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 …

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 …

Pub Cricket Challenge, August 2020

With the Claremont ladies having beaten the men in every team challenge so far, we decided to mix the teams up for this one and have seniors v veterans. As we have more, in UK Athletics terms, more veterans than seniors in the club, it was agreed that, for the purposes of this competition, veterans …

Claremont in Lockdown(ish), July into August

As society continues to take small steps back towards the world as it was before coronavirus, it seems to me that we are living in a strange half-world somewhere between lockdown and normality. This certainly applies to Claremont. Monday evening club runs started again on 20th July, though not as we knew them before. We …

Lads v Lasses Scrabble Challenge, July 2020

The latest challenge was to make running related words from street signs encountered during a run (or walk) and to score them as in Scrabble. Words could be up to 8 letters long with 8 letter words getting double points. To encourage originality, there was a massive 50 point bonus for every unique word found. …

House to House Relay, 18th & 19th July 2020

The Claremont House to House Relay started early on Saturday morning with a long run by Nina from Morpeth to Chris Jones at Ponteland. Being Nina, she did a couplle of extra miles to avoid arriving early! Saturday was a mixed day or the runners weather wise – the early birds caught the rain, the …

Monday and Wednesday Club Sessions

We started Monday night group runs again from Monday 20th July 2020, more formalised Wednesday sessions from Wednesday 19th August, and self-programmed runs on 18th September. To reduce the risk of close contact, Monday runs will start from the Bandstand in Exhibition Park with small groups starting at 5 minute intervals and reverse the usual starting …

Lads v Lasses 39 Minute Challenge

As Claremont Road Runners is 39 years old, the latest Men v Women challenge was to see how far we could run in 39 minutes. There were high levels of participation with 51 club members running a total distance of 230.17 miles. This could have taken us as far south as the M25, as far …

Claremont in Lockdown Weeks 10 to 13

As lockdown eases and the regulations have become less strict, it has been getting easier to run with club colleagues and friend. Many at Claremont have been taking advantage of this to get together in socially distanced groups of up to 6. We still haven’t been able to meet more formally as a club, though …

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