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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 a tad early, and Adrian was ready, so we speed walked to the car, and then we bombed along through Low Fell flat out at around the legal speed limit, and stopped off, outside Young Manor, to collect Stephanie (she would never have managed to get parked) and then straight through to Durham.. We were ‘lucky’ to have Adrian with us because he knew a couple of long cuts and places where we couldn’t park, so just arrived on time. 😮

Meanwhile in a parallel universe, Lisa was dropping her bairn at Gary and Shannel’s house so she was available to run, and together with Shannel they went and collected Chloe, and the three girlies trundled off to Durham with the windows down and S Club 6 banging out.

By the time we arrived the young girlies had organised themselves into a team and registered, and the mature ladies were just about sorted, so there wasn’t much left to organise. Most of the lads were veterans of this meeting except for Shaun Mason who was competing, not for his first race, but definitely his first relay.

First race had the bairns running, Lyndsay, Joanne, in her first relay for the club, and Stephanie, they did very well, didn’t win, but the other senior team did, great team effort, 2 miles each in times of 11:05….. 10:56……11:01 awesome!!!!!


Next was the main event, but we let the girls run with us. 😳

We had 3 lads teams, some good times generally, all under or close to 12 minutes. The mature ladies ran very well, we think they (Lisa, Shannel and Ruthy) came second, but it is hard to tell when there are mixed teams allowed. But hey well done Birtley Vets!!! Full results can be found here

Anyway, as we are a social bunch, as is now becoming normality, we went to a local hostelry to rehydrate, the Court Inn (hence the title). We sat and chatted, congratulating each other on performance. Anyway, we decided round the table, next year, we are going to revive the Birtley on tour trip. In June we intend to invade Yorkshire and take on the three peaks.

Final arrangements will be made nearer the time, we will be walking, runners welcome, as was done in the late nineties. The plan is tents, but there are hotels available to the wimps. There are veterans still round in the club who will know the route, but I am sure that Lyndsay won’t mind teaching anyone how to use a compass and map.

So great night running, and my next holiday sorted, what a night …


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