Dec 132014

Well done to everyone that took part, it was a great turnout for the club.

Senior and Vet Women

48        37:58   Charlotte Spencer
56        38:30   Heather Steel
59        38:40   Mandy Herworth
80        40:01   Julie Cross
84        40:12   Heidi Swaffield
89        40:33   Michelle Nesbit-Burrell
146      45:12   Julie Dumpleton
149      45:28   Mary Martin
161      48:29   Elaine Henderson
163      48:56   Marie Slack

Senior and Vet Men

111      48:47   Jonathan Gilroy
199      54:03   Jeremy Smith
206      54:21   Tom Tinsley
207      54:23   Matthew Kingston
225      55:27   Alasdair Wilson Craw
271      57:52   Bill Milbourne
277      58:22   Jamie Harding
298      59:36   David Devennie
312      60:55   Richard Slack
328      62:20   Howard MacLennan
331      63:17   Ben Hull
335      64:19   Andrew Burrell

 December 13, 2014  Posted by at 7:09 pm Cross Country, Results No Responses »
Dec 082014

Here’s another report on the Blyth Sands race. It really must be that good!

By Jeremy Smith

I have run the Blyth Sands 5 mile race for the last four years and each time the race has been very different even though the course is the same each year.

The first year I ran the race, the beach was significantly lower than the groynes (the three rows of fences that run at right angles to the sea) and we had to climb up step ladders to clamber over them!  The following year there was snow on the beach and last year was a beautiful winter’s day.  The only common factor is that each year the sea is freezing cold.

This year was no different.  However, the sand was considerably softer, and we spent substantially more time wading through the sea than we had in previous years.   This was particularly the case on the return from Seaton Sluice (as you may remember the route takes runners – who start off at one minute intervals with women aged 55 years and older starting 13 minutes ahead of men under 35 – north from the coloured bathing huts to Blyth pier then south to Seaton Sluice).  We had run south along what appeared to be the shore line but then we returned back further out to sea along a sandbank – that was fine until we reached a 200 metre stretch of water which we had to wade through before returning to the main beach.  I was relatively lucky because the sea reached the tops of my shins, but for others, the sea reached the tops of their legs and it would have been easier (but no doubt colder) to have swum instead!

I was delighted to see that Richard and Marie Slack had read my previous reports on the race and decided to give it a go – I hope they enjoyed it (my wife was so cold that we didn’t stay for the prize giving even though, I think, we both won age-category prizes).

I say this every year and I really mean it – it is great fun, fantastically organised by Blyth RC (what nice people they are) and it deserves to be a success.  It is also a great race for women – seven out of the first eight were women!

 December 8, 2014  Posted by at 6:54 pm Race Reports No Responses »
Dec 072014

By Richard Slack

A run along the beach in December

Continuing with run tourism and having read the report on the same event in 2013, I persuaded Marie that a trip to Blyth to run along the beach was a good way to spend a Sunday morning in December. The race is approximately 5 miles – not exact as I soon was to learn with beach running there are tactics to decide upon as you aim to keep on the hard sand and avoid too much water (more to come) and negotiate the groynes. The weather was pretty good for December, cold but sunny although a stiff breeze from the West which meant a cross wind pretty much all the way. The race starts from near the beach huts and the Dave Stephens Centre. It initially heads north towards Blyth peer before turning round after about half a mile or so, marked by a marshal with a flag. You return past the start and continue running South towards Seaton Sluice where after a couple of miles you come across more marshals, this time holding a large oar and return North back to the starting point. Sounds okay and pretty simple navigation wise – as the race instructions say when running north the North Sea is on your right, and when running south, it is on your left. The start is handicapped by gender and age with a minute between categories, in total giving an 11 minute spread upwards from the senior men.

The first part was generally on pretty good and firm sand and as we returned past the start I was lulled into a false sense of security that the only concern was keeping my feet dry and avoiding the pools along the shore line. The run South past the start marked the beginning of some more challenging conditions, initially over the three groynes, although they were little more than two or three planks of wood – bit like a small steeplechase hurdle. Then a choice of shore running with wet feet but reasonable sand, or away from the shore but softer sand. Having by now wet feet I opted for the former and followed the other runners. So towards Seaton Sluice it was a mixture of shoreline running where possible and some small sections on softer sand. On reaching the oar at the South end of the run I assumed that it would simply be a case of retracing your steps back to the finish point. Oh, except the tide was coming in. Thus to retrace your steps and go for the shortest route back, and avoid the softer sand up the beach, it looked like being a ‘chariots of fire’ run in the shallow water. Sadly, the tide was well in by now and the ankle deep water was now mid-thigh high. No matter, battle on – cannot let the Claremont vest down. Having negotiated two sections of deepish water I was then back on the beach proper with no choice but to keep running and to keep warm. Back towards the groynes and in triumph hurdled the final one before the last 400 metres or so to the finish line. After a couple of minutes Marie came in, having, as usual been more sensible and stuck to the beach so had rather drier running gear that myself.

It was great fun nonetheless and really well organised by Blyth running club. It is a run like no others, and one for your calendar for next year – even the good people from Blyth said the oncoming tide presented the most difficult conditions on the beach for the last 30 years. At the end of the race was an excellent presentation ceremony and well done to one of our own, Jeremy Smith who won his age category, and who is a Blyth Sands devotee – see last year’s report! All in all a great Sunday morning in December.

 December 7, 2014  Posted by at 2:44 pm Race Reports No Responses »
Dec 062014

Newcastle parkrun:

18:55   Luke Jones
18:56   Paul Robinson
20:00   Jeremy Smith
20:23   Tom Tinsley
20:28   Heather Steel
22:48   Richard Slack
23:03   Mungai Wairia
24:12   Luke Woodend
25:02   Dave Kear
25:54   Julie Dumpleton – Free, timed, 5k runs every Saturday 9am

 December 6, 2014  Posted by at 4:41 pm Results No Responses »
Nov 292014

Sen and Vet Women

10           32:37     Charlotte Spencer
71           34:40     Heidi Swaffield
126         35:50     Nina Jensen
153         36:43     Mandy Herworth (Medium pack)
188         37:54     Michelle Nesbit-Burrell

Sen and Vet Men

108         44:33     Jonathan Gilroy (Medium pack)
151         45:06     Jeremy Smith
235         47:18     Chris Jones
250         47:46     Matthew Kingston
281         48:39     Roberto Marzo
345         50:54     David Devennie
416         53:14     Lukas Mejstrik
437         54:23     Ben Hull
445         54:44     Owen Fallon

Full results here.

 November 29, 2014  Posted by at 6:26 pm Cross Country, North East Harrier League, Results No Responses »
Nov 292014

Newcastle parkrun:

19:50   Sumanth Nayak
20:47   Roberto Marzo
22:32   Mungai Wairia
24:49   Dave Kear
26:19   Elaine Henderson
26:21   Leanne Salem   PB
28:19   Yincent Tse

St Helens parkrun:

20:20   Tom Tinsley

Keswick parkrun:

25:01   Luke Woodend – Free, timed, 5k runs every Saturday 9am

 November 29, 2014  Posted by at 3:49 pm Results No Responses »
Nov 222014

Sen and Vet Women

132         35:37     Heidi Swaffield
164         36:23     Mandy Herworth (Med pack)
201         37:36     Nina Jensen
205         37:54     Colette Byrne
241         39:15     Michelle Nesbit-Burrell
253         39:54     Julie Dumpleton
298         42:34     Elaine Henderson

Sen and Vet Men

149         44:36     Jonathan Gilroy (Med pack)
167         45:02     Jeremy Smith
231         46:35     Chris Jones
346         50:18     Roberto Marzo
467         54:45     Howard Maclennan

Full results here.

 November 22, 2014  Posted by at 8:10 pm Cross Country, North East Harrier League, Results No Responses »