|8||84||Michael Mason||m||Seniors M40||00.42.06|
|13||35||Michael Littlewood||m||Seniors M40||00.43.12|
|109||197||Allan Renwick||m||Seniors M40||00.49.28|
|169||783||Fiona Jones||w||Seniors W40||00.51.37|
|196||40||Davey Lumsdon||m||Seniors M50||00.52.29|
|203||95||Stephen Winship||m||Seniors M50||00.52.39|
|210||24||Stephen Soulsby||m||Seniors M50||00.52.45|
|220||888||Ian Butler||m||Seniors M50||00.53.09|
|251||1||Andrew Davies||m||Seniors M40||00.5406.|
|259||3||Jonathan Hamill||m||Seniors M40||00.54.21|
|282||94||Anna Basu||w||Seniors W40||00.55.00|
|320||7||Sarah Davies||w||Seniors W50||00.56.04|
|355||740||Chris Shearsmith||m||Seniors M40||00.57.06|
|356||10||Susan Scott||w||Seniors W40||00.57.10|
|357||21||Rachelle Mason||w||Seniors W40||00.57.18|
|362||235||Stephanie Barlow||w||Seniors W40||00.57.32|
|393||970||Malcolm Sygrove||m||Seniors M50||00.58.22|
|405||86||Alex Brown||m||Seniors M40||00.58.43|
|425||68||Craig Walker||m||Seniors M50||00.59.12|
|464||317||Jean Bradley||w||Seniors W60||00.59.58|
|555||2||Lesley Hamill||w||Seniors W40||01.01.56|
|606||665||Jill Rudkin||w||Seniors W40||01.03.25|
|653||114||Lee Stephenson||m||Seniors M40||01.04.50|
|694||159||Chloe Black||w||Seniors W40||01.06.25|
|742||191||Heather Raistrick||w||Seniors W50||01.07.39|
|749||132||Alan Smith||m||Seniors M70||01.07.54|
|764||29||Jenny Search||w||Seniors W40||01.08.07|
|813||72||Catherine Walker||w||Seniors W60||01.09.07|
|816||179||James Nicholson||m||Seniors M70||01.09.11|
|829||573||Alison Heslop||w||Seniors W40||01.09.41|
|854||166||Angela Robson||w||Seniors W40||01.10.29|
|915||73||George Alan Scott||m||Seniors M50||01.12.50|
|920||25||Elaine Broatch||w||Seniors W50||01.12.55|
|921||6||Jane Dowsett||w||Seniors W40||01.12.56|
|922||51||Carole Thompson-Young||w||Seniors W50||01.12.56|
|929||766||Tina Taylor||w||Seniors W40||01.13.00|
|934||661||Faye Ward||w||Seniors W40||01.13.15|
|948||37||Wendy Littlewood||w||Seniors W40||01.13.52|
|951||57||Zoe Dewdney Parsons||w||Women||01.13.56|
|1003||1180||Alison Smith||w||Seniors W40||01.16.39|
|1004||109||Sue Walker||w||Seniors W60||01.16.39|
|1013||1013||Christine Farnsworth||w||Seniors W60||01.16.50|
|1026||1290||Ann Kain||w||Seniors W50||01.17.11|
|1085||425||Jane Baillie||w||Seniors W40||01.19.50|
|1091||65||Aileen Scott||w||Seniors W40||01.20.10|
|1098||22||Kerry Barnett||w||Seniors W40||01.20.46|
|1111||56||Lindsay Parker||w||Seniors W40||01.21.30|
|1140||824||Sharon Campbell||w||Seniors W40||01.23.00|
|1149||455||Diane Soulsby||w||Seniors W50||01.23.17|
|1181||181||Carol Holgate||w||Seniors W40||01.25.58|
Hartlepool Marina 5 Road Race, Sunday, April 15, 2018
Five miles isn’t a particularly common race distance in the north-east as far as I can tell, there only seems to be a handful scattered through the race calendar in amongst the more common 5ks, 10ks and half marathons. Perhaps it was this uncommon distance, perhaps being in the middle of the spring marathon season (Paris, Manchester, London etc), or perhaps everyone had rusted up in the biblically damp lead-up to the race. Whatever the reason, it was a relatively small but hard-core Striders contingent of eleven that went out to play.
I scrounged a lift from Jonathan Hamill and his enthusiastic support team in a bid to cut down on carbon emissions. It was an easy journey and not just because I wasn’t driving. We arrived nice and early (just after 9 am), which meant no parking problems. After visiting the boat (not THE boat, sadly – that might have been a little more impressive!) to collect race number (with timing chip) and race t-shirt (sizing’s generous, so I went down a size), we made full use of the nearby McDonalds. Food for the support team, toilets for the athletes. We weren’t the only ones doing it! Other facilities are available.
The weather was starting to warm up from the extended winter we had been “enjoying”. Despite being fine and the sun attempting to break through there was still a chill in the southerly breeze. In the end, I opted to leave a light base layer under my club vest, big wuss that I am.
We warmed-up along Maritime Avenue, where the race would start and finish. By the time we got back to the start the rest of the racers had formed up in the start funnel, so we joined near the back. I was realistic about my likely finish position i.e. nowhere near the front, and the race was chip-timed, so I didn’t see the harm in starting near the back.
The course is essentially flat. It sets out next to the marina following Maritime Avenue through a housing estate before turning up a short incline through a car park and onto the promenade. It is an out and back course so once you’ve reached the turn you know what to expect on the way back. You also get to see the leaders on their return (or the chasers if you’re in the lead). As we met them coming back I counted the places and made Stephen Jackson 9th as we passed and it wasn’t long before I saw Chris Callan and some of our other faster runners on their return, giving me a chance to cheer them on.
I’ve been working my way back from some recent illnesses so I had set an easy expectation on myself – no PB to beat, no pressure. My plan was to set out at 8-minute mile pace, which I thought I could hold all the way through. I would see how I was feeling at 2 miles and then the turn (2.5 miles) and pick up the pace a little if I was feeling OK.
And I kind of stuck to that plan. Kind of. I held 8-minute mile pace for nearly 2 miles but seeing the leaders gave me a burst of adrenaline and my pace picked up before I realised what was happening. It felt OK and sustainable, so I kept at it, keeping around 7:40 pace most of the way back along the promenade. I was picking off other runners all the way back and this was the other advantage of starting from the back and running negative splits, it gave me natural targets to aim for. The route was plenty wide enough to allow easy passing all the way.
Getting to the last 600m or so I dropped back through the car park onto Maritime Avenue and the slight downward slope gave me the impetus to start pushing for the finish.
I’ve always had a finishing kick (a legacy of being a failed sprinter) so really wound it up in the final stretch, earning me a shout out from the tannoy announcer.
Stephen was first male Strider home (8th overall in 26:23) and Fiona Jones was first female (20th woman in 35:26 gun time). There were some other excellent times from Striders, including both Chris Callan and Michael Littlewood coming in under 30 minutes (sub 6-minute mile average). In total there were 493 runners with times ranging from a blistering 24:16 (new CR from Dominic Shaw of New Marske Harriers) to just over 1:07.
I loved this race. It was a great course, inexpensive and accessible. It’s a good opportunity to run this less common distance and a real PB opportunity.
|1||354||Abraham Tewelde||m||Men||Saltwell Harriers||38:18|
|61||607||Natalie Batey||w||Women||Derwent Valley RC||47:17|
|6||326||Gareth Pritchard||m||Men||Elvet Striders||40:14|
|17||487||Michael Littlewood||m||Seniors M40||Elvet Striders||42:59|
|20||523||Chris Callan||m||Men||Elvet Striders||43:41|
|152||502||Fiona Jones||w||Seniors W40||Elvet Striders||52:06|
|162||306||Louise Warner||w||Women||Elvet Striders||52:24|
|169||101||Helen Tones||w||Seniors W40||Elvet Striders||52:37|
|234||1067||Graeme Walton||m||Seniors M40||Elvet Striders||54:30|
|277||40||Jonathan Hamill||m||Seniors M40||Elvet Striders||55:59|
|289||605||Melanie Hudson||w||Women||Elvet Striders||56:14|
|292||1131||Dougie Nisbet||m||Seniors M50||Elvet Striders||56:19|
|303||124||Andrew Davies||m||Seniors M40||Elvet Striders||56:33|
|328||14||Craig Walker||m||Seniors M50||Elvet Striders||57:13|
|337||99||Rachelle Mason||w||Women||Elvet Striders||57:36|
|358||838||Jean Bradley||w||Seniors W60||Elvet Striders||58:21|
|361||147||Robin Linton||m||Men||Elvet Striders||58:25|
|374||102||David Browbank||m||Men||Elvet Striders||59:03|
|381||150||Helen Parker||w||Seniors W40||Elvet Striders||59:20|
|382||134||Lynne Stobart||w||Women||Elvet Striders||59:20|
|404||504||Chris Shearsmith||m||Men||Elvet Striders||59:52|
|422||203||Sue Gardham||w||Seniors W40||Elvet Striders||1:00:25|
|438||54||Karen Byng||w||Seniors W40||Elvet Striders||1:00:59|
|447||604||Dave Robson||m||Seniors M60||Elvet Striders||1:01:13|
|463||836||Kate Thompson||w||Women||Elvet Striders||1:01:33|
|474||1168||Victoria Brown||w||Women||Elvet Striders||1:01:53|
|528||520||Stephen Ellis||m||Seniors M60||Elvet Striders||1:03:03|
|529||432||Andrew Munro||m||Seniors M40||Elvet Striders||1:03:03|
|538||57||Anita Wright||w||Seniors W50||Elvet Striders||1:03:11|
|556||820||Lesley Charman||w||Seniors W40||Elvet Striders||1:03:26|
|558||300||Karin Younger||w||Seniors W50||Elvet Striders||1:03:29|
|559||471||Anna Seeley||w||Women||Elvet Striders||1:03:29|
|563||325||Catherine Smith||w||Seniors W40||Elvet Striders||1:03:34|
|565||74||Joanne Patterson||w||Women||Elvet Striders||1:03:36|
|568||60||Mike Parker||m||Seniors M40||Elvet Striders||1:03:41|
|603||619||Jill Rudkin||w||Seniors W40||Elvet Striders||1:04:57|
|612||1026||James Potter||m||Men||Elvet Striders||1:05:18|
|616||728||Jim Nicholson||m||Seniors M70||Elvet Striders||1:05:21|
|623||956||Katie-Louise Finney||w||Women||Elvet Striders||1:05:27|
|624||505||Victoria Jackson||w||Women||Elvet Striders||1:05:28|
|626||439||Andrew Thurston||m||Seniors M50||Elvet Striders||1:05:34|
|689||19||Alan Scott||m||Seniors M50||Elvet Striders||1:07:09|
|703||15||Catherine Walker||w||Seniors W50||Elvet Striders||1:07:44|
|706||28||Debra Thompson||w||Seniors W50||Elvet Striders||1:07:49|
|721||62||Rachel Turner||w||Women||Elvet Striders||1:08:14|
|723||483||Peter Hart||m||Seniors M40||Elvet Striders||1:08:22|
|729||108||Angela Robson||w||Seniors W40||Elvet Striders||1:08:30|
|749||489||Wendy Littlewood||w||Women||Elvet Striders||1:09:02|
|769||393||Alison Heslop||w||Seniors W40||Elvet Striders||1:09:42|
|770||677||Fiona Wood||w||Women||Elvet Striders||1:09:43|
|771||929||Jill Young||w||Women||Elvet Striders||1:09:43|
|773||1083||Kirsten Fenwick||w||Women||Elvet Striders||1:09:47|
|803||82||Jane Dowsett||w||Seniors W40||Elvet Striders||1:10:43|
|804||17||Aileen Scott||w||Seniors W40||Elvet Striders||1:10:47|
|817||474||Helen Thomas||w||Seniors W40||Elvet Striders||1:11:04|
|821||898||Karen Metters||w||Seniors W40||Elvet Striders||1:11:06|
|854||977||Louise Barrow||w||Women||Elvet Striders||1:12:14|
|916||1161||Christine Farnsworth||w||Seniors W60||Elvet Striders||1:13:32|
|922||519||Janet Ellis||w||Seniors W50||Elvet Striders||1:13:45|
|973||207||Helen Hackett||w||Seniors W50||Elvet Striders||1:15:38|
|976||1138||Katie Davison||w||Women||Elvet Striders||1:15:47|
|1019||747||Gillian Green||w||Seniors W40||Elvet Striders||1:18:01|
|1020||1158||Rebecca Gilmore||w||Women||Elvet Striders||1:18:02|
|1022||572||Sharon Campbell||w||Women||Elvet Striders||1:18:06|
|1025||578||Neil Jennings||m||Seniors M50||Elvet Striders||1:18:13|
|1027||333||Diane Soulsby||w||Seniors W50||Elvet Striders||1:18:28|
|1054||839||Kerry Barnett||w||Seniors W40||Elvet Striders||1:20:13|
|1056||848||Laura Gibson||w||Seniors W40||Elvet Striders||1:20:18|
|1058||846||Natalie Johnson||w||Women||Elvet Striders||1:20:22|
|1061||1174||Rachel Toth||w||Seniors W40||Elvet Striders||1:20:45|
|1065||729||Caitlin Mooney||w||Women||Elvet Striders||1:21:03|
|1094||97||Pauline Elliott||w||Seniors W50||Elvet Striders||1:23:08|
|1128||320||Helen Linton||w||Seniors W50||Elvet Striders||1:27:03|
|1149||934||Mike Elliott||m||Seniors M70||Elvet Striders||1:31:46|
|1160||579||Elaine Jennings||w||Seniors W50||Elvet Striders||1:36:08|
|1161||585||Rachel Leigh-Firbank||w||Seniors W40||Elvet Striders||1:36:08|
|1169||219||Laura Jackson||w||Women||Elvet Striders||1:38:49|
Sunderland 5K, Wednesday, July 13, 2016
I had been looking forward to this race following my great experience in 2015. This race is a very fast 5k course. On this night the sun was out and the wind up slightly, but no conditions to make the pb seekers fear their results.
Ladies and M50’s were the first group of people to charge down the 1k hill at the very start of the race. Elbows all out hoping that you don’t trip.
Once reaching the bottom of the hill a crowd of spectators greeted the eager runners as they started their small lap of the park.
Clearly marked kilometre signs were positioned en route for those keeping to a set pace.
As you finished the first loop of the park you approach the supporters again, Simon, Allan, Graeme, Mark, Stephen and Gareth were shouting loudly. Next is a larger loop where runners do a loop of the lake, at this point the wind was certainly making its point in slowing me down.
A lady who I often race against at the NEMAA ran past me which bucked me up a bit, I knew I was on par with her so my new aim was to keep on her.
A little mistake I made last year was that I didn’t push on the winning ‘straight’ (I was unaware where the finish was) and this year I was determined not to repeat my mistake so I started to pick up my pace and give my all.
A nasty little incline on the finishing straight certainly finished each runner off nicely!
Excellent times from all Striders, Stephen Soulsby, Elaine Bisson, Louise Warner, Lesley Charman, Fiona Jones and Karen Byng, Louise Barrow, Catherine Smith and Victoria Stott.
In the second race Strider men running were Gareth Pritchard, Stephen Jackson, Mark Warner and Graeme Walton, all men gave their all as the vast group of runners flew down the hill causing a big draft of wind to hit the spectators. Fabulous runs from all.
This race is a brilliant, cheap local race which can be entered on the night and also an offering of a good chance of a pb. See you next year Sunderland 5k!!
|1||Dominic Shaw||New Marske Harriers Club||24:24|
|27||Joasia Zakrzewski||Durham City Harriers & AC||28:54|
Dentdale Run, Dent, Cumbria, Saturday, March 12, 2016
A couple of years ago a friend of mine recommended I run the Dentdale race – “just your kind of thing” she said, so it was one that had been on my radar for a while. When I discovered I had a Saturday where I wasn’t needed for ferrying to children’s parties I elected to give it a go. It was a bit of a last minute decision and I had no thoughts on pace or race strategy – I decided I just wanted to enjoy it.
When I got to the pretty village of Dent I was happy to see a good number of Striders, discussing how many layers we needed and warning each other of the hills ahead. The race started at 1pm which caused me all sorts of quandaries with regards to eating. As we lined up to start I realised my stomach was already rumbling and asking for lunch but it was too late to do much about it. Whilst waiting for the gun I spotted a Swaledale runner who I knew was pretty speedy and has beaten me on a number of occasions but I’d just manage to squeeze past her at the Viking Chase last year so knew she was a good target for me. I decided to try and stick with her as far as I could.
The race starts with a deceptively speedy descent but before long the first of many climbs kicks in. I managed to tuck in behind my Swaledale friend and began to enjoy making my way through the beautiful countryside. The course is a kind of figure of 8 (without crossing at the centre) so at the half way mark I caught sight of my car in Dent. Much as I was enjoying the race I was beginning to tire and was aware of more hills approaching but I resisted the temptation to just jump in and drive home. Around this point my Swaledale friend slowed down to have a gel. I pulled up next to her and we chatted about other races we’ve done and plans for the future. After a couple of minutes she waved me on, saying she felt she’d started too fast. Not long before, one of the many fabulous local supporters had told us we were second and third ladies and I began to worry I too had gone off too fast.
The second half includes one very long climb and then you get lulled into a false sense of security as you approach the half marathon point with a nice descent. The 13 mile marker hails a killer little hill and the last mile seemed to go on for ever. Eventually we were back in the village and the crowds were fantastic shouting us in so I managed a bit of a sprint finish (ish). I was delighted to see Gareth and Jack who had both had great runs and after a bit of refreshment we cheered in the other Striders.
All in all an absolutely beautiful, runnable yet challenging race and definitely one I’d recommend. My friend was right it was definitely my sort of thing and I hope to be back
Darlington 10K, Sunday, August 9, 2015
Darlington 10k has to be one of my favourite races of the year without question, it’s fast, local, easy to enter and a very high standard to push everyone onto that all important PB. Last year this was a great race for me, I was in the best shape of my life and flew round in 35:45 which was still my 10k pb as I stood on the start line a year later with 51 fellow striders.
The number 1 strider support crew were in full force with Catherine Smith and Flip leading the cheers on the day, this is a real boost for races like this and a big help and greatly appreciated by all. They managed to capture some fantastic pictures and made the day even more special for us runners, so a big personal thank you from me.
I travelled down with 3 other fellow striders, parking up was easy and everything is very well organised. Good changing facilities, easy bag drop and central location for start/finish. Had a catch up with fellow striders then hit the road with speedy Rob and Simon for a good warm up. Not sure if its just me, but I felt a real buzz in the air, the weather was dry, no wind and the smell of PB was definitely in the air.
My running lately has really started to improve due massively to the input of my coach Allan who has invested his time and effort into my training. This is something as a club that we are really blessed with as Allan also successfully trains many striders like me in the club. After the London I knew my normal/typical running low was on the way and Allan’s 10k training program really helped boost my spirits with Darlington was my end goal.
I had a plan for this race which almost worked to perfection, the first 2 miles were the key for a chance at that PB. 10 sec below 35:45 pace for those first miles, next 3 trying to pick people off and really go for it to the end. So off we went and 5:47 average for first 2 miles, a great start. Time to start picking up the pace and chasing people down. The plan worked well but the course really is not that flat and you can see this clearly in the mile split times. The down hill sections do make up for it very well but it is still challenging at times. Running the course last year really helped, so i knew the finish was down hill and very fast, as you enter the shopping high street its really time to push hard for the line. I spent the whole race passing people and had a great battle with a Durham Harrier lad to the end and was a big buzz leaving him behind as I shot for the line.
Now I kept a eye on my splits so knew it would be close to a pb, but had no real idea of my time in that last mile or as I crossed the line. A very happy and big shock as I saw 35:30 on my watch and a massive sense of joy with another fantastic PB I really did not expect to get any time soon.
I was very shortly followed by rob everson @36:24 with another PB and showing great form over a distance that I know is hard for him. 49 striders were left to follow and all had a great run, comeback pb for coach Allan who somehow managed to fall towards the end and got spoiled rotten by the friendly first aid people after the race. Starting to learn this is standard for the coach and not his first trip .
PB runs also for Michael Littlewood @ 38:10, Catherine Elliott @ 48:44, Andrew Davies @48:26
So another strider GP race done and I must admit to a sly happy grin when the nameless GP point hunter was unable to show. This due to being on an amazing holiday and really no contest when you have to decide a holiday or a GP run.
Fantastic race and will definitely be here again next year.
|position||bib||name||club||cat||finish time||chip time|
|1||1425||Marc Scott||Richmond & Zetland Harriers||Senior M||0:30:42||0:30:42|
|23||1344||Justina Heslop||Elswick Harriers||Vet Ladies 35-39||0:34:45||0:34:44|
|29||642||Gareth Pritchard||Senior Men||0:35:32||0:35:30|
|44||1556||Rob Everson||Senior Men||0:36:26||0:36:24|
|63||1965||Simon Gardner||Vet Men 45-49||0:37:10||0:37:04|
|85||1039||Michael Littlewood||Vet Men 40-44||0:38:13||0:38:11|
|221||1238||Paul Pascoe||Vet Men 45-49||0:41:51||0:41:44|
|427||1240||Fiona Jones||Vet Ladies 35-39||0:46:29||0:46:03|
|442||1097||Michael Ross||Vet Men 40-44||0:46:41||0:45:56|
|457||1219||Greta Jones||Vet Ladies 45-49||0:46:58||0:46:23|
|459||1281||Philip Connor||Senior Men||0:46:58||0:46:43|
|465||1509||Danny Lim||Senior Men||0:47:02||0:45:05|
|504||1557||Martin Welsh||Vet Men 50-54||0:47:41||0:46:43|
|536||1224||Karen Jones||Vet Ladies 45-49||0:48:14||0:47:39|
|569||887||Andrew Davies||Senior Men||0:48:53||0:48:26|
|576||1640||Catherine Elliott||Vet Ladies 35-39||0:49:00||0:48:44|
|587||199||David Spence||Vet Men 65-69||0:49:10||0:48:11|
|611||1028||Lesley Charman||Vet Ladies 40-44||0:49:35||0:48:48|
|622||1288||Richard Hall||Vet Men 55-59||0:49:46||0:47:49|
|652||1205||Victoria Brown||Senior Ladies||0:50:26||0:49:56|
|693||1642||Craig Elliott||Senior Men||0:51:19||0:51:03|
|725||599||Katherine Preston||Vet Ladies 45-49||0:51:56||0:51:10|
|786||626||Lindsay Rodgers||Vet Men 45-49||0:53:01||0:52:15|
|805||1124||Stephen Ellis||Vet Men 60-64||0:53:21||0:52:35|
|899||1011||Kate MacPherson||Vet Ladies 40-44||0:55:01||0:54:15|
|1013||1053||Robin Linton||Senior Men||0:57:19||0:55:06|
|1071||1364||Louise Hughes||Vet Ladies 35-39||0:58:32||0:56:02|
|1077||1313||Rebecca Devine||Senior Ladies||0:58:37||0:56:37|
|1104||1232||James Potter||Senior Men||0:59:05||0:57:01|
|1170||1237||Angela Coates||Vet Ladies 40-44||1:00:06||0:59:19|
|1195||1125||Janet Ellis||Vet Ladies 50-54||1:00:45||0:59:49|
|1228||1559||Clare Metcalfe||Senior Ladies||1:01:29||0:59:16|
|1260||920||Jill Young||Senior Ladies||1:02:02||1:00:03|
|1278||1287||Helen Hall||Vet Ladies 45-49||1:02:32||1:00:43|
|1307||342||Sophie Dennis||Senior Ladies||1:03:29||1:01:40|
|1362||1030||Joanne Thompson||Senior Ladies||1:05:09||1:04:13|
|1368||891||Laura Chapman||Senior Ladies||1:05:20||1:04:24|
|1427||1245||Laura Gibson||Vet Ladies 35-39||1:06:46||1:05:50|
|1473||894||Rebecca Embleton||Vet Ladies 35-39||1:08:22||1:06:22|
|1491||1431||Lisa Hall||Senior Ladies||1:09:28||1:07:29|
|1492||914||Neil Jennings||Vet Men 50-54||1:09:28||1:07:29|
|1513||994||Joanne Richardson||Vet Ladies 40-44||1:10:24||1:07:25|
|1514||1037||Mike Elliott||Vet Men 65-69||1:10:25||1:07:26|
|1556||815||Alison Simms||Vet Ladies 40-44||1:13:13||1:11:11|
|1563||905||Rachel Leigh-Firbank||Vet Ladies 40-44||1:13:33||1:11:33|
|1606||2125||Rachel Wilcock||Senior Ladies||1:19:25||1:17:24|
|1608||2112||Natalie Gillon||Senior Ladies||1:19:36||1:17:34|
|1628||916||Rachel Toth||Vet Ladies 40-44||1:24:29||1:22:27|
|1629||915||Elaine Jennings||Vet Ladies 50-54||1:24:35||1:22:33|
|1630||444||Katharine Bartlett||Vet Ladies 45-49||1:24:35||1:22:33|
|1634||2117||Kerry Ellis||Vet Ladies 35-39||1:26:02||1:24:00|
|1635||2133||Donna Austin||Vet Ladies 35-39||1:26:02||1:24:00|
|1636||628||Allan Seheult||Vet Men 70-74||1:26:17||1:23:06|
Angel View Run, Thursday, July 9, 2015
With GP points up for grabs and a desperate need to recapture some kind of form I decided to give this race a go. My fitness had dropped since my London Marathon experience due to injury and laziness – more of the latter to be fair.
Katy and I arrived in good time and met up with Conrad and Jan in the car park then off we went to pick up our race numbers. The race was billed as approx 6 miles long with the starter explaining the route at length before we set off: two loops plus an out and back section consisting of trail/grass/road including some steady climbs. A group photo was taken with Sarah and Robin, and then we were ready to tear up the course.
I wasn’t sure as we stood at the start line whether I had it in me to compete with Conrad, however as the race began the racing spirit soon kicked in. We soon headed up the first hill with Conrad speeding away from me. I felt decent enough as we made our way through the first lap without to much problem. At the end of the first lap there was a very tough climb where I got the chance to see the front runners on the way back down – they were absolutely flying, although it was downhill for them. At the far end of the out and back section I got a chance to see how far Conrad was in front of me – too far!! Coming back down the hill was heaven and then onto the second lap I started…
Hmmm… this is where it all went wrong: unfortunately a marshal on one of the points had sent the front runners the wrong way and so had little choice than to send the rest of field the same way. Image my surprise when my race was over after only 3.8 miles!! Maybe if you look on the results it will read that I ran approx 10k in under 28 minutes???? – I guess not. No harm done though; as far as every one was concerned it was an honest mistake that could happen to anyone.
Special praise to the Striders prize winners – Conrad, Jan and Sarah who all won some gift vouchers for performing well in there age categories.
|1||Adrian Bailes||Birtley AC||U21||21:48|
|25||Lorna Graham||Birtley AC||F O35||26:28|
|63||Sarah Davies||F O45||30.17|
|87||Jan Young||F O60||32.47|
Hartlepool Marina 5M, Sunday, March 29, 2015
I almost missed out on this race due to poor timing on my part and a certain relay race which was supposed to be going on at the same time. ( gave it my best shot ..) I was very lucky and managed to get a place by emailing the race organisers directly even though entry was closed and race full. Very helpful and fantastic to see.
Weather reports leading up to the race looked terrible with rain and strong wind which potentially could wreck the PB hunters day. The race is ran along the coast and follows the parkrun route with a bit extra added on to make up the 5 miles. Very flat, fast with strong competition all ends of the field to push you on. I had mixed feeling building up to this race, my training seems to go from highs to lows every week now as I build up to the London marathon. Last week I flew round 34 miles with ease but this weeks training was terrible. Only two short runs done, feeling poorly and just not myself.
But Come the morning I was feeling good and the heavens were smiling down on the PB gang, the rain had stopped and the wind a wimpier rather than a roar. The location is great for this race, parked easy and picked number up onboard a very cool ship at the hartlepool marina. On to the race which was almost a false start thanks to a drill? Bad timing as the cannon soon went off to start the race..
Plan for me was simple, try to keep super fast Rob and Stephen in sight and hope to hold off the in form simon to grab 3rd strider home. Pre race marathon paced run for Stephen effected his day and Simon was coming back from recent injury problems. Both still managed cracking runs with simon just missing sub 30 mins for another great time.
The first mile was super fast as expected with Rob zooming off into the distance while I kept trying to control my pace. You turn back half way and it’s great getting the shout outs from fellow Striders as the relentless effort kicks in. I remember Simon shouting out that Rob was finding it hard and could just about still make him out ahead. The last 2 miles to home was nothing but pure grit and effort to catch the super speedy one. I needed every mile of that race and somehow pushed ahead with less than half a mile to go. End result was an unexpected 1st strider Finnish and 2 great PB’s for us both, a fantastic and enjoyable race. This is why I love road races so much, you have no where to hide, no excuses, it all comes down to your training, fitness and pure force of will to push yourself harder than you ever imagined possible. I’m an unashamed super fan of road racing and this race was everything I love about the sport.
Lots of other great runs, performances and someone with a 30 sec PB which we all know about via the emails .. also 3rd place for the strider men’s team. Well done everyone. As some speedster said: well done the strider 5 mile king…… For now. .. Will definitely be back next year.
|19||Sarah Tunstall||Kendal Amateur||29:08|
Town Moor 10K, Sunday, November 9, 2014
Having missed the Darlington 10K due to family commitments I wanted another 10K before the end of the year. The Heaton Memorial 10K was on my radar and happened on a “free weekend”. It is also now part of the striders grand prix and a race I had last run in 2005. Definitely one to do.
As it was remembrance Sunday the road through Low fell was diverted by the cenotaph, leading to a slow diversion around Gateshead. However the day was fine, the roads thereafter clear and the organisation in registration at RGS went smoothly, allowing me to arrive at the start in ample time, but unfortunately not in time for the purple team photo.
We were given our instructions – basically – follow the bicycle for 10K and if you can’t see the bicycle follow the train of runners and don’t wear headphones. We respected 1 minute of silence at 11.00 and then we were off. Chip timing takes some of the rush out of the start but there seemed to be some very keen runners off like whippets and disappearing rapidly around the town moor. I took it a bit more sedately but was trying hard. The course is not flat but far from hilly, over two laps with a section where you double back on yourself and can see who is either a bit in front of you or who is on your tail. On the first lap I was able to cheer on Rob, Simon and Matthew (in front of me) and see Katy behind (I missed Graeme) and on the second lap, Katy and Graeme. With them behind me there was no letting up.
The weather was perfect for a good time – sunny and dry, but not too hot and barely any wind. I reached 5K in a time similar to my recent Durham park runs (so that was good) and held on for a just negative split second 5K to record a PB 10K on the Run Britain rankings and my best 10K time since before I got my Garmin in 2008 (which was even better). The fact that the last ¼ mile (400 meters for modern folk) is slightly down hill probably helped, along with being chased by Caroline from Crook (ex Run Director of the Shildon Park Run)- with whom I had had a close race in the Darlington 10K last year, and the thought of the Waltons not far behind! Thanks for the purple support at the end, and as usual striders were pretty vocal as our runners came into the finish. From the results it appears many had good runs with a number of both PB’s and SB’s on the Run Britain results. Simon I think taking the best part of a minute of his time – great performances all around.
The town moor has been having its fair share of running recently – we were able to see some of the marathon marking on the pavement and the “mo” run over the same 10K course was later the same day.
|1||Tadele Geremew||Elswick Harriers||Sen Male||30:55|
|36||Rob Everson||Sen Male||36:27|
|43||Simon Gardner||(M) V40||37:14|
|76||Matthew Archer||Sen Male||39:13|
|139||Conrad White||(M) V55||41:42|
|178||Katy Walton||Sen Female||42:54|
|180||Graeme Walton||(M) V40||42:50|
|267||Brian Ford||(M) V45||45:58|
|271||Sarah Davies||(F) V45||46:04|
|292||Anna Seeley||Sen Female||46:52|
|314||Nicola Whyte||Sen Female||47:48|
|316||Eric Green||(M) V45||47:51|
|438||George Nicholson||(M) V65||55:01|
|440||Denise Mason||Sen Female||55:08|
|470||Karen Anne Chalkley||(F) V50||56:49|
|484||Denise Benvin||(F) V45||57:09|
|492||Gillian Green||(F) V45||57:48|
|515||Debbie Mcfarland||Sen Male||59:44|
|544||Sophie Dennis||Sen Female||1:03:21|
|556||Helen Allen||(F) V40||1:06:25|
|562||Kerry Lister||(F) V40||1:07:48|
|570||Lindsay Craig||(F) V45||1:11:01|
|571||Kate Talbot||Sen Female||1:11:37|