Jul 092017

Results and photos from the Great North 10K today:

Runner Position Time
Mungai Wairia 213 43:07
Howard MacLennan 486 46:45
Sarah Kerr 593 47:59
Heidi Swaffield 634 48:15
John Grimshaw 1115 52:52
Dave Manners 2699 65:05


Photos, mainly from Lucy, also show Roberto Marzo and Christopher Smillie though I can’t find them in the results (heaven forbid that they ran on somebody else’s number!):

 July 9, 2017  Posted by at 8:37 pm Photos, Results No Responses »
Jun 282017

There was a good Claremont turnout on a wet night in the Tyne Valley. I think everybody earned their pie and peas!

Position Time Name
62 39:55 Catherine Young
81 40:42 Tom Tinsley (2nd M55)
93 41:50 David Lydall
195 47:25 Richard Slack
197 48:02 Nina Jensen
299 53:51 Serpil Bulut
339 57:07 Julie Dumpleton
341 57:11 Michelle Nesbitt-Burrell
347 57:31 Mary Martin (2nd F60)
348 57:31 Marie Slack
400 69:26 Gillian Milne
 June 28, 2017  Posted by at 9:22 am Results No Responses »
Jun 222017

A big thanks to everybody who ran, marshalled or helped in anyway at the Weetslade Relays last night. Thankfully the thunderstorms stayed away, though it must have been a sticky night for the runners, especially those on the first leg.

Although the final results can be found in the post below and a summary of the winners in an earlier post, I thought that I could highlight the performance of the Claremont teams. I thought that they gave their all for the sky blue vest – well done!

Position Team 1st Leg 2nd Leg 3rd Leg
33 A Hannah Mainprize 16:41 Anthony Liddle 16:50 Mungai Wairia 17:01 0:50:32
63 B Francesco Carrer 17:41 Nicki O’Brien 18:23 Kerry Smith 19:30 0:55:34
82 C Julie Cross 19:10 Heidi Swaffield 18:09 Serpil Bulut 21:20 0:58:39


The winner of the “Guess the time of the first Claremont team” competition was … me!  I won back a bottle of wine that we had donated (and some other stuff).  So special thanks to Hannah, Anthony and Mungai for running to their handicap form!

 June 22, 2017  Posted by at 9:45 pm General No Responses »
Jun 222017

The intrepid Howard MacLennan has been running around New York (anything to get out of marshaling at Weetslade!) and sends this report:

This is the 3rd year this sell-out event has taken place, to help this broadening, changing diverse community to come together. The race is organised by Harlem Run, a free charity running Club that was recently created. I aim to train with them with in the near future.

The race is based at Marcus Garvey Park, nee Mount Morris Park, Harlem, New York. The area is currently undergoing huge development and refurbishment. It’s just situated North of Central Park, South of the famous Apollo theatre and very close to Columbia University – nee Kings College before the Revolutionary War. The University dishes out the Pulitzer Prize each year. Harlem – nee Nieuw Haarlem, was a Dutch village in the former Dutch colony of Manhatten, based on Haarlem in Netherlands. The park is pretty much 1200 square metres, so the mile race is one flat loop of the park with a bit extra to run. The park is surrounded by historical Harlem Renaissance Brownstone architectural buildings. Middle of the park has a solid rock/schist and during the American Revolutionary War it mounted a Hessian battery to control the area. The schist is surrounded by smaller parks for kids, barbecues, open theatre and pool, children’s baseball, dogs and squirrels only areas – a lot squashed in. At times you see a mother pushing her pram with a puppy dog inside.

The One Miler is a pretty big event in the US community, it mainly attracts the youthful college mustangs and obviously I fit into this hung category with my confusing muscular looks. I was drawn into the 2nd Heat Race – the fastest one for males only.

All the races was started by the Drag Queen Miss Shuga Cain, very close to the RuPaul colourful dress sense. From the word go, I was trying to concentrate on pace, but the first 400 I was struggling to breath with the humidity and heat. I had to drop a gear and hope for the best. The community was outstanding from the park; with support from the locals, the NYPD, those whom raced earlier and for the next two females, kids and family relay heats. I was definitely missing my usual Club Pacers – you know who you are, but passing each side of the park went far swifter than the Baltic course. The last 200 metres I just had to open up and sprint across the finishing line, then finding a floor trying to gain my breath. My chip time was 6 minutes 6 seconds – 6:06:75, coming 62nd and 8th by age group.

I just beat my PB by a whisker, previously at 6:07.

If I ever run this again, I noted the fastest male runner ran topless with their numbers stuck to their shorts. This fashionable option to reduce heat may help me to breathe more clearly and reduce much unnecessary heat. I just have to put this option into further practice – wink wink and all it’s Glory!

Importantly the race reaches out to Harlem United, bringing charitable monies to help the community for the prevention of AIDS and to help those suffering with AIDS. Regardless of their sexual orientation, race or social-economic status.

 June 22, 2017  Posted by at 2:20 pm Race Reports No Responses »
Jun 222017

Lucy Dunbar was one of the Superstars to complete all 37 miles of the latest example of Claremont ultra madness, the South Tyne Trail. She sends this report:

Okay so I’ve been charged with the task of trying to put together some coherent ramblings about our casual 37ish mile ultra run the other week.

First off, I’m not sure what possessed me to say yes considering I knew fine well I would be frequenting a Gin Festival the day before but alas I put my name forward.
(Editors note: the Gin Festival also being the night after several gins to celebrate the Blaydon Race!).

8am Sunday came and I made my way to the Jesmond metro to be picked up by the mini bus feeling a little on the fragile side. We made our way to the start of our run. We started off running against a ridiculous wind on our way to the Source of the Tyne, had a few photos and then back in the other direction carried by the wind (wahoo).

Now I feel like I really need to highlight here a little incident involving Janet. Janet who didn’t realise there was a rather large gap in the fence to walk through just in front of her and just really wanted to use the stile much to the amusement of others.

The miles rolled by, we had lots of heavy downpours lasting a few minutes, lots of singing ‘the hills are alive!’ and just having a good old chinwag really. With lots of regular stops and feeding. Damn those Jelly Babies really were good.

Oh and on the mileage went, lots of pretty views of the Tyne, the viaduct and some ruins of a castle I think? Everything seems all blurred now but I know the company is what helped me through.

26 miles clocked by and I decided perhaps I could attempt to keep going. More impressively was Alice who has never ran further than 13 miles before and was still going strong!

Onwards we went, through more downpours lasting only a few minutes and getting lost and actually adding even more mileage on and what was this?! An extremely steep hill at mile 35! You really are cruel. Up and up we went before rejoining the whole clan again to run the last mile into Hayden Bridge together. There were tears, there was laughter, there was blood, but we got through. A thoroughly enjoyable day with lots of lovely people. Perhaps I might do it again next year.

Well done to the super six who completed it all – Alice, Nina, Julie, Mungai, Jamie and me of course. Particularly well done to Mary, Leanne and Marie for running a ridiculously long way too, I think 30 miles?! Charlotte, Dan, Tom, Richard and Janet also running a very long way too!

Thanks to Janet, Bill, Lorna, John and Terry for all the organising, ferrying us about and support.

I can now call myself an ultra runner.

 June 22, 2017  Posted by at 2:09 pm Race Reports No Responses »
Jun 162017

David Lydall was the only representative at the Newburn River Run this year – a very respectable 67th place in a time of 40:56.


Matthew Kingston also took part but due to an issue with England Athletics registration had to run as unattached albeit wearing his Claremont vest. He managed 4th in his age category in a time of 38:36.

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 7:56 pm Results No Responses »
Jun 092017

In chip time order:

35:23  Simon Lowe
35:29  Catherine Young (15th female overall)
36:53  Thomas Tinsley
37:26  David Lydall
37:38  Mungai Wairia (3rd M60)
39:06  Anthony Liddle
39:12  Arthur Liu
40:23  Howard MacLennan
41:00  Matthew Diment
42:20  Alan Dunning
42:28  Richard Slack
42:41  Luke Woodend
42:55  Nina Jensen
42:58  Brian Hegarty
43:45  Heidi Swaffield
43:57  Rose Hawkswood
44:24  Rachel Stout
45:06  Lucy Dunbar
45:33  Chris Carr
45:41  Alice Vialard
45:54  Christopher Smillie
46:56  Ken McCormick
48:30  Marie Slack
49:50  John Bell
50:22  Susannah Orr
53:44  Leanne Salem

And a few Claremonters who ran in other colours (those in yellow and black are quick!):

31:28  Jonny Evans  (42nd overall)
33:27  Jonathan Gilroy
43:12  Charlotte Baston

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 11:33 pm Results No Responses »