Tuesday – once it was established whether the lights were on or off, Tuesday’s training session was Heaton Park Hills.
Thursday – training session was 400’s @ Balliol
Saturday – WET WET WET for many of the parkrun routes on Saturday. The weather however did not stop Heaton Harriers from being out in force. 58 of us could be seen running and wading at 14 different events. Newcastle, Prudhoe, HighBury Fields, Whitley Bay, Gateshead, South Shields, Coldham’s Common, Blyth Links, Newbiggin By The Sea, Gibside, Rising Sun, Portobello, Leazes and Jesmond Dene.
At Newcastle, Junior Harrier Ryan Edney achieved a PB of 28:27 – well done. At Prudhoe, Peter Jobes achieved a PB of 20:26 – fab. At Leazes Gregory Pilgrim achieved a PB of 20:28 – wonderful. Lastly Eddie Knight debuted at Portobello and finished joint first! Superb.
For many of us it was quickly home to dry our kit in time for Sunday’s races.
Sunday – Brampton to Carlisle 10 Miler was very well attended by Heaton Harriers – congrats to everyone who ran. I understand James McKenzie, James Meader, Jordan Cairnes, Calum Mills all achieved PB’s. Marie knocked almost 4 minutes off her previous time and Bill Brown achieved a PB knocking 8 minutes off. James Meader finished 13th overall in an amazing time of 52:02 which was a PB by 54 seconds and a new personal CR. Fabulous effort. Heaton Harriers Men took 2nd place in the team prizes. A team consisting of James McKenzie, James Meader and Jordon Cairns. Super stuff boys!
Up in Wooler it was the Trail Outlaws Full and Half Marathons. Tough I hear – really heavy going and I understand the course beat a few people. Finishing the Half for Heaton was Joanne Adamson – a cracking time and finished 9th female. In the Full, Craig Stocken also rang a great time and finished 5 in his category. Fraser Brown, incognito, also ran the full and finished in just over 5 hours. Amazing effort.
Up in Slaley a group of us were living the high life as well as getting don’t blathered in the woods! Slaley Hall 10k Trail Race – another Wild Deer Event. The contrast of using the club house before and after the race – warm running water/showers, lockers, proper loos, hot bacon sandwiches and coffee, and then running around in the sludge, suited me perfectly. The conditions were spot on. Cool and fairly bright on the day, but the previous days rain meant we had uber puddles, sludge and mud to run through. Great varied terrain and to repeat what I posted on my FB page – my favourite Trail run of 2019! First home for HH was Mark Slade, with Vicki Addison first female home. There was some great running and lots of smiles.
Town Moor Marathon. Great weather for it. There are no results yet so I am unsure who ran; but I do know that Stephane Duroy ran for Heaton Harriers.
Thank you to everyone that provided me with pictures and snippets of info. Makes my life easier and hopefully your read more enjoyable.
NEHL – Akley Heads on Saturday 23rd November. Car share where possible. There is parking, but car sharing does help, is more fun and goes a little way to helping the planet!
Cragside 10K on Sunday 24th November – Free National Trust Run. Last one of 2019. Again, for the reasons stated above, car share where possible.
Christmas Shindig on Thursday 12th December – last few remaining places, so don’t leave it any longer to book. On Monday 25th November I will start to request your food pre-order.
Xmas Handicap followed by Beige Buffet and Quiz on Thursday 19th December. More info to follow, but save the date in your diary. Such a laugh!