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Cathedral Relays, Sunday, January 13, 2013

3 x 3km

Fiona Shenton

Elvet Striders fielded two teams for the 29th Durham Cathedral Relays hosted by Durham City AC. The women were represented by Rachel Terry, Katherine Preston and Fiona Shento, the men by Adam Walker, James Garland and Jerry Lloyd. With each leg being just under 3k the pace was fast and furious, but both teams finished well up in the middle of their fields. Very respectable seeing as all the women were vets, and two of the men. Special mention to Rachel Terry (10:51) and Adam Walker (9:10) who lead their teams out in style.

We all agreed the event was great fun, at the sharp end there are some truly speedy men and women. The senior men’s race was particularly spectacular with the first three home within 10secs of each other, Durham City’s anchor man sandwiched between two Morpeth lads. Anyway NEXT YEAR we should get some more teams out ourselves, I can’t promise we’ll get such excellent weather conditions as last Sunday but it’ll be their 30th anniversary. As you’ll see from the times there’s a wide spread so DON’T BE AFRAID!

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VAA NEE Cross Country Championships, North Shields, Saturday, March 19, 2011

6K / 9K

Fiona Shenton

Cross country but not as we know it – beautiful sunny day, no mud and no hills! Women and men over 65 went first. Striders represented by yours truly and Nina. Nina was well up in the race despite having done Dent last weekend. Unfortunately she doesn’t appear in the results so I hope she will be able to supply a time? I was happy with 25:17 (although not quite so happy when those with Garmins pointed out that the course was well short of the advertised 6K!) Still good enough to be 2nd 50yr old gadgie.

In the mens 35-64 age group race (approx. 9K) we had Mike (37:04), Shaun (38:40) and Conrad (39:02). Mike took the silver in his V55 category. By my reckoning they should also have had a V50-54 team prize?? To be fair to the poor organisers their day started off badly when the school caretaker failed to turn up at the agreed time to open up Monkseaton High School as the race headquarters. Not all bad though as the Foxhunters pub right next to the course agreed to allow in the thirsty finishers to get results and medals.

Shaun adds …

I’m not at all sure we need to be fair to the organisers. How on earth they come up with this course as suitable for ‘cross-country’ is beyond me. Close to pancake-flat without any notable ‘features’ whatsoever. Running past peoples’ front lawns on a Saturday afternoon while they wash their cars and their sprogs kick footballs about. The only connection with the ‘country’ was that there was grass! How about something involving a hill? A moor? A riverbank? Would that be getting a bit close to a fell race? Possibly. But this course was just pitiful.

And our club appears throughout the results as “Elvert Stridders“. Nuff said.

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North Eastern X/C Championships, Wrekenton, Saturday, December 13, 2008

Fiona Shenton

Cross country doesn’t get any better, heavy mud over much of the course and sleety rain. Poor Mike Bennett was the only lonesome Strider in the senior men’s race. I’m proud to say the women had a team out as every self respecting NE club certainly should (Ouch – feeling there may be e-mails after that little jibe!). Anyway Jan Young and Jean Gillespie (running as S Barlow) were the other stalwarts. Jean especially was a star seeing as this was her first ever cross country race and she still came out smiling – or was that just because she’d finished? Jan and I both struggled a bit because it turned out we’d both given blood donations on the same day a few days before – very bad team planning.

Still 100 times better than being at The Metro Centre on a Saturday afternoon:-)



Pos Name Club Cat Pos Time
1 HOOD, M Sunderland H & AC 39:26
95 BENNETT, Mike 53:44

183 finishers.


Pos Name Club Cat Pos Time
1 FERRIER, M Gateshead H & AC 31:32
31 SHENTON, Fiona 38:11
56 GILLESPIE, Jean 46:39
60 YOUNG, Jan 48:58

62 finishers. Elvet Striders: 9th Women’s Team of 10.

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Swaledale Marathon, Reeth, Saturday, June 14, 2008

Fiona Shenton

In a fit of delight after finally being the first woman home on my fifth attempt, I promised I’d write the race report for this one. My excuse for the delay is that I’ve been waiting for the full results to come out but nothing so far. Anyway there was a great Striders turnout as usual, runners, walkers and supporters. The race is a tough one 23.1 miles and 4128ft of ascent – so not for the faint hearted. Its popularity is well deserved, in addition to the spectacular (though not, in my opinion, necessarily beautiful) scenery it is always really well organised, everyone friendly and with lovely Reeth to explore and relax in afterwards – good pubs and cake shops.

But onto the serious business of the race itself. Conditions were perfect, mostly dry underfoot as we’ve had so little rain, reasonably bright but with enough cloud cover not to get sunburned and a cooling breeze. The route is relentlessly up and down. Some stretches on the tops are rather stony and barren, but as the scenery is constantly changing and anyway you have to watch your footing most of the time it’s never boring. You must pass through eight checkpoints, so NO CHEATING.

I didn’t have much of a plan other than to make as much time as possible going up the hills and on the flatter stretches because I’m quite a woose on steep downhills. Also I was a bit worried about getting lost, I really ought to know the route by now but there are still one or two places that catch me out. Actually I did go a little out of my way coming off Great Punchard Head but luckily I think everyone else including the other lead women followed – hurrah! Anyway plan, such as it was, worked (despite the size of my bum-bag please note Shaun and Alan, and if it HAD started to rain I wouldn’t have let either of you share my huge cagoule!) Oh other important factor was eating a steady supply of sports gels, very dull but they do work.

I haven’t had a chance to hear how everyone else faired, must have been pretty good because Striders women were 2nd in the team event against some impressive opposition. I’ll send results as soon as they’re out and maybe others can add their marathon tales, there were definitely a few first timers – what did you think?


Pos Name Club Cat Pos Time
1 Stewart Gregory Holme Pierrepont Running Club M 03:08
19 Fiona Shenton F40 1 03:50
58 Shaun Roberts M50 04:20
75 Mandy Dawson F40 04:25
103 Andrew Thompson M 04:37
152 Wendy Rowell F40 05:00
171 Louise Billcliffe F40 05:07
176 Philip Owen M 05:11
178 Jan Young F40 05:11
192 Jane Nathan F40 05:17
197 Calum Young M 05:18
238 Margaret Thompson F40 05:38
247 Christine Farnsworth F40 05:40
248 Barrie John Evans M50 05:40
259 Amanda Hunter F40 05:46
276 Mary Gibson F40 05:56
377 Debra Goddard F 07:05

467 finishers.

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