Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers’ Andy Minister is celebrating after winning the tough Kilburn Kanter 24-mile moors race.
Andy won in three hours 40 minutes showing that he is in excellent form for these endurance events.
Andy had no problems with navigation over the footpaths and bridleways after remembering the route from his previous win two years ago.
Covering a shorter distance the next day was the first race of the Stockton Winter 5K trail series at Wynyard, autumnal sunshine with a strong breeze kept all competitors cool.
A field of 132 runners took part racing along an old railway line and then on to open fields before the delights of running through woodland paths carpeted with recently fallen leaves, in fact they were still falling as the runners made their way through the wood.
The enjoyment though was interrupted briefly when a stiff climb was encountered at approximately two miles, the steps up this hill slowed even the most agile of runners.
Once over this tough bump the course levelled out and soon hit the straight railway line again enabling anyone who had the legs to power on down to the finish.
A good handful of senior club members signed up for this with a few juniors taking on a 2k race that went in the opposite direction to the main race covering some railway line and a lap around a large windswept field.
The Junior event saw Alex Lamb in fine form running strongly for an excellent seventh place in 8.38, she was followed in by Millie Smith who lifted the pace once back on the railway line to finish in 12th place (9.35).
Regan Morrison and Eve Dixon were close throughout the race with Regan managing to pull away over the last 400 metres, Eve kept her head up and worked all the way trying to catch her team mate.
They finished 17th (10.36) and 18th (10.42) respectively.
In the main 5K race Henry Johnson of Gateshead Harriers took the honours in 18.46, the first female was Linda Noble of Darlington harriers in 22.38 (21st overall).
Veteran runner Karl Edwards was first home for the club in 6th place (20.48) and surprised himself with his improved fitness over the last month.
Next up in 29th place (23.07) was Neil Simon who was in touching distance of David Kirk over the last mile, once hitting the home straight he decided it was time to hurt and went for it throwing caution to the wind.
Neil passed his rival just before he ran out of runway, David who is on the comeback trail did not have time to respond finished in 31st place (23.11).
Lisa Dawkins was first female home for the club with a brilliant run, she battled with a rival all the way down the home straight and managed to find that little extra burst of speed to get in front just before the line finishing 71st (27.19).
Following closely to Lisa was Greg Swinbourne who’s trademark fast finish did not disappoint crossing the line for 73rd (27.33).
Also giving it some welly towards the finish line was Sarah Bulley she must have had Greg’s yellow and green vest in sight crossing the line in 27.54 for 77th place.
A runner who has got the off road racing bug is Sam Dixon, with two NYSD cross countries under her belt last month this trail race was right up her street, she finished 94th (29.54).
Completing the Burn road squad was popular Julie McGrath who enjoys every mile that she runs, Julie also encourages others on her way and has a great attitude towards the sport and people in it, she finished 104th (31.29).
The next trail race is at Cowpen Bewley on Sunday, November 24.