Firstly, apologies this is a bit late coming. There have been so many Green and Gold achievements over the past couple of weeks I have really struggled to keep track of them all. So please forgive me if I’ve missed anyone and let me know if I have so I can make sure everyone is recognised and congratulated.
I’m not sure what possessed me to sign up for this (I was thinking to myself early on Sunday 2nd July), but having roped two other Wallsend Harrier ladies into it I was compelled to drag myself to the depths of Northumberland to the newly established Run Northumberland Coquet Half Marathon (this is only its second year).
Anita was an active (and pretty outstanding by the sounds of it) member of Heaton Harriers who tragically lost her life in September 2006 whilst out on a training run. This women only run was dedicated to her name and is well supported every year.
The Weetslade Relay was the first relay event in the country where each is club is required to select teams of three, which must include at least one veteran and at least one lady.
Now in its eighth year and organised superbly by Claremont Road Runners, the scenic multi-terrain course in Lockey Park includes a hill at halfway. Oh, and it is a 30 metre climb. If you can see past the pain there are some spectacular views from that said hill. I remembered to have a look and they were definitely that.
Back at Monkton Stadium an enthusiastic band of Green and Golds and Whites ran, threw and jumped their hearts out. Wallsend/Blyth Harriers won the day with the exact same number of points as the last meeting, fighting off stiff competition from Richmond and Zetland and New Marske. We won by just three points (!!!) which just shows how important every single point is.