First time relay participant Theo Fourie gives us a race report on the Gosforth Summer relays.
A full race report from Abby and Lesley about the 2017 edition of Ponteland Tri.
The 2017 edition of this well organised, local race took place over a slightly shorter (but safer) 6-mile route on a hot, humid evening. The flat course also gives club members a great chance to score lots of points towards the club championship
A record 356 participants took part over what is a regular running route for lots of our club members and the pie, sandwich, crisps and chocolate bar handed out afterwards were enjoyed on the balcony of the Leisure Centre by all.
Well done to everyone taking part (Fiona and Mick narrowly missing out as the podium only had two steps at this race). Full results below.
|Overall Rank||Cat Rank||Name||Category||Running Club||Time|
|42||7||David Levison||Male – Over 45||Ponteland Runners||00:39:20|
|45||4||Nick Wild||Male – Over 50||Ponteland Runners||00:39:29|
|68||33||Daniel Barry||Male – Senior||Ponteland Runners||00:40:58|
|79||10||Andrew Hutchinson||Male – Over 40||Ponteland Runners||00:41:40|
|97||3||Michael Meaney||Male – Over 60||Ponteland Runners||00:42:45|
|111||18||Paul Doney||Male – Over 45||Ponteland Runners||00:43:41|
|117||47||Matthew Levison||Male – Senior||Ponteland Runners (almost!)||00:43:57|
|133||23||Mark Kelly||Male – Over 45||Ponteland Runners||00:44:50|
|139||53||Adam Brown||Male – Senior||Ponteland Runners||00:45:19|
|154||3||Fiona Nicholson||Female – Over 50||Ponteland Runners||00:46:23|
|164||18||Alison Guadagno||Male?? – Over 40||Ponteland Runners||00:46:56|
|166||12||David Legg||Male – Over 50||Ponteland Runners||00:47:00|
|191||9||Heidi Finlay||Female – Over 40||Ponteland Runners||00:48:33|
|217||16||Paul Holborow||Male – Over 50||Ponteland Runners||00:50:39|
|260||22||Grace Holt||Female – Senior||Ponteland Runners||00:54:18|
|272||11||Amelia Dakin||Female – Over 50||Ponteland Runners||00:55:11|
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Even the gear lever on my TT bike falling off the first time I went to use it couldn’t spoil the race. Yes, at 28 degrees the run was a tad hot but the free beer at the end (and hot meal) helped no end.
If you’re seriously interested in doing this next year then please get in touch with me – I think it would make a great club trip.
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|
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.