Spring is coming…

What a long winter with weeks where running proved almost impossible due to snow drifts and flooding… hence all the alternative activities.

We have started our Spring/Summer club runs on Tuesday evenings; now meeting at the Duckponds/Wooler Common at 6.30 pm. So far it hasn’t felt like warm weather training with freezing winds, snow and knee-deep bogs, but at last we are back in the hills!

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Resolution Fun Run/Walk Thanks

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Many thanks to everyone who supported the event on 20th January 2018. We raised £1060 for Macmillan and Breast Cancer Care.!!

It a was cold, but sunny day. Fortunately the road up to the Golf Club had thawed by the time folk arrived, thanks to John and Glen for helping to spread salt and grit. Fantastic turn out (more than expected) – 126 runners and walkers set off, from 3 to 70 years old.  All in good spirits with snow to play in and stunning views of the Cheviots. Mary and Michelle performed miracles in the kitchen with magic soup pots. Pam, Cherry, Twink  and I juggled with raffle tickets and prizes. Cool runnings by WRC with Toria, Simon and Saul placed in the run. Great support from WRC , Sarah helped mark the course and overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity with raffle prizes etc. A good day was had by all, looks like we might have to do the same thing next year….Fun Run 2

Resolution Fun Run and Walk

554Our annual Festive Charity Event has become a Resolution Run/walk!

Saturday 20th January 2018

11.30 am start  at Wooler Golf Club NE71 6AL

off B6525 at Doddington

Scenic off-road 5k or 10k

Runners ~ Walkers ~ All Welcome

Fun for all ages…

£5 adults, £3 children

Includes Soup and Bread

Raffle and Prizes!!

All proceeds for Macmillan Cancer Support and Breast Cancer Care

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Pam the hatWe had a fantastic turn out for our festive ‘training’ run on the last Tuesday before Christmas; there is nothing like the promise of mulled wine and mince pies to lure reluctant runners out on a winter’s night! Plenty of appropriate head-wear and sleigh bells in evidence. The residents of Wooler must have been cheered to hear our angelic voices as we serenaded the illuminations. A grand evening, thanks to Pam for organising us as always.

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Aviemore 10k / Half Marathon

Last month we made our annual trip north for 48hrs away to run for less than 2!  Carrie, Simon, Pam and, Saul ran the half marathon and on the whole we were all pleased with our times – but it is a downhill course after all!  Claire R, John and Toria ran the 10k and Claire made it in under 50 minutes for the first time.  John’s wife joined in with the eating a drinking which we squeezed in around the athletics!  It’s a scenic course, half on the road and half on forest tracks.  Although the forecast was awful and the skies very dark, it was mild and dry all weekend.

Winter Training

The nights are fair drawing in… last training session starting at the Duckponds on Tuesday 3rd October, 6.30 prompt with head-torches. From Tuesday 10th October  meeting at Padgepool Place car park. We’ll aim for structured sessions lasting for about an hour- warm up, drills and speed/hill reps. Possibly starting with a 5k timed run so folk can gauge how fast to run in speed sessions. As always there will be the flexibilty to have a jog and a chat and the opportunity to enjoy healthy drinks and snacks in the pub afterwards!.

Glen Clova EXTREME Duathlon

On Friday 15th September three small, but feisty athletes (Sarah, Jane and Claire B) journeyed north, leaving the gentle slopes of our dear Cheviots for the rugged Angus Glens. Fuelled by flagons of coffee we braved the magic harp across the Forth and drove deeper into Scotland. We arrived in the beautiful Glen Clova slightly daunted by the towering peaks and the horrendous weather forecast for the coming day. We ate heartily, had a glass of wine (carbo-loading) and spent a sleepless night in a bunk house designed for hobbits.

Race morning and the wind was howling as we prepared our good selves and our bikes for the Duathlon (Extreme). 27k bike around the valley roads, 14k run up two Munros and a final 6k cycle to the finish line. At least it wasn’t raining. We set off in the last group of competitors to the sound of  bells ringing and a larger than life Highland Coo waving us cheerily on our way (too much wine!?). Initially flying with a tail-wind thinking how amazingly fit we were, overtaking a few competitors (to be fair mainly those on unicycles or with mechanical problems). Then we turned into the wind and it was a battle to keep the bikes upright and the rain came. Ah fabulous, soaked to the skin and not even an hour into our venture.

Rainbows and cheery banter welcomed us into transition. There was the usual struggle to rediscover running legs and we were off. Steady incline through pine forest before emerging into the spectacular Corrie Fee. A sudden burst of sunlight and more rainbows, we were blessed, then cursed by the very steep ascent beside the waterfall and the entry into a bleak, cold landscape. The wind buffeted us as we ascended Mayar. The main goal now was remaining on our feet as we crossed the summit plateau and started on the ascent of Dreish. Slippery rocks and hail adding to our joys. It was a relief to descend down the Kilbo Path, though at one point Sarah fell and lay with a leg raised in the air until restored to her feet by a handily tall runner, luckily only cramp. A long descent through the trees until we approached transition again, welcomed by cheers and cowbells. A last final sprint on the bikes, wind assisted at last. We finished in a time of 4 hours and 4 minutes. Euphoria as we celebrated our survival with a bottle of Moet and later buckets of scampi and chips.

The Duathlon (extreme)  is organised by the local Search and Rescue Team as a fund raiser. Really friendly competitors and marshals, stunning scenery, highly recommended.

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Wooler / Alnwick / Blyth Social Run

Last Tuesday (5th September), about 25-30 runners from these 3 clubs met at The Ponds for our annual social run.  Unfortunately the local midge population had detected ‘fresh blood’ and come out in force so we headed off promptly out towards Broadstruther on the Chevy Chase route.  Shortly before Broadstruther we turned right and ran up to Kenny’s Crag (named by us a few years ago on Kenny Young’s 50th birthday).  Our timing was perfect as the sun was just setting over the hills, but the photos didn’t come out too well.  From here we dropped down to the cattle grid on the track to Commonburn and followed the track / road back to The Ponds as the light was fading.  Once again, the weather had treated us well and shown off our patch in its best light.  Afterwards we all headed to The Angel for chips, sandwiches and a few drinks.