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by Val Baxter

November 12, 2014

Heaton Memorial Races 2014

Sunday 9th November – a Remembrance Sunday even more significant than usual due to the centenary of the beginning of WW1. A beautiful Sunday morning, unseasonably mild and with barely a breeze provided perfect conditions for running, and our athletes made the most of it with some fantastic performances.

First up (and starting the run at 9.30 meant they were, literally, first up) were the u11’s, running while the chill of the morning was still providing a bit of a nip in the air, but this only seemed to make them run even faster!

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The u13’s were next, followed by the u15’s, both running as mixed sex groups, the latter with a strong contingent of Birtley girls to fly the flag for the club. The u17/20 race had a sole representative in the shape of Adrian Bailes, but he showed that quality outweighs quantity by blasting around the course in fine style. Despite starting his kick a little early (having seen a 4k sign which was meant for the 10k race and not his own 5k), Adrian hung onto his lead against tough opposition from Gateshead Harrier Jed Marshall to cross the line not only in first place but with a 20 second PB to boot – congrats Ade, top performance!

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The senior race took place next, and a minute’s silence was held to mark the occasion before the almost 600 runners took to the course. Despite a few tight corners (including a 180 degree turn for a contraflow section and some gate bottlenecks) this was a fast course, and the weather certainly helped our athletes to speed things along! There were too many PBs to mention individually, but every performance was helped by the support given at numerous points around the course – thank you to all of you who helped to shout our runners home! Senior results can be seen here while the junior results will be posted on Heaton Harriers website soon. Some pictures of the junior action, courtesy of Shannel Curtis, are shown below:-

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