So far September has been pretty epic on the race front.
The ever gruelling but addictive Great North Run took no prisoners on another scorching day. PBs were out the window for most but it didn’t stop us from soaking up the incredible atmosphere and enjoying the last home straight along the glorious South Shields coastline.
Wallsend Harriers Committee would like to make the following announcement:
At the Club tonight, Kevin Payne reminded members of his wish to step down as Chairman as soon as a successor could be appointed.
He was pleased to inform members present that the committee had appointed Bill Todd to the role of Chairman of the Club with immediate effect.
It was further announced that club secretary Jackie Garnett has also stepped down with immediate effect. The role will be filled by committed and experienced member Elaine Ashton (nee Liu), who has served on the committee for a number of years.
The Club would like to thank Kevin and Jackie for the enormous amount of work, time and dedication they have given to Wallsend Harriers in the last two and half years.
Bill said “I am delighted to take up the challenge of continuing Kevin’s work and moving the Club forward in the next stage of its growth.”
Club Photo – Meet around the North Terrace pub (same street as the luggage buses). 9:30am- 9:45am.
Post GNR Celebratory Drink(s) – The Magnesia Bank (Maggie Bank) NE30 1NH. 5 min walk from the North Shields ferry terminal.
Oggy oggy oggy!
A smaller than usual group of 12 hardy runners set off from Wallsend on Friday 19 August for Whitehaven to run the 140 mile C2C cycle route over three days in aid of St Oswald’s Hospice. I don’t think any of us were prepared for the first eventful moment of the weekend as we headed towards Whitehaven – how many Harriers does it take to change a tyre?! (The answer is three!)
Tim Nicholson takes home the Men’s Club Championships trophy for the first time posting a brilliant run of 35:11 around the 6-mile course. Tim held off strong challenges from Jack Armstrong, and the ever-improving Andy Wigmore. Sarah also takes home the club honours for the first time posting an excellent time of 21:13 around the 3.35 mile ladies route. Matty Summers posted the only time for the u16 with a 22:54.
All members of Wallsend Harriers are invited to the annual Blyth Links 10k training run and social evening on August 23rd.
It’s a lovely course and an accurate 10k from the Links Car Park, South Beach, Blyth to Seaton Sluice cliff tops and return. A perfect training run ahead of the Great North Run.
There’s no entry fee. Just turn up, collect a number and run.
Registration is at the Dave Stephen’s Building adjoining the Links car park, South Beach, NE24 3PL. This year there will be a voluntary charity collection.
There are no prizes but there is a free race buffet and raffle at The Quay pub in Blyth centre.
Right everyone it’s the Club Championships on Friday (August 12th), a highlight of the year, so let’s have a turn out to be proud of!
There’s still all to play for in the Grand Prix prizes stakes. It’s a great, fast course – 1 mile for juniors, 3 miles (1 lap) for the ladies and 6 miles (2 laps) for the men.
Meet at the car park of the Centurion Golf Park in Wallsend. More details here. And don’t forget to wear your green and gold vest!
Despite a strong finish from Adam Hamilton and Robbie Livermore, Olly Aird took home the gold medal with a fantastic run around the 2 mile course, with a PB of 11:05. He also finished 3rd with the fastest time of the night behind a stunning run from Jack Armstrong in 10:43 and the fastest time this year Simon Lyon 10:24. Emily James takes the fastest female crown with a 13:38.
Joseph Hoben hangs on to the top of table, with Andy Wigmore 2nd and Simon Lyon 3rd. There is still 165 points available to score for the year, so its still all to play for.
Full results here.
Many thanks once again to Jackie Garnett and Michael Day for officiating.
Next race is the Morpeth 10km on Tuesday 2nd August. With the Summer Championships 3/6 mile race on Friday 12th August at Wallsend golf course.
Thanks Gary Lewis
Don’t forget the next Summer Grand Prix handicap race takes place at the Rising Sun Country Park on Tuesday (26th July).
Meet at the Barking Dog pub car park at 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start.
The results to date are here but there’s still all to play for!