Results update 12 September 2019 – Great North Run, Bawtry Forrest, Mablethorpe / Great Tees / Stratford 10k’s, Saxilby 5k , Parkruns

Great North Run8 September 2019

The biggest turnout from team DAC ever at the Great North Run? 26 Athletes completed the course.

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Natalie wrote “Back in June I ran the Humber Bridge Half marathon & got chatting to a fellow runner who had sadly lost her dad during the week before the race, she was telling me that although she had been running for over 20 years, he had never seen her run, this really struck a chord with me and with this in mind, I found myself setting off on Friday to compete in the Iconic Great North Run with not only my hubby & daughter in tow, but also my mum & dad who had not only never seen me run but had never been part of anything like the atmosphere I knew they would experience at South Shields on Sunday!

If you want to get an idea of the scale of the Great North Run, you need only check out the size of the queues for the portaloos before the race! It’s hard to imagine over 57,000 people gathered in one place, but crossing the motorway bridge to head down the slip road to the start, its alarmingly clear why the Great North Run is the biggest half marathon in the world – there are people as far as the eye can see, the colours, the sounds – everything seems brighter, louder, bigger, and there is a buzz of excitement and anticipation in the air.

Luckily Alistair arranged to meet up with me before the race as it seemed there were two places you can catch a bus to the start and I was waiting in the other place to everyone else & starting to panic that I was alone. In hindsight, I need not worry – the organisers have planned this with military precision and one bus appears after another to take the hordes of excited runners to the start, it doesn’t even matter if you don’t know where you’re going when you get off the bus, you just follow the masses like some magical pied piper.

Alistair and I sat on the grass verge of the motorway eating our bananas with still an hour to go before the start, its ideal conditions we’re told – light breeze and about 14 degrees – the sun is blazing down and it already feels much hotter! Before we know it, it’s time to find our starting pen  – I am in Zone D but for those starting further back, it must be a mile’s walk or more to reach their position. I am stood in my pen doing some stretches and I see Claire and Kerry walk past, their DAC vests jumping out of the crowd to me, I shout to them, but already the noise from the music and people talking is way too loud for them to hear me.

It’s almost time to start and the Elite Men start to be announced, it feels surreal to be taking part in the same race as some of the Worlds greats, the adrenaline starts to kick in and before I know it I’m assuming a slow walk, then a gentle jog as I near the start…

And we’re off! This is real now, there are people all around me but it doesn’t feel too crowded, I look at my garmin and wonder if I am maybe going too fast but I feel comfortable and this stretch is downhill (I would later realize that things don’t always start as they mean to go on – The GNR is a long way off being Flat – undulating would be the word they use – 75% uphill would be my description!) We go under the underpass and someone bellows ‘Oggy Oggy Oggy’ – “Oy, Oy, Oy” we all respond. It’s impossible to run this race without a permanent smile on your face, there are hundreds running in fantastic fancy dress costumes – I pass a man in a gorilla suit and for a moment feel bad for feeling hot, I cannot imagine how hot he must be! At the same time there are also reminders everywhere of the fragility of life, I pass a man walking, he has an apology written on his back “I had a cardiac arrest in May… I’m sorry that I’m walking” We approach the Tyne Bridge and I have a huge grin, this is amazing, what a shame there were no red arrows this year though.

Over half way, and I’m still holding my pace well – I manage mile 6 in 8:49 & mile 7 in 8:46 – I am very hot though, despite carrying my own drink in my vest, I’ve taken a bottle of water at every station and had at least 2 showers already today!– I start to worry that I am not wearing sunscreen and promise that I will definitely invest in a visor for next time!

Sadly for me things start to go wrong at mile 8 – my right foot feels like its rolling inwards and I can feel a blister developing on the ball of my foot, I start to try and run in a style that puts less weight on my right foot but that soon takes its toll and I feel a pain running down my leg from my hip. I feel like crying, I so wanted to do well this race but I can already see from my average pace which is increasing with every mile that is not my day for a PB.

A fellow runner starts talking to me, he wants me to run with him, he tells me his father has travelled all the way from India to see him cross the line, he also says that he was born and grew up in India and today is too hot even by his standards! – That makes me feel slightly better. I see Mick Riley pass me and he looks really strong, he’s going to do great in the Yorkshire Marathon!

Only a park run to go! Another long uphill stretch and I know the end is in sight! The ground starts to drop away steeply, but this is not as welcome as it sounds, its hard on the knees! We round the corner onto South Shields sea front and the end is in sight! The atmosphere is electric, the crowds are cheering and roaring, a group of little lads sat on top of a bus shelter shout ‘Come on Natalie’ and I look up and give them a thumbs up.

I passed ‘800 metres to go’ some time ago, they must have made a mistake and missed a zero off, I’ve run at least 8000 metres since I passed that sign surely? – My legs are tired and I feel like I’m running through treacle. My eyes dart left and right to see if I can see my family, but there are just thousands here at the finish and it’s impossible to spot anyone.

And just like that, it’s done, I cross the timing strip with my arms held aloft and let out a huge sigh of relief – #GNR 2019 is done in 2:04:53 – Almost 8 minutes more than my half PB but I try not to be too disappointed. I’m already vowing to come back next year and give it another go!

If I’m honest, I’m not a huge fan of the course, it’s a stinker, but the crowd support, atmosphere and general scale of the event more than make up for it, and did my parents see me cross that finish line? – “What did you do when you crossed the line?” asked my mum. “I put my arms in the air” I said …. “fanastic” she said “your dad saw you… I’m too short to see anything, but your dad saw you cross that line and he got quite emotional”

For me then, that’s Job done!”

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Thomas Chisholm116001:32:29
Michael Riley1020301:58:41
Glynn Jones1213502:02:12
Alistair Collis1289502:03:40
Natalie Heptinstall1353502:04:52
Roy Turton1451802:06:37
Michael Hair1699702:10:58
Darren Lambert1712202:11:12
Karen Lewchenko1746602:11:52
Kerry Mitchell1806302:13:02
Paul Johnston2077702:17:58
Claire Macleod2295102:22:16
Claire Sayles2478602:25:49
Diane Risley2547602:27:07
Trevor Blake3065502:38:27
Claire Beegan3085302:38:56
Sarah Frame3179702:41:25
Sandra Meakin3294502:44:31
Martyn Walter3508702:51:09
Rebecca Hodby3508802:51:09
Karen Gug3674702:57:05
Michelle Pitts3696102:57:55
Susan May3696202:57:56
Sue Greaves3706602:58:20
Maria Gollings3927103:10:04
Jayne Pownall3951003:11:42

Bawtry Forrest Trail Race – 8 September 2019

Another amazing turnout at this local favorite. Well done all and our prize winners were Alex Mosley and Marie Louise Taylor (anyone else?).

Great photos by Chris Cull here.

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841:25Mariusz Felczerek
1543:55Adam Cotterill
1643:58Alex Mosley
2044:31Andrew Teasdale
4349:29Paul Bond
5651:12Marie Louise Taylor
6351:40Stuart Lindsay
7752:50Mark Webster
10256:04Nick Newman
10356:05Justyna Felczerek
1511:00:17Dawn Goodings
1841:04:04Lucy Crayston
1851:04:16Diane Polwin
1911:04:25Julie Cull
2281:09:57Darren Whyman
2291:10:03Janet Powell
2601:22:37Elaine Green
2611:22:38Tracie Whyman

Mablethorpe 10k – 8 September 2019

Well done Jody Breeze who completed the road race in 59:57 #sub60.

The Great Tees 10k – 7 September 2019

Great running by Vicky Lindley who finished this race in 57:59. Fueled by #Nutella

Stratford 10k – 8 September 2019

Another great run by Kevin Newman ” Finnish at the Stratford 10k. Great course, but a bit hilly. Finished 2nd v55(no v60 cat). in a time of 37.32.”

Photo by Belinda

Saxilby 5k – 8 September 2019

Well done Shaz Wood who completed this race in 21:11, Shaz wrote “Got to love a pre work 5km race. 🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️not quite GNR this time round 😂

Saxilby 5km- 5th lady overall and 23 seconds faster than the same course last year 😳 which took me by surprise given that training has been inconsistent at best !

I pretty much left my racing mojo somewhere back in mid 2018 and haven’t seen it since resulting in barely racing this year, but hoping this is the start of a return to some form!

Parkruns – 8 September 2019


Whitley Bay

108Mick RILEY24:21VM50-5461.05 %M99Doncaster ACNew PB!15
238Michael HAIR28:01VM50-5453.06 %M191Doncaster ACFirst Timer!17


38Bill TOPPING26:30VM70-7468.24 %M31Doncaster ACFirst Timer!227

Darlington South

1Simon WRIGHT17:44VM55-5986.65 %M1Doncaster ACFirst Timer!49


77Hugo CULLEN23:44JM11-1462.64 %M67Doncaster ACPB stays at 00:22:0817
226Tammy CULLEN29:01VW40-4453.42 %F54Doncaster ACNew PB!17

Rother Valley

2Joe PHILLIPS17:36SM18-1975.76 %M2Doncaster ACNew PB!96


182Rebecca COLLIN28:42VW35-3952.09 %F40Doncaster ACNew PB!7


35Paul JOHNSTON25:15VM55-5960.86 %M30Doncaster ACPB stays at 00:24:3656


2Connor ANDERSON17:46JM15-1777.11 %M2Doncaster ACNew PB!42
3Jack PELL17:52JM15-1777.89 %M3Doncaster ACNew PB!61
16Jane PURCHASE20:35VW55-5986.80 %F1Doncaster ACNew PB!15
24Peter OLIVER21:20VM60-6475.16 %M23Doncaster ACNew PB!77
30Nathan NORTH21:37JM11-1467.08 %M29Doncaster ACNew PB!6
41Andrew TEASDALE22:19SM25-2957.80 %M40Doncaster ACPB stays at 00:18:2768
42Peter FORRESTER22:19VM60-6471.84 %M41Doncaster ACPB stays at 00:21:10178
48Rebecca COATES22:43SW25-2965.15 %F3Doncaster ACNew PB!39
55Simon PARKIN23:22VM45-4962.62 %M52Doncaster ACPB stays at 00:20:47112
78Mark WEBSTER24:36VM45-4959.01 %M71Doncaster ACPB stays at 00:20:2785
157Kevin WAUGH28:25VM55-5954.08 %M131Doncaster ACPB stays at 00:26:0046
170Alan THIMBLEBY29:20VM60-6454.66 %M140Doncaster ACPB stays at 00:24:0111
205Trevor BLAKE30:54VM40-4444.50 %M155Doncaster ACPB stays at 00:27:1435
209Julie CULL31:04VW60-6462.45 %F51Doncaster ACPB stays at 00:27:0786
210Martyn WALTER31:05VM55-5951.15 %M159Doncaster ACPB stays at 00:23:15132
224Julie GUEST31:38VW55-5958.01 %F61Doncaster ACPB stays at 00:28:39137
236Marc PELL32:08VM40-4443.78 %M167Doncaster ACPB stays at 00:26:4457
246Laura FRASER32:43VW40-4447.38 %F77Doncaster ACPB stays at 00:29:1355
264Winifred COSTELLO34:42VW55-5953.60 %F87Doncaster ACPB stays at 00:33:0023
266Michelle GUEST34:49VW55-5951.99 %F89Doncaster ACPB stays at 00:33:2869
285Lynnette-Jane TEMPERTON-BALL36:56VW55-5948.38 %F102Doncaster ACPB stays at 00:30:0360
301Gary BROWN37:49VM40-4436.36 %M189Doncaster ACPB stays at 00:23:2410
318Claire WILSON40:32VW40-4438.53 %F125Doncaster ACPB stays at 00:32:278
319Lynn OLSEN40:33VW50-5441.35 %F126Doncaster ACPB stays at 00:36:2213
337Lynn GRIFFITHS42:27VW55-5943.82 %F138Doncaster ACPB stays at 00:40:1318
343Michael REYNOLDS43:32SM30-3430.13 %M202Doncaster ACPB stays at 00:22:3048
350Joanne REYNOLDS45:21VW35-3932.97 %F145Doncaster ACPB stays at 00:34:1431


5David WATTS19:40SM30-3466.69 %M5Doncaster ACPB stays at 00:19:3759


34Kirsty LAING24:07SW30-3461.51 %F4Doncaster ACFirst Timer!73

California Country

1James OSBORNE17:28SM30-3474.71 %M1Doncaster ACFirst Timer!106


4Martin JAMES18:56VM40-4473.77 %M4Doncaster ACFirst Timer!109
24Rose JAMES22:20VW40-4468.51 %F3Doncaster ACFirst Timer!131