Crikey it has been a busy week. Something happening almost every day. So lets get started!
Monday was the North East Masters Athletics Associates Track & Field at Monkton. This was the first league match of the season of the For those not aware, NEMAA provides athletics competition for Male and Female athletes 35 and over. Championships cover all Track and Field events as well as Road Races 5k to Marathon.
Heaton Harriers were well represented: George Routledge, Steve Waters, Lisa Boyd, Janette Kilgour, Reginald Checkley, Scott Armstrong, Chris Checkley, Elaine Waters, Sam Daley, Marie Bennett, David Gilmore, John Moore, Jenny Friend and Ruth Kirk all competed in various events including – 100m, 400m, 3000m, High Jump, Long Jump, Hammer and Javelin.
Anyone over 35 years of age who would like to know more about the NEMAA events and in particular the Monday night series at Monkton – contact George Routledge or Lisa Boyd for more information.
Tuesday night was a glorious evening and we all headed to Rising Sun for training. This time it was Figure of 8’s. Tough session, especially in the heat – but we still had enough energy left for a photo at the end of the session.
Wednesday saw a few Heaton Harriers back at Monkton. This time for the North East Grand Prix. Full results can be seen using the link below; however a few highlights include:
800m – Heat 4
1st place – Thomas Stutt (Junior) – 2:18:65
2nd Place – Calum Mills – 2:24:49
4th Place – Sean Polson – 2:25:39
Also doing himself and the club proud was James Meader who achieved a PB in the 3000m – 9:22:62 ‘Amazing’.
Thursday night was training and this time we completed 400’s on the playing field near George Stephenson High. It was another lovely evening to be outdoors.
Saturday and the weekend was upon us again. We had a lot of parkrun tourism taking place with Heaton Harriers running at 11 different parkruns.
5 HH headed to Blyth where Margaret Dover and Sophie Urguhart achieved course PB’s and 7 headed into Newcastle to the Town Moor.
Usual suspects of Nadia Stock and Max Hacon ran Whitley Bay, Ted Baty went up to the Pastures (Alnwick), Paramjeet Bohgal headed down to Cannon Hill (Birmingham), John Josephs travelled to Worcester Pitchcroft, Colin McEntee made the long journey to Bexley parkrun and Ken McEntee crossed the water to South Shields.
In addition Ian Norman came 3rd and achieved a course PB at Gibside – in a time of 19:29 and James Meader came 1st at Forest Rec parkrun in a fabulous time of 17:04.
15 Heaton Harriers ran Rising Sun with several more volunteering in some capacity; I tail walked for the first time! This week’s parkrun saw Megan Turner complete her 50th parkrun and saw Peter Foreman achieved a course PB of 22:18 – snappy.
On Saturday we also had athletes down at Churchill practicing hurdles, throws and speed work. If anyone would like to enquire more about track and field please speak with Lisa Boyd or Aidan Batey for more information.
Saturday was the Allen Valley Striders 10K Multi Terrain race. Jenny Friend, Joanne Adamson and John Sturman took part with John finishing in 9th place overall and 2nd in the V40 category.
Saturday also saw our club Mountain Goat, Caroline Billis, complete yet another monumental event. This time it was the West Highland Way Challenge Race. 39.76 miles with an elevation gain of 4724ft. I don’t know how you do it. Bravo.
Not to be left out of all things climbing related, this weekend Ellen Cole successfully completed the Snowdon 3 Peaks Challenge in what can only be described as wet weather.
So now its Sunday – and we were all over the place. First stop was Cragside Local 10K. A free to enter 10K which takes place once a month. Such a lovely place to run. Both Shaun Slater and Ken McEntee completed the 10k course. These free National Trust 10k runs take place all over; our nearest is Cragside and Ormesby Hall in Middlesbrough. See the links below – perhaps we can do a Sunday Social run up there one week?
The Sunday Social Run headed out at its usual time – 9am from Blue Flames (all welcome). They ran approximately 11 – 12 miles at a nice steady pace. I will see you next week, but probably for only the first 8 or so.
Just up the road from Blue Flames in Druridge Bay, lots of Heaton Harriers took part in the Druridge Bay 10K. Not a race I have done before as it tends to clash with another race I do, but it does look lovely. I am unsure of finishing times, etc as the race results are not particularly friendly to filter – however this week we have a guest race reporter. Coming live from the event we have the clubs very own Magnus McGillivray. Take it away Magnus.
Race Report – Druridge Bay 10k – one of the favourites of Heaton Harriers the Druridge Bay 10k, as usual a significant turn out from the green and whites. Unfortunately 2018 ladies champion Lisa Harpin was in no
condition to defend her title and likewise, club colleague Nina Cameron, also a past winner, was absent from the field. It was a 10k debut for Douglas Leckie and a welcome return to racing from the talented Les Bellis who travelled from south of the divide. Conditions were warm and windy as runners set off on schedule at 10.30am, just as the sub 3 hour gents at Edinburgh were approaching mile 5! Danny Routledge was cutting an imposing figure on the front row of the starting grid, before moving slightly further back as the start approached. Jenny Friend was lining up in back to back races after a commendable finish in the Allendale Trail 10k the previous day, she was joined on the start line by Sharon Cook, Jeanette Kilgour, Carol Green, Judith Archbold and Beth Lawry; thanks to modern man Alex Cook for his superb parenting skills that allowed Sharon to run, and run well she did.
Marshall Leitch, Chris Checkley, Reg Checkley, Phil Green, Dave Pace, Magnus McGillivray and Jeremy Smith all lined up, along with course race veteran George Routledge; all there supporting this fine event in aid of a local hospice. The race starts on the country park roads, links with footpaths and additional roads before you reach the beach at around 6k; then there is around 2k on the beach, before back inland and onto the parkrun course, finishing in front of the Druridge Bay park centre. The strong wind made the course interesting throughout. Magnus McGillivray was first home for the green and whites in 37.07 and third place Jeremy Smith justified his pre race tag of V50 favourite taking the title. Doug Leckie received fantastic support from club mate Phil Green completing an impressive first 10k.
Danny Routledge is heading in the right direction, with a trimming of his waistline he is certainly trimming his finishing times. Marshall Leitch, Jeanette Kilgour, Dave Pace, Judith Archibold, Carol Green, Sarah Melville and Chris Checkley clearly enjoyed their day out; Sharon Cook and Beth Lawry put in impressive sprint finishes much to the delight of the packed crowds. Reginald Checkley had his usual stellar performance and took home the eldest entrant shield he had returned around an hour earlier. If there was an award for best body art Les Bellis would have edged out long term ink fan Danny Routledge. George Routledge came into great cheers slightly after.
Thank you Magnus for that enlightening race report.
Up in Scotland it was the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. Wet and windy were the conditions, but outstanding were the results.
Anthony Dalglish completed the half marathon. Phill Jamieson, David Coe and Ian Robinson completed the full in sub 3 hours. Peter Jobes took it in his ‘stride’ and completed the course in a very respectable 3h 38m and achieved a PB. Please click on the link below to read Peter’s first hand report of the Edinburgh Marathon – it is a lovely read. That just leaves the amazing duo that is Alison Vaulkhard and Vicki Addison who also completed the full in 4h 19m & 4h 8m respectively.
Well done to you all – quite an achievement in 39 MPH winds.
I travelled just an hour down the road to Northallerton to complete the 4th Northallerton 10k. 97% rural roads, first 6k up hill and then it is a faster finish, as what goes up, must come down! This was my 3rd outing at Northallerton 10k and I achieved a course PB.
Yes I caught her!
Across the Pennines the Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series was taking place. Bryan Ankers took part in the full marathon and Kerry Nesbitt achieved a PB in the half. Well done – I understand you also had all four seasons in one day.
And I think that is about it for what has been, however a few reminders of what is coming up.
It is the 3rd birthday of Rising Sun parkrun on Saturday. All runners have been asked to wear either bright colours or their milestone t-shirts. It would be fab to have a huge HH turnout. Many of us have milestone t-shirts and our new green HH tops are bright.
Due to the above birthday celebrations we are rescheduling the next ‘HH Tourism Outing’ until Saturday 13th July. So mark it in your calendar – Saturday 13th July we head to Prudhoe.
Heaton Harriers Anita Nott is a Ladies Only 5K and it takes place on Monday 24th June at Jesmond Dene. Entries are steadily coming in, but please share the event with friends and family (links are below). We also require a few more volunteers – male or female. If you are able to help on the evening, please get in touch with Ellen Cole.
Ok – that’s another week done and dusted. Abbie