(Plus the usual drivel as we boldly drivel where no man has drivelled before)
Northern Cross Country
(The loneliness of the Long Distance Runner)
Some people at Blyth say 'I'm not going all
that way just to run seven miles' as if the Northern Cross Country
Championships were beneath them. At a damp, murky, foggy
After the race, it was time to discuss the
course, take the tent down and make arrangements for the Nationals at
Cross Country Championship races tend to be longer and harder than the usual Harrier League and the standard is usually very high, for instance the first boy in the Under 15 North Eastern Championship was only 15th here. But the camaraderie and friendliness amongst the runners from other clubs and from all abilities is gratifying as they support all the runners still on the course.
And for those who think that cross country won't help their training it's worth remembering that Steve Ovett, Seb Coe, Steve Cram, Kelly Holmes etc etc all ran in cross country and the Nationals and it didn't do them any harm.
National Cross Country
(The loneliness of the Long Distance Runner – Part 2)
“Just up the hill and then along a flat bit and you are finished”, it sounded so easy the way the marshal said those words. Only one problem, the hill in question was longer and steeper than Stakeford bank and then there was about 500 meters of thick mud to wade through. After nearly 3 laps and approximately 7 miles of “running” through thick mud and steep hills, I thought back about 50 minutes when I had first attempted to run up the hill – my initial thought was “I’ll never manage another 2 of those”, but here I was and it was still light; plus there were even some people behind me. Just walking to the pens for the start (through the tent) we had to wade through 6 inches of mud, and then we were off for the cavalry charge of 1500 runners, 3 laps and over 7 miles of mud (and hills). Funny enough the mud never seems to bother the runners at the sharp end as they lapped me and sprinted up one of the hills. As usual there was plenty of encouragement from the sidelines – YES I know to use my arms when going uphill, YES I know to keep my head up and not look down, but I was basically just concentrating on putting one foot in front of the other.
For the Senior men we needed six for a team, but we only had five, Iain Singer was first back (61:32), followed by Dave Bradley (62:23), Ralph(65:23), Kevin (66:46) and then me (68:02). Both Ralph and I have done this course before, 2 years earlier for the Northern’s and we were both 10 minutes slower this time
At least the women had a team with Susie
Hunter first back (37:17), then Helen Morris (39:15), Sarah Kaminski (44:44,
who had travelled up from
The first race of the day was the under 15
Next year it’s back to
The fifth Start Fitness NE Harrier League event took place at
In the U/13 girls race
In the U/13 boys race Stephen Doris was 14th and Joseph Woods 37th, the U/15 boys finished first team with Christopher Arkless 5th, Jake Jansen 10th and Scott Povey 16th. It is a shame that the U15 boys didn’t have teams at the Town Moor and Wrekenton events as they have been first team at the other two races.
The Mens race saw
Hopefully, the men will have another good turn-out at Prudhoe and get the same results
At a recent committee meeting, this year’s summer cup was discussed. Several members seem to think that there are too many races, therefore it was decided that the Summer Cup would be shortened to 4 races. Dates to be announced later on, first one will probably be first week in June.
Just as I writing that we have too many races…
If we have enough interest (and this would just be for a bit of fun and to be used as a training run). Instead of blaming the handicapper, you decide what your time will be for a 3 – 4 mile run.
This is about knowing your pace. You run a pre-announced course of approximately 4 miles and are required to predict your finish time. Essentially the winner is the runner who most closely matches their predicted time but we might add the odd additional challenge on the day! No watches allowed.
Refuelling after training and competition.
The following table gives you general guidelines and can be applied to middle-, long-distance runners and sprinters (when competing in several heats or after an intensive and long training session).
During 1st 30 min
After 2 h
OR every 2 h for
Ideally eat a snack
(see examples below)
containing lots of
some protein and a
bit of salt (only if
sweated a lot)
amount of fluid
Eat a meal (see
based on plenty of
and vegetables and
some meat/fish or
OR snacks containing
adequate amount of
1g carb/kg body
E.g.: an athlete
weighing 50kg should
aim to eat 50g carb
used to replenish
stores (the primary
energy fuel for
Proteins are used to
build and repair
For those performing heats, if time between heats is under 2 hours then it is better to avoid solid
food and to top up fuel by drinking small amount of isotonic sport drinks regularly or eating a small
snack and drinking some fluid regularly. The latter will depend on the temperature and humidity of
Examples of snacks providing 50g carbohydrates and high quality protein:
250-350ml commercial or home-made milk shake (semi-skimmed milk + flavoured Nesquick
Banana or other fresh fruit + yoghurt
Sports bars (check label for protein and carbohydrate content)
1 peanut butter sandwich
1 cheese/meat/fish/chicken filling + salad (optional) sandwich and 1 large piece of fruit or 300ml
Tin of rice pudding
Banana + custard (already made, as easier to transport)
Examples of snacks providing 50g carbohydrates:
800-1000ml sports drink
2 sports gel
60g packet of jelly babies
2 large (35g) cereal bars
Examples of meals:
Pasta bolognaise + salad
Pizza + meat/chicken/seafood + vegs topping
Salmon + vegs + potatoes
Chicken+veg stir fry + rice
Remember what suits one athlete may not suit another, therefore experiment and choose snacks/meals you like. Use training sessions and minor competitions to do so!
Good Friday Races – Newburn
These are very popular races in the North East and are held on Good Friday (2nd April, first race 11:00) at Newburn Industrial Estate. Any Juniors interested in competing see Keith. Normal age categories apply although there maybe a race for the Under 11’s.
This years Junior Handicap will be on Monday 26th April. Further details to follow
One race left, Prudhoe on Saturday 27th March. Nice to have a good turn out for last race
Once again we will be competing in the Young Athletes League as a composite team with Alnwick Harriers.
The teams in this year’s league
are: Birtley, Blaydon,
The dates are: Sunday May 2nd, Sunday May 16th, Sunday June 20th, and Sunday July 18th
I will be distributing availability forms soon
What’s what in track and field.
There are many different types of competition that members can get involved at various levels depending on ability and need. This is a guide to help you decide what you could or should be doing.
Leagues - There are two leagues in which the club
fully participates, i.e. the club affiliates to these leagues and pays the fees
(for all other meetings athletes are responsible for their own entry fees)-
the YAL (Young Athletes League) for u13, u15 u17 boys and girls, and the
North of England T&F League for u17, seniors and vets. These provide
a reasonable standard of club athletics - each league has a fixed format for
each fixture. There is a mid-week league in which athletes of all ages can
compete, although the club does not treat them as a team competition - the NEAL
(North East Athletics League) is held on Wednesday evenings at
Championships - the first level is North East Counties
held usually at
Open Meetings - these are generally held early and late season - each meeting offers variety of events. The early season meetings often have „mid‟ distance track events e.g. 300m, 600m & 1000m 1500mSC as preparation for specialist events
British Milers Club events - These are held at various levels locally (at Jarrow) and regionally and nationally at distances of 800m+ The races are both paced and graded - and are where most middle distance runners set PB’s.
Veterans - whilst veterans can and do compete as seniors, there are league events and championships for those aged 35+ where there is a good standard of competition without the fear of being blown off the track by “young whizz kids”!
Fixtures – at the moment most of the dates are available on the website,
The Senior Team had has formed a composite team with
Wallsend and will be hoping to improve on last years results in the Northern
Teams in the league are: Blaydon Harriers, Middlesbrough/Hartlepool,
The fixtures for the North Eastern Track League track season are printed below. Any Junior who wants to run in the track league see Keith for further information as the races are different at every event (i.e. one meeting will have an 800m race while the next may have a 1500M race). Normally athletes have to pay their own entry fees, although the Club may pay for any relay races. These events are not just for Juniors, if any Seniors are interested see Keith for details.
Wednesday Evening 18:30-21:30
28th April Monkton Stadium
26th May Monkton Stadium
28th July Monkton Stadium
Younger Athletes –
As usual we will require a large number of volunteers to ensure that the race goes off smoothly. We will probably require marshals, people to take late entries, man the drinks station etc etc
This is also the same day as the London Marathon so we may well have a few people missing for that.
Minutes of meeting held 1st February 2010
Apologies: Keith Willshire, Susanne Hunter, Iain Singer and John Mallon
The meeting commenced at 8.37 p.m.
Minutes of meeting held 4th January 2010 were read and approved. This was proposed by Craig Birch and seconded by Dave Kitching.
SWOT – under item 7.c) Ralph had still to remind all coaches to check dates of coaching certificates and CRB and that they are valid and up to date.
Firstly, membership fees for BRC are due on 1 January each year, I therefore urge all members to renew their membership fee ASAP. Members should be mindful of the new family membership fees at attractive rates.
A new-look BRC website is up and running and evolving. I urge all members to view the site and feed back constructive comment to Steve Walker who manages the site.
Thanks to all members involved with preparation work of the
postponed NE Harrier League Cross Country fixture at
BRC looks forward to working with the NE Harrier League in the future should it be possible to rearrange this popular fixture.
It was great to see BRC represented at one of our targeted
Cross Country events, the Northern’s at
I urge Club Captains to galvanise the members into running
Since the last Committee Meeting the club held its AGM. On a night when weather was awful it was encouraging to see 21 members in attendance, only 1 down on previous year. A dignified, democratic and seamless process was witnessed as all three officers and nine committee members were returned unopposed, charged with the management and governance of BRC for 2010.
Ralph reported the following;
Dave gave a report on the current financially status of the club and stated that funds are satisfactory.
Mens Captain Report
Iain supplied a report for Ralph to pass on;
Ladies Captain Report
Helen reported the following;
Aynsley reported the following:
· A reminder that the Presentation Evening will be on Saturday 8th May 2010 at the Sea Horse. The food selection can be arranged to suit requirements.
· The Christmas Disco has been arranged for Saturday 11th December at the Sea Horse. Again the food selection will be arranged to suit requirements.
The races for 2010 have all been fixed and the leagues have all been published.
Craig reported on behalf of Keith;
· 13 juniors ran at Northern Cross country at Blackburn (Charlotte Ramsay, Rebecca Nail, Emma Freeman, Stephanie Ramsay, Jacob Hall, Steven Doris, Joseph Woods, Joseph Dungworth, Scott Goodfellow, Scott Povey, Chris Arkless, Jake Jansen, Michael Scott)
The same 13 plus Mattie
Jackson have been entered for the Nationals at
· Katherine Goodfellow did Level 1 coaching, and will help on Monday nights as part of TBSF.
· Junior Beach races – there are 4 possible dates, but it will probably be either 12th June or 26th June.
· The Junior Committee has been formulated.
Changing Rooms – Kevin met with Paul Metcalf, Blyth Sports Centre Manager, on 1st February, 2010, at 9.15 am. They visited the changing room which was locked and the showers and made the following observations.
Notice Board – Craig agreed to reorganise and update when necessary.
Winter Series – It was agreed that if the event planned for 3rd February needed to be cancelled it would be reorganised for 17th February.
Welcome Pack – Helen agreed to take on production of this item.
Awards Committee – It was agreed to set up an awards committee to review the awards we present at the Presentation Evening. Aynsley Herron, Dave Kitching and Helen Morris would meet on 10th February to discuss.
Track & Field 1st May 2010 – Bill & Chris Courtney agreed to be starter/marksman. Margaret Watson will be track referee. Tom Morgan will be field referee. Still need from within club/Wallsend: Track Judge, Field Judge, Timekeeper, Announcer, Results/Computer operator, General Helpers. We also need to organise St. Johns Ambulance. The Risk Assessment from last year should be OK.
NE Track & Field Championship – Entries are out for this event on 8th & 9th May 2010. This is one where you have to pay your own entry fee.
Level 1 Coaching – Well done to those who have just completed their Level 1; Alison Lowes, Dave Bradley, Katherine Goodfellow and Kirstie Johnson.
Club Base – At the AGM on 6th January it was agreed by the members that the Committee should investigate the possibility of the Running Club making use of the Rugby Club facilities.
Keith had taken the opportunity to look into other alternatives for the club base.
This information was gathered for information purposes only.
The meeting closed at 9.57 p.m. Date of next meeting – Thursday 4th March 2010
Kevin A Freeman Ralph Dickinson