Hartlerpool Burn Road Harriers busy competing over festive season with success.

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Hartlerpool Burn Road Harriers have been busy competing over the festive season with success.

Loftus and Whitby Athletics Club hosted their 32nd annual 8 Mile Poultry Run.

Somne 453 runners took part in the race, with Burn Road Harrier’s Paul Wilson having an excellent run, placing ninth in 46:57.

Simon Bennett has not raced for some time due to injury and was very pleased with his return to the competitive scene, placing 14th in a time of 48:54. Bryan Astill was next in 51:37 (27th) and 2nd Vet50.

Jack Hutton had a good run to finish in 52:10 (31st) with John Davis next in 52:34 (35th).

Karl Edwards won the Vet60 prize with a time of 52:39 (37th), with Ian Bilton next in 55:13 (51st). Phillip Thompson was next in 62:03 (115th), closely followed by Greg Swinbourne in 62:11 (120th) and Steve Scanlon in 62:23 (123rd).

Nigel Shaw put in another good run to cross the line in 67:16 (189th), with Iain Laws next in 69:06.

Claire Earle was the first female harrier to cross the line in a great time of 73:07, with Jason Unwin

next in 75:29.

Sam Dixon completed the Burn Road contingent with a good run in 78 minutes.

Guisborough Woods Race

The Guisborough Woods Fell Race took place on Sunday with a great post-Christmas turnout of 155 runners. The course is a 5.5 mile three lap route with a good climb in each lap, it is not a race to take on lightly given the muddy and slippery conditions which made the climbing difficult and the lower areas very boggy.

Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers were well represented, with Paul Wilson up at the sharp end as usual, claiming 12th place in 44:10, with Andrew Minister providing great support as the second Harrier home to count in the team placings. He raced round the hills in 46:28 (20th).

Karl Edwards was next in 47:38, winning yet another Vet60 title and placing 27th overall in a tough field.

Andrew Lilley had a good run to cross the line in 49:36 (42nd), with Mick Ludgate next in 53:43 (64th). Mick’s first race back on the hills for some time did not faze him and he won the first Vet65 title with ease.

Hartlepool won the team prize, pushing host club Esk Valley into second place and North Yorkshire Moors third.