Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers are celebrating after an oustanding day at the annual Kilburn road race.
On the hottest day of the year so far, 22 Harriers travelled to Kilburn village for the annual 7.2 miles race.
The race is organised by Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers’ Vice-President Stuart Pailor, who also created the course.
The first mile is fast and flat, followed by a steep climb before rolling downhill into Coxwold.
The route then takes in Byland Abbey, before a long climb to Oldstead.
If you have anything left in the legs, the last mile winds back to down to Kilburn.
Due to the hot conditions, it was beneficial to stay in the shade instead of warming up.
First to cross the line was Paul Wilson in 42:05, claiming fourth place overall.
Despite the heat, Paul’s run was three minutes faster than last year – an outstanding performance in very hot and humid conditions.
Paul was swiftly followed by Mick Lamb for fifth place in 42:18, Richard Darling for sixth place in 42:55 and Andy Minister for seventh place in 43:08.
A fantastic performance from the top four on the day which later bagged them the team prize.
Tracy Waller had an outstanding race, placing first female in 45:23 (13th).
Tracy is having a fantastic start to the season, with a 5K PB two weeks ago and only 29 seconds away from the 7.2 mile course record here at Kilburn.
Bryan Astill crossed the line next in 45:34, placing 14th of 247 competitors.
Darren Armstrong was next in 45:49 (16th), while Simon Bennett followed in 46:06 (19th) resulting in eight Burn Road Harriers in the top 20 finishers.
Gareth Foreman had a great run too, crossing the line in 46:37 (23rd).
John Davis was next, finishing in 48:41(31st).
Jack Hutton kept the flow of yellow and green bibs coming, finishing in 48:53 (33rd).
The next stream of runners came in the form of John Mansfield who finished in 50:53 (46th), Karl Edwards in 51:18 (48th) and Sarah Black in 52:30 (56th).
Sarah’s performance claimed her sixth female position in a very strong field.
Sharon Stephenson’s return to fitness continues, as she crossed the line in 55:42 (78th).
Nigel Shaw was next Harrier home in 58:22 (97th), a great performance given the warm weather.
Our fourth female, Lucy Claber, crossed the line in 61:50 (120th).
This meant that both boys and girls took home the team prize.
Popular team member Jan Naisbitt had a great run in 65:05 (138th), with Stephen Armstrong next in 1:21:20 (218th).
Julie McGrath completed the Burn Road team in 83:12 (227th).
Jane Wistow also started the race today but had to pull out due to an injury to her foot at 1.5 miles.
The club left the race with both team prizes as well as eight individual prizes.
Alongside the competitors, the Burn Road Harriers were supported by 19 fellow members and friends who made the day a real team success.
Keep an eye on their website www.hartlepoolburnroad.co.uk for upcoming races or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for training and membership enquiries.