Village Bakery Half-Marathon, Wrexham, 18th February 2024

Hot on the heels of running the Barcelona half last weekend, Aoife Monaghan and Jack Shawcross were on their travels to run another half-marathon this weekend. This time they didn’t go as far, just to Wrexham for the Village Bakery Half-Marathon. Despite being in North Wales, this race is part of the Run Cheshire series …

Wild Deer Training Session, 18th February 2024

Not a race review as such but Nina Jensen, Lynne Cornell and Anne Smith did a Wild Deer training session this weekend that is probably of interest to a lot of club members. Here’s Nina’s brief review: Three Claremonters joined a large group of runners in Chopwell Woods on a beautiful morning to do the …

NECAA Signal/Road Relays, 17th February 2024

Two Claremont teams turned up to Hetton Lyons Country Park this afternoon to compete in the NECAA Road Relays (also know as the Signal Relays), for the first time since 2017. The park is the former site of Hetton Colliery, connected by railway to Sunderland by George Stephenson in the 1800’s. The race is a …

parkrun, 17th February 2024

Despite a few of us resting before the NECAA Relays at Hetton Lyons, Claremont was well represented at the main local parkruns with 22 runners from Leazes east to Rising Sun. The biggest contingent were at Leazes Park, where there were some very good performances too. Anneliza Andreadi bagged a PB, Dave Roberts missed his …

Food Bank Run, 12th February 2024

The Food Bank Run is a national initiative with the aim of involving running clubs around the country in supporting their local food banks. The idea is that the club organises a run which passes the food bank, with each runner making a donation. As the food banks are closed at the time of our …

Barcelona Half-Marathon, 11th February 2024

Aoife Monaghan and Jack Shawcross went in search of some winter sunshine and found it by running in the Barcelona Half-Marathon! Aoife had been unwell in the lead-up, so did exceptionally well to still come under 2 hours. In her words “A mixture of happy and disappointed as I expected a much better time than …

Duergar Night Crawler, 10th February 2024

Less than a week after completing the Hardmoors Saltburn Trail Marathon, Simon Lowe was back racing on the trails. This time he was running for 10 miles around the Simonside Hills in the dark! I did say that he liked a challenge! The race publicity for this event explains where the name comes from thus: …

parkrun, 10th February 2024

Friday’s decision to cancel the cross-country at Thornley Hall Farm meant that Saturday morning plans were changed and, for many, that meant doing a parkrun. Though the North East did not have the blue skies seen in other parts of the country, it had at least stopped raining. Though that didn’t mean there were no …

NS Poly Grand Prix 6, 6th February 2024

Thankfully the recent strong winds dropped to no more than a fairly stiff breeze, though the temperature also dropped as the runners assembled at Whitley Bay for this monthly, handicapped race at the coast. There were some excellent individual performances from the Claremont contingent. Anneliza Andreadi had a superb run to finish in 5th position; …

Hardmoors Saltburn Trail Marathon, 4th February 2024

Simon Lowe likes a challenge and the Hardmoors series of races certainly provide that! This time, he was merely running a marathon (though his Strava shows 28.69 miles!), but a very tough one with over 4,000 feet of climbing. Simon finished in 4:16:17, which comfortably gave him 3rd place on the podium, being over 7 …

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