Author: carlliver

By Gerry Hehir Sunday morning, after the presentation evening, saw me and Jane set off on our next half marathon run, this time we were heading north up to Alnwick Castle and a run around the castle grounds. We met up with our very own Crook star Kelly who had decided to add a trail half marathon to her marathon training programme. We all gathered below the castle walls next to the river (wet and muddy) the ground looked as clarty as

by Rory Hart On Saturday the 9th of March it was the 2024 inter-counties XC championship in conjunction with the final of the British Cross Challenge, and the World Cross Selection. After being selected to represent the north east as a U17 based on performances in the NEHL and other races, I got the team bus down to Wollaton Park, Nottingham. We were all given yellow vests with blue, red and yellow rings, as modelled in the only photo of me (blurry, left)

by the Stig Road races, hill races, athletics track and trail races, we've all tackled them and enjoyed/endured them, but there's always something about a quirky running event and that's precisely what last Sunday's Croft Motor Circuit Run was. Similar to Saturn Running events where competitors can run whatever distance they wish on the day, however, on this occasion individuals had to commit on entry, 5k? 10k? Half Marathon? 20 mile? Or Full Marathon? I originally had committed to the classic distance but

by Sam Etherington Fresh from Alnwick, myself & Amy headed to Richmond on the Sunday along with our parents & Bill (potential future mascot), to take on the last NYSD of the season and one of the more challenging of the courses. Amy was first off in the senior ladies/vet 65 race which was 3 small loops (just shy of 4 mile), she got herself to the front of the line and off she went up to the old racecourse grandstand where

by Josh Pearson Earlier this year I picked this race out as my first main goal race of 2024. I had planned out a whole 6 week plan specific to this event, working on improving the body's fitness in a variety ways. The night before I had a look at the forecast for the first time and saw that it was actually a nice day for a change, cool and dry with winds of 5-7 mph which was very good to see. On

by Brad Wight Another cracking club day out despite the downpour which managed to soak everything inside our once waterproof tent… The U11 lads were off first with Joe Hall Junior completing the 1km race in 5:20, he looked so determined on the long downhill finish, teeth gritted just like his dad at a NEMAA sprint! The U11 girls were next up, Eleanor Shaw and my youngest daughter Adelaide making their XC debut alongside Meadow Winham. All three slogged up the hill then

by Brad Wight What an unbelievable turnout for Crook! 66 runners across 14 teams with all age categories represented. More runners than any other club! The organisers weren’t joking when they responded to our entry submission with “I’m beginning to worry I haven’t ordered enough numbers.” Alistair Hart had to run with a hand drawn number and I noticed a few XC numbers being re-cycled too! The first race of the day saw the Women, Veteran Women (over 35) and V50 men

by Geoff Hewitson This annual event, held on Newcastle Town Moor, is essentially a jamboree of 4 events in one – a half marathon, 10k, individual 5k, and 5k couples relay. Clare Weir and myself had decided some time ago to fully embrace the “Valentines” theme by entering the relay event, which I think was the third time we’ve done it. Clare had pencilled it in as her first serious target following her knee surgery back in the early Autumn. In

by Rob Teasdale Dewsbury is a very popular early season 10k which fills within days of entry opening. It’s an out and back course and is predominantly a decent route, ever so slightly going uphill out but then downhill coming back so if you’ve got plenty left in the tank it’s a good race to gain a good time. It’s been kind to me in the past with PBs gained here so I was hopeful of the same again. Joining me from Crook

by Geoff Hewitson “There is a course in Old Wallsend They call the Rising Sun And it's been the ruin of many a runner And God, I know, I’m one!” Well OK, so it’s not quite the opening lines to the early 60’s classic “House of the Rising Sun” by the Animals, but if lead singer Eric Burden (and/or the rest of the band) had experienced Saturday’s event, he may well have been tempted to change the lyrics! The link to the song (other than the