Weekly Round-up – WC Monday 21st October 2019

Well the weather put a spanner in the works again – but more about that later. Its a short round-up as I haven’t had much sent my way this week.

Tuesday – 5k Club Handicap. Amazing record turnout and some brilliant running by everyone. A huge shout out must go to Ellie who achieved a mega 5k PB of 22:41. Fabulous motivation and encouragement by Rob Brown.

Thursday two club sessions were put on. One was a lactate threshold session at Heaton Manor School and the other was Hard/Easy laps at Balliol.

Saturday – well I for one enjoyed the rugby – shame about the Cross Country. I have never known this many events be called off. I have everything crossed that Akeley Heads goes ahead. It should do as the carparking is a hard standing and not a field.

Consequently parkrun on Saturday was busier than they had expected as all of a sudden 100’s of XC runners had no event that day. I decided to stay in my parents living room and watch the rugby – but 44 Heaton Harriers did venture out to 8 different parkrun locations. We could be seen running at Newcastle, Whitley Bay, Gadebridge, Jesmond Dene, Vogrie, King George V Playing Field, Leazes and Rising Sun.

It was Doug Michael that tried out Vogrie for the first time; and Ted Baty who headed to Cheltenham to run in the King George V Playing Fields parkrun – wow, that has to be the longest named parkrun!

Caroline Lievesley, Caroline Billis and Pauline Chapman recorded course PB’s at Jesmond Dene. Mark Slade also recorded a course PB at Leazes. At Rising Sun the fabulous James Mckenzie and wonderful Dani Smythe secured 1st and 2nd place. Kelly Dodds also recorded a PB of 23:09. Well done.

With many left at a loose end – an impromptu Churchill track session was announced where folks got to run, sing happy birthday and eat cake. Sounds blinking wonderful!

Sunday and the weather could not have been anymore different. Stunning day and an ideal day for a run.

The Sunday Social Crew headed out; whilst a few more of us headed a little further north to the National Trust Free Cragside 10k run. I wasn’t disappointed – the autumn colours were beautiful. It was however cold and one person found it slippery. We too got to eat cakes, courtesy of John Nicholson’s better half! First home for Heaton Harriers was Mark Boxshall, he even beat Alison Vaulkhard back who had to get a lift back due to a nasty fall.

The next National Trust Free Cragside 10k run is on Sunday 24th November. There is NOT one in December.

Racing for Heaton Harriers was Lisa Boyd in the Locke 5 Mile Race. 5, 1 mile laps. Lisa finished 9th female and 2nd in her age category and was awarded a silver medal as it was a NEMAA Championship Race. Superb!


Just in case you aren’t on FB – a very kind family member of a Heaton Harrier, is making white and green knitted bobble hats. If you are interested you need to speak with Andy Duguid or message me and I will let him know.

As pay day approaches, don’t forget to bank transfer your £20.00 for the Heaton Harrier Christmas Shindig at Lezette. SEE EVENTS ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE INFO OR GET IN TOUCH WITH ME. I need the money to secure you a place and places are limited due to the size of the venue.

Sunday 10th November is the Heaton Harriers Memorial Race. Please enter and race, please share the event with friends, family and colleagues. However if you aren’t running or are able to help before and or after your race, please get in touch with Ellen Cole. We really need as many helpers as possible. It is true what they say – many hands make light work. Perhaps a friend or partner would like to marshal or help in any other way. Lastly – the proceeds from the cake stall are all donated to charity. If you can, please bring cakes along in the morning or contact Sue Linsley and she can tell you where you can drop them off on the Saturday.

Thanks – happy half term folks!



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