Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Race entries & Gateshead parkrun

Morning Campers!

Following on from the success of last week in the running stakes I've definitely got some of that sparkle I was missing whilst injured.  So much so in fact, that I've even started entering races again.  First on the hit-list have been those in the piccie, but I've set my sights on a fair few more.

My first was supposed to be the Royal Signal's relays, at Hetton Lyons country park on the 18th Feb, but that happens to be the date of the first Gateshead Parkrun.  I may have to do the parkrun, bimble off home, then head back out again for the race.

I do have my reservations about running in Saltwell park (due to the numbers of people who use it on a Saturday morning), but since it's the first one, and I did the first Sunderland, Newcastle and Durham parkruns, it'd be a shame to miss out on another.

The route looks a bit complicated too:

View Gateshead parkrun in a larger map

Start from the green point, head north following the blue line back round to the start, then orange till you get to the red lap, then its three laps of the lake (anticlockwise) then back on the orange route to the start..  Hopefully there'll be plenty of marshals to help people keep count round the lake, and direct folks off in the right direction.

We'll have to just try it out and show a bit of local support.  Since it's only 5 mins drive along Durham Road for me it'll definitely be the quickest to get to, but not sure it'll have pb potential with it being hilly.

So this will bring the North East parkrun count up to five - with so much choice the whole region should be getting out there and into running!  Then hopefully some of those new runners can filter through into the clubs, and do some of the fine races we have on offer here.

Talking of which, the race calender is starting to fill up very nicely (and add in my diving, and golf competition calender and it's hardly any wonder I never have any free time)

February 11th   Start Fitness NE Harrier League (4) Wrekenton.
February 18th     Royal Signals Road Relay Championship, Hetton Country Park.
February 18th     1st Gateshead Parkrun
March 3rd     Start Fitness NE Harrier League (5) Alnwick.    
March 17th     North East Vets XC Championships, Bedewell Park, Jarrow.
March 24th     Start Fitness NE Harrier League (6) Prudhoe.    
March 25th     Run Northumberland Half Marathon, Wallington.
April 1st     Hartlepool Marina 5 Mile RR.    
April 1st     Transped Blyth Valley 10k RR.
April 6th     Elswick Harriers Good Friday Relays, Newburn Riverside Park.
April 6th     Mermaid 10k Road Race.    
April 8th     North Tyneside 10k.   
April 15th     South Shields 10k MT.    
April 22nd     Wallsend Harriers "Terry O'Gara Memorial 5k Road Race"
April 22nd     London Marathon.
May 6th     Keswick Half Marathon
May 6th     Sunderland 10k & Marathon of the North
May 7th     Tees Barage 10k
May 13th   Middlesborough 5k
May 14th    VAANEE (NE vets) Meeting #1, Monkton
May 17th   Jesmond Dene Handicap #1
May 20th     Pier to Pier Run
May 27th   Raby Castle 10k
May 28th    VAANEE (NE vets) Meeting #2, Monkton
May 31st     Angel View Run
June 2nd     Allendale 8 & Fun Run.
June 4th     Jesmond Dene Handicap #2
June 9th     The Blaydon Race
June 11th    VAANEE (NE vets) Meeting #3, Monkton
June 12th     Festival of Alnwick - Les Allcorn 10k
June 13th     Penshaw Hill Race
June 17th    Bamburgh 10k
June 20th   Newburn River Run
June 20th    Sunshine Run 5k
June 23rd    VAANEE (NE vets) Track & Field Championships, Monkton
June 24th    Lambton 5k & 10k
June 25th    Jesmond Dene Handicap #3
June 30th    Eaglescliffe 5k

July 2nd    VAANEE (NE vets) Meeting #4, Monkton
July 4th   Tynedale 10k
July 8th     Watergate Trail Race
July 16th    VAANEE (NE vets) Meeting #5, Monkton   
July 22nd     Northumberland Coastal Run.
August 30th     Watergate 5k inc. VAANE 5k Trail Race    
October 7th     Great Cumbrian Run
October 14th   Matfen 5k & 10k
October 28th   Newcastle Town Moor marathon

Just a sample of the spring & early summer races here in the North East of England.  I've got my entries in for a few now, with hopefully a few more in the coming months.  For entry forms and information check out: 

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