Harriers take on hill top & mermaid

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A PAIR of Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers are celebrating after a great showing in the Stockton Duathlon.

Two vintage Harriers, who usually help out with lead bike duties at Burn Road’s own Marina Five Road Race, had their own event to deal with on the same day.

Karl Edwards and Mick Ludgate, close rivals over three decades, took on the Stokesley Duathlon for the fourth and third time respectively.

The race consisted of a 5K run, 35K bike ride and another 5k run.

Karl had prepared quite well for this event, but Mick had just recovered from a long-term injury and this race was his first for a long time. Luckily, the wind had dropped and did not prove too difficult for the biking section, Karl came over the finish line in 106th place in 1hr 46mins 31secs winning the Vintage title, while Mick, the former winner, added minutes to his time by missing the start and came in 177th in 1hr 54mins 45secs.

Both athletes were very pleased with their performances and only need to hone the change over times ready for the Stockton event on April 26.

Mermaid 10k

New Marske Harriers hosted the annual Mermaid 10k Race last Sunday.

The course is a fast and flat route from the Mermaid Pub in New Marske out to the promenade and back to the finish line, which is near the sand dunes on the seafront.

The event has sold out quickly the last few years, and Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers only had two runners in the field, compared to 10 to 15 other years.

Vaughan Godber had a great run. This was only the second recorded UK Athletics licensed 10k race Vaughan had ran in his long racing career, and he stayed with the lead pack for much of the race.

He finished ninth overall in a personal best time of 35:44.

Bryan Astill produced another good run on his bid to get back to full fitness, finishing in 26th place in 38:00.

Again, some way off his personal best of 35:28 over the distance but another solid performance under his belt.

Helmsley 10k

On the same day, David Kirk had a brilliant run at the Helmsley 10k Multi-Terrain Challenge.

A testing course which does not allow runners to gain the speed they would over a flat, tarmacked 10k,

David finished second Vet60 in 47:34, 80th of 310 runners overall.

A great result given David has been suffering with injuries for months.

Guisborough Three Tops

Andrew Lilley, Gareth Foreman and Darren Smith ventured to Belmangate, Guisborough for Esk Valley Fell Club’s Guisborough Three Tops Race.

This is an eight-mile run over very challenging terrain, with 2,000 feet of climbing.

Not a race for the faint hearted. The finishing times were slower than usual as the lead runners went the wrong way and others followed, it took a while to get back on the right track.

Andrew Lilley finished in 18th position in 1:32:52, with Darren Smith next in 1:45:23 (59th) and Gareth Foreman in 1:47:26 (62nd).

Great runs from the three lads who had a bit of an adventure on the fells.