Monday was the Monthly Mile. 14 runners made their way to West Street. More info available on the Monthly Mile post. Next Monthly Mile is Monday 4th November.
Tuesday – club session. 1 k intervals at Balliol
Wednesday – AGM and it was a special one as we made a well deserved presentation to our Club Chairman, George Routledge. George was awarded to George Routledge Award – ‘The Geordie’. This is an award made in recognition of his contribution to Heaton Harriers. Also celebrated on the night were those that excelled in the Summer Grandprix.
Thursday – It was the Great Run Local 5k during the day at the Quayside, and it was the Armstrong Bridge club session in the evening. GRL is still not easy to manipulate as I cant search club – but I know that Andy Burden ran – look – see!
Saturday – like most of you, I started the day glued to the TV/Tablet, watching history take place before my eyes. Watching Eliud Kipchoge complete Vienna City Marathon in a time of 1:59:40 was a true goose bump moment.
parkrun still provided some of its own excitement, with 51 Heaton Harriers running in 11 different parkruns – one of which was brand spanking new. HH were present at Rising Sun, Whitley Bay, Camperdown, Newcastle, Newbiggin, Keswick, Ellemere Port, Salisbury, Blyth and the newbie – Jesmond Dene.
All I know from Jesmond Dene is that it is a hilly route, but that had to be the case and that the route is a tad complicated. I am looking forward to giving it a go in a few weeks time.
At Newbiggin Sara Nightingale was 1st female runner across the line – WELL DONE. At Windy Nook, John Sturman was first overall finisher – FABULOUS. Chris Checkley was off solo again at Camperdown. York by the way was flat. I wonder what one word Chris will use for Camperdown! At Rising Sun, Calum Mills was first overall across the line – AMAZING, but very closely followed by Thomas Stutt who bagged himself a PB of 19:08. MEGA EFFORT.
Away from parkrun there was Alwinton Show. Ellen Roberts, Nina Cameron and Jenny Friend all competed in what is a tough route. I don’t have results – but I know they all did splendidly.
Over in Kielder it was the Kielder 10k – first home for HH’s was Mark Slade in a super time of 49:50; the very talented Ellie Clark was not far behind. Finishing in a time of 56:33, Ellie was first female HH home.
Sunday and the racing continued in Kielder. Sunday was half and full marathon day. Competing in the half was myself, Vicki Addison, John Nicholson, Joanne Adamson and Alan Langford. First home for Heaton was Alan. In the full we had David Coe, Nadia Stock and Pete Chapman. Amazing effort by you all, but a huge shout out to David Coe who finished in 9th position in an impressive time of 2:59:56.
I have tried to find the official race photos so I could post them here – but nada.
A tad further down the road but equally as wet and cold, it was the inaugural Wild Deer Beamish Hall 10k Trail. Wild Deer seem to know how to put on an event. There was great feedback from the Chopwell event and I know our guys enjoyed this one. I am looking forward to their Slaley Hall event in November. Running the 10k was Ian Robinson, Peter Foreman and Xena Marshall. Amazing performance from Ian, who finished in overall 2nd place in a great time of 41:00.
In search of sun, sea, sand and perhaps a PB – a posse of Heaton Harriers finest headed to Palma. George Routledge, Sam Daley, Sarah Lemon, Chris Brown, Lisa Boyd all took part in the 10k with Sam and Sarah first male and female Heaton Harriers home. Jack Shawcross, Les Smith, Ian Sanderson, Simon Jobe and Anthony Dalglish all completed the half marathon. Jack and Les finished with just a few seconds between them – but first home bragging rights go to Jack. Well done everyone – it looked hot.
In a very different time zone, across the Atlantic the Chicago Marathon was taking part. Runners from all over the North East made their way to the Windy City!. Representing Heaton Harriers and doing us proud were Phill Jamieson (2:57:10), Jason Wall (2:59:14) and Magnus McGillivray (3:04:12).
WOW – that was a busy week.