Run Northumberland Races, Ovingham, 15th March 2020

Two Claremont Road Runners were out in the windy Northumberland countryside for this event – Mungai Wairia tackled the half-marathon and Roberto Marzo took on the Big 20 Miler. Mungai won his age category (of course!) in a time of 1:47:35. Meanwhile Roberto Marzo completed the undulating 20 mile course, finishing 7th overall, in the …

Brough Law, Sunday 15 March 2020

Amidst the cancellation or postponement of many sporting events, the Brough Law fell race, as the cross country and UK parkruns the day before, did go ahead.  This is an early season taster and also forms part of the Northumberland Fell Runners championship. This year, Richard Slack, David Lydall and Maria Duenas all took part. …

NEHL Lambton Estate, 14th March 2020

A new venue for the NE Harrier League at Lambton Estate which, thankfully, went ahead following an earlier postponement due to flooding. Another great performance from the Claremont Ladies with a first place finish that puts them top of Division 3 with just one event to go (and a fair chance that that event will …

parkrun, 14th March 2020

A special day at Leazes Park as the man responsible for creating this wonderful parkrun said his farewells before moving to that there London (I’m sure he will be back!). It also coincided with the Claremont Road Runners volunteer takeover day, though we normally provide half of the volunteers anyway! Afterwards, there was a gathering …

parkrun, 7th March 2020

It was international women’s parkrun day and many of Claremont’s international women were participating. So well done Alice Vialard, Julija Stoniute, Nina Jentl, Serpil Bulut, and Violeta Tsenova (apologies if any have been missed). Kris Axon finished first at Sandhurst and Catherine Young was first at Newcastle.  Well run both.  Congratulations also to Alasdair Wilson …

NEHL Alnwick, 29th February 2020

After all the recent cancellations, the cross-country season got back underway at Alnwick, even though Storm Jorge was beginning to flex its muscles. It was clear that wind was going to be a problem as we fought to keep the cars in a straight line as we drove up the A1, but at least we …

parkrun, 29th February 2020

To celebrate the rare occurrence of a fifth (leap) Saturday in February, Gateshead parkrun reversed their usual route and Richard Slack chose to run in a hemisphere where the water goes down the sink in the opposite direction.  Richard also ran at 8 am instead of the traditional English/Welsh parkrun time of 9. In the …

Leas Marathon, South Shields, 23rd February 2020

The Leas Marathon is another of the North East Marathon Club’s multi-lap courses that allow the runner to choose how many laps they run. For this event on the Leas in South Shields, 2 laps would be a half-marathon, 4 for a full one. Three Claremont Road Runners chose to complete 4 laps and so …

parkrun, 22nd February 2020

It was another day when running was more comfortable than volunteering.  The gales in Leazes park caused the tree branches to whip some of the runners into submission.  While on the town moor, which is always exposed to the conditions, those that braved the elements helped celebrate the 500th anniversary. Congratulations to Sarah Beech and …

Geordies Down Under, 20th Feb 2020

Richard Slack is in Sydney running with the Kirribilli Runners, and met a Geordie called Owen who runs for them. Needless to say, Owen knew Mungai! Here is Richard’s update: “Owen ran the GNR for Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and met Mungai who he ran with for part of the race, and usual picture at …

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