Friday 29 June 2018 – Red Kite Social Run

29 June 2018 – ‘Come Fly your Kite’ Social Run – Apologies for the name this is the best Mike Swainson could come up with at short notice :)

This run replaces the very popular run down to Gibside that are normally held but due to changes within Gibside NT these are no longer possible, without incurring an entry fee into the grounds.

The plan is to meet at Ebchester Station for a 6.30pm start and continuing down the line to the Red Kite Pub in Winlaton. The run is very social and will be at your own pace, no one will get left behind, and it is also a great way to meet other members.  Food  (and alcohol) is available to purchase at the Red Kite.  You must arrange your own transport back from Winlaton.  For any further information please contact Mike Swainson

Yes …. there’s a bus on ….. Blaydon Bus – BUS IS NOW FULL

A bus has been arranged to transport runners to and from Blaydon Race.  The bus will leave Ponds Court (next to McDonalds) at 1.15pm prompt and drop runners at the start.  The bus will return as soon as the last runner is on the bus, approximately 4.45pm (ish).  Seats are £5 per person, money must be transferred into the Bounders account to confirm your seat.  Names to Amanda please at . We need names as soon as possible so that suitable bus sizes can be confirmed.

Snods Run Thursday 10th May 2018

REMINDER – The second pub run in the series takes place on Thursday 10th May meeting at Snods Village Hall 6.30 pm – following the old Snods 6 route, with a mixture of road and trail.  We will finish with drinks in the Crown & Cross Swords , Shotley Bridge.  Thank you to Tricia Collins for organising, any questions please contact Tricia.  Thank you

Pier to Pier Bus – Sunday 20th May 2018

Mike Swainson has kindly organised a bus to transport runners to the start and collect them at the finish. The bus will leave Ponds Court at 8.15am prompt. The bus will drop you off at the start and head to the finish, therefore bags can be left on the bus.

After the race we will all head back to The Cliff pub for a couple of drinks, food can also be purchased in the pub, they do a delicious Sunday lunch. The bus is set to return at 3.30pm.

All names to Mike Swainson.

The cost is £5 per adult, children go free. This must be transferred into the Bounders account to confirm your seat.


Report on Thornley XC

Thank you to Anna Sugden for her round-up of events on Saturday 10th February …..

An  outstanding day at Thornley on Saturday, where our fearless runners heroically took part in one of the hardest courses in the league – in extraordinarily harsh conditions.

Blackhill Bounders, for one day only, became The Terrific Titans in their big hearted, giants’ response to marshalling as well as running. Not only did the men come first after a superb turnout, but the ladies’ team skipped into 6th place, with an excellent all round performance from all.

All the seniors fought a persistent combat through calf-deep mud, knee-deep puddles and bitter cold conditions.

Marshalls also endured a long shift; directing, encouraging and even gallantly rescuing stranded athletes from the slippery sludge. There was never a dull moment on the field, even quiet moments were used wisely in creative pursuit, with the Bounders’ banter heard far and wide across Thornley and beyond.

The kids’ teams also flourished again: it was calculated that one fifth of the U13 Boys’ Fast Pack line-up was made up of Blackhill vests. An impressive repeat performance from the U13 boys’ team, this time with Slane, White and Thompson leading the pack  towards a secure second place.

The U13 girls had a brave barefoot bolt through mud, wood and stones with three members losing shoes in the quagmire. Hughes continued resolutely, without retrieval. Anderson ran her best race yet, and made the promotion to Fast Pack in the U13 girls’ race.

But it wasn’t all about the glory of coming in first; our Bounders ( senior and junior) are honoured to hold the coveted last position in races also.

“Someone has to run gracefully in that mess! Consequently, you earn last place, but I represented the Blackhill vest with a touch of elegance” said Elizabeth Sugden defiantly, a proud holder of the last position in the U15 girls’ race.

We move to the final race next month, where we ask all members to consider running, jogging or crawling in an attempt to hold our position in the league.

Whether you take advice from Elizabeth or Patrick, Blackhill Bounders welcomes you to race next month, and indeed next season.

Stop believing you’re not good enough or you couldn’t manage the course! You can, and should,  and we welcome anyone and everyone aboard!

Sport Commentator


Blackhill Bounders