Summer Handicap, 26th July 2021

The sun came out to greet the return of the Claremont handicap to the Town Moor for the first time in 2 years.  This made it a very pleasant evening for the vast team of marshals and officials, but I am sure that I am not the only runner who wished they could turn the …

Endure 24, 2nd-4th July 2021

The Endure 24 is a 24 hour running challenge, designed for teams or solo competitors.  The aim is to complete as many laps of a 5 mile course as you can in 24 hours.  Mark Anderson entered the Leeds event as a solo runner with the aim of completing 100 kilometres. The weather wasn’t kind …

Chevy Chase, 3rd July 2021

There was a good Claremont contingent at this year’s Chevy Chase. Richard Slack was amongst them, and he sends this report: The 64th Chevy Chase Fell Race: Saturday 3 July 2021 This was another long-awaited race, the running of the Chevy Chase having been postponed in 2020. As usual race HQ was Wooler Youth Hostel …

Race to the Castle, 26th-27th June 2021

The Race to the Castle is actually a series of ultra trail races finishing at Bamburgh Castle. Nina Jensen took on the full, non-stop 100K distance (of course) and had to battle the wind, rain and unseasonable cold. She said that, from the viewpoint at Simonside, she could barely see the runner ahead never mind …

Gordon Smith Virtual Relays, May 2021

The Gordon Smith Memorial Relays were a virtual event again this year, with competitors having a week to run a 2 mile course of their own choosing. It was for teams of 3 with each team having to include at least one veteran. Wallsend Harriers also used the event to raise money for St Oswald’s …

Hardmoors Wainstone 13.1 Trail Race, 8th May 2021

Kris Axon has been out doing his stuff on the trails of North Yorkshire again, winning the Hardmoor Trails 13.1 Trail Race. Billed as a half-marathon, it is actually a gruelling 16.5 miles (always knew they couldn’t count in Yorkshire!), with a total climb of 3,630 feet. I would be impressed if I could get …

Derwent Reservoir Duathlon, 25th April 2021

Not content with just running, Michael Teasdale and Julie Cross entered a run-bike-run duathlon at Derwent Reservoir. This is what Michael had to say: “It was great to be doing an actual, non-virtual event (funnily enough the last event I did pre-COVID was another duathlon – Try on the Tyne). The ride at Derwent Reservoir …

Raby Castle 10 Miler, 18th April 2021

Richard and Marie Slack have been out racing again around Raby Castle in County Durham. It is a beautiful venue and sounds like a really nice course, where I am sure the local deer population will have added to the splendour of the views. “Another Sunday in freer times, and the first of many held-over …

Swainby Sweep Fell Race, 11th April 2021

Three hardy Claremonters headed down to North Yorkshire to brave the weather for the Swainby Sweep Fell Race. A big well done to all 3 and congratulations to Kris Axon on winning the race. This report from Richard Slack: “Great pleasure to again write a race report for the club!  And what a delightful trail …

Good Friday Relays, 2nd to 9th April 2021

Once again, the Good Friday Relays was a virtual event with competitors running 2 miles on a course of their own choosing. There were fewer Claremont teams than in other virtual relays, perhaps because virtual race fatigue has set in. Or maybe it was because we had just had our own 2 mile challenge. We …

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