebook.
On Monday six Harriers joined a field of nearly 4,000 runners for the 34th running of one of the North-East’s biggest races.
The route was from Newcastle to Blaydon via Collingwood Street and ‘Gannin’ Alang’ the Scotswood Road.
The course of 5.9 miles is fairly flat with just a couple of hills towards the end.
The race was won in 26:34 by Peter Emase. Clearly the £1,000 first prize attracted some nifty runners.
The first Harrier home was Dave Wallace in 40.07 (654th). Dave has done the run many times unlike his fellow Harriers who were all experiencing the atmosphere for the first time.
Next home was Andy Kane in 41:10 (780th). Andy is competing in lots of races this summer and is sure to improve.
A fast finishing Chris Sharp in 43:14 (1,085th) was just ahead of Peter Johnson who did 43:16 (1,093rd).
Next came Simon Lawlor in 43:44 (1,180th) and the final Harrier home was Steven Howe in 46:17 (1,607th).
The event is really well organised and the goody bag at the end includes a bottle of Blaydon Races beer.
Beetroot and Black Pudding are also available at the end of the race.
A fantastic atmosphere and definitely one for the diary next year.