WC Monday 3rd June Weekly Round-up. Blaydon Special

Monday started with a spot of track and field at Monkton Stadium in Jarrow. It was the 2nd gathering of the NEMAA Track & Field Grand Prix. Great effort by all who attended and took part.

If anyone aged 35 and over is interested in finding out more about NEMAA Track & Field at Monkton, please contact Lisa Boyd.

Tuesday was training and it was raining – AGAIN. This week it was 1k laps at Paddy Freeman Park. The session starts with a warm up run from the club, followed by laps and then a cool down run back. Brilliant turn out.

Wednesday saw two of the HH Crew head to Dalton Park 5 Miler. Great effort by Rob Brown who was first HH across the line and Janette Kilgour who was first HH lady over the line, but was also first in her category to finish.

Thursday was training night and wow what a difference a couple of days can make. Beautiful evening for being outdoors. This week there was a pyramid VO2 session at Heaton Manor School and an endurance session at Rising Sun. The pyramid session consisted of speed work for
50/75/100/125/150/175/200 and then back down. 60s recovery until 150m then 2 mins recovery until back down. The endurance session was 3 differently paced groups running a reverse Rising Sun parkrun route.

Saturday – it rained and rained and rained. 34 Heaton Harriers attended 8 different parkruns. Lots more volunteered however in what can only be described as ‘awfully wet’ conditions – even the dogs thought the weather was pants! At Rising Sun, Claire Dadswell and myself scanned barcodes, Karen Bailey tail walked, Dani Smyth marshalled and Calum Mills paced. James McKenzie was first across the line and it was also Master Checkley’s 13th Birthday.

Elsewhere is parkrun world, Ted Baty attended a very intimate parkrun at Dolgellau, where he was 1 of 36 runners.

Sunday – and I don’t know about everyone else, but I don’t think I liked waiting around all day for an evening race. Usually we are all at work and then make the mad dash to town – but not on Sunday. I think a lot of us were unsure what to eat and when. All except John Sturman who knew what he wanted as his pre race scran.

It is fair to say that most of us preferred the finish on the grass and not in the carpark – but all in all it was a great event and I understand a few of us were chuffed with their performances. I am not sure of any PB’s etc, especially as it was a shorter course, but I think I am right in saying that Elaine Waters crossed the line first for her age category, that Hannah Nagel was first HH lady across the finish line and James Meader was first HH across the line and also 22nd overall.

Else where on Sunday, Xena Marshall was taking part in Race 3 of the Cheviot Trail Series. Well done Xena.

One last item – group photos. We have to get better at them people. We are a good looking mess at best. I looked in envy at AHRC, Washington and even Shields, who appear to know how to line up so everyone is seen. So scrap next weeks training, we need to practice formations before the next big event, which I am guessing will be the Northumberland Coastal.

Have a good week everyone.

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