Jul 282015

This year’s “summer” handicap took place on a wet, miserable evening more suited to autumn, but the course was in decent condition with the paths over the hills not too muddy.  35 souls braved the wet weather to make it a competitive run.

First home was a guest, Helen Evans, who had arrived that evening to give the club a try for the very first time!  First Claremonter home and therefore winner of the trophy was Andrew Burrell, followed home by Chris Jones and Leanne Salem.

Mary Martin was a popular winner of the Summer Cup with defending champion Colin White in 2nd place.  Mary will get the chance to defend her title in October when the 3 other contenders will be David Reay, Richard Slack and Sarah Kerr.

Fastest on the night, by some distance, was Rutger Zietsma in 18:03.  Roberto Marzo was next with 19:47 and Chris Jones’ 20:22 made him third fastest.  Fastest lady was another guest, Lisa Harpin in 21:36 with Charlotte Spencer (21:58) and Sarah Kerr (22:00) filling 2nd and 3rd slots.

Full results are here.

 July 28, 2015  Posted by at 12:52 pm Club Handicap, Race Reports, Results No Responses »
Jul 262015

Newcastle parkrun:

19:28   Jeremy Smith
20:25   Chris Jones
21:33   Mungai Wairia
23:22   Luke Woodend
23:48   Chris Carr
24:15   Mary Martin
24:17   David Devennie

Whitley Bay parkrun:

20:54   Tom Tinsley

Riverside parkrun:

22:57   John Grimshaw

Delamere parkrun:

26:09   Bill Milbourne

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

 July 26, 2015  Posted by at 9:10 am Results No Responses »
Jul 202015

Congratulations to Julie Cross, Mandy Herworth and Sarah Bowen who represented Claremont with distinction in the QE2 Triathlon at the QE2 Country Park near Ashington on Saturday. Mandy swam, Julie cycled and Sarah ran as they finished 2nd relay team. Well done, ladies!


 July 20, 2015  Posted by at 10:13 pm Race Reports No Responses »
Jul 192015

By Chris Jones

Perfect timing while I was out in Australia visiting family to do the Sydney Harbour 10km. It was a chilly 7:30am start in The Rocks, with a flat but twisty route following the waterfront out under the Harbour bridge and around Darling Harbour before finishing back at Circular Quay opposite the Sydney Opera House. Amazing views all the way and a great atmosphere with nearly 4000 runners in the 10km plus 750 in the even earlier 5km. 326th place, 42:06.


Followed up by a debut parkrun in Sydney, not too shabby! Next time you’ll have to try the ‘other’ Newcastle parkrun over there.

 July 19, 2015  Posted by at 6:27 pm Race Reports No Responses »
Jul 192015

NFR LGBT 5k – 17th July

86      21:59    Mungai Wairia
143    23:37    Luke Woodend

Northumberland Coastal Run – 19th July

76     1:34:30    Roberto Marzo
109   1:38:29    Jeremy Smith
302   1:49:30    Jeremy Ellman
369   1:52:37    Jonathan Mains
371   1:52:51    Richard Slack
438   1:55:57    Colette Byrne*
627   2:06:04    Julie Dumpleton
696   2:09:40    Mary Martin
726   2:11:52    Ivone Campos Luna
742   2:12:55    Leanne Salem
765   2:14:04    Bill Milbourne
878   2:25:50    Bob Richards
884   2:27:01    Dave Manners
894   2:28:11    Janet Palmer

*Congratulations to Colette for finishing first Claremont lady and winning the Colin Archibold Memorial Trophy.

 July 19, 2015  Posted by at 5:23 pm Results No Responses »
Jul 192015

Newcastle parkrun:

20:01   Jeremy Smith
20:30   Gordon Macfadyen
22:24   Mungai Wairia
26:31   Colin White

Gateshead parkrun:

19:11   Sumanth Nayak
23:19   Andrew Burrell
24:10   Michelle Nesbitt-Burrell   PB
28:08   Yincent Tse

St Peters parkrun, Australia:

20:38   Chris Jones

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

 July 19, 2015  Posted by at 6:54 am Results No Responses »
Jul 162015

By Richard Slack

After running my last 10k in a sauna or what felt like it at the Tynedale 10k earlier in July temperatures and humidity were back to better conditions for running last night. In some last minute attempt at preparation for the coastal run that looms large this weekend I entered the Kirkley Hall 10k. and what a good decision it was rewarded with a very pleasant and relatively quiet run with some quirkiness thrown in.

There was good parking at Kirkley Hall where registration was and all the runners gathered here by around 7pm for a 7.30pm start. About 10 minutes prior to the race we were all then escorted down a lane and across a meadow to the starting point. It felt like a bad dream of an old school trip – fortunately without having to then draw a sketch which always spoiled a good days skive off school. At the start we were aware that on the opposite side of the road was a road bike time challenge in teams of three that would come hurtling down the road at two to three minute intervals. Hence the organisers were very keen the runners must stick to the left side of the road, which we all dutifully did. The first 4k was pretty steady although gentle uphill with plenty of easier flat sections. After 4k we turned left onto very quiet roads with a nice long downhill to the drinks station at 5k although given the pleasant conditions most people just ran straight past. Thereafter the course followed the road to the pretty village of Ogle before a short uphill with 2k to the finish. Benefitting from some good Monday night runs I pushed on for the final 2k in a time of just over 9 minutes giving well inside negative splits for the race as a whole. My finish time was 47:37 for 10.13 km.

It is not a busy run with less than 200 taking part so there is plenty of room to run at your own pace whilst at the same time feeling part of a race through very pleasant undulating countryside. An enjoyable evening and one that I will do again. I am also pleased to report for the good image of Claremont that both shoes remained in prime condition throughout the duration of the event!

Full results:

 July 16, 2015  Posted by at 5:20 pm Race Reports No Responses »
Jul 122015

By Jamie Harding

Legends of the Chevy

Paul Schaefer … Dave Manners … Ken McCormick

These are the names of some of the Claremont Runners who have achieved legendary status by completing the Chevy Chase – the 20 mile long, 4,500 feet high challenge over Cheviot and Hedgehope – 10 or more times. On the morning of 4th July my tally stood at seven and I thought the predicted hot conditions would be the greatest obstacle to reaching eight. Also running were experienced Chevy runners Rez and Paul Carroll, while Dave Reay represented a welcome new generation coming through and Dave Beaney was our representative on the walk.

Despite the weather forecast, heavy rain greeted us at the start at Wooler and we found out later that the marshals on some of the more remote parts of the course had to use their emergency shelters while waiting for the first participants to come by. The rain stopped within the first hour but was replaced by mist, meaning that visibility was quite limited. However, I was in optimistic mood as I began to climb the Cheviot, with my shoe count at a very conventional 2.

Problems started just before Cheviot Knee when, on some particularly slippery ground, the grips broke off my left fell shoe. Thankfully it was just before the second checkpoint and a very helpful marshal managed to tie together what was left of the shoe with some tape. As I now had a sole on my left shoe, but no grips, I regarded my shoe count as 1.5. I was able to get to the top of Cheviot without too much trouble but the steep descent was very difficult, as I slid around like a contestant on some ridiculous game show – I half expected Ant and Dec to suddenly appear and crack some bad jokes.

After wading through the river and beginning to climb Hedgehope, things became considerably more difficult when my right fell shoe broke in half. With my shoe count now standing at a problematic 0.5, and more than half of the race to complete, I considered dropping out. However, I then decided that, if I could keep going to the end, it could be one of the historic Chevy stories. Of course, no one could ever beat the story of Bill and the mountain rescue, but I hoped that mine might be somewhere lower down the leader board.

I left the parts of my right shoe with the marshals at the top of Hedgehope who said that I could carry on, without me having to argue the case that the kit list did not include shoes. Shortly afterwards the sun came out, we started to go downhill and I was cheered on by my fellow competitors every time they noticed that my running sock was putting in some extra duties. The stony path by Carey Burn was the worst section but I was only two miles from the finish at Wooler when the marshal’s repair to my left shoe finally broke down, leaving me with a shoe count of 0. (The upper part of my left shoe remained, but both socks were hitting the ground directly, meaning that I avoided the road and sought out every grass verge in Wooler.)

The welcome and refreshments at Wooler Youth Hostel were as excellent as ever. I finished behind my fellow Claremonters in my slowest every time. However, all the other times had been achieved in races where I was younger – and had finished with two shoes.

 July 12, 2015  Posted by at 6:51 am Race Reports No Responses »