Burn Road Harrier Black celebrating first place in Redcar Half Marathon

Sarah Black
Sarah Black

BURN Road Harrier Sarah Black is celebrating after taking first place in the over 35 female category in the Redcar Half Marathon.

Sarah bagged a double victory, topping her club league as well as taking 1st place in her category of the final event of the summer season.

In the second regional half marathon in as many weeks Sarah finished in fourth place overall in the women’s category (99th place overall with a chip time of 1:29:45).

Sarah, who has gone from strength to strength throughout the season, had a relaxed run but was pipped to the post by first male home for the club.

David Lake took overall 91st place, also with a sub 1:30 time (chip time 1:29:23). Lake told SportMail: “The first three miles were head first into a gale force wind which I think took it out of everyone.

“It was the exact opposite for the next seven miles but at the 10 mile turning point everyone was fully aware what was to come in order to reach the finish”.

The team battled on into strong winds to complete the course and cross the line on Redcar seafront with all Harriers finishing within two hours and 15 minutes.

Twenty four runners in total from the club competed in the all road, fast and flat course which starts and finishes on the Redcar coast road.

Among the team members were Graeme Surtees who achieved a PB of 1:48:27 (chip time), a 24 second improvement on the personal best time he scored just two weeks earlier in the Great North Run.

Also running with a half marathon on PB in their legs form the GNR were, Leslie Strickland, Cary Surtees, and David Wallace.

Denise Bell, who was also completing her second 13 miler of the fortnight, said she enjoyed the jaunt and spent a large section of the race supporting a non-team member struggling around the course.

Camaraderie and team spirit was in the air that day with the ladies team returning home with a prize for their efforts.

This race brings Burn Road Harriers to the end of the summer season as attention and training plans will now be focused on the NYSD Cross Country League and the upcoming winter target races.

l Burn Road’s off-road ultra-distance runner Jason Ellis put in another outstanding performance in the Hardmoors 60 miler.

He covered a distance of 63 miles from Guisborough to Filey mainly hugging the coastline.

The weather was favourable as 140 runners made their way up to Highcliff Nab the highest point above the town and then set a bearing heading towards Saltburn.

This is where Jason picked up his first bit of food (runners organise to have food bags dropped off at the various checkpoints) and managed to eat it on the big climb out onto the cliff tops.

He was happy with his pace and not too far behind the leaders at this point, a cool breeze kept him cool as he stayed alongside other runners.

It was approaching Staithes (17miles) when he began to slow a little due to stomach ache and lost contact with his fellow companions.

On reaching Runswick bay (21 miles) and running along the beach he decided to stop chasing hard and settle into a sustainable pace.

Again over cliff tops and down into small villages along the way saw him reach Whitby (30 miles) and latch on to another runner and climb the Abbey’s 199 steps together.

The company did not last and Jason was on his own again.

This was the case for the rest of the run, 30 odd miles of solitude through Ravenscar, Robin Hoods Bay and Scarborough.

At 53 miles the sun was going down, his legs and feet were rebelling against this punishment but he still pushed on.

Filey Brigg was reached and the end of the Cleveland Way, Wolds Way point, passed.

All now in darkness with a head torch on he kept on the right track to finish at the last checkpoint in Filey with 63 miles under his belt 24th position in 13 hours.

Jason was over the moon to complete this but even happier with a cup of tea and four sugars.

He said “I was not sure how I kept running over the last 10 miles with sharp pains in my legs, you definitely learn more about yourself in these ultra races”.

l An elite team from Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers attended the Northern Road Relay Championships in Manchester last Saturday.

They finished in a respectable 58th place in a field made up of 100 plus teams of northern England’s strongest and most successful club runners.

The Hartlepool six travelled to Leigh in Greater Manchester, with the goal of completing the six leg challenge in as little time as possible.

The team, made up of Paul Wilson, Mick Lamb, Ben Ward, Andrew Minister, Jack Hutton and Paul Stephenson collectively completed the 38.4 km (over 23 miles) track/road/trail race in 2:10:19s with each runner covering 6.4km.

Club representative Karl Edwards told SportMail: “It was a hot day and the course had lots of twists and turns in it.

“It was advertised as road relays but the course didn’t just follow pavement, they were on grass for some of it.

“It was a very high standard of athlete taking part in the competition so the lads did well”.

This race comes at the end of the summer/start of the winter racing season. Footage of the race can be viewed at www.athleticos.org.

The cross country season is scheduled to begin in earnest for Burn Road Harriers this month with the club hosting the North-East Cross Country Championships at Summerhill later on in the season.


58th place Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers 02:10:19

Individual stage times:

Paul Wilson 20:04

Michael Lamb 20:32

Keith Hutchinson 22:40

Andrew Minister 20:35

Jack Hutton 23:23

Paul Stephenson 23:05