We started the week with some very sad news when we learned that Keith Rooney, a Heaton Harrier for many years, had passed away. Keith had battled with cancer over the past year and only a few months ago was told he had won that battle. Sadly secondary cancer and complications from his treatment took over and he lost the war.
RIP Keith Rooney
1968 – 2019
Monday was this month’s monthly mile as well as a pre Anita Nott Memorial Race meeting. 14 runners took part in the monthly mile with some fantastic achievements. Full details are in a separate post.
Tuesday and it was back to Rutland Road for the club’s 5K Handicap. Always a big turnout and this was no exception. 46 runners completed the course with several more setting up/timing/managing the finish line/taking pictures. Janette Kilgour was first home, closely followed by Reg Checkley and in third place was Carol Green. Well done to everyone. Full results can be seen on a separate post.
Wednesday night saw several Heaton Harrier’s head out to take part in the Weetslade Relays. It was a really muggy evening – well done to all those involved.
Thursday was training night. There was a choice of a speed work session at Heaton Manor or a 5k+ endurance run at Rising Sun. There were many potential new members at the sessions. It was a lovely evening to be outdoors.
Saturday, and with Newcastle and Blyth parkrun off, other locations were always going to be busy. Heaton Harriers helped ease the local congestion with many opting for a spot of tourism. On Saturday 44 Heaton Harriers ran in 11 different parkruns. We had people at Sewerby (Beth Lawry 1st lady home), Riverside, South Shields, Huntingdon, Newbiggin, Druridge Bay, Humber Bridge, Seaford, Morecambe, Whitley Bay and Rising Sun. At Whitley Bay there were 6 HH’s there with John Sturman being officially the first HH over the line. Well done John as you also volunteered at Newcastle’s Junior parkrun on Sunday. At Rising Sun there were 28 HH runners plus volunteers. James McKenzie was first over the line. Rachel Waite ran her 50th parkrun in style by also achieving a course PB of 25:33. Lastly, Ellie Clark also achieved a course PB of 25:03. WELL DONE EVERYONE.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Heaton Harriers were supporting the Heaton Festival. As a club we had put on little sporting activities for the children – but lets face it, the adults were always going to get involved. There was a nice steady show of support by several members who did an hour or two stint. Huge well done to Alison Janes for all her efforts before and during the events. It was a huge success with around 200 children taking part throughout the day.
Further ‘a field’ (pun intended) – some of Heaton’s finest gentleman were taking part in Windy Gyle Fell Race. A race hosted by another fine chap – Phil Green and supported on the day by the charming Allan Langford. The race blurb said – ‘9 mile fell race under FRA rules. Beautiful grassy running on unmarked trails, visiting the site of two murders and Scotland!’ It didn’t clarify whether these were historic murders or were in fact two sites identified for that day! Well done to Peter Foreman and Chris Checkley who were 1st and 2nd home in HH colours; and a big well done to Matt Hetherington who finished 3rd overall for NFR.
Slightly closer to home and it was NEMAA T&F Champs at Monkton Stadium. Elaine Waters tells me it was ‘a beautiful sunny day (although a tad warm for the distance events!!). Great turn out and amazing performances from all HHs participating. There was a plethora of age category medals in all events with several PBs. Overall a fantastic atmosphere with great inter club camaraderie and support. Elaine xx’. Thanks for the round-up Elaine. I do know that Jenny Friend got a PB in the Hammer.
Sunday and the Sunday social group put some miles down as per usual. I was away marshalling at Penshaw Half and I think that just left Phill Jamieson who completed the Swansea Half Marathon in 1:23:07 – not too shabby at all.
Don’t forget if you have anything to report – please send it to me ASAP, as it is useful if I can start the round-up during the week, instead of starting it on a Monday morning. If you ever want to write up a short piece on an event and send it to me – that would be brill also. Enjoy the week ahead everyone. Ab