South Shield XC, Richmond 10k, York Marathon

Ste Smith running


Several of our members took part in the Sherman Cup cross-country event at Temple Park, South Shields. Conditions were ideal for this time of the year.

In the men’s race Mark Wade had a brilliant run to finish 77th out of a field of 464 in the time of 34:53, followed by Richard Campbell, 251st in 40:06, Steve Smith, 327th in 43:00 and Michael Brunskill, 329th in 48:11. The men’s team finished in 23rd position.

In the ladies race Michelle Zamir had a good run to finish 74th out of 320 runners in 28:18, followed by Penny Johnson, 170th in 31:23.


The following day, the big attraction was the Richmond Castle 10k. This hilly course starts on a park area known as The Batts, passes the spectacular Richmond Falls and on leaving Richmond there are good views of the castle. The race eventually finishes in the castle grounds.

There were no PBs in this challenging course, but Dez Fielden finished in a commendable 7th position in 38:09, followed by John Surtees, 16th in 38:51 and Tracy Surtees, 57th in 44:46. Dave Blewitt was next to cross the line, 152nd in 50:32, followed by Paul Donoghue, 172nd in 51:41, Trish Kay, 202nd in 53:03 and Vivianne Pow, 248th in 55:59. Judith Porter and Susan Clark finished almost together, recording 65:15 and 65:16 respectively.


On the same day three members of the club opted for the longer distance of the marathon. This was the Yorkshire Marathon. A popular and picturesque race with good PB potential, it takes runners past some of Yorkshire’s splendid historic sights and along scenic country lanes.

Susan Cranswick ran an outstanding race on her marathon debut, recording 3:46:28. Sandra Collins was next to finish in 4:07:02. Finally, Rob Nicholson, veteran of many marathons completed the course in 4:13:56.

Circuit training sessions are held on Tuesdays, 6pm to 7pm; non-members welcome.