Dec 232018

Newcastle parkrun

19:50 Roberto Marzo
20:12 Tom Tinsley
20:52 Sarah Kerr
21:38 Paul Hughes
21:55 David Lydall
22:48 David Devennie
24:19 Luke Woodend
30:23 Chris Carr

Coventry parkrun

25:12 Dave Kear

Whitley Bay parkrun

23:58 Dave Saunders

Windy Nook parkrun

21:51 Sumanth Nayak (5th place, PB)
22:38 Chris Jones (7th)

Riverside parkrun

20:24 Paul Robinson

Doncaster parkrun

25:07 Robert Bryce

Gibside parkrun

26:24 Graham Leslie

Penrith parkrun

27:44 Marie Slack

 December 23, 2018  Posted by at 9:22 am Results No Responses »
Dec 162018

Well done to Charlotte Baston for being first female when visiting the Isabel Trail parkrun in Stafford (looks like she was paced by Dan!)

Newcastle parkrun

18:49 Roberto Marzo
20:47 Paul Hughes
21:06 Chris Jones
24:09 Alan Dunning
24:11 Luke Woodend
24:44 Dave Kear
24:55 Lucy Dunbar
25:00 Brian Hegarty
26:13 Julija Stoniute
27:00 Chris Carr

Gateshead parkrun

23:00 Heather Steel

Windy Nook parkrun

26:24 Sumanth Nayak

Rising Sun parkrun

25:08 Alasdair Wilson Craw

Keswick parkrun

23:15 Richard Slack

Isabel Trail parkrun

21:16 Charlotte Baston (1st lady)
21:16 Dan Edwards

 December 16, 2018  Posted by at 3:03 pm Results No Responses »
Dec 102018

Dave Wotton and Richard Slack have been out on the fells again – this time at Simonside. Richard sends this report:

After a Saturday wine tasting I was well carb loaded for a Sunday fell race. Last Sunday was Hexhamshire Hobble and today was Simonside. The Simonside Cairns race, approx. 11 miles and 1,800 foot of ascent is organised by Northumberland Fell Runners and takes in a beautiful, if boggy (in parts), route from Rothbury over the Simonside hills with a high point of the Simonside Cairn at 430m or in old money 1411 feet.

So Sunday morning dawned with blue sky and light winds as I made my way to the registration at Rothbury for the very civilised 11am start where I met fellow Claremonter Dave Wotton. The race starts and finishes in the middle of the village and heads off over the River Coquet before the first uphill on the road section past the hospital. With a little bit of height gained, the route turns off the road and onto rough track and then bridleway gaining height all the time. Leaving the bridleway after about 2 miles we then head directly uphill onto the Simonside Hills all the while following St Oswald’s Way. With superb visibility the views over the Northumberland countryside were glorious. The route makes it was past Spylaw towards Coquet Cairn through a mix of open moorland and forestry plantations.

Shortly after Coquet Cairn, Simonside comes into view across a boggy area with some duckboards. The duckboards may seem an aide but slippery wood is not an ideal running surface so the advice is to stick to the bog and generally avoid a route of it’s a knockout on the wood. There is a stiff pull to the top of Simonside followed by classic ridge running of ups and down along slabbed ground. Great for us road runners. A few steep stepped downhill sections test the footing before rejoining St Oswald’s Way to retrace the last couple of miles back to Rothbury but this time all downhill! Back at Rothbury for soup for all runners, at the Newcastle Hotel, and then the journey home.

A great day out and pleased with a time of 1.54.21, inside my goal of sub 2 hours.


80th    1:54:26    Richard Slack

96th    2:07:02    Dave Wotton

 December 10, 2018  Posted by at 11:39 am Race Reports, Results No Responses »
Dec 092018

This was a Claremont Road Runners squad severely depleted by illness and injury, but there were still 8 ladies and 4 men fit enough to compete. Well, really only 3 of the men were fit enough as David Lydall was full of cold but wanted to give it a go!

The North East Championship races are longer than the Harrier League, so the women had to do 3 laps of the Wrekenton course, whilst the men did 4 – though I believe that the first lap was cut short for the ladies. Another twist was that we ran the course in the opposite direction to that which we are used to – and I can’t decide whether I preferred it this way around or not!

Luckily the howling gales of the morning had subsided, although there was still a stiff breeze that gave the Claremont tent repairs a good test. I was also expecting the course to be a bit of a mud heap after the recent rains, but there were no bogs or big puddles to contend with. So, all in all, it wasn’t a bad afternoon for running.

Another change from the Harrier League was that the men ran first – so it was our turn to churn up the course for them and I think we managed to do a pretty good job of that! As we didn’t the requisite number for a team (6), the men were running as individuals which made a nice change as I felt less pressure to perform with only personal pride at stake!  David sensibly cut short his attempt after two laps to leave myself, Francesco Carrer and Kenny McCormick as the 3 finishers.

In contrast, the ladies had two full teams of 4.  The “A” team were led by 3 of the Claremont cross-country stalwarts of recent years – Mandy Herworth, Sarah Bowen and Julie Cross.  One of the newer enthusiastic breed of Claremonters, Tara McCully, completed the team which finished in a more than respectable 20th place.  Unfortunately there are no official “B” teams in the Championships, so we don’t have a position for the “team” of Claire McKitterick, Hazel Juggins (in her first ever cross-country race), Cath Robson and Marie Slack.  The weather threatened to change during the ladies race with short spells of rain, but this gave them the treat of a beautiful rainbow  to distract from the pain of getting up the hills!

One advantage of the reduced numbers was that there was more cake and biscuits to go around, so, all in all, it was a pretty good day out.  Roll on the New Year and the return of the Harrier League!

Position Runner Time
188 Tom Tinsley 57:03
268 Francesco Carrer 63:52
345 Kenny McCormick 86:11


Position Runner Time
66 Mandy Herworth 39:09
104 Sarah Bowen 41:11
138 Julie Cross 44:03
157 Tara McCully 45:34
179 Clare McKitterick 47:32
181 Hazel Juggins 47:40
204 Cath Robson 50:44
211 Marie Slack 51:46


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 December 9, 2018  Posted by at 8:22 pm Cross Country, Photos, Race Reports, Results No Responses »
Dec 092018

Glad I had the excuse of cross-country later in the day as it must have been tough in that wind!  Not a day for PBs, but the following hardy souls still turned out for their parkrun fix:

Newcastle parkrun

21:29 Sarah Kerr  (2nd lady)
23:45 David Devennie
25:06 Alan Dunning
25:32 Brian Hegarty
28:10 Chris Carr

Prudhoe Riverside parkrun

21:40 Chris Jones

Whitley Bay parkrun

26:34 Chris Gillie
26:41 Daisy Martin

Gateshead parkrun

22:24 Paul Robinson
33:04 David Manners

 December 9, 2018  Posted by at 11:25 am Results No Responses »
Nov 252018

Newcastle parkrun

18:18 Roberto Marzo
20:04 Tom Tinsley
20:33 Sarah Kerr
21:15 Mungai Wairia
22:26 David Devennie
23:15 Alan Dunning
24:04 Brian Hegarty
24:29 Dave Kear
24:41 Lucy Dunbar
27:12 Chris Carr
28:13 Clare McKitterick

Prudhoe Riverside parkrun

22:45 Luke Woodend

Sheffield Hallam parkrun

19:26 John Lea-Wilson

Whitley Bay parkrun

23:11 Nicki O’Brien
24:57 Chris Gillie
33:00 Dean O’Brien

Durham parkrun

24:57 Dave Wotton

Gateshead parkrun

19:49 Sumanth Nayak
28:09 Alex Anslow
32:51 Dave Manners

Rising Sun parkrun

25:26 Graham Leslie

 November 25, 2018  Posted by at 11:07 am Results No Responses »
Nov 232018

Congratulations to Catherine Young on being first lady in the half-marathon on the Town Moor on Sunday. Indeed, a big well done to all who completed the full and half marathons – not to mention the Claremont team manning the drinks station.


1.31.30 Catherine Young
1.36.16 Chris Jones
2.00.54 Hazel Juggins



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3.38.31 Jamie Harding
3.54.20 Sarah Bowen
4.08.07 Clare McKitterick
4.50.59 Julie Dumpleton
5.27.17 Rose Hawkswood
5.31.09 Tara McCully
5.54.29 Ay Okpokam
5.54.29 Janet Palmer

 November 23, 2018  Posted by at 2:15 pm Photos, Results No Responses »
Nov 182018
U11 Girls
51 Grace Scott 07:17
U13 Girls
63 Lucy McKitterick 22:15
80 Sarah Bowen 35:22
107 Mandy Herworth 35:53 Medium pack, actual time 33:08
126 Sarah Kerr 36:13 Fast pack, actual time 30:58
145 Clare McKitterick 36:44
198 Lucy Dunbar 37:33 Medium pack, actual time 34:48
234 Nicki O’Brien 38:26 Medium pack, actual time 35:41
257 Tara McCully 39:09
287 Bill Milbourne 39:52
290 Kat Truong 39:56
312 Alex Anslow 40:59
322 Ay Okpokam 41:52
333 Gillian Milne 42:28
337 Marie Slack 42:39
346 Rose Hawkswood 43:00
378 Heidi Swaffield 45:55
252 Tom Tinsley 45:26
281 Daniel Mourenza 45:59
306 David Lydall 46:38
407 Richard Slack 49:42
427 Duncan Scott 50:39
445 Dean O’Brien 51:14
516 Roberto Marzo 55:23 Started approx 12 mins late
545 Michael Teasdale 59:21


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 November 18, 2018  Posted by at 3:51 pm Cross Country, North East Harrier League, Photos, Results No Responses »