Summer League Race 1 Summary (New Ellerby 5)
All aboard the Harriers Express! East Hull Harriers take the spoils in Race 1 of Summer League 2016
The weather was kind to the gaggle of runners new and old, many still smarting from their endeavours at the Manchester Marathon 9 days previous, with the evening sun, cool temperature and light breeze making conditions perfect for fast times. Over 230 eager runners toed the start line near to the Railway Inn, New Ellerby, with John Baker’s whistle sparking the 2016 Summer League campaign in to life at exactly 7pm-ish.
A familiar group stole a march, with the strong East Hull pack of Rich Buckle, Mike Hargreaves and Alec Gibson taking Gregan Clarkson and Phill Taylor to task from the gun (or whistle), with Steve Bateson making an initial steadier start further back. With Buckle coming fresh from victory in the Burton Pidsea 10k, Gibson and Hargreaves arguably had the advantage of fresher legs, although it was a tough one to call following Mike’s efforts in Manchester the previous week. In the end, the evergreen Steve Bateson used the steadier start to his advantage, and took the spoils ahead of Hargreaves and Gibson in an EHH 1,2,3, finishing in a swift 25:52.
In the ladies race, Carla Stansfield breezed home in 30:10, herself coming off victory in Pidsea at the weekend, finishing 2 minutes ahead of next lady Sara Rookyard. Kerry Young made a big impression in the famous red vest, finishing 3rd .
Elsewhere, PBs were order of the day for many, with notable sub-31 performances from an emerging pack that will aspire to challenge the EHH top boys. Danny Wilson, Darren White, Mike Petersen and Lee Alcock combined with seasoned greats Lance Kirlew and Chris Hodgson to carry each other to impressive finishes just behind fellow speedster Harrier Eddie Rex.
However, it was Andy Deyes and Vinny McGowan who made the biggest impressions of the day. Following up a huge PB from the weekend with another lively performance, McGowan posted a sub-29 minute finish, with Deyes coming in well under 30.
With the red side of Hull making up 15 of the top 25, and with many building on impressive starts to the season after some hard winter training, the 2016 road race season promises some tasty battles to come.
- 1st – Steve Bateson (EHH)
- 2nd – Mike Hargreaves (EHH)
- 3rd – Alec Gibson (EHH)
- 1st Lady – Carla Stansfield (CoH)
- 2nd Lady – Sara Rookyard (EHH)
- 3rd Lady – Kerry Young (EHH)
- 1st Handicap – Claire Hagar (UA)
- 2nd Handicap – Julie Roebuck (Fitmums and Friends)
- 3rd Handicap – Paul Reed (EHH)
- M45 Nigel Sisson (EHH)
- M40 Matthew Hayes (EHH)
- M50 Darren Edge (Bev)
- M60 Stephen Rennie (CoH)
- M55 Paul Doxford (South Shields)
- JM Ashley Porter (BRR)
- F40 Carole Fee F40 (EHH)
- F60+ Janet Potter (BRR)
- M65+ Peter Taylor (CoH)
- F35 Emma Artley (BRR)
- F55 Linda Huart (EHH)
- JF Ellie Mann (UA)
- F45 Julie Salvidge (EHH)
- F50 Mandy Davison (EHH)
Full results and handicap standings: http://easthullharriers.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/ehh-summer-league-2016-r1.xls