WC Monday 29th July – Weekly Round-Up

Monday saw the last fixture of the season for NEEMA at Monkton. This series has been well supported by a few and those few who ran, jumped and threw for the club have done us proud. Throughout the series there has been some amazing individual and team performances with many achieving PB’s, records were broken and ultimately Heaton Harrier’s women finished 3rd in their league and the men finished 5th. Well done to everyone that participated.

Tuesday was a muggy training session at the Rising Sun. Laps of Duke’s Pond with 2 minutes recovery. Huge turnout and some fabulous effort put in by everyone.

Wednesday saw 8 Heaton Harriers head to Ashington to complete the AHRC Fell Em Doon Woodland Trail. I have done this race before but I am certain it was a slightly different route around the woods. Weather was pretty decent – but there were lots of lovely puddles left from the rain earlier in the day. Mark Boxshall was first HH across the line. Allen Mullis, Ken Mcentee, Claire Dadswell and myself ran in a pack and helped each other on to the finish.

Thursday was training night for many and this week was Wallsend Dene Laps. However elsewhere there was a recce happening – here is what Jeremy Smith had to say.

“I, along with a number of others runners, mostly from Claremont, took part in a trial run on Thursday (1 August) of the new Leazes Park parkrun which is likely to start in the next couple of months.  It is a fast course that starts at the top of Leazes Park (near the balustrade) and then takes runners down the hill (with St James’ Park on the right), round the tennis courts, up an incline parallel with Richardson Road, almost a full circuit around the lake before a steep (but short) climb back to the start.  There are a further two laps with the finish the other side of the balustrade.
It will definitely be a quick course – I ran 19:25 (and fourth place – the unknown runner in the results at 
https://www.claremontroadrunners.co.uk/2019/08/01/trial-results/  without really pushing myself.  The first runner ran a time just outside 16 minutes. I ran back home via the town moor – there is less than 1 km between the Leases Park and Newcastle parkruns – possibly the shortest distance between parkruns (unless anyone knows differently?).”

Thanks for that Jeremy – look forward to planning a visit when then officially open.

Saturday and its all about the parkrun. This week 56 Heaton Harriers ran in 11 different parkruns: Prudhoe, Whitley Bay, Eden Project, Sedgefield, Clumber Park, Druridge Bay, Lochend, Jersey, Newcastle, Rising Sun and Herrington Country.

Lots of tourism going on, including the Checkleys in Jersey. Newcastle was well supported as always but Rising Sun is where the results were. James McKenzie was 1st home, closely followed by Andy Burden. A huge well done has to go out to Thomas Stutt who achieved ANOTHER course PB of 19:10 and also Amelie Brook who achieved ANOTHER course PB of 21:52. Amelie was also first Heaton Harrier female to cross the line and was third female overall. Massive congratulations. Another individual that deserves a pat on the back is Calum Mills, as on Saturday, he volunteered with parkrun for the 25th time. Kudos Calum.

A cohort of 13 Heaton Harriers, plus friends and family, head to Herrington Country parkrun. It was a warm, muggy day and yet we all ran well. Defo one to visit on a colder day and strive for a PB. Its two loops, but not quite identical loops, of the gorgeous Herrington Country Park. Really friendly and beautiful surroundings. We headed to the Penshaw café afterwards for post parkrun scran.

And so we get to Sunday. Incidentally, Sunday is also a parkrun day for many of our juniors with others volunteering there as well. John Sturman is a regular volunteer with junior parkrun and volunteered at Whitley Bay on Sunday.

This Sunday however, lots of you were in action, as there were lots of events going on.

Sunday morning was the Gosforth Relays. We did ourselves proud and ran well in the heat. Senior Men came 3rd and Senior Ladies came 4th. Well done to all involved.

Across the water in an equally warm South Shields, Heaton Harriers were making their mark. South Shields 10 mile isn’t a complicated course, but it is tough and the heat will not have helped. There was a posse of 8 running in white vests – however a huge shout out to Dani Smyth who was first female to cross the line, to Elaine Waters who was 4th female to cross the line and Laura Smith who was 7th to cross the line. http://runeatsleep.co.uk/10-mile-provisional-results-2019/?fbclid=IwAR0EuLHj_yhauJUzcVkrVptrFAheTEwIo-ooKfwCE-QQrzQRU50RERyN3U4

Lastly there is the international running double act know to us all as Phil Green and Allan Langford, who whilst away on holiday ran the Circuit Des Sangliers Trail Race. Well done lads.

That’s last week wrapped up. I am away next weekend, so please message any mid week info as soon as it happens so that I can get Monday – Thursday written up before I go away.

M’thinks I will be saying the words muggy, heat and warm much less next week and will be replacing them with, wet, blowy and cold. 🙁

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