The constantly changing weather has made this week a bit more interesting. Vest and shorts on Bank Holiday Monday and buff and umbrellas on Thursday. This week, we trained hard, we raced hard and we partied hard as well.
Bank Holiday Monday was quite low key with many using it as a rest day – I think Sunday’s NT10K took a lot out of us all. Craig Smith and I did however meet up for a gentle 4 mile social run around Rising Sun. Strava did allude to a few going out on their bikes.
Tuesday was training night. 1K laps with 2 minutes recovery at Paddy Freemans. The turnout was great, with over 60 members in attendance. Some ran from the club, others met there, with many wearing their newly acquired NT10K bright orange finishers t-shirt. Superb effort put in by all – with differing groups completing between 3 and 6 laps in the allotted time. During announcements made at Club, we were reminded about the importance of following basic race rules such as not running in another runners number and abiding by the rules pertaining to headphones.
Wednesday saw some members head south of the river Tyne to Monkton Stadium for the start of the NECAA North East Grand Prix. For those not in the know, and I was one of them, it stands for North Eastern Counties Athletic Association. There was a lot of individual success to be had with PB’s for all the HH lads in attendance.
James Meader came 8th in an incredibly strong field of 12 in the 10000m. A time of 33:21:15 was a well deserved track PB.
Lisa Boyd threw 17.56m in Javelin.
Jordon Cairns threw the javelin 26.39m – another personal best.
Jordon Cairns also ran the 150m in 19:59 – another personal best.
And lastly Calum Mills ran an impressive 1500m in 5:03:82 and you guessed it – a PB.
Well done everyone – a huge achievement.
Whilst the grown ups were over in Monkton, the Heaton Harrier Juniors had training at Heaton Manor. I am guessing around 50 youngsters were there. It was hard to count as they wouldn’t stand still! They practiced relays, throwing, pacing and long jump. There was so much enthusiasm and raw talent. It is great to see young people taking part in sport and exercise. If anyone is interested in helping out with the Juniors on a Wednesday night 5pm to 6.30pm, please get in touch. The Lead Coaches at Juniors are always happy to have adhoc helpers and regular volunteers.
Thursday was club training and this session is one of my favourite training sessions and one I think is popular with a lot of members. 20 out and 18 back. Meeting at the club we run out for 20 minutes and pace accordingly to make it back to where we started in 18 minutes. The route is out downhill and back up hill, so it is one that gets easier when you learn to pace and begin to understand your own abilities. Approx 30 of us headed out down Coach Lane on what was a cool evening and returned in the wet. I for one enjoyed running in the rain – I know not everyone enjoys the rain and the cold, but they still put in 100% effort. As always the support and encouragement from all runners is so appreciated and hugely motivating.
Earlier in the day there had been a shout out on the FB page for a daytime run. Not all members can make every evening session for a variety of reasons, so a couple got together and ran a respectable 6.5 miles.
Friday evening and many of the HH Crew swapped out their shorts and trainers for jeans and err, most likely trainers, to celebrate one of our own beating cancer. Keith Rooney was diagnosed over 12 months ago and has fought and fought to now be given the most joyous news that he is cancer free. Whilst a group headed to the Beirut Lounge for a bite and then on for drinks, others were out at the Riverside on Newcastle’s Quayside, to support The National Anthems, a 90’s Britpop Tribute Band, whose Bass Guitarist, Danny Routledge is a fellow Heaton Harrier.
Saturday – AKA parkrun day. There was quite a lot of tourism happening this week with Jason Wall completing Leicester Victoria, Ted Baty did Blackhill and Doug Michael did Prudhoe.
A bit closer to home we had:
18 HH Crew were at Newcastle Town Moor with Jamie Barbour the first HH home. Chris George almost beat his PB (nearly), Neil Clarkson did a course PB with 20:44 and Chloe Das (Junior) completed the 5k course in 30:32 which was a well deserved PB for her as well.
Max Hacon and Nadia Stock ventured to the coast to Whitley Bay and Les Bellis went to South Shields.
Aiden Batey and Ian Norman went to Gateshead, where Ian achieved a course PB of 18:44.
Lastly HH Crew were also at Rising Sun. 20 of them to be precise (plus volunteers). First home for Heaton at Rising Sun was Jonathan Thornton; Claire Dadswell ran her 50th parkrun and the amazing Thomas Stutt ran a PB, AGAIN, of 19:53.
Elsewhere on Saturday the staggering Caroline Belis was over a 1000 miles away in Italy undertaking yet another spectacular challenge. Abbots-Way Ultra Trail is a 125 km, 5500mD+ timed race along natural trails in the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. I know she completed it, I know her watch died at about 40 miles, and that is about all.
The Sunday Social Run took place as usual, with a group running from Blue Flames at 9am: ensuring they were back to watch the London Marathon. Another group went out in the evening, presumably all inspired after the results of the Marathon. There is always a group of HH running somewhere.
Dave Dale ventured to Stirling to complete the Great Stirling Half. Finished in a time of 1:38:42 which is fantastic, especially as he was carrying an injury. Well done Dave.
Claire Dadswell, Peter Foreman, Shaun Slater and myself headed to sunny Washington to take part in the Washington Trail 10K (Trail Outlaws). Peter’s wife Anne also ran with us. I did this run last year and managed to take a few mins off my time – however Claire, Peter and Shaun were first timers. Fair to say they enjoyed it and will most likely be back. Fab medal. I really like the Trail Outlaws races. Well organised and super friendly. Xena Marshall was also there to volunteer – much appreciated.
Whilst we ran around the trails of Wearside, others pounded the pavements of Cobalt in the Terry O’Gara Memorial 5k. Pretty decent conditions and some remarkable results. 17 Heaton Harriers flew around the 5k course. PB’s that I know of go to James Meader – 6th position 16:07, James McKenzie 8th position 16:14, Jordon Cairns ran 17:39 to get a PB, Calum Mills ran at 18:11 to get a PB, Daniel Wood ran at 18:56 to PB and Megan Turner did amazingly well to run at 23.09 and achieve a well earnt PB.