Despite being the third event in the club’s grand prix, only 4 Harriers made the trip over towards Hartlepool to compete in he Old Monks Race on Sunday (Jan 6th).
On the day it was dry with very little wind, so perfect weather for the mixed terrain 5.5 mile race. It was a bit worrying to see warning notices at the start about the state of the course underfoot, saying that fell shoes would be best… The route starts and finishes on quiet roads, with a stretch of path that climbs gently along an old railway line. There are bits of stony track and some impressive muddy descents and climbs into and out of a small river valley. At the steepest muddiest bit there was a marshal saying “just keep your feet moving if you want to stay on your feet”! It seemed to work for most people, but Steph was following someone who slipped & ended up sliding down on their side! I think the marshal had chosen his spot carefully for its entertainment value…
Tea, coffee & cake were very welcome in Hart Village Hall at the end.
Out of 186 finishers, Richard Parker was first home for Tynedale in 8th place in a time of 34.09. He took the Vet 45 prize. Paul Pickett was 35th in 38.19. Steph Scott finished in 69th place in 41.48, and was 2nd Female Vet 40. Kim Bluck crossed the line 50 seconds later in 80th place, and 3rd Female Vet 40.
The race was won by Richard Morrell of Morpeth Harriers in 30.46, and the last finisher crossed the line in 1:07.35.
All 4 Tynedale runners came away with valuable grand prix points – 25 or 24 points each, so definitely worth making the trip!