Nearly 30 runners out in force at the Coastal run!
Gary Corkhill becomes an IRONMAN!
Lee Bennett excels at the 10 mile at the international Snowdonia mountain race!…..First up the Coastal Run!
A scorcher of a day awaited 1170 runners at one of the U.K.’s best races.
The sell out that is the Beadnell to Alnmouth coastal run. As I ate a ‘99’ with a flake, competitors basked in sunshine awaiting a slightly delayed start to the race, all due to a high tide. So Factor 50 applied, suited, booted, hydrated (though not for much longer) athletes congregated on the wet compacted sand of BeadnellHarbour. By my watch it was 1.47pm as the ‘GO!’ was announced and the runners set off for Alnmouth.
As you can see from the photos above a great shot of the athletes at the start, at the harbour. It was a glorious site as around those 1000 competitors made their way around the tricky start that gives the runners just a flavour of what lies ahead. Tip toe round the rock pools and the lagoons of water….You need your wits about you, that’s for sure. All runners safely away, I headed back to the car and hot footed it down to Craster village: I made it in good time to see the first group of 3 runners pass the Shoreline café and then not far behind we had our first Elswick chap.
Iain Hardy once again in those fetching (ahem not!) lime green socks. Just behind is Mark Turnbull, probably with Chevvy Chase legs given a thorough rinse of lactic!! Andrew Hartley came by looking good. I stayed there for a good few minutes, shouting on Team Elswick, I remember Richey Roberts bearing nearly ALL! The thumbs up from ‘Whay Aye’ Jardin, a head down from Ant Benyon, a smile from Mary Lisle, more thumbs up from Ben “Usain Bolt” Hall, Harry looking strong, Cath looking good and a thumbs up! Kev Stephenson just about stopped and posed for the camera! I stayed until Denise passed by, smiling from under the race cap! shimmering road ahead? Sometimes need that hat!
A drive to the finish for me now, as I drive towards Alnmouth, but since this race is on road for a while I do pass several of Team Elswick out on the hot hazy ‘tarmacadam’. I see Mary Lisle, Steve Kyte, and Steve Robertson, their skin is glistening with sweat….It is a hot day, the temperature gauge on the car at that point was 23 degrees….I give words of encouragement….I hope it helped in someway. Arriving at Alnmouth golf club I hot foot it to the finish. It’s approaching 90 mins……Can I see the first Elswick runner finish? Sadly no! Mark Turnbull had crossed the line literally seconds before I got there! I do get the arms above head in celebration though. Yeah he did Elswick proud, home in 1.29.11 & 23rd place. In those conditions with heavy legs, I think you will agree it was a great run. Congratulations!
50 seconds later the Lime Green Express in the shape of Iain Hardy bounds through in 1.30.41. He’s knackered. Frustrated he didn’t go sub 1.30…..grrrrr….defo next time! Completing the top 3 it was Andrew Hartley still carrying those knees high. 1.33.21 and a top 50 position (45th) well done Mr. BBC! (At the foot of the page are all your times and placings).
As each and everyone one of Team Elswick crossed the finish line you could see it had been a tough afternoon. The sun continued to beat down, the gentle breeze had all but disappeared, making it even more difficult in the closing stages. The sandy ground underfoot only exaggerates those aching limbs. But you all came home safe, which was good to see. Once again Harry Matthews was impressive, I believe 1st O/60 finisher in a time of 1.45.37 (150th overall).
The ladies of Elswick once again acquitted themselves admirably. 1st home was Marie Drozdowicz (and 1st placed in her age category?) 186th overall and 1.49.14. Next home Angela Richardson, 194th 1.49.50 and 3rd across the finish line was our good friend, the face and smile of Elswick Harriers 🙂 Mary Lisle, 324th and a time of 1.58.23. Some notable scalps from the men of Elswick taken! Very well ran to the top three from Elswick Ladies!
Lalage Brown probably had a tougher day than most…. Two nasty falls, cuts and abrasions to arms and legs…..a bit of determination to finish, well done for toughing it out Lal!
Bringing it all home for the club were Jackie Avery and Helen Young.
You are a credit to Elswick. To finish that course today, in those conditions, you are both achievers. Great endeavour. Well to you both and ALL of you today at the coastal run…..make’s you proud to be part of the running community. The day was rounded off by a gathering a ravenous athletes that settled down for a BBQ on the beach of Alnmouth. I’m sure there were kilos of food put away, as well as a deserved beer or three!
We had a member from Team Elswick competing at IRONMAN BOLTON, that gent being Gary Corkhill. Gary completed his Ironman in 15hrs 18 mins. So the next time you see Gary, say a very well done! I’ll be asking Gary if he can scribe his story for the club’s website.
Also competing down at 39th Snowdonia Mountain race was our General Lee “the Express” Bennett. A tough day also for Lee but he done us proud he finished 4th in this 10 mile international race! It climbs to the highest summit in Wales and England….so not for the faint hearted! Some of Europe very best Elite Mountain runners compete at this prestigious event as it qualifies athletes for a shot at glory at a trip to represent The Snowdon Race Team in Italy in October.
With a finishing time of 1.01.21, this is something I’m sure Lee will be delighted with…….Only 15 seconds off a Bronze Medal. A fantastic run by wor Lee! Well done!
So all in all it’s been a very excellent weekend for the club. GB 🙂