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

 October 29, 2017  Posted by at 10:03 pm Race Reports No Responses »
Oct 292017

Newcastle parkrun:

19:50   Roberto Marzo
21:46   Mungai Wairia
22:26   David Devennie
23:07   Paul Hughes
23:11   John Grimshaw
24:11   Luke Woodend
27:03   Alex Anslow

Gateshead parkrun:

30:55   Dave Manners
48:22   David Lydall

Rising Sun parkrun:

22:13   Alasdair Wilson Craw

Riverside parkrun:

19:46   Catherine Young

Whitley Bay parkrun:

37:41   Dean O’Brien

http://www.parkrun.org.uk – Free, timed, 5k runs every Saturday 9am

 October 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 pm Results No Responses »
Oct 242017

John Grimshaw is the latest Claremont Road Runner to lose his marbles and run an ultra show the dedication and do the training necessary to run an ultra. Here is his report:

“Ok so the hardest thing I have done in my life was the rat race Edinburgh ultra, 55km, 3000ft of assent, the official time is in!
I came 125th overall, 109th bloke, 6th in my age category…. and under 7 hours …… 6:50:57….. I can barely walk today but will be fine in a day or so…
This was simply the hardest challenge I have ever done, I was going to give in so many times, but I didn’t, one of the main reasons was being. sponsored by so many wonderful people…. I thank every one of you, you helped me get through this…. I thank and hate you!”

John is raising money for Alzheimer’s Research. If you want to sponsor him, you can do so here.

PS: Simon Lowe, who is no stranger to this kind of madness, also took part and finished in a very creditable 5:25:48.  Well done to both.

 October 24, 2017  Posted by at 11:12 am Race Reports No Responses »
Oct 232017

The recent winds and rain abated and it turned out to be a decent evening for a run along the Quayside. There was a good turnout of 45 runners including a number of guests.

One of the guests, Kay Lee who had been chaperoned by Gill Milne, led from start to finish and managed to hold off the challenge from fast-finishing Paul-Emile Mangin by 2 seconds. First Claremont member home and winner of the trophy was Christopher Gillie, with Cath Robson second and Lucy Dunbar third.

Fastest on the night in a time of 24:35 was John Lea-Wilson. Anthony Liddle and James Rainbow were the other 2 sub-25 minute runners finishing in 24:48 and 24:53. The quickest lady was the in-form Nicki O’Brien in 28:21, followed by Sarah Kerr in 29:03 and Lucy Dunbar in 29:13.

Dave Kear was a clear winner of the Autumn Cup, becoming the first person to win it twice since the introduction of the new format. Howard MacLennan was runner-up with Mungai Wairia third.

Dave won’t be able to defend his title in January when the final will be contested by Matt Diment, Janet Palmer, Anthony Liddle and Arthur Liu – so Arthur will have to come out and run in the cold!

As ever, thanks to the marshals, start and finish team and everybody else who helped.

Results available here.

 October 23, 2017  Posted by at 11:00 pm Club Handicap, Race Reports, Results No Responses »
Oct 232017

Lucy Dunbar sends us a post card from Majorca:

A typical Dunbar holiday this year with my parents involved partaking in Challenge Peguera in Majorca. For anyone unfamiliar with triathlon, Challenge Peguera is a half Ironman distance triathlon where you swim 1.9km, cycle 90km and then run a half marathon! Easy peasy. My dad and my partner were to do the full thing on their own and my dad decided it would be a great idea for my mum and I to form a team; me doing the run and the swim and my mum doing the bike leg!

And as a warm up to the big day, I decided to do the Challenge Peguera’s women race the night before. This was a short 4.3km race on the running route of the next day to see a bit of what the run course was like! 6 Euros to enter and a nice t-shirt too! I ended up finishing 10th out of 160 so I was happy with that!

Now onto the big race!!

Saturday morning started with clear blue skies and some very dramatic music on the beach for everybody to set off. Sadly, relay teams were last to enter the water so I had to watch the pros and then everybody else set off before starting about 15 mins later. Which meant more space to swim but also less people around if a shark happened to stop by – yes I may have a little fear of open water!

Boom! And off we ran into the water until it was deep enough to swim. And surprise surprise my goggles were leaking out of my left eye (no matter how many goggles I buy- I will always have a leaky leg eye, I think I must have a wonky face!). This made sighting a little difficult but I managed to I think roughly swim in a straight line trying to follow the very few swimmers in front of me! I finished the swim in 37.59 and made my way out the water to my mum in transition. Now it is really hard running barefoot in the sand after you have swam in the sea! My mum went off on the bike and I had a few hours to kill before the run! While I was doing so I found out that out of the relay teams, I was the first out of the female teams to be out the water – yay!!
After a few sunny hours, my mum returned on the bike and I was off onto the run. People seemed surprised how quick I was passing many on the run – little did they know my legs were only fresher as I had not done the bike! The run was 4 laps around the sea front and nearby shops. With it being 25 degrees I spent every single aid stop tipping an entire bottle of water over me just to cool down! At around mile 8, my legs started to seize. Whether it was that I hadn’t replenished electrolytes, tiredness from the night before, I don’t know but boy I haven’t known heaviness like that in anything other than marathons! I managed to just about hobble, slowing quite a lot to finish in 1 hour 48 overall.

Overall a very fun day out and I can say I’ve completed 2/3 of a half Ironman!!

 October 23, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Race Reports No Responses »
Oct 222017

By Richard Slack

One of the Run Northumberland series saw a few Sky Blues converge on Bamburgh on a blustery and cool Autumn Sunday morning. Registration was at the cricket pavilion between 8am to 9am for a 9.15am start (marathon) and 9.30am start (half marathon). The cricket pitch is directly in front of Bamburgh Castle; a fantastic setting for the race HQ and finish area. On the way to registration (for the half marathon I hasten to add) I met Nina who had registered for the two lap marathon (of course!), being twice round the half marathon course. The mental strength that must be needed at the half way point on the marathon must be considerable as after 13 miles those fortunate to be doing the half turn right into Bamburgh village and downhill to the cricket ground and the finish line (joyous). The poor people doing the marathon route, seeing the finish, turn left at that junction and run a second lap of 13 miles. Maybe a marathon one day for me (haha) but certainly not today.

So Nina flew the Claremont flag on the marathon and myself, Marie and Mungai similarly for the half marathon. Each race started up by the Castle with fantastic views out to sea although in a strongish wind – but no sign of rain. Indeed as the morning wore on, the sky turned blue (pun intended) with pleasant sunny spells. After the the start, we enjoyed a downhill into the village before gannin ‘ along the Lucker road (not quite the same as the Scotswood Road) and away into rural north Northumberland. The full route was along minor roads and was well marshalled throughout with drinks every three miles. As most of the roads were well enclosed by hedges we had good shelter from the wind and the miles ticked by. Miles 8 and 9 were more of a test into the wind (that also being miles 21 and 22 on the two lapper!). Although not a vast entry (maybe around 500 in total) there was always runners round and about you. Effectively the route was a large triangle being 5 miles south, three miles east towards the sea (with marvellous views of there Farnes) and then five miles north back towards Bamburgh and the welcoming site of the castle. As with many rural runs it was gently undulating throughout, with no horror uphills and some welcoming long downhills especially welcome between mile 11 and 12.

A grand morning out.


4:23:57     Nina Jensen   3rd F40

Half Marathon:

1:35:42     Mungai Wairia   1st M60
1:49:31     Richard Slack
2:14:59     Marie Slack

 October 22, 2017  Posted by at 7:16 pm Race Reports No Responses »
Oct 222017

Newcastle parkrun:

18:58   Anthony Liddle
24:27   Dan Edwards
24:29   Dave Kear
26:47   Brian Hegarty
27:34   Gillian Milne
28:40   Alex Anslow
30:40   Chris Carr   100 parkruns
30:41   Lucy Dunbar
30:41   Roberto Marzo
30:42   Tom Tinsley
30:43   Alice Vialard
30:44   Luke Woodend
30:46   Arthur Liu
30:47   David Lydall
30:48   Rose Hawkswood
30:48   Serpil Bulut
30:49   Jane Evans
30:51   Mungai Wairia

Gateshead parkrun:

20:41   Sumanth Nayak
31:05   Dave Manners

Whitley Bay parkrun:

27:25   Dean O’Brien

Gibside parkrun:

27:05   Graham Leslie

Blackpool parkrun:

22:30   David Devennie

Bury St Edmunds parkrun:

23:21   Christopher Gillie
33:39   Daisy Martin

http://www.parkrun.org.uk – Free, timed, 5k runs every Saturday 9am

 October 22, 2017  Posted by at 7:17 am Results No Responses »
Oct 192017

Kenny McCormick became our latest (only?) England international when he competed for England in his age group at the Chester Marathon on Sunday 8th October.  Kenny had earned his England call when coming third in his age group at the York marathon.

Even though he was disappointed with his run and time at Chester, we think that it is a tremendous achievement and that he should wear his England vest with pride (and as often as possible!).

 October 19, 2017  Posted by at 8:25 pm General No Responses »