WC Monday 23rd September – Weekly Round-up

Monday started with a bit of glitz and glamour for a couple of our Harriers. On Monday Lisa Boyd and Jordon Cairns headed to Gateshead International Stadium to be awarded for their sporting achievements in this years North East Grand Prix. Jordon was awarded 3rd male and Lisa 4th female and 3rd female in the throws festival. Fabulous achievement guys!

Tuesday was club training night – remember to wear your Hi-Viz people!

Thursday was club training night.

Saturday morning was parkrun and I think the afternoons North East Harriers League Cross Country had an impact. Most of the local parkruns were down 25-35% with runners, as I think we were saving our legs for the mud and hills to come at Wrekenton. However 24 Heaton Harriers did run and represented the club at 7 different parkruns, with plenty more volunteering. Leazes Park, Hazlewood, Whitley Bay, Newcastle, Blyth Links, Fulham and Rising Sun. Fulham saw Lisa McGillivray back running after having her adorable baby boy. At Blyth Links Sarah Melville achieved an incredible PB of 24:33 – woo hoo. Well done everyone.

WREKENTON – first XC of the 2019/2020 season – so exciting.

What a fantastic turnout of Heaton Harriers – so much so it was impossible to gather everyone up for one group photo. But I will try harder next week.

Wasn’t it hot? Too hot, but there were at least a few muddy puddles.

We performed our dirty little socks off – I wish I fully understood the rules/point scoring system better to explain exactly how we did – but my instructions were to finish the race and pick off as many other runners as I could. I am though trying to learn by next week so that I can explain how we are doing with two events completed.

I do know though that a few of ‘us’ were promoted: Hannah Shillitoe, Natalie Carrol, Scott McEntee and Jason Wall were all promoted from Slow Pack to Medium Pack; whilst Matt Hetherington was promoted from Medium Pack to Fast Pack. I guess congratulations are in order although I am not sure that is how it feels. ‘hey well done you ran really well this week so we are going to reward you by handicapping your time next week’! There were some fantastic performances with many runners running XC for the first time since secondary school. It is my understanding that the following are no longer NEHL XC virgins – Vicki Addison, Mark Boxshall, Peter Foreman, Julie Ellis, Abi Timms, Kirsty Wilkinson, John Nicholson. If I have missed anyone, sorry – let me know and I will add you and WELCOME to Cross Country.

I hope I managed to get at least one picture of each of us.

Sunday and there were a few events happening – some closer to home than others.

Just down the coast at Redcar it was the Redcar Running Festival. In the half marathon race we had James Meader and James finished in an impressive 2nd place overall in a time of 1:13:09 – well done James. Dani Smythe was also running in the half and crossed the line first overall female in an incredible time of 1:22:12. Fabulous effort Dani. Also running in the half was Ian Norman who finished first in his age category, Les Smith and Robert Clark. Well done to you all – the conditions looked rather wet!


In the Zetland 10k, Jeanette Kilgour represented HH and was first HH home. Well done and thank you for the support at Wrekenton the day before.

In the Beacon 5K, our very own George Routledge was first HH home – impressive performance considering he ran Wrekenton XC the day before.

In Prudhoe it was the Prudhoe’s Miners 5 mile. A new route this year I understand. The steep hill removed and a more scenic route for the runners. Running for Heaton Harriers was Chris Checkley, Stephane Duroy, Alexis Birchall, Kate McLean and Laura Grundy. Unfortunately I cannot find the results, but I do know that Stephane was first Heaton Harrier home and finished in fourth position. Bien Joue Stephane!

A little further away in Berlin, John James and David Brignall were running the Berlin Marathon. John finishing in a time of 3:34 and David 3:45. Well done gents. I have no pictures to share which is a shame. Safe journey home.

COMING UP – Still time to register for XC – let Ellen Cole or Scott McEntee know by Thursday. XC is Sunday this week and is at Druridge.

Saturday is Rising Sun parkrun takeover. There is an enormous amount of support for it – THANK YOU. I will be communicating further via FB on the details. If you intend to run at Rising Run parkrun on Saturday, it would be great if you had some HH kit on. With all the volunteers as well – it is going to look awesome.

Thank you – Ab

Lets all run safe this winter.

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