Thanks to runners and spectators who turned out for a great day on Saturday at Aykley Heads. A special mention to those running for the first time – Laura Gledhill (promoted to the medium pack after an amazing first run!) and Andy Smith and Graeme Smith who also had great races. Hopefully you’ve got the bug! Both teams are doing great in their divisions – with the men currently top of division 3 http://www.harrierleague.com/results/2015-16/teams/Alldivisions.htm.
The next fixture is this Saturday at Druridge Bay. Normal start times – 1.10ish for the girls and 2.15ish for the men. You can view the course information on the harrier league website http://www.harrierleague.com/fixtures.php?id=18 and information about parking is to follow. I’m sure someone will circulate information in advance of the race. Please car share where you can.
After thinking of what run to select for the captains race I thought of something that wouldn’t be too long, that nearly everyone could complete and would be a good gauge of how their years training has gone so I chose the Brampton – Carlisle 10 miler.
I hoped we might have more than the 6 members who ran it last year and those keen at the start were few but then the lovely Nicola Shaverin suggested a group entry and suddenly there were loads interested (a little discount turns heads eh ! – maybe Nicola could become race entries secretary if we ever made up that post ).
So what a fab turnout seeing 50 odd members turning out for the race with most coming on the bus and especially with the very poor weather forecast which may have put many off. I was truly proud to see so many red and white vests at the start !
As for the race, it was quite windy which slowed everyone down but it was mild and mainly dry apart from those huge puddles !!!
I really enjoyed the race even with that wind in my face face all the way and couldn’t really keep up with other runners to shelter behind them ! I went off too fast as usual and Rob and Dale soon flew past me but I stuck with my pace and picked off a few and eventually caught Dale up at 8.5 miles who was struggling with a stitch. We egged each other on from there right up to the final bridge where I just pipped him. It was nowhere near the 60 mins I wanted to beat but in those conditions was happy with my 64 mins.
There were some fantastic runs by many and some great pb’s from Charlotte, Claire T and a great time from Rob finishing in just over the hour !
I think most enjoyed the race with many smiling faces running across the finishing line.
And as is the norm there will be a prize for the first Saltwell home so who knows what Rob might get on presentation night !
Cheers and good running.
Saturday 21st of November – Harrier League Fixture, Aykley Heads
Hi all – this Saturday sees the return of the Harrier League at Aykley Heads in Durham. It’s a great course and with the recent wild weather we’ve been having, it’s odds-on to be muddy!
Instructions from the Harrier League website – “The course is located near County Hall in Durham City. County Hall is well served by the B6532 north of the City Centre which passes the main entrance. We have permission from Durham County Council to use their facilities on site. Public transport to the site is also good with rail and bus services within walking distance.”
The postcode for the venue is DH1 5TS and as always, please car share where possible. There is ample parking on site.
As with all Harrier League fixtures, it is a 1.10pm(ish) start for the girls and 2.15pm(ish) start for the men. Don’t forget your spikes, your vest, your Harrier League number and your loudest cheering voice!
Any new members who have asked to be registered have now been entered. Jim will be there at the start to pick up new numbers from the race HQ, and will also have the old numbers for people who registered at the start of the season but are yet to run.
Just to give you a heads-up…the next XC is the following week on Saturday 28th November at Druridge Bay. A reminder will follow although you can check out the information at http://www.harrierleague.com/index.php
And to the special person who is the current holder of the tent…please bring it along!
Gateshead Council are seeking the views of the public on their use of the leisure facilities in Gateshead. A quick online survey can be completed at http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/Council%20and%20Democracy/consultation/UseOfLeisureCentresConsultation.aspx – this closes on the 30th of November. It would be great to add our voices to the council debate about the importance of leisure facilities to our communities.
Great to see Ronnie getting some column inches in the Chronicle – you can read the full article here
You can also see his interview which was shown at the presentation evening here