May 192019

This is one of my favourite runs – a great route down a lovely stretch of coastline – and the weather couldn’t have been better with lovely blue skies and very little wind.

Despite the lovely weather and great sea views, it is a challenging multi-terrain run – very much a mini-Coastal Run. In addition, there are a few places where the runners have the additional complexity of choosing the fastest route. Should I take the path to the left or right? Straight across the grass? I think all 8 Claremonters who ran this morning will agree that it all adds up to a great event.

I think there are some issues with the timings in the results below – the time shown appears to be the actual time that we crossed the line. Looking at our times on Strava, I reckon the race started about 35 to 40 seconds after 10 o’clock!

PositionRunnerFinish Time
77Paul Robinson10:47:32 am
78Tom Tinsley10:47:331st M60
137David Lydall10:50:12
148Heather Steel10:50:245th senior woman
261Mungai Wairia10:54:05
428Clare McKitterick10:57:57
703Gill Milne11:04:463rd F60
821Bill Milbourne11:07:52
Thanks to Mungai, Claire and Gill for the photos – now on our Flickr site.
 May 19, 2019  Posted by at 3:51 pm General No Responses »
May 182019

Newcastle parkrun

Claremont ladies rule the Town Moor!  Following Catherine’s 1st position last week, Sarah Kerr took up the mantle to be 1st female this week in a PB of 19:51.  Well done, Sarah!

19:51 Sarah Kerr (1st female, PB)
20:37 Paul Hughes
21:54 Gordon MacFadyen
22:09 Mungai Wairia
22:44 David Devennie
23:43 Brian Hegarty
24:10 Violeta Tsenova
25:43 Dave Kear
26:13 Roberto Marzo
27:09 Heidi Flynn
27:53 Chris Carr
28:03 Alice Vialard
37:39 Michael Teasdale

Prudhoe Riverside parkrun

20:56 Chris Jones

Gateshead parkrun

21:39 David Lydall
25:00 Nina Jentl

Rising Sun parkrun

A new PB too for Marga – obviously recovered from the London Marathon!

21:38 Alasdair Wilson Craw
29:42 Marga Burke-Lowe (PB)

 May 18, 2019  Posted by at 3:48 pm General No Responses »
May 182019

Howard MacLennan was also out the next day, running the Ability 5K in Sunderland in a time of 21:31. Well done.

It was a lovely evening and the smiles in the photo seem to show that everybody was happy with their run!

80Catherine Young39:46
186Howard MacLennan44:51
247Nina Jensen48:04
356Chris Gillie54:58
357Daisy Martin54:58
 May 18, 2019  Posted by at 2:34 pm Results No Responses »
May 162019

Sarah Bowen ran the North East Marathon Club 50K at Newcastle Racecourse, was first lady home in a time of 4:55:24 and still managed to smile at the end as the photo shows. Well done, Sarah.

Marie Slack also ran at the event, but I am not sure of her time or distance. Will update, when I know.

 May 16, 2019  Posted by at 1:22 pm Results No Responses »
May 132019

Position    Time                        10K

22              38:40              Daniel Mourenza

85             43:20              Heather Steel (4th Female)

                                           Half Marathon

214        1:40:08              Mungai Wairia

420        1:48:46              Claire Mckitterick

 May 13, 2019  Posted by at 7:15 pm General No Responses »
May 132019

Nina reports on music and running in Leeds.

A cancelled and rearranged gig meant I was in Leeds for the weekend after my birthday. Having looked last week at what else we could do over the 2 days I spotted Leeds Half Marathon which is organised by the same people as York marathon. So I signed up without really reading any more about the route.

The gig was on the Sat night so I adopted the Richard Slack pre race carb loading by having several beers over the night. This was mopped up by a couple of vegan pizza slices also available at the venue.

The hotel was an 8 min walk from the start so after a leisurely breakfast I walked to the start, following lots of other runners heading there too.
The race was split into 4 waves with the first 2 waves heading off at 9.30. The 3rd (mine)and 4th zone were held around the corner and after a quick warm up we walked around to start around 9.45.

Chatting to a couple of runners who’d done it previously there was mention of a hill at mile 4 which went on for a mile and then a bit of an incline in the last 100 metres. I thought that sounded ok. At least the big hill was out of the way early!

I started around the same time as a 1.50 pacer although he seemed to be going out very slowly and was obviously pacing a negative split race. As this goes against my strategy of starting out at the pace I want to finish and hoping I can keep it up, I soon passed him once we’d got up the first little drag up from the start.

The route starts in the city but like York marathon heads out into the countryside so I was enjoying the sights and all the support.

Mile 2 became an uphill drag until mile 4. Maybe that was the hill. Well at least that’s over I thought.

The support was brilliant and the villages we passed through all seemed to have embraced the race passing through with kids offering jelly babies and high fives while there mum’s dad’s and grandparents handed out oranges and held signs proclaiming that pain was only french for bread!

After a nice downhill stretch mile 7 sneaked up on me as another decent climb and so on the route went. The later miles weren’t as hilly as the first few but still tested the legs and there were runners hobbling off right and left to stretch calves and quads. Mile 13 started heading back into the familiar territory of the city and soon the start gantry was in sight so the finish in Millennium Square wasn’t too far but yes another cheekily little incline which scuppered my sprint finish.

Over the line was a bottle of water and a goody bag with t shirt and some treats in then I was presented with my medal and a pint of alcohol free beer. On offer in the event village was free medal engraving and free massage for those who wanted it.

All in all not a bad road half. Ok it’s not the GNR but was a fair bit cheaper, still had all the support and bands on the route but with only a 6th of the number of runners there was plenty of room to run but with still enough people around for company.

Chip time 1.48.05

 May 13, 2019  Posted by at 9:51 am General No Responses »
May 112019

Newcastle parkrun

This was a great morning for Claremont Road Runners with 4 PBs and a first place finish!  Catherine Young, despite complaining of a hangover, was first female in a PB of 19:22.  Sarah Kerr, missing her PB by 1 second, also made the ladies’ podium as 3rd female on the day.

There were also PBs for Violeta Tsenova and Tar Hipwood, with Clare McKitterick equalling her PB.  However, I might be biased but I think that special mention should be made of Gill Milne’s PB.  It isn’t easy to get a PB when you have done more than 100 parkruns over a number of years and, dare I say it, at our age- so well done, Gill!

19:22 Catherine Young (PB, 1st female)
19:33 Tom Tinsley
19:54 Sarah Kerr
20:08 Paul Hughes
21:45 Mungai Wairia
22:50 David Devennie
22:54 Luke Woodend
23:09 Clare McKitterick (=PB)
23:32 Violeta Tsenova (PB)
23:37 Maddie Day
23:55 Nina Jentl
24:41 Brian Hegarty
25:23 Dave Kear
25:52 Julija Stoniute
26:38 Alice Vialard
27:02 Gill Milne (PB)
27:41 Chris Carr
27:46 Tara Hipwood (PB)
28:22 Susannah Orr

Roberto Marzo was also at Newcastle, running for the first time with his daughter Elena in a buggy, but doesn’t appear in the results.

Whitley Bay parkrun

22:55 Chris Gillie

Gateshead parkrun

19:41 Paul Robinson
32:33 Dave Manners

Upton House parkrun

21:45 David Lydall

Penrith parkrun

Not to be outdone by the Newcastle contingent, Marie got a PB at Penrith – well done!

26:32 Marie Slack (PB)

Cotsford Fields parkrun

25:06 Dave Wotton

 May 11, 2019  Posted by at 6:33 pm General No Responses »
May 092019

I have to say that this is my least favourite of all the relays in the North East club calendar – I much preferred the old location on the paths by Segedunum. So I wasn’t looking forward to it when we left the house to venture out into rush hour traffic in heavy rain with the car’s thermometer showing a not-very-May-like 7°.

However by the time we got to the meeting place in Cobalt Business Park, the rain had relented a bit and there was already a good group of Claremonters assembled – most like me wondering “why do we do this?”. I think we do it for the camaraderie, team spirit, laughs and cake (but mainly the cake!). With a good turnout from Claremont, all of these elements were there to help us forget about the weather and have a good evening’s racing.

There was a particularly good turnout from the ladies with 6 female teams far outnumbering the 2 teams of men. And it was the ladies who were, as ever, the most impressive with a 14th placed finish for Catherine Young, Serpil Bulut and Hannah Mainprize. Indeed, they were the fastest Claremont team on the night with Catherine and Hannah being the 2nd and 3rd fastest Sky Blues of any gender – only our super speedy Spaniard, Daniel Mourenza, posted a faster time.

There was a good battle between the other 5 ladies teams, who all finished in a cluster. The “winners” of this battle were Nina Jentl, Violeta Tsenova and Gill Milne – largely to an excellent run from Violeta who was making her competitive debut for the club and posted the 3rd fastest time for a Claremont lady on the night.

It was also a close battle between the two mens’ teams with the lead changing hands on each leg, but Alasdair Wilson Craw took Kenny McCormick on the last leg to claim the prize for himself, Daniel and Dave Kear.

PositionLeg 1TimeLeg 2TimeLeg 3TimeTeam Time
14Catherine Young12:04Serpil Bulut14:58Hannah Mainprize12:1639:18
42Nina Jentl14:46Violeta Tsenova13:55Gill Milne17:0345:44
47Julija Simpson
15:51Nina Jensen14:46Julie Dumpleton16:3247:06
49Hazel Juggins15:54Tara McCully14:47Ay Okpokam16:4647:27
51Sarah Bowen14:45Alice Vialard16:14Mary Martin16:5547:54
53Kat Truong15:29Marie Slack16:45Cath Robson17:0949:23
62Daniel Mourenza11:41Dave Kear16:54Alasdair Wilson Craw14:1442:49
64Tom Tinsley12:29Howard MacLennan13:29Ken McCormick17:2243:20

I think David Lydall was first to spot the excellent co-ordination and synchronisation of the “Nina Jens”!

Thanks to Serpil, Howard and myself for the photos – now on Flickr via the link below:

 May 9, 2019  Posted by at 5:12 pm Race Reports, Results No Responses »
May 042019

Newcastle parkrun

As well as the results below, our temporary member, Phillip Grimmer came 4th in an impressive time of 17:45 on an unseasonably cold and windy day.

18:56 Daniel Mourenza
19:42  Roberto Marzo
20:17  Tom Tinsley
20:32  Sarah Kerr
21:59  Mungai Wairia
24:13  Nina Jentl
24:20  Clare McKitterick
24:23  Brian Hegarty
24:50  David Devennie (aka Darth Vader)
25:15  Dave Kear
27:16  Chris Carr
27:22  Alice Vialard
27:30  Alex Anslow
28:36  Tara Hipwood

Prudhoe Riverside parkrun

20:49  Chris Jones

Whitley Bay parkrun

23:17  Chris Gillie
26:56  Daisy Martin (27 min pacer)

Gateshead parkrun

21:32  Paul Robinson

Scunthorpe parkrun

22:58  Maddie Day

Rising Sun parkrun

22:21  Alasdair Wilson Craw
22:33  Luke Woodend

 May 4, 2019  Posted by at 7:38 pm General No Responses »