Oct 192014

Gibside Fruit Bowl:

53     49:56     Sumanth Nayak
247   61:34     David Reay

An undulating 6.7 mile trail race through the gorgeous Gibside estate. The tagline says “Not flat” and boy, they aren’t kidding. I’ve never done this one before. I only began running here when the Great Run Local started in February and couldn’t believe what I’d been missing out on all this time. The 5k however, is a walk in the park compared to this race! Why anyone with access to trails like the Derwent Walk and Gibside would want to run on roads is beyond me. Along with Kielder, this is definitely one of the best races I’ve done. Although, I am a bit disappointed in the finishers’ t-shirt because I thought the one from a couple of years ago was fantastic. It reads, “Gibside Fruit Bowl – Like life, a lot of ups and downs”.

Photo by Robert Brand

Photo by Robert Brand

Ennerdale Trail 50k

41     6:52:49     Adrian Conlin

Full results here.

More results to follow.

 October 19, 2014  Posted by at 2:16 pm Results No Responses »
Oct 182014

Newcastle parkrun:

19:15   Luke Jones
19:26   Jeremy Smith
20:45   Gordon Macfadyen
21:22   Roberto Marzo
21:39   Lukas Mejstrik
22:06   Mungai Wairia
22:40   Richard Slack
23:44   Jess Langley
24:40   Dave Kear
25:00   David Devennie
25:20   Mary Martin
26:06   Robert Brand

Gateshead parkrun:

21:31   Heather Steel

Riverside parkrun:

21:00   Catherine Young

http://www.parkrun.org.uk – Free, timed, 5k runs every Saturday 9am

 October 18, 2014  Posted by at 6:15 pm Results No Responses »
Oct 142014

Here is a mix of photos from the cross-country on Saturday.  The first few were posted on facebook by Hippie Nixon photography, the full set can be found here.  Then there is an edited selection of Bill’s – the full version is already on facebook on the Claremont page.  Finally there are some of the ladies race taken by yours truly and the men’s team (minus our captain) taken by Lorna.

There are more good photos to be found on flickr – see here.

 October 14, 2014  Posted by at 9:18 pm Cross Country, North East Harrier League, Photos No Responses »
Oct 132014

The 2014/15 North East Harrier League got off to a fantastic start on Saturday at East Cramlington.  It was a warm, sunny day (not proper cross-country weather at all!) and this helped an incredible turnout with 333 finishers in the ladies’ race and a massive 591 in the men’s. The course doesn’t have any of the steep, long hills of some of the region’s other venues but comprises an undulating lap of just over 2 miles.  It was dry nearly all the way around with just a couple of slightly wet patches, so, despite the grass being long and clumpy in places, all in all it was a day for posting a decent time.

The Ladies were first, and it was an inexperienced Claremont team missing most of the stalwarts of recent years.  Charlotte and Mary were joined by three first-time cross-country runners – Colette, Elaine and Karen.  Charlotte followed her good run in the Farringdon relays with another impressive performance to come home in a highly commendable 34th place.  Colette was smiling every time she passed us and finished strongly.  At the finish she declared “That was brilliant, I loved it” – just wait till winter kicks in, Colette!  Mary was her usual brilliant self and was followed in by Elaine, who had quite a different reaction to Colette saying that it was “even harder than the Great North Run”.  Karen managed to kick on from the final down slope and showed an impressive turn of speed to overtake the runner in front but unfortunately could just not quite keep it going to the end of the long finishing straight.

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The men’s team also had a number of debutants and I wonder when the last time was that a Claremont team did not feature at least one of Dave K, Bill and Kenny. The start was frenetic and crowded and it took a while to settle down. Christian was with me down the opening straight but soon pushed on ahead, and I settled into a position just behind Matthew. Part way around the first lap Chris Jones appeared at my shoulder and Matthew, Chris and I were together for a while. I expected Matthew to pull away but it was Chris who made the first move and he started to open up a bit of a gap on the 2nd lap. My watch was set to beep every mile, which confirmed to me that I was gradually slowing down as the ups and downs began to take their toll, but I was still in touch with the other 2. On the 3rd lap I could see that Matthew was catching and then overtaking Chris and by 5 miles I had also closed the gap. Chris and I traded places until the final sprint where he was much the stronger and finished a full 3 seconds ahead of me. The amazing thing to me was that those 3 seconds covered 5 places – I have never been in a Harrier League race with such a close finish.

It was then time to clap the remaining Claremonters home – in particular, a very strong finish by Howard boding well for future races once he gets used to this type of event – before going to the tent for a well deserved slice of Lorna’s delicious cake.

Although I didn’t really see the faster lads, I think special mentions should go to Jonathan Gilroy for a 38th place finish and Christian for an excellent debut time of 41:40 (I’m told that he looked easy at the end). It is also pleasing to see Duncan getting back to his best.

A good start to the season and let’s hope the weather is as kind for the rest of the year!

 October 13, 2014  Posted by at 10:49 pm Cross Country, North East Harrier League, Race Reports No Responses »
Oct 132014

A slightly belated report on my first ever foray into the North Shields Poly Grand Prix …

Well, technically the Blyth 10K was the first but that is open to many more participants and I had done it before (and highly recommend it to anybody who hasn’t), so my first “proper” Grand Prix was last Tuesday night.  I wasn’t quite sure what to expect and arrived at the car park by the Briar Dene too early, though not as early as Jonathan Gilroy who had been waiting in the pub to keep warm!  I think that both of us were wondering what we had let ourselves in for and just why we had agreed to do this.  However other Claremonters began to arrive and we went for a warm up jog along the road.

I couldn’t quite believe my handicap, 21 minutes 20 secs for approximately 3.5 miles but it seemed fair when compared to other Claremont start times, except Dave Saunders who was unimpressed to find that he had the same start time as me.  The organisers announced that the course had been slightly altered as work was being done on the front, so it would be a simple there and back along the road in front of the Spanish City.  This was met by a whoop from Heather who was pleased that we wouldn’t have the short, sharp climb from the prom to the road.

The start was well organised and there was a group of about 10 runners starting at the same time as me.  I decided that, as they must be similar to me in standard and that most had probably done this before, I would try to tuck in behind the leaders of this group and see how it went.  This was a fairly successful strategy, though 2 runners opened up a slight gap, I was running stride for stride with 2 others.  We were soon closing the gap on the runners ahead and even overtaking a few.  At the turn there is  a slight downhill so I tried to push on and went in front of my 2 companions.  I was now overtaking more people but some of the faster ones began to overtake me.  About 400 metres from the line, one of my pacemakers from the first half went flying by me, obviously having paced himself better than me.  the handicapper had obviously done  agood job and I was in the middle of a big group all finishing within a few seconds of each other.

All in all, a good evening’s racing and I am now looking forward to next month.  There were some good performances from the Claremont teams, with Heather being 2nd fastest lady on the night and Jonathan, Paul Robinson and Duncan all in the top 10 fastest men.

Results can be found here.

 October 13, 2014  Posted by at 9:59 pm Race Reports No Responses »
Oct 112014

Under 11 Boys

85           6:44        Benjamin McRory

Senior and Vet Women

34     31:03     Charlotte Spencer
155   34:00     Colette Byrne
245   37:13     Mary Martin
294   40:24     Elaine Henderson
313   42:36     Karen Williamson

Senior and Vet Men

38           38:31     Jonathan Gilroy
78           39:53     Duncan Scott
163         41:40     Christian Smith
215         42:36     Jeremy Smith
242         43:08     Matthew Kingston
257         43:28     Chris Jones
262         43:31     Tom Tinsley
406         47:01     David Devennie
436         47:50     Roberto Marzo
475         49:16     Howard Maclennan
482         49:23     Gavin Woodcock
503         50:04     Ben Hull
511         50:31     David Reay

 October 11, 2014  Posted by at 6:49 pm Cross Country, North East Harrier League, Results No Responses »
Oct 112014

Newcastle parkrun:

19:41   Luke Jones
20:57   Gordon Macfadyen
21:27   Paul Hughes
22:41   Mungai Wairia
23:12   Heidi Swaffield
25:21   Dave Kear
26:54   Marie Slack
28:05   Leanne Salem   PB

Braunstone parkrun:

25:33   Robert Brand

Gateshead parkrun:

21:12   Catherine Young
27:56   Dave Manners

Keswick parkrun:

22:44   Richard Slack

http://www.parkrun.org.uk – Free, timed, 5k runs every Saturday 9am

 October 11, 2014  Posted by at 5:20 pm Results No Responses »