Weekly Roundup, Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Team Smitchard

Hello and welcome to your club weekly roundup.

The 2016/17 GP season continued on Sunday with the Hexhamshire Hobble held in perfect conditions for December.  Jason Harding running well in a tough race placing 26th, all the more impressive after a sub 18 min parkrun the day before. Consider the GP gauntlet thrown down striders! Diane Harold, Melanie Hudson and Jo Porter also did the club proud attacking this challenging fell race, a first and not the last for Di, well done gang!

Congratulations Carol Seheult on her first Durham parkrun and to Roz Layton launching her assault on the new format club Age grade parkrun challenge with a cracking 81.67% and Jason Harding leading the men’s race with 81.51%.

For his 60th Birthday celebration (we like your style) Conrad White ran the Blyth Sands race. An age handicapped race, he placed top 20 on the results. An inspiration to us all. Richard Hocking also ran well on the day, congratulations both! Unfortunately no official prizes but Blyth Running club kindly gave a bottle of wine as a birthday gift – a great race and a really friendly club.

Saturday will see the North East Counties Athletics Association (NECAA) X/C Championships at Aykley Heads. Please see MM & MW emails for details, let see and hear purple tide of folks marshalling, supporting and running on the day – showcasing what a great club we belong to.

Wednesday we have our festive Club run, so please be Christmassy and shine bright like diamonds in an attempt to be safe and be seen (our very own mini Durham Lumiere festival) – prizes will be awarded for the brightest / most festive as well as others linked to the run itself. Organised by Jon Ayres and his glamorous assistants it will involve a run around our lovely city hunting for Durham based quiz answers.

Groups of 5 will head out with everyone meeting back at MC for scoring and prizes. Watch out for our club Elvet elves during the run -you need to decide if they are naughty or nice! 

Track will be on as normal but you can still get festive and shine bright to take part in that side of the evening. 

Warm up will be taking place on the track which should be lit from 6.45 – we encourage you all to take part if you can. 

Announcements will now be held trackside after warm up and before the main runs / track session commence.

Look forward to seeing you there

Gareth and Catherine 

Team Smitchard

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