The 2020 Weetslade Relay is officially cancelled. This means you are all welcome to come back to Wideopen and race in the eleventh Weetslade Relay in June 2021. Hopefully that will be when the world is free and Covid 19 is no more.
The Good News is that Claremont Road Runners are organising a Virtual Weetslade Relay in the same format as the real Weetslade Relay.
There will be no hill, unless you insist on one and find your own, but there will be teams of three consisting of a lady, a veteran and one other. As long as you conform to government guidelines, you can run your leg of the relay where you want and with whom you want. Times have to be posted between Saturday 20th June and Wednesday 24th June.
All details are being sent to secretaries and representatives of clubs who are regular supporters of the Weetslade Relay, so contact your club for information.
Note that as the 2020 Weetslade Relay is a Virtual Race, the result will not count in official records and the Eleventh Relay will not take place until 2021. It is still a race for real glory though.
The tenth anniversary Weetslade Relays took place on Wednesday, 19th June at 7:30pm. We hope you all enjoyed a good evening’s racing.
|1st||Morpeth Harriers ‘A’||Richard Johnson|
|2nd||Tyne Bridge Harriers ‘A’||Ryan Holt|
|Senior Male||Sam Hancox||Morpeth Harriers||13:34|
|Senior Female||Hannah Wood||Low Fell Running Club||16:10|
|Veteran Male||Mark Anderson||Sunderland Strollers||13:58|
|Veteran Female||Jane Hodgson||Morpeth Harriers||15:27|
The Weetslade Relays
Every June, Claremont Road Runners organise the Weetslade Relay. It is based in Lockey Park, Wideopen, just north of Newcastle, and the Weetslade Country Park. All entrants and supporters can expect to enjoy a good night’s racing.
The Weetslade Relay was the first relay event in the country where each club is required to select teams of three which must include at least one veteran and at least one lady.
It is a closed race and was limited in 2019 to 110 teams from UKA affiliated clubs and to a maximum of six teams from each club. Individuals can be selected for teams on the day. Minimum age 18. The entry fee is £15 a team.
In 2019, the Weetslade Relay had an official charity, the West End Food Bank. £2 from every club entry was donated to help the charity, plus your generous donations of food supplies – thank you!
See the map below to help you find Lockey Park (post code NE13 6LH):
Please note that car parking is no longer allowed on the Lockey Park field that we have used for the last nine years. This will mean that car parking on neighbouring public roads will be at a premium so please aim to get to Wideopen early and try to car share wherever possible.
The race consists of 3 legs each of 2.65 miles on a traffic free, multi terrain course. Each team of three must include a veteran and a lady. The vet and the lady can be the same person.
The scenic, multi-terrain course receives favourable comments from runners . Each team member runs one leg which covers a distance of 2.65 miles. It includes a hill at halfway with a thirty metre climb. There are spectacular views over Tyneside for those who still notice such things after running up a hill.
We are pleased to have used the same course as in 2018. Feedback so far has been positive about the new route – from runners and marshals alike. The route has to cross a service road – thanks to Hatton Traffic Management who will be kindly offering their services and will make sure that all users of the bridleway and the road are kept safe.
The race is supported by Wideopen Football Club, who provide refreshments and use of their clubhouse for changing and administration; by Northumberland Wildlife Trust, who allow the use of Weetslade Country Park; and by North Tyneside Council Events Team.
In 2019 there were prizes for the members of the first and second teams and for the fastest male and female runners and veterans. In addition there were loads of spot prizes of team goody bags.
A map of the course is shown below.
1. Morpeth Harriers
Jordan Scott, Jane Hodgson, Lewis Timmins 41:46
2. Tyne Bridge Harriers
Megan Parkin, Paul Turnbull, James Dunce 45:21
Fastest Male Veteran 15:47 Brendan McMillan (Jarrow & Hebburn)
Fastest Woman 15:47 Dani Smyth (Heaton)
Fastest Female Veteran 15:05Jane Hodgson (Morpeth)
1. Morpeth Harriers Tom Straughan, Emma Holt, Ian Harding 40:48
2. Gosforth Harriers Lewis Timmins, Helen Warburton, Darren McBain 42:37
Fastest Woman Helen Warburton (Gosforth) Veteran Jane Mooney (Morpeth)
1. Morpeth Harriers Tom Straughan, Emma Holt, Chris Smith 39:53
2. Tyne Bridge Harriers Marc Fenwick, Alison Dargie, James Dunce 40:37
Fastest Man Sam Hancox (Morpeth) and Abraham Tewelde (Saltwell) Veteran Chris Smith (Morpeth)
Fastest Woman Emma Holt (Morpeth) Veteran Alison Dargie (Tyne Bridge)
1. Elswick Harriers Adam Hands, Justina Heslop, Paul Turner 41:09
2. Morpeth Harriers Sam Hancox, Vicki Gibbs, Chris Smith 41:35
Fastest Man Andy Burn (Jarrow and Hebburn) Veteran Paul Turner (Jarrow and Hebburn)
Fastest Woman Emma Holt (Morpeth Harriers) Veteran Justina Heslop (Elswick Harriers)
1. Morpeth Harriers Phil Walker, Emma Holt, Tom Straughan 40:45
2. Jarrow and Hebburn Brendan McMillan, Elaine Leslie, Andy Burn 40:58
Fastest Man Andy Burn (Jarrow and Hebburn) Veteran Steve McMannon (Sunderland Strollers)
Fastest Woman Emma Holt (Morpeth Harriers) Veteran Alison Dargie (Tyne Bridge Harriers)
1. Jarrow and Hebburn. Brendan McMillan, Elaine Leslie, Andy Burn
2. Elswick Harriers. Lee Acer, Alison Dargie, Lee Bennett.
Fastest Man Mark Fenwick ( Tyne Bridge) Veteran Lee Bennett ( Elswick)
Fastest Woman and Veteran Alison Dargie ( Elswick )
1. Elswick Harriers Lee Bennett, Alison Dargie, Mark MacLeod
2. Tyne Bridge Harriers Keith Smith, Caroline Freeman, Tony Carter
Fastest Man Andrew Graham ( Gosforth ) Veteran Keith Smith ( Tyne Bridge)
Fastest Woman Laura Jardine ( Heaton ) Veteran Alison Dargie ( Elswick )
1. Elswick Harriers Paul Turner, Alison Dargie, Lee Bennett
2. Gosforth Harriers Helen Waddell, Kevin Thomas, Andrew Graham
Fastest Man Andrew Graham (Gosforth ) Veteran Les Smith ( Heaton )
Fastest Woman and Veteran Alison Dargle ( Elswick)
1. Claremont Road Runners Keith Smith, Mandy Herworth, Chris Gillis
2. Heaton Harriers Sarah Lemon, Mal Gibson, Craig Smith
Fastest Man Andrew Henderson ( Composite team ) Veteran Keith Smith ( Claremont)
Fastest woman Ellen Tullo ( Heaton ) Veteran Mandy Herworth ( Claremont)