Road Runners duo head to New York

Martin Smith and Pete Gulc were flying the flag for Bridlington in New York.
Martin Smith and Pete Gulc were flying the flag for Bridlington in New York.

Bridlington Road Runners duo Martin Smith and Pete Gulc headed to New York for the 10th anniversary of the city’s half marathon on Sunday

The course takes in a loop around a hilly Central Park for the first 10km before flattening out down Seventh Avenue towards Times Square, then along 42nd Street to West Side Highway alongside the Hudson River before finishing near Battery Park on the Southern tip of Manhattan.

Smith finished in 913th in 1:29:53 while Gulc, running his first race after a long spell out, finished in 1,107th spot in 1:31:51.

Closer to home, Sunday also saw the East Hull 20, a race which is a favourite among runners who are entered into upcoming marathons such as London and Manchester, as it is an ideal distance to test their race fitness in a competition environment.

Organised by East Hull Harriers, the 20-mile course starts at Salthouse Road and runs through country roads and villages of Bilton, Swine, Arnold and Rise.

The Bridlington clubwas represented by Phill Taylor and he didn’t disappoint, coming home in second place in 1:53:45 and looking good for a personal best time in Manchester in April.

He was beaten only by local rival Michael Hargreaves of host club East Hull Harriers.

Also running on Sunday was Catherine Thornton in a 10-mile race at Thirsk, which takes in the views of the countryside around Sandhutton, Busby Stoop and Carlton Minniott before finishing at the racecourse.

Thornton completed the route in 1:53:39 in 859th place.

Junior Cameron Sissons recorded a PB at Saturday’s Sewerby Parkrun. Full results on page 70.