WC Monday 9th September – Weekly Round-up

So I am guessing that Monday was a recovery run day for a lot of people.

Tuesday was club training – probably our last evening session at Rising Sun as the nights are getting darker sooner. Huge turnout with many wearing their well deserved GNR t-shirts; we did Figure of 8’s. Tough after GNR!

Thursday was club training again.

Saturday was parkrun day – that said, I didn’t run but instead had a 6 course hotel breakfast!

Anyway – 60 Heaton Harriers did make it to parkrun and ran at 10 different locations, with many more HH’s volunteering at several events.

We were present at Gibside, Newbiggin, South Shields, Whitley Bay, Moors Valley, Newcastle, Blyth, Rising Sun, Sunderland and Zandvlie.

At Newbiggin David Pace and John Oswald set new course PB’s of 26:24 and 28:38. Andy Duguid made a spectacular debut and finished 3rd overall. Well done lads.

At Sunderland parkrun Greg Pilgrim finished in 2nd place in an impressive time of 19:52.

It was Rising Sun where all the action was at. 29 runners plus volunteers. We had a 1, 2, 3 top finish by James McKenzie, Ian Norman and Andy Burden. Ian Lowdon achieved a course PB of 21:00, Julie Ellis achieved a course PB of 26:42 and Ellie Clark achieved a course PB of 24:32 – amazing results. To then top off a great morning Scott Mcentee completed his 50th parkrun and Samantha Checkley (although not an official HH), completed her 100th. Its a shame I wasn’t there as I had a lovely sash for Scott to wear – never mind, there is always his 100th!

Sunday and people were off all over the place. We’ll start the furthest away and work back home.

Doug Michael, having run the Zandvlei parkrun on Saturday, completed the Cape Town Marathon. Doug tells me that he completed the 6 marathon majors in 2015 and ever since has been on a mission to run one on every continent. Cape was #6 with ‘just’ Antarctica to go. His Cape Town Marathon took 4:45 which Doug describes as slow and puts down to very poor training – but I say a marathon is a marathon and in a different country with all the variances, you should be very chuffed with yourself. Excellent effort and safe journey home.

A little closer to home saw a very talented group of Heaton Harriers head to Manchester for the Northern Relays.

It was an epic day in Manchester, at the Northern 4 and 6 stage relays. The first time that Heaton Harriers have had a women’s team in this competition and they placed 35th overall out of 69 complete teams, with Dani Smythe placing 6th in her first leg and was 9th fastest overall! Heaton Harrier women’s team was one of only 2 North East teams represented. We are waiting to hear if we may be in contention for the nationals. Absolutely outstanding performance.

The 2 men’s teams were racing against some really high calibre runners and the A team positioned 50th and B team 101st. This again is an outstanding performance and Heaton Harriers men’s team were only one of 6 North East teams competing.


Back across the Pennines and our very own Jenny Friend was running in the Jim Dingswall 10k. The Jim Dingwall 10k is a well established and popular run based in the East Riding Of Yorkshire. It is a flat and fast road run with partial closed roads. Jenny was first Heaton Harrier home and finished 2nd in her category – whoop whoop. When asked post race for a comment, Jenny said ‘I can’t say i’d recommend it – it was very boring’. So perhaps not one for the 2020 season!

Ahhhh – now we’re talking – North Yorkshire! The setting for the Grim Up North Black Sheep Challenge. Michael Ewing took it upon himself to head to Masham and complete the 3 hour challenge. This is what Michael had to say ‘ I can recommend Its Grim Up North’s Black Sheep 3/6 hour challenge in Masham. 3.35mile loop along trail, undulating, over stiles, short section on road, cross stream. I managed 5 loops within the 3 hours, Didn’t see any black sheep but 6 wild horses ran out of the woods across the trail bringing all the runners to a halt’.

I have medal envy!

I have just looked at their website and their runs look my kinda thing. Particuarly interested in the Pateley Pie ‘n’ Pint.


Much closer to home was the Matfen 10k. Huge well done to Dougie Leckie who achieved a PB and finished in 44:09 and 3rd in his category. Also running was Alexis Birchall and Jeanette Kilgour. Jeanette also finished in 3rd in her category.


Lastly there was a XC recce at the Rising Sun. Organised to show those who haven’t run XC before that there is nothing to be afraid of. In fact, many of you will have done trail races tougher than many of the XC courses.

A large crowd of us turned out – seasoned XC runners and XC newbies. It was a glorious morning to showcase XC and the Rising Sun. A spot of brunch afterwards was also had by some. Sorry for the poor quality pics, but my phone is naf!

Thank you to all those that tagged me and sent me info to include. Especially photos – I don’t always have the time to search for photos and it can be a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack, especially if I don’t know you well and also if you are not in club vests. Thank you – it does make my life so much easier.


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