The club’s Norman Woodcock Memorial Race (in association with Benfield Kia) took place on Saturday afternoon, 6th December at 2pm. The venue Gosforth Race Course. The route was the inside perimeter of the race track. Three loops give the race its 5 mile race distance. Conditions were cool, overcast and a breeze across the course awaited 153 runners on the start line. Results are at the bottom of this report.
From the off, the field gradually started to thin out as they made their way around the first lap. As the lead runners came round to complete lap one, it was apparent that it was going to be a two horse race between Chris Parr and Richard Morrell. They were neck and neck. (Pardon the puns). Lap two saw no change as they both headed out for the final lap. In the distance and approaching the finish it was Chris Parr from Gateshead Harriers who edged ahead of Richard to take a hard earned victory in a winning time of 24.24.
THE START OF THE 2014 RACE. LEADING PACK INCLUDES’S ELSWICK’S MARK McLEOD
Second place went to Richard Morrell in a time of 24.27. In third place was Thomas Straughan from Morpeth Harriers in a time of 25.59. Congratulations to all three athletes.
CHRIS PARR WINNER OF THE 2014 RACE
RICHARD MORRELL THROUGH IN SECOND PLACE
The ladies race also had competition for honours. It was pleasing to see Alyson Dixon from Sunderland Strollers running at the club’s event. Taking a lead from the first lap and extending it further in laps two and three saw Alyson take the win in an impressive time of 27.34. Alyson was just under the course record time after lap two, but maybe that wind across the course scuppered the chance of a course record? In second place was an athlete who had travelled from Richmond to be at our event, Shona Flecther (Richmond & Zetlan). A fine run resulted in a second place and a time of 28.14. In third place and making a welcome return to the North East running scene, Elswick’s Justina Heslop. After 18 months out of competition, Justina more than equitted herself out on the course. A third place and a time of 28.36 bodes well for next year. Congratulations to all three ladies.
WINNER OF THE WOMENS RACE, SUNDERLAND STROLLERS ALYSON DIXON
THIRD PLACE FOR ELSWICK’S JUSTINA HESLOP
Despite having to put on the club’s race, Team Elswick had athletes wearing the famous vest out on the course. Next home for Elswick was Ben Hall in 81st with a 32.53. Making a welcome return to competition, in 82nd Gina Howarth with a 32.57. In 83rd Andrea Banner with a 32.58. Next home Daniel Nettle in 111th with a 36.09. In 113th Mary Lisle with a 36.14. In 120th Marie Louise Drozdowicz with a 37.20. In 129th Deena White with a 39.44. In 136th place Emma Fraser with a 41.47. In 142nd place Melissa Bateson with a 43.17. In 142nd our exceptional lady athlete, Christine Lee across the finish line with a 43.26. Competing in the vest of Elswick for the first time, in 144th place, Michelle Mangan, home in 43.34. Well done Michelle, the first of many races I’m sure in your new club vest! In 146th place, Jackie Avery with a 44.09. In 148th place, Helen Young with a time of 44.43. Well done to you all for taking part and giving it all you had! It was another successful day for the club, having put on this popular event for local athletes. See you all in 2015!
TINA AND MICHELLE NEVER STOPPED ALL AFTERNOON !
A FULL CANTEEN AWAITING THE RESULTS AND AWARDS…….RACHEL AND RICHARD IN THE FOREGROUND WARMING UP WITH A CUPPA!
Norman Woodcock 6 Dec 14 Results
Thank you to Steve Robertson and our race sponsors Benfield Kia.
Many thanks must also go to Frank Watson and the volunteers of Team Elswick who make this run possible. Without their free time and help, we just could not do it. So “thank you” on behalf of the club. A final thank you goes to Gosforth Race Course and the custodians of the golf course. Without their permissions, it would be impossible to hold such a running event. Cheers, Graham.