Cross Country Training

With the cross country season approaching, Saturday morning training sessions with Keith will be starting again this Saturday, the 27th September. Meet at 9.30am on the playing fields opposite the Co-op car park at Wrekenton. The session will last approximately 45 minutes and is a great opportunity to try cross country running before the fixtures start.

Simonside Fell Race Result

Simonside2Well done to the Saltwell Harriers who took part in the Simonside Fell Race on the 20th September, especially Chairman Fred Smith who came 4th overall and 1st Vet.


Gemma Bradley was 5th Lady and ran very well.

Full Results
793: John Butters 00:51:48
780: Scott Gibson 00:52:15
803: Rob Salter 00:52:20
788: Fred Smith 00:54:23
782: Rob Hancox 00:54:27
783: Sam Hancox 00:54:49
784: Mark Banks 00:55:32
824: Paul Leigh 00:55:37
838: Lawrence Johnson 00:55:58
812: Garry Owens 00:56:06
830: Jules Harrison 00:56:10
840: Karen Robertson 00:56:14
771: Richard Garland 00:56:26
814: Paul Appleby 00:56:32
828: Damian Kimmins 00:56:51
820: Aly Ram 00:57:04
807: Nick Pearson 00:57:15
794: Matt Poxon 00:58:01
832: Robert Carter 00:58:04
835: Andrew Phizacklea 00:58:13
781: Andy Squires 00:58:39
837: Matt Fletcher 00:58:44
821: Paul Kelly 00:58:49
815: Ali Gover 00:59:04
816: Miriam Bennet 00:59:04
770: Brian Robson 00.59.39
819: Mike Roberts 01:01:23
790: Gemma Bradley 01:01:26
810: Peter Mucklarky 01:01:57
792: Becky Coleman 01:02:08
774: Alex Watson 01:02:40
785: Gary Watson 01:02:49
786: Phil Halse 01:03:14
823: Micky Aiston 01:03:36
817: Martin hughes 01:03:51
841: Mike Telfer 01:04:53
789: Phil James 01:04:53
804: Andrew Dick 01.04.56
787: Jim lillic 01:05:33
836: David Walton 01:05:50
798: Ian Gascolgne 01:06:08
843: Nigel Heppell 01:06:41
778: Francis Morgan 01:07:47
791: Jack Mcwilliams 01:08:06
801: Susan Davies 01:08:28
829: Becky Coleman 01:08:41
796: Charlotte Spencer 01:08:44
811: Peter Reid 01:09:02
795: Jamie Harding 01:09:11
773: Ali Butler 01.10.32
822: Mark Small 01:09:27
799: Geoff Davies 01:10:34
800: Sally 01:10:34
802: Lisa Boyd 01:11:15
797: Michelle Nesbitt-Burrell 01:11:39
839: Tara Johnson 01:11:54
826: Mark Winham 01:12:07
825: Carl Winham 01:14:07
805: Danny Routledge 01:14:37
833: Kim Bronze 01:15:01
818: Tim Colebeck 01:15:06
813: Laura Addyman 01.15.10
842: Harry Porteous 01:15:08
808: Nick Burden 01:15:40
777: Stephen Humphrey 01:15:50
779: Raymond Gray 01:17:36
809: George Adamson 01:20:53
827: Mike Groombridge 01:22:17
772: Shaw 01:22:26
806 :Chris Smith 01:22:28
831: David Anderson 01:23:10
776: Jane Mason 01:24:15
775: Stephen Waddington 01:24:26
834: Hillary Oshea 01:36:48


Ronnie Walker Saltwell 10K Road Race 2014

Saltwell ParkEntry is now open for the Ronnie Walker Saltwell 10K Road Race 2014.


Race date is Saturday 20/12/14 starting at 11.30am.


Online entries are now open at Run Britain


First run in 1911 the Saltwell 10K is Englands oldest surviving road race. The course is undulating through parkland and closed roads. The last 4 years the race has been full with entries closing ahead of the closing date.


Entrants will not receive any correspondence such as race number in the post. All entrants must collect their race number from race registration on the day of the race. Race registration will be in Saltwell Park, Gateshead.


Please note new start time of 11.30am. There will be no Junior races this year.

Donate and Run. This year the race is supporting the charity ‘National Association for Crohn’s & Colitis – NACC. Please consider making a donation when you collect your race number at registration.


Please email any entry queries to Phil James.

Jelly Tea 10 mile race

gemWell done to everyone who took part in last weekends Jelly Tea 10k race, especially Gemma who produced a fantastic performance to finish 3rd lady. You can watch a video of here receiving her medal here

Chip time Participant Category
01:08:55 Gemma Bradley Sen Female
01:13:52 Darren Smiley Sen Male
01:14:25 Philip Young (M) V45
01:21:25 Dave Candlish (M) V40
01:21:41 Jamie Ferguson (M) V40
01:23:25 Jacqui Candlish (F) V45
01:33:46 Samantha Bruce (F) V40
01:49:01 Anna Allan (F) V40
01:49:04 Helen Mullarkey (F) V50
01:52:10 Leigh Ferguson VF 35

Borrowdale Fell Race Report

14810819765_7e82c89e2d_zThis is the first time I have ran this race, having been on holiday the past few years when it has been on and have been looking forward to it. It is considered one of the toughest races in the fell race calendar at 17 miles and 6500 feet of ascent – the record being held by local legend Billy Bland in an unbelievable 2hrs 34mins 38sec.



I drove over with Phil, Jim and Phils mate John and we met Keith & Richie over there as they had stayed the previous night and were also doing the race.


Whilst waiting around at the start line we got chatting to Billy who was strolling around chatting to all the runners. This is one ove the great things I love about fell running – you would never be standing around at the start of the Great North Run chatting to Mo Farah!


14625306687_5c262300a7_zThe race was a big unkown for me and I wasn’t sure how I was going to get on. I’ve ran a few long fell races such as the Chevy Chase and the 3 peaks, but both these races contain long stretches of very runnable terrain and I knew that wasn’t going to be the case with this one.




The race set off in light rain, the first mile is on road/track and the pace was fast before starting the first big climb to Bessyboot. I started very conservatly and felt comfortable at this point even though I was already quite far down the field – I figured I’d be able to catch many of them further into the race. As I reached the top of Bessyboot the conditions had deteriorated, the rain becoming heavier, the wind becoming stronger and visibility down to about 20ft.


14625677269_9a6a977c8f_zConditions underfoot were very wet too and very rocky with no path to speak of for a lot of the way. By now the field had thinned out and I could see only a few runners in front of me and I concentrated on trying to keep them in sight. Now the wind was lashing the rain horizontally into the side of my face making it even harder to see, so I decided to put my jacket on whilst I still had some feeling left in my hands. The route skirts around the edge of Rosthwaite Fell, Glaramara and  Allen Crags before reaching the next checkpoint at Esk Hause.


This marks the ascent to Scafell Pike, skirting the edges of Great End and Broad Crag which is the most un-runnable terrain you could encounter (basically its a boulder field). The weather was showing no signs of relenting and the gradient was also increasing up to the summit of Scafell Pike. I now had a decision to make – some people were descending back the way I had came, whereas others took a line off to the left to go down the scree instead. I opted for the former route, although in retrospect this probably cost me a fair amount of time.


Up to this point I had pretty much held my position in the field, but many people passed me on the descent again highligthing my weakness in this area and I also passed Phil on the way down coming up who helped me feel better by asking why I was so far down the field.



The descent follows the corridoor route down to Styhead, and around halfway down the conditions improved – it stopped raining and I could actually see Great Gable towering in front of me – the next target. This is another massive climb, but funnily enough it isn’t the ascents that I find hard about fell racing – I actually quite enjoy them, its the descents that I find hard – escpecially over technical ground.


I think this is partly due to not having enough confidence, and my ankle still not being 100% since I injured it a few months ago. I really believe that being able to desend well is the key to being a good fell runner as you can make up (or lose) a lot of time in this area – much more than you can on the ascents.


Ultimately I need to practice more in this area.


14790235066_3b5e583a2f_zThe top of Great Gable is typical of many peaks in the lake district, especially in this area: very rocky with no visible paths and difficult to navigate in mist. It also highlights another vital skill in fell running – taking the right line. I failed to do this and as a result had to navigate more rocky and craggy terrain that I would have had to do had I taken a wider line to the right from the summit and losing more time. Keith had also told me about a grassier trod next to the rocky path of the corridoor route but I was unable to find this too.


From Great Gable the route skirts round the summits of Green Gable, Base Brown and Grey Knotts, and again I lost time by not taking the optimum route through this area. On the descent down to Honister checkpoint I got chatting to another runner who made the observation that we were going to make the final cut off and we could now relax. It had never entered my thoughts that I might miss the cut off, and again highlighted how bad my race was going.


14626853569_5db6d994fc_zThe last big climb is to the summit of Dale Head, before another steep descent down through a quarry onto more runnable grassy terrain back down into the valley. On the descent the sun had a cheek to come out and I was sweating by the time I crossed the finish line.




Jim ran an excellent race to finish 68th, and Keith also ran well finnishing in 108th position. I was well down the field in 244th place, finnishing just in front of Richie and Phil, John being timed out at Honister.


So although my overall finish time and position were disapointing, there were still a lot of positives to take from the race. I had completed one of the toughest races in the country in appaling conditions, and identified specific areas I need to improve on (descending and moving quickly over technical terrain). Also, any time spent in the Lake District is time well spent.


68th     Jim Thompson          04:05:14
108th     Keith Wood          04:20:40
244th     Rob Brooks          05:27:46
251st     Richard Townsend     05:32:04
252nd     Phil James          05:32:22