HARTLEPOOL Burn Road Harriers are celebrating after finishing well in the Mermaid 10k
The annual race took place on Good Friday hosted by New Marske Harriers.
The conditions were very good, with a breeze along the seafront which both challenged runners and cooled them down on a warm day.
The men’s race was won by Jim Bulman of New Marske Harriers in 32:34, with Alex Snook from Hebburn and Jarrow Harriers taking first place in the women’s race in 37:06.
First home for the Burn Road Harriers was Mick Lamb, finishing in 35:53 for sixth place overall, first Vet45 and showing he is ready for the summer race season. Mick has a reputation across the North-East not only for fantastic age-graded results, but he is constantly up there in the top 10 beating senior men less than half his age.
Last year he ranked 14th in the Vet45 UK Rankings for his time of 16:15 over 5k and 48th for his time of 34:27 over 10k. I expect 2014 will be another great year for Mick.
Simon Bennett had an outstanding run, knocking 36 seconds off his previous best over the 10k distance he stormed to the finish line in 36:13 for eighth place overall and a prize for fifth senior man.
An excellent result for Simon who continues to improve with every race.
Simon and Mick were very quickly joined by Bryan Astill at the finish line who raced to the end for 11th place of 238 athletes overall and third Vet45 in a time of 36:34.
This almost a minute outside his best over the 10k distance yet a great time as the course does have turns and kerbs and the wind was not in the runners favour along the seafront.
John Davis set himself an excellent new 10k personal best too, powering to the line to complete the race in 37:59 in 21st place overall and fifth Vet40.
Andrew Lilley followed in another great personal best time of 38:26 (24th), with Andy Kelly 35th in 39:25. Andy’s time was almost three minutes outside his best over 10k but with concentrated training he will be back to his best soon.
Keith Hutchinson has recently returned to racing and set himself a good standard here with a time of 40:18 (42nd).
Injury-plagued Jack Hutton continues his return to form, easing across the line in 40:40 (45th), not far off his best of 39:34 set at Leeds last year.
Ian Bilton ran a great race, producing his best over 10k in a time of 40:47 (48th).
John Mansfield set his best over 10k at this course last year in a time of 39:52.
This year he was a bit short of his best but set a great time of 41:05 (53rd) to start his season off.
The first female home for the club was Sarah Black in a time of 42:05 (68th) and first female Vet prize in a strong field.
Sarah’s best of 41:20 over the 10k is sure to be beaten this year as she consistently produces faster times year upon year.
Darren Smith ran the course in 44:44 (95th), with his PB of 41:36 still intact.
Darren has taken time away from hard training recently and there is no doubt he will get quicker as the season progresses.
Andy Kane raced well to finish in 46:55 (121st) which is three minutes outside his best over this course but a good start to the season.
Emma Watson completed the Burn Road contingency, racing well to cross the line in 54:31 (189th).
This race is part of the New Marske Harriers Road Race Series.
The next race takes place this Wednesday at New Marske with 10 harriers signed up to race the 5K Spring Road Race.
The course is fast and flat and there is sure to be some personal best performances.