Jun 182017

Gateshead parkrun:

21:26   David Lydall
31:06   Dave Manners

Rising Sun parkrun:

20:17   Tom Tinsley
25:04   Dave Kear
27:15   Lucy Dunbar
29:31   Gillian Milne

Whitley Bay parkrun:

28:49   Daisy Martin

Sedgefield parkrun:

26:08   John Grimshaw

Northallerton parkrun:

20:12   Sumanth Nayak
21:01   Mungai Wairia
23:26   Heidi Swaffield
25:08   Rose Hawkswood – Free, timed, 5k runs every Saturday 9am

 June 18, 2017  Posted by at 7:19 am Results No Responses »
Jun 042017

Newcastle parkrun:

18:16   Jakub Jerabek
19:51   Tom Tinsley
20:15   Mungai Wairia
20:53   Dan Edwards
21:06   Arthur Liu
21:55   John Grimshaw
23:22   Brian Hegarty
24:29   Dave Kear
25:52   Alice Vialard
26:42   Chris Carr
28:09   Susannah Orr
35:02   Gillian Milne

Gateshead parkrun:

19:25   Paul Robinson
21:12   David Lydall
31:22   Dave Manners

Rising Sun parkrun:

22:38   Luke Woodend
23:45   Lucy Dunbar

Prudhoe Riverside parkrun:

23:11   Jane Evans

Fountains Abbey parkrun:

20:58   Robyn Wynn

Clair parkrun:

23:51   Richard Slack – Free, timed, 5k runs every Saturday 9am

 June 4, 2017  Posted by at 11:48 am Results No Responses »
May 282017

Cath Robson reports on her marathon debut at the inaugural Stirling Marathon:

I’ll keep it brief, but just to thank all of you Claremonters who have helped, encouraged and inspired me in meeting my target ‘Run a marathon before I’m 55’ which I set myself back in January 2016. Along the way I’ve done things neither my younger self or my PE teachers would have ever believed that the slowest girl in the year would achieve – joined a running club, worn a team vest, taken up yoga, gained a run leader qualification from UK Athletics…  I’ve also met a great bunch of other runners, including the rest of the Claremont team, the women in the TGC social group and all those nameless individuals who keep you going on solo runs with a nod, smile or ‘Hi!’

Anyway, Sunday 21st May very early morning, I disguised myself as a proper runner by pulling on my new Claremont hoodie and headed off for the transfer bus to Blair Atholl Safari Park.  Porridge… tea… toilet queue… banana… toilet queue… We’re off!  Giraffes, elephants and ostriches, Doune Castle, Dunblane, Bridge of Allen, Stirling Uni campus (how scenic was that? I may need to go there for a PhD!), Wallace Monument – all lovely.  Two and a half laps of Stirling including the dreaded ‘wall’ at 19 miles and a short-nearly-vomiting sit on the kerb at 25½ miles – not so lovely.  Sprinting when I finally saw the finish line – priceless!    So I didn’t make it sub-5 hours as I’d hoped, but I did make it and put my Claremont hoodie back on, but this time I was wearing my marathon finisher’s medal – a proper runner!

 May 28, 2017  Posted by at 8:31 pm Race Reports No Responses »
May 252017

Run Northumberland Vindolanda 10k:

44:36     Catherine Young   1st lady
50:13     Jeremy Ellman   1st M60

Clive Cookson 10k:

39:55     Paul Robinson
42:00     Alasdair Wilson Craw   2nd M60
46:04     Howard Maclennan
47:03     John Grimshaw

George Ogle Memorial Race:

46:51     Nina Jensen
54:10     Marie Slack

 May 25, 2017  Posted by at 7:21 am Results No Responses »
May 212017

Newcastle parkrun:

18:01   Jakub Jerabek
20:42   Mungai Wairia
23:45   Brian Hegarty
24:28   Dave Kear
24:38   Alice Vialard
27:28   Susannah Orr

Gateshead parkrun:

19:21   Paul Robinson
20:48   Catherine Young

Gibside parkrun:

24:35   Heidi Swaffield
26:07   Graham Leslie

Durham parkrun:

20:52   Arthur Liu
22:56   Luke Woodend

Dalby Forest parkrun:

20:05   Sumanth Nayak – Free, timed, 5k runs every Saturday 9am

 May 21, 2017  Posted by at 8:30 am Results No Responses »
May 142017

Nina Jensen reports on her latest marathon adventure with Julie Dumpleton:

Holy Island Marathon or the Lindisfarne Chronicles

Julie D and I completed the inaugural Holy Island Marathon on Sat 13th May. This was a low key event organised by Evrotas running club based in London and had the sum total of 16 runners including us two. The event had a maximum of 30 runners due to the access of some of the land on the route.

After an early start we arrived in the sleepy village of Burnmouth, a Scottish fishing village.

One of the runners, Brian who was there before us lived about 500 metres from the start and had managed to blag his 3 year old grandson the key job of starting the race.

After a race briefing which included the key sentence if you keep the sea on your left and the railway tracks on the right you’ll be fine, we were lined up on the harbour wall and at 8am and a countdown were off.

We were initially led out of the village and up the hill by Brian then we were on the coastal path and left to our own devices.

The view from here would’ve been spectacular however it was thick fog and we could barely see in front of our faces.

The route followed the coastal path towards Berwick and by then the fog had cleared and the sun was out just in time to meet the cheery marshals.

The route was a real mixed terrain including 2 miles along the beach from Cheswick. We were hoping that the sand would be firm and easy to run on as we had a 4 hour cut off to reach the causeway at holy island and 19 miles.

We made the cut off where we were met by a leaping marshal who told us to follow the telegraph poles across the causeway. This is the original Pilgrims Trail and is across slimy slippy muddy sand and water. Thank goodness we’d done some of the cross country races. We managed to hold onto our shoes, someone had not been so lucky with their welly as we spotted one sticking out of the mud at some point, and made it across the causeway.

Ah only 5 miles to go now Julie, I shouted. We were optimistic that we were almost done. Oh how foolish we were!

Many if you will know about hitting the wall in a marathon, usually around the 20 mile point. However Julie and I hit a wall of endless sand dunes. Because of nesting birds we’d been asked to follow the path around the coastline so we scrambled up and down relentless hills of sand. There were no markers at this point so a marshal had pointed in the general direction of a big white nautical navigation triangle and said to aim in that general direction. We later found out that some of the runners had decided enough was enough and just ran along the beach instead.

Eventually we reached the giant white pyramid and hugged it like a long lost friend before continuing on towards the castle where the marshal instructed us to do a loop of the track and then pointed us onwards.

The priory was in sight by now and this was where we finished. We almost missed the finish despite there being a huge crowd of people waving at us with boards displaying the word FINISH on them. Sprint Julie shouted so we did.

No official times but it took around 5h 20m. After being presented with a huge medal and a stuffed goody bag we waited for the final runners to come in before posing for group photos.

I think this has got to be my favourite marathon out of 22 and if Evrotas hold it next year I’d recommend a few more sky blues joining us.

 May 14, 2017  Posted by at 11:48 am Race Reports No Responses »
May 142017

Back to the Beginning

Nothing in parkrun world has excited me more than Knowsley parkrun in Whiston. I’ve been obsessively scanning their results and social media since it started last December. What’s so special about this small town in Merseyside and why would I travel all that way just for a 5k? Well, the second question is a no-brainer but as for the first, I was born just a mile from the park, in Whiston Hospital (also the birthplace of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard) where my dad was working at the time but I have no recollection of the place as my parents left when I was almost three. Whatever tenuous link to Scouseness (Scousehood?) or even Britishness I had was severed when we moved abroad and I’ve never had a reason to return, until now.

I had planned to do the inaugural run in December but the logistics of getting there were putting me off. I’ve grown tired of the effort required to get to these far flung parkruns! Then I realized my birthday fell on a Saturday this year and my dad was planning on visiting me around that time so the prospect of a birthday-birthplace-parkrun trip with him sounded extra special.

Tom did the run in March and I immediately grilled him for all the info before making plans for my own trip. Taking place in Stadt Moers Country Park, it’s a two lap, circular route on a mix of tarmac, grass and trail with a fair few undulations. Looking at the course map on the website, I was afraid this was going to be another one of the many boring parkrun courses I’ve done that go round and round a featureless field. But after running the course, I was quite pleasantly surprised. The variety of surfaces and undulating twists and turns make it interesting and it has a small but friendly community.

They only average fifty runners but that’s not surprising given the proximity to two parkruns in Liverpool and others in Merseyside. Looking at previous weeks’ results, I thought I might have a chance of being the first finisher but a pretty serious looking first-timer turned up and ran it in 18 mins. That didn’t matter though as I could barely manage a half decent run and was fourth. Regardless of my poor performance, this was a very special parkrun pilgrimage!

If you’re in the area, give it a shot. Unfortunately, there are no toilet facilities or café in the park. The regulars go to a pub nearby. I can also recommend Croxteth Hall parkrun in Liverpool, my favourite one of all.

 May 14, 2017  Posted by at 11:39 am Race Reports 1 Response »
May 142017

Newcastle parkrun:

20:08   Paul Hughes
21:01   Mungai Wairia
21:26   David Lydall
22:02   Howard Maclennan
23:18   David Devennie
23:32   Heidi Swaffield
23:59   Brian Hegarty
24:38   Dave Kear
26:42   Chris Carr

Gateshead parkrun:

20:10   Paul Robinson
24:06   Rose Hawkswood
24:17   Graham Leslie

Rising Sun parkrun:

23:39   Luke Woodend

Prudhoe Riverside parkrun:

21:11   Dan Edwards

Knowsley parkrun:

20:22   Sumanth Nayak – Free, timed, 5k runs every Saturday 9am

 May 14, 2017  Posted by at 6:53 am Results No Responses »