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by Val Baxter

November 27, 2016

Could this be my next favourite course????

You know every cloud… And all that… My usual car sharers didn’t want to share this week. Stephanie committed at home, and Adrian running at Liverpool, but I have a new best mate…Phil Atkinson stepped up and replaced Stephanie very effectively. I usually need to provide the music in the car cos Stephanie’s taste is,... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

November 13, 2016

Lest we forget…13 November cos it’s the nearest Sunday to 11th

Same routine as ever, preparation the night before was a Chinese curry, and a bottle of wine. They do say red wine is high in iron, an important ingredient for stamina production, so I suppose a small tipple the night before can be justified. I had arranged to pick Mrs Young up on the way... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

October 10, 2016

Druridge Bay October 9th 2016

The alarm went at 10 o clock this morning, which meant it was time to gather the family together for a trip up the coast on this lovely Sunday morning. By the time I realised, and went downstairs, Linda was already up and halfway through a pile of ironing, and Adrian was working through my... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

October 8, 2016

National 4 stage road relays

News from Sutton Park – Well I was hoping for a top 20 finish and the girls have done themselves proud despite all the top class teams and being in a team of one 17yr old, an 18yr old, a 19yr old and a 21yr old. 8th place!!!! That’s 8th in the Nationals Well done... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

October 2, 2016

Well that’s the first one done…

October the 1st, Wrekenton harrier league. It had to be better than last X country, the relays at Farringdon, it is ok making mistakes so long as you learn from them, and generally speaking I did. What I am saying is, this time I was better prepared and didn’t have to keep turning round and... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

September 4, 2016

Farringdon Tri…

Saturday 3rd of Sept. I could feel the pressure, first proper X country of the season. That is on a great testing course, if not a bit narrow, but great for relays. It was Saturday, and we had managed to get a sprinkling of showers organised to break us in for the harrier league season... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

August 27, 2016

Watergate version 2016…Mr Nixon was unavailable…

It’s two Thursdays in a row that I have had to sneak away from work early, I wish I worked with Ruthy or Joanne, cos then I would have been off work !! Never mind, I brought Adrian home from work so he could pick up Pricey, who was considering a run, she decided against... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

August 20, 2016

Well run m’lud…

So, Durham again, not the easiest place to get parked, and an early start considering it was mid week; It’s always a rush for me mid week, it’s hard getting to the club on time never mind Durham half an hour earlier. I was changed and ready for action as I sneaked out of work... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

June 26, 2016

On a bicycle made for two…

What is it about the word championship that strikes fear into the heart of most??? Monkton 25th of June and the North East Masters Championships, arrangements were made for the transport of all the athletes. The team bus was pulled out of the garage… But only to get at the two rusty tandems, and an... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

June 19, 2016

The wheels on the bus go round and round…

So the Birtley tour bus this week travelling southwards. Saturday to Bedford for the national track and field championships. Tour guide was Tommy, and the tourists were Ade on Saturday, and Chloe and Sophie on Sunday. Am sure Kieran must have been the one walking round with the umbrella shouting ‘scuse me’ and ‘follow me’…... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

June 16, 2016

‘Twas on the 7th of Joon…

Oh no, that was my birthday Hang on…”I went to Blaydon races was on the 9th of Joon”… Yep that’s it, ‘Twas on the 9th of Joon! Right that’s the title sorted… It was Thursday night, club night, and the club had a good turn out. I had played my substitute for the evening, and... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

May 5, 2016

May the fourth be with you…

National Star Wars day…May 4th be with you. I love the relays and the vets leagues even better, great craic and I don’t have to run against Adrian, Tom, Conna and Kieran which means at least we are competitive and don’t look stupid! The down side of it is that the fulltime workers (pointed remark)... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

May 3, 2016

Let it snow, let it snow…Neptune Relays Report by Phil Atkinson

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow……..we must be off to Sedgefield! It was decided some weeks ago at training that we would try and rustle up a couple of teams for the Neptune Relays at Sedgefield, Rob Wilson pushed and pushed to get some Birtley teams together, but in the end got... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

April 2, 2016

So slow I even missed April fools day…

This is such an unlikely tale, you would never be able to write this as a script, but hey, am gonna try! I don’t remember how it all started, not sure if it was Tommy, or Adrian who discovered that the 12 stage was going to be local this year, being hosted by Sunderlands running... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

February 28, 2016

(B)racing at Donington Park – YB reports on the National XC Champs

I could start this little yarn the same as the northerns, it was early, dark, not very warm and again the heating wasn’t on yet. This time it was worse though, Chloe wasn’t here so I had to make my own sandwiches. The bus arrived promptly, thanks to Joanne Bell for organising that. While I... Read more »

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