Two Nations run ended busy month for the Striders
July for Tweed Striders came to a close on Sunday 28 with the fourth Two Nations International 7k and the Family 1.8k hosted by the Friends of the Union Chain Bridge in the grounds of Paxton House.
Heritage Lottery funding permitting, this will be the last staging until after the restoration of the historic Chain Bridge is complete. Supporting the International 7k were Karen Bagley, Heather Barnes, Stuart Black, Brian Bowden, Deborah Bowden, Steve Lauder, Caroline McDermott, Will McDermott and Doug Small and running in the Family 1.8k were Chris Close alongside Joseph and his younger brother, plus Ruth Ballard and Jenni McCraw with their respective children. Times tbc.
Mid-week on Tuesday 23, Ruth Ballard travelled down to Hebburn for the Cock Crow 5k, a multi-terrain race. Ruth put in a super run with her time of 23.4 being just shy of her PB.
The penultimate weekend of July saw five Tweed Striders join 1,000 others in the Alnwick Harriers’ Northumberland Coastal Run (an unmeasured half marathon from Beadnell to Alnmouth) on Sunday 21 and, Saturday into Sunday, three Striders taking part in the Continental Thunder 24 Hour Relay.
In the Northumberland Coastal Run, Paul Brothwood was first home for the club in 1.54.25. Four seconds behind and first in her age group came Michelle Douglas (1.54.29) and following Michelle over the line were Stuart Birkett (2.01.27), Pamela Toward (2.27.52) and Richard Toward (2.35.39).
As these five lined up on the start line in Beadnell, the three musketeers running in the Continental Thunder 24 Hour Relay were approaching the end of their “shift.” The intrepid three were Lucy Grieve, Brian Bowden and Deborah Bowden who, together with three friends, became the 24 Hour Party People to take on the demands of this event, held in the grounds of Catton Hall, Derbyshire. Together, in conditions ranging from scorching heat to torrential rain, 24 Hour Party People ran 21 x 10k laps, just over 131 miles.
The previous Sunday Mark Short was in Hexham for the Hexham Half Marathon, part of the Hexham Running Festival, and returned home with a PB of 1.47.10.