Dec 102017

Congratulations to His Excellency, the right honorable secretary Bill Milbourne for being the first over 65 finisher in the Fell Em Doon 5k in a time of 25:45. Sounds like a great place, Fell Em Doon, wherever that is…

 December 10, 2017  Posted by at 5:15 pm Results No Responses »
Dec 102017

Newcastle parkrun:

19:25   Robeto Marzo
19:48   John Lea-Wilson
19:57   Catherine Young
21:23   Gordon Macfadyen
23:30   Alan Dunning
23:53   Dan Edwards
24:31   Dave Kear
30:17   Richard Slack   100 parkruns
30:17   Marie Slack
30:18   Mary Martin
30:18   Lucy Dunbar
30:18   Luke Woodend
30:19   Alice Vialard
30:19   Mungai Wairia
30:20   Tom Tinsley
30:21   Catherine Robson
30:21   Arthur Win Sun Liu
30:22   Rose Hawkswood
30:22   Chris Carr
30:25   Graham Leslie

Gateshead parkrun:

21:41   Sumanth Nayak
30:35   Dave Manners

Whitley Bay parkrun:

32:21   Dean O’Brien – Free, timed, 5k runs every Saturday 9am

 December 10, 2017  Posted by at 7:43 am Results No Responses »
Dec 052017

Hexhamshire Hobble

Three Claremonters did the Hobble this year, described by Richard Slack as “A lovely day out negotiating big, stone and water hazards on the Allendale Moor. 11 mile-ish circular route from Allendale. The last 5 km was the same as the Allendale fair 10k – but now wet and boggy anything off the road! So really it was perfect XC training”.

1:41:06  Sarah Bowen
1:46:08  Richard Slack
1:51:43  Jane Evans

Blyth Sands Race

35:14  Anthony Liddle
35:26  Dan Edwards
36:43  Kenny McCormick (actual time 45:43)

 December 5, 2017  Posted by at 7:29 pm General No Responses »
Dec 032017

Newcastle parkrun:

19:27   Roberto Marzo
19:44   John Lea-Wilson
20:38   Dan Edwards
21:41   Paul Hughes
22:47   David Devennie
23:11   Alan Dunning
24:07   Dave Kear
25:01   Brian Hegarty
25:28   Chris Carr
25:57   Alice Vialard
25:57   John Grimshaw
29:28   Susannah Orr

Gateshead parkrun:

31:50   Dave Manners

Windy Nook parkrun:

22:08   Anthony Liddle
22:58   Catherine Young
27:38   Rose Hawkswood

Rising Sun parkrun:

24:22   Luke Woodend

Whitley Bay parkrun:

23:56   Dean O’Brien
24:09   Christopher Gillie
28:26   Daisy Martin

Keswick parkrun:

23:15   Richard Slack – Free, timed, 5k runs every Saturday 9am

 December 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:39 pm Results No Responses »
Nov 272017

There was just one Claremont team at the inaugural Norman Woodcock relays in Gosforth, but it sounds as though they did us proud. Kat Truong sends this report:

“As relatively new to club running, I’ve been putting my name down for things in an effort to stay on top of this running malarkey. The Norman Woodcock Relay race was one such race where teams of 3 were entered to each run a 1.66 mile lap of Gosforth Racecourse. Great, well I haven’t ran a relay race since school where we practised passing the baton more than actually running the required distance, but 1.66 miles is very doable and I was due to be part of an all female Claremont super team with Nina and Rose. I was first to run and despite it being absolutely baltic, where bare skin shuddered upon meeting the icy cold air, I was lucky enough to have the sun grace me with his presence during my lap of the racecourse. For a good 10 seconds, I bounced along with the brightness of the sun and the green of the grass and felt pretty nice! Running a shorter distance means you have to run a lot faster than usual though and suddenly I found that my lungs and heart were on fire, yet my arms and fingers were frozen and heavy. Well, it was over soon enough and Nina’s turn to zip around the racecourse whilst I regained the ability to breathe. An excellent performance by Nina runner extraordinaire before Rose handed me her sunglasses (not a baton, where was the baton?) and prepared to face the final lap. It was a good racing vibe, we joined the enthusiastic audience clapping in the runners and before long, Rose speeds to the finish line, victorious and unrelenting. Overall, it was a good afternoon and nice opportunity to run fast on flat tarmac paths. Well done, little Claremont super team!”

 November 27, 2017  Posted by at 4:48 pm General No Responses »
Nov 262017

Newcastle parkrun:

19:32   Anthony Liddle
19:33   Roberto Marzo
23:18   Richard Slack
23:34   Paul Hughes
28:12   Rose Hawkswood

Gateshead parkrun:

21:42   Sumanth Nayak
31:08   Dave Manners

Rising Sun parkrun:

23:55   Luke Woodend
27:20   Bill Milbourne

Prudhoe Riverside parkrun:

21:34   Dan Edwards – Free, timed, 5k runs every Saturday 9am

 November 26, 2017  Posted by at 8:05 am Results No Responses »
Nov 202017

It was a bright, sunny but bitterly cold morning for this year’s Town Moor Marathon. Four Claremonters did the full distance and they were joined by Camille Roost who did the half (her first ever race!). Even more of us manned the drinks station to keep the runners supplied with water, juice and sweets (don’t tell anyone, but we might have eaten some of the sweets ourselves). I think that we all avoided frostbite but it was a close run thing!

Well done to all the runners – particularly Jane for completing her first ever marathon, Camille for her first ever half-marathon and Julie for getting a PB on what was meant to be a training run for her forthcoming ultra.

2:05:30  Camille Roost

3:38:07  Jamie Harding
4:10:05  Nina Jensen
4:10:06  Julie Dumpleton
4:16:43  Jane Evans

 November 20, 2017  Posted by at 1:00 pm Photos, Race Reports, Results No Responses »
Nov 192017

Newcastle parkrun:

19:16   Roberto Marzo
21:05   Gordon Macfadyen
24:48   Dave Kear
25:19   Chris Carr
25:28   Brian Hegarty
27:29   Susannah Orr

Riverside parkrun:

20:44   Matthew Diment

Rising Sun parkrun:

19:25   Anthony Liddle
23:26   Luke Woodend

Keswick parkrun:

23:25   Richard Slack – Free, timed, 5k runs every Saturday 9am

 November 19, 2017  Posted by at 7:43 am Results No Responses »
Nov 182017

Thousands of enthusiastic tourists headed to Durham on Saturday as it showcased the best of the North East.  Whilst most were there for the Lumiere Festival, the running community enjoyed the latest Harrier League event at Aykley Heads.  On a bright, sunny but cold afternoon there was once again a good turnout of runners in sky blue.  Conditions were good underfoot – it is now halfway through the season and we have yet to have any mud worthy of the name.  I’m not complaining as I am still recovering from the trauma of Thornley Hall Farm 2!

The ladies had 3 full teams and while all finished behind Olympic finalist Laura Weightman, there were some very good individual performances.  Lucy Dunbar had a superb run to finish in an impressive 25th place and will now increase the Claremont contingent in the ladies’ medium pack to 5 (7 if we add Hannah in the under 20s and still count Robyn from her new home in the South).  Sarah Kerr, Mandy and Nicki completed the A team, having been given great support by the next Claremont generation of Charlotte and Danielle (I’m very impressed by Dean’s babysitting skills).

The A team were 8th in their division on the day to lie 5th overall (by my calculations).  The B and C teams also did well, with the B team being 4th out of the Bs and Heaton were the only team in the division with a C team that did better than ours.

For once the men’s race started on time and a number of runners still hadn’t made it to the start line.  At least all the Claremont runners were there and got a reasonable start.  We were led home by debutant John Lea-Wilson who enjoyed his run and finished a brilliant 47th.  So John will also join the medium pack and give us slow coaches a start next time around.  John helped us to a 6th placed position, our best performance of the year, though I wonder if we would do even better if half the team didn’t use parkrun for a warm-up!

Special thanks to Rose for mending the tent, it did the job perfectly and was still standing to welcome us back after a tough run on a difficult course.  Even more welcoming was the excellent spread of cakes, biscuits, fudge and other goodies – we might be 2nd and 3rd division for running but I reckon Claremont are in the Champions League for baking!

Here are the results.

Position Runner Time
25 Lucy Dunbar 33:08
85 Sarah Kerr 34:31
104 Mandy Herworth 35:11 Medium pack, actual time 33:31
127 Nicki O’Brien 35:49 Medium pack, actual time 34:09
158 Sarah Bowen 36:32 Medium pack, actual time 34:52
163 Rose Hawkswood 36:45
178 Nina Jensen 37:26
189 Julie Dumpleton 37:45
225 Kat Truong 39:17
253 Bill Milbourne 40:25
258 Catherine Robson 40:38
285 Gillian Milne 41:53
305 Serpil Bulut 43:36
47 John Lea-Wilson 41:45
92 Roberto Marzo 43:02
155 Anthony Liddle 44:16
264 Tom Tinsley 46:13
290 David Lydall 46:58
333 Matthew Diment 48:26
364 Dean O’Brien 49:38
445 Howard MacLennan 53:24
532 Ken McCormick 61:43


Thanks to Kat for assuming photo duty while the men were running: