The Thrunton Thriller half-ish marathon, The Cheviots, Sunday, May 12, 2019

Tamsin Imber

Courtesy of Martin Ellis

Since recovering from ME, some of my running could be described as ‘off road aloneing’. When I get the chance, which is about once every few weeks, I jump into my car and drive to a wild remote place in the countryside. I run for 2-3 hours on a route of my choice, at a pace that suits me. Then I return to ‘Tamsin’s mobile teashop’ (my car) which is decked out with Yorkshire teabags, a proper solid mug, carton of milk, flask of hot water and slabs of cake for a post-run tea and cake before returning to civilisation.  Having done that for a while, arriving at Thrunton Woods for the Thrunton Thriller trail race, it felt strange that there were other people there. But I like people, so that was ok. The other different thing was that I didn’t need to map read. Sometimes it’s nice to run on someone else’s route as you can just focus on and enjoy the running and having seen the route, I was looking forward to a full tour of Thrunton Woods. And what a beautiful, unspoilt place it is, having been closed to the public for so long!

It was a friendly bunch of runners that waited at the start. They were mostly local, but a few had come all the way from Scotland. The start-line marshal wished us well. He pondered about the distance, but after some thought concluded he had no idea other than it was more than a half marathon and said good luck anyhow. He also noted that the local farmer was upset as he had just this morning lost his albino peacock and if we saw it whilst on the run could we ‘hoy it under our arm and run on down to the farm?’ We got a count down from 5 from his cute kids and then were off, running up a long hill through tall conifers with the sun on our shoulders. So nice to feel the sun after the weather of last week!

Soon after the start I was running in stride with another runner, chatting, when a loud buzzing thing zoomed just above us! Last week, I was zoomed at by some anxious nesting
lapwings on Cronkley fell in Upper Teesdale, but this was a bit different. It was a drone. They had told us earlier they were filming with a drone, I just had not realised it would be that low to the ground!

The course was spectacular. It wandered through the hilly forest, but we also got to climb up Coe Craggs which rise above a sea of tree tops. There were some quite boggy, heathery and clearly untrodden ways which we squelched through. I enjoyed running at my own pace. I wanted to try, as it was a race, so ran comfortably hard. 

Coe Crags Courtesy of Martin Ellis

Barry Kemp was marshalling at one spot. He is the race organiser. I knew it was him before I saw him as I heard his music. Last time I saw him he had got his ghetto blaster to the top of Hedgehope Hill in the Cheviots, in January. He was there standing proud to the full onslaught of freezing cold 70mph gusting winds.  I salute him for this. This time I passed him at a tranquil bend in a forest path. He said I was 3rd lady. Better than that, I have been feeling stronger in my running recently and felt fresh today. This was heartening. Previously, by being ill for 12 months, I had lost all my fitness. So much so that I remember a few weeks into recovery I had pulled a muscle under my ribs by just trying to carry a shopping bag! I ran past Barry.

Soon after a lady caught me up. We ran together for a few miles. Then the sun really came out and I felt too hot in my long leggings. I pondered, should I give up the possibility of a podium finish by stopping to change into my shorts? Today it was a yes. I stopped and let her go, fumbled with unlacing my trainers and took time to appreciate the view.  Unfortunately, a full tipping out my rucksack onto the ground revealed I had left my shorts in the car. But, no bother. I turned my long-sleeved top into a skirt as the head-hole fitted round my waist with the top zip undone, and the sleeves acted as a belt when tied up. I pinned my race number on the front of the skirt. Job done.

The route rounded off with an awesome 3-mile downhill section which is brilliant to power down. (I had the voice of Michael in my head, ‘attack!’). There was then just one more up and down a thin rocky path to the finish. I would recommend this race for exploring unvisited corners, friendly people and good cake. (The chocolate-strawberry cake easily scores a 10/10).  As for distance, (in case you are considering this race) others had worn a Garmin and measured it to be 15 miles and 2, 224ft of ascent.

PositionBibNameTimeGroupTeam
16Jonathan Boxshall02:02:05.2MV40North East Marathon Club
1518Alicja Czopek02:40:33.8FV40BMF Edinburgh
2034Tamsin Imber02:50:51.4FV40Elvet Striders
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Pier to Pier, South Shields to Roker, Sunday, May 19, 2019

Grand Prix Race - click flag for current league tables. Sprint Champion Race - click flag for more information.

Results

posbibnamesexcattime
1553Liam TaylormMen38.5506
42615Molly Pace (Jesmond Joggers)wWomen44.7693
9240Michael MasonmSeniors M4040.8661
15237Georgie HebdonmMen42.2265
16204Graeme WattmSeniors M4042.2655
18247Michael LittlewoodmSeniors M4042.4475
28963Stuart OrdmMen43.4453
59159Allan RenwickmSeniors M5046.0298
941199Juan Corbacho AntonmMen47.6265
98161David HolcroftmMen47.824
1551130Conrad WhitemSeniors M6050.1882
157318Stephen SoulsbymSeniors M5050.2041
164273Matthew CarrmSeniors M4050.4936
1721319John BissonmSeniors M4050.8191
21456Katy WaltonwWomen52.1454
252250Peter HartmSeniors M4053.2151
263249Ian ButlermSeniors M5053.5762
2761Jonathan HamillmSeniors M4054.0397
300792Dan MitchellmSeniors M4054.6321
312305Corrine WhalingwWomen54.9451
32844Mark FostermSeniors M4055.1566
3461000Mark HerkesmMen55.4608
380668David BrowbankmMen56.1356
406861Laura JenningswWomen56.8738
424241Rachelle MasonwSeniors W4057.3278
426395Angela CharltonwSeniors W4057.37
45732Karen ByngwSeniors W5057.8047
464245Anna MasonwSeniors W4057.8386
4672Lee BrannanmSeniors M4057.8654
4731065Sarah DavieswSeniors W5057.9566
482996Chris ShearsmithmSeniors M4058.054
518232Robin LintonmMen59.109
52524Alan ScottmSeniors M5059.2334
533261Marita Le Vaul-GrimwoodwSeniors W4059.44
556805Craig WalkermSeniors M5060.1963
592283Lee StephensonmSeniors M4061.3598
597233Jill RudkinwSeniors W4061.4806
608619Jean BradleywSeniors W6061.8119
612264Lesley CharmanwSeniors W4061.8753
6281404Joshua WaltonmMen62.1242
666231Kimberley WilsonwWomen63.0654
669267Natalie BellwWomen63.3119
673964Zoe Dewdney ParsonswSeniors W4063.3837
682425Kelly GuywWomen63.6534
737611Sarah FawcettwSeniors W5064.867
745285Damian CookmSeniors M4065.0078
747680Debra ThompsonwSeniors W5065.0343
77723Aileen ScottwSeniors W4065.9567
789251Janet ElliswSeniors W5066.1283
82238Alan SmithmSeniors M7067.3495
8261149Andrew ThurstonmSeniors M6067.5143
859806Catherine WalkerwSeniors W6068.6892
9541299Victoria DowneswWomen72.0434
9891047Jane BailliewSeniors W4073.2992
103933Sophie DenniswWomen75.3224
1085504Carolyn GalulawSeniors W4076.7423
109147Jane DowsettwSeniors W5076.7654
1096438David RushtonmSeniors M4076.9071
109839Lisa LumsdonwSeniors W4076.9934
1127406Julie SwinbankwSeniors W4078.6131
113766Carole Thompson-YoungwSeniors W5079.2282
1145265Laura GibsonwSeniors W4079.5732
1146344Rebecca GilmorewWomen79.5884
1247346Rachel TothwSeniors W4091.6299
1272227Helen LintonwSeniors W50101.5146
1273228Diane SoulsbywSeniors W50101.537
1274246Wendy LittlewoodwSeniors W40101.5388
1275270Sandra GreenerwSeniors W40101.5523
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Clive Cookson 10K, Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Grand Prix Race - click flag for current league tables. Sprint Champion Race - click flag for more information.

Joanne Patterson

After taking a bit of a step back from “racing” following some disappointing (to me!) times, I have been choosing my events very carefully – shunning the majority of popular races.  I took part in the Clive Cookson 10k in 2017, gaining a PB over the distance of 56:04. I felt it was time to give this another try, having not completely hated it the first time.

I love this race.  It is so underrated. A two 5k lap course with the first 2km on a very gradual (but noticeable, particularly on the second lap) climb, rewarded with some lovely gradual down, through country lanes and then housing estates…  The support is fantastic for such a small event – very few places on the course where there is nobody cheering you on. I think there were maybe 10 striders in attendance, not that I saw many of them because they were all the speedy ones who would have already left the carpark by the time I had done the first lap.  It always amazes me that more Striders don’t attend this race – this year it was even a GP fixture!!

My aim for this race was a PB, which I guess is usually your aim if you are entering a race. My 10k time stood at 54:09 from Tees Pride in 2017.  Lots of calculations and looking at the last time I ran it to try and establish what pace I should be attempting to run at to get in under 54 minutes.  It seemed crazy that I would need to run 5:22km average pace for 10kms – training runs have been much much slower over shorter distance and I had always convinced myself that couldn’t be good.  Nevertheless, I turned up, managed to pin my number on in the most crooked fashion yet, then got to the start.

I started quite near the back, as I knew we would start the climb straight away and “don’t go off to fast” rings in my ears.  On a chipped course, I like to start quite far back, as the ability to pass people works wonders for my confidence.  I soon realised that I was passing people (even uphill) but nobody was passing me – this instantly gave me my focus – don’t let anyone pass you.  I kept this up for most of the race, losing only 2 places around the 7k mark (both to men, so I wasn’t too bothered), but it wasn’t made easy for me!  A Derwentside AC runner was on my shoulder, pushing hard to pass me around 6k, but I kept my focus and she dropped back – more confidence!! My km times were good – except for the 2kms uphill, they had all been well under target.

The confidence felt amazing – I felt strong, my legs were fine and at no point did I feel I wanted to stop.  My brain was kind to me, and never once uttered “you need to stop Jo, you’re tired and rubbish” which is normally loves to do!  I was even high-fiving kids and there are pictures of me smiling.  Maybe I wasn’t trying hard enough…

Around 9k, I was catching a lady in front of me – she was running well but I knew I only had a km to go so I pushed on and passed her.  Clearly more familiar with the course, she zoomed past me with about 600m to go – this was so frustrating after my “don’t let anyone pass you” mantra.  Luckily the absence of our beloved track sessions hadn’t removed my ability to kick and with shouts of encouragement from Matt, I made up the gap and finished 12s in front of her!  With a new PB of 53:16.
If you’ve never tried this race – put it in your diary for next year.

PositionBibNameClubCategoryCategory PositionNet Time 
1501Gus WithersGateshead Harriers & ACMSEN1/7532:11:00
45314Tracy MillmoreBirtley ACFV351/3037:55:00
3233Stephen JacksonElvet StridersMV351/4433:08:00
26272Michael LittlewoodElvet StridersMV407/4636:34:00
28207Georgie HebdonElvet StridersMSEN13/7536:54:00
72379Allan RenwickElvet StridersMV504/3439:23:00
95448Emma ThompsonElvet StridersFV353/3040:58:00
16078Matthew CarrElvet StridersMV4027/4643:40:00
204197Peter HartElvet StridersMV4038/4645:33:00
217487Corrine WhalingElvet StridersFV3510/3046:16:00
29775Karen ByngElvet StridersFV506/1950:51:00
335347Joanne PattersonElvet StridersFV3520/3053:16:00
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Server Upgrade

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Hardmoors Wainstones Half Marathon 2019, Sunday, May 12, 2019

Simon Graham

I did not enjoy this race.

Any race report which begins with the above statement usually means lots of complaints and whinging about the event. I can’t fault the event, the route or anything else. I simply had a bad day.

Anyone who has ever ran a Hardmoors event will be aware why they are called ‘Hard’moors. They are not easy events, nor are they designed to be. The North York Moors is not flat and each event in the series comes with bonus miles to give you more value for your money, or so Race Director Jon Steele says. I could have done without the bonus miles at this event. On second thoughts, the bonus miles weren’t too bad. It was the main event I struggled with.

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London Marathon 2019, Sunday, April 28, 2019

Emma Thompson

Back in 2009, with a few Great North Runs under by belt, I thought I might fancy London one day. I think it was still 5 refusals, then you get a place back then, so I threw my name in the ballot with a long-term plan. Surprisingly I got a place first time! But it wasn’t to be, and I had to defer a year. By April 2011 I had a 2-month-old baby, so marathon plans were shelved for a long time…

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A weekend of Marathons, Wednesday, May 1, 2019

and half marathons, and 10ks, and …

London

pos (Overall)pos (Gender)pos (Category)NamebibCatHalfFinish
1KIPCHOGE Eliud (KEN)118-3902:02:37
1KOSGEI Brigid (KEN)10518-3902:18:20
677663133Littlewood Michael (GBR)193340-4401:21:2702:44:21
691676138Mason Michael (GBR)3046640-4401:20:4002:44:35
3692354251Thompson Emma (GBR)84218-3901:37:2203:12:58
17409124572268Shearsmith Chris (GBR)4985340-4401:59:2804:10:14
1891655001018Search Jenny (GBR)2452940-4402:05:2004:15:52
1937956692959Boal Rachel (GBR)1409018-3902:01:1504:17:41
208036229549Rankin Sarah (GBR)339850-5402:11:0404:23:22
2222268131212Rudkin Jill (GBR)2452840-4402:09:4804:28:18
24165164912929Brannan Lee (GBR)2452740-4402:09:1704:35:45
32938119842061Wood Fiona (GBR)1063740-4402:32:5405:14:26
340341258285Farnsworth Christine (GBR)3366665-6902:26:2905:20:47
37613146002451Littlewood Wendy (GBR)2768040-4402:34:3605:46:51

Blackpool

posNameBibGunChipSex
1STEVE HUGHES (WHEELCHAIR ATHLETE Lancaster Runners)104802:45:30.9202:44:59.25M
2UGIS DATAVS (Weshem Road Runners &AC)58902:48:18.0102:48:15.36M
4GARETH PRITCHARD164802:53:19.3702:53:16.85M
33SALLY WALLIS (Deeside Runners)208003:18:13.1903:18:06.68F
225DOUGIE NISBET148504:11:44.2504:10:54.72M
310CATHERINE SMITH184404:34:30.2804:33:47.60F

Stirling

posnamebibtime
1Michael Wright (Central Athletics Club)3502:29:32
532Anna Seeley12504:07:36

Have you been affected by any of the events mentioned above? What about events that haven’t been mentioned? Let us know.

 

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Newlands Memorial Fell Race, Stair, Newlands Valley, Lake District, Saturday, April 20, 2019

AM / 18.5km / 1100 m

Aaron Gourley

Formally known as the Anniversary Waltz, this race is now hosted by Cumberland Fell Runners following the sad passing of former organiser, Steve Cliff in 2018 who set up the race to commemorate his wedding to wife Wynn at Newlands Church in 1996.

This race, along with its angry sibling, Teenager With Altitude (TWA) is firmly established in the Lake District’s fell racing calendar so it would have been a great shame for them both to disappear following Wynn’s decision not to host them anymore.

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