Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers go from Langdale, through Hamsterley up Skiddaw to Atlantic City!

Ian Waterhouse at Hamsterley
Ian Waterhouse at Hamsterley

MEMBERS of Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers have been competing far and wide down dale, through forest, up fell and even to Atlantic City!

Harrier Abbi Morrow raced the very hilly Herdwick 10k, part of the Great Langdale Road Race Series.

Abbi fought hard to place second female and was rewarded with a voucher from one of the sponsors of the race – The Artisan Bakery.

Luckily for Abbi her friend Matt King won the race and was awarded beer so they had something to wash their pasties down with!

Official timed results are not available at the time of going to press.

A total of 265 runners took part in the Hamsterley Forest 10k Trail Race on Sunday last weekend.

The race was challenging, with a very steep hill at 5k after running through a stream which really sapped strength in the legs. The race was won by Jim Bulman of New Marske Harriers in 33:52.

Ian Waterhouse of Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers was a former Elswick Harrier and could produce times to rival Jim’s back in his racing days.

He is currently working hard in training with Burn Road Harriers and getting faster with each race, claiming 27th place at Hamsterley in 42:37.

Pauline Ranson claimed fourth female Vet50 place in 59:28 which was 196th overall. Julie McGrath place sixth female Vet50 in 63:43 (222nd), with Christopher McGrath completing the Burn Road contingency in 78:54 (260th).

The 14.5k Skiddaw Fell Race was also staged last weekend.

A total of 105 runners completed the gruelling course, with Hartlepool’s Andy Minister originally on course for a top 20 placing.

He suffered from split heels during the latter half of the race due to getting his feet very wet in a river prior to the event. Placing 32nd with lessons learned and feet bandaged, Andy is now hoping for a speedy recovery before his favourite road race of the year, the Kilburn 7.2 Mile undulating Road Race tomorrow.

Jason Bland travelled much further afield for his challenge.

Having set his sights on the Atlantic City Triathlon last year, and showing incredible commitment to his training, he ventured to the USA to compete in the Challenge Atlantic City Triathlon which sees athletes swimming 2.4 miles before jumping on their bike for a 112 mile cycle through expressways, farms, vineyards and forests.

Once off the bike, competitors then have the final element of the course to contend with – a 26.2 mile run finishing on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

The challenge was compounded by 80-90 degree heat.

Jason completed the event in 12 hours and 41 minutes and raised much needed funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research in memory of Ava Grace.

Jason is taking on more challenges to boost funds for the appeal, including the forthcoming Hartlepool Lime Triathlon and Great North Run in September.

Anyone wishing to support his endeavours and the work of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research can do so at www.justgiving.com/jaseenduranceyear