Tuesday was a club session – Paarlauf session at Gosforth.
Thursday’s club session was 20 out, 18 back. However earlier in the day, there had been the Great Run Local Quayside. I understand it takes place at 12.45pm outside the Pitcher and Piano. Although I am registered, I can’t see results as I didn’t actually run – so if you want shouts outs, you will have to let me know who did what. It does appear to be very popular and I understand is well supported by a handful of Heaton Harriers. I think it is great – shame I can’t get to it. C’mon half term!
Saturday was a busy day, but for different seasons than normal. This Saturday saw Heaton Harriers takeover Rising Sun parkrun. I would first of all like to thank everyone who helped make the morning a genuine success. The parkrun team were extremely grateful and I know, from feedback received, how much the runners loved the over the top, loud, encouraging marshals. It really was lovely to see 3 and 4 marshals at every point and to see so many children and other family members coming along to support. For many of you, it was your first time volunteering at parkrun and I hope it will not be your last; it is great to see parkrun from a different perspective. Thank you to those that came early to help set up and stayed behind to help take down and sort out tokens. It was really appreciated. Volunteering at parkrun can easily be done and if you are under the weather, injured or saving your legs for the next day, it doesn’t have to eat into your running time. I will be organising another takeover but not until the spring and we hope to get the juniors involved. THANK YOU. x
So to the runners of parkrun on Saturday. 44 Heaton Harriers ran at 7 different parkruns. As a club we were represented at Newcastle, Gateshead, Oak Hill, Tees Barrage, Whitley Bay, York and Rising Sun. At Newcastle Jason Wall achieved a course PB of 18:40 – well done. Even with 55 Heaton Harriers (+ kids and partners), volunteering at Rising Sun, we still had 29 run. Well done to the 6 pacers – you did a fantastic job. James McKenzie was first over the line and then put on his Hi-Viz and Ellen Roberts was first female over the line. Nick Lavin achieved a course PB of 18:42 – fabulous. Ian Sanderson also achieved a course PB of 20:50 – amazing. Marshall Letch, having helped to set up, then ran a course PB of 22:12. Freya McKinnon (Junior) ran her 9th 5k parkrun and achieved a course PB of 37:53 – Amazing effort. Else where Chris Checkley ran solo round York parkrun – looking forward to hearing what York was like.
A little further afield and Caroline Billis was away doing her thing. This time she was at the Ultra Trail Guara Somontano in Spain. This was a tough, yet clearly beautiful, 50K trail through canyons and the National Park. According to Caroline’s Strava it was a total elevation of 8451 ft – which I can believe having seen the pictures. Absolutely phenomenal effort.
A tad closer to home and on two wheels, Phil Green, Peter Foreman, Deb Hicks and Andrew Leys completed the Wooler Wheel. 100k ride through the Cheviots. Well done folks.
Sunday and as we all mourned the cancellation of Druridge XC – some made their own way out for a rather wet and windy run. Mightily impressed with all those that ventured out, including Danny Routledge and myself – who waded around the Rising Sun.
Whilst we all splodged about in our trail trainers, Marie Fontana was lacing up her road shoes to complete the Great Cumbrian Run. Marie tells me this was a great run for her and she smashed her previous half marathon time to achieve a PB of 1:50:24. That was 7 minutes faster than GNR a few weeks prior and saw her finish 9th in her age category. WONDERFUL.
Soaking up the sunshine was Bryan Ankers, but to find sunshine, Bryan had ventured all the way to the Bournemouth Marathon Festival. Bryan says it wasn’t his finest hour, or to be more precise, his finest 4 hours, 8 minutes and 13 seconds – but I say bloody well done. A marathon in any finishing time is a huge achievement.
Lastly I spied that Jack Shawcross had been to Washington Great Run Local and finished 1st. Well done Jack.
A few quick reminders.
AGM on Wednesday 9th October 7pm for 7.30pm at Blue Flames.
Saturday 19th October – Blyth parkrun. They are doing an awareness event for Parkinson’s UK.
Sunday 27th October – Free Cragside National Trust 10k. Fab event. Always been a great crowd there. Worth it for the scenery (which changes every month) and the post run breakfast.
Just in case you aren’t on the FB page – there is a Kit order due to placed very soon. If you want anything, get in touch and I will put you in touch with Chris George.
Also if you are not on FB who might not be aware of the provisional Christmas Night Out. Yet to be confirmed – but looking at Thursday 12th December for a meal. If you are interested – please let me know ASAP, as I need to have an idea of numbers to be able to secure a venue.
Sunday 10th November is the Heaton Harriers Club Memorial Run. We will need volunteers to help set up, marshal the event and pack up at the end. If you are on FB you will find more details on there. If not – please get in touch and I will put you in touch with Ellen Cole or Scott McKentee. Of course, the race is also open for HH’s to enter. Again – please share the event with friends, family and other FB groups.
Thank you again to those that have tagged me in bits and bobs this week – I don’t always see every Strava or FB post and finding results isn’t always straightforward, even if I know a race has taken place. Keep sending me stuff to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me via messenger.