Oct 042015

Haltwhistle Half Marathon, 27th September:

1:51:04     Nina Jensen   4th F40

Kielder 10k, 3rd October:

59:21    Elaine Henderson

Kielder Half Marathon, 4th October:

2:13:15    Julie Mains

Great Cumbrian Run, 4th October:

1:27:47    Roberto Marzo
1:48:15    Richard Slack
1:51:21    Luke Woodend

 October 4, 2015  Posted by at 1:26 pm Results No Responses »
Oct 042015

Newcastle parkrun:

20:02   Gordon Macfadyen
20:03   Paul Robinson
21:34   Mungai Wairia
22:03   Chris Carr
22:18   Brian Hegarty
23:01   Heather Steel
25:10   David Devennie
25:48   Dave Kear

Whitley Bay parkrun:

25:29   Bill Milbourne

Keswick parkrun:

25:44   Mary Martin
29:00   Marie Slack
29:16   Janet Palmer

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

 October 4, 2015  Posted by at 12:48 pm Results No Responses »
Sep 272015

Newcastle parkrun:

19:50   Jeremy Smith
19:53   Gordon Macfadyen
21:04   Brian Hegarty   PB
21:07   Mungai Wairia
26:08   Dave Kear
26:31   Leanne Salem

Gateshead parkrun:

19:03   Sumanth Nayak

Riverside parkrun:

20:56   Catherine Young

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

 September 27, 2015  Posted by at 7:13 am Results No Responses »
Sep 262015

Sen and Vet Women

33:13     Mandy Herworth
33:41     Sarah Bowen
35:23     Julie Cross
37:40     Nina Jensen
37:53     Julie Dumpleton
38:12     Mary Martin

Sen and Vet Men

45:05     Jeremy Smith
46:48     Roberto Marzo
51:19     David Devennie
52:12     Howard Maclennan
57:29     Bill Milbourne
58:39     Ken McCormick

 September 26, 2015  Posted by at 6:40 pm Cross Country, North East Harrier League, Results No Responses »
Sep 252015

Here’s a race report from the globe-trotting Howard MacLennan:

Well I came back to a very clean Oslo to race the half marathon again. There are numerous races available for the weekend; 5k & kids races Friday evening, Saturday racing wheelchair 9.15am, 9.30am marathon (two laps), 1.30pm half marathon & 4.15pm 10k. Something for everyone! I gave some advice to a recent Durham graduate whom I met; who wanted to run but thought they missed out, which was to go to the marquee to ask & they were able to get a last minute number for the half marathon in the morning. If you didn’t know but most Scandinavian half marathons start in the early afternoon, just like the IAAF World Championship races. Advantages are you can get a decent sleep; give your stomach some sustenance in the morning & a chance to settle before the race starts – H Hour. Disadvantage you may not like running in the afternoon & it may not be so cold.

All races start outside the City Hall – Radhuset opposite the Nobel Peace Centre – Nobels Fredssenter, next to the harbour. Here there are marquees to collect your race number; Adidas sportswear, other shops for your last minute kits & latest gadgets. Most races are along the harbour; around Akershus castle & the resistance museum. But the marathons have far more.

The marathons cover some extra scenery; beautiful suburbs, large estate homes, the new harbour with its new art museum Astrup Fearnley Museet & the Grand Opera – Operaen. Also partially within site is the Royal Palace – Slottet when you run on the equivalent Royal Mile, then the hard left around Parliament – Stortinget & you’re making your way back to the finish line. If you didn’t know but the Sydney Opera House was designed by a Norwegian, & they just made one where you can walk up to the roof for grand views of the harbour.

I got to the start line but wisely left my kit bag at my very close accommodation to the race line. Squashed in my Race Group 2; I had a gut feeling how this race was going to turn out from the start. Suns out; guns out, it’s 18 degrees, no clouds or wind against the harbour, just blue skies & no cover from the sun.

Just before race day I did a 5k recce of the start; I made the tactical decision to pace myself the first 5 minutes as there is a slight incline with a few hard left around Oslo House, then right, left again, then a slight right onto a narrow path for a short while until you hit a declining straight road. Here’s a chance to drop the hammer & hit a gear up or two & start making your way past those who may have burnt out on that first beginning. You’re in the suburbs of large flats, estate homes & you will partially head North West away from the city centre. At some point you will loop back onto the harbour front going over a steep footbridge & you are on way back with a different view of the boat & ship harbours. This part is almost flat but there is no cover from that sun. At 5k there is a water stop, get your water here as in 2k is the coffee stop, yes coffee! When you hit the harbour it has been completely newly built with flashy apartments; outdoor restaurants, little bridges, art museum Astrup Fearnley Museet, & you are making your way to run past the Nobel Peace Centre & City Hall – Radhuset. You’re about 10k into the race, people are slowing down & some are stopping. This sun is grinding on you; it’s becoming a matter of being wise, drinking at every water stop. The next part is to run around the Akershus castle, opposite the harbour you just ran from. Cheer leaders are making pyramids; waving their pom poms at you & cheering you on! Then you cut back into the city briefly before you make your way along another harbour towards the new Grand Opera – Operaen. Partially you go behind the Opera where there is development work of new roads & accommodation being built against the harbour. You make a u-turn & partially run back along the same route as before; but here it gets tricky, a hard right & the incline! You’ve been running at almost sea level for a while but about 14k till 16k it goes up to 30m & I’m feeling the heat. You loop around a sloped park at the top, but then I saw a cracking site. Four young Norwegian children to my left armed with jugs of water & barely seen any action. Not for drinking. I was begging them with my arm signals & dropping my head. Boom, boom, boom & shacker boom….. My shorts were completely soaked but I kept moving onto my next target. All I can say is get your water to drink at the top, because you’re gonna loop back down this same route. I just closed my eyes partially; lifted my neck back, open my mouth widely like Scotland’s Eric Liddell, started breathing in as much air as I could & just opened up my legs for a fast downhill section. You will feel the speed but you’ll know inside you’re making up the time back. Eventually you are at the harbour & making your way back towards the city centre. You start zig zagging towards Karl Johan – partially cobbled roads & the top of this road is the Norwegian Royal Palace – Slottet. It’s short but you make a hard left around Parliament – Stortinget where there is a small incline again, then a hard right & another hard right of the city streets. Then the last stretch is one straight road; inside I knew just get past that small incline where the water fountain is in the square of cobbled roads & then you can see the finish line. It’s downhill; you can see the tram lines & Akershus castle to your left, my legs are tired but I know I just need to keep breathing & keeping those legs moving. You hit the soft blue foam covering on the road & I just sprinted past everyone that was in my site to that finish line. Unfortunately I didn’t break my race time last year; 1 hour 44 minutes 31 seconds, against last year time of 1 hour 40 minutes 51 seconds. Last year I completed two half marathons before this race within a month, so perhaps lack of races/training & way too much summer holiday time! I discovered from the stat’s during the incline at 15k, I was 1732nd but I finished 1613th overall, I made my way past another 119 runners in the last section. I asked the recent Durham graduate her thoughts in comparison to her experience of the Great North Run; response was Oslo was much harder, the heat from the sun & that big incline up to sloped park. I received my lovely medal; bag full of goodies of mocha drink; bag of numerous small cinnamon buns, sliced meat, chocolates from Freia, small shoulder bag & bathroom toiletries. I eat the banana, who wouldn’t! The Addidas tee-shirts are not free but you want one, it’s a good quality for training & unlikely you’ll ever throw that one away! Afterwards I grabbed by prepared kit bag, walked to the newly built harbour & dived off the diving board into the refreshing harbour water. My muscles needed it after that race; I would highly recommend it to anyone & grab an ice cream when you walk back! At night time I walked to the Scotsman & got myself a nice pint of Norwegian pale ale.

Additional holiday notes, there is plenty of hotels & hostels next to the harbour. I was 5 minutes from the start line, about 10 minutes from the Royal Palace, the Scream painting by Munch, harbour for boat rides to the islands, plenty of museums, plus plenty of shops. Almost everyone speaks the Queens English, so you’ll be fine. It maybe expensive but if you spend more than 315 Krones at Global Tax Refund shops, you can claim your tax back quite easily at the airport, as Norway is not in the EU. If you’re in a hostel; you can just buy your own food at the supermarket & make it yourself, eating out at restaurants is very expensive! Overall I love visiting Oslo; there are plenty of things to visit which are within walking distance.

Here’s a link to the race course map:-…/20…/09/OM-Halvmaraton_2015_Press.pdf

 September 25, 2015  Posted by at 4:32 pm General No Responses »
Sep 222015

Better late than never, here are the results from the Blyth Links 10K from the 1st September. It was a lovely run on a lovely evening with a decent turnout from Claremont.

Position Time Runner
8 36:59:00 ZIETSMA, Rutger
18 38:41:00 KINGSTON, Matthew
26 39:35:00 ROBINSON, Paul
71 44:20:00 HARDING, Jamie
84 45:07:00 LESLIE, Graham
91 45:38:00 DEVENNIE, David
92 45:39:00 TINSLEY, Tom
99 46:13:00 BYRNE, Colette
112 46:55:00 HULL, Ben
124 48:03:00 REAY, David
140 49:04:00 CROSS, Julie
159 50:35:00 JENSEN, Nina
183 53:13:00 MCCORMICK, Kenny
204 55:56:00 RICHARDS, Bob
215 56:19:00 KEAR, David
219 56:25:00 SALEM, Leanne


 September 22, 2015  Posted by at 9:18 pm Results No Responses »
Sep 202015

Newcastle parkrun:

18:56   Paul Robinson
19:23   Jeremy Smith
21:14   Roberto Marzo
22:16   Mungai Wairia
22:17   Chris Carr
22:35   John Grimshaw
22:47   Colette Whitfield
24:04   Luke Woodend
26:56   Dave Kear

Coventry parkrun:

33:34   Rose Hawkswood

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

 September 20, 2015  Posted by at 7:26 am Results No Responses »
Sep 132015

1:26:27     Luke Jones
1:26:58     Matthew Kingston
1:28:20     Jeremy Smith
1:37:48     Jonathan Mains
1:39:00     Mungai Wairia
1:39:49     David Devennie
1:41:56     Sarah Kerr
1:47:22     Richard Slack
1:50:07     Tracey Etherington
1:52:53     Colette Whitfield
1:53:54     Michael Fowle
1:55:38     Nina Jensen
1:56:31     John Grimshaw
1:58:08     Ivone Campos-Luna
1:58:31     Ashley Ritchie
2:00:25     Kenny McCormick
2:01:20     Rorie Parsons
2:07:07     Laura Whitaker
2:12:07     Joyce Archibold
2:15:51     Dave Manners
2:18:11     Bob Richards
2:28:31     Terry Welsh
2:32:55     Angela Moon

Great North 5k, 12th September

22:38     John Grimshaw

 September 13, 2015  Posted by at 6:03 pm Results No Responses »
Sep 062015

Newcastle parkrun:

20:13   Gordon Macfadyen
21:34   Mungai Wairia
23:21   Chris Carr
25:02   Mary Martin
26:51   Dave Kear

Gateshead parkrun:

29:29   Dave Manners

Bradford parkrun:

18:59   Luke Jones

Riverside parkrun:

23:28   John Grimshaw

Gibside parkrun:

45:53   Tom Tinsley (tail runner)

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

 September 6, 2015  Posted by at 7:30 am Results No Responses »