Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers race from peaks to moors

Bryan Astill
Bryan Astill

Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers have been racing everywhere from Roseberry Topping to the North Yorshire moors.

Emma Watson, Andrew Minister and Jason Ellis took on the challenge of racing to the top of Roseberry Topping and back down in the 1.5 mile Roseberry Topping Fell Race.

The race was won by Nicholas Barber, of the Pennine Fell Runners Club, in 12 minutes and 24 seconds.

Hartlepool’s own Andrew Minister was going well until he took a bad line on the way down and veered away from the quickest route down.

He got back to the quickest, and most dangerous, route and descended the rest well but his error impacted on his time which was his slowest on this route to date. He did however finish 12th in 15:31.

Jason Ellis was not too far behind Andrew this run out, completing the gruelling race in 16:02 for 18th position.

Emma enjoyed her first time up and down this course, completing in 25:49 for 63rd place.

Andrew Minister redeemed himself a few days later at the Castleton Show Run which is a 6.1mile race with 650 feet of climbing.

He finished fourth in 39:09, with Jason Ellis again following in for a wellearned sixth place in 40:40.

The following weekend, Jason took on a much longer challenge of a 60-mile race, the Hardmoors 60.

A 60 mile ultra-distance fell race starting at Guisborough and ending in Filey, North Yorkshire.

The race was won by Jim Mann in 10 hours, 3 minutes and 37 seconds.

Jason knocked over an hour off his time in 2012, placing 12th of 91 runners in 11 hours, 50 minutes and 42 seconds.

The women’s race was won by the prolific Shelli Gordon, of New Marske Harriers, in 11 hours, 31 minutes and 54 seconds.

Last Sunday Harriers were racing at three different events across the North-East.

Tracey Waller had an outstanding run at the Sedgefield Serpentine 6.5 Mile Trail Race, winning the women’s race in 42 minutes and 21 seconds and placing 14th of all competitors.

Bryan Astill followed in eight seconds later in 42:29 for 15th place overall.

Bryan was not so fresh after a two week all-inclusive holiday and produced a brilliant run in the circumstances.

Karl Edwards was the next harrier to cross the line in 43:50 for 22nd place of 143 runners.

Meanwhile, at Thirsk, 14 Harriers raced the NYSD League Cross Country Relays.

Ben Ward, Simon Bennett, Andrew Minister and Michael Lamb ran devastatingly fast times over the two mile lap of uneven fields to place second in the men’s race.

Michael Lamb was the fastest Harrier over the course in 11:30, Andrew Minister in 11:32, Ben Ward in 11:41 and Simon Bennett in 12:02.

The second Burn Road male relay team placed eighth in a very competitive field.

Jack Hutton ran the course in 12:54, passing to John Davis 12:25, then John Mansfield in 13:03 and finally Paul Stephenson ran a great last leg in 11:45.

The third team placed 10th team: Mark Armstrong 13:45, Jason Bland 12:51, Ian Cook 13:18 and Ian Anderson 13:56.

The ladies teams placed seventh and eighth. Sharon Stephenson ran first for team one, completing the two mile difficult leg in 14:53,

Lesley Strickland equalled Sharon’s time for the second leg before passing to Lisa Marie Dawkins who completed the final leg in 17:22.

The second team began with Jan Naisbitt having a great race in 16:03, Suzi Martin in 16:04 and finally passing the baton to Jane Wistow who has only been back running for three weeks due to a stress fracture back in July.

Jane completed her lap in 15:49 which is some way off her best of 13:47 over this course but a very good start to her return to fitness.

Finally, on the same day, Richard Hambly raced the Viking Chase 4 Peaks, which is an eight-mile fell race with 1,500 feet of climbing.

Richard placed 45th overall in a time of 89 minutes and six seconds.