Weekly Round-Up – W/C Monday 26th August

Bank Holiday Monday – what a lovely day for a run. A group of us met at Rising Sun for a 5 mile social run, with a few also gathering afterwards for a coffee. Running, conversation and coffee are a perfect match. Can not believe that was over a week ago.

On top of the world!!

Over at Gateshead Stadium there was the Tartan Games taking place. Representing the club was James Meader, Calum Mills, Jordan Cairns, Rosie Rice and Lisa Boyd.

The lads ran in the Mile competition with both Jordan and Calum achieving PB’s. Rosie competed in the shot and Lisa competed in the discus and javelin. Lisa also achieved two silvers in the senior women’s competition.

Tuesday was the Club’s 5k Handicap. Wonderful turnout with runners braving the rain, thunder and lightening. Full results can be found in a separate post.

Thursday was club training night but it was also the Watergate 5K. Great HH turnout and some fantastic results. Sorry if I have missed anything/anyone – but I can only go off what I have been sent or have seen on the FB page.

So well done to Jordan Cairns who was first Heaton Harrier home. Nina Cameron came first in her age category and Ian Norman came 2nd in his. There were lots of NEEMA prizes won too. The men’s team came 3rd and the women’s 4th. Not too shabby for a Thursday night.

In the absence of any forthcoming pictures from the evening, I have this one of Nina from the 2014 Watergate 5K instead.

Watergate 5k August 2014


Saturday and it was off to parkrun for 59 runners plus several more volunteers. We attended 13 different parkruns: Woodhouse Moor, Albert, Hackney Marshes, Newcastle, Whitley Bay, South Shields, Hartlepool, Whinlatter, Valley, Clitheroe Castle, Blyth Links, Leazes and of course Rising Sun.

At Rising Sun Claire Dadswell completed her 25th volunteer and at Blyth Links, Sarah Melville achieved a new course PB of 24:50.

Fab picture – loving Thomas!
Mandy @ Hackney Marshes

Elsewhere on Saturday it was the Signal Relays. Heaton Harriers had both a men’s and a women’s team entered. Here are some pictures from the event.

Sunday – AKA – 1 week until GNR. There were lots of early morning small group and solo runs as well as the weekly Sunday Social from Blue Flames.

6 Heaton Harriers made the journey to Wetherby today to compete in the Wetherby 10K. Fantastic effort by everyone. James Meader was first Heaton Harrier over the line and was 4th overall in an impressive time of 33:25. Next was Jordan Cairns, finishing in 23rd place with a new PB of 36:58 and Dani Smyth was 25th overall runner home, but 2nd women home, 1st in her category and gained herself a PB of 37:03. She was followed by Calum Mills in 50th place, Andy Duguid in 93rd place and Lisa Boyd in 364th place. A big well done to you all.


Over in Carlisle the club was represented in the Carlisle Half Marathon by Beth Lawry and Nick Lavin. Beth completed the course in an outstanding time of 1:37:50 and finished 7th lady. Ruddy good effort. Nick Lavin also completed the course in a PB time of 1:26:52. Fabulous running.


Lastly there was the NSP Marathon Attempt at Churchill. What an amazing achievement by everyone involved. 104 laps of Churchill track to raise money for a great cause.

REMINDERS – just in case you aren’t on FB, you need to know the following. If you intend on taking part in the XC this year, you must register your interest. Simplest thing to do is register your interest with either of the captains. Secondly, HH are ‘taking over’ Rising Sun parkrun on Saturday 5th October. This basically means we cover all the marshalling points and the timing and tokens. If you would like to volunteer that day, please drop me an email – heatonharriers.activity@gmail.com

In other news – for those not on social media – Lisa and Magnus tied the knot at the weekend, only 5 weeks after having their son. Charlie Townsend became a father again to a beautiful baby girl and Andy Bell and his wife were able to bring their precious bundle of joy home from the hospital after what must have been a very long wait.

Thats all for this week. My schedule is busy again that school is back – so please keep tagging me and sending me info. It is much appreciated.


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