York Yuletide Trail

Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 08:18PM

York Yuletide Trail Festive Crew
 

On Saturday 9th December a mischief of elves and other members of the club dressed in their most splendid fancy dress, travelled to York to compete in the Yuletide Trail – a festive 5 mile traffic free trail race. The course guided runners round a 2 lap route across frozen fields, through magical woodland and alongside the River Ouse. Each runner received a bespoke medal and a goody bag at the end of the race. Mince pies and homemade cakes were on offer too. It was very cold but the festive atmosphere made for a great day. All profits were donated to the Brathay Trust. To quote Janet Stables ‘It was a race at the front, a run in the middle and a party at the back. We all loved it, and the event was very well organised’. Crossing the line first was John McGrath and Andrew Crawley at 39:28, followed by Barbara Crawley 44:07, Claire McGrath 53:14, Trudy Layton 53:19, Mandy Harrison 01:04:13, Liz Oliver 01:04:20 and Janet Stables, Mim Fenwick and Alison Swinbank all crossing together at 01:12:13. Look's like everyone really enjoyed the day so very well done to all of you! Great team effort.

112th NECAA XC Champs Redcar

Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 09:14PM

Shona Haston 112th NECAA XC Champss, Redcar
 
Shona Haston 112th NECAA XC Champss, Redcar
 

Shona Haston and Steve Moss represented Teesdale AC at the 112th North Eastern Counties Cross Country Championships held this year at Redcar Race Course on a clear, cold Saturday. Redcar is a flat horse racing circuit and for a cross country race it was probably a little too flat, although there were a couple of very small hillocks and the going (round the inside of the usual horse racing track) was quite rough and frozen. The races were well organised and the marshals were very encouraging which was just as well as there was little in the way of features to keep your attention during the race. Shona had a great start in the U20 Ladies event and kept her determination through to the finish of the 6k race finising 18th with a fantastic tine of 25:19. Steve took 55:44 to run the 12k in the senior men's race. For a copy pf all the races official results visit the North Eastern Counties Athletics Association (NECAA) XC Champs 2017 website here.

NYSD Cross Country Summerhill

Monday, December 4, 2017 at 09:08PM

NYSD XC Summerhill 1
 
NYSD XC Summerhill 2
 
NYSD XC Summerhill 3
 

Josh Mawer, Skye Archer and Steve Moss competed in the 4th fixture in the NYSD Cross-Country calendar at Summerhill, Hartlepool. It was a beautiful mild sunny day with a gentle cool breeze, ideal running conditions. However, underfoot it was extremely wet and muddy making the already tough course very challenging indeed. Josh Mawer competed in the Under 17's race and finished in 8th position with an impressive time of 18:05. In the Senior Women's race Skye Archer finished in 69th position with a time of 30:32. Finally, in the Senior Men's race Steve Moss finished in 122nd position with a time of 48:07. The next meeting will be at Ormesby Hall, Middlesbrough on Sunday 21st January 2018,

Ravenstonedale 10k

Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 02:33PM

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9 runners from Teesdale Athletic Club travelled across the Pennines to Ravenstonedale, an unspoiled picturesque village lying at the foot of Howgill fells in Cumbria, just west of Kirkby Stephen. It was a sunny but cold day and even though the race didn't start until 1.30, there were still patches of ice on the route. The race starts from the village, then loops up and out into the surrounding countryside back to the village and out again on a wider loop. The scenery was stunning, with the fell tops covered in snow. The course was hilly but rolling hills, nothing too scary. The last half mile or so was a lovely descent into the village and returning runners took advantage of their knowledge to really go for it, safe in the knowledge there were no more ascents. Back to the village hall where hot soup was gratefully received and everyone thawed out before the prize giving and fun of the spot prizes. No awards for Teesdale but Peter Wilcox and Steve Moss were lucky enough to win prizes; a cycling top and chocolates, respectively.
Places for the club were as follows:
Peter Wilcox 45.04, Steve Moss 45.14, Sean Williams 48.14, Denise Tunstall 52.03, Alan Bray 53.01, Judith Rodwell 59.51, Caroline Moss 1.01.12, Skye Archer 1.06.24 Emma Ford 1.06.30.

Park Run Update

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 07:31PM

Darlington-Park-Run
 

Saturday 18th November Amanda Pettitt, Fiona Bainbridge and Morag Burton joined 295 other keen runners at Darlington Parkrun; an event which saw Fiona gain a 5 km PB posting a time of 30:10. Morag ran with her daughter Alice to help her gain a PB in 41.10. Running at Hackworth Parkrun were Ellie White, Trudy Layton & Miriam Fenwick.

Park Run UK organise free, weekly 5 km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free and are safe and easy to take part in. There are plenty of venues in the local area, so if you are interested in taking park speak to one of the clubs Team Captains: Judith Rodwell or Sean Williams. Alternatively click on the link for more information on parkrun.

NYSD Cross Country Preston Park

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 07:07PM

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This weekend also Skye Archer and Steve Moss contest the North Yorkshire & South Durham (NYSD) Cross Country event at Preston Park Stockton. Thanks to the members and friends of Stockton Striders all runners enjoyed some decent weather and conditions which gave way to some excellent racing. Skye crossed the finish in 90th position in the earlier 2 lap Senior Women (V45) category race with an impressive 35:30 on the clock while Steve, competing in the later 3 lap Senior Men (V55) category race finished in 142 position in 40:00. Also competing was Joshua Mawer. Running with race number 701 Joshua successfully completed the 2 lap course in a very respectable 9th position in his age group (U17) in 21:57.

The next NYSD Cross Country is at on 3rd December at Summerhill, Hartlepool where the club hope that more members will compete. If you are interested in taking part in this or any future cross country event speak to the Team Captain Sean Williams for more information.

Huge success for Mark Robson

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 07:02PM

Mark Robson of Teesdale Athletic Club has increased his running distance over the past year to fundraise for Darlington Samaritans and many will have seen him pounding the streets of Barnard Castle whilst training. Mark’s efforts have certainly paid off in a year which saw him run The Great North Run in September and The Yorkshire Marathon in October. On Sunday afternoon he handed over £2,621.20 to Darlington Samaritans which he hopes will go some way to help many over the Christmas Period when the Samaritans are often overloaded with calls for help. Well done Mark, this is a huge achievement.

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

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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!

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