Happy Christmas to all Aurora members, family and friends!
Well, hasn't it been a long time since the last update...for shame. There are lots of updates in progress and the website will soon be fully updated. But for now, the annual Aurora xmas dinner on 12/12/ 2015 at the Hilltop, Stanley. Over 30 people (members and family) joined together for a well deserved Christmas celebration on the evening after the freezing cold, snowy NECC championships in Sedgefield. The food was delicious and everyone had a good catch up (and drink!). Unfortunately, due to the snow, some members were able to make it and they were very much missed! However, there will be plenty more social occasions in the future to make up for it!!!!
Happy Christmas to all Aurora members, family and friends!
The Annual Boxing Day Run / The Beamish Blow / Saturday 26th December.
This will be the sixteenth Boxing Day run at Beamish.
Usual format, meet at the Eden Place picnic area for 10:30, run will go off at 10:45 prompt. Same course as previous years, 4.5 hilly, muddy miles, at your own pace, it's not a race more of a social event.
Following the run it's back to the Shepherd and Shepherdess for a beer and a little scran. Always good to get out after a lazy Christmas Day....
Bring the kids, dogs, friends.
Many thanks, Brian.
A lot of huff and puff
Aurora members have been busy this month, competing in a variety of races. At the start of the month Ian Black competed in the Kirkbymoorside 10k coming home in a speedy time of 41:48, and finishing 14th in his age group. This was followed by the Pier to Pier 10k race organised by Sunderland Strollers along the coast. Davy Turnbull was the fastest Aurora finishing in 48:22, 10th in age group and Billy Raine 55:09.
The first track vets league began this month, with Kenny Pyle and Nicola Woodward representing the club. Kenny competed in the 3000m finishing in 13:53 and Nicola finished in 11:58. Nicola went on to win the 100m sprint in 14.7 and the javelin, throwing 21.5metres. She was slow clapped on by a wonderful group of enthusiastic competitors desperately trying to get the stick in the ground!
We had a wonderful evening for the Steel Relays organised by Blackhill Bounders. We had 3 mixed teams and great to welcome back Larry, Laura and Mick to racing. Our top team finished 6th overall. Nicola Woodward 15:55, David Turnbull 15:38 and Ian Hayden 14:46. It was a challenging 2 mile route with a killer of a hill at the end...we definitely deserved that curry and beer!
A group of Aurora members set off north to a wet Edinburgh and Nicola Woodward headed to a wet south. Congratulations to Ian Black who got a PB for his marathon in 3:48 and to Lisa Black, Rebecca Turnbull and Kay Richardson competing in the 10k. Nicola got around the 8.8 mile croc 8 multi terrain race in Herefordshire, knee high in mud and climbing 200 steep slippery steps, and we do this for fun!
Tonight, the team will be relaxing their muscles after the 10k George Ogle memorial race, hope it went well for everybody! Next...update from Keith...our MdS superstar!
Yesterday saw the 10th annual North Tyneside 10K event take place. On a chilly Easter Sunday, over 2000 competitors gathered at the Parks Sports Centre in North Shields for the start of the race. The atmosphere was really relaxed and friendly, clubs were mingling together, chatting and singing. The race started at 10am, going down to the Fish Quay then following the beautiful, scenic coastline. The route took runners up a challenging climb to Tynemouth and finished with the last windy mile up to St. Mary's Lighthouse. There was a great turn out by Aurora Harriers, with 8 members completing the race. Many members have now returned from illness/injury and it is safe to say all our runners found the course challenging at times. The head wind during the last mile made the end of the race a battle but it was worth it for the goody bag at the end!!! Well done for your efforts yesterday!!!
Two of the club members, Rachael Thraves and Kay Richardson, completed the sanddancer 10k on Sunday 13th April. It was a fair morning but down on the coast at gypsies green the wind was strong. The race started with a jaunt along the prom up to the coastal path. Rachael and Kay both thoroughly enjoyed this first part of the race, one of those 'glad to be alive' moments. This carried on till around 3k where they then changed direction, and were faced with a gruelling 2k battle against the wind. The race was 2 loops and they knew they had this wind to battle again! The last k was an enjoyable run back down to the prom, then the promise that 'its only another 400m!'Lovely morning run on the coast at south shields.
The annual Aurora AGM took place last night at Barley Mow where the important issues covering the last year were discussed (and lots of buffet food was demolished!). It was a good night for all club members to get together and share their thoughts and ideas. Committee elections also took place with some big changes to the club setup taking place.
On behalf of all Aurora members we would like to say a massive thank you to Keith Weavers who has unfortunately resigned as Club Secretary. You have provided so much support to the club over the years and we hope you continue to enjoy your running as a club member.
Congratulations are also in order for Lisa Black and Laura Tedstone. Lisa was elected as the new Club Secretary and Laura elected Vice Secretary. We wish you the best of luck and hope you have an enjoyable experience within the roles.
If you would like to express any words of thanks for Keith, or congratulation for Lisa and Laura, please comment on the post below!
This month has whizzed by and thankfully we are nearly all back to fitness and looking forward to the season ahead. We had a great time at the Durham Cathedral Relays. It's such a wonderful event for all abilities and easy to support as it is 2 laps for each team member, about a mile a lap, all on the frosty grass and no mud in sight!
A group of Aurora members travelled away to Liverpool for the Northern Cross Country Championships. Despite better conditions than last year (no snow!) the mud and wind meant it was another battle against the elements.
We have recently had a committee meeting and we are keen to welcome new members to add to our friendly team. We are currently working on updating our training schedule and organising our grand prix competition.
Next events in February:
Calling all Aurora members, family and friends!
It is getting close to that time of year again, the Aurora Xmas party is drawing near. This year however, we are trying something a bit different.
On Saturday 14th December we have hired the function room at the LAMBTON ARMS hotel on Chester-Le-Street Front Street. We hope to see as many club members, family and friends as possible. There will be a buffet, music, drinking and quiz. There will also be a charity raffle with all proceeds going towards Keith Weavers Marathon de Sables effort for Hope for Children.
Tickets are £8 for adults and £4 for U'18s. Doors open at 6pm.
If you would like tickets or any other information please contact Rachael/Ross Thraves. Tickets can be paid for before or on the night.