Weekly Round-Up – WC Monday 28th October.

Tuesday – Club session Killy Persuits. Tough but effective session.

Thursday – Club Session 20 out and 18 back. However some did an alternative session – Lets find Lexi! FYI – she was found.

Saturday – Well I made the decision to stay at home and cheer on the boys – c’mon England. With hindsight, perhaps I should have done parkrun and just sent positive vibes out into the universe!

However 47 Heaton Harriers (plus volunteers) did go out and run at 8 different parkrun courses. We could be found at Newcastle, Whitley Bay, Burnley, Rising Sun, Heslington, Leazes, Castle Howard and Jesmond Dene.

At Whitley Bay Andy Duguid put down a solid time of 19:49 to achieve a course PB. At Rising Sun Laura Percy and Steve Waters achieved course PB’s. Laura 27:38 and Steve 28:06. At Jesmond Dene Phil Green achieved a course PB of 22:14. Good stuff!

Nina Cameron ran at Leazes Park parkrun – her first parkrun in her new age category! Looking good!

A few of you ventured a tad further afield to complete a bit of tourism. Jeremy Smith was at Burnley parkrun, John Moore at Heslington parkrun and Amelie Brook ran at Castle Howard.

Caroline Billis headed to the beautiful North Yorkshire Hamilton Hills to complete the 31st Kilburn Kanter. A 24 mile challenge walk/run with 3,850ft of ascent. I am really interested in this for next year. Stunning colours this time of year – plus she saw ponies.

Sunday and whilst some of us were having group or solo runs around the area – a few were racing. Over on the town moor Mandy Hood was completing the Mo Run 10k – yep Mandy, it is two parkrun laps! But well done to you as you achieved a 10k PB of 49:35. Amazing!

Jeremy Smith kindly let me know he was up at Cragside for the Winter Half Marathon. Kudos Jeremy – I have done the 10 miler a couple of times and it is tough. I love the change in terrain – paths, tracks, trails etc; and like you Jeremy, I like the last 2k as its all down hill. Fab time as well and first HH home – 1:29:49, 9th overall position and 1st in age category. Not a bad day. Also running in the half was Alexis Birchall who finished in a time of 1:47:00. Well done.

Running in the Cragside Winter 10k was Sarah Melville. Fab time of 52:34 and 2nd in her category. Whoop whoop.

Xena Marshall was first Heaton Harrier home in the Trail Outlaws Halloween Fun Run. Excellent effort in what I understand to have been very wet and very muddy conditions.

Lastly – across the pond – Judith Archibold and mum Joyce, ran through the 5 boroughs of New York City to complete the New York City Marathon. Amazing result ladies. Judith finished in 5:15 and Joyce in 5:30. Joyce also came first in her age category. I hope Joyce doesn’t mind me saying – but you look fabulous for 82 years old. Someone sign her up to Heaton Harriers!! (thanks Jeremy and JJ for the heads up on this).

Some blinking good genes here!


Don’t forget it is the Heaton Harrier Memorial Race on the town Moor on Sunday. The more the merrier as far as volunteers are concerned. If you are able to volunteer and have not yet got your name down, please get in touch with Scott, Ellen C, Jason or even myself. Rumour has it we may meet for post race grub – see facebook later in the week for more information.

Christmas Shindig places are selling well. Please don’t delay in booking. I need to know numbers to secure one of 3 rooms. Still need a few more tickets sold to secure the main restaurant.

Thanks – happy running this week and keep tagging me and sending me info via DM’s or email (heatonharriers.activity@gmail.com) – it makes my job a lot easier and means you have more to read about.

AB x

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