Weekly Round-up – WC Monday 16th September

Tuesday was club night and was at Heaton Park.

Thursday was club night and was a tempo run on the 20 out, 18 back route.

Saturday had lots going on and we will start with parkrun. 39 Heaton Harriers ran at 8 different parkruns on Saturday and for a change, they were all in the UK! We had a Heaton Harrier presence at Leazes Park, Herrington, Blyth, Oakhill, Whitley Bay, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Rising Sun. It was nice to see that John Joseph was back at parkrun as it has been a couple of months since I last reported on Oakhill. At Newcastle Laura Jane Smith achieved a course PB of 29:19 and Judith Archibold ran her 250th parkrun. Amazing – well done. At Rising Sun 21 Heaton Harriers ran with several more volunteering. James Meader ran a course PB of 16:43 and Calum Mills ran a course PB of 18:58. Beth Lawry was 1st overall female home.

Elsewhere there was some fantastic running taking place both on track and half way up mountains. We’ll start with the mountains. Pete Jobes ‘subjected’ himself to the Ring of Steall Skyrace. OMG!!!

‘The Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace™ follows in the tradition of skyrunning, which consists of uncompromising mountain running, such as scrambling along mountain ridges with steep ascents, traverses and descents on technical and challenging terrain.This skyrunning race route incorporates two lofty ridges within the Mamores, including the Devil’s Ridge, which provides a thrilling and airy traverse with Glen Nevis visible ahead and as a yawning drop far below, and Ben Nevis beyond and towering above. Our race route is set within the Mamores, which are an east – west series of majestic Munros (Scottish Mountains over 3,000ft / 914m) and in this route there are four that will be summited.’

Pete finished in an impressive time of 6:29:51 – however I think time aside, to simply finish is outstanding. On Strava Pete said, ‘Brutal. Boiling Hot. The climbs were insane. Unquestionably the hardest thing I’ve ever put my body through’. Pete, it is the hardest race description I have put mine through! BRAVO.

A tad closer to home and a Heaton Harriers were well represented at the Simonside Fell Race. Matt Hetherington was first home for HH/NFR with lots more to follow. Well done. Sorry if I have missed anyone. I must give fell running a go in 2020 – happy to receive any recommendations for no more than 5 miles, pretty routes and ideally part of a bigger event so I can bring the family along.

Then for something a little less hilly – Monkton. It appears that everything was happening there this weekend. I am reliably informed that there were 4 competitions taking place: BMAF 10k, Open Pentathlon, Masters Pentathlon and Throws Pentathlon. Heaton Harriers was well represented with lots of great performances.

Here is what I know: In the women’s pentathlon, Ruth Kirk was 1st in her age category and 1st overall (yay – lovely to have you back in the North East). Lisa Boyd was 3rd in her age category. and Marie Fontana was 1st in her age category.

In the men’s pentathlon, Jordon Cairns won the senior competition and achieved a PB in the 200m. Andy Duguid came 2nd in his age category, achieved a PB in the 1500m, 200m and javelin.

In the throws competition, Lisa Boyd came 1st in her age category and achieved a PB in the weighted throw. Andy Duguid was back for more and came 3rd in his age category and achieved a PB in the weighted throw. George Routledge finished 2nd in his age category.

Lastly in the British Masters Track 10k, Marie Fontana came 2nd in her age category, Jeanette Kilgour came 1st in hers, Reg Checkley was 2nd in his and John James 2nd in his. WOW – that’s an impressive set of results everyone. In addition there were lots and lots of other great performances.

Sunday and what a great day for a run or a race. A group of Heaton Harriers, me included, headed to Cragside to take part in the National Trust Free 10K. Once a month and its fab. Really lovely, challenging route. We intend to return in October so put a note in your diary for Sunday 27th October. First home for Heaton Harriers was Andy Bell who flew round in an impressive time of 43:35. Trust me that is a great time when you look at the two hills at the beginning. Mark Boxshall ran his 2nd 10k EVER and was 2nd HH home – a fact he was quick to tell me. Must also say a huge thank you to the encouragement from Linda and Sheila who were marshalling there having been at Rising Sun parkrun the day before. They are now our official marshals and will travel everywhere with us!!

On Sunday it was the 6th Coxhoe Trail Run. It is a scenic route, undulating over old railway lines and quarry paths between Coxhoe and Kelloe in County Durham. Carol Green made her way over and conquered all that was put in front of her. Great effort.

Dani Smythe made her way home and crossed the line in the Stafford 10k as 2nd female in a time of 37:46 – zoom zoom.

Lastly it was the Trail Outlaws Spadeadam Half Marathon which saw Maxon Hacon, Dave Dale and Xena give it their all. I am told that it was ‘ludicrously hilly’ and a tad wet at times. I have medal envy again. Fantastic effort.

So a bit rushed this week as I had course deadlines to meet. I hope I haven’t missed anything and thank you to everyone that tagged me in posts and sent me stuff directly.

Ab

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