This list of races has been developed to help people plan for their racing year ahead. There have never been so many races to choose from but the races below have been put together to let the whole club (and particularly new members) know about local races that have become particularly popular with Saltwell Harriers over the years. Dates are taken from current online information but keep an eye on the suggested websites as events can move.
We share these ideas with the aim of encouraging members to plan their racing year – but also to reassure people that at these races they are likely to see a few friendly faces in red and white hoops, have the opportunity to car share…or dare we even hope, have a go at a team prize!!
But before we suggest wider events, most importantly we have our very own club races which hopefully will become the first dates in your calendar (when dates are known!). These consist of:
3 mile yacht handicap
4 mile handicap and Junior Championship
Senior championship 10k
St James’ Mile
Just ask any of your coaches or club members about these races (and no, we don’t have a junior section!) – dates will be confirmed ASAP and will be emailed/posted on the website.
|Local 10ks (or thereabouts!) – For those wanting to step up from parkrun and target improvements in their 10k time over the year. There are SO many 10k races to choose from so look out for your own and share ideas.
P.S. look out for season tickets which might offer good value for money if you fancy doing a few events through the same organiser and tracking the development in your times.
|Run Northumberland Cragside 10k||Saturday 21st March||£12.50||See www.runbritain.com|
|North Tyneside 10k
|Sunday 5th April||£17||See https://www.sportsentrysolutions.co.uk/new_race_page.php?recordID=567|
|The Blaydon Race (5.7M)||9th June||£22 last year||See http://www.blaydon-race.com/
Fills up quickly but tends to be the biggest Saltwell turnout of the racing calendar!
|Newburn River Run||TBC – last year Weds eve in mid June||See www.runbritain.com|
|Tynedale 10k||Wednesday 1st July||TBC||See http://www.tynedaleharriers.com|
|The Angel View (5.5M)||Thursday July 9th||TBC||See www.lowfellrunningclub.co.uk
|Run Northumberland Matfen 10k||Sunday 11th October||£12.50||See www.runbritain.com|
|Town Moor Memorial 10k||Sunday 8th November||£8 last year||See www.heatonharriers.org.uk
Local Trail Races – For those who have enjoyed the cross country season and want to continue off road running, we have also picked out a selection of local trail races. This type of running is also excellent training for anyone wanting a gentle introduction to fell racing or to build towards ultra-running.
|George Ogle Memorial 6m (Blaydon)||Wednesday 28th May||TBC||See http://www.pbfitnessrowlandsgill.co.uk|
|Durham Coast Half Marathon||Sunday 7th June||£16||See http://www.raceentry.co.uk/racedetails.php?racename=National_Trust_Durham_Coast_Half_Marathon_2015
|Pieces of 8 Trail race (Penshaw) – Marathon/HM/10k||Sunday 14th June||Varies depending on distance||See http://www.trailoutlaws.com/penshaw.html|
|Hadrian’s Wall Half Marathon||Sunday 28th June||£26||See http://born4running.co.uk/hadrianhalf/|
Other Distances – there are a few other local races that are popular among members
|Pier to Pier – 7.5M||Sunday 17th May||£15||See www.sunderlandstrollers.co.uk|
|Anita Knott Women Only Jesmond Dene Run 5.4k||Monday 13th July||TBC||See www.heatonharriers.org.uk
It would be great to get the Saltwell girls out on mass for this one!
|Nothumberland Coastal Run 14M||Sunday July 19th||TBC||See www.alnwickharriers.co.uk
Fills up quickly – another really popular race for the club and a beautiful route. A reminder will go round when it opens as it normally opens at midnight and is full a few hours later!
|Tynedale ‘Jelly T’ 10M||TBC – normally last Sunday in August||TBC||See http://www.tynedaleharriers.com|
A bit further afield – Here are just a few races where you might find fellow Saltwell runners (and the chances of a car share on the cards!)
|Haweswater HM||Sunday 1st March||£15||See http://www.edenrunners.co.uk/haweswater.html|
|Conniston 14||Saturday 21st March||£23||See http://www.coniston14.co.uk/
|Kielder Marathon||Sunday 4th October||TBC||See http://www.kieldermarathon.com/
A ‘challenging’ local marathon – there are quite a few who have done this in the past who can pass on words of wisdom!
|Jedburgh HM and 10k||Sunday 25th October||TBC||See http://www.jedburghhalfmarathon.org.uk/|
|Brampton to Carlisle 10M||Sunday November 15th||£14 last year||See http://borderharriers.co.uk/home
Team Relays – Saltwell enter teams in to a few local relay events. Number of laps and terrains vary although essentially these races are a good way to test your speed over shorter distances and most of all are good fun! Look out for emails about entering teams but also let your captains know if you are interested.
|Durham Cathedral Relays||January|
|Good Friday Relays (Newburn)||April|
NB – We haven’t forgotten Fell Running which is such an important part of Saltwell Harriers. However, there is a separate fell series and we are also talking about some fell running ‘tasters’ for those interested in trying it. Be careful though…once you try it, you’ll be hooked!