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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


Bounders out and about

Roundup of races over the festive period that club members took part in.


Saltwell Park Road Race – 21/12/12

Years 11, 12 and 13 Road Race

2nd Jordan Bell 16:49


Seniors Road Race

65th Ian Young 42:30

105th Colin Hodgson 45:16 (PB)

249th Mike Gill 56:03


Morpeth 11K Road Race – 01/01/13

100th Geoff Winter 52:58

107th Gordon Hindson 54:02

108th Brian Richardson 54:02

135th Steve Harris 61:26

136th Nichola Ball 62:08


Newcastle Resolution 10K – 01/01/13

7th Isaac Dunn – 36:26

69th Rob Savage – 46:23

114th Dave Mitchell – 54:14



Hillforts and Headaches Fell Race 3 miles 1000ft of climbing – 01/01/13

50th Jane Hetherington 33:27

63rd Chris Haswell 37:35


Hardmoors 15 Cleveland Way – 01/01/13

10th Philip Morris 02:55:00


Hardmoors 30 Cleveland Way – 01/01/13

60th Derren Sarginson  06:39:04


Well done everybody and Happy New year!


England Athletics Affiliation Information

England Athletics – Membership consultation
Statement from England Athletics Chair, Peter King, and Chief Executive, Chris Jones on behalf of the Board of England Athletics.
We write to you on behalf of the board of England Athletics to provide information, as promised, relating to affiliation fees that will take effect from 1st April 2013.
Following what we recognise to be an inadequate consultation process regarding affiliation we set up the three regional meetings and facilitated emailed submissions to hear views about this and the general concerns over consultation and representation in our sport.
We would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to make their views and constructive contributions known to us over recent weeks at meetings, via email and by post. This reflects an incredible dedication to the sport by so many.  We have taken these comments, views and opinions seriously. We are grateful for the way so many people have, in turn, been receptive to hearing what we have had to say about the challenges, in terms of budgets and provision, our sport faces as we look to the coming years, and how we must work together to address them.
Sport England this week announced their plans for funding for 2013-17. You can read more about this at
Sport England funding is allocated for specific areas of work that are ring fenced and will support our delivery in these areas. Because it is allocated for specific uses this funding cannot be transferred for use elsewhere. For example £8.8m is allocated to bringing more people into recreational running.  We will continue to work with UKA to identify new sources of commercial revenue but, at present, there is not the level of commercial funding available that there has been in the past.
Based on consideration of all the comments received we have made the following decisions. For the affiliation year commencing 1st April 2013 the following will apply:
  • All individual athletes will pay a flat fee of £10 irrespective of age or discipline. (The £10 fee will also apply to the optional Under 11s scheme. Details on the benefits pack for this scheme will be communicated in the New Year.)
  • The club and affiliated bodies registration fee will remain at £50.
  • The processes for clubs to affiliate and register athletes will be as in the current year.
  • Upgrades to the ‘Trinity’ member portal for clubs and athletes will be undertaken to make it more ‘user friendly’. We would like to thank those people who have given specific input on this matter.
In coming to the above decision, we have been through a challenging process.  This has made us clearly aware that, amongst other things, we need to review our approach to consultation and the democratic system of England Athletics that helps to shape and inform decision making. With this in mind we will carry out further consultation with member clubs during 2013 which will include consultation around plans for affiliation and membership in the future.  This will include the following:
  • How we provide best value to members,
  •              How we achieve further cost savings,
  •              How we continue to provide and safeguard the services the sport values most.
Details will be provided in due course, with the first meetings likely to be in early 2013.
A number of themes outside of affiliation fees were also raised through the recent consultation:
  • Desire for increased communication, consultation and engagement with the sport around membership and the wider work of EA (including costs and funding of delivery)
  •              Earlier communication regarding any proposed change
  •              Desire for any fee increases to be gradual, phased in and/ or subject to greater notice
  •              Need for improvements to the Trinity membership portal to help volunteers in clubs
  •              That the more athletes that clubs register the lower the price can be per athlete
  •              There were very mixed views on whether affiliation should be through the club or individual which require further discussion.
In 2013 we will be looking at ways in which we can strengthen the democratic processes of England Athletics. With this in mind we would like to continue the discussions on Regional Councils and how they can be more effectively utilised.  At this time that means making them as representative as possible and capable of both sending ideas and comments up to the National Council and the Board, and being a strong conduit back from the Board and National Council to Clubs for consultation and information purposes.  Nominations for the forthcoming elections will shortly open and we will be sending nomination forms to clubs as well as making them available at
At the consultation meetings we committed to transparency, this included a commitment to making information on comments and views given at the meetings available on the website. These are available at
We apologise for relaying this information to you late in December but have sought to act as swiftly as possible after the final consultation meeting and closing of online submissions.  We are therefore contacting club secretaries by email where possible, posting information and placing information on the England Athletics website at
Yours Sincerely,
Peter King, Chair, England Athletics
Chris Jones, Chief Executive, England Athletics
On behalf of the Board of England Athletics