The jet stream needs to sod off back to above Iceland, so we can have at least one month of sunshine, and make the most of a wee bit of summer.
Still, despite the naff weather, it doesn't stop me getting out and running (thankfully for my own sanity), so I've managed to cram in a few more races!
|by Flip Owen|
Love the piccie Flip managed to get with the Tyne Bridges & Olympic rings in the background - cheers matey :)
Results can be found on the TBH website
Today I've been out for my seventh inaugural parkrun, at Chester-le-Street riverside park.
It's totally flat, very scenic, and thankfully the rain held off, so we didn't all get wet. It's got to be one of the fastest courses in the North East now, apart from a 150m or so on the grass, it's all paths, and judging from the speedy Yared Hagos of Wallsend, good for the quicker and slower runners. Yared must have been 800m ahead of me at the 800m mark!
We were sharing the park iwith swans, ducks, loads of dogs, other walkers, kids, cyclists etc, bu there was plenty of room for everyone to get around, and with a cafe and toilet facilities, it's like the park was designed specifically for parkrunners!
Great to see Mick 'the machine' Joyce, Malcolm Leece and Davy Mills there to represent Team Jarrow!
|Position||Name||Time||Age Grade||Club||Total Runs||Age Position|
|36||Mick JOYCE||20:56||74.68%||Jarrow and Hebburn AC||21||1st V55|
|41||Malcolm LEECE||21:13||63.39%||Jarrow and Hebburn AC||24||5th M35|
|66||Vicki THOMPSON||22:59||66.57%||Jarrow and Hebburn AC||35||2nd VW40|
|83||David MILLS||23:55||61.67%||Jarrow and Hebburn AC||24||5th V50|
I'm over the moon with my time - said I was taking it easy, then clocked my fastest time this year!
Full set of results are available on the Riverside parkrun website
Next week is equally as busy - with the final Vet's Track & Field meeting on the Monday: 100m, 3000m, 300m, and and open 400m race. (I may give the 400m a bash), then the fastest 5k on the calendar at Silksworth, Sunderland on Wednesday.
Harrier League News
Last Monday was the Start Fitness North East Harrier League AGM, at the Angel View Pub in Low Fell. As I'm the ladies secretary I was in attendance, and here's the pertinent info for the coming season:
There will be under 11's races at all of the fixtures (inc. Sherman Cup), except for Saltwell (Wrekenton) - so that's 6 of the 7 fixtures :D
We are hoping to run to the normal timetable of events which is as follows:
12.15 Combined Boys & Girls under 11
12.30 Boys under 13
12.35 Girls under 13
12.50 Boys under 15
12.55 Girls under 15
13.15 Senior Men
14.00 Junior men under 17
14:25 Under 17/20 Women & Senior/Veteran Women*
*The times for the U17&20 women race may change to just after the U17 men, we'll keep you informed
in five Harrier League fixtures, compete in the Sherman Cup/Davidson Shield and compete in the North Eastern XC Championships.
This brings me to what is a pretty sad day for the North East too - after 42 years of hosting a Harrier League fixture, Sunderland Harriers now feel that the Farrindon course is too tight to accommodate the vast numbers of folks wishing to take part. In some ways this is a testament to the success of cross country running in the North East, but a great loss too. I for one will miss the mad mud slide off the first hill, the twists and turns before the stream, and the 'geet yarkin big' hill in the middle.
I would just like to say a massive thank you to Kevin Carr and all at Sunderland Harriers for hosting a fixture every year since 1970 (the year before I was born!), and would like to pass on the appreciation of everyone who has finished that course covered in mud.
The true spirit of cross country!
Kevin had this to say:
Thanks Vicky for your kind words on the ending of the Sunderland Harriers Farringdon Harrier League. It is nice to see that the difficult decision to bring the event to an end after so many years has not gone unnoticed by yourself and the league. I can remember our first league race in the Barnes Park Extension in Ettrick Grove in 1970 when my father, a joiner, used to make the stakes and I myself, on my own, marked out the course. It was in 1978 that we decided to move to Farringdon and we continued there untill 2011!
If you do want to give the course a go this year, Sunderland Harriers are hosting their open XC relays on the 8th of September.