Northumberland Half Marathon Race Report


Venue – A very windy Kirkley Hall

Event – A very windy half marathon

Taking part – 362 windswept runners

Weather conditions – err, have you not been paying attention?


17 Pont Runners took on the wind (did I already mention it was windy?) and rain of the Northumberland Half Marathon on Sunday morning with some great results all round and a few PBs too.

Only other thing to mention is that it was a bit windy.





Pos Name Net Time Category Cat Pos Gen Pos Pace
9 Aaron HOYLE 01:21:23 SEN 8 9 3:51 min/km
20 Paul O’NEIL 01:28:48 SEN 16 20 4:12 min/km
50 David LEVISON 01:35:59 V45 8 48 4:33 min/km
52 Neil WARD 01:36:13 V45 10 50 4:33 min/km
56 Daniel BARRY 01:36:30 SEN 29 53 4:34 min/km
65 Roland BROWN 01:38:17 V45 14 61 4:39 min/km
66 Chahal MAVINDER 01:38:36 SEN 32 62 4:40 min/km
81 Abby DORANI 01:40:42 SEN 2 7 4:46 min/km
100 Alex NEWELL 01:42:24 SEN 44 88 4:52 min/km
115 Alison GUADAGNO 01:44:17 V40 7 17 4:57 min/km
122 Elliott WARD 01:45:33 V50 6 104 5:00 min/km
150 Nick WINSLOW 01:48:46 V55 5 127 5:10 min/km
180 Nicola MATTHEWS 01:53:18 V40 12 32 5:22 min/km
232 Nikki RENTON 02:01:30 V45 6 54 5:46 min/km
261 Helen O’NEIL 02:06:26 V35 12 72 6:00 min/km
268 Amelia DAKIN 02:08:07 V50 7 77 6:04 min/km
320 Lynne MIDGLEY-WARD 02:17:49 V45 15 106 6:32 min/km

Alnwick XC Race Report

Well that’s it for another year. Time to hose down those spikes, grease the threads (stops them getting stuck you see) and put them away until we can do it all over again in about 8 months’ time.

And so it was that beside the River Aln our 2016/17 Cross Country season came to a great end in excellent conditions (the Met Office having got this one horribly wrong thankfully).

A really great turnout from the club saw the men going in to the race with the slimmest of chances of getting promoted although sadly the attempted road block of the A1 (to stop other teams getting to the race) was thwarted and they had to settle for third. Both the men and women must be in with a great chance of promotion next year however.

Special shout outs to Abby Dorani and Aaron Hoyle for both producing storming runs and therefore affording themselves the pleasure of the fast pack next season (Abby is currently using her legal training to see if she can extricate herself from this rule but it looks doubtful). It’s also going to be a promotion to the medium pack for David Stroud next year.

The cakes/sausage rolls/pizza were (as always) calorifically splendid and for those able to attend the evening social there were some additional awards to recognise the various efforts and achievements of club members throughout the season.

Final special mentions to Heidi Findlay for falling over and if anyone has the time to teach Chris Kenyon how to properly tie a shoelace it would be much appreciated.

If you’ve never done cross country hopefully the link to the video below gives you an idea of what you’re missing out on.

Cross Country in 1 minute

2017 Club Championship Races

2017 Club Championship Races Announced!
Here is the proposed list of races for this years Club Championship. The format is the same as 2016 – your best 1xshort+ 2x medium + 1x long count, scores are age and gender adjusted so it gives us older members a chance! Marathons can count as a (very!) long run. The main change is that the short runs are limited to 9 of the Park Run Challenge events that Paul O’Neil is managing.

Any queries email

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Brass Monkey Half Marathon Sun 15th Jan 2017

So signing up for this race seemed like a good idea at the time, I had been told it was a fast and flat course and definitely had PB potential written all over it, that was until I realised that the middle of January isn’t exactly when you were at your peak for running a half marathon!  Despite this the fact that it was sold out within 30 minutes of going on sale did reassure us that it was a race worth doing!

Race day came around very quick, and true to its name it was certainly “brass” the morning of the race, however not quite the minus 2 degrees it was the previous year as we seemed to be reminded on several occasions.  Race HQ was at York racecourse, with baggage drop, toilet facilities and any last minute drinks and snacks available – all very organised.  We of course arrived with plenty of time in hand and strolled to the start line totally relaxed, and we of coursed definitely did not have a “lovers tiff” because we were so organised, as everyone knows that I don’t like to be organised at all and I am rather laid back when it comes to these things!!!

When we eventually wished each other luck and departed for our individual pens I was amazed at the variety of club vests on show, coming from all over the UK, it was also great to see the North East represented by so many clubs and familiar faces.

Finally we were underway and after the first km we hit the on and only bridge on the whole course, “I must remember that I have to tackle that on the way back” I thought to myself, as well as “Miv told me it was flat!!!”.  The course itself was through some nice little villages and then into the countryside before looping back to York Racecourse.  I little boring in places but bizarrely flat, perfectly flat in fact and Miv was right – it certainly did have PB potential written all over it.  Having got past the half way point pretty comfortably and then hitting 10 miles I realised I was starting to get tired, I had 21 minutes to do 5km, which would bring me under 1:27, something I hadn’t even dreamed of before the race let alone during it!  I of course totally forgot that I had to go back over the bridge, which hurt but it is supposed to right?  I came across the finish line and couldn’t believe my time, and once I had got my breath (and lungs) back, it started to sink in.  Looking at the race picture of me below I am starting to become alarmed at how many times I get pictured looking at my watch, do I just run in that position constantly?

The highlight of the race was to come – having ran 6 half marathons last year, the year after in which she ran her first ever half marathon, Helen crossed the line of her first half marathon of 2017 in 1:59, her first ever sub 2 hour half marathon, something which I know she has been determined to achieve for so long.

So was the Brass Monkey Half marathon worth setting your alarm for 5:50am on a random Sunday morning just to get in?  Of course it was – as Miv said “Fast and flat with PB potential!!