parkrun, 14th October 2023

This Saturday temperatures plummeted in the North East, following the (slightly wet) Indian summer of recent weeks.

One person escaping the chilly environs was Elizabeth O’Mahony. Further saturating the Antipodes with Claremont presence, Elizabeth was visiting the south east coast of Australia, and was able to rally herself into doing Huskisson parkrun, despite having had to spend a week isolating after catching Covid on the flight over. Hopefully she won’t be tempted to join the ranks of Claremont-Australian emigrants, and be back with us soon! Staying in Europe, I was also revelling in some unseasonable warmth just outside of Warsaw.

Lucy Keating ventured out of the north east too, though a relative stones throw, to Phillips Park in Greater Manchester. She also finished impressively as 2nd lady, making up a full Claremont podium with Heather Steel and Nikki Szlovák, respectively 1st and 3rd at Gateshead and Riverside.

Holly Porter has been improving in leaps and bounds recently. Having only run under 25 minutes for the first time a couple of months ago (albeit by a great margin), she is already knocking on the door of sub-24, recording a fantastic PB, all the more impressive for being on the muddy trails of Ashington Community Woodland.

Speaking of which, Rachel Hurdman was ecstatic to finally break the 25 minute barrier herself at Town Moor, and substantially so, with Niamh Garratt also improving on her previous outing there.

Ashington Community Woodland
24:07Holly Porter (PB)
22:32Heather Steel (1st Female)
Herrington Country
23:43Aaron Mansell
Huskisson, New South Wales
34:08Elizabeth O’Mahony
Phillips Park
25:02Lucy Keating (2nd Female)
Rising Sun
26:14Allie Wilson Craw
21:06Nikki Szlovák (3rd Female)
South Shields
28:49Cate Walker
Tyne Green
22:00Chris Jones
Zalew Zyradowski, Poland
19:29Laurie Johnson (1st)
Jesmond Dene
28:24Luke Woodend
32:30Ken McCormick
Town Moor
24:43Rachel Hurdman (PB)
30:40Niamh Garratt (PB)
Whitley Bay
18:20Mark Anderson
20:51Tom Tinsley
30:56Gill Milne
30:56Kimberley Metson
22:37Mungai Wairia
24:04David Lydall
26:59Alex Harding
27:03Alan Dunning
27:36Sam Dunn
48:06Clare McKitterick (parkwalker)
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