Winter Handicap

As Chairman of NOTAN, I was completely astonished by the amount of people who turned up on a cold winter’s night to help marshal the newly designed course, thank you (and your head torches).

I would also like to thank the amazing amount of Officials, for assisting in the recording of numbers and times to the benefit of all. My gratitude to you.

A huge thanks also to Vaughan Hemy, who conducted a risk assessment of the course yesterday evening and alerted me to the problems faced. His, and Peter Atkinson’s, assistance in walking the proposed alternative route and making appropriate changes (for health and safety reasons) enabled tonight’s event to proceed.

Penultimately, thank you to all those who ran in tonight’s event. After the cancellation of the December edition it is always an uncertainty how many will turn up next time. Your continued support of the Winter Handicap is welcomed and appreciated.

Finally, without doubt the most nerve racking part of tonight’s agenda was the after event buffet at the Cullercoats Crescent Club. To all those who made the effort to come along to this new venue I am truly grateful. As a traditionalist at heart, I like things to remain as they have been in the past. Yet, I also accept that times and circumstances force change. I hope that you all enjoyed the evening and come along to the next after event buffet on 3rd April 2018.

In the meantime, good luck to those competing at the weekend, be it the Durham Relays, or the Brass Monkey Half-marathon, and on behalf of NOTAN we look forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday 6th February 2018.


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