Shildon Running Club Champions and Charity

On Sunday 2nd July, Kyle Watson and Charlie Dixon were selected to compete for the region in the Northern Athletics Inter-County Championships.

They competed against the Manchester, Lincolnshire, Merseyside, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cumbrian and Humberside regions with Kyle adding the u17m 100m title to his Durham County Schools and Northern inter County Schools titles. Meanwhile, Charlie finished an excellent 6th in the u17m 400m.

On Friday 7th and Saturday 8th July, Rachel Bennett represented Durham Schools at the English Schools Finals in Birmingham.

She qualified for the u17w 200m final in a new personal best and club record of 25.05s and then in the final finished 7th.

All Junior runners are at the lower end of the competing age group with Rachel and Charlie only just turning 15 in recent weeks, so they will all be worth keeping an eye on in the coming years.

All three, along with Cody Hall, have the Northern Athletics T&F championships and EA National championships coming up in mid to late August.

The club’s seniors are also competing well.

After months of seeing his personal best improve, Richard Trowles finally completed a sub-20 minute (19m 59s) 5k at the Ali Brownlee 5k in Middlesbrough.

Richard’s 10K times also continue to fall with a PB time of 42m 20s at the Great North 10k.

Colin Wild also continues to produce equally good results with a time of 42m 47s from an undulating run at the Harrogate Town Centre 10k.

This weekend a large group from SRAC travelled to Jarrow to once again take part in the Cancer Research Relay for Life.

The Relay is a 23 hour event around an athletics track with teams walking or running as many laps as they wish in themed fancy dress (this year the theme was ‘school’).

SRAC were the only team to ensure that they had a runner on the track at all times, day or night!

Fifteen people took part during the day with a hard core of seven staying overnight and taking half hour shifts on the track in between brief periods of sleep.

In total the team ran or walked over 126 miles in the 23 hour period and raised nearly £400.

Cancer Research UK is the chosen charity for SRAC and the next charity event is a Race Night on Saturday 29th July from 7.30pm at Shildon AFC clubhouse.

Entry is free and there will be a raffle and food available on the night.

“Please feel free to come along for a great night whilst supporting a fantastic cause,” said a spokesperson.

Anyone interested in joining Shildon Running & Athletic Club can contact them by email at

If you are a runner over the age of 18 you can go along and join them for a run on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6.15pm at Shildon Sunnydale Leisure Centre.

To find out more, visit the club website at and follow them on Twitter @ShildonRunning.


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