Oct 232017

Lucy Dunbar sends us a post card from Majorca:

A typical Dunbar holiday this year with my parents involved partaking in Challenge Peguera in Majorca. For anyone unfamiliar with triathlon, Challenge Peguera is a half Ironman distance triathlon where you swim 1.9km, cycle 90km and then run a half marathon! Easy peasy. My dad and my partner were to do the full thing on their own and my dad decided it would be a great idea for my mum and I to form a team; me doing the run and the swim and my mum doing the bike leg!

And as a warm up to the big day, I decided to do the Challenge Peguera’s women race the night before. This was a short 4.3km race on the running route of the next day to see a bit of what the run course was like! 6 Euros to enter and a nice t-shirt too! I ended up finishing 10th out of 160 so I was happy with that!

Now onto the big race!!

Saturday morning started with clear blue skies and some very dramatic music on the beach for everybody to set off. Sadly, relay teams were last to enter the water so I had to watch the pros and then everybody else set off before starting about 15 mins later. Which meant more space to swim but also less people around if a shark happened to stop by – yes I may have a little fear of open water!

Boom! And off we ran into the water until it was deep enough to swim. And surprise surprise my goggles were leaking out of my left eye (no matter how many goggles I buy- I will always have a leaky leg eye, I think I must have a wonky face!). This made sighting a little difficult but I managed to I think roughly swim in a straight line trying to follow the very few swimmers in front of me! I finished the swim in 37.59 and made my way out the water to my mum in transition. Now it is really hard running barefoot in the sand after you have swam in the sea! My mum went off on the bike and I had a few hours to kill before the run! While I was doing so I found out that out of the relay teams, I was the first out of the female teams to be out the water – yay!!
After a few sunny hours, my mum returned on the bike and I was off onto the run. People seemed surprised how quick I was passing many on the run – little did they know my legs were only fresher as I had not done the bike! The run was 4 laps around the sea front and nearby shops. With it being 25 degrees I spent every single aid stop tipping an entire bottle of water over me just to cool down! At around mile 8, my legs started to seize. Whether it was that I hadn’t replenished electrolytes, tiredness from the night before, I don’t know but boy I haven’t known heaviness like that in anything other than marathons! I managed to just about hobble, slowing quite a lot to finish in 1 hour 48 overall.

Overall a very fun day out and I can say I’ve completed 2/3 of a half Ironman!!

 October 23, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Race Reports No Responses »
Oct 222017

By Richard Slack

One of the Run Northumberland series saw a few Sky Blues converge on Bamburgh on a blustery and cool Autumn Sunday morning. Registration was at the cricket pavilion between 8am to 9am for a 9.15am start (marathon) and 9.30am start (half marathon). The cricket pitch is directly in front of Bamburgh Castle; a fantastic setting for the race HQ and finish area. On the way to registration (for the half marathon I hasten to add) I met Nina who had registered for the two lap marathon (of course!), being twice round the half marathon course. The mental strength that must be needed at the half way point on the marathon must be considerable as after 13 miles those fortunate to be doing the half turn right into Bamburgh village and downhill to the cricket ground and the finish line (joyous). The poor people doing the marathon route, seeing the finish, turn left at that junction and run a second lap of 13 miles. Maybe a marathon one day for me (haha) but certainly not today.

So Nina flew the Claremont flag on the marathon and myself, Marie and Mungai similarly for the half marathon. Each race started up by the Castle with fantastic views out to sea although in a strongish wind – but no sign of rain. Indeed as the morning wore on, the sky turned blue (pun intended) with pleasant sunny spells. After the the start, we enjoyed a downhill into the village before gannin ‘ along the Lucker road (not quite the same as the Scotswood Road) and away into rural north Northumberland. The full route was along minor roads and was well marshalled throughout with drinks every three miles. As most of the roads were well enclosed by hedges we had good shelter from the wind and the miles ticked by. Miles 8 and 9 were more of a test into the wind (that also being miles 21 and 22 on the two lapper!). Although not a vast entry (maybe around 500 in total) there was always runners round and about you. Effectively the route was a large triangle being 5 miles south, three miles east towards the sea (with marvellous views of there Farnes) and then five miles north back towards Bamburgh and the welcoming site of the castle. As with many rural runs it was gently undulating throughout, with no horror uphills and some welcoming long downhills especially welcome between mile 11 and 12.

A grand morning out.

Full results to follow

 October 22, 2017  Posted by at 7:16 pm Race Reports No Responses »
Oct 222017

Newcastle parkrun:

18:58   Anthony Liddle
24:27   Dan Edwards
24:29   Dave Kear
26:47   Brian Hegarty
27:34   Gillian Milne
28:40   Alex Anslow
30:40   Chris Carr   100 parkruns
30:41   Lucy Dunbar
30:41   Roberto Marzo
30:42   Tom Tinsley
30:43   Alice Vialard
30:44   Luke Woodend
30:46   Arthur Liu
30:47   David Lydall
30:48   Rose Hawkswood
30:48   Serpil Bulut
30:49   Jane Evans
30:51   Mungai Wairia

Gateshead parkrun:

20:41   Sumanth Nayak
31:05   Dave Manners

Whitley Bay parkrun:

27:25   Dean O’Brien

Gibside parkrun:

27:05   Graham Leslie

Blackpool parkrun:

22:30   David Devennie

Bury St Edmunds parkrun:

23:21   Christopher Gillie
33:39   Daisy Martin

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

 October 22, 2017  Posted by at 7:17 am Results No Responses »
Oct 192017

Kenny McCormick became our latest (only?) England international when he competed for England in his age group at the Chester Marathon on Sunday 8th October.  Kenny had earned his England call when coming third in his age group at the York marathon.

Even though he was disappointed with his run and time at Chester, we think that it is a tremendous achievement and that he should wear his England vest with pride (and as often as possible!).

 October 19, 2017  Posted by at 8:25 pm General No Responses »
Oct 152017

Newcastle parkrun:

18:54   Roberto Marzo
18:54   Anthony Liddle
19:21   John Lea-Wilson
20:27   Dan Edwards
20:51   Mungai Wairia
20:53   Paul Hughes
21:07   Gordon MacFadyen
21:12   David Lydall
21:35   Dean O’Brien
22:31   Alan Dunning
24:48   Dave Kear
24:57   Chris Carr
25:58   Ken McCormick
26:06   Alex Anslow
26:24   Alice Vialard
28:41   Susannah Orr
31:06   John Grimshaw

Gateshead parkrun:

20:27   Catherine Young
26:25   Paul Robinson

Whitley Bay parkrun:

24:20   Christopher Gillie
27:08   Daisy Martin

Fountains Abbey parkrun:

21:26   Robyn Wynn

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

 October 15, 2017  Posted by at 7:21 am Results No Responses »
Oct 112017

By Howard MacLennan

The Light Blues – Claremont Road Runners /XC – Advance on All Fronts!

What a fantastic glorious October day at Druridge Bay – Northumberland, for all the runners and kids to enjoy the surroundings.

The Light Blues flooded the fields with runners, obtaining promotion points as a team, and delaying other Clubs gaining points – with our other non point runners putting pressure on placed positions ahead of the opposition.

Let’s get to the juicy bits: first up – Grace Scott in the Under 11s. With no fear from the start, Grace came in 64th with a time of 7:54, 36 seconds faster than last week time at Wrekenton. Duncan Scott asks wee Grace, did you try to out sprint that other girl at the end. Grace, with a cheeky laughing response, a massive ‘Yes’. A runner in the making!

64th – Grace Scott – 7:54

The Ladies team came in 2nd today in their new Division, climbing to 4th in the league with only 1 point behind the 2nd and 3rd places. Take notice, they have the determination and the Club esprit de corps to have a successful season and attempt to climb promotion a second year in a row. Today, the ladies fielded 11 runners, all vastly improving, with 3 ladies breaking their duck at Cross Country League – Sarah Kerr, Julija Stoniute and Serpil Bulut.

35th – Mandy Herworth – 31:03 – promoted to Medium Pack – beating last year’s time of 32:16
45th – Sarah Kerr – 31:16
80th – Nicki O’Brien – 32:15 – Real Time 30:35 (Fastest Claremont Lady today) – Medium Pack
81st – Jane Evans – 32:16
152nd – Sarah Bowen – 34:29 – Real Time 32:49 – Medium Pack
182nd – Rose Hawkswood – 35:31
196th – Daisy Martin – 35:56
204th – Julija Stoniute – 36:17
205th – Julie Dumpleton – 36:19
219th – Alice Vialard – 36:52
295th – Serpil Bulut – 40:42

Course distance:- 4/4.2 miles according to Strava.

The Men’s team came in a joint 9th in today’s Divisional race, and climb to 9th in the Division. Today, the men’s fielded 9 runners (three 9s – what are the odds), again all vastly improving and covering key runners holiday absences. Also a late surprise appearance by Dave Devennie to make a much needed boost to the men’s team and scores.

63rd – Roberto Marzo – 40:39 – beating last year’s time of 41:33 – Forte Italiano
141st – Anthony Liddle – 42:01
281st – Danny Edwards – 44:44
289th – Duncan Scott – 44:58
362nd – David Devennie – 46:46 beating last year time of 47:23
364th – Dean O’Brien – 46:47
429th – Christopher Gillie – 49:01
441st – Howard MacLennan – 49:18
455th – Chris Carr – 50:01

Course distance:- 6.1/6.2 miles according to Strava.

A little thanks to Charlotte Baston, your motivational attendance means Danny Edwards gets involved.

Lastly a massive thanks to both Daisy Martin and Christopher Gillie for covering photographic duties, plus the O’Brien’s, Kerr, Scotts and anyone else I’ve forgotten for covering Child Care race cover and attending today!

Oct 082017

Newcastle parkrun:

21:27   Mungai Wairia
21:43   Gordon MacFadyen
22:24   Roberto Marzo
22:29   David Devennie
23:14   Dan Edwards
24:08   Heidi Swaffield
25:42   Chris Carr
26:43   Alex Anslow
29:10   Susannah Orr

Whitley Bay parkrun:

24:11   Christopher Gillie
26:22   Dean O’Brien
27:36   Daisy Martin
28:58   Bill Milbourne

Riverside parkrun:

19:52   Alsadair Wilson Craw
27:22   Dave Wotton

Gibside parkrun:

21:44   Tom Tinsley
30:40   Gillian Milne

Rising Sun parkrun:

19:19   Anthony Liddle
23:22   Luke Woodend
34:41   Rose Hawkswood

Coventry parkrun:

25:15   Dave Kear

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

 October 8, 2017  Posted by at 6:52 am Results No Responses »
Oct 042017

12     27:21     Nina Jensen
38     25:50     David Devennie
76     22:53     Catherine Young
77     25:40     Lucy Dunbar
86     26:53     Jane Evans
110   22:13     Paul Robinson
113   26:16     Richard Slack
146   28:54     Dave Kear
151   31:02     Marie Slack
154   27:15     Howard MacLennan
158   28:42     Rose Hawkswood
159   27:46     Chris Carr
171   34:25     Serpil Bulut
173   30:43     Daisy Martin

 October 4, 2017  Posted by at 4:07 pm Results No Responses »