Well done, Mike!

The Starting Group
The Starting Group

Well done to Mike Gill for completing his “28 miles, for 28 years” run around the old 5 reservoirs anniversery run route, yesterday. He had company from Jason Taylor for pretty much all of the run, whilst various other Bounders dipped in and out along the way.

Jazz Hands from the Men

For anyone not familiar with the route, there’s an awful lot of up and down, over a mix of terrain, so it’s certainly not the easiest 28 miles you could run. The weather threw pretty much everything it had at the runners, too.

Arriving in Edmundbyers

We even had a Junior Bounder representative, Faye Bousfield, who ran the Moorcock to Derwent Reservoir section – Well done, Faye!

Derwent Reservoir

Mike arrived back at Whitehall to a round of applause, and promptly broke out a flask of warm sangria, which was very welcome.

The Finish at Whitehall

Thanks must go to the support crew, Ann Gill, Christine Murray, Ian Dilley, Mark & Nathan Phillips, and to anyone else who turned out along the way.

The Next Gibside Pasty Run – Friday 6th March

800px-Cornish_pasty_-_cutThe next Gibside pastyrun will take place on Friday 6th March.

As usual, we’ll be departing from Shotley Bridge Station (on the Derwent Walk) at 6:30pm for a steady 6ish mile run down to Gibside. There may also be an option to start from Belle Vue at 6pm if anyone fancies it.

If the weather is kind we can sit outside around the braziers, but please fetch a change of clothing, or something warm to wear – There’s usually a car or two to transport bags down to Gibside. If the weather chooses to be unkind, we’ll be in the Potting Shed Cafe. You will need to bring pennies for a pasty and beer, and just in case there aren’t enough spaces in cars returning to Consett, you should also fetch your bus fare home.

Pasties need to be pre-ordered, so please leave a comment below. There is a choice of Cornish, or cheese and onion.

Mike Gill’s 28 Miles, for 28 Years – Sunday 22nd February

By Mike Gill

To keep the tradition going of running 1 mile for each year since Blackhill Bounders were formed, I will be running 28 miles.   Anyone who wants to is welcome to join me for any part of the run. The route is a mix of road, track, field and moorland.

Starting at 07:00 from the Terris Novalis (the sculptures at the top of the track by Morrisons). Guess-timate pace will be an average of 11 minute miles, which allows for a gentle run.  Possible joining points are marked below. 

Time (approx)   Mileage  
7:00 Terris Novalis    
7:28 Whitehall Picnic Site 2.6 Joining Point
7:39 Colin’s seat 3.6  
7:49 Oxen Law 4.5 Joining Point
8:08 Salters Gate 6.2 Joining Point
8:26 Tunstall Reservoir 7.9  
9:09 Waskerley Station 11.8 Joining Point
9:32 Waskerley Reservoir 13.9  
9:52 Hisehope Reservoir 15.7  
10:05 Smiddy Shaw Reservoir 16.8  
10:12 The Moorcock 17.5 Joining Point
10:36 Haverley Lodge (Muggleswick) 19.7  
11:00 Edmundbyers YHA 21.7 Joining Point
11:27 Eddy’s Bridge 24.3  
  Past Haverley Lodge 25.5  
11:53 Coomb Bridges 26.6  
  Dean Howl 27.1  
12.11 Whitehall 28.3  


 Map 5 Reservoirs

To get a progress update on the morning, ring me on 07976 870718

Timings are a guess and will probably be a little quicker at the start and maybe the other way near the end!

 Then for a beer somewhere afterwards…

28 Years of Blackhill Bounders

We’d like to thank everyone who turned up to yesterday’s Anniversary Run to help us celebrate 28 years of our fantastic running club – whether you helped with the organisation, ran, supported, took photos, cycled, or contributed to the fantastic spread of food, which never seemed to deminish, even with a constant stream of hungry runners – Thank you!

AnniversaryRun28We couldn’t even have asked for better weather conditions either!


Also in line with the 28th year celebrations, Mike Gill will be running 28 miles (mostly off-road) around our 5 local reservoirs, on Sunday 22nd February. If you’d like to keep Mike company for part, or even all of his run, his route map and itinerary will be posted here shortly.

Anniversary Run Reminder

This Sunday we are celebrating 28 years of Blackhill Bounders with a run from Parkhead Cafe to The Demi – a total of 10.3 miles, followed by “a bit of a do” in The Demi afterwards. The aim is to set off and finish as one big group, but you can start or finish at any point you wish – the times given are the times we will leave each point. We won’t leave before those times, but we might be a minute or two later. If people want to go faster then they can run further by doing plenty of run backs. We’ve planned for 10 minute miles but it really is only a rough guide. Don’t worry about the pace you will not be left, the idea is to have as many members running as possible.
Junior members are welcome to join us from Whitehall for the last leg.
Distance to Consett
Leaving Time
    Aiming to average 10 minutes a mile (it’s down hill and it’s only really a guide- we will all finish together!)  
Park Head
We are asking everyone to provide something to go towards the buffet – All contributions welcome!

AGM Reminder

Just a quick reminder that our Annual General Meeting is to be held tonight, at Blackhill Club, starting at 7:30pm. Please try and make it along if you can.

As a result of this, please be aware that it is highly likely there will be no-one running tonight’s 7pm social run from the Sports Centre.

Cross Country at Bedewell Park, Jarrow – Saturday 31st January



Date: Saturday 31st January 2015

Location: Monkton Lane, (near Monkton Stadium), NE32 5NJ

12.15 – Under 11 Boys & Girls 
12.25 approx – Under 13 Boys
12.35 approx – Under 13 Girls
12.45 approx – Under 15 Boys
12.55 approx – Under 15 Girls
13.05 – 13.10 approx – Under 17 & Under 20 Women
13.10 – 13.15 approx –  Senior & Veteran Women
13.50 – 14.00 approx – Under 17 Men
14.15 – 14.25 approx – Senior & Veteran Men

Directions: South through Tyne Tunnel, take first exit left, take second exit at next roundabout, turn left at next roundabout (signposted Primrose), travel over the speed humps past the school on the right then shortly after the road starts to head uphill, turn right onto Butcher’s Bridge Road, go straight on at the next roundabout, the start of the course is near the entry to the park that appears on the left at the end of the houses.

Description and Facilities: Good course on solid ground with inclines. Toilets & changing nearby at the stadium.

Parking: Small pay & display at Monkton Stadium; parking restrictions & double yellow lines in residential streets – consider parking in other locations around the park.

 Please note: If you cannot find your Harrier League number, a replacement number can be issued at the cost of £1.00 from the Information Desk on the day of the XC.

The Juniors will be leaving Belle Vue Sports Centre, at 10:45.

Bounders’ Newsletter Under New Management

newsletterBianca McElrue has very kindly volunteered to take over from Nigel in producing a quarterly club newsletter to help keep you all informed of club goings on. If you have any suggestions or contributions for the newsletter, you can get in touch with Bianca at biancagobo@yahoo.com.

Thanks must go to Nigel for his original idea, and his work on the newsletter over the last year and a bit.

Hill Reps & Relays Session Cancelled – 14th January 2015

Apologies for the very late notification, but tonight’s hill rep session in Blackhill Park has had to be cancelled due to the icy conditions.



Royal Signals Road Relay Championships

hetton start

Names are currently being taken for the next club relay event, which will be the NECAA Road Relay Championships, on Saturday 14th February, at Hetton Lyons Country Park, Hetton-le-Hole.
Catagories include  – Senior Men, Over 40 Veteran Men, Over 50 Veteran Men, Senior Women, Veteran Women

Each leg is 2 laps – 2.22 miles in total, all on tarmac paths within the country park. 
Start Times:

12:00 – 4 LEG RELAY
Senior Women
Vet Women Over 35
Vet Men Over 50
13:15 – 6 LEG RELAY
Senior Men
Vet Men Over 40
Entry fees:

Senior Men’s teams @ £15
Over 40 Veteran Men’s teams @ £15
Over 50 Veteran Men’s teams @ £10
Senior Women’s teams @ £10
Veteran Women’s teams @ £10
1. Only clubs affiliated to NECAA may compete in the Championships.
2. All team members must be first claim members of the club that they represent.
3. Guest teams may only compete with advance invitation from the NECAA Road Running Committee.
4. Senior Men and Over 40 Veteran Men’s teams will consist of six runners.
Veteran Men must be 40 on the day of the race.
5. Women’s and Over 50 Veteran Men’s teams will consist of four runners.
Veteran Women must be 35 on the day of the race.
6. All runners must be at least 15 years old on the day of the race.
7. Runners can only compete in one category and can only run one leg.
8. NECAA medals will be awarded to the first three clubs in each championship category.
(Only one set of medals can be won by a club in each category.)
9. The Royal Signals Trophy will be awarded to the first team in the Senior Men’s Championship.
10. Teams must be declared 30 minutes before the start of the race.
11. The organisers reserve the right to delay the start time or to postpone the race, if necessary.
12. Clubs knowingly fielding ineligible athletes may be banned from future Championships.


This is a great team event held on a very good course, which will suit all abilities. As always, names to Ian Young, Stewy Bell, or Sarah Lister.