Jul 292014

Well done to everyone that took part in the club’s summer handicap around the Town Moor on a warm, sunny day; perfect conditions for racing.

Congratulations to Colette Byrne who stormed home over a minute ahead of fellow newcomer, Lukas Mejstrik, with Dean O’Brien not far behind in third.

Winning with a smile

Winning with a smile

Fastest women on the night were Sarah Kerr (22:24), Colette Byrne (23:36), and Michelle Nesbitt-Burell (23:39).

Fastest men were guest Stephen Barker (19:32), Roberto Marzo (20:20), and Lukas Mejstrik (21:27).

The aggregate points competition trophy was retained by Jonathan Gilroy despite not running, showing just how dominant he’s been in the last three handicaps. I’m sure Dave Manners will remedy that for the next handicap!

A huge thanks to Dave for the accurate as ever handicapping, all the marshals for ensuring everyone got around safely and Jonathan for organizing the excellent social at the Old George Inn afterwards.

The next handicap will be towards the end of October on the slightly flatter Quayside.

Individual results and aggregate points are here.

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 July 29, 2014  Posted by at 10:05 am Club Handicap, Results No Responses »
Jul 282014

By David Reay

I ran the Lakeland 50 this weekend. It was an amazing weekend which now seems a bit of a blur, but here are some things which stick in my mind.

Registration on Friday. There is a really thorough kit check (people do get rejected) – sac weighed 3kg including water bottles. Then you are weighed to help with diagnosis if you are Ill during the race.

Sleeping. Not enough! The race starts at 11.30 Saturday so you have to camp the night before. It’s not quiet – especially those damned bells. Why did the people next to me get up at 5.30??

The heat. A terribly hot day. One thing I suffer baldly from is running in the heat. Unfortunate really.

Bus to the start at Dalemain near Pooley Bridge. Very scenic though air conditioning would have been nice.

Lap around Dalmain estate. After the start there is a boring 4 miles to make the course up to 50 miles. At the end of the lap we were nearly last. People go off too fast and I was passing people in large numbers later during stage one.

Checkpoints. If Carlsberg made checkpoints they would be like these. A huge array of food, even beef stew near the end. Marshalls treat you like royalty and at no point did I even have to fill my own water bottles. The ‘famous’ smoothies at the half-way point did not taste great to me but by then not much did.

Low spot. About half way through the heat and hills were getting to me. At the Kentmere checkpoint I was wandering round in a dream and feeling unable to eat or drink. I was desperately trying to forget that I still had a marathon left to run. The hill out of Kentmere felt like Mont Blanc (not that I’ve ever climbed it but I’m sure you get the general idea).

Ambleside. Really the first populated area at about 34 miles. I was amazed – people in pubs stood up to clap and cheer. Everyone seemed to know what the race was. It was about 10.00 in the evening, warm and raining. First sign of a bad blister which I had to tape up. But there was a much more important problem – I had no idea of the remainder of the route and felt I had little chance of finding it in the dark even with the route guidebook. It was time to make friends. Luckily I’d met some guys earlier and we teamed up for the final 16 miles.

Running in the dark. Exhilarating. At one time there were 7 of us in a group and the pace kept picking up. In Langdale we could see a long line of lights from head torches behind us. Wonderful.

Second last checkpoint. Surreal, like the bridge scene from the film Apocolypse Now (think rows of lights, fire pits, music).They even had sofas. I was feeling wet and cold now but everyone very confident – only about 10 miles to go. There were 2 guys laying wrapped up in survival bags who looked in a very bad way.No doubt waiting for transport. It was strange how everyone avoided them – like they were a bad omen.

Last checkpoint. Only 3.6 miles left but with a really steep climb after the checkpoint.Again, surreal – the tent was decorated as heaven with the marshals dressed as angels. I was so tired I did not notice this for 2/3 minutes. Outside they had signposted the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and decorated the climb with tea lights and lanterns.Beautiful, though it did make you realise how steep it was. The guy who had done all of the route finding, Steve, was going through a bad patch and the others rewarded his hard work by leaving him.Like a good Claremont person I stayed with him for the final section.

The end, nearly. At the top of the climb there is supposedly a steep drop into an old quarry but I could not see it in the total darkness.Probably just as well. Steve had recovered so we pushed on the pace, sprinting through a dark and deserted Coniston when we realised we could get under 15hrs.

The end. What a reception.Finishers are sitting around drinking beer and everyone cheers in each finisher. It’s all very emotional. We finished about 2.30 in the morning and I did 14.58 which I think puts me in the top 50%. Not wonderful but I was happy with it. Just to finish in one piece felt like a victory.People were still finishing the next morning when I was at breakfast. I suspect that with the heat a fair number did not finish at all.

What do you get for your money? Something of an improvement over the North Run – tech T shirt, Buff, 2 nights camping, map, guide book, food, drinks, meal at the end, medal.

Basically, the best event I’ve ever taken part in. And that’s after many years of cycling and running. I would encourage everyone to give it a go.

 July 28, 2014  Posted by at 10:53 pm Race Reports No Responses »
Jul 282014
Monday 4th August Wills and the Dene
Wear your club vest! Social at the Five Swans after the run.
Wednesday 6th August 11am Track session at Churchill
6pm Baltic Mile with Dave Kear
Orienteering at Burn Closes, Walsend
Sunday 10th August Forest Burn Fell Race
Monday 11th August Paradise
Committee meeting at the Five Swans
Come along if you have questions/something to contribute.
Wednesday 13th August 11am Track session at Churchill
6pm TBA
Monday 18th August Gosforth Flats
Wednesday 20th August 11am Track session at Churchill
6pm Intervals with Julie Cross
Monday 25th August Bank Holiday
Wednesday 27th August 11am Track session at Churchill
6pm Speed work TBA
Thursday 28th August Watergate 5k
Sunday 31st August Tynedale Jelly Tea 10 Mile Road Race
 July 28, 2014  Posted by at 7:55 am Club News No Responses »
Jul 272014

A fifty mile tour of the Lake District with 10,000 feet of ascent. Well done to everyone in what must have been some testing conditions!

84        11:40:53          Paul Hughes   PB
293      14:58:45          David Reay
546      23:11:32          Adrian Conlin

 July 27, 2014  Posted by at 2:06 pm Results No Responses »
Jul 272014

Newcastle parkrun:

20:02   Roberto Marzo
20:41   Thomas Gale   PB
20:57   Heather Steel
20:58   Paul Robinson
25:04   Dave Kear
26:18   Marie Slack

Bradford parkrun:

18:56   Luke Jones

Gateshead parkrun:

28:23   Dave Manners

Conkers parkrun:

19:00   Jonathan Gilroy

Riverside parkrun:

23:29   Chris Hogarth
28:45   Sionna McCutcheon

Keswick parkrun:

25:25   Luke Woodend

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

 July 27, 2014  Posted by at 2:04 pm Results No Responses »
Jul 242014

By Jeremy Smith

The Coastal run has always been a popular event – it was my late father-in-law’s favourite event and in his memory Claremont presents the Colin Archibold Trophy (more of which later) – and, since being highlighted in one of the running magazines as one of most scenic runs in the country, tends to close for entries the same day that it opens. The run attracts runners from outside the area – there are always an extraordinary number from Yorkshire – last year a significant number ran for Stadium (Huddersfield) and this year there were 28 running from Horsforth (Leeds)!

The run is similar to the Pier-to-Pier run in that there is no set route although, in practice, runners take the same route – last year, however, the front runners managed to lose themselves in the sea fret and take a detour so it was a considerable surprise when they overtook me four miles into the run (it was the first time I have ever led Conrad Franks)! There was no chance that would happen this year. The run usually starts at 10.30 am, but, because of the tides, the run did not start until 1.45 pm. By then the skies were blue, the sun was beating down and it was so HOT – quite the hottest weather in which I have ever run a race (and on the North East coast – incredible!).

The run starts on the beach at Beadnell. The first mile or so is run on the sand and through the sea – initially, you try to avoid the puddles, but you soon find out that you have to cross a “river“ so all that effort proves to be wasted. The run then takes you through Newton by the Sea (where there is the first drinks station) and then back onto the beach at Low Newton (next to the Ship Inn – one of the finest pubs in the area and, given the timings of the run, temptingly open!). As we ran along the beach towards Dunstanburgh Castle, I was already starting to feel tired – as it turned out, I think I managed to overtake only one runner – from Morpeth – during the rest of the run while being overtaken by about 30!

The run then passes Dunstanburgh Castle and follows the coastal path to Craster and another excellent pub, the Jolly Fisherman – I heard that two of the later runners were so dehydrated by the time they reached Craster that they went into the pub (without any money) and were rewarded with a couple of pints (of diet coke, I think) by the landlord who had taken pity on them!

Craster marks the halfway point (only), and then the run follows the coastal path south of the village until it reaches the road just north of Howick – the run follows the road for about a mile before joining the coastal path again near the iron age hut (which had been featured on the BBC series Coast a few years ago). The route then undulates (ie it is hilly) for another mile or so before we reach Boumer and another mile of running along the road (where I overtook the Morpeth Harrier) before returning to the beach just to the north of Alnmouth golf club and a final two mile trudge towards the end on the beach at Alnmouth.

I was exhausted, although remarkably I had managed to finish the run in the quickest time that I have raced the run (this was my fourth time) and was also the first finisher from Claremont. The Colin Archibold Trophy is awarded to the first Claremont finisher – male and female finishers in alternative years, with this year being awarded to the first male finisher – so I will be the very proud holder of the trophy when it is awarded to me by my mother-in-law at the Christmas party!

Congratulations to all the Claremont runners who participated and completed – a remarkable achievement given the heat.

 July 24, 2014  Posted by at 9:12 am Race Reports 1 Response »
Jul 202014

67           1:36:51     Jeremy Smith
108         1:41:05     Tom Tinsley
147         1:45:22     Rez Prathalingam
241         1:52:33     Jamie Harding
251         1:53:17     Jeremy Ellman
319         1:57:55     Jonathan Mains
382         2:02:02     Ivone Campos Luna
405         2:03:29     Mungai Wairia
447         2:06:22     Nina Jensen
509         2:10:07     Bill Milbourne
730         2:28:20     Eleanor Patterson
732         2:29:32     Janet Palmer
766         2:34:59     Bob Richards

Full results here.

 July 20, 2014  Posted by at 6:39 pm Results No Responses »
Jul 202014

Newcastle parkrun:

20:11   Gordon Macfadyen
20:15   Roberto Marzo
21:57   Paul Hughes
22:49   Matthew Kingston
23:37   Mungai Wairia
23:51   Luke Woodend
25:26   Robert Brand

Bradford parkrun:

18:49   Luke Jones

Gateshead parkrun:

21:17   Heather Steel
24:28   Paul Robinson

Riverside parkrun:

23:39   Chris Hogarth

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

 July 20, 2014  Posted by at 1:09 pm Results No Responses »