parkrun, 15th June 2024

With the Town Moor cancelled for 3 weeks due to The Hoppings, attendance at other North East events was swelled this week. The largest Claremont contingent was, unsurprisingly, at Leazes Park where 4 of the 10 sky blues claimed course PBs – Eric Adams, Kimberley Metson, Holly Porter and Cate “PB every week” Walker. The seven-strong Whitley Bay group couldn’t match that and, in fact, the only other PBs of the week were achieved by Roberto Marzo at Denton Dene and Catherine Young with her pushchair at Fulwell Quarry.

The Town Moor regulars may have been dispersed around the North East, but we Claremont Road Runners were dispersed all over the country – from Aberdeen to Land’s End! The Smiths were in Aberdeen and it was Lucy Ward who got as far away from them as she could, running at Land’s End. I didn’t know that there was a Land’s End parkrun, though it is definitely a tourist hotspot with over half the field being first timers! Maybe some day, though the course description says “hillier than you think, but flat for Cornwall!” so perhaps there is no rush!

Scotland was popular with Shilpa Iyanna running in Glasgow and Claremont representation at two runs in the Borders. Aoife Monaghan was in Peebles, where Jack Shawcross took 1st place at Wallaceneuk parkrun and Izzy Neatrour was running along the banks of the River Tweed at Hay Lodge, Kelso.

Much further south, Mark Anderson was also running a riverside course, this time the River Taw in Barnstaple, Devon. It must have been to his liking as he beat all opposition to claim 1st place. Manchester, Sheffield and Kent were also visited this week by Aaron Mansell, Alex Harding and Niamk Garratt respectively.

A busy week!

25:43Eddie Smith
32:02Ann Smith
Endcliffe, Sheffield
53:01Alex Harding (Tail walker)
Whitley Bay
20:35Tom Tinsley
23:30Julie Cross
29:38Alex Anslow
29:40Sophie Douglas
29:42Gill Milne
35:41Lena Lou
56:02Peter Henderson
18:34Mark Anderson (1st)
27:29Nina Jentl
Pegwell Bay, Kent
27:13Niamh Garratt
Rising Sun
27:37Allie Wilson Craw
52:47Sophie Richardson (Tail walker)
Stretford, Manchester
23:47Aaron Mansell
Hay Lodge, Peebles
22:35Isabel Neatrour
19:21Eric Adams (PB)
20:09Laurie Johnson
22:07Kimberley Metson (PB)
22:27Jim Crinnion
22:33Holly Porter (PB)
22:48Mungai Wairia
23:33David Lydall
23:36Cate Walker (PB)
25:18Brian Hegarty
25:30Rachel Hurdman
Jesmond Dene
25:32Lucy Keating
27:38Tara Hipwood
Queen’s Park, Glasgow
34:51Shilpa Iyanna
Land’s End
27:19Lucy Ward
Wallaceneuk, Kelso
25:33Aoife Monaghan
Denton Dene
19:02Roberto Marzo (PB)
Fulwell Quarry
29:21Catherine Young (PB)
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