Monday and Wednesday Club Sessions during COVID-19

5th January 2021. As lockdown #3 begins all club sessions remain suspended until further notice. We can still exercise once a day as long as we stay local. Running with your household, support bubble or one person from another household is allowed. We started Monday night group runs again from Monday 20th July 2020, more formalised …

Virtual Christmas Party 2020

The Christmas Party was a bit different this year – no hand-pulled pints, no dodgy buffet and no Christmas hugs! We had to make do with Zoom instead, but I think that everybody who attended enjoyed it. Tom had set a quiz on the Claremont year, Nina had us running around our houses on a …

Norman Woodcock Relays, 21st to 28th November

As with other relays, this year’s Norman Woodcock Relays, organised by Elswick Harriers, was a virtual affair. This time we had a week to run any 2 mile course of our own choosing. There was no stipulation of starting and finishing at the same place, so downhill courses were a possibility! I don’t know how …

11 Point Challenge Result

Well, once again, the Claremont ladies came out on top in the November 11 point challenge. The Lasses scored a resounding 136 to 79 victory to make it 4 wins out of 4. However the result is not without controversy. Men’s Team Captain, Tom Tinsley, does not accept the result and will be launching various …

Lads v Lasses 11th November, 11 Point Challenge

As we are back in lockdown and can’t meet as a club, we thought it was time to have another Lads v Lasses lockdown challenge and give the Claremont men one last chance to redeem themselves in 2020. As the ladies have shown that they can run further, climb higher and spell better, we have …

National Lockdown, November 2020

As another national lockdown starts on Thursday, 5th November, club sessions will be suspended from next week.  England Athletics have yet to change their guidance but with all amateur sport suspended, it seems unlikely that running will get an exemption. However, we are still allowed to run in pairs.  So, if you need a running …

Autumn Handicap, 26th October 2020

Results are here. Thirty runners took part in the Autumn Handicap, which once again was a virtual affair. Most chose a 4 mile route near their home, but a significant number did brave the wind and run the Quayside course this evening. Well done to everybody who took part. It is a shame that this …

Chapelfell Top Fell Race, 10th October 2020

Here is another Fell Race report from Richard Slack. Richard sent this in before the results were in, and I am happy to confirm that Kris Axon was the winner – well done, Kris! Chapelfell Top is one of the many 2000 foot summits in The Eastern Pennines, Weardale with its summit at 703m or …

Ultra North, 3rd October 2020

Fancy a socially distanced Ultra Marathon? Me neither, but I have a strange admiration for those that do! So a very well done to Sarah Bowen and Maria Duenas, who have just completed the 55km Ultra North run. It was Maria’s first ever Ultra and she sends this report: “Last Saturday, I attempted my first …

Lockdown Bingo No. 2, August/September 2020

Although we were in the “new normal” rather than strict lockdown, this was a bingo card that tried to reflect all the challenges that had kept us busy during lockdown. Then, part way through, we entered a local lockdown! Although the club sessions could continue using the Covid-secure guidelines as approved by England Athletics, we …

Running the Metro

The lockdown has had us all thinking of new ways to run, new routes and generally wondering how to keep interested and motivated. Chris Jones found an innovative solution – run the Metro lines! Here is his how he did it: “Metro was 40 years old in August, and always looking for new places to run …

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