Weekly Round-up. W/C Monday 8th July

We started this week with the Monday monthly mile. A fabulous turnout, with an equally fabulous mix of young and ‘older’ members. Here are the dates for the next few Monthly Mile events: 5th August, 2nd September & 7th October.

Tuesday was training. 1 mile intervals from the Butterfly Gates in the Rising Sun. Shame we didn’t see many butterflies – just midges! It was wet, it was muddy, in my opinion, it was wonderful training weather. Laura Smith wasn’t as convinced!

Deb – harnessing her inner dirty girl! Join us Laura – you know you want to.

Wednesday – and like most Wednesdays throughout the summer months, there is always a event or two being held locally on an evening. Three Heaton Harriers at the Stamfordham 10K. Both Ian Sanderson and Deb Hicks were 2nd in their age categories and Janette Kilgour was first in hers. Full race results below.


Over in Monkton it was meeting 4 of the Harriers League. Lisa Boyd, Jordan Cairns and a junior called Joshua all competed. Sue Linsley was there to support. Joshua won the 1500m and Jordan achieved a PB in the javelin. Well done everyone.

WOW was Thursday a warm one – but that didn’t stop us training or competing. Over in Sunderland several Heaton Harrier’s ran the very hot Sunderland 5k. Dani Smythe was first female Heaton Harrier home and 3rd female overall – WONDERFUL. James Meader had an astonishing race and achieved a well deserved PB – finishing in a time of 15:59. Well done everyone.

Training on Thursday was at the playing field at George Stephenson High School. This week was a pyramid session: 200m, 400, 600, 800, 600, 400, 200. A brilliant amount of effort put in by everyone on what was a really warm evening.

Quick question – why do fell races make it so difficult to find the results?? Any way – thanks to Strava I established that our very own Douglas Cockett ran the Beacon Hill Fell Race and finished 11th. – well done.

Also on Thursday was the Castle Eden 5K – The White Wolf Run. First Heaton Harrier home was the lovely Allen Mulliss. It looks a nice 5k – I will flag that one as a potential for next year. Don’t worry Allen, you will still be first HH home!

Saturday – AKA parkrun day, was a good one. There were 67 Heaton Harriers running in 16 different parkruns. Glasgow, Sunderland, Whitley Bay, Strathclyde, Oak Hill, Southport, Wanstead Flat, Redcar, Heslington, Druridge Bay, Marshall Drive, Beverley Westwood, South Shields, Blyth, Prudhoe and Rising Sun.

6 Heaton Harriers ran at Blyth. Ian Norman made his debut and was first HH across the line. Also at Blyth, Jeremy Smith achieved a course PB of 19:00, Sarah Melville achieved a course PB of 25:18 and John Oswald achieved a course PB of 27:42.

13 of us, plus family, made the journey across Ovingham Bridge (breathe in), to Prudhoe. It was a lovely route, very friendly marshals and one of the most humid days I have ever run. There was literally steam coming off the lads at the end. Dave Dale was first HH across the line and I achieved a course PB (only run there once before, 2 years ago), of 26:44. Fair to say that everyone enjoyed the run and many said they would return. The next HH parkrun tourism event is going to be 3rd August at the newest parkrun to open – Harrington Park. Just over the road from Penshaw Monument, it promises to be a lovely run. Post parkrun refreshments will be had in the Penshaw Café as they are simply amazing.

Rising Sun had a phenomenal turnout. 32 Heaton Harriers were there to run, with a few more volunteering. Dan Wilkinson was first home for HH. Jordan Cairns achieved a course PB of 21:01, Stuart Kelsey achieved a course PB of 21:05 and Dougie Leckie (despite being slightly hung over), achieved a course PB of 21:32. Dougie thanks Dave Slater for getting him round. It would appear Dave is becoming the go to person for pacing around RS.

Elsewhere Nadia Stock was coming second senior female in the Ashington Sprint Tri. She tells me she isn’t sure how she managed it – but I know! Hard work and determination. Well done and what a lovely bit of bling.

Ian Sanderson was also taking part in a triathlon somewhere as I know he mentioned it and I saw pre and post event runs on Strava, but I know no more. I am sure you were super!

So Sunday was all about being outside and taking part in the athletics at Churchill or being inside watching the cricket, F1 and tennis on the TV. So much choice.

Those Heaton Harriers that were down at Churchill for the Northern League did the club proud. Here are just a few of the highlights.

James Meader achieved a PB in the 1500m. 4.34m, 2 seconds faster. He also achieved a PB in the 5000m. 16:10 which is an impressive 7 seconds faster.

Jordan Cairns achieved a PB in the 100m, long jump and high jump.

Ian Robinson achieved a PB in the triple jump.

Daniel Wood achieved a PB in the 800m.

Andy Duguid achieved a PB in the 400m and shot.

Ben Collins also made his T&F debut for the club in style by winning the high jump.

Looking splendid

Ok – that is all from me this week. As next Sunday is the Northumberland Coastal and will have be away from a keyboard all day, please can I ask for any mid week events, PB’s, milestones etc are forwarded to me during the week. Just means I can make a head start on the ‘marathon’ that is the weekly round-up.


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