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My First Ultra: Kielder 50K

If the truth be told I’ve never really had much ambition to run anything more than a half marathon. I’ve always thought that a couple of hours pounding the tarmac is more than enough punishment. My immediate thoughts whenever I have completed the Great North Run are always the same, ‘imagine if this was a […]


Presentation Night Awards

Well done to everyone who won awards and prizes at presentation night last Saturday for the 2023/24 season of running. Spring Series Male 1st: PAUL SMITH 2nd: JAMES YOUNG 3rd: MATT O’BRIEN Female 1st: JOANNA MCNEILL 2nd: NICOLA DYSON 3rd: NICOLA WHITMAN 3 Mile Handicap 1st: PRIYA RUTHERFORD 2nd: CLARE ROBSON 3rd: CLAIRE GODFREY 4 […]


Eilidh goes sub-4 at Brighton Marathon

Background I entered Brighton marathon in the spring of 2023 after, shocking to no-one, I was unsuccessful in the London marathon ballot. My first marathon the year prior was Edinburgh, which I had run with a group of friends, all of us in the dawn of our love affairs with running. Edinburgh had left me […]


2024 Spring Series parkrun dates and venues!

After what’s felt like a particularly long and wet winter, Spring is finally around the corner and that means the arrival of the Saltwell parkrun Spring Series! For six Saturdays around April each year, there’s the opportunity to enjoy some local parkrun tourism and friendly club competition. Spring Series competition rules Anyone taking part in […]


Rob’s freezing Arctic adventure

Rob Brooks is at it again. Back doing Spine races, and this time it’s in the Arctic! The Montane Arctic Spine Race is a 293 mile foot-race along the Kungsleden Trail in Sweden, where temperatures drop to -35C. You can read the full story from Saltwell’s king of ultras on his own blog: Arctic Spine Race […]

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Jim’s Joss Naylor Report

So, in 2020 I thought I am 52, running well and the Joss Naylor challenge in under 12 hrs seems very feasible! Then came Covid and scuppered that. I thought I would try again in 2021 then Covid and lockdowns continued so going to have to wait another year. So come 2022, helping on two […]

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Want to get into running?

Running is a fantastic way to improve your cardiovascular fitness, boost your mood, and maintain overall health. Whether you’re new to running or looking to get back into it, here’s a beginner’s guide to help you start and stay motivated: 1. Get the Right Gear Invest in a good pair of running shoes that provide […]


Nicola: The last of the Mighty Deerstalkers

As many in Saltwell may know, I’ll give most types of running a go, so when the opportunity to enter a race called The Mighty Deerstalker arose, my answer was “Yeah, should be a laugh”. Then I Googled it. “Leg-destroying”, “scree scramble”, “the UK’s toughest off-road run”, were some of the phrases bandied about. Oh […]


Relays, relays, relays

Congratulations to our team in the recent Norman Woodcock Relays: Paul Dinsley, Lou Thorpe and Nicola Dyson. Saltwell Harriers enters a variety of relay races right through the year. Below is some info on each and members can sign-up to run in a club team in the weeks before a race. January – Birtley XC Relays – Held […]


Hodgson Brothers Relay 2023

Saltwell Harriers have been competing in the Hodgson Brothers relay since 1988. This mountain relay covering 25 miles of Lake District fells was inaugurated by the Hodgson family in 1986 as a memorial to their son and brother Ian, who was killed in a cycling accident, aged 25 the day after competing in the 1985 […]


Rob’s back on the Spine

Saltwell’s ultra-specialist Rob Brooks returned to the Spine Race this year, after his epic successful completion in 2022. You can read the full story about the highs and lows of Rob’s 2023 adventure along the Pennine Way on his own blog: Spine Race 2023 – The Three Geordigos Here’s a short extract to whet your […]


Mid-life crisis, Schneider style

Six years ago, I accepted a challenge to run a half marathon every month and passed it with flying colours. The training was easy (two stone lighter and six years younger) and I consistently hit sub 2hr half marathons. So, for my impending 50th birthday, I thought I’d do the same throughout 2023. I started […]

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Rosie runs the London Marathon!

This April, Saltwell member Rosie not only ran the London Marathon but recorded a video while doing it! Thanks to Rosie you can find what it’s like to be part of one of the biggest and most iconic races in the world. Watch her video below to soak up the sights and sounds of a […]