Cragside 10k

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 07:46AM

Cragside 10k 2018

Teesdale AC fielded 6 runners to contest Cragside 10K in Northumberland. A visually stunning race which wends its way through some of the thousand acres attached to The National Trust’s Cragside Hall. The race is not only appealing for its scenery, this is also a stern test for runners of all abilities given that the route includes an almost continual climb between 4 and 8 Kilometers. Competitors were relieved to discover however that the final 2 kilometers are downhill encouraging a fast finish. Notwithstanding an early start, Teesdale runners were highly enthusiastic about the race and revelled in one of the first sunny race days of 2018. All Teesdale runners acquitted themselves admirably but special mention to Andrew Crawley first teesdale runner home in 55.15, Judith Rodwell whose first in age category finish 55.20 saw her in the prizes and Fiona Bainbridge who on her birthday bagged a 69.54 PB. Barbara Crawley posted a time of 56.21, Amanda Pettitt 65.06 and Morag Burton 69.54. Team Teesdale celebrated with cake in the Old Stable Block overlooking Tumbleton Lake before heading home.

This event is included in the Club Championship race calendar, updates to the leader board have been completed.

Bournemouth 10k

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 07:40AM

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The weather was not great - drizzling and chilly but still great views out to sea. We ran along the promenade from Bournemouth Pier past Boscombe Pier and up a zig zag path to the cliff top. Finally back to the sea front and a nice finishing line by Harry Ramsdens! Also same day a half marathon, 5k and 1k. About 1000 runners in the 10k race.

Ropner Park 5km Trail Race

Monday, March 26, 2018 at 06:22PM

Ropner Park 5km Trail Race
 

Adrienne Howard, Mandy Harrison, Jane Hunter, Janet Stables and Fiona Bainbridge travelled to Ropner Park for the last race in the Winter Trail Series, organised by Stockton Borough Council on 25th March 2018. Despite the clocks going forward the event was well attended and it was a glorious morning to run. The Park was full of spring flowers and everyone enjoyed the three lap loop of the lake and park. All but the finish stretch was on paths and the route was generally flat, save one hill up from the lake, which seemed steeper each circuit! The official times have not been posted yet, but first back for Teesdale Athletics was Mandy, followed by Adrienne and Jane. Fiona and Janet volunteered as Tail Runner and Marshall respectively. There were over 100 runners and it was a great location with cafe and facilities. Although there weren’t medals at the end, all runners were given a chocolate lollipop at registration, making it well worth the journey!

Roma Ostia 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018 at 05:22AM

Roma Ostia 2018
 

Some of the team collecting Bib numbers

 

On Friday 9th March, after many months of planning and training, members of Teesdale Athletic Club, together with partners and friends, embarked on the clubs first international organised trip to the capital city of Italy to contest the internationally acclaimed Rome-Ostia Half Marathon. On the Saturday before the race Teesdale AC runners revelled in the 3,000 years of art, architecture and culture, taking in popular sites such as the Forum, the Colosseum and the Vatican City. The 44th Huawei Roma Ostia Half Marathon held on Sunday 11th March, started in Pialalottomatica, just a short metro ride from the city centre, and finished on the coast in Ostia. After an explosive and spectacular glitter shower at the start runners were guided through local streets for the first 4km, after which it was possible to view the remaining 17km disappearing into the distance. The centuries old roman road was arrow straight and filled with runners stretched out ahead as far as could be seen. Despite a gentle climb at the half way point, which seemed never-ending (3km), the route was easy going and fast. The light showers during the second half of the race provided a welcome distraction as did the sun which returned seemingly to welcome runners across the finish line. At Ostia competitors were rewarded with a finisher’s medal, ice cream and warming drink. Year on year the race attracts over 10,000 runners from across the globe and this year’s race included Mo Farah training-partner Galen Rupp who flew in from the US to blaze a trail to the coast and secure victory in a hugely impressive 59:47. Special mention should be made of those who travelled to support club runners and friends and sponsors, Vivo restaurant and TEWV Unison who help fund specially commissioned custom tops for the occasion.

Immediately following the Half Marathon Trudy Layton, Mim Fenwick and Fiona Bainbridge took part, alongside some 200 others, in the Roma Ostia 5k Fun Run. Everyone reported enjoying the run and appreciated the support of the local firefighters at the finish.it is worthy of note that Fiona Bainbridge’s efforts saw £300 raised for the local Charity `The Clique` First Teesdale AC runner home in the half marathon was Steve Moss (1:37:17), followed thereafter by Sean Williams (1:47:06), Joshua Crawley (1:53:31), Barbara Crawley (2:03:08), Judith Rodwell (2:03:32), Simon Pettitt (2:03:40), Andrew Crawley (2:04:58), Caroline Hamilton (2:12:45), Caroline Moss (2:18:03), Skye Archer (2:25:03), Mark Robson (2:25:04), Amanda Pettitt (2:27:36) and Astley Fenwick (2:29:25). The Roma Ostia 2018 event has been a huge success and plans are already afoot for next year’s international trip.

This event is included in the Club Championship race calendar, updates to the leader board have been completed. To view more photographs of the event visit the Roma Ostia 2018 photo gallery.

 

Stockton Tees Trail Winter Series - Tees Barrage

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 08:22AM

Stockton Tees Trail Winter Series   Tees Barrage
 

Adrienne Howard ran her first race for Teesdale Athletics Club on 25th February 2018. As part of the Stockton Winter Trail Series and the Club's very own Club Championship 2018, Adrienne travelled to Tees Barrage with Fiona Bainbridge and they were delighted to find that Janet Stables, from the Club, was a volunteer Marshall at the event. It was a cold but bright and sunny morning and there were about 120 runners. The race started with a loop of the White Water Rafting course then went east along the Tees almost to the Newport Bridge then through woodland back to the Barrage. The Marshall’s were really encouraging and it was generally a friendly and accessible race which was well organised. Fiona commented that they are looking forward to the next run in the series at Ropner Park on 25th March! A copy of the Official race results can be viewed here. Photos kindly provided by Karen Harland.

High Cup Nick Fell Race

Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 04:59PM

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On Saturday 24th February members of the Teesdale Athletic Club competed in the High Cup Nick Fell Race. This is a friendly race that has grown in popularity over recent years, starting and finishing in the picturesque village of Dufton in the Eden Valley. The route follows one of the classic walks of the North Pennines with the half way point ascending the mighty High Cup Nick waterfall before returning on the western ridge back towards Dufton. The route took runners over open fields, marshland and rocky terrain. A cold head wind made going quite tough during the first section which was all uphill before leading runners into the mouth of High Cup. Thankfully this year the waterfall was dry which made the last scramble to the top much easier - but still needed extra care on the narrow stony footpath. Taking time to take in the magnificent view looking back down the perfectly u-shaped valley, it was time to push on, heading back along the ridge towards Dufton. The race is a major fund raiser for the Village Hall, and its clear to see judging by the mountain of cakes and hot soup given to all runners crossing the finish line, the event is very well supported by all the community. A truly awesome day. Official race times confirm Steve Moss finished in 1:35:46, Peter Wilcox a few seconds behind in 1:36:06, Denise Tunstall time 1:48:25 was followed by Sean Williams in 1:48:36. A copy of the fell race Official results can be downloaded here.

Bloodaxe Challenge

Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 01:16PM

On Sunday 11th 7 Teesdale members travelled to York to undertake the inaugural Bloodaxe Challenge, held to mark the start of the Yorvik Viking festival and named after notorious Eric Bloodaxe. The event comprised a 2-hour timed run on a 1km cycle track at York Sports Village which afforded competitors an opportunity to run as many laps as they wished and felt able and proved extremely popular. Despite reporting bitterly cold conditions (including a heavy hail shower at the start) runners from Teesdale enjoyed this unique event and although repeatedly lapping the 1km track said that every lap was differed, and it offered the opportunity to push hard and run further given the possibility of respite every 1km. All runners were rewarded with sweets, crisps and an amazing Bloodaxe Medal as they finished. Teesdale AC runners participating were, Morag Burton (12k), Mark Robson (13K), Mandy Harrison (10K), Trudy Layton (18K), Liz Oliver (10k), Dianne Widdas (13K) and Janet Stables (14K). Of particular note was Janet Stables’ performance which saw her running her first sub 40-minute 5k and knock some 10 minutes off her previous 10K times. Once again Miriam Fenwick was there to support her fellow Teesdale AC runners.

Lambton Castle No Ego 5K

Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 01:16PM

On Saturday 10th February evening Barbara and Andrew Crawley along with Judith Rodwell journeyed to Lambton Castle for the ‘No Ego’ 5 Mile Head Torch race which takes place on the tracks and trails of the Lambton Estate, in complete darkness and which sees participants ducking to avoid branches, traversing steep descents and wading through knee high water. The trio reported a fun but rather muddy event which all would take on again.

London Cancer Research Winter 10K

Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 01:15PM

Last weekend Teesdale AC members Amanda Pettitt & Astley Fenwick travelled to London to compete in the London Cancer Research Winter 10K event. Central London served up a bitterly cold morning albeit the sight of some 16,000 runners running a traffic- free through the capital meant that the wintry conditions were soon forgotten. Amanda posted a time of 1:01:39, some 9 minutes quicker than last year and in doing so bagged a 10K pb that shaved some 4 minutes off her previous best. Astley Fenwick finished in 1:01:58, an amazing 13 minutes quicker than last year and equally a new 10K pb. Despite an injury preventing her from participating Miriam Fenwick was there to support her fellow Teesdale AC runners.

Ripon Muddy Boots 10K

Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 07:07PM

Muddy Boots 10 km Ripon
 

On Sunday February 4th, seven members of Teesdale Athletic Club set out on the latest in a series of Club Championship races; St Wilfrids Muddy Boots 10 km, in Ripon. It was near perfect weather conditions, staying dry with a light breeze and some sunshine. Though the course itself lived up to its name; with all competitors crossing the finish line with very muddy boots.
All Teesdale Athletes Club runners who took part reported they thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful course which was mostly undulating with a few cheeky hills in the mix too. Starting and finishing at St Wilfrids Primary School the route took runners over farm land, through woodland and even crossing a foot bridge over a small river.
Sean Williams came in first for Teesdale Athletic Club with a finish time of 51:01, closely followed by Denise Tunstall 54:29, Andrew Crawley 54:53, Barbara Crawley 1:00:26, Judith Rodwell 1:02:42 Jim Gill 1:05:14 and Emma Ford 1:06:37. Also a huge thank you to Teesdale Athletic Club honorary Muddy Boots team 4-legged mascot for the day Jacob.

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