Jan 142018

It was Gold for the Claremont gadgies at Durham this morning as Bill, Kenny and Dave Kear won the over 65 category in the Cathedral Relays.  Well done!

It was a cold, dry morning and the flat, grassy course was a welcome change from last week’s mud which made for an enjoyable morning’s racing.

Position Team Time Team Leg 1 Time Leg 2 Time Leg 3 Time
48 40:08 A David Lydall 12:49 Richard Slack 13:20 Dave Wotton 13:59
56 45:23 B Bill Milbourne 15:17 Kenny McCormick 15:34 Dave Kear 14:32
Incomplete C Tom Tinsley 12:01


Position Team Time Team Leg 1 Time Leg 2 Time Leg 3 Time
31 42:30 D Kat Truong 14:27 Alex Anslow 14:38 Sophie Lamb 13:25
48 46:39 E Mandy Herworth 13:06 Leanne Salem 18:01 Alice Vialard 15:32
Incomplete F Cath Robson 15:48 Gill Milne 17:26


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Jan 062018

Mud, glorious mud! The cross-country season had been distinctly lacking it up to now, so the weather gods decided to make up for it at Herrington Country Park today. This is a great cross-country course with a bit of everything – good views, hills, lakes and woodland – though today it was lacking grass, particularly after the ladies had done a great job of churning it up for us!

Despite losing a few to injury and illness, there was still a decent Claremont turnout of 9 ladies and 8 men. On a day when it was an achievement just to stay on your feet and get around, there were some good performances.

Sarah Kerr led the women home in 40th place, probably almost the perfect position as it is just outside promotion to the medium pack! Lucy Dunbar, in her first run from the medium pack, made light of the mud to power through the field to be second Claremonter home, with seasoned runners Mandy Herworth and Sarah Bowen being the other team counters.

Roberto Marzo led the men home despite running a mere 10 miles in the morning; Anthony Liddle shook off a recent ankle injury to be next home and Alasdair Wilson Craw rolled back the years to be 3rd Claremonter back. Myself, David Lydall and Dean O’Brien completed the counters.

Having said it was an achievement to stay on your feet, I think that I was the only one that failed as I went flying in the woods on the 2nd lap. There was so much mud that it was a nice soft landing and I got a free mudpack on the face. I believe fancy spa hotels charge lots of money for a “facial” like this, so I suppose that I should treat it as a bonus!

Position Runner Time
40 Sarah Kerr 35:08
81 Lucy Dunbar 36:27 Medium pack – actual time 34:37
85 Mandy Herworth 36:33 Medium pack – actual time 34:43
157 Sarah Bowen 38:42 Medium pack – actual time 36:52
173 Kat Truong 39:11
179 Alex Anslow 39:24
210 Rose Hawkswood 41:05
241 Catherine Robson 42:46
268 Gillian Milne 44:10


Position Runner Time
70 Roberto Marzo 44:12
177 Anthony Liddle 46:25
223 Alasdair Wilson Craw 47:25
255 Tom Tinsley 48:13
298 David Lydall 49:27
395 Dean O’Brien 54:39
410 Howard Maclennan 55:27
468 David “Kenny” Reay 63:50


I had forgotten to charge our camera, so only got photos of the first part of the ladies race:

Jan 022018

Morpeth 11K Road Race

51:52 Sumanth Nayak
59:57 Nina Jensen

Resolution Run, 10K, Town Moor

38:04  Roberto Marzo
42:46  David Lydall
43:40  Anthony Liddle
46:54  David Devennie
49:11  Jane Evans

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Jan 022018

Rather than a conventional marathon, this is an event where participants can run as many laps as they wish.

Runner Distance Time
Sarah Bowen 50k 5:22:16
Julie Dumpleton Marathon 4:43:00
Nina Jensen 50k 5:23:16
Mary Martin Half 2:31:30
Marie Slack Half 2:31:30
Mungai  Wairia 14 Miles 2:32:23

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Dec 052017

Hexhamshire Hobble

Three Claremonters did the Hobble this year, described by Richard Slack as “A lovely day out negotiating big, stone and water hazards on the Allendale Moor. 11 mile-ish circular route from Allendale. The last 5 km was the same as the Allendale fair 10k – but now wet and boggy anything off the road! So really it was perfect XC training”.

1:41:06  Sarah Bowen
1:46:08  Richard Slack
1:51:43  Jane Evans

Blyth Sands Race

35:14  Anthony Liddle
35:26  Dan Edwards
36:43  Kenny McCormick (actual time 45:43)

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Nov 272017

There was just one Claremont team at the inaugural Norman Woodcock relays in Gosforth, but it sounds as though they did us proud. Kat Truong sends this report:

“As relatively new to club running, I’ve been putting my name down for things in an effort to stay on top of this running malarkey. The Norman Woodcock Relay race was one such race where teams of 3 were entered to each run a 1.66 mile lap of Gosforth Racecourse. Great, well I haven’t ran a relay race since school where we practised passing the baton more than actually running the required distance, but 1.66 miles is very doable and I was due to be part of an all female Claremont super team with Nina and Rose. I was first to run and despite it being absolutely baltic, where bare skin shuddered upon meeting the icy cold air, I was lucky enough to have the sun grace me with his presence during my lap of the racecourse. For a good 10 seconds, I bounced along with the brightness of the sun and the green of the grass and felt pretty nice! Running a shorter distance means you have to run a lot faster than usual though and suddenly I found that my lungs and heart were on fire, yet my arms and fingers were frozen and heavy. Well, it was over soon enough and Nina’s turn to zip around the racecourse whilst I regained the ability to breathe. An excellent performance by Nina runner extraordinaire before Rose handed me her sunglasses (not a baton, where was the baton?) and prepared to face the final lap. It was a good racing vibe, we joined the enthusiastic audience clapping in the runners and before long, Rose speeds to the finish line, victorious and unrelenting. Overall, it was a good afternoon and nice opportunity to run fast on flat tarmac paths. Well done, little Claremont super team!”

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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

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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

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