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.

Carlisle Resolution 5K and 10K

Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 06:25PM

Carlisle Resolution Race Jan 2018 c

Seven members of the Teesdale Athletic Club decided to travel across the Pennines this weekend to complete in the Carlisle Resolution Run 5K and 10K. This, the second race in the Club Championship was set to challenge even the most accomplished of runners. With deteriorating weather conditions Henry, the youngest member of the group, was first to set off on the 5K. A few moments later, also competing in the 5K it was the turn of Fiona Bainbridge and Diane Widdas to start, just as the snow began to fall. After 15 minutes head start competitors in the 10K race got off to a flying start. The first few miles were difficult. Running into a cold head wind with snow and sleet thrown into the mix, didn’t seem to be on anyone’s list of New Years resolutions. However despite this everyone made good progress. The route used a mixture of quiet country roads, which were generally flat, or gently undulating before returning to cross the finish line in front of the racecourse grandstand. First across the finish line in the 5K race from the club was Henry Turnbull, finishing 11th in his age group with a superb time of 28:42. His proud mum Fiona was next at 38:04, closely followed by Diane 38:12. First home in the 10K for the club, coming in at position 61 was Steve Moss with an outstanding time of 43:33. Sean Williams crossed the line next in position 121 at 48:05 closely followed by Caroline Moss at 1:00:29 (position 298) and Emma Ford at 1:01:28 (position 308). Emma reported she was absolutely delighted with her performance and has the magical sub 1–hour well within reach for next 10K. The club Team Captain later said that it was days like today that really focuses the mind and brings the best out in people. Supporting one another not only during race day but the weeks leading up to the event too. Great team spirit and a wiliness to help and support each other when the going gets tough is what being a member of Teesdale Athletic Club is all about and something we are all very proud of. Well done everybody!

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


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


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


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.

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