May 012016

Newcastle parkrun:

22:23   Luke Woodend
22:30   Brian Hegarty
22:35   Lucy Dunbar
23:57   Dave Kear
26:39   Alex Anslow
26:39   Alice Vialard
31:49   Terry Welsh
36:55   Rose Hawkswood

Gateshead parkrun:

22:37   Sumanth Nayak

Druridge Bay parkrun:

20:43   Tom Tinsley
27:59   Gillian Milne

Fountains Abbey parkrun:

23:52   Robyn Wynn

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge:

22:49   David Devennie – Free, timed, 5k runs every Saturday 9am

 May 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 pm Results No Responses »
Apr 262016

The weather did its best to make this seem more like a winter handicap than a spring one, but luckily the sleet and hail had passed over the Town Moor before the start of the race. It was still a very cold and windy evening for the 34 runners, and must have felt colder still for the marshals.

We were joined by 3 guests from an Active Newcastle ladies group and another lady guest, and Nina agreed to act as guide. So a group of 5 went off together as the “scratch” runners, 3 minutes ahead of the first Claremont runner to start.

This proved to be too much of an advantage for two of the Active Newcastle group, as Cath Robson and Penny Hunter romped home well clear of the field. Cath was officially declared the winner with Penny second.

Alice Vialard demonstrated once again how she is improving week by week to be a clear winner of the trophy as first Claremonter to finish. Alice was well ahead of another guest, Laura Florez, who held off a strong finish from Dean O’Brien. Chris Jones just pipped Luke Woodend to take the final place on the Claremont podium.

In the final of the Spring Cup, Julie Dumpleton was a clear winner from perennial finalist Sarah Kerr, with Sarah Bowen and Leanne Salem the other competitors.

Whilst the final of the Spring Cup was an all ladies affair, the finalists for the Summer Cup will be all men – David Devennie, Jamie Harding, Dave Kear and Matthew Kingston will wear the light blue armbands in July’s run.

Jonny Evans was fastest on the night with a very impressive time of 17:27 with Fraser Easton finishing in 17:48 to give two sub-18 minute runs for the first time since I have been recording the results. Matthew Kingston and Roberto Marzo were the other 2 runners who recorded sub-20 minutes.

Mandy Herworth was fastest lady in 22:37, followed by Sarah Kerr (23:26) and Lucy Dunbar (23:31).

The full results are here.

 April 26, 2016  Posted by at 2:09 pm Club Handicap, Race Reports, Results No Responses »
Apr 242016

Newcastle parkrun:

18:51   Roberto Marzo
20:48   Brian Hegarty
22:17   Luke Woodend
25:10   Paul Jameson
25:39   Robyn Wynn
31:08   Terry Welsh
43:59   Rose Hawkswood

Gateshead parkrun:

20:18   Sumanth Nayak
42:39   Lorna Pearson – Free, timed, 5k runs every Saturday 9am

 April 24, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 pm Results No Responses »
Apr 172016

Newcastle parkrun:

19:06   Roberto Marzo
20:45   Tom Tinsley
21:11   Heather Steel
22:18   Lucy Dunbar
24:17   Dave Kear
25:52   Rose Hawkswood

Gateshead parkrun:

23:54   Mungai Wairia
30:47   Dave Manners

Whitley Bay parkrun:

26:40   Daisy Martin

Albert parkrun, Middlesbrough:

22:43   Luke Woodend

Hampstead Heath parkrun:

28:20   Alice Vialard – Free, timed, 5k runs every Saturday 9am

 April 17, 2016  Posted by at 5:19 pm Results No Responses »
Apr 122016

Having decided to visit Gill’s uncle who lives in a lovely village on the Oxfordshire/Northamptonshire border, Gill checked the parkrun website and found that Banbury parkrun was only 6 or 7 miles away. So that was Saturday morning sorted. The first problem was that her cousin Steve was also there and he had booked us a table in the village pub on the Friday night. A very nice pub it is too, but PBs rapidly became out of the question!

The second problem was that we discovered that we had a flat tyre when we were about to set off. Luckily Steve had decided to run with us, so we still had transport to the start.

First impressions were that this was “parkrun posh” as there was a gazebo set-up in the middle of the park with tables and chairs underneath for the barcode scanners. They also had a board with lost of hooks on for the finish tokens, another board showing a map of the course and a trolley for runners’ bags, sweatshirts, coats etc.

As with every parkrun, the volunteers were friendly and helpfully explained that the course would be modified from the map as there was a bridge closed. This meant that we were starting and finishing in the middle of a field and running 3 and a half laps around park paths. It was quite confusing knowing where to start counting the 3 laps from!

It was agreed that I would run with Steve and try to coax him around in 25 minutes whilst Gill would be happy to be under 30 minutes.

Whilst part of the paths were tarmac, a lot of the time it was more like trail running as overnight rain had made it muddy in places with a slippy patch as we re-entered the field shortly before the finish. It was a small but pleasant wooded park with the path on one side giving views of the canal and on the other a small river. The marshals, who seemed to patrol in pairs, were very encouraging so all in all it was an enjoyable run.

I failed in my mission and Steve and I finished in 25:14 but Gill timed it to perfection to come home in 29:32. I think that this is a fast, flat course and we could get much better times on a dry day unemcumbered by an evening in the Fox at Farthinghoe!

Gill looking happy tpo finish


 April 12, 2016  Posted by at 10:50 pm Race Reports No Responses »
Apr 102016

Manchester Marathon, 10th April

3:02:24  Roberto Marzo   PB
3:31:51  Catherine Young

Sand Dancer 10k, 10th April

48:18     Richard Slack
48:30     John Grimshaw
57:09     John Bell
57:12     Marie Slack
61:23     David Manners

 April 10, 2016  Posted by at 5:16 pm Results No Responses »
Apr 102016

By Richard Slack

Another April comes around and another European city half marathon for Marie and Richard. This year the four day break (Friday to Tuesday) was to Berlin with the half marathon on the Sunday. The organisation in true Germanic style and accepting wild generalisations was practical, efficient and most orderly. Race numbers and chip timers was collected from the expo on the Saturday, after which we did a rekkie of the start area to ensure that  on Sunday morning we were not wandering around aimlessly.  After that, for the remainder of the day we then played at being tourists and went for the city sight-seeing bus followed by a bit of Berlin wall history and a visit to the Checkpoint Charlie museum which we were to run past on the Sunday. A relaxed and fairly alcohol light (shame but sensible) dinner that evening.

Race day: beautiful blue sky and light breeze throughout the run. Start time was 10.05 (obviously the five minutes were important to someone) on Karl Marx Allee. This long broad avenue (probably as wide as the M1) was in the former GDR (East Germany) and is flanked by high rise flats. Starting blocks were well marshalled; Marie was in Block E and I was in Block C based on prior half marathon official times. At the end of Karl Marx Allee is Alexander Platz, formerly the height of any consumer life in the East. The route then went pretty much due West along Unter den Linden (3km) before passing under the Brandenburg Tor (Gate) and into what was then West Germany. After that the race followed long avenues past the Siegessaule (Victory Column) at 5km and onto Schloss Charlottenburg around 9km.

Near to half way, we then turned south and ran in the shade of the buildings for 2-3 kms before turning back East and running along Kurfurstendamm (Ku’damm for the locals) where the famous (apparently) Ke De We department store is located (13km). A couple of welcome drinks stations were then handily placed at both 14km and 16 km (prior drinks at 6 and 10km) as we headed towards Potsdomer Platz, and in my reckoning one (although seemingly endless) parkrun distance left to go. Happily the final 5kms as much of the race before remained flat and continued to pass by some great landmarks – Rotes Rathaus and checkpoint Charlie before a final blast back to Alexander Platz for the finish line.

Marie continues with her massive half marathon time PBs, following 2.11 in Vienna ,this year a fantastic 2.04.55 so heading for a first sub 2 hour run. I had again set out for a sub 1.50.00 mindful of going under 1.45.00 for the first time. Not to be with a final time of 1.49.05 although somehow running 13.5 miles.

Great post finish organisation with loads of water, bananas, alcohol frei bier and the customary medal. Plenty of small bars and food outlets post finish and all very relaxed and not crowded despite a 30k plus number of runners. Then the acid test – the metro (U-bahn)  back to the hotel and fears of the Great North Run end travel fiasco. No fear in Berlin – straight to the platform and onto a full but not packed train to the hotel.

All in all a fantastic half marathon and thank you Berlin. Roll on 2017 for another European adventure!

 April 10, 2016  Posted by at 1:50 pm Race Reports No Responses »