Winter Grand Prix victory Oates so simple for Josh!

A fantastic turnout on Tuesday night saw 40 athletes take on the 5km route around Cobalt for the first Winter Grand Prix of 2017/18.

Josh Oates took top spot, running a great 20.53 to take maximum points and the series lead. Kate Weatherill held on for seconnd place with Paul Hetherington in third.

An excellent run from Chris Smith set a new course record of15:44, just ahead of Samuel Charlton who posts the second fastest time of an incredible 15:48. Well done guys! Emily James recorded the fastest female with 22:06, just ahead of Eira Hegarty’s 22:16.

Results so far are here.

Thank you kindly to Bill Todd, and Mish Margison for officiating. And to Simon Williams, Donna Thompson and Anna French for marshalling.

Next race in the series is the XC at Temple Park on 28th October, with the next WGP on 7th November. See you there.

Gary

Marathons – Never say never!

I started running in April 2004 when I signed up for my first GNR to prove to myself I could do it. Since then I’ve always said I would never run a marathon. However, this year something changed. I filled in the application form, handed over a fair few euros, booked flights and a hotel and a few months later I planned to do the Amsterdam marathon. So, after 16 weeks and 518 miles to get me marathon-ready, here’s what I learned along the way.

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Whitley Bay Junior Parkrun – Wallsend takeover 15th October!

Wallsend Harriers will be taking over Whitley Bay Junior Parkrun on Sunday 15th October!

It will take place at 9am next to the Rendevouz Cafe on Whitley Bay seafront (NE26 1TP). The course is 2k and open to 4-14 year-olds. Don’t forget to register for your free race barcode (if you don’t already have one) to ensure your run/time is officially registered. Visit the parkrun website if you need further information.

Everyone is welcome and it would be brilliant if we could have all of Wallsend’s youngest members, their families and friends out in force on the day.

If anyone is able to marshal, then please let Bill know, so he can advise the organisers.

Come on Wallsend Harriers!

Winter Grand Prix 2017/18

Here are the dates and races for the Winter Grand Prix Series 2017/18. There’s loads of great races over the coming months and we’ve included a variety of competitions: x-countries, 10ks, relays and even a marathon! Get stuck in and rake in the points and you could be in with a chance of bagging yourself a shiny trophy at the next presentation evening. And the more you compete the more you’re going to improve.

From the following list you must run in 3 road/relays and 3 of our own winter grand prix races at Colbalt. You also receive five points for every NEHL XC race.

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