Weetslade Musings

“Seen this Rooney?” I turned, and there was Calum, squatting on the ground, scrutinising something quite minuscule. “Eh?” “There, see it?” So, I, too, bent and examined. Something was indeed moving imperceptibly. “It’s a frog!” He exclaimed, almost lovingly scooping it up and depositing it in the whispering, roadside grass. Yes, Weetslade, home of the relays, really did seem an Eden for wildlife; the bristling hedgerows concealing all manner of Continue Reading →

Humbleton Fell Race

This is a typically low-key evening fell race and is a fundraiser for Shaftoe Trust primary school in Haydon Bridge. Cat BS, coming in at 5.5 miles and 915 ft of climb. It has a decent amount of climb and mixed terrain, varying from woodland paths to open fell pasture and tracks. It was also a counter for the northeastern counties fell series and had attracted a fast field. Heaton had Continue Reading →

Hill training

Next week: Thursday 22nd of June: Meet Carey Burn Bridge, Harthope Valley Nr Wooler for 1900 hrs. (Takes 1 hour10 m from the toon).  Approx 8 miles, Group run so would suit an established runner who wishes to try out fell running in a safe way. Outward leg of Chevy Chase fr. Lifts to be sorted via facebook or at club. Please bring a drink and some food for afterwards. Plan for Continue Reading →

Club Handicap: results included.

Tuesday 13th sees the bi-monthly club 5K handicap on the West street course. results from George: Heaton Handicap June 13th 2017 time Hcap Actual 1 Janet Goodlet 26.50 -1.20 28.10 2 Robert McHugh 26.59 -1.20 28.19 3 Claire Smith 28.23 3.40 24.43 4 David Main 28.43 7.00 21.43 5 Craig Smith 28.54 8.20 20.34 6 Reg Checkley 28.57 -4.00 32.57 7 Niamh Stack 28.57 7.30 21.27 8 Mark Oliver 29.05 10.40 18.25 9 Continue Reading →

Flight of Fire Race Report from Lucas

Race: Flight of Fire Trail Half Marathon Distance: 13 (+2 miles) Terrain: Trail (gravel and stone slabs) Elevation gain/loss: 1,200ft Weather: Veryhot and sunny   Summary: ran hard, enjoyed the views, got lost, fell over, finally finished and then had a beer.   Early in May I was fortunate enough to be in Las Vegas for my brother-in-law’s wedding. In an effort to kick start my running mojo, following months Continue Reading →

Welsh 3000m Peaks Race 2017

Matt’s Account A warm Saturday in June, 2011, and a team of foolhardy walkers hobble down to Pen-y-Pass and return their numbers to the race officials – a fatal combination of too many beers the previous night, general lack of fitness, poor navigation and, above all, serious underestimation of the distance and terrain meant for a forced retirement from the walkers’ team event in the Welsh 1000m Peaks Race. Fast Continue Reading →

Druridge bay 10k: Summer Grand Prix

Always a fun day out, the Druridge Bay 10K is a favourite for the club. We have supported this “charity run” more or less since its inception. But don’t let the fun run tag put you off, it has always attracted a quality field of locals (and Morpeth A string runners). The course is based on and around the Druridge Bay country park. The race is organised by a composite group of Continue Reading →

Race Numbers, AGAIN!

Race numbers should only be transferred with the race organisers knowledge and sanction.  It causes race organisers significant problems compiling accurate results and allocating prizes. Passing numbers to people who are much faster, younger or indeed a different sex will always cause problems. This can lead to significant issues with prizes being awarded to the wrong person and or team. More importantly, it can deny the rightful winners their moment Continue Reading →

The Pier to Pier race 2017

Club results, awaiting race report. TotalRank Bib Name Gender AG Club Race Time Pier to Pier 2017 130. 22 Paul Inskip m Seniors M50 Heaton Harriers 51:24 133. 893 Nina Cameron w Seniors W40 Heaton Harriers 51:29 170. 503 Doug Michael m Seniors M50 Heaton Harriers 52:39 208. 1199 Chris Checkley m Seniors M40 Heaton Harriers 53:58 273. 200 Pete Chapman m Seniors M40 Heaton Harriers 55:52 294. 486 Keith Continue Reading →

Ripon 10 mile.

This was the final of the club winter series and sadly only 3 of us travelled to Ripon for this scenic race. Blyth also had this in their GP and had a minibus full. (Note to self if anyone says a race is scenic it means big hills or something like a bog to plodge through). In this case, the race is “undulating” and “scenic”. It ascends on farm track and then Continue Reading →