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Bamburgh 10k – 15th June, 2014


Report submitted by Andrew Dick

The Event Bamburgh 10k
Overall Score (out of a possible 35)  23
PB Potential 4
Atmosphere 2
Organisation 3
Scenery 5
Value for Money 2
Beginner Friendliness 3
Club Support & Social 4
In Short Genuine Road Race with a stunning castle
In Full: This was only my third proper race so my scores are not based on much experience. However, I was genuinely looking forward to starting and finishing a race with the most picturesque castle in the country as the backdrop. It was an early start with registration closing at 09:30 so left a sleeping house at 07:30 and made my way to pick up my running nemesis from Heaton. An easy drive up the coastal route passing along some of the route spotting the 7, 8 and 9 km markers by the side of the road. Parked no problem opposite the castle in the public car park and bumped into Colin Hodgson who had just returned from collecting his number. My mate and I set off for registration in the Cricket pavilion just in front of the castle. Already a fair number of club runners hanging about, warming up, stretching and yacking away. Couldn’t see any black and gold vests but my friend is in Heaton Harriers so we stood with members of her club. A friendly bunch who were quizzing me the Blackhill park run, which to my shame and work patterns have not had the chance to do.  

The start line was up the hill next to the castle which was filling up when we took our places in the line-up. Still no other black and gold vests to be seen, then spotted Colin Hodgson striding up the hill followed by Stephen Metcalf. We stood together chatting for a while before Colin decided to start at the front, Stephen and I being the less experienced runners found a gap in the middle and set off soon after. It was a fast start with a steep descent down the hill and up through the village before turning left along single track road towards North Sunderland. The roads were still open and a few cars brushed past as the 2-6km section seemed to never end. The route took us past endless fields of winter wheat and grazed pasture. Compared to running in Consett, I thought it was a flat and easy course but listening to people from other clubs they were complaining there were a couple of hills. I must have missed those bits! The route took us back onto the main road which was still open to traffic after the 6k mark. I had settled into my run at this point and the pack had spread out quite a bit. The castle was the obvious landmark and I just put my head down and let muscle memory take over and plugged away at the final 4k. Entering Bamburgh village the footpath reappeared so for the final km we ran along the pavement towards the finish line on the Cricket pitch. Plenty of people cheering the runners along and spotted Colin shouting “come on the Bounders” at the finish so he must have had a good run. Crossed the finishing line with in 48:30 which is my new PB. Collected a bottle of water and went to cheer on the rest of the runners who were coming in thick and fast. Colin it turned out had a blinder came 21st out of 289 runners with a time of 39:08. Stephen was next in also getting a PB so it was a good day for the three of us. My third proper race and second as a Bounder. Can’t wait for next one now.


Full results can be found here


Blaydon Race – Monday 9th Joon, 2014

BlaydonReport submitted by Stuart Smith

The Event Blaydon Race
Overall Score (out a possible 35) 32
PB Potential 5 (Odd distance so PB only for a repeat attempt Good however, for a 5k PB on the watch)
Atmosphere 4
Organisation 5
Scenery 3
Value for Money 4.5
Beginner Friendliness 4
Club Support & Social Off the scale!
In Short Definitely one for the race calendar, that everyone should take part in.
In Full: After the Edinburgh Marathon my running mojo was Zero with a capital Z. After getting on the bus and for once saying no to a Mike Gill and a John Million shot, maybe it was returning. (Yes I said no! but had a couple on the way back) 

Once we got off the bus it was amazing to see so many Black and Gold vests and a great club picture and one with the mayor as a bonus. A few bounders around me at the start line particularly Sarah Driver, about time she was in the club vest, good lucks all round and we are off.

Very fast start and extremely manic as everyone jostles for room. Weather warm and humid, not ideal conditions. Sarah passed me at around 3 miles and I noticed Dave Mitchell not too far ahead. At this point, two ladies from the Elvet Striders screamed “parkrun PB!” to which I laughed and replied “me too!”. There was great camaraderie amongst the runners.

 As most people know the route is straight forward and as the song goes, along the Scotswood Road, not the most scenic but the sense of occasion more than makes up for it.

 It was great to see Captain Ian Young giving huge encouragement as we headed into Blaydon, on the rise (for those new to the club, XC season will be here before we know it!), before we dropped down and looped round where the water station is. By this time I’d gone past Sarah and was hoping she would cling onto my shirt tails helping her to the end. She did – well done Missy Driver! I’d also gone past Dave Mitchell to which he responded with flying back past me, and words of encouragement were given.

Nice to see loads of non running bounders around the finishing point, giving loads of encouragement, that’s always canny mint and helps get you across the line.

  Full results can be found here


The George Ogle Memorial Race – Wednesday 28th May 2014

George Ogle Group

Report submitted by Sharron Skeen


The Race George Ogle Memorial Race
Overall Score (out of a possible 35) 29.5
PB Potential 3.5
Atmosphere 4
Organisation 4
Scenery 5
Value for Money 4
Beginner Friendliness 4
Club Support & Social 5
In Short  –
In Full:Having this been my first race as a Bounder last year, I decided to give it another go, just because I loved the 2 hills from last year, ahem! The conditions were, shall I say, a tad damp, but it didn’t appear to dent anyone’s enthusiasm. The 4 girls (myself, Kelly, Cheryl and Emma) decided to all “tootle” round together as it was their first time. We started right at the back of everyone so that we wouldn’t get trampled in the rush and had to promptly stop to negotiate a large puddle. Having managed that, off we set through Derwenthaugh Park.

It was a lovely scenic route and the rain didn’t seem that bad once we got going. The route went round the park and then looped onto the Derwent Walk. At this point some of the front runners were on their way back down the line but we got lots of encouragement from everyone as they passed us. I warned the others about the hills, but I don’t think they believed me until we started up the first one which went off up a track from the Walk. Once we managed to get up there, it was a nice little downhill to the water station where we had a welcome drink and enjoyed some music. Didn’t have time to stop for a boogie unfortunately!

We carried on down into some fields with puddles and mud and by that time it was a case of just go through them rather than trying to save your trainers. I was trying not to think about the big steps to go up back onto the Walk and by this time Cheryl and Emma were slightly ahead of me and Kelly. Suddenly the dreaded steps appeared and I got up them walking. As I came to the top I could see a line of about 5 marshals watching me come up the hill. “Don’t watch me walking up here” I cried, then got to the top to be met by Chris Haswell with a camera taking photos! That was not a nice place to stand and take photos.

Kelly came up behind me; we caught our breath and then started down the line for the last 2 miles. I checked my watch and said to Kelly we had plenty of time to get back to be under the hour. As we ran down the line, we managed to pass a couple of other runners as it was a nice straight downhill all the way to the finish. We started to struggle with about a mile to go but running with someone else is so much easier and we kept each other going. With about 300 yards to go we were cheered in by Brian, and Colin came to run in with us. I heard Colin shout at me to sprint so I did, or at least I tried and I wasn’t going to stop for the puddle this time.

The Bounders were out in force cheering us on and hearing those cheers at the end when you are flagging gives you the boost to keep going and get over the line. I stopped my watch over the line and looked at it and to my utter surprise I had knocked a minute off my time from last year. All the girls did extremely well for their first time and we all enjoyed it. It is a nice race to do if you don’t mind a couple of hills, but if you can run round Consett, you can do the hills.

I would definitely recommend it as a first race and no doubt I’ll be doing I again next year. Finally, I have to say what a great club the Bounders is for the support and camaraderie that exists and I am proud to be one of them.


 Full results to follow

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