Monday & Wednesday Club Runs

Now that the national lockdown restrictions are gradually easing, we have restarted club sessions in groups of up to 6. As Sports Central is still closed, we are using the bandstand in Exhibition Park as our meeting point and base, though some interval sessions will start at different locations. We are trialling Spond as the …

Raby Castle 10 Miler, 18th April 2021

Richard and Marie Slack have been out racing again around Raby Castle in County Durham. It is a beautiful venue and sounds like a really nice course, where I am sure the local deer population will have added to the splendour of the views. “Another Sunday in freer times, and the first of many held-over …

Swainby Sweep Fell Race, 11th April 2021

Three hardy Claremonters headed down to North Yorkshire to brave the weather for the Swainby Sweep Fell Race. A big well done to all 3 and congratulations to Kris Axon on winning the race. This report from Richard Slack: “Great pleasure to again write a race report for the club!  And what a delightful trail …

Good Friday Relays, 2nd to 9th April 2021

Once again, the Good Friday Relays was a virtual event with competitors running 2 miles on a course of their own choosing. There were fewer Claremont teams than in other virtual relays, perhaps because virtual race fatigue has set in. Or maybe it was because we had just had our own 2 mile challenge. We …

Blind Date, Claremont Style, March 2021

For our latest, and perhaps final, lockdown amusement, we had a bit of fun with blind dates! Our Cilla (aka Nina) and our Graham (aka Tom) drew random pairs of runners to on a “blind date”. The idea was that each person would run 2 miles as quickly, turning the blind date into a speed …

Claremont in Lockdown 2021

Now that we are gradually coming out of lockdown and can start running again in groups of 6 for the first time since before Christmas, I thought it time to look back at what we had done to keep ourselves fit and amused. We started the year by running from Land’s End to John O’Groats …

Snakes & Ladders, February/March 2021

How long does it take to play a game of Snakes and Ladders? In Claremont Road Runners case, 24 days! Our latest lockdown challenge saw the Lads take on the Lasses in a game of virtual Snakes and Ladders. The idea was that the roll of the dice was based on the average mileage run …

Winter Handicap, 25th January 2021

Four miles is a long way to run with nobody to chase! So well done to the 31 runners who braved the ice and the cold and ran in our 4th virtual handicap. Don’t worry, back to the summer course next, so it will be shorter! Times were affected by the weather as, depending upon …

Lads v Lasses LEJOG Challenge, January 2021

The latest Claremont lockdown challenge saw the Lads pitted against the Lasses to see who could get from Land’s End to John O’Groats the fastest. It was an extremely close thing throughout the 9 days that it took to complete the route. The Lads took a narrow lead on day 1, extended it on day …

England Athletics Virtual Relay, January 2021

England Athletics joined the virtual relay community with their own inter-club competition. Individuals had to run their own 5 mile course and provide evidence from a GPS device such as Strava. There was then one team per club with the fastest 4 men and the fastest 4 women counting. They chose a tricky time of …

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