Jul 032018

Chris Jones has sent us this report from Barra – sounds beautiful but I bet he didn’t expect it to be so hot when he signed up for a run in the Outer Hebrides!

“Barrathon – a simple concept, one lap of the isle of Barra in the Outer Hebrides is exactly a half-marathon. Getting there is a challenge in itself. Drive to Glasgow Airport, take the 1 hour flight and make the world’s only commercial-airline beach landing. Or, as I had to on the way back, 5 hours on the ferry to Oban and then 3 hours on the train back to Glasgow!

Barra’s white sands and blue seas looked stunning in the hot sun. Nearly 300 runners lined up to tackle the constantly undulating loop and we were all feeling the heat within a few miles. There were only about 50 metres of shade in the race but the whole island’s population seemed to be on the course supporting us and handing out drinks. A killer hill at 11 miles led to a long descent back in to Castlebay where an enthusiastic welcome and a legendary buffet awaited. There’s a ceilidh too if your legs survived. The winner did a superhuman 1:13, nearly 7 minutes ahead of the next runner. But most agreed it was too hot to do anything other than enjoy the views and get round. I just managed to avoid a personal worst but loved the whole experience. Get in early if you fancy next years 20th anniversary race – this years online entries were gone inside 10 minutes back in January.”

Chris Jones 1:46.19 (53rd)

 July 3, 2018  Posted by at 9:17 am Race Reports No Responses »
Jul 012018

Another week off for Newcastle parkrun which perhaps encouraged a bit of tourism:

Prudhoe Riverside parkrun

22:52 Lucy Dunbar
26:52 Kat Truong
26:53 Rose Hawkswood

Whitley Bay parkrun

21:09 Dean O’Brien
27:29 Daisy Martin

Gateshead parkrun

20:40 Paul Robinson
24:10 Heather Steel

Windy Nook parkrun

23:33 Mungai Wairia

Riverside parkrun

19:25 Anthony Liddle

Forest Rec parkrun

21:52 David Lydall

Newbiggin-by-the-Sea parkrun

22:57 Dan Edwards

Rising Sun parkrun

22:36 Luke Woodend
24:02 David Devennie
25:17 Dave Kear

Lochore Meadows parkrun

21:12 Sumanth Nayak

Cotsford Fields parkrun

24:33 Dave Wotton

 July 1, 2018  Posted by at 9:38 pm Results No Responses »
Jun 292018

Described by Richard Slack as a “Lovely scenic run around the Angel – undulating with one long climb to Wrekenton Blue Star!”

40:37 Richard Slack
45:54 Nina Jensen
51:38 Mary Martin
56:38 Penny Hunter

 June 29, 2018  Posted by at 12:22 pm Results No Responses »
Jun 262018

Dave Wotton completed a couple of fell races in quick succession:

20th June, Whorlton Fell run in 1:01:21

24th June, Cronkley Fell race in 2:01:26



Hadrian’s Wall Half-Marathon, 24th June 2018

2:10:26 Nina Jensen
2:32:33 Mary Martin (1st in age group and age group course record!)

Anita Nott 5K Women Only Race, 25th June 2018

22:16 Mandy Herworth
25:19 Claire McKitterick
27:40 Catherine Robson

 June 26, 2018  Posted by at 7:00 pm General No Responses »
Jun 242018

No parkrun at Newcastle this week (or next) due to The Hoppings being on the Town Moor, but there are plenty of other parkruns to choose from in the North East.

Prudhoe Riverside parkrun

22:17 Chris Jones

Whitley Bay parkrun

22:54 Chris Gillie
23:50 Dean O’Brien

Gateshead parkrun

20:26 Paul Robinson
20:47 David Lydall
24:53 Heather Steel

Riverside parkrun

20:52 Mungai Wairia

Gibside parkrun

21:26 Tom Tinsley
30:41 Gill Milne

Rising Sun parkrun

22:08 Luke Woodend
25:05 Dave Kear
31:51 Anne Bennett
40:06 Paul Schaeffer

Druridge Bay parkrun

32:12 Marga Burke-Lowe

 June 24, 2018  Posted by at 3:33 pm Results No Responses »
Jun 212018

Thanks to everybody who competed in, marshaled or officiated at the 2018 Weetslade Relays on Wednesday 20th June.  We hope you enjoyed it.

2018 Results

1. Morpeth Harriers
    Jordan Scott, Jane Hodgson, Lewis Timmins 41:46
2. Tyne Bridge Harriers
    Megan Parkin, Paul Turnbull, James Dunce 45:21

Fastest Man                          13:15  Lewis Timmins (Morpeth)
Fastest Male Veteran          15:47 Brendan McMillan (Jarrow & Hebburn)
Fastest Woman                    15:47 Dani Smyth (Heaton)
Fastest Female Veteran     15:05 Jane Hodgson (Morpeth)


 June 21, 2018  Posted by at 2:12 pm Results, Weetslade No Responses »
Jun 202018

Jersey Adventure 2018

While in Jersey for a short break in 2017 on the Sunday morning I came across the finish of the Jersey half marathon. I only saw the slower runners and thought “I could do that”. With no holidays yet planned this year the idea re-entered my head and so cheap Easyjet flights on the Wed before and Tuesday after were booked along with an expensive hotel! Then “is there a parkrun in Jersey”? Yes there is, “might as well do that as well”…

Saturday 9th June, Jersey parkrun

Woke up to torrential rain (the edge of a big thunderstorm in France), didn’t expect rain so had no wet weather running gear apart from a thin shower-proof top. Soaked after ten minute walk/jog to bus station in St Helier, 25 minute bus ride then soaked walking to Les Quennevais sports centre (near the airport). Nice sports centre with 20p lockers and showers etc available.

Although the previous week there were over 300 runners this week there were less than half of that and apparently at least half of those were tourists most likely also doing the half marathon the following day. The parkrun is approx. a lap and a half around a tarmac cycle loop at the sports centre. Then out through some trees and down a cycle path to a turning point back up past the sports centre to another turning point then back to the finish (not far from the start). The course is relatively flat but does have inclines. The locals were friendly but I was soaked so didn’t hang around to visit the café, just headed off for my bus back to St Helier. Got back just in time to catch breakfast at the hotel!

Sunday 10th June, Jersey Half Marathon

Woke up to light fog or maybe very low cloud, very dull and overcast but quite warm. Went to catch the free bus in St Helier, quite hectic lots of runners and no proper queue, got on the third one that came. Then got talking to a lad in a Newcastle United shirt who it turns out lives approx. a mile from me in Gateshead!

The half marathon starts in St Ouen and the first three miles is downhill on country roads (although there is a short sharp hill at Etacq). You then run, first on cycle path then on a flat road, the length of St Ouen’s Bay (3 miles plus). At this point some runners pull out as a few run as relay teams. Then the toughest part of the course quite a steep climb at La Pulente, but it’s not too far and then you turn onto a cycle path which gradually climbs to Les Quennevais (this is the cycle path used in the parkrun). From there on the same cycle path it is all downhill to St Aubin and you are on the seafront having ran 10.1 miles. So that just leaves 3 miles of flat run along the promenade from St Aubin to the finish in St Helier. Being overcast it was very warm and humid and being overweight and under-trained I really struggled and lost time here. Maybe running the parkrun the day before didn’t help, although it had to be done.

In the general scheme of things the Jersey Half Marathon is flat and very scenic and most years I think you would expect it to be sunny and just a little warmer than Newcastle. So well worth considering.




Dave Manners

 June 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:12 pm Race Reports No Responses »
Jun 202018

Pieces of 8 Penshaw Trail Half-Marathon, 17th June

3:02:55 Leanne Salem




Durham Coastal Half-Marathon, 10th June

1:59:35 Dave Wotton





Cragside Trail Runner 10m, 10th June

1:43:06 Nina Jensen

 June 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:03 pm General No Responses »