Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers take on Robin Hood

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HARTLEPOOL Burn Road Harriers have been busy again competing in marathons and cross county races.

The 32nd Redcar Half Marathon took place in axcellent conditions and the men’s race was won by Andy Burn of Jarrow and Hebburn Athletics Club in 1:11:44.

The women’s race was won by Helen Cross of Pocklington Harriers in 1:19:17.

Harriers’ Paul Wilson had a fantastic race, powering to the finish line in 1:15:09 for a new personal best over the 13.1 mile distance and placing 10th of 1,087 athletes.

Simon Bennett also produced an outstanding personal best run, finishing in 24th position in 1:20:10.

John Davis was next Harrier to finish, again with an excellent best time of 1:24:01 and placing 42nd


Jack Hutton kept the personal bests coming with a great race in a time of 1:28:09, knocking almost two minutes off his previous best, with Richard Hodgson following in in a new best time of 1:28:54.

Sarah Black had another great run over the half marathon distance, finishing in 1:33:45 to receive

a Vet40 category prize.

Ian Bilton followed in in 1:36:06, with Sharon Stephenson next home in 1:36:19.

Cay Surtees had an outstanding run, crossing the line just outside a two hour target, she was paced around the Redcar course by fellow Harrier Richard Hambly to finish in a new fantastic personal best time of 1:57:50.

Other times around the course were: John Mansfield 1:39:43, Lucy Stones 1:40:45, Nigel Shaw 1:44:12, Peter Johnson 1:46:15, Chris Sharp 1:46:39, Jan Naisbitt 1:52:30, Claire Earle 1:56:58, Andrew Elsdon pacing sister Claire Appleton round the course in 1:58:25, Pauline Ranson 2:04:21

Vaughan Godber took on the challenge of a full

marathon, 26.2 miles, in the Robin Hood Marathon, in Nottingham.

Vaughan’s goal was to get round the course in under 3 hours and 15 minutes which would secure him a Veteran Place at The Virgin London Marathon in 2016.

Vaughan had a great run, pacing himself well he covered the 26.2 mile distance in 3:09:39 for an

excellent 67th place of 1,497 competitors and securing his well-earned place in the 2016 London


The first fixture of the NYSD Cross Country League took place at Acklam Grange.

Harriers were represented in the Under 11 Boys, the Under 11 Girls, the Under 13 Boys, the Under 13 Girls and the Under 15 Girls races, as well as the Senior Male and Female Races.

The Under 11s races were first. Hartlepool were led out by Thomas Mason in his first race for the club. He raced around the two kilometre (1.25 mile) course in 8:15 to claim 16th position, which was an excellent performance.

Sam Coulter was next Harrier to cross the finish line in 8:19 (19th), with Marc Coupe in 9:46 (24th) and Finn Godber in 10:22 (25th).

In the U11s Girls Race, Kaitlin Dawson stormed around the course in 9:38 (18th), with Emma Newcomb next in 10:34 (21st) and Emily Pickering closely behind in 10:53 (23rd).

The Under 11 performances were remarkable given that the team had not had any experience of the league courses before, they all ran their socks off and their paces were all between 6:38 minute/mile and 8:45 minute/mile which is outstanding.

In the Under 13 Boys Race Josh Foreman raced the 2.8 kilometres (1.75 miles) in 11:42 (18th), with Thomas Godber next in 11:42 (21st).

The Under 13 Girls race was over the same distance and Alexandra Lamb had a great run to place 14th in 11:23, a great start to her season, with Eve Dixon powering to the finish line in 13:53 for 26th place.

In the 3.6 kilometre (2.25 mile) Under 15 Girls Race Lucy Surtees placed 19th in 15:12.

The Senior Women’s Race was next, with athletes racing 5.8 kilometres (3.5 miles) around the testing course.

Sarah Black was the first Harrier to cross the line in 24:34 for 12th place and first Vet40 in the league.

Sharon Stephenson also had an excellent race to finish in 25:18 (15th) and Second vet40.

Jane Wistow completed the course in 26:32 (27th) for first Vet35 place.

Lesley Strickland followed in next in 27:51 (39th), with Claire Earle enjoying her first experience in the cross country league to complete the 3.5 miles in 29:13 (49th).

Emma Watson had a great run in 29:44 (55th), followed in by Cary Surtees in 29:54 (57th) who was rewarded with a second Vet50 placing.

Sam Dixon powered round the course three minutes faster than last year in 30:23 (59th) and is going to be a great asset to the team in 2014-15.

Lisa Dawkins enjoyed her first race in a long time and completed in 30:38 (61st), with Nicky Bailey completing the squad in 30:48 (63rd).

The team finished fourth overall which is a great start to the season.

The Senior Men’s Team had to race 10 kilometres (6.2 miles).

Simon Bennett had an outstanding run, finishing in 19th position in 39:54.

Paul Wilson was close behind to finish the 10k distance in 40:26 (21st).

Barry Coulter crossed the finish line in 40:34 (23rd), followed by Andrew Lilley in 41:37 (34th). Michael Lamb suffered with a twinge in his calf but carried on defiantly for team points to cross the line in 43:25 (51st).

John Davis was next in 43:28 (52nd), with Jack Hutton following in in 43:58 (58th).

Dave Lake had a good run to finish in 45:37 (74th), with Gareth Foreman next in 46:28 (84th) and James Kenny of the Hartlepool Triathlete’s Club but running his first race for Burn Road Harriers in the NYSD League powering to the finish line in 47:37 (92nd).

Darren Smith was the next Harrier to cross the finish line in 47:52 (94th) followed by John Mansfield in 49:28 (103rd) and Dave Wallace in 51:01 (116th).

Nigel Shaw was next in 51:17 (117th), Ian Anderson 51:23 (118th) and Peter Johnson in 52:49 (125th). Graeme Surtees had a good run in 56:01 (139th) to complete the HBRH Men’s Team.

The team placed fifth overall on the day.