Claremont @ Weetslade, 26th June 2024

The popularity of the event this year meant that only 2 of the 120 places were available for Claremont teams. So just 6 lucky Sky Blues got to run up that hill! 3 of the 6 were Weetslade debutants, 2 of whom were new members representing the club for the very first time. Here is …

Weetslade Relays, 26th June 2024

Thanks to everybody who participated at another sun-drenched Weetslade Relays – we hope you all enjoyed it and, as ever, thanks as ever to all the supporters, marshals and officials who made the 13th running of this event a success. Congratulations to Tyne Bridge Harriers, winners on the night. Sunderland Harriers were second with Morpeth …

Anita Nott 5K, 24th June 2024

The Anita Nott 5K is a women’s only race, held in Jesmond Dene. This is Tara Hipwood’s take on this year’s race: ” It took me a while to get round to signing up for the Women’s only Anita Nott Memorial race this year – more due to my lack of organisation than anything else. …

parkrun, 22nd June 2024

Summer appears to have finally arrived (appreciate it while you can), with sunny skies and warm conditions abounding for parkrun this weekend. Our parkrunners mostly stayed in the north east, with a couple of notable exceptions. Aoífe Monaghan’s foray a couple of hours west to the coast, at Maryport Prom in Cumbria, saw her finish …

Newburn River Run, 19th June 2024

Tales from the riverside, by Cate Walker: “This relatively little-known run has a lot going for it: very flat, a newly paved (I am reliably informed) opening and closing section, shade for most of the course, pretty trees and surrounding countryside to distract from the mild discomfort of pushing oneself and… free ice cream! The …

Chopwell Trail 10K & Half, 16th June 2024

Thanks to Chris Jones for this summary of the Chopwell Summer Trail runs: “Chopwell parkrun is a favourite of mine, and the woods have been a happy training ground for Kielder marathon and the Chevy in the past, so I was very pleased to join this Wild Deer event, 1 lap for the 10k and …

Windy Gyle Fell Race, 16th June 2024

Thanks to Izzy Neatrour for this report from England’s wild border country: “Last Sunday me and Sarah Kerr headed up to the far reaches of north Northumberland for the Windy Gyle Fell race. After feeling a bit bored and disillusioned with recent road races, I was looking forward to something different. The FRA (Fell Runner …

Bamburgh Castle 10k, 16th June 2024

Sunday morning greeted us with the bucolic sight of the sun rising majestically over Bamburgh Castle. In front of the impressive landmark, runners milled about on the cricket green, the forecast rain notable by its absence. In a corner of Race HQ, Bill McGuirk could be seen scrutinising the shoes of the elite athletes (strangely …

Penshaw Half Marathon, 16th June 2024

Kimberley Metson was back on the trails this Sunday, after a warm-up parkrun the day before. The route takes in trails around the River Wear, finishing high up at the Penshaw Monument, a total ascent of approximately 1600 ft/460 metres! Kim added to her growing collection, finish 24th out of 175 in 1:58:01, and claiming …

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 …

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