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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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