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

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.

No 7pm Run from the Sports Centre on Thursday 15th January

curryThis is a reminder that there will be no 7pm run going out from the Sports Centre this Thursday (15th January), due to the Chelmsford Curry Run. The Curry Run starts at 6:30pm from St Ebba’s church in Ebchester. Please car share wherever possible, and park responsibly in the village.

Unfortunately, if you haven’t already pre-ordered and paid for your curry, you’ve missed the boat this time, but you are still very welcome to join us for the run – Hi Viz and a headtorch are an absolute necessity.

Anniversary Run – 28 Years!

This year we are  holding our Anniversary Run on Sunday 8th of February.


We are running from Park Head Cafe to The Demi – a total of 10.3 miles. The aim is to set off and finish as one big group. You can start or finish at any point you want – 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 have the Demi booked for the afternoon for refreshments. This year, we are asking everyone to provide something to go towards a buffet. So if you want to bring sandwiches, cakes, pizza etc then all contributions will be welcome.


Hope to see as many people on the 8th of February.


Winter Warmer Curry Run – Thursday 15th January

As a few of you have expressed an interest in sampling the “Thursday Curry Night” at The Chelmsford in Ebchester, we’ve decided to try it out as one of our ever popular “Run, Eat, Drink” events. 

The night in question will be Thursday 15th January, and the evening will consist of a 5-6 mile run, starting from Ebchester at 6.30pm (route still to be confirmed, although I can say you will definitely need a headtorch), followed by a curry and drinks in The Chelmsford.

The cost of the freshly homemade curries is just £7.95, and you will find the standard menu below. A vegetarian, beef, chicken and prawn option is available on all curries except the Katsu curry.

All curries are to be pre-ordered, and paid for by Monday 12th January. Due to seating numbers we will be limited to approximately 45, so please let Tony Skeen have names and your choice of curry as soon as possible. Payment can be made to Tony in cash, or by direct payment into Bounders account using “curry run” and your surname name as reference.

I’m sure The Chelmsford would be delighted to feed any friends or family who would like to eat while we run.

It would be great to see a good turn out as usual!

Click on menu above to make it bigger.

The Annual “Deck the Tree” Run – Sunday 14th December

Christmas-Tree-Snow-ForestDon’t forget, our annual “Deck the Tree” run is this Sunday!

It’s a run of approximately 11 miles, at an easy pace, starting from the Punch Bowl in Edmundbyers at 8:00am. Running out to a lone tree at the foot of Bolts Law Fell, which is then decked with baubles and tinsel. If we’re lucky, we’ll be met at the tree by Bounders bearing sweet mince pies and mulled wine to refuel for the return journey.

It is mainly across fells, moorland and fields, and although mostly on good tracks, it will be very wet and boggy in places, so again, please come prepared for the terrain and possible adverse weather conditions, with trail shoes (or old trainers), plenty of layers and a waterproof. Also, a change of clothing for afterwards will be handy, as you will get wet and muddy! 

If you are unsure where the meeting point in Edmundbyers is, then we can arrange a meeting at Belle Vue for car sharing, or to head over in convoy.

Don’t forget to bring some baubles and tinsel, and as always, festive hats are a must!

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice of Annual General Meeting.

The Annual General Meeting for 2015 will take place

Thursday 22nd January 2015 at 7:30pm

Venue: Blackhill Club

At the meeting there will be reports from the Chair and Treasurer together with a review of progress on the development of the club.

Election of the Management Committee for 2015 will be held. The committee is made up of an executive of 3 plus a further 12 members.

Any member wishing to seek election to the committee should contact the Club Secretary by January 5th 2015 to lodge their nomination.

All members are invited to attend to hear about what has been a great year for the club and to help shape our future direction so that we continue to go from strength to strength.

Members wishing to ask questions or raise issues should submit them to the Club Secretary by January 5th 2015.

Mike Powell. 23/11/14.

You can find the Minutes of the previous AGM, September 2013, here.