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!)
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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.
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.
Full results here.
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!
Another eventful week on the hectic summer race calendar.
Congratulations to all the men who ran the Sunderland 5k (Harry Coates, Simon Lyon, Matt Darbyshire, Joseph Hoben, Jack Armstrong, Dave Hall, Alan Heslington and Tony Maddocks). Our first man was the ever awesome Harry Coates (please don’t go!) who completed the fast course in 16.08.
It’s a shame there were no women there to fly the green and gold flag. In my defence I made it as far as the car park before realising I had missed the start of the women’s race (I’m still suffering from severe baby brain, ok I know it’s 18 months on but…)
Full results here.
We did have another cracking turnout at the LGBT 5K though. Always a highlight (particularly the goody bags!) 21 Wallsend Harriers graced the Town Moor for the fab 5k. Congratulations to all, particularly our first man Jack Armstrong (17.59) and first female Sarah Robson (20.19).
Full results here.
Don’t forget the next Summer Grand Prix at the Rising Sun is on Tuesday (26th July). And it’s still all to play for!
Don’t forget the super fast 5k at Sunderland takes place tomorrow Wednesday 13th July. It’s a great PB course as it’s really flat. It always gets a great turn out and has a really good atmosphere.
It is also one of the Summer Grand Prix races and it’s still all to play for. You have to run at least 8 out of the 11 races over the season don’t forget so don’t miss out on potential prizes and get yourself down there.
Online entries are closed but you should still be able to sign up on the night.
Full details on the event here.
The funeral of George Atkinson, a much-loved former Wallsend Harrier, is on Monday 18th July at the Crematorium on West Road in Newcastle at 3.00pm.
No particular dress code, just whatever you are comfortable in.
From his son Colin:
“You will quickly find out during the service that this is not going to be a day of commiserating but an uplifting day to celebrate everything about my Dad.
Afterwards we are going to the British Legion Club in Forest Hall from 4.15pm to have drinks and toast the main man.
We appreciate that not all of you may be able to attend due to work commitments, holidays etc but you are more than welcome simply to pop in for a drink whenever suits.”