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: http://www.northeastraces.com/