May 252019

The Allendale Fair has been a favourite day out for Claremont in recent years, but this year saw just 6 of us in the race – though Gill came to the Fair for the first time but looked after my Mum instead of running (she makes such sacrifices!).

There have been a few variations of the course but this year was a repeat of last year’s route, This means a ridiculously steep climb in the first kilometre and another 2 kilometres of climbing out onto the moorland. Having gone too fast on this stretch last year and paid for it later, I took it easier this year and even walked for two short stretches.

I improved my time from last year, so the strategy worked and I was first over 60.  Sarah Kerr also improved on last year and progressed from 3rd female to 2nd place this year – so, Sarah, only one result will do in 2020!

Unfortunately the weather didn’t hold for the afternoon of the Fair but we did see the pet show! 

Thanks to Hazel Juggins for writing this “proper” race report:

“What does the street-name ‘Lonkley Terrace’ conjure up… perhaps a row of pretty Northumberland cottages with a gentle bend in the road, maybe following the line of a stream, with a couple of cats sunning themselves on a wall…? Well, it turns out Lonkley Terrace is the most precipitous route out of Allendale Town which those jokers at Allen Valley Striders select for the start of the Allendale Fair 10km Multi-Terrain Race. So steep, there is no visibility of its true awfulness until you hit the first bend, it’s the hill that just keeps on giving, for about a mile and a half.

So it was lucky that Sarah Kerr and David Lydall suggested a slow jog part-way up said hill 15 minutes before the start to psychologically prepare for the feat in store. Tom and Dave Kear warned against ‘going off too fast’. Unsure that I was capable of anything that could be called ‘too fast’, I started the race plodding upwards, slowing to what felt like a brisk walk, but was probably more of a laboured stroll, before getting into my stride as the gradient moderated only slightly. Turning from the road onto a track, then onto a narrow path cut through the heather moorland, it was time to appreciate the high points of the route – bleak moorland, wide horizons, peewits calling, and gentle sunshine. The Allen Valley Striders had done their best to fulfil the ‘multi-terrain’ classification by including a section of unforgiving, newly-laid rocks which needed concentration to negotiate but it was all part of the challenge, and the long descent back into the village into a gentle breeze, was verging on enjoyable.

The six Claremont runners had welcome support from Gill and Tom’s Mum, then we gathered for post-race food and drinks and prize giving in the village square. Tom was first Claremonter back in a brilliant 10th place and first in his age group, followed by a great run from Sarah Kerr to make second in the women’s race.  We were then ready to look round the delights of the village fair:  pet show, three types of dancing (clog, maypole and morris), music, craft stalls and kids’ activities. Rain encouraged us into the Golden Lion before heading back. This was my first attempt at anything with ‘multi-terrain’ in the title and it was great to have the company and encouragement from the Claremont contingent.”

10thTom Tinsley47:151st M60+
13thSarah Kerr48:222nd female
18thDavid Lydall50:15
31stAlan Dunning57:15
34thHazel Juggins58:39
35thDave Kear58:46
 May 25, 2019  Posted by at 9:01 pm Photos, Race Reports, Results No Responses »
May 252019

Two PBs (Heather and Matt) and a little bit of tourism too!

Newcastle parkrun

20:38 Roberto Marzo
21:15 Paul Hughes
21:10 Mungai Wairia
22:15 Luke Woodend
22:34 Dave Devennie
23:56 Nina Jentl
24:22 Michael Teasdale
24:33 Brian Hegarty

Riverside parkrun

19:07 Paul Robinson
20:37 Heather Steel (PB)

Rising Sun parkrun

19:57 Matt Kerry (PB)

Bodelwyddan Castle parkrun

26:23 Julie Cross

Tyne Green parkrun

20:57 Chris Jones

Blyth Links parkrun

20:55 Alasdair Wilson Craw

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Feb 172019

The Claremont contingent were flying around the Town Moor on Saturday morning – 1st place in a PB for Catherine Young and a PB for Daniel Mourenza.

Newcastle parkrun

18:45 Daniel Mourenza (PB)
19:23 Roberto Marzo
19:25 Catherine Young (1st Female, PB)
21:00 Sarah Kerr
22:18 Mungai Wairia
23:37 Luke Woodend
24:38 Richard Slack
25:48 Julija Stoniute
25:54 Dave Kear
27:17 Michael Teasdale
30:39 Kat Truong

Whitley Bay parkrun

24:29 Chris Gillie

Gateshead parkrun

21:21 Chris Jones
22:11 David Lydall
32:14 Dave Manners

Skipton parkrun

23:25 Lucy Dunbar

Gibside parkrun

21:38 Tom Tinsley
25:17 Graham Leslie

Lytham Hall parkrun

22:40 David Devennie

 February 17, 2019  Posted by at 4:09 pm Results No Responses »
Jan 012019

It was a beautiful morning for blowing the cobwebs away, so much so that a number of people doubled it and did two parkruns! Matt, Dan and Charlotte did the coastal duo of Newbiggin-by-the-Sea and Druridge Bay, Paul did Newbiggin and Rising Sun, whilst Mungai and Luke opted for Riverside and Rising Sun.

Riverside parkrun

21:55 Mungai Wairia
23:00 Luke Woodend

Newbiggin-by-the-Sea parkrun

21:39 Charlotte Baston (PB)
21:39 Dan Edwards
22:19 Matt Diment
22:37 Paul Hughes

Druridge Bay parkrun

22:39 Matt Diment
22:46 Dan Edwards
22:47 Charlotte Baston

Penrith parkrun

26:27 Julie Cross

Rising Sun parkrun

The turnout of 869 runners was much higher than usual for Rising Sun and this caused problems for runners finishing after about 24 minutes or so who had to queue to get to the finish line.  The volunteer marshals coped admirably with and with the fact that they ran out of finish tokens!

20:09 Tom Tinsley (PB)
22:31 Paul Hughes
22:51 Mungai Wairia
25:26 Graham Leslie
25:41 Luke Woodend
26:59 Howard MacLennan
29:43 Gill Milne
29:53 Chris Gillie
29:53 Daisy Martin

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Dec 132018

After a festive jog around town and the Christmas markets, we gathered at the Old George for the annual Christmas party.

As well as the food and drink, there were, of course, the prestigious annual Claremont Road Runners awards. The overall winner was Alice Vialard for her numerous achievements throughout the year, none of which I can remember!

Richard Slack was the lucky winner of the draw for the London Marathon place, so h will able to join Marie for a family day out running around the streets of the capital. Unfortunately, Roberto Marzo couldn’t attend to receive the Colin Archibold Trophy for being first male in the Northumberland Coastal Run.

Hopefully everybody had a good time. Thanks to Mary and, as ever, Mungai for the photos, the full set of which can be found on Flickr below.

Christmas Party 2018

 December 13, 2018  Posted by at 10:11 pm Club News, Photos No Responses »
Nov 042018

Newcastle parkrun

20:11 Tom Tinsley
20:52 Paul Robinson
21:01 David Lydall
21:07 Gordon MacFadyen
22:17 Heather Steel
22:34 Richard Slack
24:36 Brian Hegarty
25:30 Julija Stoniute
27:28 Chris Carr
27:56 Clare McKitterick
49:15 Bill Milbourne

Sheffield Hallam parkrun

18:59 John Lea-Wilson (another PB!)

Whitley Bay parkrun

27:09 Alice Vialard

Riverside parkrun

26:59 Dave Wotton

Rising Sun parkrun

19:46 Sumanth Nayak (an impressive 9th place)

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Sep 172018

Although classed as a half-marathon, this is actually a 14.1 mile trail run, and six hardy Claremonters had recovered sufficiently from the exertions of last weekend to tackle it.

2:00:45  Richard Slack
2:04:49  David Wotton
2:09:54  Nina Jensen
2:29:40  Marie Slack
2:32:39  Mary Martin
2:38:54  Leanne Salem

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