Category Archives: Jonathan Hamill

Club Policy on Bib Swapping

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Jonathan Hamill

Bill McGuirk, who many you know as a respected referee and official has published a blog concerning the North Tyneside 10k: This particular event was marred by a reported large number of competitors running using someone else’s bib number, and in the top 30 women’s finishers, 5 were men (not from our club but … Continue reading Club Policy on Bib Swapping

The Duergar Nightcrawler Run

Simonside Hills, Northumberland, Saturday, February 23, 2019

Jonathan Hamill

Intrigued by the picture on the Duergar Run website of a fierce looking character, and the prospect of being chased through the fells by a wild creature or suchlike, I decided to find out more. I discovered that Duergar comes from the old Norse word Dvergar which means Dwarf. There are many old stories which … Continue reading The Duergar Nightcrawler Run

Cuddy’s Corse – The Mince Pie Equaliser

Chester-le-Street to Durham , Friday, December 28, 2018

~8 miles Social Run

Jonathan Hamill

Keen to settle their festive excess debt, a dozen or so Striders met at St Mary and St Cuthbert Parish Church in Chester-le-Street, lured by the promise of a challenging, hilly yet rewarding route – Cuddy’s Corse. I explained at the start how lucky we were not to have to carry the uncorrupted body of … Continue reading Cuddy’s Corse – The Mince Pie Equaliser

Hardmoors Princess Challenge

Ravenscar village hall, Saturday, September 1, 2018

31 miles 3000ft elevation

Jonathan Hamill

The Princess Challenge is simply a marvellous event, which raises much-needed funds for the Scarborough & Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team. It sees a range of distances offered – the Short n Sweet, the One in the Middle and for me, the Ultra. I ran this event in 2017 as part of my training for a longer … Continue reading Hardmoors Princess Challenge

RAF Spadeadam Half Marathon 100 Year Edition

RAF Spadeadam in Cumbria, Sunday, September 16, 2018

Jonathan Hamill

Apparently, the previous organisers had turned to a local race organiser (Trail Outlaws) for some help to ensure the future viability of this race. I decided at an early stage to support it. It was to form part of the RAF Centenary celebrations on 2018 and let’s face it, you don’t get the chance, every … Continue reading RAF Spadeadam Half Marathon 100 Year Edition

Harrier League Wrekenton 2018 Jonathan Hamill

Wrekenton, Saturday, September 29, 2018

Jonathan Hamill

Faugh-a-Ballagh! I offered this battle cry ahead of our first Harrier League fixture – it means clear the way (for the might of the purple and green). The sun shone, cakes on top of tables and club flags blowing in the breeze – sounds idyllic and would tempt many an unsuspecting Strider to enrol for … Continue reading Harrier League Wrekenton 2018 Jonathan Hamill

Bridges of The Tyne 5 mile Road Race 2018

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Jonathan Hamill

Bridges of The Tyne, or BOTT as we fondly refer to it, is a go-to race for many Striders, where the standard of competition is high. Most importantly, Tyne Bridge Harriers put on a consistently excellent event, and are renowned for the enthusiastic, cheerful marshals (thanks all concerned!). I had an extended day in the … Continue reading Bridges of The Tyne 5 mile Road Race 2018

Laufen mit TriAs Hildesheim

Saturday, January 20, 2018


Jonathan Hamill

What else after a rather pleasing outcome at the Georgengarten parkrun? Suitably re-fueled by coffee and cake, I was looking forward to running with the TriAs triathlon club ( in Hildesheim, courtesy of a kind invitation from work colleague, Nils. “Come along, it will be fun, 12km or so at a steady pace”, was what … Continue reading Laufen mit TriAs Hildesheim

Georgengarten parkrun #8, Hannover, Germany

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Jonathan Hamill

Having enjoyed a visit to Georgengarten parkrun during a business trip in December, I found myself in a similar position during January. Arriving at the Herrenhäuser Allee, I met the friendly core team again. I also met a couple of visitors from London in apricot parkrun t-shirts and Nina from Ireland who told me about … Continue reading Georgengarten parkrun #8, Hannover, Germany