Mar 172019

Report by Richard Slack

I was meant to do a trail race in the Lakes on Saturday but due to gales and flooding gave that a miss. Next thought – what can I do instead. Knew Marie was joining the marathon fraternity of Claremont for another NE Marathon Club winter wonderland on Sunday so duly signed up.

We arrived at Ashington woods and met other Claremont regulars, Nina, Marie, Bill and Janet. The NE Marathon club runs are a pretty relaxed affair with a lovely atmosphere and well marshalled (windy corner, sunshine straight, the corner of the little bog) with full encouragement at the refreshment table every lap.

The 2.6mile  course, through Ashington Community Woods was really lovely – plenty of twists and turns to keep it interesting and relatively flat throughout with the possible exception of a shallow 1km uphill drag up the back straight. You run as many laps as you want and get checked off each lap. Obviously 10 laps equals nearly a marathon at 26 miles so on completion a further little out and back was added. But at 9am that was the least of my worries and the furthest thing from my mind!

My plan was to get through the first 5 laps (roughly half marathon) and see how far I could go after that. Mentally I set targets to complete lap 6 then two more to lap 8, a “digger inner” on lap 9 and then only one more glorious lap would get me through. And pretty much all that went to plan except the increasing inability of the accelerator in my legs by lap 8 to 9, like being stuck in 3rd gear. Nonetheless on I plodded and finally lap 10 came. What I thought would be a lovely and decent paced last lap turned into another battle but this time to the finish and the extra bit at the end. 

Sure enough the end came. I was so proud to have done this and part of the preparations for London. Marie was waiting at the end having done 7 laps (18 miles) and Nina went on to, I think, her last lap – but she might of course still be running! My legs and brain then really ceased to work so any thought of bending and walking was a real serious deal!

But on a serious note, anyone fancying a go at a marathon these runs are perfect as mentally the laps tick by and today you knew that every 2.6 miles a few snacks and fuel was waiting – no champagne though. 

Oh, and the time 4 hours 8 minutes 40 seconds. But over such a distance, the time rather looks after itself.

Rest assured, champagne now and beer and curry later- necessary recovery for me.

 March 17, 2019  Posted by at 4:57 pm Race Reports No Responses »
Mar 162019

Newcastle parkrun

20:07     Roberto Marzo
22:42     Mungai Wairia
23:50     David Devennie
24:36     Luke Woodend
26:15     Dave Kear

Harrow parkrun

20:15     Tom Tinsley
28:30     Gillian Milne

Gateshead parkrun

20:34     Sumanth Nayak

Ganavan Sands parkrun

21:51     Chris Jones

 March 16, 2019  Posted by at 8:27 pm Results No Responses »
Mar 122019

Ay Okpokam sends this brief report from the Brough Law Trail race:

“The weather didn’t look very promising when I got up on Sunday morning but luckily it improved a little, for the duration of the race (apart from a brief and rather unpleasant spell of sleet).

It was my first time running this 5 mile (with a 1250 ft climb) race and I really enjoyed it!

I finished 135th out of 145, with a time of 1:08:35. “

 March 12, 2019  Posted by at 10:03 am General No Responses »
Mar 112019

Newcastle parkrun

18:41 Daniel Mourenza (PB)
19:12 Roberto Marzo
21:03 Chris Jones
21:13 Paul Hughes
22:17 Mungai Wairia
22:57 Luke Woodend
24:30 David Devennie
25:21 Alan Dunning
25:59 Dave Kear
26:17 Michael Teasdale
28:05 Tara Hipwood

St Helens parkrun

20:52 Tom Tinsley
28:00 Gill Milne

Whitley Bay parkrun

22:48 Chris Gillie
24:51 Daisy Martin

Gateshead parkrun

20:26 Sumanth Nayak
21:47 Heather Steel
21:56 David Lydall
23:12 Paul Robinson
25:43 Graham Leslie
32:13 Dave Manners

 March 11, 2019  Posted by at 11:03 am Results No Responses »
Mar 052019

Jason Hall went down to London to run in the LDN Victoria Park half-marathon … and won it in a superb time of 1:21:06. Bizarrely, he didn’t realise it at the time as there were multiple races happening at the same time! Jason posted:

“That extra Weetabix this morning working wonders!
New PB (1:21:06) – 5 mins 15 sec quicker than my last and my first half marathon win!!!”

I love the confidence of the word “first”. Well done, Jason.

 March 5, 2019  Posted by at 12:30 pm Photos, Results No Responses »
Mar 042019

We had a lot of photographers on the course at Alnwick – so thanks to Howard, Gill, Sarah B, Tara and myself for the photos which are now on our Flickr feed:


We celebrated the end of the cross-country season at Antico’s in Jesmond – photos also on Flickr:


 March 4, 2019  Posted by at 2:34 pm General No Responses »
Mar 032019
U13 Girls
75 Lucy McKitterick 21:27
29 Sarah Bowen 33:34
107 Catherine Young 35:12 Fast pack, actual time 30:12
111 Sarah Kerr 35:15 Fast pack, actual time 30:15
120 Nina Jensen 35:23
128 Mandy Herworth 35:31 Medium pack, actual time 32:51
189 Julie Cross 36:24
202 Tara McCully 36:36
223 Lucy Dunbar 36:57 Medium pack, actual time 34:17
264 Clare McKitterick 37:41
301 Kat Truong 38:46
307 Alex Anslow 38:54
319 Ay Okpokam 39:29
328 Rose Hawkswood 39:46
336 Marie Slack 40:09
345 Bill Milbourne 40:39 O65
357 Gillian Milne 41:03
33 Daniel Mourenza 41:42
50 Roberto Marzo 42:05
139 Tom Tinsley 43:39
311 David Lydall 46:54
371 Francesco Carrer 49:00
381 Richard Slack 49:19
429 Howard Maclennan 51:13
476 Michael Teasdale 53:35
537 Ken McCormick 64:44

Report and photos to follow.

 March 3, 2019  Posted by at 8:19 pm General No Responses »
Mar 032019

Newcastle parkrun

19:38 Paul Robinson
19:56 Roberto Marzo
21:18 Heather Steel
22:01 Mungai Wairia
23:14 Clare McKitterick
25:41 David Devennie
26:28 Julija Stoniute
26:58 Alice Vialard
27:19 Heide Swaffield
28:40 Tara Hipwood

Whitley Bay parkrun

23:29 Chris Gillie
34:41 Daisy Martin

Southwark parkrun

18:56 Jason Hall (4th)

Rising Sun parkrun

23:36 Luke Woodend

 March 3, 2019  Posted by at 7:59 pm Results No Responses »
Feb 262019

Ay and Tara did this night time run at the weekend. Ay had this to say:

“Tara McCully and I completed a very hilly 10 miles in the Simonside hills for the Duergar night run. The weather was ideal for it, though it was very windy on top of the crags. There were a few falls (all mine!) and luckily we didn’t come across any duergars (though we heard one!)”

2:23:55  Tara McCully
2:24:11  Ay Okpokam

 February 26, 2019  Posted by at 8:58 pm General No Responses »
Feb 252019

Richard Slack is getting the bug for running on the Cumbrian Fells! He sends this report:

“High Cup Nick is a glaciated classic U shaped valley and now forms part of Pennine Way.

Run from village of Dufton up the valley, up the Nick and return – sounds easy but like all fell races (and cross country) it’s always a challenge – but beautiful. Did this today in lovely sunshine.

15km with 450m ascent.
Time 1.40.05”

 February 25, 2019  Posted by at 11:19 am Race Reports No Responses »