WC Monday 22nd July – Weekly ‘Rounders’ Up!

We start this week on Tuesday and boy was it hot. I bailed out of training which was Killy Persuits. I am pleased I did, as those that went said it was crazy tough in the heat – so much so that people’s body parts were falling off. YUCK!

Elsewhere on Tuesday it was the Cock Crow 5K. A huge well done to everyone that raced in that heat, especially if you had done the Northumberland Coastal just 2 days prior. Well done to Nina Cameron who was 1st in her age category.

Wednesday was the Club’s committee meeting and something on the agenda that was discussed was club colours and headphones. So my understanding from what was said is that both the white and the green vest are registered. However, to qualify for team prizes we must all be in the same coloured vest. The white vest is the one most used; but if in doubt, ask. I just wanted to remind you all about the use of headphones when racing. If the race organisers say no headphones, you must abide by this and that includes bone conductors. You risk being disqualified and you risk your own safety. Safety being the most important point.

Thursday and yes I bailed training again; but in my defence I had been looking after my three nieces all day and had nothing left in the tank. In addition to training there was also the Durham 5k & 10K taking place.

Saturday was a rather murky parkrun day; but that didn’t stop us attending 10 different parkruns between the 51 of us. Were ran at Whitley Bay, Blyth Links, Centre Vale, Whinlatter Forest, Prudhoe, Newbiggin By The Sea, Gateshead, Gibside, Newcastle and Rising Sun.

At Gibside Nick Lavin and Abi Timms had a cracking debut. Nick was 2nd overall over the line and Abi was first female overall over the line. Impressive.

At Newcastle James Meader ran a course PB to finish in a time of 16:12 – WELL DONE.

At Rising Sun we were celebrating Chris Checkley’s 250th parkrun – WOW. We also had a few other celebrations. Amelie Brook bettered her previous course PB in a time of 22:33 and Thomas Checkley also achieved a course PB of 22:40. Outstanding achievement by two of our juniors.

Elsewhere of Saturday Steve Tanser completed the Montane Lakeland 50 (miles). I wish I knew more, but that is all Steve put on FB. Steve that is an amazing accomplishment.

Saturday afternoon and the rain eased for the annual Heaton Harrier BBQ. There was a great turnout – probably because Danny said if you didn’t turn up you had to run Killy Persuits in your flip flops!

The beer mile was well supported with Ian Robinson coming in first and Lisa Boyd retaining her title for the ladies.

After the beer mile it was BBQ time and the lads did us all proud on the grill. Really nice lads – thank you.

After we had eaten it was time for a dance competition, a quiz and then outside for rounders.

What a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. A huge thank you to all involved it making it happen.

I haven’t been told anything about any Sunday races, so nothing to report. As per usual there was a crowd that went out on the Sunday Social run from Blue Flames and other group that ventured further afield.

Several of us made the 40 minute journey to Cragside to run in the National Trust free 10k. It was great if not just a tad warm. Beautiful scenery, friendly marshals and a cracking breakfast afterwards. Andy Duguid was first HH home and finished in 5th place. Well done. It was certainly worth the journey. We plan to visit again on 22nd September so pop the date in your diaries.

There will have been more mini achievements I could have commented on, but couldn’t as I didn’t know about them. Please ping me a message when you are first in your category, first HH home, achieve a PB, course PB, season PB or simply head off and complete a race no one else has entered. As a club we want to celebrate all achievements, but I cant search the internet looking randomly for HH activity. Please don’t be shy and share your achievements.

Have a good week everyone.

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