Nov 052018

Thanks to Cath Robson for the report on the final leg of the Claremont Tyne Ultra.

Quayside to Tynemouth

What a grand day out we had covering the final section of the mighty Tyne on its way to the sea!

About 20 runners assembled at the Swing Bridge; for some this was their first leg of the relay while others had covered every mile of its route from modest beginnings high in the hills and we were even joined by our ‘celebrity runner’ Megan Al-Ghailani and partner, Brendan. As always (!) the sun shone on Tyneside and showcased the region splendidly for our visitors. As this was the urban stretch of the ultra there was no need for bus back up and so, at 9am prompt, some of the team headed uphill to catch the Metro while the rest of us jogged off along the Quayside. Many of us soon warmed up on this unseasonably mild morning and layers were shed as we passed the Ouseburn and on into Walker. No cows to contend with this time but a single, tethered horse (initially mistaken for Batman – you had to be there!) watched us pass. After an hour we arrived in Roman Britain with roman baths signposted to our right and Segedunum on our left. As we approached Hadrian Road station we were ambushed by the Metroriders and, after brief sugar-based refreshments the larger squad continued east using the North Tyneside Waggonways – less nettles and thistles but more glass and dog poo than countryside sections it has to be said… Soon we were crossing the A19 and being encouraged by Mungai, who had nipped along to Percy Main, and then on through the waggonways and streets into North Shields. Before long we could see the sea and were heading along the Fish Quay, including a close encounter with some fishnets, and on towards the Collingwood Monument. A short, steep hill provided a final challenge before a downhill swoop towards the end. For the first time the finish time (11.30am) and distance (12 Claremont miles) were exactly as predicted by mapmaker extraordinaire, Janet!!

Unfortunately, the pier was closed for maintenance but we made up for this with a ‘bracing’ paddle or, in Richard’s case, dip! Then it was off to the Gibraltar Rock for well-earned food and drinks.

All in all, a fitting end to an awesome club event with special congratulations to the runners who completed the whole distance of both the South and North Tynes to the sea – Nina, Julie and Jamie. Unfortunately, Mungai couldn’t run today but once the pier reopens and he’s back to full fitness, there will be definitely be a return visit!
Now… what’s next?

See more photos here.

 November 5, 2018  Posted by at 4:27 pm Club News, Photos, Race Reports No Responses »
Oct 302018

It was a cold night down on the Quayside but at least it was dry with little wind, which made   a pleasant change for our 46 runners after some of our recent weather!  Once again we welcomed numerous guests (old friends and new ones), which always adds a bit of interest (especially for the handicapper!).

Saying that, I think a couple of Claremont ladies fooled the handicapper as Alison Smullen romped home well clear of the field, followed by Hyemi Shin who has obviously been hiding her talent in her first few weeks with the club!  In 3rd place was the super-speedy Jonny Evans whose time of 21:27 was the 2nd fastest ever on the Quayside course.  Well done to all 3!  Jonny also managed to prevent a female clean sweep as he was the only male in the first 6, with Abi Winfield, Lucy Dunbar and Alice Vialard being 4th, 5th and 6th respectively.

The Autumn Cup was closely fought with less than 20 seconds separating the 3 contestants, but the trophy went to Luke Woodend just ahead of Richard Slack and Hazel Juggins.  Luke will have the chance to defend his title in January when his opposition will be Hazel (again) and David Lydall.

As mentioned above, fastest on the night was the ridiculously fast Jonny Evans.  Jonny runs with Claremont and Jarrow and second fastest was another Jarrow runner, and friend of Claremont, Anton Mirafsari in 23:13.  Jason Hall completed the sub-24 minute trio with an impressive time of 23:30 on his first handicap outing – definitely one to watch for the future!

Hannah Mainprize was fastest lady on the night in a time of 26:20 followed by Sarah Kerr (26:35) and Catherine Young (28:10).  I am sure Catherine’s actual time was faster but she missed her start time after an over-lengthy warm-up – I bet that’s the last time she listens to Roberto!

As ever, many thanks to the numerous marshals and start/finish team for their enthusiastic support despite the cold.

Full results are here

Thanks to Dave Manners for photos of the runners and Mungai for the photos in Paradiso. Find them on our Flickr stream here.

 October 30, 2018  Posted by at 9:11 pm Club Handicap, Photos, Race Reports, Results No Responses »
Oct 292018

The mad women of Claremont invaded Dublin this weekend but stayed off the Guinness and ran the marathon instead! Well done to all of you!

4:18:39 Nina Jensen
4:54:59 Julie Dumpleton
5:08:31 Mary Martin
5:08:32 Marie Slack

 October 29, 2018  Posted by at 2:55 pm Results No Responses »
Oct 282018

It was not a promising start to the day when we woke to sleet and rain battering the windows, but the cross-country weather Gods looked down on us and brought out the sun for the afternoon.  In fact, it turned out to be a quite a pleasant day for a run around Gosforth Park.  This was a new course for the Harrier League and I think that the general consensus was that it is an excellent addition.  The course is undulating rather than hilly and has a nice mix of woodland trails and paths across fields – and a water jump to add a bit of interest!  It also had the feel of a “proper” cross-country venue whilst being nice and accessible for us city-dwellers.

There was another good turnout of sky blue with Lucy McKitterick boosting our junior ranks with her first run in the under 13s, while Grace Scott was again running in the under 11s.  Lucy’s Mum, Clare, was also making her Harrier League debut.

The Ladies team was once again led home by Sarah Bowen with Sarah Kerr, on her first outing from the fast pack (and impressively keeping her bobble hat on all the way around!), just pipping Mandy Herworth to be second counter.  It was Mandy’s first run this season and she put in her usual strong performance from the medium pack.  Another cross-country stalwart, Julie Cross, completed the Ladies ‘A’ team.  We also had complete ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams, which is great.

It was our southern European contingent who starred for the men, with Italy’s Roberto Marzo leading followed by Spain’s Daniel Mourenza.  Liverpool’s Tom Tinsley and Derby’s David Lydall were 3rd and 4th counters, leaving Richard Slack to take the title of first male Claremont Geordie!  Duncan Scott, now hopefully injury-free, was our other counter.  Whilst not having a complete ‘B’ team, it is encouraging that we seem to have a men’s squad this year – Michael Teasdale and Ben Wetherall being welcome additions to the team this season.

Under 11s
47 Grace Scott 07:53
Under 13s
65 Lucy McKitterick 19:55
57 Sarah Bowen 31:26
169 Sarah Kerr 33:29 Fast pack, actual time 28:29
171 Mandy Herworth 33:31 Medium pack, actual time 31:01
205 Julie Cross 34:11
214 Kat Truong 34:20
239 Tara McCully 34:40
258 Clare McKitterick 35:06
282 Nicki O’Brien 35:59 Medium pack, actual time 33:29
307 Alice Vialard 36:40
308 Ay Okpokam 36:43
354 Catherine Robson 38:04
390 Gillian Milne 39:16
142 Roberto Marzo 40:16
207 Daniel Mourenza 41:02
232 Tom Tinsley 41:24
380 David Lydall 44:09
436 Richard Slack 45:49
454 Duncan Scott 46:11
494 Dean O’Brien 47:24
584 Michael Teasdale 52:13
599 Benjamin Wetherall 54:58
616 Ken McCormick 60:32


 October 28, 2018  Posted by at 12:47 pm Cross Country, North East Harrier League, Results No Responses »
Oct 282018

Newcastle parkrun

It was a horrible morning in Newcastle yesterday – cold, wet and windy – yet still 7 Claremonters went for their weekly fix on the Town Moor.  I’ve no sympathy, they should have come to the cross-country instead!

20:42 Matthew Kingston
21:37 Gordon MacFadyen
22:05 Mungai Wairia
22:47 Luke Woodend
24:32 Alan Dunning
25:13 Brian Hegarty
25:14 Dave Kear

It can’t have been much better around the rest of the North East either. So well done to the other hardy souls who ventured out.

Gateshead parkrun

23:17 Heather Steel
23:18 Paul Robinson
32:05 Dave Manners

Riverside parkrun

24:06 Dave Wotton

Lytham Hall parkrun

21:57 David Devennie (PB)

 October 28, 2018  Posted by at 11:55 am Results No Responses »
Oct 272018

Dave Wotton is the latest sky blue to do one of these daft ultra events – well done, Dave, but I think you are mad! He sends this report:

Just a not so quick report on the Rotherham round
So you want to enter the the Hadrian Hundred!
Ah but you need to do a qualifier so I decided on the Rotherham round.
There was other qualifing events but this one was the right sort of time and mega cheap to enter at only £17 plus the option of a tee shirt at £6. So for 50 miles an absolute bargain.
The only stumbling block is the fact that there is only four weeks until the event.
To cap it off when you’ve only been doing an occasional park run and the odd half, not exactly the best way to tackle 50 miles.

so I decided to enter then my sister says you may as well sign me up , and a friend I run with a lot that’s never ran over 13 miles says Dave I’m up for that.

So that said 3 of us entered we decided on doing a training run at predicted race pace .
In which we done 25 miles in 6hrs .
Slow I know but get there.

So come the morning of the 20th up at 2.30 to set of to Rotherham for a 6 am start.
We arrived at race hq numbers sorted etc.

So 6am and we’re off .
We walked pretty much most of the first 2 hours in the dark and the plan was to walk everything up. Getting toward the first check point we had two competitors who seemed to be keeping pace with us . Later to find out that the guy Jon had only ever completed a 10k race.

So we get into the first check point and I duly oblige by stuffing my face .
We’re all done and leave ch/p1 and Jon &Jane come out with us .
So on we go to check point 2 and move on still being shadowed.
At some point between 2&3 we got chatting to Jon & Jane and they had said that they had decided to just try and pace with us .
So 2 new friends we had.
So into check point 3, fed watered etc just about to set off again and another competitor Tracey say is it ok if I tag along with yous.
Well of course.
So what started as 3 is now 6.
So off we set a little running and plenty of walking so it seemed into check point 4
Where there was a bag drop and as always plenty of food and drinks.

And then on to ch/P5 without any major hiccups .
It was after ch/P5 that the chinks started to appear . We were starting to loose time but I felt at that point being around 40 miles down that I did not want to split our little crew up or for one of us not to complete .
All I could do was to try and spirits up .
We got through ch/p6 Tracey was really finding it difficult.
Jon however had been struggling from about 15 miles so I think he had just resigned himself to the fact that he just had to go on and keep moving.
We got to the last check point 6 I was as up beat as I could be to rally my troops.
Then off we set striving for the finish.
We did not manage to get back before darkness set in.
We landed at the finish in around 13:22.
We had set a time of between 12 and 14 hrs so we’re well pleased with our achievement.

What a fantastic day out and a great event.
Many thanks to Rotherham harriers.

 October 27, 2018  Posted by at 5:06 pm Race Reports No Responses »
Oct 212018

Congratulations to Mungai on completing his 250th Newcastle parkrun on the Town Moor today. Elsewhere there was a PB and a 3rd place finish for John Lea-Wilson in his home town of St Helens.

Newcastle parkrun

18:34 Roberto Marzo
21:05 Paul Robinson
21:14 Mungai Wairia
22:41 Heather Steel
23:05 David Devennie
23:45 Alan Dunning
24:14 Clare McKitterick
25:12 Dave Kear
28:57 Rose Hawkswood
29:26 Susannah Orr
29:37 Lucy Dunbar

Windy Nook parkrun

23:01 David Lydall

Riverside parkrun

20:46 Chris Jones

Newbiggin-by-the-Sea parkrun

20:41 Tom Tinsley
29:39 Gill Milne

Gibside parkrun

27:21 Graham Leslie

Rising Sun parkrun

19:44 Sumanth Nayak
23:02 Luke Woodend

 October 21, 2018  Posted by at 3:07 pm Results No Responses »