Jan 252015

Newcastle parkrun:

19:19   Paul Robinson
19:25   Jeremy Smith
20:10   Gordon Macfadyen
21:04   Paul Hughes
21:23   Heather Steel
23:45   John Grimshaw
24:13   Kostas Kazakos   PB
24:13   Mungai Wairia
25:39   Mary Martin
25:55   Kenny McCormick
27:04   Dave Kear
27:46   Leanne Salem

Hackney Marshes parkrun:

19:47   Alasdair Wilson Craw   course PB

St Helens parkrun:

21:14   Tom Tinsley

Keswick parkrun:

25:58   Luke Woodend

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

 January 25, 2015  Posted by at 4:45 am Results No Responses »
Jan 232015

Lucky Number 13

This is my ‘hometown race’ – I grew up about an hour away in another emirate – and one that means the most to me. It’s probably the only marathon that I’ll really push myself in, as it’s pan flat and the temperature at this time of year, around 20 degrees, suits me perfectly. So you can understand why I was devastated at having to miss last year’s race because of injury. Following another injury over the summer, I was determined to stay fit so I avoided any speedwork apart from the occasional parkrun, hence my absence from Wednesday interval sessions.

The couple of times I ran this, the route started and finished at the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Alas, that novelty is no more as the organizers have reverted to the old out and back route along the dead straight beach road because of the construction of a canal near the tower. This makes it extremely PB friendly and a possible world record breaker. In fact, it’s billed as the world’s richest marathon for the $200,000 winner’s cheque and $100,000 bonus for a world record. I’m sure it used to be $1m a few years ago but I guess not even Dubai is immune to the global downturn!

Dubai Marathon 2015

As you can see, it’s an extremely boring course with a grand total of four corners apart from a little kink in the road. The start and finish are on a side road very close to the Burj al Arab, an ultra-luxury hotel shaped like a sail, which sits out in the sea. I don’t really mind though; I prefer straight out and backs as it’s easy to put my head down and just get in the zone. Definitely better than five laps of the Town Moor!

All the pre-race hype was centered on Kenenisa Bekele, running in just his third marathon, heading one of the biggest elite fields in the race’s history. The course record of 2:03 was supposedly under threat but in the end, Bekele pulled out after 30km and the winner finished in a rather pedestrian (by Ethiopian standards) 2:05.

As for my race, I set off at a 3:23 pace (my PB) thinking that if I felt good after 32km, I would really go for it. Over the last year, I’ve had problems with my right hamstring tensing up at that point in the race. This time however, after taking two gels and plenty of water, I felt fantastic. Averaging 4:30/km for the last ten, I passed loads of people that had shot off way too fast at the start and ended up negative splitting for only the second time after VLM 2014, with 1:41 and 1:38 halves. A finish time of 3:20:06, oh but for those six seconds!! A PB, but more importantly, the best I’ve felt in the last ten kilometres of a marathon. Every time I run here, I end up peebee-ing, so despite the ridiculous entry fee, it’s totally worth it!

Sorry to disappoint Tom and anyone else expecting another tear-jerker. That will most certainly come soon enough…

Burj al Arab obscured by porta-loos and neverending construction work

 January 23, 2015  Posted by at 4:20 pm Race Reports 2 Responses »
Jan 182015

Newcastle parkrun:

19:34   Jeremy Smith
21:41   Heather Steel
22:06   Alasdair Wilson Craw
22:55   Richard Slack
23:51   Sumanth Nayak
24:22   Mungai Wairia
24:44   Kostas Kazakos
25:37   Luke Woodend
25:38   David Devennie
25:59   Mary Martin
27:16   Dave Kear
27:24   Marie Slack

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

 January 18, 2015  Posted by at 10:53 am Results No Responses »
Jan 152015

It was a very cold night on Tuesday at the coast with the result that the path down to the Promenade was deemed too icy and so, once again, it was a there and back route along the road. Even then there were a couple of icy patches which meant that caution had to be exercised – that is my excuse for a relatively slow time anyway (along with coming down with the lurgy!).

Name Position Time
Kenny McCormack 28 27:45
Heather Steel 44 22:20
Nina Jensen 59 25:31
Paul Robinson 76 20:27
David Devennie 80 24:09
Ben Hull 82 26:11
Jonathan Gilroy 88 20:18
Tom Tinsley 93 22:26
Alasdair Wilson-Craw 110 23:09
Dave Kear 122 30:47

I hope Paul Robinson’s time is right as he doesn’t appear in the results, but he definitely finished ahead of me. I have assumed the time for Paul Robertson which seemed to be around where Paul finished.  This would put Paul in the top 10 times along with Jonathan Gilroy.  Heather was an impressive 2nd fastest lady.

The Claremont teams are not doing so well, Kenny’s Also Rans are 19th and Will Wonders are 23rd out of 25.

 January 15, 2015  Posted by at 2:13 pm Results No Responses »
Jan 122015

Senior Women

36   41:22   Heidi Swaffield 14:00 Sarah Bowen 13:47 Colette Whitfield 13:35
69   47:36   Nina Jensen 14:47 Mary Martin 16:08 Marie Slack 16:41
79   50:25   Leanne Salem 17:19 Elaine Henderson 17:13 Julie Dumpleton 15:53


Heather Steel 12:51 Charlotte Spencer 13:02

Senior Men

32   34:25   Paul Robinson 11:40 Luke Jones 11:19 Jonathan Gilroy 11:26

Veteran Men

24   35:31   Duncan Scott 11:36 Matthew Kingston 12:14 Paul Robinson 11:41
71   40:27   Tom Tinsley 12:12 Kenny McCormick 15:41 Alisdair Wilson Craw 12:34
93   46:52   Ben Hull 14:21 Bob Richards 16:27 Bill Milbourne 16:04


Howard Maclennan 13:30 Richard Slack 14:26

Full results here.

 January 12, 2015  Posted by at 10:28 am Cross Country, Results No Responses »
Jan 062015

By Jeremy Smith

New Year’s Day 2015 had been highlighted on my calendar for over six months – ever since the Premier League’s fixtures had been published and the one fixture – Newcastle United against Burnley – that I had been looking forward to taking place since we moved up from London in 1999.

I’ll resist the temptation to write about the magnificent performance of the mighty Clarets as they came back from having to make three substitutes in the first 30 minutes and one goal behind on three occasions to salvage a 3 – 3 draw.

So to the resolution run.  The run follows a similar route to the recent NE cross-country championship except that it consists of two laps – that’s good news for the men who run a shorter distance, but bad news for the women who have to run two longer laps.  The race starts near the start of the Newcastle parkrun and then immediately goes off to the right and along the edge of Exhibition Park before following (anti-clockwise) the parkrun route towards Grandstand Road.

There was some wind, but it was only when we turned left up along a (very muddy) path running parallel to Grandstand Road that its full force was felt as we struggled upwards towards the first of the two hills that we run (in the reverse direction) in the summer handicap.  The hills were so much harder than the NE cross-country championship – then the hills provided a measure of protection from the wind, but this time the wind flowed down the hills at great speed.  I had managed to run up the hills during the NE cross-country championship (maybe that was due to the support from Mungai!) but this time I walked them (albeit with long strides that meant I didn’t lose any places).  We then ran down the hill towards Exhibition Park before setting off on a second lap.

I managed to finish (exhausted) in a reasonable time to be followed by Alasdair Wilson Craw (first male over 60 – well done) and David Devennie, who celebrated his first year at Claremont by knocking a remarkable eight minutes off last year’s time.

 January 6, 2015  Posted by at 7:57 am Race Reports No Responses »
Jan 032015

Newcastle parkrun:

18:17   Luke Jones   PB
19:40   Jeremy Smith
19:44   Sumanth Nayak
19:54   Tom Tinsley
20:51   Heather Steel
22:54   Richard Slack
23:03   Paul Hughes
23:13   Mungai Wairia
25:02   Julie Dumpleton   PB
25:26   Katherine Hooper
28:03   David Devennie

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

 January 3, 2015  Posted by at 6:34 pm Results No Responses »
Jan 012015

Morpeth 11k

54    44:58    Sumanth Nayak

What better way to start off the new year than with an undulating, lung busting race through the very scenic Northumberland countryside.

Resolution Run Town Moor

19   37:23   Jeremy Smith
33   40:18   Alasdair Wilson Craw   1st M60
70   43:54   David Devennie

 January 1, 2015  Posted by at 5:22 pm Results No Responses »