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North East Harrier League Fixture No 4 – Wrekenton

This Saturday 9th February is fixture No 4 in this seasons Harrier League over in Wrekenton Gateshead. As always we will be meeting at Belle Vue from 11am on Saturday morning to car share to the event. If you haven`t taken part in the previous fixtures don`t worry as you can still register before the races and best of all its FREE. If you fancy a run out in the mud with a team of Bounders then get yourself along on Saturday and join in the fun.

Timetable of events

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


Cardinal Hulme Catholic School, Wrekenton


A1(M) to join the Western Bypass. Just after the motorway classification ends leave the bypass at signs to Gateshead (South).

At the “Angel” roundabout take the fourth exit, signed to Wrekenton B1296, and continue up the hill.

In the village, at a mini-roundabout, all traffic is directed to the left. After this turn right immediately at another mini-roundabout. At the traffic lights turn left along Old Durham Road, pass the Seven Stars public house on the right and continue along Old Durham Road until you see a new school – Cardinal Hulme Catholic School (which is in the big green space to the west of the course on the course map below).


There is limited parking in the school grounds and you may need to park on side roads.


The building at the southern most end of the school grounds, next to the footpath (which is an old railway line) which leads to the course itself.

The course

Figure of eight course good vantage point from the central high point.

Course Map

Last years report,

Thanks to Alister @ Elvet Striders for the venu information.



“Ganning alang the Scotswood Road”

The club has secured a block booking for this year`s Blaydon Race, 9th June, which will save YOU time and effort instead of trying to use the online booking system when it opens on the 4th February and potentially missing out on a place.

What YOU need to do if you want to secure your place for the race is to contact Steve Maxwell via email ( by close of play Saturday 26th January with the following.

  1. Your full name.
  2. Your date of birth.
  3. Your English Athletics membership number.
  4. Your T-shirt size required.
  5. Your race fee which is £18 this year.

Steve has been given a deadline of Sunday 27th January so if you have not paid him by then you will NOT secure your place.

If you want to pay by cheque that`s fine please make the cheque out to Blackhill Bounders. Once Steve has all the money in the club will pay the race fees out of the clubs own account. The club will also organise transport to and from the race with a social gathering afterwards location to be confirmed.

Don`t delay and get your entry in NOW and let`s have a big turnout of Blackhill Bounders at this excellent North East race.



Durham Cathedral X Country Relays – 13/01/13


Report by Ian Young

A cold sunny Sunday morning saw 22 Bounders and family members head down to Durham for the annual X Country Relays hosted by Durham City Harriers. The course was a nice flat loop of 1500 meters on grass that each team member had to run around twice. Teams were made up of Senior Men, Veteran Men and Veteran Woman.

Vet Men results.

41st 00:32:55 Dave Best VM35 00:09:36, Kevin Lee VM50 00:12:02, Phill Morris VM35 00:11:17

42nd 00:32:56 Stewy Bell VM45 00:09:16, Gavin McAdam VM35 00:10:01, Mike Gill VM65 00:13:39

47th 00:33:24 Ian Young VM35 00:10:15, Mark Fish VM40 00:11:43, Ant Williamson VM45 00:11:26

48th 00:33:35 Ian Walton VM40 00:09:52, Brian Richardson VM45 00:11:33, Geoff Winter VM55 00:12:10

58th 00:35:10 Dave Smith VM45 00:10:08, Mike Swainson VM65 00:13:52, Chris Boyd VM45 00:11:10

70 teams ran the event.

Fastest vet 35 – Dave Best 10th, Gavin McAdam 12th and Ian Young 13th.

Fastest vet 45 – Stewy Bell 7th.


Senior and Vet Woman results.

11th 00:33:14 Sarah Lister VW35 00:10:43, Louise Priestley VW35 00:11:47, Leanne Robertson VW35 00:10:44

70 teams ran the event.

Fastest vet 35 – Sarah Lister 3rd, Leanne Robertson 4th and Louise Priestley 14th.


Senior Men results.

22nd 00:28:01 Jordan Bell SM 00:09:16, Richard Scott SM 00:09:29, Isaac Dunn SM 00:09:16

34th 00:30:06 Stephen Collins SM 00:10:13, Stewy Bell VM45 00:09:25, Ian Young SM 00:10:28

52 teams ran the event

Ian and Stewy had to run again to make the numbers up for the 2nd senior team.

Big well done to everyone that ran some of who are just coming back from injury and time out from running we should be very proud of where all our teams finished. Other clubs had far bigger numbers than us and put their best runners all in one or more teams something we did not do.

For the full results go to the following link

Next Bounders team event is the Harrier League meeting at Wrekenton on the 9th Feb followed by the Royal Signals Relays on the 16th Feb at Hetton Lyons Park. If you want to run in the signals we need to know ALL names by the end of this month please. There will be a list on the notice board in the sports centre so get your name on there if you want to run. All club members are encouraged to have a go at these events no matter what standard a runner you are it`s all about having fun and being part of a team.

Pictures thanks to Sara Sarginson.

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Video thanks to George Routledge Heaton Harriers.





Bupa Great Winter Run Edinburgh – 05/01/13

This race takes place before the televised international X country event and has a quality big race atmosphere with plenty GB and international athletes mingling with the crowd before and after. The route is a nice brisk 5K clockwise run around Arthurs Seat and Holyrood Park following the Queens Drive tarmac road. The first 2 and a bit K are uphill followed by a nice fast downhill finish with plenty spectators on the sidelines shouting you on. Up with us for the day was Patrick Duffy of Heaton Harriers who made the podium finishing 2nd overall with a time of 17:33 well done Patrick and thanks for sharing your cup with us! Also well done to Tony and Sharon completing their first race since moving to the Bounders from Consett Run England. A great race and even better day out afterwards one for next year for sure thanks to you all who came and made it. Race was £20 to enter which included a long sleeved t-shirt and medal, advanced booking of return train journey was also £20 and £1.50 for a shower afterwards at Meadowbank stadium was really good value for money.


30th David Best 19:22

52nd Ian Young 20:17

69th Leanne Robertson 20:39 6th lady and 1st female vet

163rd Steve Maxwell 22:30

224th Dave Mitchell 23:17

448th Mark Fish 25:28

1262nd Tony Skeen 32:26

1263rd Sharon Jude 32:26

1817 runners took part in the event.



Hardmoors 15 – 01/01/13

Report by Philip Morris

Happy New Bounder!


I started running with the Bounders in early October 2012 to see if I would enjoy it, get fit, keep up. A recent health assessment at work had not been kind on my ‘morbidly’ obese frame with its high blood pressure and less than boastful cholesterol level. I decided to take action by tracking down a local park run and in doing so stumbled upon the Bounders website. A quick scan of the training sessions resulted in an e-mail to Ian Young, Running Coach informing him to dread the appearance of a newcomer with terrible fitness. He replied…ok.

On my first night I learned that running as a group was preferable to running on my own. New starters are reassured by the fact that run leaders oversee the train of runners from front to back, identifying points throughout the route to take a breather and loop back for the others, everyone chats to each other, and more importantly the run itself feels like an enjoyable experience, unlike many (if not all) of my own previous ventures out. To summarise – one session and I was hooked.

It didn’t take long to throw myself into the training sessions and quicker groups, not because I could hold my own but to improve and push myself. I dragged along at the back as best I could always being encouraged by the group and over time got better. The toughest session was the first park relays, I finished the final lap dropping to the ground exhausted (not recommended where runners are gathered), happy on reflection that my fitness was progressing. It was also the first time I was coached by Ian Young whose advice then and now increases my fascination into the world of running.

Two months passed when I felt ready to choose a race of my own, I’d participated in relays, fartlek, intervals, hill shuttles, time trials, cross country (ouch!), and longer distances on a Sunday thanks to Dave Anderson and Aiden Hughes. Running on New Years day from Ravenscar in North Yorkshire I entered the Hardmoors 15, a small part of the Hardmoors Ultramarathons race series. Bounder Bruce Smith’s description of his experience of the ‘55’ last year made for absorbing reading and remains a target for the future.

New Years Day arrived, I travelled to Ravenscar in good spirits, weather was bright if a little chilly, but no signs of snow, belting wind or torrential rain like I imagined. The village hall starting point was full runners competing in the 30 miler, setting off an hour earlier than the 15. I had a quick chat with Derren and Sara Sarginson just before he set off for the long haul, and waited my turn to get going; time passed quickly, nerves probably.

On the first mile, which didn’t reveal the ‘whipped’ mud that dominated the Cleveland Way (CW), I kept up with leading pack to a point where I convinced myself I was going to win! (at 14 miles I couldn’t convince myself I would finish). However the established running order was soon revealed when we made our way onto the CW, slippery mud underfoot making for difficult walking let alone running conditions. Thankfully this stretch wasn’t as long as the finishing miles and before long we were on an old railway line which allowed for ‘good’ running to the half way point at Robin Hoods Bay, an ordinarily sleepy village which today was like the Metrocentre on Christmas Eve. I approached at my best mile pace and in flustered enthusiasm was nearly run over by a car looking for the first checkpoint, I refrained from knocking on the window to explain the circumstances…I could hardly breathe.

After the first checkpoint, the route continued up the railway path before dropping down onto a coastal path (CW) toward a self clip, then back into Robin Hood’s Bay for the final check point. In this small loop I accomplished two short erroneous deviations which I later cursed out loud for the extra distance they accumulated (apologies to the lovely couple enjoying the views that overheard). The final section of the race was to make it back to Ravenscar via the CW with a climb to the village to conclude it all.

At 13 miles the mud had stopped me running and reduced me to survival motion, at 14 miles I looked back and saw another competitor closing in, but rather than run straight past he approached shouting words of mighty encouragement in a Yorkshire accent I’ll not forget in a hurry. I thanked him for it afterwards, it rescued my finish.

The doors of Ravenscar Village Hall were pushed open in a time of 2 hours 55 mins (10th). I arrived greeted by a young helper who organised the registrations, ‘Would you like a jacket potato?’ she said, breathlessness was my response. I was elated and proceeded to gorge on crisps, coke, sausage rolls, flapjacks, and of course a jacket potato. I loved the day and would recommend to anyone interested.

Hardmoors 15 was a culmination of the fitness I’d accrued over the last few months and I owe a lot of gratitude to the members of Blackhill Bounders who have coached, encouraged, and welcomed me into the club, spending time with them has transformed my response to fitness. As a consequence I can’t wait for training and competitions throughout 2013.


Happy New Year Bounders

Philip Morris