Monday night was Monkton NEEMA night – lots of over 35’s running, jumping and throwing stuff, whilst having a good time. There is just one more evening for NEEMA Monkton T&F – and that is Monday 29th July. Its never too late to get involved.
Tuesday was a club training session at the Rising Sun. 800’s intervals with a 1 minute rest. Tough in that humidity – but made easier when given Oatein Flapjacks at the end. It was a huge turnout – I think the word about free food must have got out!
Wednesday was the Junior Harriers Ringtons Cup. It was a great evening, with a huge attendance of runners, supporters and marshals.
Thursday there was a couple of options if you wanted to train. Go fast and go to Heaton Manor or go further and run at Rising Sun. Well done to everyone that turned up to either session. The humid weather is making training a lot less desirable.
Saturday and it is becoming the norm now, there was a great number of Heaton Harriers out running and volunteering at parkrun. This week we had 56 runners out at 10 different parkruns, including: South Shields, Windy Nook, Whitely Bay, Prudhoe, Blyth Links, Herrington Country, Gibside, Newbiggin By The Sea, Newcastle and Rising Sun.
At Newcastle parkrun James McKenzie was 1st HH home, 2nd overall and achieved a mighty fine course PB of 16:53.
At Rising Sun, 30 HH ran, with more volunteering. Danni Smythe was first home and Scott Mcentee was 2nd HH home, first bloke for the club. It was a special event as it was my 100th parkrun and John Nicholson’s 150th. Thank you to everyone that came and made it a lovely occasion. Amelie Brook achieved a course PB of 22:38 – fantastic result.
Saturday evening saw the first Chopwell Woods 10K Trail take place. The fabulous Julie Ellis was first Heaton Harrier lady home and Allen Mulliss was first male Heaton Harrier across the finish line. David said – ‘It’s a great trail run. I would recommend this run for anyone. At the end you get a pork sandwich and a bottle of beer.’ I think there maybe a bigger field of Heaton Harriers there next year.
Sunday saw two different ability groups run from Blue Flames. Well done to everyone who trained on Sunday – it was muggy.
Elsewhere, a little further north, several Heaton Harriers were heading to Beadnell to start the Northumberland Coastal Run (approx. 13-14 miles). It was warm, but it could well have been hotter. There was a lovely breeze, but unfortunately it was a head wind. I loved it again. I preferred last years weather conditions, but then I am weird!
I know I achieved a course PB – taking off 12 – 15 minutes off last years time (depends whose time you choose to believe). I also know that Bill Brown had a fantastic day as well. Bill was 3rd in his age category of 75+ and 14 minutes faster than last year with a brilliant time of 2:52:47. Previous to last year, Bill hadn’t run this race for 37 years. You are a machine Bill – WELL DONE!
Winning his age category was Ian Norman – great achievement. Roll on next year – it is a great run, the pub afterwards is fun; however the coach journey back is an experience in itself!
Pre race – (some are more morning people than others!! 🙂
And we are running!
Post race antics!
On a serious note it is getting warmer – stay hydrated, wear a hat, wear sun cream and if running with dogs, make sure the pavements aren’t too hot for them and that they too have access to water.