WC Monday 4th November – Weekly Round-Up – HH Memorial Special.

Monday – was the monthly mile, starting on West Street. See Monthly Mile post for the detail. Well done to all those that smashed it!

Tuesday – was training night. It was an explosive night of 1 mile intervals at Balliol.

Thursday – there were two offerings for training. Session 1 was a fartlek session at HM. Session two was 2-1-2 – 2 mile easy, 1 mile hard, 2 mile easy.

Saturday – lots of us got out to parkrun despite Newcastle and Leazes Park being cancelled. It was a cold one; however 52 Heaton Harriers ran at 9 different parkruns and many more volunteered. Remember – parkrun relies on volunteers!

So Heaton Harriers could be found at Prudhoe, Whitley Bay, Oakhill, Penrith, Rising Sun, Keswick, Druridge, Blyth and Jesmond.

At Whitley Bay, Thomas Bell achieved a PB of 20:01 – well done. At Rising Sun, Mark Best ran a PB of 21:29 and Steve Waters ran a PB of 27:28 – excellent stuff. At Blyth Laura Percy ran a PB of 26:58 – superb. Over in Jesmond, Dave Dale ran a course PB of 21:45 – fab.

Just a few pics from a few different parkruns.

Sunday – well done to Natalie Carroll who ran in the Hamsterley 5 Miler.

But lets face it – if you were looking for a HH this weekend, you needed to head to the Town Moor for the Club’s event – the Heaton Harriers Memorial Race. It was a great day – the weather couldn’t have been kinder. There was great support from club members, others clubs and general supporters. Lots to cover so I will start at the beginning.

Its true what they say – many hands make light work; however the work to make the event a success started long before Sunday. So I would just like to say on behalf of everyone to everyone – WELL DONE.
I am conscious that if I start thanking individuals for specific tasks, I run the risk of missing someone out and upsetting people. But well done to all those involved in the planning and organisation beforehand. There are lots of administration and fiddly jobs that take place that perhaps we don’t always take time to consider such things as organising permits, ordering water, race numbers and medals, arranging for a chip timing company to be there, booking the portaloos, securing a Race HQ, acquiring and organising volunteers, sourcing first aid cover. I could go on and on – but this stuff happens months in advance. Then there is the mammoth task the day before of loading up the van and all of you talented bakers, baking cakes to be sold. Lots of you turned out very early on the day to help set up the course and race HQ; with many of you juggling that with supporting the event by running as well. And then there is the mass army of marshals on the course and those in Race HQ registering runners and sorting out the results. It really is a team effort and everyone’s contribution, before, during and after, ensured that Sunday’s event was a success.

When we aren’t running we are marshaling, setting up, taking down or eating cake!

There were lots of great achievements and PBs from the race – here goes:

Dougie Leckie – PB 43:49
Jack Shawcross – 38:35. First sub 39:00 in 2 years.
Jordan Cairns – PB 35:28
Matt Hetherington – PB 35:16. First Male Vet Home.
Vicki Addison – PB 49:49
Mandy Hood – PB 49:14
Bill Brown – 4 minutes of last years time.
Peter Foreman – PB 47:28
James Meader – PB 32:54. Finished 9th overall. First HH Male Home.
Dani Smythe – 1st overall Female.
First Heaton Female Vet Home.

This talented bunch all received NEMAA medals.

Here is a selection of race pictures – I am hoping I have at least one of every HH runner.

All results can be found in the link below.


Not to be left out – the Juniors did the club proud as well. Well done everyone.

And then it was time for a well deserved drink and a bite to eat.

Ok – well that took a bit of time. Thanks to those that messaged me with bits and bobs to include – it really makes my life easier. Also – other than parkrun, I don’t know if a race time was a PB for you – please share and let me know.


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