Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers’ Old Monks race sees big field of 237 runners kick off new year

Mick Lamb in action for Burn Road Harriers at the Old Monks race.
Mick Lamb in action for Burn Road Harriers at the Old Monks race.

MEMBERS of Burn Road Harriers had a good showing in a big field in the Old Monks 5.5 mile multi terrain race.

First home for the Hartlepool club was Paul Wilson with a well fought ninth place against quality athletes.

Jane Wistow spearheaded Burn Road’s ladies team yet again with a good solid performance for 86th (42.20) even though not up to full fitness yet.

Brian Rushworth, the Sunderland Harrier legend, won the race last Sunday in a cracking time of 30 mins 57 seconds.

Brian, who is well into his 40s, showed that he is still a force to be reckoned with, as his younger rival James Askew of Durham city Harriers found out.

James took the lead early only to passed at the half way stage on this very testing course.

Female winner Michelle Holt also from Sunderland Harriers ran brilliantly for 24th place (36.40).

Burn Road chairman David Kirk was delighted at the quality of the field with a record entry of 237 athletes.