Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers have had another busy week of racing over fells, road, trail and track.
At the Fox and Hounds Fell Race, Jason Ellis faced damp and foggy conditions throughout the tough 8.7 mile off-road course.
Although he went off-course slightly at one point, his compass and map reading got him back on course to finish in 12th place in 1 hour 21 minutes and 50 seconds.
The inaugural Reeth 20k trail race attracted three Burn Road Harriers to tackle the challenging off-road hilly course.
Currently training for the forthcoming Swaledale Marathon next month, John Davis had a fantastic run to place 15th amongst some of the regions’ top trail racers.
He completed the gruelling course in 1:39:27. David Lake also ate up the course with apparently relative ease, on paper.
In practice all runners said how the hills sapped their energy and the going was tough.
He completed the course in 1:44:03 for 22nd place.
Nichola Swinbourne has a good deal of experience up on the hills and paced the course really well to finish in 82nd place in 2:10:04 and 18th female.
The first of the New Marske Harriers Season of 5k Races took place on a windy evening along Marske seafront.
The race was won by Matthew Hynes of Gateshead Athletics Club in 14:43.
Paul Wilson was the first Burn Road Harrier to cross the line in 17:03 for 20th place in an exceptionally competitive field.
Simon Bennett was next in 17:28, placing 24th. A fantastic personal best for the distance for Simon who is having a fantastic season over all distances.
Mick Lamb was next, racing to the line in 17:35 (28th).
Although some way off his best, it was still fast enough for first Vet45 place.
Paul Stephenson was quick to join Mick over the line, storming to the finish in 17:41 (30th).
John Davis was next Harrier to finish in 18:30 (49th), proving his fast twitch muscles are still working, with Jack Hutton following in 18:40 (53rd).
Keith Hutchinson powered to the end in 19:14 (58th) with John Mansfield ducking under the 20 minute marker against a strong head wind up the finishing straight in 19:51 (74th).
Ian Bilton ran a great race in 20:13 (89th), with Sarah Black closely following in as first female Harrier home in 20:18 (92nd) and eighth female overall.
Dave Wallace had a good run to finish in 20:51 (98th) with Andy Kane next in 22:20 (133rd).
Emma Watson was well supported by Andy Lamplough around the course and finished in 26:34 (193rd), with Andy tucked in behind in 26:35 (194th).
The Sunderland City 10k and Half Marathon Races attract local runners to test their legs over the two distances.
Although not a flat course, last year some fantastic times were produced over the 10k, half marathon and marathon distances.
Simon Bennett has been on target to produce a sub 1hour 20 minute half marathon for a while as he has eased his times down brilliantly over the last year.
All of his hard work paid off at Sunderland with a fantastic run in 1:19:17 which is an average pace of 6:03 per mile.
This time placed Simon 12th overall amongst a competitive field. An amazing performance for a very talented athlete.
Ian Bilton also had a great run, crossing the line in 1:31:08, with Ben Ward following in 1:32:15.
Graeme Surtees ran a personal best time of 1:48:18, with Emma Watson and Andy Lamplough crossing the line next in 2:00:35.
Graeme did fantastically well following his recent efforts in the London Marathon and is sure to do a sub 1:45 half marathon soon with focused training.
Cary Surtees also had a great run, crossing the line in 2:03:06, with Julie McGrath completing the squad in 2:06:17.
Pauline Ranson took on the 10k distance at Sunderland, completing the course in 1:00:43.
A day later the harriers were out in force again, this time at the Tees Barrage 10k hosted by local club Billingham Marsh House Harriers. This is always a great event, with great support from marshals and locals throughout the course.
Mick Lamb led the burn road contingency home, finishing the fast and flat 6.23 mile course in 36:30 for 9th place overall of 443 competitors.
Paul Stephenson had a brilliant run, placing 11th in 36:38, just behind his team mate.
Gareth Foreman crossed the line next for the harriers in 40:26 (37th). John Mansfield had a good run in 40:49 (40th), edging closer to his sub 40 minute personal best with each race this season.
Sarah Black was the first female home for the harriers in 41:40 (49th), placing seventh female overall.
Keith Galbraith raced to the finish line in 42:55 (72nd), followed by Sharon Stephenson in a great time of 43:39 (84th).
David Wallace was next in 44:35 (102nd) with Andy Kane next in 45:55 (116th).
Nigel Shaw raced the 10k distance in 46:22 (126th), with Pauline Ranson completing the team with her second 10k race in as many days, crossing the line in 58:24 (341st).
Ben Ward took part in the mid-week North Yorkshire and South Durham Track and Field Fixture at Clairville on Tuesday evening and, despite realising he had gone off too slowly for lap number one, he finished in a fantastic time of 2 minutes and 8 seconds over the 800m distance.
A great result for Ben who is a force to be reckoned with on the track.
Next week’s racing report will feature the Preston Park 5k Trail Race, the NYMAC Mile Relays and the Raby Castle 10k.