Run Durham Hamsterley

Monday, November 13, 2017 at 07:50PM

Amy Foster wins First Prize
Hamsterley Forest 5 Mile

A chilly start was very much the order of the day on Sunday morning for the for 11 Teesdale AC members who travelled to Hamsterley Forest for the Run Nation Run Durham Hamsterley 5 and 10 mile races.

A significantly delayed start to the race (organisational difficulties plagued the event) meant that all runners became very cold but were soon able to warm up climbing the challenging hills that Hamsterley offers up on a mixed terrain course which included tarmac, hard paths and gravel tracks. Runners needed their wits about them to avoid colliding with the many mountain bikers, vehicles and horses sharing the forest paths. Both races started together with the 5 milers leaving the 10 mile route at mile 4 to take on another punishing climb before a final leg towards the finish line while the 10 milers continued on a different loop to taking in more of forest before looping back to the finish.

Claiming victory in the 5 mile Race was Amy Foster posting a time of 32:18 (over a minute ahead of the next finisher) who rewarded with a trophy and running attire as reward for her efforts. Next home was Morag Burton in 52:58, followed by Fiona Bainbridge in 53:32, Amanda Pettitt in 54:01 and Miriam Fenwick 1:06. First male home for Teesdale AC in the 10 mile race (and first in his age category) was Peter Wilcox in 1:16:21, followed by Steve Moss, John McGrath, Mark Robson and Caroline Moss. Another Teesdale AC member who braved the icy conditions was Janet Stables acting as Teesdale race team support but more importantly, having identified a risk on the course which could have seen mountain bikers collide with runners on the finish straight, Janet immediately took charge and without prompting marshalled that location to minimise the risk of injury. She was later thanked personally by the Race Director.

Also competing at Hamsterely Forest on the Saturday in aid of Cancer Research was Emma Ford and Jim Gill. Taking on the Tough 10 km challenge, the course led runners through muddy tracks and steep hill climbs with enough dips to wet your feet. After a most enjoyable but tough race, Jim finished in 1:03:43 and Emma, close behind finished with an equally impressive time of 1:14:46. Very well done to you guys and all the rest of the Teesdale Athletic Club who took part in the weekends events.

Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race

Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 09:35PM

Elite runners from the Teesdale Athletic Club were supported at the Gibside Fruit Bowl trail race on Sunday 5th November 2017. Caroline and Steve Moss represented the club on what was reported to be a cold Sunday morning.
With all the runners assembled in the bracing sunshine, the Race Director gave out the news that the race had been extended from around 6 miles to over 7 miles with an extra hill added, making a total of 7 hills. This was a shock to some although is still consistent with the official description of the course as "not flat". The reason apparently was the recent activities of squirrels which had to be avoided by the 500 runners pounding the paths of the Gibside National Trust Park.
Caroline finished the seriously hilly race in 1 hour 22 minutes, 6th in her age group. Steve took about 58.48 (not as reported by the official timing - a chip malfunction is under investigation).

Leeds Abbey Dash

Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 09:16PM


Teesdale Athletic Club were supported the Leeds Abbey Dash 10km run on Sunday 5th November 2017.
Thousands of people took to the streets of Leeds for the annual Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash on Sunday 5th November 2017 (aka Guy Fawkes Day)
The race set off from Wellington Street, leading up Kirkstall Road towards Cistercian Ruins on Abbey Road and back. Conditions were flat with 2 very steady inclines.
The race played host to some famous faces including Olympic finalist Eilish McColgan who achieved the fastest ever female time in the race at 32 minutes and 5 seconds. As well as Nicholas ‘Peanut’ Baines, the keyboard player for Leeds band the Kaiser Chiefs.
It was a cold and frosty start for all 26 members of Teesdale Athletic Club & the 3 support crew who set off at 7am. Many in search of Personal Bests due to the favourable course conditions ahead.
Spirits were high on the bus journey down and it felt like the whole team were up for it. Once at the start line it was a cold wait for the off. During the run the course condition was sunny with a slight chill (the sun was low and made for a more challenging course as runners squinted their way through the race).
The club were pleased to host Dean Newton of New Maske Harriers who came in at an impressive time of 32.19 minutes.
First home for Teesdale Athletics was Amy Foster with an impressive time of 39.46 minutes. 2nd was Jonno Hann with a time of 40.30 minutes. Sean Williams was 3rd with a time of 45.26 minutes and a new personal best!
Individual times were recorded as follows with a further 11 personal bests! Colin Proudfoot 55.55 min, Shelley Simpson 58.23 min (PB), Barbara Crawley 55.19 min (PB), Andrew Crawley 52.23 min (PB), Jevon Crawley 46.65 min (PB), Judith Rodwell 55.20 min (PB), Debra Baker 57.34 min, Alan Bray 49.40 min, Trudy Layton 1.03.04 min, Emma Ford 1.03.04 min (PB), Jean Blackett 59.36 min, Lauren Blackett 1.02.09 min, Maureen Raw 59.36 min, Simon Miller 1.04.51 min (PB), Cheryl Miller 53.07 min (PB), Matt Hawcroft 53.06 min (PB), Fay Miller 1.03.06 min (PB), Katie Mottershead 49.20 min, Sarah Ward 57.31 min (PB), John McGrath 49.06 min, Claire McGrath 1.05.22 min.
The club would like to give a shout out to Mim Fenwick who gave up her own PB chase to keep a new runner company at the back of the pack. Brilliant team spirt shown from our Mim coming home at 1.20.33. This is what the club is all about!
Also in the name of team spirt a shout out to Emma Ford for helping her team mate Trudy Layton who took a bad tumble at 3k. Emma still managed to smash her PB.
On the way home the team called into the Guy Fawkes Arms, Scotton (ironically) for a superb 3 course Sunday Lunch and some well earned beers!
A great day with good company and good team spirits!

April Race Reports

Monday, April 10, 2017 at 06:23PM


On Sunday 2nd April Jane Ascroft & Gail Hutchinson contested the Kong Mini Mountain Marathon at Coniston, a 4 hour event primarily for fell and trail runners in which participants are provided with a map at the start and are required to visit as many control points as possible within the 4 hour time limit. Each control area yields points which vary in line with their difficulty to reach and distance from the start. A late finish is penalised by way of a points deduction. After heavy rain in the preceding week which made parts extremely boggy, Coniston was bathed in sunshine which made it a glorious day to be on the fells. This was the first time Jane and Gail participated an event like this and they managed to visit 9 control points having covered just under 10miles and climbed nearly 4000ft. This secured them a score of 270, placing them 106th out of 216 teams.
Elsewhere early on Sunday 9th April Teesdale AC Members Amy Foster, John McGrath and Caroline Hamilton travelled to Rufforth airfield near York to contest the Vale of York 10 mile race (a first time at this distance for both Amy and Caroline). The event is in only its second year and it saw some 1200 runners start out on what proved to be the warmest day of the year with sun beating down. Runners started the course and ran the first mile on the runway before heading on to local roads and country lanes. Elite runners were required to divert through a farmer’s field to allow for the Air Ambulance to land and tend to a collapsed runner who had been immediately assisted by several runners in close proximity who sacrificed their race to comfort and care for their fellow runner. The final approach to the finish line saw runners back onto the airfield where they were rewarded with medals, t shirts much needed water and chocolate. Amy Foster posted a time of 1.11 43, John McGrath 1.29 34 and Caroline 1.44.37.

Manchester Marathon and Fountains Abbey 10k

Monday, April 3, 2017 at 06:18PM

On Sunday 2nd April Teesdale AC members Steve Moss and Chris Tarpey travelled to Manchester to contest the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon, which saw runners depart the city centre towards Sale, en-route to Timperley and Altrincham before making a turn towards Carrington and onwards to a finish at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground. It proved to be a great day for running with little wind and pleasant temperatures. Mancunians and travelling supporters delivered great encouragement along the flat route and roared runner’s home towards the finish area in the cricket stadium. Chris Tarpey posted a time of 3:05:40 and Steve Moss 3:37:41. Finishers were rewarded with an extremely attractive medal and were able to quench their thirst with a well-deserved pint of beer provided by sponsors.
Elsewhere 11 club members ventured to the Fountains Abbey 10k where they experienced a chilly start which swiftly gave way to more sunny and conducive conditions. The route commenced in Grantley near Ripon and traversed quiet country roads which were in part hilly. Runners thereafter headed onto the scenic moorland of Nidderdale. First home for Teesdale was James Atkinson in an even 42 minutes followed thereafter by Sean Williams, Katie Mottershead – first Teesdale lady at 52.14 - John McGrath, Andrew Crawley, Barbara Crawley, Judith Rodwell, Jean Blackett, Debra Baker, Lauren Blackett and Clare Dickson. All finishers were rewarded with a t shirt and pork pie as they crossed the finish line, Teesdale runners then enjoyed some well-earned lunch in Wetherby before returning home.
Earlier in the weekend Janet Stables joined 400 runners at the Darlington 5K Parkrun and was delighted to be able to ring the PB bell having knocked a full 3 and half minutes off her previous best parkrun.

Cartmel 18k

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 07:23PM

Standing on the start line in the pouring rain feeling full of cold wondering what on earth possessed me to be here I soon realised just like my fellow trail runners around me, this was going to be a good day. The Cartmel 18km is the first Lakeland Trail in a series of runs that promises to take you to some of the most beautiful places in the Lake District. I wasn’t disappointed and despite the rather damp start, the carnival atmosphere helped focus the mind on what was to come. Leaving the Cartmel Racecourse behind the initial steady incline seemed relentless. Determined, all the hard work in training chasing the hills paid off and our reward; spectacular views of the South Lakes. The terrain was muddy to say the least, but the trail shoes seemed to cope well doing a great job providing good traction and stability on the trail. Crossing ancient bridleways, onto the Cumbria Costal Way before opening out to the rough pastures of Bigland Heights the views just got better. A short stretch of lane through Barnsley Hill was a welcomed relieve from what seemed to be like a Tough Mudder event without the obstacles and gave just enough time to check if you are still wearing both running shoes. Luckily for me I was but I heard later some others weren’t so lucky and the mud at claimed another shoe! After the downhill slog through the woods passing pretty Lakeland cottages at the 14km point the trail gathered pace before hitting the final climb into Park Woods. The sound of cheering crowds muffled by the trees could only mean the finish wasn’t far away. Glancing down at my watch it was time to push a little harder just one more time. Crossing the finish line at 1:52:49 at 18.31km I was thrilled to bits. The organisers and small army of Marshalls who had spent most of the day standing in the cold and damp weather deserve special thanks; a good day was had by all.

Sean Williams


March Race Reports

Monday, March 6, 2017 at 07:55PM

Lightwater Valley 10k
9 runners set off to represent Teesdale AC at Lightwater Valley 10k. 
The sunshine had disappeared by the time they reached Lightwater and the sky was overcast but the rain held off.
The course had been altered from last year so this time there was a lot less tarmac and more mud, plus some hills which came as a surprise to those who'd done it before.
Ideal running conditions, no rain or wind, and though cold, it didn't take long to warm up.
The course stayed away from the park complex this time but took in the quarry and farm. Runners had to negotiate a very stony potato field and skirted round some solar panels. 
Amy Foster was first female home (another trophy for her collection) and 11th overall.


Other club members were:
Sean Williams, John McGrath, Katie Mottershead, Mel Pullan, Judith Rodwell, Barbara Crawley, Caroline Hamilton and Andrew Crawley.


Irwell Valley 20 mile Trail Race
Manchester is well known for rain and on Sunday 5th March it lived up to its reputation when Steve Moss ran in the Irwell Valley 20 mile trail race in the suburbs of the city.  The strangely named organisers, “Crazy Legs Events”, had warned of one or two short patches of mud if conditions were wet, but had not predicted slippery bogs or deep puddles rendering water proof trainers redundant. The course was two loops through Drinkwater Park and Philips Park close to Prestwich just inside the Manchester M60 ring road, and also extending along the Irwell river meaning the motorway was crossed by footbridge four times. The route was well designed with few significant climbs but with a sufficient variety of tracks and environment to be imagined as scenic on a pleasant summer day. With about 300 entrants the race was small and friendly and was well organised with signs and marshals. Unfortunately the lead group were sent on a half mile detour by a sabotaged sign turned in the wrong direction. However Steve was far from the front of the field and met the leaders coming back to join the correct route without any delay. Steve finished the ca 20 miles in 2 hours 52 minutes which was a good time considering the conditions, and as reward for almost 3 hours battling through the rain he took the prize for first place (of the three runners) in his MV55 age category.

Haweswater Half Marathon
James Atkinson had made the journey to Cumbria to compete in the Haweswater Half Marathon. On a bright yet cool spring morning, the 13.1 mile course offered runners an exhilarating challenge in a picturesque location. Set in the heart of the Lake District, the race follows an out and back course from Bampton village and passes along the shores of Haweswater in a remote and dramatic mountain valley. This Haweswater is a popular fixture on the race calendar of many athletics clubs given its unique setting and was very much enjoyed by all entrants. James finished strongly and secured a new PB crossing the line in 1:31:45.


X Border 10k

Monday, January 30, 2017 at 08:00PM

16 Teesdale AC members travelled to Carlisle for the first club competition race of 2017, The X Border 10k Carlisle to Gretna. Supported by Club Coach Donna Hawcroft.
It was a cold wet, damp start at Kingwood Park in Carlisle but that did not deter 400 runners at the start line. The course run entirely on tarmac roads hugs for the larger part of the route the M6 motorway and proved itself to be a predominantly flat and fast route with considerable PB potential. The course featured traffic control measures (although roads remained open) and was well marshalled throughout. As runners left the start and unfurled along the course it was apparent that the event offered interest across a broad spectrum with committed club runners to the fore and fun run joggers somewhat further back.
On arrival in Gretna runners were afforded distant views of snow-capped mountains with sun just breaking through, and were treated to a warm welcome from a small but enthusiastic crowd that had gathered to roar runners home. All finishers received a medal to mark their achievement.
The first Teesdale AC runner home (and 2nd Female and 13th overall) was Amy Foster with yet another PB of 38:06, a time which placed her in the cash prize categories.
Following Amy were Sean Williams, Grant Shann, John McGrath then Caroline Stanger (3rd in her age category), Katie Mottershead, Andrew Crawley, Simon Pettitt, Matthew Hawcroft, Cheryl Miller, Judith Rodwell (first in her age category), Barbara Crawley, Mark Robson, Caroline Hamilton and Amanda Pettitt. Unfortunately Jonathan Hann having made an excellent start and on target for a new pb fell and was unable to finish the event.


Teesdale Out and About

Monday, December 5, 2016 at 07:09PM

On Sunday 74h December 3 Teesdale AC members joined 200 other runners on a sunny but icy morning to contest the Lancaster Half Marathon. Competition was stiff with many runners from Lancaster University. First Teesdale runner home was Grant Shann in 1.45:34 followed by Linda Scandrett with a new pb of 2.06:19 and Mark Robson in 2.16:30.  All reported a well organised run with a nice medal and T shirt as reward for their morning efforts.

Elsewhere some of Linda Scandrett’s Couch to 5K group are proving themselves to be well ahead of schedule by completing the Hackworth Park run event. John Agar in his first 5k Park run was accompanied and encouraged by Janet Stables and Fiona Bainbridge. Junior runner Harrison Mason’s efforts are of note given that he recorded a time of 25:42 at the same event and in so doing, knocked a full 2 and half minutes off his previous parkrun best.
On Sunday 4th December, Steve Moss braved very cold conditions in the Angus Tait memorial Hexhamshire Hobble Fell 10K race. This was a tough Fell race that starts with a demanding ascent before settling into an undulating route across the moors. The route includes some terribly boggy sections before finishing with a fast downhill hammer on tarmac. The Angus Tait is an event not for the faint hearted underlined by the fact that all competitors must carry a whistle, compass, OS map and navigate the course with full body waterproof cover!!. Steve finished 89th out of 153 finishers in 1.38:25.
Martyn Farnsworth and Denise Tunstall competed in the EskDale Eureka Fell Race which started and finished in the High Castleton Car Park and takes in an 8 mile route along rocky bridleways and muddy paths which incorporate a 1500m ascent.


Thirsk NYSD Cross Country Relays

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 06:39PM

Teesdale Ladies took part in the NYSD Cross Country Relays held at Thirsk and ran very well and finished in 9th place out of 23 teams. The team consisted of Linda Scandrett, Katie Mottershead and Amy Foster, well done Ladies !!

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