Author: Alex Hird

by Geoff Hewitson The second NEMAA Track & Field League meeting of the 2024 season took place last Monday evening, once more in near perfect weather conditions. The men's team had a reasonable turnout of 9 competitors, including a NEMAA debut for Mark Standbridge and a welcome return to competition for Danny Oakley. A combination of unavailabilities and missing the entry deadline meant that the ladies only had 4 competitors. On a positive note, however, it was good to have Sharon B

by Brad Wight This was our fourth visit to the NYMAC Relays and our third consecutive victory in the Mixed category. Anthony Sayers made his Crook relay debut in fine form, blitzing round the one mile course in 5:01. He handed the baton to Kate Storey who ran the seventh fastest female leg of the day in 5:38 then Alex Mitton delivered with a 5:03 leg. Sam Etherington brought the team home with a 5:05 mile to finish 70 seconds ahead

by Danny Oakley 17 Crook runners lined up on the start line of the Blaydon race last night, myself somewhat apprehensive knowing this was about to be the longest I’d ran since October due to an ongoing niggly injury in my foot. We had relatively good conditions, despite a pretty heavy shower before the race started. The route has changed quite a bit in the past few years with the organisers putting it down to “logistical issues”, and therefore this year’s iteration

by Clare and Harry Rose Harry and I signed up for the Manchester Half Marathon way back in January when he needed a focus. To say training was hit and miss was an understatement, with me being admitted to hospital and Harry not really having any idea how to train for 13.1 miles. Then, Kate beat him at Middridge and welcome competitive Harry. Race day was perfect conditions; we were up, prepared and ready. Harry set off first with a 20 minute head start

by Amanda Taylor 6.20am alarm and I did not like that one bit but it had to be done, as the organisers of this year's P2P had decided the race would start at 9am rather than the usual 10. A 45 minute drive through to Roker, a bus up to Shields, where I sat next to a lad from York who'd chosen to stay in a sea front hotel ahead of the race, hoping to wake up to sunshine over the sea

by Geoff Hewitson The NEMAA Track & Field League meeting last Monday evening heralded the start of the 2024 season, and we were fortunate to be blessed with near perfect weather conditions. The mens team had a reasonable turnout of 9 competitors, whilst the ladies had a squad of 5. It was great to welcome NEMAA debutants Peter Coser, Lisa Donaldson and Mel Riley, who were competing for the first time in the Track and Field League. It is often the

by Paul Campbell I found out about these events through previous Crook-Eds, and thought it ticked plenty of boxes, including being close to home, and not breaking the bank to enter. For anyone who hasn’t ran one of these, its essentially a 4.4 mile lap, and participants do as many or as few as they like, within a cut-off time.I thought it would be a good test of fitness and distance for the Great North Run having been injured for most of

by Dawn Milburn 2023 saw our Keswick Mountain Festival (KMF) debut with us taking on the 10km course. The real draw of this was the start on the boat and the anticipated views over Derwentwater. Possibly the most beautiful race we have ran, we wanted more! 2024 saw us take on the 25km trail event. With a start in Keswick’s famous Crow Park, a picturesque start line overlooking the serenity of Derwentwater and Catbells, it was set to be a beautiful day.

by Brad Wight You may remember I entered this race last year, it’s a famous old race on the border of Cheshire and Staffordshire dating back to the early 1980s. It was intended to be the opposite of New York City’s slightly downhill Fifth Avenue Mile which attracts the best milers in the world. The Killer Mile is a road race, exactly a mile long, but up a ridiculously steep hill with gradients ranging from 12% to 25% and 550 feet

By Brad Wight The North East Counties champs were held at Middlesbrough Sports Village over the weekend of 11th and 12th May. On Saturday Rory and William Hart were joined by Matty Richardson in the 1500m while Jess Montgomery raced over 800m as well as the 100m and 200m. Alex Hird raced in the senior mens 400m. Sunday action saw Matty and Alex return for the 800m, joined by Brad, and Jess compete over 300m where she progressed through her heat to