Weekly Round-Up WC Monday 13th May

Monday saw Strava littered with recovery runs after the weekend.

Training on Tuesday saw us undertake 20 out and 18 back. This is a regular feature in our training schedule. It is a great session for individuals to work on their pacing, their effort and their general self awareness when running. It is also a session that you can do at your own pace yet be still out as part of a group. It was another fantastic turnout and the weather was a whole lot nicer than the last time we did 20 out and 18 back.

Wednesday this week was another competition night for many. This time it was the Clive Cookson 10k, organised by NSPoly. It is a chip timed, 2 lap route, starting and finishing at Monkseaton High School. Heaton Harriers were very well represented with 27 runners there on the night and many more along the course cheering them on. It was a breezy evening but not a bad temperature for the 443 runners that took part.

David Coe was the first Heaton Harrier home, Ellen Roberts was first Heaton lady home and Elaine Waters was also first in her age category.

David Coe, Peter Foreman, Megan Turner and Dan Wilkinson all achieved PB’s.


With many runners wearing their newly acquired Clive Cookson finishers T-Shirt, members had the choice of two different training sessions on Thursday night. One session was a speed session held at Heaton Manor School and the second was a steady 5k following the Rising Sun parkrun route. Gorgeous evening to be out in the fresh air.

Elsewhere on Thursday night, Heaton Harriers were competing in the Ability 5K in Sunderland. A fast 5K which saw some fantastic times recorded. James Meader came third in an awesome time of 16:03, Calum Mills PBd in a time of 18:06 and Janette Kilgour was first lady home for Heaton.

Saturday, 9am and 39 Heaton Harriers ran in 5 different parkrun events.

At Rising Sun, 23 Heaton Harriers ran and James Mckenzie was first over the line with Laura Smith and Nicola Brady being the first two females over the line. Course PB’s for Ian Sanderson 20:53, Peter Foreman 22:37, Megan Turner 23:30. Off the back of Wednesday night – that is impressive guys!

Newcastle Town Moor, saw 13 Heaton Harriers complete the 5k route and Hannah Clarkson achieved a course PB of 20:25.

Saturday afternoon saw members down at Churchill getting in some last minute track and field practice for the event on Sunday in York.

Sunday and Heaton Harriers were running in many different events and I am bound to have missed a few. Just a reminder to please messenger me or email me at heatonharriers.activity@gmail.com . I can only include you in the Weekly Round-Up if I know an event has happened and likewise can only highlight an individual’s achievement if I am told.

1286 runners started on the beach at South Shields for the 21st Pier to Pier, running from South Shields to Roker in Sunderland. Whereas I have done this race twice in the past and I think it is great, our very own Allen Mulliss has run every single one – all 21 races – WELL DONE ALLEN. 14 Heaton Harriers took part. I know it was Marie’s first time running Pier to Pier and I think the amazing goodie bag will have her return again.

A big well done must go to Ian Norman – 1st Seniors M50 and Sam Daly – 4th Seniors M60


I was unable to take part in Pier to Pier as I made the journey to Grantley (just outside Ripon), to complete Fountains 10K Trail. 21st time this event has taken place as well, but this was my 3rd time taking part. Gorgeous small event, fabulous route as you can see on the pictures and a delicious porkpie at the end. We know how to reward runners in Yorkshire!

16 Heaton Harrier competitors, plus Karen Bailey who was there in an official capacity, also travelled to Yorkshire, but this time to York for some Track & Field. They did the club proud by coming 3rd place in the Northern League. Well done – I look forward to reading the detailed event report.

Shaun Slater headed to the Lakes for the Keswick Mountain Festival 10K. Big well done Shaun – we can tell from the picture that you are chuffed.

Also over that side of the country was Nadia Stock taking part in the Asics Windermere Marathon. Superb achievement – Nadia placed 2nd lady in her age category and was 9th lady overall in an impressive time of 3h33.

Sunday’s social run from Blue Flames attracted a motivated group of runners. Not entirely sure what they got up to this week in my absence, but this isn’t normal.

This Sunday saw the 37th Children’s Cancer Run at Gosforth Park, with distances of 1, 3 or 5 miles to undertake. A huge well done to every runner who took part. I am sure there were Junior Harriers and children of adult Harriers taking part. KUDOS!

Lastly it is another health and safety notice. This time it is about self awareness, being aware of your surrounding – the words ‘square peg, round hole’ come to mind Peter Foreman!

Have a good week folks and stay safe. Abbie

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