Northumberland Coastal Run, Sunday, July 21, 2019
|Pos||bib||Name||Time||Cat||Cat Pos||Gender||Gen Pos|
|1||200||Tom Charlton (TYNE BRIDGE HARRIERS)||01:16:58||Senior Male||1||Male||1|
|3||611||Stephen Jackson||01:20:23||Veteran 35||2||Male||3|
|12||752||Michael Mason||01:25:14||Veteran 40||3||Male||12|
|21||540||Georgie Hebdon||01:27:59||Senior Male||10||Male||21|
|25||573||Jane Hodgson (MORPETH HARRIERS & AC)||01:28:14||Veteran 35||1||Female||1|
|27||698||Michael Littlewood||01:29:04||Veteran 40||9||Male||26|
|28||1192||Graeme Watt||01:29:51||Veteran 40||10||Male||27|
|69||686||James Lee||01:38:05||Veteran 40||17||Male||65|
|87||954||Allan Renwick||01:39:51||Veteran 50||6||Male||81|
|117||575||David Holcroft||01:42:58||Senior Male||27||Male||107|
|144||244||Nik Corton||01:45:52||Veteran 50||15||Male||129|
|165||1057||Stephen Soulsby||01:47:06||Veteran 55||11||Male||147|
|198||512||Peter Hart||01:49:14||Veteran 40||39||Male||173|
|226||181||Matthew Carr||01:51:08||Veteran 40||43||Male||195|
|230||1066||Jon Steed||01:51:37||Veteran 50||30||Male||199|
|280||59||Anna Basu||01:54:39||Veteran 45||8||Female||43|
|315||1101||Malcolm Sygrove||01:56:45||Veteran 50||44||Male||261|
|329||285||Mandy Dawson||01:57:23||Veteran 50||6||Female||58|
|359||891||Mark Payne||01:58:37||Veteran 35||42||Male||292|
|429||73||Michael Bennett||02:02:51||Veteran 65||5||Male||342|
|454||121||Jean Bradley||02:04:18||Veteran 60||1||Female||100|
|458||201||Trevor Chaytor||02:04:46||Veteran 55||35||Male||358|
|486||945||Andrew Rayner||02:06:37||Senior Male||55||Male||378|
|490||475||Marita Grimwood||02:06:56||Veteran 45||22||Female||111|
|650||196||Letitia Chapman-Ward||02:16:50||Veteran 35||27||Female||192|
|659||986||Jill Rudkin||02:17:30||Veteran 40||42||Female||199|
|662||307||Angela Dixon||02:17:40||Veteran 45||39||Female||202|
|771||925||Ashley Price-Sabate||02:25:35||Veteran 50||48||Female||282|
|802||1042||Alan Smith||02:28:22||Veteran 70||4||Male||499|
|831||989||Jordi Sabate||02:31:24||Veteran 50||87||Male||511|
|881||355||Stephen Ellis||02:38:51||Veteran 65||21||Male||531|
|922||437||Rebecca Gilmore||02:45:45||Senior Female||54||Female||383|
|923||1230||Fiona Wood||02:45:46||Veteran 40||78||Female||384|
|929||699||Wendy Littlewood||02:48:06||Veteran 40||80||Female||389|
|930||415||Carolyn Galula||02:48:07||Veteran 45||80||Female||390|
|946||370||Christine Farnsworth||02:52:07||Veteran 65||8||Female||401|
|956||327||Victoria Downes||02:55:40||Veteran 40||82||Female||408|
|972||1116||Helen Thomas||03:03:10||Veteran 40||84||Female||421|
|974||789||Karen Metters||03:04:35||Veteran 40||85||Female||422|
Saltwell Fell Race, Stanhope, Tuesday, July 2, 2019
After the London Marathon, I had planned to try and use my new found level of fitness to achieve a sub-40 10k. One failed attempt, a second attempt thwarted by Father’s day, and I decided to shelve this dream for a short while as I was getting too negative about it all.
So when Fiona mentioned the Saltwell fell race on Tuesday morning, it caught my eye. A quick online search told me this was only 5.5 miles and was partially marked – that sold it. A quick check to make sure I wasn’t going to be the only Strider there, and the decision was made – my first fell race! No PB chasing and no clock watching.
With the nice weather, it seemed unlikely we’d need full kit, but I wasn’t taking any chances and quickly treated myself to a whistle, a compass I can’t use and some taped seam trousers on the afternoon. Now I have the kit, I’ll have to do a bad weather race to get my money’s worth!
The race start was located a couple of miles north of Stanhope. Race HQ was the back of someone’s car parked by the side of the road, with parking also scattered along the road. A flag marked the race start. Very low key.
As soon as I parked I realised that, in my effort to pack a full FRA kit, I had forgotten my inhaler…. Whilst I can manage as long slow run without, exercise is the main trigger for my asthma, so without this, it was going to be a slow jog over the fells. I decided to randomly ask total strangers if they had an inhaler but had resigned myself to just enjoying a gentle run out on a summer evening.
Having found Nina, Robin, Nigel and Simon at the start, we were ready to go. Well almost, a request from the race director for an inhaler came up with a result, so 2 quick puffs and we were off!
I had no real idea what to expect so was happy just to settle into pace with those around me at first. After a very short section of path, the race heads uphill, through heather and bracken. There was a small (very small) gap to follow and I just slotted in at a very comfortable pace, not wanting to waste energy at this point traipsing over the foliage. As we got higher, there started to be some slightly sparser areas of foliage (is there an official fell term for this???!), so I started to take the opportunities to move up a few places at a time. Eventually we joined a gravel path again for a short time, reaching the top of the hill. By this point I suspected I might be first female, and if not, then not far off. But was well aware I may have just gone out too fast and had no idea what I was doing or where I was going…
We headed back on ourselves with a long mainly downhill section, but we were back on rough ground. Constantly watching for the best path through, I’d hooked onto the back of a very similarly paced runner and was happy to let him help guide me through. Both taken by surprise with the first bog, not helped by running into the sunshine. He lost one leg into the bog, I lost both above the knees and was pretty concerned about my trainers, but managed to get out with both still on my feet. Off we went.
Second fall was a km or so further on, when a sudden dip in the ground sent me flying forwards with a bit of a thump into the heather. Slightly winded (and with a quick check around to see if anyone had noticed) I got going again and gradually built my pace up again.
Plain sailing until we approached the stream and the ground just seemed to drop away. As I gingerly picked my way down, I was overtaken by Dawn Metcalfe of Durham Fell Runners, who was taking a very much more confident approach to the descent. Then it was into the stream – no we didn’t need to cross it, just go in to the far side, clip our numbers, then back out the same side. Took this crossing a little too fast and fell again, up to my chest in water, but actually quite welcome at this point in the race. Sadly fell right at the feet of the same guy from the bog who by now was probably wondering what I was doing…
There was a bit of a climb back up and then, essentially, it followed the river line. However, I got back in front of Dawn and the river fall man, and started heading up and left further than we needed. Another runner whistled us back down. I had a few random “I don’t know where I’m going” moments (out loud – same man still in earshot, presumably shaking his head around this point), torn between pushing ahead, or holding back and tagging along. Dawn actually took a higher line and in retrospect this worked better, as she got back in front of me.
We dipped back down to the river and then it was a climb and a half back up towards the finish. This was a walk-run in places, and Dawn was still well within reach. She went for a more even pace, and each time I ran, I caught up a little more. Never did quite get there though and had to settle for second place in the end. Still, more than happy with that for my first fell race. And it was just what I needed! I might have to do another one now. And learn how to use that compass. And run down really steep hills without fear for my life.
High Force Fell Race, Sunday, June 23, 2019
I was tempted to run today. Cronkley Fell is an old Strider favourite and a traditional GP fixture. But 14 days after Comrades I knew it’d be unwise. Many times I’ve run a favourite race, felt fine for the first mile, then not so fine for the remaining 90% of the race. Lessons learned.
So Roberta and I wandered up by High Force, flasks and flapjacks packed, bumped into Jan, and settled down beside the Tees. This is a fine course. There were moments when I wished I’d been on the other side of the lens, but a man’s got to know his limitations.
But it illustrates the wonderful fickleness of the GP. The GP is the Elvet Striders all-rounders race. It’s open to all. And if you had been a lady Strider today, and ran, and finished, you’d have scooped 15 GP points.
|1||1||1||Callum Hanson (Pudsey & Bramley)||01:20:29||MO|
|12||12||1||Geoff Davis (NFR)||01:41:44||M60|
|23||23||11||Robin David Parsons||01:48:31||M40|
|38||5||3||Susan Davis (NFR)||02:01:29||W50|
GP Note: Geoff and Susan are not eligible for GP points as they ran as NFR. If I’d run today, as DFR, as I’d planned, I would’ve been ineligible too. To be eligible for GP points you must run as a Strider.
|42||615||Molly Pace (Jesmond Joggers)||w||Women||44.7693|
|9||240||Michael Mason||m||Seniors M40||40.8661|
|16||204||Graeme Watt||m||Seniors M40||42.2655|
|18||247||Michael Littlewood||m||Seniors M40||42.4475|
|59||159||Allan Renwick||m||Seniors M50||46.0298|
|94||1199||Juan Corbacho Anton||m||Men||47.6265|
|155||1130||Conrad White||m||Seniors M60||50.1882|
|157||318||Stephen Soulsby||m||Seniors M50||50.2041|
|164||273||Matthew Carr||m||Seniors M40||50.4936|
|172||1319||John Bisson||m||Seniors M40||50.8191|
|252||250||Peter Hart||m||Seniors M40||53.2151|
|263||249||Ian Butler||m||Seniors M50||53.5762|
|276||1||Jonathan Hamill||m||Seniors M40||54.0397|
|300||792||Dan Mitchell||m||Seniors M40||54.6321|
|328||44||Mark Foster||m||Seniors M40||55.1566|
|424||241||Rachelle Mason||w||Seniors W40||57.3278|
|426||395||Angela Charlton||w||Seniors W40||57.37|
|457||32||Karen Byng||w||Seniors W50||57.8047|
|464||245||Anna Mason||w||Seniors W40||57.8386|
|467||2||Lee Brannan||m||Seniors M40||57.8654|
|473||1065||Sarah Davies||w||Seniors W50||57.9566|
|482||996||Chris Shearsmith||m||Seniors M40||58.054|
|525||24||Alan Scott||m||Seniors M50||59.2334|
|533||261||Marita Le Vaul-Grimwood||w||Seniors W40||59.44|
|556||805||Craig Walker||m||Seniors M50||60.1963|
|592||283||Lee Stephenson||m||Seniors M40||61.3598|
|597||233||Jill Rudkin||w||Seniors W40||61.4806|
|608||619||Jean Bradley||w||Seniors W60||61.8119|
|612||264||Lesley Charman||w||Seniors W40||61.8753|
|673||964||Zoe Dewdney Parsons||w||Seniors W40||63.3837|
|737||611||Sarah Fawcett||w||Seniors W50||64.867|
|745||285||Damian Cook||m||Seniors M40||65.0078|
|747||680||Debra Thompson||w||Seniors W50||65.0343|
|777||23||Aileen Scott||w||Seniors W40||65.9567|
|789||251||Janet Ellis||w||Seniors W50||66.1283|
|822||38||Alan Smith||m||Seniors M70||67.3495|
|826||1149||Andrew Thurston||m||Seniors M60||67.5143|
|859||806||Catherine Walker||w||Seniors W60||68.6892|
|989||1047||Jane Baillie||w||Seniors W40||73.2992|
|1085||504||Carolyn Galula||w||Seniors W40||76.7423|
|1091||47||Jane Dowsett||w||Seniors W50||76.7654|
|1096||438||David Rushton||m||Seniors M40||76.9071|
|1098||39||Lisa Lumsdon||w||Seniors W40||76.9934|
|1127||406||Julie Swinbank||w||Seniors W40||78.6131|
|1137||66||Carole Thompson-Young||w||Seniors W50||79.2282|
|1145||265||Laura Gibson||w||Seniors W40||79.5732|
|1247||346||Rachel Toth||w||Seniors W40||91.6299|
|1272||227||Helen Linton||w||Seniors W50||101.5146|
|1273||228||Diane Soulsby||w||Seniors W50||101.537|
|1274||246||Wendy Littlewood||w||Seniors W40||101.5388|
|1275||270||Sandra Greener||w||Seniors W40||101.5523|
Clive Cookson 10K, Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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.
|Position||Bib||Name||Club||Category||Category Position||Net Time|
|1||501||Gus Withers||Gateshead Harriers & AC||MSEN||1/75||32:11:00|
|45||314||Tracy Millmore||Birtley AC||FV35||1/30||37:55:00|
|3||233||Stephen Jackson||Elvet Striders||MV35||1/44||33:08:00|
|26||272||Michael Littlewood||Elvet Striders||MV40||7/46||36:34:00|
|28||207||Georgie Hebdon||Elvet Striders||MSEN||13/75||36:54:00|
|72||379||Allan Renwick||Elvet Striders||MV50||4/34||39:23:00|
|95||448||Emma Thompson||Elvet Striders||FV35||3/30||40:58:00|
|160||78||Matthew Carr||Elvet Striders||MV40||27/46||43:40:00|
|204||197||Peter Hart||Elvet Striders||MV40||38/46||45:33:00|
|217||487||Corrine Whaling||Elvet Striders||FV35||10/30||46:16:00|
|297||75||Karen Byng||Elvet Striders||FV50||6/19||50:51:00|
|335||347||Joanne Patterson||Elvet Striders||FV35||20/30||53:16:00|
|Pos||bib||Name||Race Time||Pack||Cat||Actual Time|
|1||285||Gina Howorth (Elswick Harriers)||29:55||S||FV35||29:55|
|359||394||Zoe Dewdney||Elvet Striders 41||:12||S||FV35 41:12|
|Pos||bib||Name||Race Time||Pack||Cat||Actual Time|
|1||208||Joseph Woods (Blyth RC)||36:31||S||Msen||36:31|
|491||460||Jordi Sabate Villaret||54:45||S||MV50||54:45|
The GP results have now been updated with the results from Thornley XC5. The next GP event is the final Harrier League event of the year at Alnwick on Sat 2nd March.