Comparatively speaking it has been a much quieter week this week; so less quantity but still lots of quality performances.
Tuesday was club training – 800m at Rising Sun with 2 minute recovery – as many as possible within the allotted 30 minutes. Our efforts ranged from a steady 4 intervals to a jaw dropping 8. We also had a few new faces checking out the club and a couple of Juniors joining in as well.
Wednesday saw several Heaton Harriers head to the NEMAA Open Road Relay Championships.
Race 1 – 6.30pm ladies and V65 men
Ladies – Deborah Hicks, Lisa Boyd and Jenny Friend
V65 men – Sam Daley, Reg Checkley and George Routledge.
Race 2 – 7.15 35-64 vet men
35-44 – John Moore, David Slater and Danny Routledge
45-54 – David Gilmore, Chris Checkley and Stephen Mackenzie
Well done everyone – results are listed below.
Thursday was the second club training of the week. One group at Heaton Manor for ‘lactate stacker’ – a session designed to improve lactate thresholds and therefore help runners to run faster.
Another group headed back to Rising Sun – running approximately 8 miles at a steady pace.
Saturday saw Heaton Harriers represented at several different parkruns. Chris Checkley headed north to Edinburgh, Jessie and Matthew Hetherington crossed the River Tyne to Gateshead, Aidan Batey and Andrew Keogh-Laws clearly fancied some elevations and took on Gibside, with Aidan achieving a course PB and Hannah Shillitoe debuted at Fell Foot Park in Cumbria.
Closer to home, 9 HH attended Newcastle Town Moor, with Chloe Das (Junior) achieving another PB for the second week on the trot. This week taking 15 seconds off her time. Amazing! Nadia Stock and Reg Checkley braved the elements at Whitley Bay.
Rising Sun had 13 HH’s complete the course and it must have been a windy day as even Rising Sun, which is usually fairly well sheltered, felt it. Stuart Kelsey did his first official parkrun – good choice of venue to do your first. Ellie Clark (Junior), took a phenomenal 1 minute 18 seconds off her course PB.
And that just leaves Blyth Links. This was their 3rd ever parkrun and a group of us went to check it out. Windy, cold, and wet – but it has the potential to be a fast route on a better day. 21 Heaton Harriers, plus friends and family attended Blyth with many of us enjoying some well deserved post race nutrition afterwards.
Watch this space for news about the next Heaton Harriers parkrun outing.
Sunday saw two social groups head out from Blue Flames – a faster and slower pack. Distances of between 5 and 11 miles being covered – which was all good mileage towards the coming weekend which will see many of the HH Crew out racing.
Don’t forget – if you know of any events involving any of the HH’s, please give me a heads up so I can include it in the weekly round-up.