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Signals Road Relay Championships 2013 – 16/02/13

First time the club has entered these championships and it won`t be the last. Fantastic days racing at Hetton by everyone that took part special meniton must got to Ian Campbell who answered an SoS call at the last minute and was thrilled to be asked to even take part never mind finish after all his medial problems over the last year. He surely is an inspiration to us all, well done SIR!!


Senior and Vet 40 Men

31st Blackhill BoundersRichie Scott 12:55, Jordon Bell 12:09, Gavin McAdam 13:46, Peter Graves 13:29, Nick Hattrick 15:02, Isaac Dunn 12:38.

49th Blackhill BoundersIan Walton 13:18, Steve Maxwell 15:09, Mark Fish 15:29, Ant Williamson 15:38, Keith Wadge 15:02, Colin Hodgson 14:20.

NA Blackhill BoundersDave Best 12:43, Ian Young 13:46, Mike Gill 17:46, Mike Powell 16:15, Ian Campbell 18:45, No Runner.


Senior & Vet Women

16th – Blackhill Bounders Leanne Robertson 13:55, Sarah Lister 13:46, Maresa Bell 15:51, Becky Morning 15:03.

Stewy Bell is now going to sort the teams out for these events from now on so that the strongest runners go into one team. That said every person that runs plays a part in the team so if you have not tried it before there is another chance this Good Friday at the Newburn relays details to follow closer to the event.


Pics and video thanks to George Routledge Heaton Harriers.


Anniversary Run 2013

This Sunday 17th February is the clubs annual anniversary run that celebrates the clubs official birthday this year being 26 years old. The plan is to do a 26 mile run passing through some of the Bounders favourite local running areas. It is hoped that as many members as possible will join in the run at some point and then come back to The Cricketers Public House Blackhill afterwards for a pie and a pint.


For a more detailed view of the route go to the following link; Walkjogrun

Timings/Meeting Points

  1. Start – The Cricketers Public House Blackhill 08:30am
  2. 7 mile point – The car park at the entrance to Derwent Reservoir 09:55am  
  3. 14 mile point Blanchland Park 11:30am  
  4. 19.5 mile point – The car park at the entrance to Derwent Reservoir (same as 7 miles) an ideal half marathon loop 12:25pm  
  5. 26 miles The cricketers Public House Blackhill 13:30pm


* There will be a small detour off the planned course around the 22 mile point due to the bridge repairs at Comb Bridges. Any problems or issues with the route or anything else with regards to the whole event please speak to either Aidan Hughes or Dave Anderson.


North East Harrier League – Wrekenton – 09/02/13

Report by Ian Young

The first fixture of 2013 and 4th in the series of this seasons Harrier League was held over at Wrekenton in Gateshead last Saturday. Another good turnout by club members on a cold fresh day although we were missing the U17 lads team who were away representing Durham in the inter school`s X Country. The course was in decent condition considering the recent weather but with all X Countries there was still plenty mud to wade through and a small hill to go up and down.


Results Men.

50th Graham Burns 0:38:03 Slow Pack

90th Kevin Doolan 0:39:00 Slow Pack

93rd Ian Walton 0:39:11 Slow Pack

98th Dave Smith 0:39:18 Slow Pack

160th Ian Young 0:40:21 Slow Pack

190th Stewy Bell 0:40:56 Fast Pack

246th Colin Hodgson 0:42:55 Slow Pack

247th Derren Sarginson 0:42:58 Slow Pack

309th Brian Richardson 0:45:56 Slow Pack

311th Mark Fish 0:45:58 Slow Pack

340th Kevin Lee 0:47:34 Slow Pack

374th Mike Gill 0:52:13 Slow Pack

391 Men ran

Blackhill Bounders team were 15th overall out of 26 teams updated tables not available as yet.

Strong run as always by Graham with Kevin and Dave pushing hard also got to mention Colin Hodgson and Mark Fish their times improving each fixture this season. Bruce Smith sadly pulled up with an injury and was forced to limp back to the tent, hope you get better soon Bruce. Well done to everyone for taking part we do need more men for the final 2 fixtures so come and join us at Alnwick next month.

Results Ladies.

14th Sarah Lister 0:29:11 Medium Pack

27th Leanne Robertson 0:30:04 Medium Pack

47th Louise Priestley 0:30:56 Slow Pack

48th Maresa Bell 0:30:57 Slow Pack

169 Ladies ran Blackhill Bounders team came 7th overall out of 28 teams updated tables not available as yet.

Another fine run by Sarah with Leanne pushing just behind both running well from the medium pack and doing their bit for the team. Behind them was Louise and Maresa who both had great runs too including a battle finish. To have the whole team finish within the top 50 is a great effort by them. As with the men we need more ladies out for the final 2 fixtures of this season so if you fancy a go come along and join the team at Alnwick.

Photos thanks to Sara Sarginson.


*Final mention must got to our U17 lads Jordan and Isaac who were running for Durham schools at the inter counties X Country down in Teesside the same day. Both had excellent runs finishing 3rd and 4th respectively and qualifying for the nationals in Derby next month. Well done lads!



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.