Aug 312014
Monday 1st September Two Parks
Club Mark presentation at 6pm
Wear your club vest! Social at the Five Swans after the run.
Wednesday 3rd September 11am Track session at Churchill
6pm Intervals: Fun in the Dene with Jamie
Sunday 7th September Great North Run
Monday 8th September 30 mins out / 30 mins back. Westwards from the Millenium Bridge
Committee meeting at the Five Swans
Come along if you have questions/something to contribute.
Wednesday 10th September 11am Track session at Churchill
6pm Baltic Mile with Dave Kear
Saturday 13th September Farringdon Cross Country
Monday 15th September Salters Road
Wednesday 17th September 11am Track session at Churchill
6pm Intervals with Kenny
Saturday 20th September Simonside Fell Race
Sunday 21st September Prudhoe Miners 10K
Sedgefield Serpentine
Monday 22nd September Denton Bank
Wednesday 24th September 11am Track session at Churchill
6pm Intervals with Nina … Circuit training, I believe
Sunday 28th September Redcar half marathon and 5K
Monday 29th September Paradise and Back
 August 31, 2014  Posted by at 9:47 pm Club News No Responses »
Aug 312014

Newcastle parkrun:

18:21   Jonathan Gilroy
19:38   Matthew Kingston
19:48   Jeremy Smith
20:10   Tom Tinsley
20:26   Gordon Macfadyen
21:33   Catherine Young
22:48   Julie Cross
25:01   David Devennie
25:30   Elisabeth Stoddart
29:08   Graham Leslie

Whitley Bay parkrun:

36:54   Lorna Pearson

Cannon Hill parkrun:

21:20   Charlotte Spencer

Riverside parkrun:

23:31   Chris Hogarth
28:15   Sionna McCutcheon – Free, timed, 5k runs every Saturday 9am

 August 31, 2014  Posted by at 12:38 pm Results No Responses »
Aug 282014

By Luke Woodend

Having spent my formative years in Keswick I was pleased to learn earlier this year that the town would be getting its very own parkrun. Now a weekend visit back home to see the folks can incorporate a swift Saturday morning timed 5k without the hassle of a lengthy detour via Carlisle or Workington.

With a committed core of local running types (thanks in no small part to some challenging annuals such as the Half Marathon and Derwentwater 10) I always thought a parkrun would be well received in Keswick. With an average turnout around the 100 mark that seems to ring true although I get the impression that about half of those are parkrun tourists, with accents and running vests suggesting a good number from the Northeast.

With the town’s municipal spaces awash with dog walkers and tourists by 9am on a Saturday the organisers have wisely forsaken the likes of Fitz Park as a venue. Instead, this is a parkrun that utilises a redundant railway line. The startline is at the former station, now preserved as a lounge for the Keswick Country House Hotel. This is a short walk from the town centre and there are public toilets and Pay & Display parking on site.

The course itself sets out on the railway line footpath in the direction of Threlkeld. Although a loose surface, this is a fairly level route by Lakeland standards. A brief climb towards the A66 bypass bridge at the 1k mark, and subsequent bouncy boardwalk descent constitutes the only significant elevation change. That said, as this is an out and back course what goes down of course comes back up and the boardwalk seems less enjoyable on the return leg!

The footpath is narrow in places compared to some of the waggonway type routes in the Northeast. However, with runners reminded to keep left and a more modest turnout than the likes of Newcastle parkrun this doesn’t really cause a problem.

Due to the terrain this isn’t a route for a PB but for me gunning for out and out pace misses the point of a parkrun. This event ticks all the boxes for accessibility, challenge and friendliness. For post race refreshments there are surely few locations that could match Keswick. The recently opened Museum café nearby even does a parkrunners special bacon butty and coffee deal on production of your barcode. Alternatively I can highly recommend the breakfast menu at The Filling Station Café on Crosthwaite Road. I’ll not go into my pub recommendations; that could take some time….

 August 28, 2014  Posted by at 6:10 pm Race Reports No Responses »
Aug 272014

An excellent turnout from Claremont on a nice night for a run along the coast, including some of the newer members and a couple returning from injury. It was especially pleasing to see Duncan Scott not only back from injury, but immediately running a sub-40 minute 10K.   Well done to Paul Robinson for a 10K PB and to Jonathan Gilroy for his top ten finish and another good time, just a few seconds off the PB he set recently.  One final point – Ben must be lying about his age!

Position Time Name Category
10 00:37:11 GILROY, Jonathon M
17 00:38:07 ROBINSON, Paul M 10K PB
19 00:38:29 SCOTT, Duncan M / 40
30 00:39:39 SMITH, Jeremy M / 45
40 00:40:14 MARZO, Roberto M
46 00:40:56 KINGSTON, Matthew M / 40
53 00:41:19 TINSLEY, Tom M / 55
58 00:41:49 MEJSTRIK, Lukas M
61 00:42:14 STEEL, Heather F
71 00:42:51 MACFADYEN, Gordon M / 50
100 00:44:42 MAINS, Jonathon M
107 00:45:22 ELLMAN, Jeremy M / 55
109 00:45:28 DEVINNE, David M / 40
124 00:45:57 SAUNDERS, David M / 50
139 00:47:15 HULL, Ben M / 70
145 00:47:35 JENSEN, Nina F / 40
152 00:48:14 NESBITT-BURRELL, Michelle F
166 00:49:05 MILBOURNE, Bill M / 65
195 00:51:51 DUMPLETON, Julie F / 45
198 00:52:02 BURRELL, Andrew M
202 00:52:26 KEAR, David M / 65
203 00:52:36 MCCORMICK, Kenny M / 60
 August 27, 2014  Posted by at 4:52 pm Results No Responses »
Aug 262014

Newcastle parkrun:

19:19   Jeremy Smith
19:38   Roberto Marzo
20:04   Tom Tinsley
20:20   Gordon Macfadyen
20:48   Lukas Mejstrik
23:56   Luke Woodend
24:38   Kenny McCormick
24:46   Dave Kear
25:28   Mary Martin

Oxford parkrun:

23:21   Ben Hull

Whitley Bay parkrun:

24:19   Bill Milbourne

Riverside parkrun:

23:15   Chris Hogarth
28:19   Sionna McCutcheon

Keswick parkrun:

19:09   Paul Robinson
21:43   Heather Steel – Free, timed, 5k runs every Saturday 9am

 August 26, 2014  Posted by at 7:16 am Results No Responses »
Aug 202014

St Helens is one of the newer parkruns and is now the nearest parkrun to my mother’s, so as we were there for the weekend, Gill and I decided to give it a try.  It is in park that was completely new to me, Victoria Park, so we didn’t really know what to expect and the course map on the website filled us with some trepidation:


Having run the course, I’m still not sure how it maps onto the picture! Everybody congregated around the bandstand before filing en masse around the corner to the start line, then we were off through the middle of the park before turning and doing 3 full laps around the outside. The park slopes slightly from top to bottom, so there is an uphill and downhill stretch on each lap. I heard a couple of the locals commenting on the wind, but the park is fairly sheltered and it was nothing for us battle-hardened Town Moor veterans, especially as it had the decency to be behind us for the uphill sections.

The field spread out quite quickly and I could see a couple of fast lads disappearing into the distance, but I estimated that I was about 10th as we came around to complete the first lap.   I was having a tussle with a tall guy who struggled up the hill and then caught me on the downhills.  We exchanged a few words as we ran and he kept me right as to when to turn for the fourth, final shorter lap.  In general, I don’t like laps.  We were passing the slower runners before the end of the second lap and that never feels good to me (I know how it feels to be lapped at cross-country).  By the third lap, I’d lost sight of the leaders and was having to weave in and out past runners still on their second time around.

On the fourth, shorter lap, I missed one of the direction arrows and turned the wrong way.  I immediately heard shouts of “turn left” from a marshal and the runners behind me.  By the time I’d got back on track, I’d lost 3 places and a few seconds.  Another guy sprinted past me on the run-in and I finished in a respectable 15th place out of 140 runners.  The three runners who had overtaken me all came to chat and I generally found the natives to be friendly.  Unfortunately we didn’t have time to join them for the after run coffee.

Both Gill and I were first in our age categories and, in fact, I am now my age category record holder – but as there have only been 7 events,  I don’t think that will last for long.

It is a shame that the park is a bit small as the laps are off-putting, but the locals were friendly and the volunteers enthusiastic, so I will be back soon to defend (or, more likely, try to regain) my title.

 August 20, 2014  Posted by at 1:57 pm Race Reports No Responses »
Aug 182014

Newcastle parkrun:

18:45   Jeremy Smith   100 parkruns
19:20   Roberto Marzo
20:04   Gordon Macfadyen
25:17   Mary Martin

Coventry parkrun:

24:49   Dave Kear

St Helens parkrun:

20:15   Tom Tinsley

Gateshead parkrun:

20:17   Alasdair Wilson Craw

Keswick parkrun:

24:01   Luke Woodend – Free, timed, 5k runs every Saturday 9am

 August 18, 2014  Posted by at 7:55 am Results 1 Response »
Aug 122014

By Jeremy Smith

I was staying at my parents in Burnley over the weekend and thought I would try out the Burnley parkrun which is now in its third year. The run takes place in the grounds of Towneley Hall, home to the Towneley family for over 500 years and now owned by the local council and a place that is very familiar to me because, as a child, I would often visit it at weekends.

The course consists of one small (triangular) lap and two longer (rectangular) laps – I’m not very keen on runs involving laps but it does have the attraction when it is run for the first time, that you know what to expect when you reach the final lap!

The first lap starts with a short run (maybe 300m) along the northern boundary of Towneley Hall and then a long drag up (what is known as) the Avenue towards the hall itself (and which would be the finish in two laps’ time) – by this time I found myself (rather surprisingly) in third position, maybe 10 seconds behind the leading two runners.

The run continues downhill along the side of a municipal golf course (where I used to play when I came home from university) and back to the start. It then continues along the northern boundary again, but instead of running up the Avenue, passes the playing fields, where I used to play cricket, along the eastern boundary of the park, over a small stream, past the changing rooms, and then up the Avenue again. At this stage I was still in third place, albeit about 25 seconds behind the two leaders.

I managed to maintain my position for the third lap (I know it’s a run not a race but when you’re in third place you treat it as a race!) – my best ever position (albeit that the competition is considerably less intense than at Newcastle parkrun) – and finished around 45 seconds behind the winner and 30 seconds behind the second-placed runner, both of whom ran for Clayton-le-Harriers, the club for whom the female runner with an age percentage of over 92% and whom I had finished immediately behind the previous week at Pollok parkrun (Glasgow) also ran! After my parkrun tour, it’s back to Newcastle and my 100th run on Saturday!

 August 12, 2014  Posted by at 6:24 am Race Reports No Responses »
Aug 122014

Newcastle parkrun:

19:34   Roberto Marzo
20:04   Tom Tinsley
20:30   Paul Robinson
20:33   Heather Steel
20:40   Gordon Macfadyen
22:49   Julie Cross
24:49   Dave Kear
25:09   Kenny McCormick
25:40   Mary Martin

Bradford parkrun:

18:36   Luke Jones

Whitley Bay parkrun:

23:48   Bill Milbourne

Burnley parkrun:

19:16   Jeremy Smith

Riverside parkrun:

23:27   Chris Hogarth
28:00   Sionna McCutcheon – Free, timed, 5k runs every Saturday 9am

 August 12, 2014  Posted by at 6:18 am Results No Responses »