Edmundbyers pubrun -Tuesday 2nd September, 7pm

photoJust a reminder that the next pubrun will be Tuesday night, meeting at the Punch Bowl in Edmundbyers, ready to run at 7pm.

It will be an off-road route of approximately 6 miles, at a gentle pace. Ideal if you’d like to give off-road running a try. We’d advise you to wear trail shoes, or old road shoes – certainly not your brand new runners, as they’re highly likely to get wet/muddy. Afterwards it will be back to the Punch Bowl for refreshments.

Parking is limited in Edmundbyers, so please arrange to car-share wherever possible.

Please note there will be no 7pm session going out from the sports centre on Tuesday night.

 

Northumberland Coastal Marathon – 24th August, 2014

Report submitted by Nicola Gloyne

The Race The Northumberland Coastal Marathon
Overall Score 20
   
PB Potential 0
Atmosphere 5
Organisation 5
Scenery 5
Value for Money 5 (only £13 and you get a t-shirt and a medal!)
Beginner Friendliness 0
Club Support & Social 0
 
In Short A real challenge and not for the faint hearted…
In Full I arrived at Alnmouth with my Stamford Striders friend (and marathon nutter!) Helen shortly before 8am. People were already starting to collect at the entrance to the Red Lion Pub which was the race HQ.

We parked up down next to the golf course and took some photos of the beautiful scenery surrounding us. We then headed up to the pub to collect our numbers and t-shirts. There was only a handful of people so we didn’t have to wait long before we could head off in search of some loos.

The start was on the beach next to the river Aln.   There was a small tent to leave bags and a start line drawn in the sand. After some brief pre race instructions we lined up on the sand and set off at 9am prompt.

My friend and I had already decided this wasn’t the sort of race where time was going to be at the forefront of our minds and the plan was to take it steady and just enjoy the scenery.

Alnmouth – Boulmer

The first 2 and a bit miles are along the beach.   Those of you who’ve ran the Coastal Run before will know this stretch of sand very well as it’s the last stretch before the finish line. The sand was quite firm and the tide was well out so there weren’t too many pools to contend with. We reached the concrete stairs, popped up them and headed right past some old caravans and through a farm. The track was quite narrow in places and our already steady pace was slowed to a walk at times. We headed out onto the road at Boulmer and continued along the track towards Craster.

Boulmer – Craster

The first part of the track was quite wide and gravelly but as we continued through a gateway and over a little wooden bridge the track became narrower and more undulating. We went down quite a steep hill, across another bridge and then headed sharp right to follow the track that went around the edge of the cliffs. We were still feeling quite comfortable at this point, but we were probably only about 6 miles in. We headed on towards Craster along the cliff tops, another part of this route which overlaps that of the Coastal Run, and I ran down a section of hill that is done in reverse on the Coastal Run I thought to myself, that’s gonna hurt on the way back! When we got to Craster we came through another wooden gate which brought us out into the pub beer garden, we ran through the car park and out into the village, then headed down towards the harbour.

Craster – Newton Links

Once back out on the cliff tops, with the beautiful Dunstanburgh Castle on the horizon I commented to Helen that I thought this could possibly become one of my most favourite runs. The scenery was just amazing, with the sea off to the right, rolling countryside to the left and the castle ahead of us.   Of course at this point we were only about 8.5 miles into a very long run. The grassy paths roll along up and down as you head towards the castle, we chatted and said hello to the walkers we were passing along the way.   We passed the Castle and headed towards the golf course. A little further on, we passed the track that you use to come off Embleton Beach on the Coastal Run, we had been following two Elvet runners who didn’t go down onto the beach but continued straight ahead on the track that skirts the edge of the golf course. We soon realised this had been a mistake as the undergrowth closed in around us.   Brambles scratched at our legs and long grasses caught and pulled at our ankles. We met a couple walking the other way with their children. It was quite a squeeze to get past them and the lady informed us everyone else was running on the sand.   With that we started to look for a route of escape. After a couple of hundred yards we found a narrow path which took us to the top of a steep sand dune, we skidded down on our bottoms and back out onto the nice open beach. It was at this point my heart sank for the first time. I could see ahead of us a field with a long incline where the faster runners were. That was going to be hard work!!

As we headed off the beach, the sand was very soft and seemed to literally sap the energy from my legs. We then turned right through a gateway and started the ascent up the long hill I’d seen from the beach. The faster runners were starting to pass us in the opposite direction now and we all encouraged each other along the way.   By the time we reached the top my legs were like jelly, I couldn’t believe we weren’t even half way!! We ran down towards the sea again and followed the winding paths behind the sand dunes. We met an older couple out walking who asked where we were running to and who seemed very impressed when we told them the route and the distance we were doing. At approximately 12 miles we came across the last drinks station of the first half and past here we followed more winding paths eager to reach Long Nanny Bridge and the half way point.

Long Nanny Bridge – Alnmouth

We were directed off up to the right where we climbed over a stile and headed down onto Newton Links Beach. Finally, we were heading for home!! We ran on the sand again for about a mile. On leaving the beach, we passed the previous drinks station and ran back onto the winding paths at the back of the dunes. We passed the older couple we’d seen on the way in who cheered us on.

We slowly made our way back up to the top of the field that had given us jelly legs and it was nice to be coming back down the hill this time. We saw a man in an Edinburgh Marathon t-shirt and Helen joked with him that he should be running too!

Back on Embleton Beach now and the sand was really starting to take it’s toll on my legs which were feeling very heavy now. We were at about 16 miles now and I couldn’t wait to get back onto the tracks that would take us past Dunstanburgh Castle! Counting down, I kept thinking ‘just 10 to go…….’

Once we were past the castle, it felt more like we were heading for home. Coming back along the cliff tops through the fields towards Craster some cows had congregated around one of the gateways. Like a lot of my Bounder friends, Helen isn’t too fond of cattle so she wasn’t exactly overjoyed to see one cow in particular, occupying a space very close to gate we were about to go through. I went through the gate first and tapped the cow on it’s bum.   Startled it jumped forwards out of the way making Helen scream in horror, much to the amusement of some walkers near by. Still, with the cow moved on we went through the gate way and headed back to Craster.

As we climbed the hill in the village back towards the pub, it was nice to see the older couple we’d seen earlier on standing at the top cheering us on again. We thanked them and headed back into the pub car park. The beer garden was quite busy now and I’d have given anything to have stopped there for a nice cold pint of Guinness!!

We made our way through the gate, back onto the cliff top trail and headed for Boulmer. I was struggling. My legs were heavy, my back was hurting, I was hot and tired and I’d had about enough.   The slopping grassy hill I’d ran down on the way out which is part of the Coastal Run was almost upon us, I reached the bottom and slowed to a walk. I just didn’t have enough energy to keep running up it. Once I reached the top, I started a slow jog. Because I’d stopped I’d realised the extent of my tiredness. My neck, shoulders, back, hips, knees, ankles and feet were all aching and there was still about 6 miles to go!!

Helen was still doing okay and as we were getting closer to Boulmer I told her to continue without me as I didn’t want to hold her up. We’d   reached the wide gravel path that takes you back into the village and at this point I started to walk a bit and run a bit. As I hobbled through Boulmer itself, I kind chap outside of his house offered to get me a bottle of water. I declined but thanked him for his kindness. I felt sick, I didn’t think I’d manage to keep anything down. I came off the road back onto the track that would take me through the farm and past the caravan site. About 3 miles left to go! I took a wrong turn, gutted I retraced my steps and picked up the track that would take me back onto Alnmouth beach. A couple sitting outside their caravan offered me a drink as I passed. Again I thanked them and declined. I made my way back onto the beach for the longest 2.2 miles ever. It seemed like a lifetime ago that we’d headed out in the opposite direction full of energy!

The tide was coming in and after about a mile the only option was to pick my way through the rocks. I’d kept up a slow jog on the sand until this point so I was actually pleased to have a little rest as I attempted not to slip and fall on my backside.

Rocks negotiated I took up my slow jog again and ploughed on back towards the river and the finish line. Helen was waiting for me a few hundred yards from the finish to give me the encouragement I needed for that final push. As I came around the next bend I could see the finish and I’ve never been so relieved in my life.

I staggered through and propped myself up on the wall at the edge of the beach. I was presented with my medal, which I’d not been expecting so that was a nice surprise. Now I’d stopped, I realised even my head was hurting as well!

So my final thoughts on this race. Yes it was the toughest run I’ve done to date, yes I was knackered and yes I felt broken by the time I’d finished. But YES I would definitely do it again.   The route was amazing and the run was well organised with sufficient water stops all of which had jellies and friendly run marshalls. The encouragement given by the large number of passers by just out for a Sunday stroll was excellent too.

The entry for the run was a mere £13 and you got a technical t-shirt and a medal. Personally I think it’s nice to support smaller races like this. Next year, I will prepare better though.   I’ll do more weights in the gym, more Wednesday night sessions and more longer runs. Hopefully, a few Bounders might join me for the experience.

 Full results can be found here

Durham Summer Cross Country Relays – 18/08/14

Team Bounders

The Race Durham Summer XC Relays
Overall Score 24
Please score the following categories out of 5  
PB Potential 5 – 2 laps, fast, flat & on grass with a small hill
Atmosphere 5 – Rain but everyone still had fun
Organisation 4 – Good however not much shelter from the rain
Scenery 5 – Durham riverside with the cathedral in the background.
Value for Money 5 – Seniors/Vets £12 per team, Juniors £6 per team.
Beginner Friendliness 5 – Plenty new members took part for the first time and enjoyed the experience.
Club Support & Social 5 – The Bounders only do loud no matter where you are on the course there was someone cheering you on.
Tell us more…  
In Short Short, sharp, slippy and a good laugh.

 

Duncan

Some excellent performances from the Juniors and those that ran their 1st XC event in the Senior and Vet races. Some ran twice, got disqualified, ran late, ran in the wrong race or pranced down the hill like Bambi, but hey its all part of being a Bounder and the atmosphere and encouragement is second to none. Look forward to the next team event which is the Sunderland XC open on Sat 13th Sept so keep the date free details to follow. Thanks again

Full results http://www.durhamcityharriers.org.uk/events-fixtures/summer-relays/

 

 

 

A couple of dates for your diary

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Gibside pastyrun – Friday 22nd August

For those that may be new to the Bounders’ pastyrun, the pasty train will depart from Shotley Bridge Station (Derwent Walk) at 6:30pm , for a steady 6ish mile run down to Gibside, where we have a pasty and a pint (or two).There may also the option to start from Belle Vue Leisure Centre at 6pm.  As usual, pasty orders to Sara, or leave a comment on this post.

photoEdmundbyers pubrun – Tuesday 2nd September

Meeting at the Punchbowl in Edmundbyers, at 7pm, come and join us for a lovely off-road social run, of appoximately 6 miles. Followed by rehydration in the pub!

We would advise that you wear trail shoes, or old road shoes, as there will most likely be a bit of mud.

Please note, there will be no 7pm session going out from the sports centre. 

Haven Point Triathlon, South Shields – Sunday 10th August, 2014

Report submitted by Paul Rowe

The Race

Haven Point Triathlon

Overall Score

27

PB Potential

4 – Lovely, brand new swimming pool, steady bike route 3 laps on closed roads with only a small climb, then a run back on part of bike route before looping back along sea front finishing with a short 100m final stretch on the sand so good chance for a PB

Atmosphere

4 – Despite the prospect of Hurricane Bertha’s impending arrival, the weather stayed fine for the race so spirits remained high

Organisation

3 – This was the inaugural Tri at Haven Point (previously it was ran at Hebburn) organised by Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service. Lots of very helpful marshalls and people helping out. Only teething problems / delays I noticed were registering people in at the start meaning some of the early starters for the swim were caught up in a long queue before being fast tracked to the front to make the planned 7:00 am start time. Bike security at the start could have been better (no marshalls there when I and others were racking some of the first bikes). However, soon got sorted and the rest of the arrangements, marshalls, closed roads / signs / barriers were all were very good

Scenery

3 – Nice views along the beautiful South Shields coastline

Value for Money

5 – Your £40 entry fee got you a nice goodie bag, including the obligatory T shirt, drink bottle with sports sachets, discount voucher, closed roads for the event and also a fabulous buffet at the end.

Beginner Friendliness

5 – Sprint Triathalons can be a great way to get into this 3 event race, with this one just a short 400m in a pool, followed by 20k on the bike on closed (ie safe!) roads and finish off with a 5k run. Very supportive group of participants and organisers and willingness to offer help and assistance with setting up the transition area between the disciplines

Club Support & Social

3 – Only 6 Bounders out on the day compared with a huge turn-out at the recent Weardale Tri – would recommend more do it next year!

In Short

Great, friendly sprint Tri, safe pool short 400m swim, and fairly easy bike / run with plenty of spectators all around. Final run section on sea front paths before a final 100m on the sand to the finish line.

In Full: This was to be my 2nd Sprint Triathlon, and my third Tri in total (having also managed the Standard distance in last months rescheduled Newcastle Tri). I only found out about this particular one during a conversation at Ryton Tri swimming training just a few days earlier. A last minute entry went in and I was given a number and 8:05 start time.

The event registration was due to open at 5:30am on Sunday, adjacent roads closed at 6:30 and a competitors briefing 6:45 for a 7:00 start. An early alarm clock at 4:30 was set for the 45-60 minute journey to South Shields. The forecast all week included warnings for bad weather due to the tail end of hurricane Bertha heading North. I’m sure if I’d opened the curtains at that hour to see the worst of what could have been, I may have forfeited and crawled back into bed. However, skies were light, broken and pleasantly warm. Ultimately, it managed to stay OK for the entire race, with only the first rain falling during the awards presentation several hours later.

I arrived and already quite a few competitors were assembling in the many car parks on the sea front (these were ran by the council so a small charge was needed for parking). The transition area/finish line etc. were all taking shape and registration open to collect race numbers.

I joined the queue and was sorted with my number and timing chip (worn on left ankle) fairly quickly. However, a long queue was starting to develop behind me and the people arriving later must have quite a long wait. Indeed, even at time of the briefing at 6:45, there was already calls going out for the early start competitors to make their way to the front so they didn’t miss the swim start time. I went to the transition area to rack my bike, lay out my towel, running equipment, helmet, drinks/nutrition etc. and checked out the ‘Bike Out/Bike In/Run Out’ routes ready for the race.

The start times of the swim are arranged with the slower swimmers generally starting first, slowing working through to the faster times towards the late starters. There was a mix of people doing front crawl, breaststroke or even the occasional backstroke with the early starters. This particular event had the pool split into 8 lanes, with everyone doing 16 lengths. In lane 1, each swimmer would swim up then down before ducking under the rope and then the next two lengths in lane 2, and so on through to the end of Lane 8. Once complete, climb out and make your way out the pool area and to transition. Saves having to count to 16 which can be easily missed when swimming!

The time in transition depends on how organized you are and how much faffing around you want to do. I made it out from the swim before the person next to me, but she made it out of transition well before me! Less faffing next event! Because of the timing chip, which records exactly when you cross the entry point and exactly when you cross the exit point, you can even quantify the faffing ready for next time.

There are various rules to follow in Triathlon (too many to list), but one key one in Transition 1 is helmet on & clipped before you touch the bike. Something perhaps easy to consider in calm times, but with the red mist of competition, something easy to forget. Get it wrong and time penalty! Sorting out race number, socks (remember the talc!), shoes, glasses, gloves if you like them – all takes time!

The bike route was very well signposted and marshalled, out from Haven Point, along the sea front past Marine Park towards Gypsy’s Green stadium and then along to virtually the point the GNR ends. Several ‘sleeping policeman’ in the first few hundred yards needed to be navigated but this wasn’t a problem. A slight incline, together with a strongish headwind, made the first part of the bike tough. However, before you knew it, you were at the turnaround point and heading back down the same road, this time with the wind on your back.

3 bike laps made up the 20k route before heading back for Transition stage 2. Stage 2, rack the bike before taking the helmet off (or another time penalty!). Sort out anything more before heading out on the final event, the 5k run.

This run retraced the first part of the bike route (uphill, into wind!) before a sharp left turn took you right to the side of the beach for the return leg towards the rear of the Dunes amusement park and short journey towards the finish line. I wasn’t taking too much notice on distance so wasn’t expecting such a long last loop along the promenade before the final leg towards the finish line. The last 100 m had you running along the sandy beach – first time for me running on sand! Harder than I expected and was glad it wasn’t further!.

At the finish line, lots of people were there waving and cheering everyone on. A bottle of water handed out to everyone was most welcome.

As the race was chip timed, a quick visit to the timing van, enter my race number and I was presented with a lovely print out of my entire race details – swim time, T1 time, run time, T2 time and then finally run time!

I managed to knock of several minutes of my Weardale Tri time (even taking into account the slightly shorter bike route). Definitely now believe I have the Tri bug!

The remaining people continued to depart out on the bike/run routes so plenty of opportunity to support your fellow participants. However, before the weather turned for the worse, everyone was home and finished.

A buffet was provided as part of the event which was most welcome afterwards! Bar facilities were also there. Awards were presented to top 3 people in all the race categories by the Mayor/Mayoress of South Tyneside showing the great support this even has in the community. A raffle, in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, offered 3 bikes as well as a host of other prizes which seemed very well supported.

Just at the close, the heavens opened but by this time everyone had had a great event. I, for one, am looking forward to doing this again next year. Who else is with me?

 

Lowther Trail Run – Sunday 10th August, 2014

Report by Mike Gill

The Race Lowther Trail Run
Overall Score 24
Please score the following categories out of 5  
PB Potential 2 – Steady away from the show ground and then the climbing starts and  some lumpy bits to follow so limited PB potential
Atmosphere 4 – Despite the very wet conditions it had a good feel
Organisation 4 – Good initial instructions and signage into a dedicated parking area at the show ground, route well taped and a couple of water stops/dibber points
Scenery 5 – Very scenic with good views of Ulswater from one of the tops
Value for Money 5 – Your £10 entry fee also got you into Lowther show after for free
Beginner Friendliness 3 – Billed as a Trail Run but more like a Fell Race so not for the faint hearted, friendly supportive group of runners
Club Support & Social 1 – Only Bounder out on the day (would recommend more do it next year)
Tell us more…  
In Short Hills, rough stuff, river to plodge through & lovely views

 

The Bounders have taken part in the Lowther Trail Run which has been part of the Lowther Show for many years. Initially discovered by Gordon Hindson it quickly gained a place in our running year. Lowther Show (just outside Penrith) is a large show initially held over 3 days Fri, Sat & Sun and the run used to take place on the Friday. The route then was about 60% on lanes and the rest off road. After 2 years where the weather washed the show out completely it ceased to be put on. Thankfully it is now back stronger than ever.   A 2 day event now over Sat & Sun with the run being held on the Sunday.

My day started with a dreek prognoses for the weather due to the tail end of hurricane Bertha heading towards the UK. Sure enough it was wet and stayed wet for the whole day but the forecasted high winds didn’t appear and the temperature at 13/14 was ok with no wind to chill you. The initial instructions were clear and precise and guided us into the Lowther estate and to a reserved car parking right next to a large marque which was race HQ and also looked out onto the carriage driving arena where we had a grandstand view of the magnificent horses and carriages going through their paces.

We had got there with over an hour to spare so registration was quick, number put on, a dibber fastened to your wrist for the 2 checkpoints later to be encountered. The rain continued pouring down as the runners gathered. A fit looking lot I must say with a good lot of females running. They all had the lean mean look if you know what I mean.

Given the wet conditions we were asked at the briefing to carry a waterproof and not to depend on others if in trouble. A simple whistle and we were off from in front of Lowther Castle.

L1

The first bit was a downhill clatter over the meadow in Lowther Parkland, a sharp turn at the bottom before tracking the river, crossing a bridge and then the huffing and puffing started as we pulled up through Askham Village and onwards up the fell to Heughscar Hill. (Fab view of Ullswater below) We then changed to a southerly direction as we descended to the Cockpit. By then I realised that today wasn’t going to be a fast run for me, my legs were very heavy from the previous days hard hilly cycling sportive at The Hell of Hexham. So I mentally readjusted and decided that today was going to be for enjoyment only. Felt good after that decision.

The run was billed as a Trail Run but in truth it was more a Fell Run with only about 2 of the 13 miles being on road. We had a stream to plodge through, the girl running next to me asked ‘is this the river crossing?’ fraid not I replied. That came a little later as we had to wade through the River Lowther which was about knee deep (with a safety line rigged up for the nervous) That was good, wet feet matched the wet rest of us!! Shortly after that we got our comeuppance when we had to haul ourselves up Knipe Scar. Yes I walked up it….didn’t see the racing snakes at the head of the field but I comforted myself by agreeing that they too couldn’t have ran up that could they?

At that point most the graft was done and after some undulations over grassy bits we started a long descent back into the Lowther estate. I had half a mile of climbing through some woods and out I popped by the Castle itself and trotted over the line feeling rather smug with myself as it was all over. Still chucking it down but not cold.

This run is one to bring the family over to as Lowther Show has loads going on and would keep everyone from children to grownups well occupied all day. Your £10 race entry gets runners into the show free and you can purchase discounted tickets for extra people when you enter the race (sorry run)

Despite the rain Ann and myself had a great day out and I even picked up the Gadgy prize, a nicely engraved crystal tankard courtesy of sponsors Isuzu.

L2As the race organiser said at the end he was very pleased to see an increased number running (about 80) and to spread the word for next year. Word spread Bounders put the Lowther Trail Run in your mind for next year.

Mike

 

Blyth Links Invitational – Tuesday 26th August

We’ve had an invite from Blyth for their Links 10k run and social evening to be held on Tuesday 26th August. The run will be as in previous years, with the race starting at the Beach car park, South Beach, at 7.15pm. Followed by a free buffet at The Quay pub. There is no entry fee, it’s just collect a number and run.

This event has proved very popular with Bounders in the past, and is now part of our annual Grand Prix.

Please let Tony Skeen know if you would like to run, or alternatively leave a comment below, so that we can advise Blyth of numbers.

Clive Golledge Memorial Relays – 22/07/14

Report by Lisa Taylor

The Race Clive Golledge Memorial Relays
Overall Score 24
Please score the following categories out of 5  
PB Potential 1 – A big up & a big down, so probably not likely to run your fastest 2.2 miles ever
Atmosphere 5 – A good turn out from the local clubs. Relaxed & friendly
Organisation 3 – Well organised, although a few people commented on feeling a little unclear of the route at times
Scenery 3 – Not the most scenic ever but not too bad
Value for Money 4 – short race but good supper J
Beginner Friendliness 3 – Easy enough under foot & the hill shouldn’t really be too much bother for a Bounder J
Club Support & Social 5 – Great turnout of Bounders with 6 teams of 3 & support crew.
Tell us more…  
In Short Fast & hilly with pie
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I’ve never run a club relay event before, so was looking forward to seeing what it’s all about. However, following a good few hours in the mountains over the weekend, my legs seemed slightly less enthusiastic than I was.

The race started at the Peases running track in Crook and Lesley & I arrived in good time to meet up and chat with the other Bounders. There were lots of shocked faces when we saw the extent of Sarah’s bike accident injuries which led to a last minute re-shuffling of teams.

Following a short delay the relays started at 7pm. The route starts around the track, then leads out onto the road, onto a grassy field, then onto a long-ish climb. A few twists & turns then a frantic descent back down to the track. It was a decent enough little route although working out which direction you were going in next was a bit confusing at times.

Having not done such a short race before I wasn’t sure if I’d like it or not but I thoroughly enjoyed it & I’ll definitely try to do more relays in the future. It was good to see there weren’t just the speedy ones there but there were runners of all levels.

Relays over, it was over to the pub for pie & peas, or a vast choice of sandwich option for non-meat eaters amongst us. We didn’t manage to retain the shield but our first team finished a fabulous 3rd place. Well done speedy ones J

A huge well done goes out to Sarah who despite a swollen hand, inability to move her arm/shoulder & too many cuts & bruises to mention still managed to put in a superb performance. True commitment.

We took 3rd place this year full results to follow.

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Northumberland Coastal Run – Sunday 20th July, 2014

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 Report submitted by Justin Chilton

The Race Northumberland Coastal Run (14 miles)
Overall Score 24
   
PB Potential 2
Atmosphere 5
Organisation 5
Scenery 5
Value for Money  I cant remember entry price but given you only get a t-shirt it mustn’t have been much so rate accordingly.
Beginner Friendliness 2
Club Support & Social 5
   
In Short  
In Full: Having been told, or hoodwinked, one of the two, by David Goodfellow, that it was a 14K race when I submitted my entry, it was with some trepidation that I turned up for the bus to the start line at Beadnell now knowing it was miles not kilometres. Having only been training this year over 6 mile runs and Stewy’s track sessions, I feared I’d struggle to make the finish.

There was a straightforward ride up on the bus with shots being passed around – though I didn’t partake in drinking them. Upon leaving Consett the weather was overcast – ideal running weather. It remained that way until disembarking the bus in Beadnell, where the sun was out in full force. It was like stepping off the plane on holiday. I immediately turned around and took the factor 50 out of my bag, and copious amounts were shared out amongst fellow bounders.

Registration was pretty straightforward, numbers and chips were fitted and off to the beach we all went. After half an hour of chatter word went around that the start was delayed by 15 minutes. By now the sun was blazing and it was generally agreed this was going to make it a hard one hydration wise. Eventually the start line was put in place. We assembled across the sand and off we went.

First obstacle, not a hundred yards in, was lots of slippery seaweed covered rocks to navigate. After that, it was then roughly a mile and half across water laden sand, instantly putting on around half a kilo in weight on each foot. I thought the pace was fast and when I checked my Garmin after half a mile or so I was right. I pulled back a bit and also out to the right where the sand was firm but not so wet.

 By the time the first section on the sand was ending, it was a welcoming sight to see a single file track with people having to slow to a walk to get through. Just the right amount of time to get your breath back and take in the situation. On to harder ground now, and no seawater, which made the next section a lot easier and allowed me to steady into a comfortable pace. I kept a few fellow bounders in front in my sights, and used them as markers to gauge my pace against. I was still struggling at this point with my shins and calves feeling really tight, but I know now from experience it takes me roughly 4-5 miles sometimes to loosen them up and run comfortably.

Around this point a few bounders came past me, Mark Berry, Terri Cartmell and Mrs P! So again I used them as a gauge and hung on in behind them. Around this stage also was a welcoming water point – a few in the mouth, and the rest over body to cool down did the trick. We were joined by David Goodfellow at this point also. Back on to the beach for the next session, and after a mile or so I’d separated from fellow bounders and spotted Stoo Gordon up ahead. I eventually caught up with him just as you leave the sand again up by the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, where I took a picture of him with it the background. I ran with Stoo for a few miles, until round about when we came out on to the road section, this stretch I covered by myself and by now was starting to feel the lack of distance training so out came the isogel which seemed to assist. Around this time Mark berry came past again, but I had to let him go as I was struggling.

The next bit was a bit of a blur, but I know somewhere along the line it was a welcoming cup of water and a “go on Juss” from Ian Young that perked me up. It was then back on to some grassed area where I hooked up with a guy who ran out of Start Fitness. We had a bit craic and a few miles until I realised he was holding me back a bit and I set off again after consuming another gel.

Back on to what I can only describe as a farmers track and I passed Mark Berry around what I think would have been roughly the 9-10 mile mark. By now in my head I’m thinking along the lines of “worst case scenario its 30-35 more minutes of running Juss, and that’s it that’s it. Knuckle down, only you can beat yourself now”

After coming off the farmers track it was down a slight hill, across the little bridge and the most welcoming sight, an incline on a single track which everyone was walking up… great another mini rest! Needless to say I took it

Juss

A few more miles of running and it’s a sharp left and down on to the beach, this is it, final bit! So off I go. I’m struggling, but looking back as I round the first bay there’s no one behind me. so I thought “I can have a small walk here and I won’t lose any positions” but just as I slowed to a walk with my head down, I hear “howay Juss, we’re taking pictures! Come on, not far now, you’re doing great!” I look up to see Stacy, Amanda and a load of other Bounders. More importantly I can see the finish line now, so I picked up my game again and ran off with cheers all around me from fellow Bounders. I’m already buzzing like mad, but then from nowhere a Sea King helicopter came flying past really low. I looked up and the crew were waving. There was no-one else around me, they were waving at me! I felt the adrenalin rushing up the back of my neck and I’m actually thinking (I’ll leave the expletives out ) “I FLIPPING LOVE THIS! COME ON!” or words to that effect! The Sea King circled around from the finish line and headed back up towards me, the crew again waving. I threw them a salute, and looked up to see that I was a few hundred yards from the finish line. There were 3 people in front of me; I reckoned I could catch 2 easily. I kicked out and passed them. I was just about to give up on the third, but somehow I found another gear and took him out too. I passed the finish line, totally knackered with legs like jelly. I need fluids but I’ve finished thank God!

I checked my Garmin and I’d done sub 2 hours, I remember at the start people said 2 hours was good for this. I was well happy. I collected my t-shirt and saw one of our guys, I think it was Tony Skeen, who told me he thinks I was 3rd Bounder in! WOW! Amazed wasn’t the word.

After initially getting on the wrong bus I found out ours was at the other end of the golf course. I had to take my trainers off to walk to it as my toes were curling under with cramps. I got to the bus, and David Walker said he also thought I’d come in third out of the Bounders – I’m ecstatic.

After taking on fluids in the form of a recovery and protein drink. I sneaked behind the bus to get changed, and finally started to feel ok about it all. I was stiff and sore but I’d done it, and I was happy I did it.

After a while of stretching and just sitting around chatting to fellow bounders, we were informed there was a group photo taking place on the beach. So we head off for said photo. It’s then everyone heads back to the bus and we are on our way home… The shots are out again, this time I took one, I’d earned this one.

This certainly isn’t a PB course and it certainly isn’t easy. but at times you look up and take it in, and what a beautiful race! You’ll struggle to find a more scenic run. The support was great by both Bounders and the locals. In reality I couldn’t fault it; it was a good, but truly testing race. I just hadn’t prepared for it as well as I should have done. Maybe next year, but then again maybe not.

 

 

 

Kilburn 7 – Sunday 13th July, 2014

 

 

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Race report submitted by Mike and Caroline Burdon

The Race

Kilburn 7 Road Race

Overall Score (out of a possible 35)

30

PB Potential

2

Atmosphere

5

Organisation

5

Scenery

5

Value for Money

5

Beginner Friendliness

3

Club Support & Social

5

In Short

A great day out

In Full: The Bounders bus trip set off from the sports centre at 9am on a wet morning, and we headed for Thirsk for our first stop of the day. The weather started to brighten up as we arrived and we trouped into Wetherspoons for breakfast (not one for usually praising Wetherspoons, but the eggs benedict was spot on, and you didn’t stick to the tables if you lent on them). We arrived in the village of Kilburn and marked our territory on a big table in the pub beer garden as the stall holders were setting up for the village fete.

The sun was well and truly shining when we lined up for the 2pm start. Off we went, a quick first mile then a mile and a half climb. Chris powered past me, then Kevin came past as we approached the much needed water station at 3 miles. I tried to hang on to Kevin on the climb up to 6 mile, but he kept slowly pulling away and after the 2nd water station he was 100 yards ahead. At that point I thought put the effort in and finish with Kev, so I gave chase and caught him with half a mile to go. Then it was a nice run downhill to the end, going over the line together 1 second over the hour. Once we’d cheered all the other Bounders in we returned to the pub, re-hydrated, then tried to win all the wine on the tombola stall.

The bus left at 5.30 to return us to Consett and The Grey Horse for one last drink. A great day was had by all. It’s a beautiful run (a bit tough on a hot day), and a fantastic day out that should not be missed. Get it in the diary for next year.

Results

Chris Boyd 58:24

Mike Burdon 1:00:01

Kevin Lee 1:00:01

Caroline Burdon 1:02:07

Brian Richardson 1:02:15

Caroline Murray 1:04:03

Alison Hodges 1:10:48

Tricia Collins 1:13:36

Stephen Dalglish 1:16:58

Sara Sarginson 1:17:45

Shelagh Richmond 1:21:05

Michael Rowntree 1:21:05