By Richard Slack
Sundays in September are proving to be good for running with again the weather fair, little wind and sunny spells. So Marie and I went off to Prudhoe, where we met Nina for the Prudhoe Miners 10k. Special cheer for Nina who the day before had run and won the ladies in the Border Reivers half marathon (as befitting a captain!).
The first couple of kms were, as runners would say, undulating, setting off from Waterworld to run along Prudhoe main street. This was well marshalled and road traffic free. The route then turns a little nasty with an uphill section for about half a kilometre but not the perils of Denton Bank. Thereafter the run was pretty much split between level and downhill sections. The route returns into Prudhoe, back past Waterworld and drinks station and then proceeds downhill for the final 3k. This last section being a delightful run by the river Tyne to finish at the Country Park near Prudhoe station.
All in all a good 10k and one that I will hopefully do again next year. Whilst I was pleased with my time I was staggered (as Ben would be!) by the 41.13 recorded on the Claremont website for those that browse during the day. I will set the record right with a time of 47.13, although still a notable improvement from 2013 (and pre-Claremont days) when I was some six minutes slower. Progress indeed and carried away with enthusiasm I duly entered the Redcar half marathon next weekend – report to follow.
Update: Richard’s time in the results listing has been corrected.