Herrington Park XC – Race Report

A new race venue – Herrington Park

A race in the mud – what a lark

Lots of runners and New Year banter

Time to run off the excesses of Santa

 

Juniors first – growing in number?

Ladies next – no time to slumber

Great racing ladies – have you heard?

Division 3 – position third

 

Then the men, first race for Andy

Lots of new watches on their handy (groan)

Races done, cakes and a sarnie

This beats revising eh Abby Dorani?

 

 

A few weeks to rest and no need to panic

Thornley Hall Farm then off to Alnwick

With some good turn outs and magic potion

We might just be in with a chance of promotion

Ponteland WheelBarrow Race 1st Jan 2017

Great to see a big turnout from the Ponteland Runners Ladies for a cold midday run round Ponteland.  It’s a short race of around a mile, but with a slight handicap of pushing your partner in a wheelbarrow.

Too much fun was being had to even begin to know what the results were at the moment. The ladies all seemed to enjoy themselves to the extent that most appear to be planning to race the event again next year.

Best dressed award for Pont Runners goes to Mark Kelly (on left) for a very smart appearance.  Congratulations to James Leiper and his partner for a win in the open race, and to Mark Turnbull and partner for second place.

Will add more detail and photo’s to the race report once available.

The ladies did mention that it wasn’t a great turnout from the men and this needs to be fixed next year…..  Maybe we can tempt Paul O’Neil and John McGargill to add to double park-runs for new year with a jog with a barrow in pont…..

Christmas 5km Handicap Race – Wed 21st Dec 19:00hrs

A quiet evening on the streets of Darras Hall, well it would have been last night if it wasn’t for a large gaggle of Pont Runners gathered at the end of Runnymede Road awaiting their start times for the annual handicap race.

Although only a 5km, it’s a challenge for all the runners, the first away have to try and stay ahead and the last away are chasing for the whole race….. Watching the “strava flyby” for the event just shows how very bunched it becomes when you handicap everyones time.

Many of the normal “A” group runners headed up Darras Road for a warm-up run, and were surprised when they turned round to head back to the start that Mr O’Neil continued to run on.  He had a plan, to arrive just in time for his start time, which he missed by a few seconds.  Everyone else was on the start line in time and ready to go. The Elf’s took various items of clothing from the competitors and once everyone was gone the elf’s and timers headed over to the finish line on Darras Road.

Now it quickly became apparent that the timers were going to have a hectic few minutes as if things went to plan all the runners would arrive together.  When the runners started to arrive there was a very busy 3 minutes or so taking times. Given that the handicaps set people over almost 18 minutes it worked well to provide an race where everyone had an opportunity to win.

Well done to evreryone who took part, and a big thankyou from everybody to Matty for organising a great club event. Have a great christmas and new year and keep an eye on the facebook page for any updates on run sessions over the christmas period. Some of our normal sessions fall on bank holidays so won’t be taking place.