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Coxhoe 10K Trail Run, Sunday, September 23, 2018

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

Coxhoe 10K Trail Race Group Photo - photo by Catherine Smith

Results
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1207McKenzie James (Heaton Harriers)00:35:04M
342Callan Chris00:35:55M
4181Mason Michael00:36:44M
9122Watt Greame00:39:19M
10110Potts Bryan00:39:51M
1163Scott Stuart00:39:57M
1364Kirtley Barry00:40:22M
1762Anderson Michael00:40:49M
369Holcroft David00:44:38M
37103C. Anton Juan00:44:41M
43164Darby Lisa (Sedgefield Harriers)00:44:55F
46230Ray Phil00:45:23M
4719Barlow Michael00:45:24M
4915Basu Anna00:45:29F
50209Mitchell Dan00:45:34M
5193Jones Fiona00:45:47F
52220White Conrad00:45:59M
614Alfree Robert00:47:06M
62116Lumsdon David00:47:23M
7077Chaytor Trevor00:48:32M
78189Sabate Jordi00:49:59M
8044Carr Matthew00:50:07M
88117Connor Philip00:50:51M
9345Scott Alan00:51:05M
9639Foster Mark00:51:26M
97132Panke Jan00:51:28M
10870Mason Anna00:53:09F
113176Brown Alex00:53:33M
11984Ellis Stephen00:54:54M
12518Barlow Stephanie00:55:50F
131208Talbot Rebecca00:56:36F
13649Dixon Angela00:57:26F
13843Scott Aileen00:57:33F
140168Young Jan00:57:50F
144137Stephenson Lee00:58:06M
152111Glassey Danielle01:00:03F
159136Walker Sue01:01:38F
17047White Staney01:03:16M
175118Waugh Lynne01:03:57F
184195Dennis Sophia01:07:10F
18622Fisher Anne Marie01:07:47F
187105Pattison Sharon01:08:34F
18992Richardson Joanne01:09:28F
196140Lumsdon Lisa01:14:25F
(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)

Coxhoe 10k Trail Run, Sunday, September 23, 2018

Grand Prix Race - click flag for current league tables. Sprint Champion Race - click flag for more information. 10K

Anne Marie Fisher

It is uphill from here!!

First time 10K

It had finally arrived, somewhat later than expected. You see I had entered my first 10K race back in May, however, due to injury I was forced to defer my place until 2019.

Over the last few months, I had entered various 5K races, which I felt ‘comfortable’ with and was confident I could finish. However, I didn’t feel completely challenged. Then in July after only recently joining Striders, a last minute place became available for the Willow Miner Race (something to do with a football match!!). This was my biggest challenge so far, distance and terrain! I loved it!

So on the morning of the 23rd September, I arrived ready for the Coxhoe 10K Trail race. I was feeling excited and surprisingly confident. I think the confidence was partly due from completing the Willow Miner race and also meeting some fellow runners the previous Wednesday at training. It was the first race I had worn a Striders vest and as people were milling around before the race they would pass with a “hello”, a smile. It was like immediately making lots of new friends.

Registration was shockingly early for a Sunday – 8am-9am, especially as the race didn’t start until 10 am. Yes we were hanging around a while and it was freezing (summer was long gone), however, we bagged parking spaces! My advice would be to get there early, park, register then wait in the warm car with a takeaway coffee till the last possible moment. It’s about a 10 mins walk up to the start from the Active life centre or a nice little jog as I saw several people warming up early.

We arrived at the finish area…so early. It wasn’t even finished! After helping put up the banner ready for a team photo it was time to head to the start, which meant taking off my hoody, wearing a vest with no thermal underneath! How I regretted that at the time. So with extremely cold arms and hands, we trotted off to the start line, raring to go. The buzz was electrifying. 200 other, mainly club runners, all huddling close to keep warm. With no chip timing, I was told to get closer to the front.

And we were off and straight down a stony track. At this point, there were tonnes of runners trying to get ahead. I would say this was the most nerve-wracking part. Trying to watch my footing, keeping up a decent pace and not being knocked over by a sea of runners. I would definitely say it pushed me on to run a bit quicker than I had originally planned to.

The next few km were along old railway lines, softer terrain and flat, however, this is where I struggled to get into a rhythm, partly due to a cold so struggling to breathe and maybe because of the quick start. Before long we were climbing and as I turned a corner there was the water station. I wasn’t particularly thirsty, however, I was worried it would be the only one, so even though it was very early in the race, I thanked the marshal and took several gulps of water before pushing on.

As we approached some downhill, I glanced to my left and could see some runners ahead of me turning up some steep gradients, so I headed down knowing in the back of my mind what was to come! The hills started and they were fairly steep. I power walked most of them but my breathing was heavy. The poor girl I was behind must have been fed up of me heavy breathing down her neck. I remember thinking I’m only at 4km not even halfway, can I keep going for another 6km?! But then as I passed another Strider lady (I would pass her, then she would pass me and vice versa), I saw with relief, a sign for the halfway point. It was at this point that the race changed for me.

We were higher up with lovely views and I remember thinking we must be going downhill soon. It was at that moment that I found a new lease of energy. My pace picked up and I started overtaking the same people that, earlier on, I had struggled to keep up with. I didn’t pay much attention to my Garmin and wasn’t set on achieving any particular time, however, I had approximated before the race that I might finish around the 1hr 15 min mark due to my pace history. But as I glanced at my watch I realised I was running faster and as the km interval beeps appeared on my watch, each km average was quick! Not quick for others but for me it was fast!!

The downhill felt great, through a wooded area and leaping over a stile at the bottom. I felt like I was flying. Then on over a few roads crossing where the marshals were doing a great job at keeping us going. But then I hit the long flat railway line, which seemed to go on forever. It was at this point that I had to really mentally keep going. I was still fairly speedy (for me) but you could see it go on and on in the distance and I had now exceeded the 8km mark so I was in new distance territory.

I started trying to avoid looking ahead and instead kept aiming my sight at some objects in the near distance, using them as targets, all the while remembering about the steep stony track we had come down at the start and thinking, this is going to be the final challenge.

As I approached the last marshal at the end of the railway line I crossed onto the track and hit the stony incline. I pushed on trying to keep at a steady jog pace as well as recalling what the run leaders had said about hills during previous training sessions. And then it turned to a walk, “keep breathing and moving” I kept repeating in my head. I could see several people at the top of the hill, this pushed me to start running again as soon as I reached the summit. In reality, my body wasn’t quite ready for that and I could feel my legs turning to jelly, but I kept moving determined to continue.

As I passed a few runners (they had already finished) along the track towards the woods I could hear shouts of encouragement, in particular from Rebecca Talbot who was stood in a ditch searching for conkers having already finished in a solid time.

As I struggled through the woods I could hear the noise from the finish line in the distance. I started to panic, my breathing hadn’t quite recovered from that final hill. I stood still for the first time in the race took some deep breaths and then pressed on. As I turned the corner I could see the finish, Catherine Smith, Anna Seeley and Kerry Anne Barnett all smiling and shouting encouragement. I turned that final push into a sprint finish, putting my time at a very surprising and pleasing 1hr 7mins, way below what I had expected.

So, looking back it was a lovely first 10K to do, fairly low key, friendly and definitely challenging. It has definitely given me more confidence and as I head into my first Trail Outlaws race this coming Sunday I’m full of excitement and determination but also, I’ve decided not to worry about time as I seem to perform faster when I’m not clock watching. Time will tell. One thing I’m certain of is that I have started a love affair with trail running!

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1207McKenzie James (Heaton Harriers)00:35:04M
342Callan Chris00:35:55M
4181Mason Michael00:36:44M
9122Watt Greame00:39:19M
10110Potts Bryan00:39:51M
1163Scott Stuart00:39:57M
1364Kirtley Barry00:40:22M
1762Anderson Michael00:40:49M
369Holcroft David00:44:38M
37103C. Anton Juan00:44:41M
43164Darby Lisa (Sedgefield Harriers)00:44:55F
46230Ray Phil00:45:23M
4719Barlow Michael00:45:24M
4915Basu Anna00:45:29F
50209Mitchell Dan00:45:34M
5193Jones Fiona00:45:47F
52220White Conrad00:45:59M
614Alfree Robert00:47:06M
62116Lumsdon David00:47:23M
7077Chaytor Trevor00:48:32M
78189Sabate Jordi00:49:59M
8044Carr Matthew00:50:07M
88117Connor Philip00:50:51M
9345Scott Alan00:51:05M
9639Foster Mark00:51:26M
97132Panke Jan00:51:28M
10870Mason Anna00:53:09F
113176Brown Alex00:53:33M
11984Ellis Stephen00:54:54M
12518Barlow Stephanie00:55:50F
131208Talbot Rebecca00:56:36F
13649Dixon Angela00:57:26F
13843Scott Aileen00:57:33F
140168Young Jan00:57:50F
144137Stephenson Lee00:58:06M
152111Glassey Danielle01:00:03F
159136Walker Sue01:01:38F
17047White Staney01:03:16M
175118Waugh Lynne01:03:57F
184195Dennis Sophia01:07:10F
18622Fisher Anne Marie01:07:47F
187105Pattison Sharon01:08:34F
18992Richardson Joanne01:09:28F
196140Lumsdon Lisa01:14:25F
(Visited 72 times, 1 visits today)

Coxhoe 10k Trail Race, Sunday, September 23, 2018

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

Bryan Potts

Signing up for the Coxhoe Trail event a few weeks before the event, meant I had a chance to try a trail run before the day. Preparation went well running a 5-mile trail around Beamish with over 250-metre elevation, which I knew was a lot more than the Coxhoe Trail.

Looking at the forecast, the day before the event, I noticed it had to be a good day and there was no sign of rain. An early morning rise at 5 with my 18-month-old daughter, then a nice 20-minute walk with the dog followed by my running ritual of porridge, put me in good stead ready for the run.
At about 8 am, in Sacriston, the heavens opened and I was hoping it wouldn’t last long.

I arrived at the event at about 830, enough time to sort everything out. Once I collected my shirt and number, it was the waiting game for over an hour and what I hate most is waiting. So I chatted for a good 40 minutes to another runner, an ex Durham County Cricketer Paul Burn. We both headed up to the event in good time, me not realising it took a good 15 minutes to walk.

Once there I jumped in the Elvet Striders team photo and headed back to the start and a chat to a few of the team.

I didn’t realise I made a big mistake until the race set off and I was behind about 50 people and the runner who I was going to stay near, Stuart Scott, was way ahead already after about 200 metres. I had some ground to make up as I like getting a quick start, so once we got on the downward hill, I tried to weave in and out of people the best I could on a narrow section of the course.

I managed to get caught up once we reached the woods section and had him in my sights for the next few kilometres, just keeping a decent pace behind him. I had in my mind under 40 minutes for the race and was determined to stick to it.

All was going well after 4 km and was under 16 minutes which was well on time, between 4-5km was the hardest on the course and steepest incline and it really tested me and I am guessing all other runners. Once we reached the loop near Quarrington Hill, I made ground on another Elvet Strider, Graeme Watt, and for some reason I found more strength going up the hills and made better ground. At one point I managed to overtake Graeme but this did not last for long. On the way back towards Kelloe he found extra acceleration on the downward hills and powered off into the distance.

Between 5-9 km I managed to keep an average pace around the 4-minute per km mark and knew I was on target. Then I realised the last part of the race was the steep hill at the start of the race. Both Stuart and I nearly took the wrong direction as we had a choice of left or straight ahead and thankfully a steward behind shouted which way. The hill took its toll but I was glad to be able to power up it at a decent pace even though it seemed to be never-ending.

Once at the top, around 10 supporters were cheering runners up the hill and onto the final stretch. It was back along the straight for a few hundred yards, then a sharp right into the woods for less than a minute to finally see the finish line out of the woods and three Striders, who had already made it back in the distance. A time of 39:51 and a 10th place finish made it all worthwhile and I was pleased to see a number of Striders in the hunt for a top 20 place just behind me. An excellent day all round and a very good first trail race which all in all was well signposted and stewarded to make the day even easier.

posbibNametimeGender
1207McKenzie James (Heaton Harriers)00:35:04M
342Callan Chris00:35:55M
4181Mason Michael00:36:44M
9122Watt Greame00:39:19M
10110Potts Bryan00:39:51M
1163Scott Stuart00:39:57M
1364Kirtley Barry00:40:22M
1762Anderson Michael00:40:49M
369Holcroft David00:44:38M
37103C. Anton Juan00:44:41M
43164Darby Lisa (Sedgefield Harriers)00:44:55F
46230Ray Phil00:45:23M
4719Barlow Michael00:45:24M
4915Basu Anna00:45:29F
50209Mitchell Dan00:45:34M
5193Jones Fiona00:45:47F
52220White Conrad00:45:59M
614Alfree Robert00:47:06M
62116Lumsdon David00:47:23M
7077Chaytor Trevor00:48:32M
78189Sabate Jordi00:49:59M
8044Carr Matthew00:50:07M
88117Connor Philip00:50:51M
9345Scott Alan00:51:05M
9639Foster Mark00:51:26M
97132Panke Jan00:51:28M
10870Mason Anna00:53:09F
113176Brown Alex00:53:33M
11984Ellis Stephen00:54:54M
12518Barlow Stephanie00:55:50F
131208Talbot Rebecca00:56:36F
13649Dixon Angela00:57:26F
13843Scott Aileen00:57:33F
140168Young Jan00:57:50F
144137Stephenson Lee00:58:06M
152111Glassey Danielle01:00:03F
159136Walker Sue01:01:38F
17047White Staney01:03:16M
175118Waugh Lynne01:03:57F
184195Dennis Sophia01:07:10F
18622Fisher Anne Marie01:07:47F
187105Pattison Sharon01:08:34F
18992Richardson Joanne01:09:28F
196140Lumsdon Lisa01:14:25F
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LGBT Running Festival 5K, Friday, July 20, 2018

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

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6699Gareth PritchardM630-39400:17:2400:17:28+00:01:34
10643Michael John LittlewoodM1040-49100:18:0900:18:13+00:02:19
12158Phil RayM1230-39800:18:1800:18:23+00:02:28
31142Mike BarlowM2940-49700:19:5100:19:56+00:04:01
94164Katy WaltonM8330-393800:22:2800:22:36+00:06:38
129154Peter HartM11040-493700:23:3100:23:40+00:07:41
132160Matt CarrM11240-493800:23:2900:23:42+00:07:39
145159Anna SeeleyF2530-391700:24:0000:24:09+00:08:10
198141Stephanie BarlowF5040-491600:25:3000:25:39+00:09:40
259145Jean BradleyF8160-69100:27:1700:27:27+00:11:27
289735Catherine SmiF10240-494000:27:2600:28:12+00:11:36
324165Lynne WaughF12740-495200:28:4400:29:19+00:12:54
327147Emma CumpsonF12940-495400:28:5600:29:31+00:13:06
385150Jane DowsettF16850-591800:30:4400:31:14+00:14:54
433157Mike ParkerM23140-497100:32:0800:32:38+00:16:18
434644Wendy LittlewoodF20340-498800:32:0800:32:38+00:16:18
445146Anita ClementsonF21240-499300:31:4700:33:04+00:15:57
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624161Diane SoulsbyF35250-595600:38:5900:40:15+00:23:09
654151Mike ElliottM27570-79200:42:4200:43:32+00:26:52
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Durham City Run 10k, Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Grand Prix Race - click flag for current league tables. Sprint Champion Race - click flag for more information. 10k

Stephen Jackson – Winner of Durham City Run 10k 2018 [Photo Credit: Camilla Lauren-Määttä]
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Pier to Pier Results 2018, South Shields to Sunderland, Sunday, May 20, 2018

Grand Prix Race - click flag for current league tables. Sprint Champion Race - click flag for more information. Approx 7 miles

Anita Wright

Photo courtesy of Michael Wright
RankBibNameGenCatTime
1771Abraham Tewelde
Saltwell Harriers
mMen00.38.57
39759Judith Nutt
Elswick Harriers
wSeniors W4000.45.25
884Michael MasonmSeniors M4000.42.06
1335Michael LittlewoodmSeniors M4000.43.12
14133Mark WarnermMen00.43.12
221221Georgie HebdonmMen00.43.58
315Stuart ScottmMen00.44.45
55458Sam RenwickmMen00.46.47
76720Matt ArchermMen00.48.06
109197Allan RenwickmSeniors M4000.49.28
125804David HolcroftmMen00.50.11
127223Alex WittymMen00.50.14
169783Fiona JoneswSeniors W4000.51.37
19640Davey LumsdonmSeniors M5000.52.29
20395Stephen WinshipmSeniors M5000.52.39
21024Stephen SoulsbymSeniors M5000.52.45
220888Ian ButlermSeniors M5000.53.09
2511Andrew DaviesmSeniors M4000.5406.
2593Jonathan HamillmSeniors M4000.54.21
263148Mark PaynemMen00.54.24
28294Anna BasuwSeniors W4000.55.00
3207Sarah DavieswSeniors W5000.56.04
355740Chris ShearsmithmSeniors M4000.57.06
35610Susan ScottwSeniors W4000.57.10
35721Rachelle MasonwSeniors W4000.57.18
362235Stephanie BarlowwSeniors W4000.57.32
393970Malcolm SygrovemSeniors M5000.58.22
40586Alex BrownmSeniors M4000.58.43
42568Craig WalkermSeniors M5000.59.12
464317Jean BradleywSeniors W6000.59.58
486936Natalie BellwWomen01.00.28
49523Robin LintonmMen01.00.43
534944Lisa SamplewWomen01.01.26
5552Lesley HamillwSeniors W4001.01.56
560236Danielle Harper-BradywWomen01.02.04
606665Jill RudkinwSeniors W4001.03.25
614574Laura JenningswWomen01.03.41
6301002Joanne PattersonwWomen01.04.15
653114Lee StephensonmSeniors M4001.04.50
694159Chloe BlackwSeniors W4001.06.25
695161Jane RannswWomen01.06.26
742191Heather RaistrickwSeniors W5001.07.39
749132Alan SmithmSeniors M7001.07.54
76429Jenny SearchwSeniors W4001.08.07
78854Kate ThompsonwWomen01.08.34
789206Kelly GuywWomen01.08.34
80438Kimberley WilsonwWomen01.08.55
81372Catherine WalkerwSeniors W6001.09.07
816179James NicholsonmSeniors M7001.09.11
823369Jane SkeltonwWomen01.09.33
829573Alison HeslopwSeniors W4001.09.41
846583Kirsten FenwickwWomen01.10.12
853955Letitia Chapman-WardwWomen01.10.29
854166Angela RobsonwSeniors W4001.10.29
8748Danielle GlasseywWomen01.11.28
91573George Alan ScottmSeniors M5001.12.50
92025Elaine BroatchwSeniors W5001.12.55
9216Jane DowsettwSeniors W4001.12.56
92251Carole Thompson-YoungwSeniors W5001.12.56
926767Emma StevensonwWomen01.13.00
929766Tina TaylorwSeniors W4001.13.00
934661Faye WardwSeniors W4001.13.15
94837Wendy LittlewoodwSeniors W4001.13.52
95157Zoe Dewdney ParsonswWomen01.13.56
10031180Alison SmithwSeniors W4001.16.39
1004109Sue WalkerwSeniors W6001.16.39
10131013Christine FarnsworthwSeniors W6001.16.50
10261290Ann KainwSeniors W5001.17.11
1067112James PottermMen01.18.58
1084102Victoria DowneswWomen01.19.49
1085425Jane BailliewSeniors W4001.19.50
109165Aileen ScottwSeniors W4001.20.10
109822Kerry BarnettwSeniors W4001.20.46
1104100Louise BarrowwWomen01.20.58
111156Lindsay ParkerwSeniors W4001.21.30
1128440Sophie DenniswWomen01.22.20
113159Julie SwinbankwWomen01.22.24
1140824Sharon CampbellwSeniors W4001.23.00
1148653Rebecca GilmorewWomen01.23.17
1149455Diane SoulsbywSeniors W5001.23.17
1181181Carol HolgatewSeniors W4001.25.58
12191346Jennifer RollwWomen01.33.51
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Hartlepool Marina 5 Road Race, Sunday, April 15, 2018

Grand Prix Race - click flag for current league tables. Sprint Champion Race - click flag for more information. 5 miles

Nick Latham

Photo courtesy of Karen Harland

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.

Photo courtesy of Karen Harland Photo courtesy of Karen Harland

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.

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Pier to Pier, South Shields to Roker, Sunday, May 14, 2017

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

Results

POSBIBNameGenderCATClubTime
1354Abraham TeweldemMenSaltwell Harriers 38:18
61607Natalie BateywWomenDerwent Valley RC 47:17
6326Gareth PritchardmMenElvet Striders40:14
17487Michael LittlewoodmSeniors M40Elvet Striders42:59
20523Chris CallanmMenElvet Striders43:41
152502Fiona JoneswSeniors W40Elvet Striders52:06
162306Louise WarnerwWomenElvet Striders52:24
169101Helen ToneswSeniors W40Elvet Striders52:37
2341067Graeme WaltonmSeniors M40Elvet Striders54:30
27740Jonathan HamillmSeniors M40Elvet Striders55:59
289605Melanie HudsonwWomenElvet Striders56:14
2921131Dougie NisbetmSeniors M50Elvet Striders56:19
303124Andrew DaviesmSeniors M40Elvet Striders56:33
32814Craig WalkermSeniors M50Elvet Striders57:13
33799Rachelle MasonwWomenElvet Striders57:36
358838Jean BradleywSeniors W60Elvet Striders58:21
361147Robin LintonmMenElvet Striders58:25
374102David BrowbankmMenElvet Striders59:03
381150Helen ParkerwSeniors W40Elvet Striders59:20
382134Lynne StobartwWomenElvet Striders59:20
404504Chris ShearsmithmMenElvet Striders59:52
422203Sue GardhamwSeniors W40Elvet Striders1:00:25
43854Karen ByngwSeniors W40Elvet Striders1:00:59
447604Dave RobsonmSeniors M60Elvet Striders1:01:13
463836Kate ThompsonwWomenElvet Striders1:01:33
4741168Victoria BrownwWomenElvet Striders1:01:53
528520Stephen EllismSeniors M60Elvet Striders1:03:03
529432Andrew MunromSeniors M40Elvet Striders1:03:03
53857Anita WrightwSeniors W50Elvet Striders1:03:11
556820Lesley CharmanwSeniors W40Elvet Striders1:03:26
558300Karin YoungerwSeniors W50Elvet Striders1:03:29
559471Anna SeeleywWomenElvet Striders1:03:29
563325Catherine SmithwSeniors W40Elvet Striders1:03:34
56574Joanne PattersonwWomenElvet Striders1:03:36
56860Mike ParkermSeniors M40Elvet Striders1:03:41
603619Jill RudkinwSeniors W40Elvet Striders1:04:57
6121026James PottermMenElvet Striders1:05:18
616728Jim NicholsonmSeniors M70Elvet Striders1:05:21
623956Katie-Louise FinneywWomenElvet Striders1:05:27
624505Victoria JacksonwWomenElvet Striders1:05:28
626439Andrew ThurstonmSeniors M50Elvet Striders1:05:34
68919Alan ScottmSeniors M50Elvet Striders1:07:09
70315Catherine WalkerwSeniors W50Elvet Striders1:07:44
70628Debra ThompsonwSeniors W50Elvet Striders1:07:49
72162Rachel TurnerwWomenElvet Striders1:08:14
723483Peter HartmSeniors M40Elvet Striders1:08:22
729108Angela RobsonwSeniors W40Elvet Striders1:08:30
749489Wendy LittlewoodwWomenElvet Striders1:09:02
769393Alison HeslopwSeniors W40Elvet Striders1:09:42
770677Fiona WoodwWomenElvet Striders1:09:43
771929Jill YoungwWomenElvet Striders1:09:43
7731083Kirsten FenwickwWomenElvet Striders1:09:47
80382Jane DowsettwSeniors W40Elvet Striders1:10:43
80417Aileen ScottwSeniors W40Elvet Striders1:10:47
817474Helen ThomaswSeniors W40Elvet Striders1:11:04
821898Karen MetterswSeniors W40Elvet Striders1:11:06
854977Louise BarrowwWomenElvet Striders1:12:14
9161161Christine FarnsworthwSeniors W60Elvet Striders1:13:32
922519Janet ElliswSeniors W50Elvet Striders1:13:45
973207Helen HackettwSeniors W50Elvet Striders1:15:38
9761138Katie DavisonwWomenElvet Striders1:15:47
1019747Gillian GreenwSeniors W40Elvet Striders1:18:01
10201158Rebecca GilmorewWomenElvet Striders1:18:02
1022572Sharon CampbellwWomenElvet Striders1:18:06
1025578Neil JenningsmSeniors M50Elvet Striders1:18:13
1027333Diane SoulsbywSeniors W50Elvet Striders1:18:28
1054839Kerry BarnettwSeniors W40Elvet Striders1:20:13
1056848Laura GibsonwSeniors W40Elvet Striders1:20:18
1058846Natalie JohnsonwWomenElvet Striders1:20:22
10611174Rachel TothwSeniors W40Elvet Striders1:20:45
1065729Caitlin MooneywWomenElvet Striders1:21:03
109497Pauline ElliottwSeniors W50Elvet Striders1:23:08
1128320Helen LintonwSeniors W50Elvet Striders1:27:03
1149934Mike ElliottmSeniors M70Elvet Striders1:31:46
1160579Elaine JenningswSeniors W50Elvet Striders1:36:08
1161585Rachel Leigh-FirbankwSeniors W40Elvet Striders1:36:08
1169219Laura JacksonwWomenElvet Striders1:38:49
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Sunderland 5K, Wednesday, July 13, 2016

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

Katy Walton

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!!

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Hartlepool Marina 5M, Sunday, April 3, 2016

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

Results

Pos Name Club Cat Catpos Time
1 Dominic Shaw New Marske Harriers Club 24:24
17 Rob Everson 28:11
27 Joasia Zakrzewski Durham City Harriers & AC 28:54
49 Jack Lee 30:03
179 Andrew Rayner 35:57
190 Michael Ross 36:10
204 Fiona Jones 36:51
281 David Spence 39:40
344 Peter Hart 42:38
444 Karen Chalkley 48:49
477 Kate Talbot 52:23

533 finishers

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