37:57 Roberto Marzo
39:26 Sumanth Nayak
41:12 Catherine Young
47:10 Heather Steel
47:11 Paul Robinson
53:28 Rose Hawkswood
Another parkrun Saturday, another Claremont winner! Congratulations to Jason Hall on coming first at Stewart parkrun in Middlesborough!
20:54 Sarah Kerr
22:51 Luke Woodend
22:52 Arthur Win Sun Liu
23:00 David Devennie
24:20 Brian Hegarty
25:21 Dave Kear
25:53 Mungai Wairia
27:43 Chris Carr
Stewart parkrun, Middlesbrough:
18:12 Jason Hall 1st place, PB
Whitley Bay parkrun:
31:34 Dean O’Brien
26:52 Graham Leslie
34:04 Marga Burke-Lowe
Rising Sun parkrun:
19:59 Matthew Kerry
Croxteth Hall parkrun:
19:54 Tom Tinsley 81.32% WAVA
Thanks to Cath Robson for the report on the final leg of the Claremont Tyne Ultra.
Quayside to Tynemouth
What a grand day out we had covering the final section of the mighty Tyne on its way to the sea!
About 20 runners assembled at the Swing Bridge; for some this was their first leg of the relay while others had covered every mile of its route from modest beginnings high in the hills and we were even joined by our ‘celebrity runner’ Megan Al-Ghailani and partner, Brendan. As always (!) the sun shone on Tyneside and showcased the region splendidly for our visitors. As this was the urban stretch of the ultra there was no need for bus back up and so, at 9am prompt, some of the team headed uphill to catch the Metro while the rest of us jogged off along the Quayside. Many of us soon warmed up on this unseasonably mild morning and layers were shed as we passed the Ouseburn and on into Walker. No cows to contend with this time but a single, tethered horse (initially mistaken for Batman – you had to be there!) watched us pass. After an hour we arrived in Roman Britain with roman baths signposted to our right and Segedunum on our left. As we approached Hadrian Road station we were ambushed by the Metroriders and, after brief sugar-based refreshments the larger squad continued east using the North Tyneside Waggonways – less nettles and thistles but more glass and dog poo than countryside sections it has to be said… Soon we were crossing the A19 and being encouraged by Mungai, who had nipped along to Percy Main, and then on through the waggonways and streets into North Shields. Before long we could see the sea and were heading along the Fish Quay, including a close encounter with some fishnets, and on towards the Collingwood Monument. A short, steep hill provided a final challenge before a downhill swoop towards the end. For the first time the finish time (11.30am) and distance (12 Claremont miles) were exactly as predicted by mapmaker extraordinaire, Janet!!
Unfortunately, the pier was closed for maintenance but we made up for this with a ‘bracing’ paddle or, in Richard’s case, dip! Then it was off to the Gibraltar Rock for well-earned food and drinks.
All in all, a fitting end to an awesome club event with special congratulations to the runners who completed the whole distance of both the South and North Tynes to the sea – Nina, Julie and Jamie. Unfortunately, Mungai couldn’t run today but once the pier reopens and he’s back to full fitness, there will be definitely be a return visit!
Now… what’s next?
20:11 Tom Tinsley
20:52 Paul Robinson
21:01 David Lydall
21:07 Gordon MacFadyen
22:17 Heather Steel
22:34 Richard Slack
24:36 Brian Hegarty
25:30 Julija Stoniute
27:28 Chris Carr
27:56 Clare McKitterick
49:15 Bill Milbourne
Sheffield Hallam parkrun
18:59 John Lea-Wilson (another PB!)
Whitley Bay parkrun
27:09 Alice Vialard
26:59 Dave Wotton
Rising Sun parkrun
19:46 Sumanth Nayak (an impressive 9th place)
It was a cold night down on the Quayside but at least it was dry with little wind, which made a pleasant change for our 46 runners after some of our recent weather! Once again we welcomed numerous guests (old friends and new ones), which always adds a bit of interest (especially for the handicapper!).
Saying that, I think a couple of Claremont ladies fooled the handicapper as Alison Smullen romped home well clear of the field, followed by Hyemi Shin who has obviously been hiding her talent in her first few weeks with the club! In 3rd place was the super-speedy Jonny Evans whose time of 21:27 was the 2nd fastest ever on the Quayside course. Well done to all 3! Jonny also managed to prevent a female clean sweep as he was the only male in the first 6, with Abi Winfield, Lucy Dunbar and Alice Vialard being 4th, 5th and 6th respectively.
The Autumn Cup was closely fought with less than 20 seconds separating the 3 contestants, but the trophy went to Luke Woodend just ahead of Richard Slack and Hazel Juggins. Luke will have the chance to defend his title in January when his opposition will be Hazel (again) and David Lydall.
As mentioned above, fastest on the night was the ridiculously fast Jonny Evans. Jonny runs with Claremont and Jarrow and second fastest was another Jarrow runner, and friend of Claremont, Anton Mirafsari in 23:13. Jason Hall completed the sub-24 minute trio with an impressive time of 23:30 on his first handicap outing – definitely one to watch for the future!
Hannah Mainprize was fastest lady on the night in a time of 26:20 followed by Sarah Kerr (26:35) and Catherine Young (28:10). I am sure Catherine’s actual time was faster but she missed her start time after an over-lengthy warm-up – I bet that’s the last time she listens to Roberto!
As ever, many thanks to the numerous marshals and start/finish team for their enthusiastic support despite the cold.
Thanks to Dave Manners for photos of the runners and Mungai for the photos in Paradiso. Find them on our Flickr stream here.
Congratulations to Clare McKitterick on getting a 10K PB at Hexham despite carrying an injury following a fall in the cross-country the day before.
48:10 Clare McKitterick
The mad women of Claremont invaded Dublin this weekend but stayed off the Guinness and ran the marathon instead! Well done to all of you!
4:18:39 Nina Jensen
4:54:59 Julie Dumpleton
5:08:31 Mary Martin
5:08:32 Marie Slack
Thanks to Alice for some great photos of the men’s race, the good and, of course, the Claremont babies!
It was not a promising start to the day when we woke to sleet and rain battering the windows, but the cross-country weather Gods looked down on us and brought out the sun for the afternoon. In fact, it turned out to be a quite a pleasant day for a run around Gosforth Park. This was a new course for the Harrier League and I think that the general consensus was that it is an excellent addition. The course is undulating rather than hilly and has a nice mix of woodland trails and paths across fields – and a water jump to add a bit of interest! It also had the feel of a “proper” cross-country venue whilst being nice and accessible for us city-dwellers.
There was another good turnout of sky blue with Lucy McKitterick boosting our junior ranks with her first run in the under 13s, while Grace Scott was again running in the under 11s. Lucy’s Mum, Clare, was also making her Harrier League debut.
The Ladies team was once again led home by Sarah Bowen with Sarah Kerr, on her first outing from the fast pack (and impressively keeping her bobble hat on all the way around!), just pipping Mandy Herworth to be second counter. It was Mandy’s first run this season and she put in her usual strong performance from the medium pack. Another cross-country stalwart, Julie Cross, completed the Ladies ‘A’ team. We also had complete ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams, which is great.
It was our southern European contingent who starred for the men, with Italy’s Roberto Marzo leading followed by Spain’s Daniel Mourenza. Liverpool’s Tom Tinsley and Derby’s David Lydall were 3rd and 4th counters, leaving Richard Slack to take the title of first male Claremont Geordie! Duncan Scott, now hopefully injury-free, was our other counter. Whilst not having a complete ‘B’ team, it is encouraging that we seem to have a men’s squad this year – Michael Teasdale and Ben Wetherall being welcome additions to the team this season.
|169||Sarah Kerr||33:29||Fast pack, actual time 28:29|
|171||Mandy Herworth||33:31||Medium pack, actual time 31:01|
|282||Nicki O’Brien||35:59||Medium pack, actual time 33:29|