Monthly Archives: March 2010

Blakey Blitz Fell Race, Lion Inn, North York Moors, Sunday, March 28, 2010

AM / 11m / 2630'

Jan Young

Bright sunny day, wide views of heather moorland. Lovely day methinks ’til I try to get out of car at Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge where the wind is so ferocious it takes lion strength to hang onto a car door.

The route covers Rosedale, Glaisedale Rigg and Great Fryupdale, with 3 energy sapping climbs. I walked them, on my own, at the back. Everyone ran away from me! I blamed running at Prudhoe. So I thought just navigate my way around, enjoy the views, the solitude and the effort of keeping going. Always a welcome from Dave Parry, organiser, at finish and encouragement from those faster runners. Official stats unclear; Shaun clocked 11 mls. of mud, puddles, narrow heather tracks, ancient stone causeways on a challenging course.

Jan heads into the bog.
Photo courtesy and © David Aspin

Phil Sanderson had a storming run, setting new course record.

Last in series, Gisborough Moors race, 11 April. Can’t wait … met NYM runner at Blakey who’d run all 30 Gisborough Moors races!


Pos Name Club Cat Pos Time
1 Phil Sanderson NFR M 1 1:24:45
34 Helen Gilbert Totley AC F 1 1:50:48
63 Shaun Roberts M50 10 1:59:54
82 Nigel Heppell M55 3 2:08:40
107 Jan Young F55 2 2:29:09

112 finishers.

Grizedale Forest Trail Race, Sunday, March 28, 2010

Jean Gillespie

Three striders ventured over to Grizedale Forest for the 8th Grizedale Forest 10 mile Trail Race on what was forecast to be a very wet, windy and cold day. However, conditions couldn’t have been better, except for the wind. If we had a choice I think we would have opted for the wind although at one point I swear I was going backwards.

I would have thought that by now I would understand trail race language, when a course is described as undulating it usually means steep. The rollercoaster race seemed to be all up hill, especially for the first 10 miles and just when you thought you had climbed as far as you could, rounded the bend, up it went again. The views on top were fantastic and made up for the hard slog of getting there. There must have been some down bits but I can’t remember any of them. The finish was wonderful, a mug which was filled with hot tea or coffee and huge portion of homemade cake or flapjack, which went down well. The atmosphere was lively and the organisation superb. Despite being a tough run I could be tempted to do it again next year, if only for the flapjack. The timing of the run was perfect. As soon as we got into the car to head home the rain started. What organisation!

Maggie was first in her age group, well done Maggie. Barrie Evans was first Strider home. He seems to be making a habit of leading Striders home in the Lakes. I managed to get myself around and have a great time.

Thanks to Barry for driving, Wilf for the tea, coffee and cakes and the organisers for a great event.


Pos Name Club Cat Pos Time
1 Nick Leigh Altrincham M 1 0:56:17
10 Karen Bridge Eden Runners FV40 1 1:05:50
78 Barrie Evans MV60 1:24:32
91 Jean Gillespie FV50 1:27:23
132 Margaret Thompson FV60 1:44:00

142 finishers.

Hartlepool Marina 5M, Sunday, March 28, 2010

Andy Jordan

My first race of 2010 and only my second race since the birth of my son last summer. I have only made it once to Maiden Castle in the last 9 months but expected to see a few other Striders at the start line, but I think I was alone in representing the purple, white and green. For those that don’t know this is basically a fast and flat course along the coast from the Marina to Seaton Carew and back.

Last year in did it in just under 36 minutes and was determined to beat 35 minutes this time around. Sadly I hadn’t reckoned on the wind. Why is it at the coast that the wind always seems to be blowing against you? At the start it was like running in a wind tunnel and the end felt like running through treacle. How is that physically possible when you are running in the opposite direction from the one you went in to start with? Anyway suffice to say I was slower than last time by about a minute. Oh well there is always next year.

Coniston 14+, Saturday, March 27, 2010


Anna Pethybridge

Coniston 14+
16.7 miles
Breezy but dry with sunny spells
Thoughts running through head during race
  • “are we nearly there yet?”,
  • “ouch! That must have hurt” (as another runner trips and bangs his head),
  • “only 5 miles? But I’m knackered!”,
  • “bloody hell, I can’t bend my legs”,
  • “smile for the camera? Are you having a laugh?”,
  • “are we nearly there yet?”,
  • “15 miles – thank God, I’m nearly there”,
  • “I can’t go on!”,
  • “oh my God – I’ve finished. And I’m still alive”
Recommend for next year?
Oh, go on then. I suppose it wasn’t that bad!
Goody bag
Poor!!!! A nice coaster, I’ll grant them that. But no nibbles, no t-shirt, no medal. Hurrumph!
Final thoughts
I hope they put some bloomin’ photos on the website after all that smiling!


Pos Name Club Cat Pos Time
1 John Herbert Peterborough M 1 1:33:49
46 Eleanor Greenfield Nuneaton Harriers F 1 1:53:33
208 Mike Bennett M50 25 2:07:25
508 Grahame Arrowsmith M40 181 2:21:53
646 Alan Smith M60 19 2:28:24
670 Dougie Nisbet M40 230 2:28:24
752 Jean Bradley F45 41 2:34:40
874 Anna Pethybridge F 70 2:39:12

1291 finishers.

Harrier League, Prudhoe, Saturday, March 27, 2010

Mudman and Mudwoman




Congratulations, too, to Phil Sanderson for winning the Vet 40 grand prix in his first HL season – a fantastic achievement. He can’t wait for the 10-11 season.

Steph (aka 'Cinderella') Barlow who lost her shoe but kept on running! Zoe gets stuck in.

Jan adds:

What a club!!!!

  • Messages of best wishes from runners who can’t be there……
  • Runners turning up to ensure we have enough in team…….
  • George Nic had run Parkrun in morning and I think wanted to make sure men had 6 runners so ran again….
  • Men made it to division 2……
  • Enthusiasm from my bairn about a ‘proper cross country course’…….
  • Face paint enthusiasts, c/o Debs ……
  • Conrad suits a purple beard. I hope he didn’t nip into Sainbury’s.
  • Special treats of handmade chocs, Zoe and choc mini eggs cake, Susan…….
  • and more……

I know we go on about Harrier League, but it just brings out everything that’s good about our club. Thanks to all for making it a success again. Jan.


Pos Name Club Cat Time
1 TWADDLE, Ian North Shields Poly 30:30
78 GIBSON, David 36:28
80 REEVES, Thomas 36:31
124 DAVIS, Geoff 37:49
173 WESSON, Keith 39:54
189 WHITE, Conrad 41:06
201 METSON, John 41:33
206 DAGLISH, Graham 41:59
213 THOMPSON, Andrew 42:29
220 HOCKIN, Richard 43:03
225? HEPPELL, Nigel ?43:30
268 OWEN, Phil 49:22
271 TODD, Philip 49:58
273 NICHOLSON, George 50:10

278 finishers. Men’s team 2nd, Division 3. Nigel’s result TBC.
He says:

For the record, I was a handful of places behind Richard Hockin, 0:43:something. Strangely, I remember the guy in front of me stopped to heave up before he got into the funnel proper and I herded him in ahead of me to keep the sequence correct. He had on a very pale, almost white, vest with pale green? piping round the arm holes, dunno which club that belongs to tho’…

Obviously this chap needed to bust a gut to keep in front of Nigel!

Pos Name Club Cat Time
1 MOONEY, Jane Morpeth Harriers & AC 22:40
16 MASON, Nina 25:10
20 PANNELL, Rebecca 25:18
46 DAVIS, Susan 26:29
54 GODDARD, Debra 26:58
60 BARLOW, Stephanie 27:23
65 TOMLINS, Zoe 27:37
66 YOUNG, Jan 27:38
81 DYKES, Kirsty 29:00
86 PORTER, Joanne 29:40
88 PROCTOR, Angela 29:44
92 TARN, Lindsay 30:00
99 DETCHON, Emma 34:16

101 finishers. Women’s Team 8th.

Durham Tri Club Duathlon, High Shincliffe, Sunday, March 21, 2010

Run 2M, Bike 11M, Run 2M

Peter Brooks

It was a cool, sunny day at High Shincliffe when we met for the final in the Winter duathlon series but, thankfully, there was no snow or ice on the route this month. I arrived in plenty of time, nicely surprised to see quite a number of Striders taking part (well, five anyway) – Emma Detchon, Dougie Nisbet, Louise Bilcliffe and Alan Smith along with myself, unfortunately, none of us had competed in the required three events for any of us to have a chance of winning the league.

And they're off!

After paying our dues we were told which handicap group we were to start in, Emma first – purely because she rides a mountain bike (there will be no stopping her when she has a road bike!), Alan, Louise and myself a few minutes after with Dougie being the last Strider to start (fast bugger!).

We had a chance to cheer Emma on as she started her second loop of the run just before we started. I tried a new tactic of starting a bit harder than usual in the hope of getting a big enough lead to try and become first Strider home. How wrong can a tactic be? I had a very strong first run, catching up a runner from the group in front and a good bike section, but I blew up drastically on the second run. My second run was over three minutes longer than my first.

I managed to get in front of Emma on the bike section but Alan and Dougie both sailed past me on the second run along with quite a few other runners, Alan finished about two or three minutes ahead of me, Dougie had finished, been to MacDonalds, had a sleep, woke up and was taking photos well before I finished.

On the bike route, I managed to see quite a few Striders out and about – Andrew Thompson was out for his run at Coxhoe, Jan Young and Nina were flying along by the Rose Tree pub and Joanne Porter made an appearance at transition.

The summer duathlon series will start in May and should be held on a Thursday evening, the Tri club will announce the course soon.


Pos Name Run 1+T1 Bike+T2 Run 2 Total
1 Phil HATZIS 11:45 28:45 11:38 52:08
8 Hilary ROSS 13:38 36:31 13:24 1:03:33
20 Dougie NISBET 17:39 39:52 15:43 1:13:14
26 Alan SMITH 16:28 46:10 15:07 1:17:45
27 Peter BROOKS 16:08 43:25 19:22 1:18:55
31 Louise BILLCLIFFE 17:30 51:39 17:22 1:26:31
32 Emma DETCHON 20:10 50:06 20:36 1:30:52

33 finishers.

The Mighty Deerstalker, Traquair House, Tweed Valley, Saturday, March 20, 2010

nominally 10km

Anna Pethybridge

Erm...not quite sure how to caption this one!

The Mighty Deerstalker has to be experienced once. Not at least once, just once!! Starting from the lovely grounds of Traquair Country House the run takes you through two waist deep bogs, up two very tall hills, one of which is scree, through 4 river crossings, one of which involves wading upriver for 100 odd metres, and through a variety of obstacles including balance beams (at the top of a hill when the legs are at their wobbliest), and through two forests. Oh – and if that’s not enough of a challenge it takes place at night, so headtorches are a must! It was challenging, exhilarating, freezing, tiring and filthy and oh so much fun!

Advertised at “10k and a bit” rumours were flying that friends of friends of friends had measured the route only to find it was actually 8.2 miles. EIther way it was 2:35 of the whackiest running I’ve ever experienced. Fancy dress was expected, as you can see from the photo, and there was an amazing array of deerstalker hats, coloured tutus, pyjamas and antlers. Thankfully, given the perishing conditions there was no mankini in sight – for which I was very grateful given the intimate proximity of the participants in the twilight scramble up the scree slope.

Looking back at certain points in the run, Unidentified Running Objects the sight of a caterpillar of headtorches climbing upwards and weaving through trees was breathtaking. See the photo for the descent from the second hill.

The organisation of the race was fantastic. Camping and parking in the grounds of Traquair was free, There was catering all weekend (though the queues were terrible) and the beer tent was open until midnight (though the beer, then wine, then whisky ran out long before that!) All in all it was a cracking weekend and I have just about thawed out. My visy jacket took two washes, as did my husband’s thermal socks. The pink mini skirt, however, didn’t quite make it. RIP.


Pos Name Club Cat Pos Time
1 Darin Dougal Leithenburnfoot Runners Male Stag 1:21:25
46 Mhairi Brown Female Stag 1:34:17
825 Anna Pethybridge Female Stag 2:34:57
1197 Joanne Heron Female Stag 3:25:52

1220 finishers.

Hardmoors 55, North York Moors, Saturday, March 20, 2010

A measly 54M!

Dave Robson

Dave looking fresh.The brief version—54m (after a late course adjustment). Started at 8.00 finished 23.55. 65 starters, 45 finishers, so 20 dropped out because of the bad weather and two of them had suspected hypothermia. Weather was light rain initially, then heavy rain and strong winds. The weather became much better after 10 hours and then got frosty as the night went on. Lots of hills and muddy

I was concerned about doing a race which would be 21m longer than I have ever done before. Doing a gentle marathon six days before was also worrying me, would it have any effect ? It turned out it didn’t which was a relief. I was also worrying about running on my own in the bad weather that was forecast, I find it helps to have company when the weather is bad. Luckily, I joined up with another runner at 22m and ran the next 32m with her. I don’t think I would have completed it on my own.

The other crucial thing for me in this race was car support. This wasn’t required as there was a drop bag system, but having much more frequent access to equipment and food made a vital difference. My friend spent her longest time in her car—almost 20 hours—much more than she has ever done before—thank you. She has never been involved with a long race before and her greetings at some points – ‘You are mental’ made me smile in a sort of mad way 😉

My equipment worked very well. Ran in Helly Hensen base layer, OMM Kamleiker waterproof top, Gore tights, Inov-8 roclites and a Raidlight Endurace back pack. I made a basic error at the start by running in road shoes. It is said you can do the Cleveland Way in road shoes and that might be okay in a Dave still looking fresh. dry conditions, but they weren’t that today as I discovered pretty quickly :-O. Luckily the first car access point was at 5m so I changed into the Roclites then. I also started with gloves that were way too thin for the conditions on the tops. My worst time was when it was sheeting down with rain and my hands got cold. Again a car access point saved me and I changed into fleece gloves. However, in the final stages in the frosty conditions, my hands were getting very cold even with those gloves.

Refueling strategy. Took stop blocks (had about 8 of them), S!cap tablets (used all 8 of them). Had a couple of Cliff bars that were give out on the way round (nice, never had them before). Made sure I had a quarter of a sandwich at every car access point. I had some cashew nuts as well. I also drank Asda’s isotonic berry sports drink all the way round, drinking when thirsty. I learnt all this from supporting Phil on the Hardmoors 110 last year and reading Clare’s experiences at the Glasgow to Edinburgh, so thanks to those two. The result was I got no cramp, no nausea and my legs felt very good all the way round. I also able to walk down the stairs this morning :-O

The route was basically along the Cleveland Way from Helmsley to Guisborough woods where it then cut back to Guisborough. There are moors, woods, lots of hills, some of some big long climbs, all of which I walked up. Had to walk some the descents too because of the steepness and rocky paths. Two out and back sections at the White Horse and at Roseberry Topping. Dave still looking fresh, how does he do it? Because it’s a route for walkers mainly and to save it becoming a quagmire, the park authority have put in a lot of large rock slabs which can be slippery and lots of assorted rocks on the ascents and descents. I could not find anyway of running down these safely. I felt I would cause serious damage if I fell on to those rocks. The uneven rocks in the path up and down Roseberry Topping were particularly tough especially with a head torch. There were sometimes fell runner alternatives to these paths, but they were often slippery.

VAANE XC Championships, Darlington, Saturday, March 20, 2010

Nina Mason

The working week had seen sunshine and spring-like temperatures. There is sunshine and blue skies today as I write this. Saturday however dawned grey, complete with drizzle to be followed by heavier rain. I smell a cross-country.

The VAA-NE Cross-Country Championships was run from Branksome School, Darlington and saw six Striders enjoy the fine x-country weather, with the added bonus of plenty of mud thrown in for free.

After a discussion as to whether it was warm enough in the teeming rain for vests only, or maybe t- shirt required, or the again gloves instead…it was ladies off first. Fiona Shenton, Jan Young and I formed part of a (somewhat disappointing) field of fourteen—there was no room for hiding in this one—accompanied by the men’s V70 and V75. Fiona had a good run on the fast and a bit-too-flat 5.5K two-lap course, finishing fourth; with Jan and me in hot pursuit.

There was no let up in the rain for the men’s three-lap 8.8K race, and a bigger field was dominated by Brian Rushworth winning an impressive eighth championship. David led the Striders men home with a strong run, with Mike and Conrad close behind.

A soggy, mud-spattered and somewhat chilly group of competitors gathered in the school gym afterwards and saw Fiona and Jan collect medals for winning their age groups. Us ladies also won second team prize, all of which shows you gotta be in it to win it!

A mention must go to Mike’s carrot cake—so good it was worth having to give my shoes an extra scrub.


Pos Name Club Cat Pos Time
1 ANDERSON, Kirstie Tynedale Harriers F35 1 24:31
4 Fiona Shenton F50 1 26:46
8 Nina Mason F35 3 27:53
14 Jan Young F55 1 29:54

21 finishers.

Pos Name Club Cat Pos Time
1 RUSHWORTH, Brian Sunderland Harriers M45 1 32:04
25 David Gibson M40 5 36:23
35 Mike Bennett M55 4 37:58
47 Conrad White M50 6 42:08

60 finishers.

Ultimate Trail Race & Challenge, Thursday, March 18, 2010


Zoe Tomlins

I should title this report “Striders go the extra mile” – as Jen Copley and Jean Gillespie managed to do exactly this at the Cartmel 18k (making it unofficially almost a half marathon for them). You can decide what you like from the finishing times – Denise and I would like everyone to believe we actually were way ahead and just couldn’t be caught by our team mates!

Jen, Denise and Zoe.

What started off as a very miserable wet day in Cartmel actually gave way to some pleasant running weather about 20 mins into the run. All in all it was a lovely well-rounded Striders Day Out: The hills were steep, the mud was sticky and slippery, the sheep were friendly and the Kendal mint cake plentiful. Seven Striders flew the purple flag – Dougie did us proud in the “Race” with a very respectable time. Denise, Jen, Barry, Jean and Maggie and I entered the “Challenge” event (which meant we could run a little bit slower than the flying Scotsman). Despite some chilly overnight camping conditions, Jen would have led us home effortlessly if it hadn’t been for her accidentally going through the wrong gate and taking the scenic route! I battled it out for about 5 miles near the end with a bloke about three times my ages who couldn’t catch me on the hills but was as sprightly as a mountain goat on the downhills and proved to be a good motivator for me to keep my pace.

Another fun-filled mud-splattered day in the Lakes, with the added bonus of a free Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding for every runner. Not that we only do it for the cake of course!

Barrie Evans adds…

The Ultimate Trails Series is proving highly successful and very well organised (except for those taking a wrong route this year). The day included 3 runs – a 10k, followed by the Challenge and finally the Ultimate Trail Race over the same course as the Challenge. Entries for the 3 runs topped 800 but on the day probably due to the weather only 600 turned up to figure in the results. Zoe confirmed that twenty minutes or so into the Challenge the rain stopped and weather conditions for running were nigh on perfect (except on the ground). Unfortunately the damage was already Where's Dougie? done by the heavy and continuous rain from early Friday evening and in places the course was waterlogged and there were long sections of thick treacle (otherwise mud/water often of unfathomable depth which a number of times brought me to a shuddering halt and surprise that I did not lose a shoe – these unscheduled halts tended to come on downslopes with a consequent struggle on the invariable and immediate uphill still in mud and with no momentum to help) and very slippery stones making staying upright an additional skill requirement. The surface is continually varied underfoot and hardly ever on the flat, the scenery and views around the course are amazing (probably even more so if you had real time to take it in!!) and the end is only glimpsed some 50 metres before you reach it coming down a winding track through woodland which reaches to the very edge of the Cartmel race course. The ground conditions though slowing me did not detract from a thoroughly enjoyable event and I must commend the gallantry of Denise and Jean in their desire to run further than required and allow me to be first Strider home!! I must also congratulate the newer members – Zoe, Denise and Jen on their participation and superb efforts.

The setting and excellent facilities at Cartmel including changing, piping hot showers and a bar in the race course complex plus hot and cold food and drink available from marquees provided the finishing touch to an event which I would recommend to all Striders .


Ultimate Cartmel Trail Race
Pos Name Club Cat Pos Time
1 SCOTNEY, Marcus Dumfries Running Club 1:10:26
130 Dougie Nesbit 1.51.27

176 finishers.

Ultimate Cartmel Challenge
Pos Name Club Cat Pos Time
49 Barrie Evans 1.57.42
74 Zoe Tomlins 2.04.58
88 Denise Mason 2.08.48
90 Jean Gillespie 2.09.18
101 Jen Copley 2.13.30
133 Maggie Thompson 2.27.29

209 finishers.