Thanks to Alice for some great photos of the men’s race, the good and, of course, the Claremont babies!
It was not a promising start to the day when we woke to sleet and rain battering the windows, but the cross-country weather Gods looked down on us and brought out the sun for the afternoon. In fact, it turned out to be a quite a pleasant day for a run around Gosforth Park. This was a new course for the Harrier League and I think that the general consensus was that it is an excellent addition. The course is undulating rather than hilly and has a nice mix of woodland trails and paths across fields – and a water jump to add a bit of interest! It also had the feel of a “proper” cross-country venue whilst being nice and accessible for us city-dwellers.
There was another good turnout of sky blue with Lucy McKitterick boosting our junior ranks with her first run in the under 13s, while Grace Scott was again running in the under 11s. Lucy’s Mum, Clare, was also making her Harrier League debut.
The Ladies team was once again led home by Sarah Bowen with Sarah Kerr, on her first outing from the fast pack (and impressively keeping her bobble hat on all the way around!), just pipping Mandy Herworth to be second counter. It was Mandy’s first run this season and she put in her usual strong performance from the medium pack. Another cross-country stalwart, Julie Cross, completed the Ladies ‘A’ team. We also had complete ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams, which is great.
It was our southern European contingent who starred for the men, with Italy’s Roberto Marzo leading followed by Spain’s Daniel Mourenza. Liverpool’s Tom Tinsley and Derby’s David Lydall were 3rd and 4th counters, leaving Richard Slack to take the title of first male Claremont Geordie! Duncan Scott, now hopefully injury-free, was our other counter. Whilst not having a complete ‘B’ team, it is encouraging that we seem to have a men’s squad this year – Michael Teasdale and Ben Wetherall being welcome additions to the team this season.
|169||Sarah Kerr||33:29||Fast pack, actual time 28:29|
|171||Mandy Herworth||33:31||Medium pack, actual time 31:01|
|282||Nicki O’Brien||35:59||Medium pack, actual time 33:29|
It was a horrible morning in Newcastle yesterday – cold, wet and windy – yet still 7 Claremonters went for their weekly fix on the Town Moor. I’ve no sympathy, they should have come to the cross-country instead!
20:42 Matthew Kingston
21:37 Gordon MacFadyen
22:05 Mungai Wairia
22:47 Luke Woodend
24:32 Alan Dunning
25:13 Brian Hegarty
25:14 Dave Kear
It can’t have been much better around the rest of the North East either. So well done to the other hardy souls who ventured out.
23:17 Heather Steel
23:18 Paul Robinson
32:05 Dave Manners
24:06 Dave Wotton
Lytham Hall parkrun
21:57 David Devennie (PB)
Dave Wotton is the latest sky blue to do one of these daft ultra events – well done, Dave, but I think you are mad! He sends this report:
Just a not so quick report on the Rotherham round
So you want to enter the the Hadrian Hundred!
Ah but you need to do a qualifier so I decided on the Rotherham round.
There was other qualifing events but this one was the right sort of time and mega cheap to enter at only £17 plus the option of a tee shirt at £6. So for 50 miles an absolute bargain.
The only stumbling block is the fact that there is only four weeks until the event.
To cap it off when you’ve only been doing an occasional park run and the odd half, not exactly the best way to tackle 50 miles.
so I decided to enter then my sister says you may as well sign me up , and a friend I run with a lot that’s never ran over 13 miles says Dave I’m up for that.
So that said 3 of us entered we decided on doing a training run at predicted race pace .
In which we done 25 miles in 6hrs .
Slow I know but get there.
So come the morning of the 20th up at 2.30 to set of to Rotherham for a 6 am start.
We arrived at race hq numbers sorted etc.
So 6am and we’re off .
We walked pretty much most of the first 2 hours in the dark and the plan was to walk everything up. Getting toward the first check point we had two competitors who seemed to be keeping pace with us . Later to find out that the guy Jon had only ever completed a 10k race.
So we get into the first check point and I duly oblige by stuffing my face .
We’re all done and leave ch/p1 and Jon &Jane come out with us .
So on we go to check point 2 and move on still being shadowed.
At some point between 2&3 we got chatting to Jon & Jane and they had said that they had decided to just try and pace with us .
So 2 new friends we had.
So into check point 3, fed watered etc just about to set off again and another competitor Tracey say is it ok if I tag along with yous.
Well of course.
So what started as 3 is now 6.
So off we set a little running and plenty of walking so it seemed into check point 4
Where there was a bag drop and as always plenty of food and drinks.
And then on to ch/P5 without any major hiccups .
It was after ch/P5 that the chinks started to appear . We were starting to loose time but I felt at that point being around 40 miles down that I did not want to split our little crew up or for one of us not to complete .
All I could do was to try and spirits up .
We got through ch/p6 Tracey was really finding it difficult.
Jon however had been struggling from about 15 miles so I think he had just resigned himself to the fact that he just had to go on and keep moving.
We got to the last check point 6 I was as up beat as I could be to rally my troops.
Then off we set striving for the finish.
We did not manage to get back before darkness set in.
We landed at the finish in around 13:22.
We had set a time of between 12 and 14 hrs so we’re well pleased with our achievement.
What a fantastic day out and a great event.
Many thanks to Rotherham harriers.
Congratulations to Mungai on completing his 250th Newcastle parkrun on the Town Moor today. Elsewhere there was a PB and a 3rd place finish for John Lea-Wilson in his home town of St Helens.
18:34 Roberto Marzo
21:05 Paul Robinson
21:14 Mungai Wairia
22:41 Heather Steel
23:05 David Devennie
23:45 Alan Dunning
24:14 Clare McKitterick
25:12 Dave Kear
28:57 Rose Hawkswood
29:26 Susannah Orr
29:37 Lucy Dunbar
Windy Nook parkrun
23:01 David Lydall
20:46 Chris Jones
20:41 Tom Tinsley
29:39 Gill Milne
27:21 Graham Leslie
Rising Sun parkrun
19:44 Sumanth Nayak
23:02 Luke Woodend
19:13 Jason HALL
20:15 Anthony LIDDLE
20:30 Sarah KERR
20:56 Robert BRYCE
22:36 Richard SLACK
22:37 Paul Neil HUGHES
23:52 Clare MCKITTERICK
24:57 Dave KEAR
25:53 Christopher CARR
26:15 Julija STONIUTE
19:47 John LEA-WILSON
23:38 Dan EDWARDS
23:40 Charlotte BASTON
26:04 Daisy Helen MARTIN
31:30 Dean O’BRIEN
21:09 Catherine YOUNG
33:31 David MANNERS
26:42 David WOTTON
1:36:50 Chris Jones
1:53:04 Claire McKitterick
2:07:27 Hazel Juggins
Captain Howard reports:
Well, I was very proud of every Claremonter that ran today. Having only a week rest; recovering from injuries, everyone got involved and got around the beautiful Druridge Bay course.
First up; was Grace Scott for the under 11s. Knowing maths homework had to be done on the car journey home, Grace just got out there, ran the course with no hesitation and overtook her friend at the finish. Her Dad Duncan Scott must be mega proud of her, plus a special mention of keeping a young Charlotte entertained for the rest of the afternoon.
The ladies next; they made a great achievement today, coming in 7th this week against last week 9th position. Sarah Kerr has been promoted to the Fast Group, so will bring friendly competition with our own Catherine Young. Can anyone recall when we had two fast ladies in the NEHL? Also a special mention to Julie Cross; second race in a row of being one of fastest 4 runners, and to Kat Truong scoring points with the 3rd placed position.
Lastly the men’s, thankfully we were able to get a full team out. A big shout out to our new Cross Country Ben Wetherall, for breaking one’s duck, his first Cross Country Race as a Claremonter. He put his Captain mind at ease that we could secure maximum team points, with runners availability. Also a mention to David Lydall; not only for the Shanghai gang press of Ben Wetherall to run as Claremonter, but for his injury recovery last week, to being our 2nd fastest runner today after Roberto Marzo. Awesome achievement!
It’s been great getting Duncan Scott and Richard Slack back in the squad, not only bringing valuable points for the 3rd and 4th fastest position, but for their solid character qualities they bring to the Men’s team. A special mention to our Michael Teasdale; he is improving each week, which showed today by being the 6th fastest men’s runner after almost twisting his ankle near the end.
We can’t forget our Cath Robson, Mary Martin for their running involvement and enthusiastic side support when the men were running. And of course our Lucy Dunbar for her fudge and banter, and the introduction of her partner in crime Lee as a Club supporter. Very happy couple!
Well hopefully I’ve managed to mention everyone involvement today, even Roberto Marzo wife Jessica for allowing perhaps not the first choice day out. But we really needed him today, so many thanks.
As the only Club Captain today; that’s me bowing out for a while, but many thanks from me to everyone involved today. If more Carrot Cake is made for the next event, I’m sure you all will be flying the Sky Blues colours well!
Under 11 Girls
Position Runner Time
55 Grace Scott 8:38
Position Runner Time
24 Sarah Kerr 31:07 – actual time 28:27
124 Julie Cross 33:26
152 Kat Truong 34:14
157 Catherine Young 34:25 – actual time 29:20
197 Lucy Dunbar 35:36 – actual time 32:56
265 Mary Martin 38:00
268 Catherine Robson 38:07
Position Runner Time
98 Roberto Marzo 39:53
327 David Lydall 43:49
366 Duncan Scott 45:11
398 Richard Slack 46:07
416 Howard MacLennan 46:46
487 Michael Teasdale 50:13
554 Benjamin Wetherall 57:04