Weekly Round-up WC Monday 12th August (normal service is resumed)

Tuesday was club training night for many.

Wednesday saw a ‘swarm’ of 33 Heaton Harriers head to the Quayside for the Gateshead Harriers Quayside 5K. There were some fantastic performances including both Nina Cameron and Elaine Waters coming first in their categories. I have also been informed that the following achieved PB’s: – Beth Lawry, Abi Timms, Mark Best, Aidan Batey, Laura Smith and Julie Ellis. Brilliant effort. James Meader came 19th in Race A in an impressive PB of 15:49.

Everyone who took part did the club proud – but you need to let me know if you achieved any personal achievements so I can shout about them on your behalf next time.


Thursday was club training.

Saturday and what a better day weather wise from the previous week. 44 Heaton Harriers ran in 10 different parkruns. There was some amazing tourism going on including: Faelledparken parkrun, Huddersfield, Fountains Abbey, Gibside, Mole Valley, Blyth Links, Newcastle, Rising Sun and the newbie, Leazes parkrun. In addition to the runners, we had several HH volunteering with parkrun – its always good to give back.

7 Heaton Harriers ran the inaugural Leazes parkrun – 3 laps, looks fairly quick. We will have to give it a go sometime.

At Rising Sun parkrun Simon Coplestone was the first HH home and Ellen Roberts was first female overall.

Don’t forget to send me any parkrun milestones, pictures, parkrun PBs or parkrun ‘first HH home – first females’ etc. I cant search easily or quickly for that information. Thanks.

Sunday was definitely a run day, with events going on all over the area. Firstly there was the Dalton Park 5K & 10K. Representing Heaton in the 5K was George Routledge who came 1st in his age category. Representing Heaton in the 10k was Jeanette Kilgour, who came 3rd in her age category. Well done to both of you.

Just over the A19 (literally), the Trail Outlaws Bays and Branches 10k Trail Race was taking place. 4 Heaton Harriers ran and Karen Bailey marshalled. First home for HH was Les Bellis, followed by myself, Shaun Slater and David Pace. Its fair to say we had a lovely time – but that’s what trail running is all about.

Then there was the Tynedale Jelly Tea 10 Mile Road Race taking place in Ovingham. 29 HH’s found their way to the start line and produced some amazing results. Dani Smythe was overall 1st female home. James Meader was 5th overall and achieved a course PB of 56:19. The men’s team came an impressive 2nd. Les Smith came first in his category and Ian Norman came 2nd in his. I know there will be lots more individual achievements – but you need to drop me a message on messenger or email heatonharriers.activity@gmail.com so I can add them in future roundups. I try to look through the posts and look at race results, but it is extremely time consuming, especially if I haven’t been at the race.

Generally it was a very successful day at the office for Heaton and it is a race I have flagged for myself for next year.


Also over the last few days the North East has been host to the Transplant Games. From what I have read and seen, it looks to have been a truly wonderful few days. Taking part in the games were Nadia Stock and John Moore – both active Heaton Harriers. An enormous well done to them both with them both running in the Transplant 5K – Nadia finished 2nd female overall and John finished 5th male overall and 1st in his category.

Please keep tagging me and sending messages to make the Weekly Roundup easier to prepare; especially sending me pictures. Many thanks. Ab

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