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Angel View Run, Thursday, July 10, 2014

Mandy Dawson

This is a nice low key local event organised by Low Fell Running Club over varied terrain with hilly off road sections up behind the Angel View Hotel then under the A167 to the Angel of the North and back again. It was nice to see they had some junior races with U11, U13 and U15 all getting medals.

Midsummer madness is in the air ...

I must admit the race was longer and harder than I thought and it turned out to be nearer 6 miles after a change in route from last year. As it started at 7.15 I stopped en route at M&S for a coffee and scone (not recommended pre race food but tasty!!!). I met Alister in the car park and for once Striders were low in numbers with only myself, Alister Robson, Gareth Pritchard and Kathleen Bellamy running together.

Alister went flying off and I never really caught site of him, he had a strong run coming in 35th. Due to the low numbers I ended up being 4th Lady and winning the over 45 category (yes I know it is hard to believe). [It certainly is, Mandy. Ed.]

I’m not sure if it was a one off but there was a lovely buffet on afterwards in the Hotel, a feature which often attracts Striders (not mentioning any names) and also a birthday cake for an 82 year old runner competing from Low Fell Harriers … wow, hope I am still going then. Overall a very friendly event and well organised.

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Blaydon Race, Monday, June 9, 2008

5.9 miles

Mandy Dawson

It was a hot steamy evening…….. hmm….that’s another story ……now back to the Blaydon. A great turn out from Striders with a come back run from John Hutchinson and Graham Daglish getting back into the swing of things, also nice to see some new members running as well as the regulars. The usual melee (how do you spell this??) at the start with us women sneaking into a variety of pubs to use their facilities then the obligatory singing of “The Blaydon Races”. Steph had an interesting start – she arrived in Newcastle having forgotten her trainers and had to dash to JJB sports to buy a new pair to run in, they seemed to serve her well……what make are they Steph as you flew round?? Mark (from the Weardale Way run) said hello, just a sprint for him after that epic event. Shaun did his usual manoeuvrings to get near the front….quite fun watching him dodge the police and barriers ….perhaps he wanted to be on the telly!!!

Then we were off at a blistering pace (literally in my case) and just a nice breeze along the Scotswood road to help cool us down and the usual band half way along to cheer us on. Most people were suitably dressed in vest tops apart from two mad runners in Sumo suits!!! (and no that wasn’t me carrying a few extra pounds!!)

A new contraflow meant you could cheer on more striders followed by a new scenic route round the industrial estate before the long run in from 5 miles to the end …..that hill seemed bigger this year. Lots of crowds at the end to force you into a sprint finish round the car park.

Where was the tripe, pickled onions and black pudding…the only reason I ran….what a disappointment to have to make do with a squashed ham and pease pudding butty and “bottle o’ broon”.

Well done to Tom continuing his good form as first Striders home. I haven’t seen the results yet but Louise said she may have spotted Sandra as first female…….were you there running as someone else???

A good night was had by all – keep an eye out for Striders modelling the latest Red Blaydon shirt shown off on Wednesday nights no doubt.


Pos Name Club Cat Pos Time
1 Ayele Mergessa Ethiopia M20 28:34
23 Roman Gessese Ethiopia L19 31:59
239 Thomas Reeves V40 39:14
278 Shaun Roberts V50 39:47
414 Graham Daglish V50 41:46
658 Mandy Dawson L40 44:08
1002 Andrew Thompson M 47:07
1116 John Hutchinson V50 48:01
1218 Alan Smith V60 48:50
1247 Dave Robson V55 48:58
1294 Stephanie Barlow L35 49:17
1308 L Billcliffe L45 49:21
1511 Jenifer Crilley L40 50:39
1757 Michael Kitson V50 52:50
1799 Andy James V60 53:04
2039 Philip Todd M 54:56
2123 Greta Jones L40 55:34
2124 Mike Elliott V60 55:34
2644 Marg Thompson L55 59:35
2954 Emma Thompson L 1:02:45

3435 finishers.

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