GOOD TIME: Mandy Harrison and Janet Staples during the Great North 5k
GOOD TIME: Mandy Harrison and Janet Staples during the Great North 5k

NINE members of Teesdale AC travelled to Newcastle to take part in the Great North Run Half Marathon.

First back for Teesdale was Josh Crawley in a time of 01:44:13 followed by Caroline Stanger 01:50:06, Simon Pettitt 02:09:53, Judith Rodwell 02:11:08, David Palmer 02:11:43, Debra Baker 02:21:06, Andrew Crawley 02:26:59, Amanda Pettitt 02:34:20 and Fiona Bainbridge 02:39:58

Two members of Teesdale Athletic Club rose early on Saturday, September 7, to run in the Great North 5K.

Both Mandy Harrison and Janet Stables have run in the event before. Sadly, the earlier time of 8am and other events in the area meant that the event wasn’t as well attended or supported as in previous years.

Also an error meant that all runners missed a 300-400m loop meaning that the run was short.

Nonetheless Mandy achieved a time of 33mins 11 seconds and Janet 35mins 29 seconds.

The run was enjoyable despite the issues.

On Sunday, August 25, four members of Teesdale Athletic Club made their way round the undulating and stunningly beautiful 5.5 mile trail route at Auckland Castle and surrounding area.

The run was through the grounds, onto the old railway, through fields and woodland before back to the grounds and to the finish in front of the castle.

It was a very warm but rewarding day for running. First lady home for Teesdale was Skye Archer 1:00:50, followed by Linda Scandrett in 1:01:31. Janet Stables and Mandy Harrison were thrilled to arrive back in 1:17:43. A fabulous local run.

Four members of Teesdale Athletic Club attended a punishing trail run on Sunday, August 18, which measured 11k and is part of the Urban Trails series of races by Trail Outlaws.

Set in a beautiful and historic area of County Durham the Branches and Bays 10k is unique and spectacular.

Starting in the local village of Hawthorn, the route takes runners through the Durham Wildlife Trust and National Trust managed woodland of Hawthorn Dene.

Then the running of the Bays of Hawthorn Hive and The Blast Beach.

Morag Burton was first woman home for Teesdale in a time of 1:32:10, closely followed by Emma Ford 1:32:26, Janet Stables and Mandy Harrison in 1:41:00.

Janet said this is her favourite race of the year, so challenging and so very beautiful.