Thursday 30th June 2016
Well, we’ve got another busy old round-up of events. From 10k’s to Ultra’s to Lakesmen you lot have a been a busy old bunch over the last few weeks.
Let’s get down to it.
On Thursday 9th June both Kev Scott and Mark Drummond took part in the Blaydon 5.6 mile race. Described as Newcastle’s most famous race it is steeped in local tradition. The event takes place on 9th June every year and has been running since 1981. Kev finished with a time of 34:31 while Mark came in at 54:01. Kev said afterwards that it was; “A really fast course and a great race.” Both guys appreciated the swag they got in their bag after the race as well.
Stephen Weston and Stu Windsor took part in the Hawkshead 10k on Wednesday 15th June. Wes finished 6th with a time of 35:17 and Stu was 10th with a time of 36:44. Solid running from both there.
On Saturday 18th June Richard Henry took part in the Muckletoon Trail Half Marathon. Richard finished with a time of 2:25 in position 61. After the race Richard said; “The race was described as ‘Not for the faint hearted’ and ‘truly is a half marathon for the adventurous’ and it certainly didn’t disappoint.”
Michael Storey and Paul Rawlinson took part in The Wall Rat Race on Saturday 18th June. For those who don’t know The Wall is a 69 mile ultra setting off from Carlisle Castle at 7am and finishing near the Millennium Bridge in Newcastle. The route follows Hadrian’s Wall (hence the name – The Wall) and is classed as 20% Trail and 80% Road. I’m imagining that most of you will have driven Carlisle to Newcastle before at some point. It’s a long way…so to run/walk it is a great effort. Both crossed the line in an amazing time of 14:42.26. Well done to you both.
Carrying on from The Wall we had some other DH Runners pushing the limit at The Lakesman Triathlon. The Lakesman is a long distance Triathlon (classed as Ironman distance) of a 3.8km swim (2.4 miles), 180 km cycle (112 miles) followed by a run distance of a Marathon (42km/26.2 miles).
Taking part in the full event we had the founders of DH Runners Andrew Graham and Kev Mulvey as well as Amanda Kirtley.
Over in the relay section we had Paul Graves taking part in the Marathon as part of Team Lakesman, Sarah Hamilton (Swim) and Jo Hazell (Marathon) taking part as Team DH Ladies and myself, Steve Claringbold, taking part in the Marathon as part of Team DH Runners.
Not to mention the countless DH Runners who manned the feed station towards the finish line from 11:30am onwards for the better part of 12 hours. We had some amazing feedback from competitors, supporters and organisers regarding the feed station. You’re all a credit to the club.
Last but not least, a shout-out to all those who came to support out on the course.
So, on to the all-important results.
Andrew Graham completed the course in a time of 11:58.43 (Swim – 1:23.38, Bike 6:13.14 and Run 4:06.37)
Kevin Mulvey completed the course in a time of 12:11.53 (Swim – 1:24.56, Bike 6:38.52 and Run 3:57.25)
Amanda Kirtley completed the course in a time of 15:45.41 (Swim – 1:48.54, Bike 7:28.38 and Run 6:10.33)
Sarah Hamilton completed the swim in a time of 1:25.55
Jo Hazell completed the run in a time of 3:15.12
Steve Claringbold completed the run in a time of 4:04.17
Paul Graves completed the run in a time of 2:36.23
Well done to Andrew, Kev and Amanda you can all officially call yourselves Lakesmen. Many said after the event how well organised it was and how they were inspired to maybe take part in the future.
We had some international runners with Heidi Farren and Nina Errington over in Iceland for the Suzuki Midnight Sun Run on Thursday 23rd June. Held in the beautiful Icelandic city of Reykjavik the races start with the half marathon at 21:20 Icelandic time and then the 10k going off at 22:00. Runners all finish by the Laugardaslaug geothermal pool where most will then enter the pool to take in the midnight sun.
Nina took part in the 10k and finished with a time of 1:05.16
While Heidi took part in the half marathon and completed with a time of 2:22.17.
Stu Windsor, James Brown and Richard Henry were in action on Saturday 25th June at the Whinlatter 10k.
Stu finished second with a time of 41:19 while James finished in 17th at 52:52 and Richard at 51st with a time of 1:02.25.
Over in Appleby on Sunday 26th June we had a small contingent taking part in the Appleby 10k. Myself, Simon Dolman, Glen Blakey and Paul Todd took part in the ‘very undulating’ event.
Results were: Steve Claringbold: 45:20 (37th), Simon Dolman: 53:18 (78th), Paul Todd 58:13 (100th) and Glen Blakey 62:44 (115th). A tough, hilly course. Well done all.
Taking part in the Total Warrior 12k weekend in Leeds was Dale Hedley. Dale finished Saturday's course with a 1:42.13 finish and Sunday with a time of 1:37.56.
And finally a quick update from our recent You Can Run group sessions. Our latest batch of You Can Runners completed the course and received their certificates while joining up with the Thursday beginners group for the first time. We’ll be starting a new course over the next few months so keep a look out on our Facebook page for further info and mention it to anyone who you feel may benefit.
Upcoming we have Workington Festival of Running this Sunday (3rd July) and Ullswater Triathlon (9th July). If you've got any events coming up just give me a shout and I'll make sure you're featured.
Until next time, Happy Running.
Tuesday 7th June 2016
Wowzers, you lot have been busy haven’t you?
Without further ado we’ll bash on and start rounding up those results and events.
We’ll start with the Keswick Mountain Festival.
Andrew Graham and Sarah Hamilton took part in the 3km swim with Sarah finishing in 55:51 and Andrew in 59:00.
Mark Drummond took part in the 1500m swim round Derwent Island finishing in 30:59.
Philippa Wakefield competed in the 50k trail ultra and finished in an impressive 6:34.35.
In the 10k trail run we had Andy Baker (1:00.20), Matthew Holliday (1:05.58), Natalie Kay (1:06.42), Julie Story (1:07.03), Kathryn Holliday (1:10.35), Fiona Moore (1:11.41), Mark Drummond (1:16.26), Helen Cupac (1:22.27) and Nicola Jackson (1:25.38).
In the 5k trail run there was Gillian Holmes (46:06), Carole Holditch (46:16) and Emma Richardson (46:18).
Competing in the short triathlon were Mark Drummond (1:38.41), Nina Errington (1:44.06) and Frances Braithwaite (1:47.46).
Apologies if I’ve missed anyone, I’ve interrogated the results and I’ve only added those who were signed up as DH Runners so if you weren’t down as a DH Runner, or hadn’t dropped me an email with your results, then you’ve missed out on a mention.
At the Brathay Windermere Marathon we had representation from Stephen Weston (2:50.58 - 4th Overall), Michael Irving (3:03.56 - 12th Overall) and Martin Grey (competing in his first marathon and finishing in 4:34.14).
Over at the Druridge Bay 10k, which I’m reliably informed is about 30 miles from Newcastle, we had representation from Luke Eastlake. Luke finished in 49:57 in position 127. Well done Luke.
A whole host of DH Runners rocked up to Liverpool (pun intended) for the Liverpool Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon. Complete with support crew, our runners had the benefit of great weather as well as a great racing atmosphere.
Massive well done to Anni Stumpf who finished overall third female with a time of 1:29.17.
The only other result I’ve received is Kevin Scott who finished in a time of 1:28.05 in position 120.
Which brings me to a reminder to drop us an email with your results. We want to celebrate your achievements with you via this round-up and sometimes the results for races don’t have an easy to navigate search. The Rock N’ Roll half doesn’t have a search option to search by club so I couldn’t get a quick at a glance of everyone who took part. Well done to everyone though.
Over in Westminster the Graham’s were taking part in the Vitality Westminster mile. Andrew finished with an impressive 5:50 and finished third in his age group. By all accounts it was a lovely day enjoyed by the whole family.
The Edinburgh Half Marathon was the calling point for a couple of DH Runners on Sunday 29th May.
Stuart Lightfoot finished in position 196 with a time of 3:04.34 and Andy Shannan finished in position 489 with a time of 3:19.52. Absolutely solid running there from both guys, well done.
Next up for everyone was the next run in the Club Championship. Plenty of DH Runners turned up to Carlisle Racecourse to take part in the Carlisle Tri Club 10k on Wednesday 1st June. In fact, there were that many that, when we went outside to take a team photo, we caused a mass evacuation as everyone followed us thinking something was going on. Thanks to Barry Scott for being patient as club member after club member kept jumping in to the frame in an effort not to miss the team photo.
Notable mentions to Paul Graves who finished second overall with a time of 33:49, Steven Weston who finished fourth with a time of 35:25, Stu Windsor in sixth (2nd Vet 40) with a time of 36:17 and Ian Harkness in ninth with a time of 37:11. First female home, overall, was our very own Anni Stumpf with a time of 40:54. Congratulations to all 53 of our runners who turned up on the night to take part and many thanks to all those who came out to support and those who helped Carlisle Tri Club by volunteering their services and kicking off national volunteers’ week in style.
We’re now halfway in to the club championship and as it stands after three events the top three men are; Paul Graves, Kevin Scott and Chris Knox.
While the top three ladies are; Anni Stumpf, Lorna Graham and Fiona Moore.
A lot can still change over the next three events so it’ll be interesting to see who will be on the podium places at the end of the year.
The weekend of Saturday 4th June and Sunday 5th June was another busy one.
Saturday 4th June saw me take part in the Blenheim Palace Triathlon. I was taking part in the sprint distance for the first time and, after a terrible swim and a redeeming bike and run, I finished in a total time of 1:49.53.
Also on the Saturday both Paul Rawlinson and Frances Braithwaite were taking part in the Grasmere Gallop 10k trail run. Paul finished with a time of 47:32 and Frances finished in 1:18.48. The Grasmere Gallop is organised by the National Trust and consists of a 10km run, a 17km run and a 5.7km fun run set over some stunning views. Well done both.
Speaking of stunning views we had a few DH Runners heading up to Coniston to take part in a variety of events on Sunday 5th June.
In the Mini Marathon 10k we had Kate Hurr who finished in a time of 1:05.51 and Kath Saunders who completed in 1:37.44.
Mike Holliday competed in the Half Marathon race finishing in a time of 1:40.32 in position 12.
The Half Marathon challenge saw Rachel Lee continue her return to action with a time of 2:56.24. Good to see you back running Rachel.
While in the Marathon Race Paul Rawlinson rounded off his weekend finishing in a time of 4:53.31. Well done to all who took part.
And the stunning views continue unabated as a swimming contingent headed out to Keswick to take part in (as well as volunteer for) Epic Events Derwent Swim series. Clearly gluttons for punishment the weekend of competing wasn’t over for myself and Frances as the small matter of a 500m swim beckoned. Also taking part in the 500m swim was Nina Errington and Mark Drummond.
Mark finished with a time of 9:27.45, Frances with a time of 11:06.00, Nina with a time of 14:46.70 and I finished with a time of 16:41.60. Big shout out to everyone who offered to marshal at the event. Given that it’s national Volunteers’ week we could hardly say no.
Rounding off the results this week is Mel Warwick at the Lazonby 10k. Mel finished in a time of 58:56.
Not much on my radar running wise other than our very own founding members Kev and Andrew competing in the Lakesman on Sunday 19th June. Andrew and Kev are taking on the full ironman distance while some DH Runners are also competing in relays. We’ll also be manning our very own feed station so it should be a great weekend for those competing, volunteering or spectating. If you’ve got nothing on then get yourself down to Keswick to take in the atmosphere.
If you’ve got any events coming up then let me know and I’ll make sure you get a mention in the next round-up.
Until next time, Happy Running.
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