Nov 202017

It was a bright, sunny but bitterly cold morning for this year’s Town Moor Marathon. Four Claremonters did the full distance and they were joined by Camille Roost who did the half (her first ever race!). Even more of us manned the drinks station to keep the runners supplied with water, juice and sweets (don’t tell anyone, but we might have eaten some of the sweets ourselves). I think that we all avoided frostbite but it was a close run thing!

Well done to all the runners – particularly Jane for completing her first ever marathon, Camille for her first ever half-marathon and Julie for getting a PB on what was meant to be a training run for her forthcoming ultra.

2:05:30  Camille Roost

3:38:07  Jamie Harding
4:10:05  Nina Jensen
4:10:06  Julie Dumpleton
4:16:43  Jane Evans

 November 20, 2017  Posted by at 1:00 pm Photos, Race Reports, Results No Responses »
Nov 182017

Thousands of enthusiastic tourists headed to Durham on Saturday as it showcased the best of the North East.  Whilst most were there for the Lumiere Festival, the running community enjoyed the latest Harrier League event at Aykley Heads.  On a bright, sunny but cold afternoon there was once again a good turnout of runners in sky blue.  Conditions were good underfoot – it is now halfway through the season and we have yet to have any mud worthy of the name.  I’m not complaining as I am still recovering from the trauma of Thornley Hall Farm 2!

The ladies had 3 full teams and while all finished behind Olympic finalist Laura Weightman, there were some very good individual performances.  Lucy Dunbar had a superb run to finish in an impressive 25th place and will now increase the Claremont contingent in the ladies’ medium pack to 5 (7 if we add Hannah in the under 20s and still count Robyn from her new home in the South).  Sarah Kerr, Mandy and Nicki completed the A team, having been given great support by the next Claremont generation of Charlotte and Danielle (I’m very impressed by Dean’s babysitting skills).

The A team were 8th in their division on the day to lie 5th overall (by my calculations).  The B and C teams also did well, with the B team being 4th out of the Bs and Heaton were the only team in the division with a C team that did better than ours.

For once the men’s race started on time and a number of runners still hadn’t made it to the start line.  At least all the Claremont runners were there and got a reasonable start.  We were led home by debutant John Lea-Wilson who enjoyed his run and finished a brilliant 47th.  So John will also join the medium pack and give us slow coaches a start next time around.  John helped us to a 6th placed position, our best performance of the year, though I wonder if we would do even better if half the team didn’t use parkrun for a warm-up!

Special thanks to Rose for mending the tent, it did the job perfectly and was still standing to welcome us back after a tough run on a difficult course.  Even more welcoming was the excellent spread of cakes, biscuits, fudge and other goodies – we might be 2nd and 3rd division for running but I reckon Claremont are in the Champions League for baking!

Here are the results.

Position Runner Time
25 Lucy Dunbar 33:08
85 Sarah Kerr 34:31
104 Mandy Herworth 35:11 Medium pack, actual time 33:31
127 Nicki O’Brien 35:49 Medium pack, actual time 34:09
158 Sarah Bowen 36:32 Medium pack, actual time 34:52
163 Rose Hawkswood 36:45
178 Nina Jensen 37:26
189 Julie Dumpleton 37:45
225 Kat Truong 39:17
253 Bill Milbourne 40:25
258 Catherine Robson 40:38
285 Gillian Milne 41:53
305 Serpil Bulut 43:36
47 John Lea-Wilson 41:45
92 Roberto Marzo 43:02
155 Anthony Liddle 44:16
264 Tom Tinsley 46:13
290 David Lydall 46:58
333 Matthew Diment 48:26
364 Dean O’Brien 49:38
445 Howard MacLennan 53:24
532 Ken McCormick 61:43


Thanks to Kat for assuming photo duty while the men were running:

Nov 162017

We were offered a free talk by Newcastle Foot Clinic and a number of us attended after training on Monday. Dave Kear summarised it in the following report:

After a brief introduction from Craig Burton, Evelyn McGee proceeded to give a very interesting talk to 14 Claremonters who were sat around in a cosy ring at the Newcastle Foot Clinic after the club session on the evening of Monday 13th November.

Evelyn, who specialises in lower limb rehabilitation, tendinopathy and running injuries, had only recently joined the NFC team, and she explained firstly how she had managed to self-diagnose and recover from a very serious ankle injury 3 years ago.

Evelyn was happy to address the topics of achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis problems, having been encouraged to deal with these subjects by members of her attentive audience. We were told that ‘shock wave therapy’ has emerged as a particularly successful treatment for plantar fasciitis.

“Shock wave therapy is thought to work by inducing microtrauma to the tissue that is affected by these problems. This microtrauma initiates a healing response by the body. The healing response causes blood vessel formation and increased delivery of nutrients to the affected area. The microtrauma is thought to stimulate a repair process and relieve the symptoms of pain.”

In more general terms, Evelyn was of the opinion that the role of rest in recovery is often over-emphasised. She said that ideally she would like to see and treat an injured runner within 2-3 days of the manifestation, though she admitted it was invariably the case that they would only seek help once the problem had become chronic.
Stress fractures she said were often the result of poor running technique, though she added that there is no ‘one way’ to run, and the matter had to be dealt with on a very individual basis. Although it was difficult to make major changes, it was nearly always possible to make significant improvements. Interestingly, she also offered the opinion that ‘recreational runners’ who did not suffer any problems should not be encouraged to alter their running style.
Another aspect of running she thought had been over-emphasised was types of running shoe. But she warned that switching from a regular heel-strike shoe to a minimalist type of racing shoe was very likely to induce an injury.

Throughout her talk, Evelyn stressed the benefits of glute-strengthening exercises, weight training and hills work, especially for ultra-endurance events. Nina and Kat were then invited to demonstrate hip flexor exercises under Evelyn’s guidance.

In conclusion, Evelyn recommended a number of sites to follow on Facebook & Twitter before we all then left the premises with a goodie bag in hand.

  • The Running Physio for Greg Lehman (for body mechanics)
  • Dr Christian Barton & Dr Peter Malliaras – both of Complete Sports Care (in Camberwell)

Many thanks to Nina Jensen for arranging a fascinating and instructive talk – and watch out for her ‘enhanced’ boot camp sessions at the club in the future.

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Nov 152017

38:47  Roberto Marzo
39:28  Anthony Liddle
40:04  Catherine Young
41:03  Sumanth Nayak
43:55  Arthur Liu
44:45  Matthew Diment
46:43  Alan Dunning
48:43  Rose Hawkswood
52:25  Alice Vialard
53:02  Giuseppe Fruttuoso
53:59  Ken McCormick

 November 15, 2017  Posted by at 4:59 pm Results No Responses »
Nov 062017

Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race

54:50  Dan Edwards
57:36  David Lydall
59:51  Matt Diment
63:03  Charlotte Baston
78:19  Kat Truong
78:39  Serpil Bulut

Leeds Abbey Dash

45:53  Lucy Dunbar

Mo Marathon, Newcastle Town Moor

The full 7-lap marathon was completed by:

04:16  Sarah Bowen
04:16  Nina Jensen
04:23  Julie Dumpleton

Marie and Mary sensibly ran a bit less:

01:53  Marie Slack (4 laps)
02:42  Mary Martin (5 laps)

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Oct 302017

The Sherman Cup and Davidson Shield is an annual one-off event that forms part of the Harrier League season (but not part of the League).

It was a good turnout of Claremont Road Runners that braved the elements on a very windy Saturday afternoon at Temple Park. In fact it was so windy so that it has broken the club tent by snapping one of the support poles! Without the wind it would have been excellent running conditions as the course was in very good condition. However it was hard work running around that field into a howling gale!

Position Name Time Cat
75 Lucy Dunbar 29:20 Sen.
77 Sarah Bowen 29:25 Vet.
144 Nina Jensen 31:35 Vet.
160 Rose Hawkswood 32:07 Sen.
180 Julie Dumpleton 32:38 Vet.
197 Alex Anslow 33:12 Sen.
209 Kat Truong 33:29 Sen.
243 Bill Milbourne 34:39 O65
254 Daisy Martin 34:53 Sen.
270 Catherine Robson 35:29 Vet.
286 Serpil Bulut 36:22 Vet.
119 Roberto Marzo 37:48 Sen.
147 Danny Edwards 38:39 Sen.
200 Anthony Liddle 40:19 Sen.
208 Tom Tinsley 40:25 Vet.
224 David Lydall 40:57 Vet.
300 Dean O’Brien 43:21 Sen.
348 Howard Maclennan 45:30 Vet.
360 Christopher Gillie 45:56 Sen.
371 Chris Carr 46:40 Vet.
419 Ken McCormick 51:53 Vet.


There are separate results for senior and veteran teams, with 3 counting for each.  The Claremont teams finished as below:

14th Senior Ladies (Lucy, Rose, Alex)
22nd Veteran Ladies (Sarah, Nina, Julie)

22nd Senior Men (Roberto, Dan, Anthony)
23rd Veteran Men (Tom, David, Howard)

 October 30, 2017  Posted by at 1:57 pm Cross Country, Race Reports, Results No Responses »
Oct 292017

Report from Richard Slack

In New York for a long weekend. After sight-seeing in the sunshine on Saturday and the normal run pre-loading of beer and wine on Saturday night, Sunday dawned, or rather did not dawn, early with grey skies and rain. The 5 mile run is one of series of runs the week before the New York Marathon. We made our way early to the starting zones getting to the Park around 7.45am for an 8.30am race start time. following a rendition of the national anthem, in total around 4,100 runners set off in the event – numbers limited due to the space in Central Park and that it is still public access during the 5 mile run. The circuit is a well-trodden route by runners being a 5 mile perimeter run of the park. Starting on Upper West Side, the run followed an anti-clockwise route, immediately heading south to the bottom of the park before running the full length of the park (East Side) and then round the top and back to the start/finish area. Gentle undulations in the main with an excellent downhill stretch towards the finish area. Obviously hydration is a real deal here with water stations every 2km despite the grey skies and intermittent heavy rain. However, as perhaps expected well enthusiastic marshals with cries of “you got it buddy” and “great job” throughout the run. Good to be able to represent the sky blue of Claremont stateside, and hopefully one of many New York visits!

Photos show Richard and Marie with their new mates from NYPD and Manhattan skyline


Richard 38.43
Marie 46.53

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